Arsenal legend Ian Wright feels Chelsea’s summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has not done enough to warrant a starting spot ahead of the likes of Pedro and Willian. The France international has cemented his spot at the heart of the Blues’ midfield following his move from AS Monaco last summer.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Wright is still unconvinced over Bakayoko’s abilities and feels one of Pedro or Willian deserve the starting role, although they play in a different position altogether, he said: “Just a quick one on Bakayoko, because I have to get it out otherwise I’ll forget. I’m not having him yet, I’m sorry. I can’t understand how he can get in the team before Willian and Pedro at the moment. Especially, when he played further forward. I need to see a lot more from him, that’s all I’m saying.”
Ageless England striker Jermaine Defoe left last season’s relegation victims Sunderland for top flight side Bournemouth and former Arsenal centre back Martin Keown believes the 34-year old would be an old wine of inspiration for the Cherries side.
Speaking on Defoe’s incredible old wine tasting better tale, Martin commended the “sharpness to Jermaine Defoe’s play that he has always had,” pointing out that the former Tottenham Hotspur striker remains “hungry” and wants to “keep proving that point.” Read more
The 2015-16 season of the Premier League was a historic one as Leicester City was able to secure their first league title ever.
They had never achieved this feat in the history of the club but with Claudio Ranieri at the helm as the head coach and a superb season of Jamie Vardy as he scored 24 goals were some of the key reasons which helped Leicester City in becoming the champions of England during that season.
Unfortunately for Leicester City, they have experienced a huge dip in form as the team of Claudio Ranieri went from being the champions of England to dropping into the bottom section of the Premier League as they are struggling just to survive in the top tier English League.
After 25 Premier League matches, Leicester City is positioned at the 17th spot with 21 points secured and are threatened to be relegated in this season. Claudio Ranieri and his men are going from being in the top of the Premier League to the bottom and Robert Huth has recently voiced his thoughts about what his teammates should start to do as it might help Leicester City in their quest of avoiding the relegation zone. Read more
Seemingly not content with having already secured the signings of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito for his new Manchester City side, Pep Guardiola is now leading the chase for a further three transfers, as he looks to inject some youthful exuberance into the club.
Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno are all understood to be closing in on moves to The Etihad, with the youngsters clearly attracted by the opportunity of working for a manager of Guardiola’s calibre. Read more
Now the dust has settled on the European Championships, the summer transfer window looks set to explode into action. With this in mind, here are five top talents that could be winging their way to the Premier League in the coming weeks.
Paul Pogba – Juventus
The worst kept secret in world football surrounds the departure of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer – but where will he end up? Read more
Stoke City defender Marc Wilson says that he is “gutted” after being ruled out of Euro 2016.
The Antrim native had been striving to prove his fitness for the tournament in France, which starts next month. The Aghagallon bred player, who can also play in midfield, is now set to miss the tournament. Read more
When people ask about the Premier League title and think about who’s going to win it, some are wondering if the title is already dusted. When you look at an amazing win and game like the Leicester game at Stadium of Light versus Sunderland, many wonder if the game has already been decided.
This victory versus Sunderland came in thanks to Jamie Vardy Strikes and it put them at a staggering seven points ahead of their foe Tottenham. Both teams have exactly five games left and this will be a huge deciding factor in exactly who’s going to be ahead of who in the Premier League lineups. Read more
Mark Hughes says that he has plans to deal with the dangerous Watford duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Watford have exceeded expectations in the 2015-16 campaign and it has largely to do with these two players.
They have combined to devastating effect with the latter getting 14 goals already.Deeney, meanwhile, scored when Stoke City last came up against Watford. Hughes says that he has devised a plan to deal with the duo. He also acknowledged the managerial tactics of Quique Sanchez Flores as being brilliant. Hughes says that Flores would be considered for the PFA manager of the year award had it not been for Leicester City.
Watford were one of the favourites to get relegated. However, they have not been in a dogfight since the start of the season and they are just three points away from reaching the magical figure of 40 points for newly promoted clubs. Apart from doing well in the Premier League, the club has also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup. Since they do not have to worry about the league, Watford are expected to place their full concentration on reaching the FA Cup final. Stoke know a thing or two about reaching Wembley to play in a FA Cup semi-final as an underdog. Read more
Louis Van Gaal is understood to have been told by the Red Devils’ hierarchy that he would not lose his position in the coming summer.
There have been many occasions in the ongoing season when it has looked like Van Gaal is on the brink of getting axed and one more bad game would just be it. But, every time, with some sort of performance, the Dutch coach has managed to save himself. Read more
Although there is still plenty to play for in the remaining two months across every major domestic league in Europe, players and managers alike would be forgiven for having one eye on the upcoming European Championship in France.
The former still have time to put themselves in the picture for selection for their respective national team, with their fingers firmly crossed that that remain injury-free and do not have their hopes of participating at a major international tournament dashed. Read more