Ismaila Sarr Could Be Liverpool Star

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Liverpool have been linked with a few forwards this summer; Swede Alexander Isak (From Liverpool Echo) and Jeremy Doku (Source The Independent) to name just two.

But maybe The Reds could and should be looking a little closer to home for a new attacker.

During the opening weekend of the Premier League, Watford returned with aplomb as they defeated Aston Villa in a 3-2 victory (BBC Match Report).

The standout man for the newly promoted Hornets was Ismaila Sarr.

As well as grabbing a goal the Senegalese star also played a big part in his side’s opening goal.

His constant direct running and pace caused Villa all sorts of trouble, especially in the first half at Vicarage Road.

Aston Villa leftback Matt Targett was given a torrid time. Anytime the fullback got close, Sarr would just spin around and leave Targett for dust. If he stood off Sarr, then the Watford man would either just drive at him or he’s put in an early dangerous ball. Targett was hauled off at the halftime interval as he just couldn’t cope with what Ismaila was throwing at him (CONSTANTLY).

Sarr, playing on the right, was a consistent threat. Only Emmanuel Dennis would take more shots at goal than Sarr’s three efforts. No player would beat the Senegal international’s total of four key passes. The wideman also completed more dribbles than anyone else on the park (Stats from Whcoscored).

The twenty-three year old was also his team’s star player during their last season in the English top flight, where he notched up five goals and created four assists.

Last year in The Championship, Sarr was again a standout as he grabbed thirteen strikes and four more assists as he helped his club secure promotion in the first time of asking.

Being such an attacking threat on either wing, he would suit the style that Jurgen Klopp likes to deploy at Anfield. He also has the pace and directness that will see supporters get off of their seats!

He’s such an exciting talent and he proved that once again on Saturday against Villa.

In 2019, compatriot and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was full of praise for Ismaila:

“He’s rapid. I think defenders will struggle. Last time I was speaking to Robbo [Andy Robertson] I said ‘Watford have a really good player. I will need to help you more otherwise Ismaila Sarr will kill you, because he is a good dribbler and very, very fast.’”

Via 90Min.com

I believe Liverpool want a new forward and one with pace. To get that player I think they still need to sell Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi or possibly both.

But if the Merseyside giants can offload those two from their pool and want an attacker who already knows of the rigours you get in the Premier League, then Ismaila Sarr should be topping their list.

That’s not to say that they’ll get their man.

If Watford want to give themselves the best possible chance of staying up this term then they need to keep their best players and Ismaila is, for me, their best player!

Man United Announce Themselves As Premier League Title Contenders

Last season Manchester United started their Premier League campaign with a whimper as they lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace.

Today saw The Red Devils start this term in scintillating style as they thumped bitter rivals Leeds United by five goals to one at Old Trafford (BBC Match Report).

United played with a swagger that was reminiscent of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

It was a day full of plus points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Old Trafford was complete with over 70,000 fans within the stands and they were treated to a pulsating performance from their team.

They also had the chance to welcome important new boy Raphael Varane, who has finally completed his move from Real Madrid, as he was paraded in front of the United faithful before kick-off. The French World Cup winner could prove to be a vital signing as he as the tools need to make Man Utd much better defensively.

Fellow summer signing Jadon Sancho (Source Sky Sports) found himself on the bench for the triumph over Leeds and he was given the last fifteen minutes to show the fans just what he can do. A few tricks and flicks later and the United support will relish seeing more from the England star.

United didn’t start with their three most experienced attackers but that didn’t hamper them going forward.

Star middle-men Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba tore Leeds United apart.

Portuguese magician Bruno was clinical in front of goal as he collected the match ball with his hat-trick. His runs off the ball were simply sensational.

Pogba had the passing ability and vision to break Leeds hearts as he continually cut open their backline. Paul’s craft created four assists. When he’s in the mood, Paul is simply unstoppable.

No team in the Premier League could have controlled Pogba and Fernandes today. United need those two to link up like that in a consistent basis. If they can then they will definitely be charging towards major silverware this season.

It must be really satisfying for Ole that he can still add his new signings to this team as well as Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.

Man United had 16 shots, eight of which were on target and five were put away. They were also more efficient in terms of their passing, securing a 79% passing success rate compared to Leeds 78%. Man United also had double the amount of key passes and out dribbled their opponents too (Stats from WhoScored).

After their fine victory, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to say how much of a team effort it was as he thanked the crowd and his coaching team too:

“You’ve got to say well done to everyone – from the crowd to the players to the staff this week, the coaches. Everything’s been spot on and to get this result and performance on the first day gives you a massive boost. It’s just the mood. But it’s one game and we should always pat ourselves on the back and taste that sweet victory. Tomorrow, we’re back on track for the next one.”

Via ManUtd.com

It is very interesting that Ole stated that they would be concentrating on the next fixture from tomorrow onwards.

If Manchester United are to really become proper title challengers then they need to build on these successes.

In 2019, they started that season with a bang beating Chelsea 4-0 but they would drop points in their next three league outings!

They cannot afford to do that again this year.

United have a feel good factor surrounding them at the moment. They’ve made very astute summer signings, they’ve smashed a rival in their opening game and they’ve got the fans back in the stands.

Next up they travel down to Southampton, they need to keep their foot on the gas and show everyone that this is a Man United team capable of finding glory again!

It’s Now Make Or Break For Anthony Martial At Manchester United This Year

As Manchester United splashed the cash this summer, with Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho arriving, talk turned to possible departures.

Quite a lot of people speculated that the Old Trafford club could be about to offload Anthony Martial to Inter Milan (Source Daily Mail).

But The Metro newspaper are now stating that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep the French forward.

The twenty-five year old has been a pretty mixed bag since joining United in 2015.

His best year came in the 2019-20 season, where he scored twenty-three goals and seventeen of those came in the Premier League. But he was hampered by injuries last term and his form seriously dipped, notching just four league goals.

There’s no doubting Anthony’s ability and he has the potential to be a truly world class attacker. The doubts come when it comes to his desire and consistency, he simply hasn’t shown enough as a Red Devil.

Martial possesses electric pace that absolutely scares defenders. Add that terrifying speed to his neat close control and that makes him even more dangerous when he enters the opposition’s final third.

The Les Bleus international is also a very cute finisher. He has the ability to open up his body and guide his finishes beyond keepers, much like Thierry Henry used to do. Unfortunately he just hasn’t hit the stats Henry managed in the Premier League.

This season has to be the biggest yet in Antony Martial’s career. If he wishes to stay at Man United, then he has to start taking games by the scruff of the neck and regularly find the back of the net.

Sancho’s arrival should help. The English star proved he can be an assist master with Bundesliga cracks Borussia Dortmund. He’ll certainly give the team more of a threat on the right-side, which they’ve needed for a while now.

Martial’s pace and control should also be ideal for the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes who should be able to pick out any runs in behind opponents.

Yes he’ll face competition for places. Mason Greenwood is improving all the time, Edinson Cavani is a proven goal-getter and Marcus Rashford like Martial has to prove he can be more lethal in front of goal.

Last Christmas, Solskjaer said that he has asked Martial to provide more for the team and that the forward responded excellently:

“Anthony has made some important contributions lately, assists and he has scored goals, he is getting fitter,”

“I think he showed against Leeds, and he knows that I am onto him about this, that his running stats have set a new standard for him, which I want to see more from. “

Via ManUtd.com

Anthony Martial needs to get back to full fitness and prove himself to be a top player at Manchester United. This could be his last year to do so.

It’s quite possible that Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe could all be available next summer. An elite club like United would have to be interested in bringing one of those names to Old Trafford, especially if their forward-line has been misfiring.

I honestly believe Martial has all the tools available to him to be a true star. He needs to work harder and believe in himself more. If he can do that and grab more than twenty league strikes this term, then he should be able to go up to that elite level!

PSG Have Won The Transfer Market!

Paris Saint-Germain have brought in the big one.

The Ligue 1 giants have swooped in and brought in superstar Lionel Messi on a free transfer (Source BBC Sport).

I say a free transfer but obviously the deal is laden with cash. The two year contract will no doubt include a whopping signing-on fee and The Standard are reporting that he’ll earn around €35m a year after tax.

It’s an eye watering deal but that’s the price you will have to pay for one of the greatest of all time.

PSG had already had a very successful transfer window this summer.

In total, they’ve now brought in five new faces.

Only right-back Achraf Hakimi has come with a transfer fee. PSG splashed over £50m to bring in the Moroccan internationalist (Source Sky Sports). The full-back helped Inter Milan to their Scudetto last term, scoring an impressive seven goals and creating eight assists. He has already made is mark in the colours of PSG scoring on his league debut.

Twenty-two year old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was a standout performer for Italy as the Azzurri secured the Euro 2020 crown this summer. His free transfer is a real coup as he’s the shot-stopper that seems destined to take over from Gianluigi Buffon as being a world star goalie!

Veteran centre-back Sergio Ramos won’t need any introduction to any follower of football. He’s been one of the world’s top defenders for over a decade now. The former Real Madrid man has won every major trophy going and his experience at the back could prove invaluable for PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino. It will be a bit surreal seeing Ramos and Lionel Messi in the same side.

Georginio Wijnaldum might have gone under the radar a bit given the names of the other new arrivals but he’s another one that could move the Les Parisiens a step closer to their ultimate goal. He’s a midfielder that can cover every blade of grass, score an important goal or two and do some of that defensive work that the forwards might shy away from.

It’s hard to think of a club enjoying a better transfer window. PSG have brought in five world class talents and the each add a new dimension to the squad.

Messi is clearly the cherry on top of the most expensive cake in the world but he still has it in him to win games almost single-handedly.

The thirty-four year old has already stated that he wants to get going and his hopeful to help PSG reach their goal (must be Champions League glory):

“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” .

“I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”

Via Reuters

Now people will point to the Qatari influence at PSG and question the financial fair play laws. A lot have been a bit snobby regarding these deals, especially the Messi one.

I get that some fans felt Leo Messi would stay at FC Barcelona forever but that clearly couldn’t happen and that is mainly due to mismanagement at the Camp Nou. No other club realistically offered Messi the type of deal that the French side did and Messi like anyone else has the right to secure whatever move he wishes to make that benefits him and his family.

Even though this has been an amazing off-season for PSG, that doesn’t mean that they will definitely win the Champions League. It doesn’t even mean that they’ll reclaim the Ligue 1 title, Lille OSC showed last term that surprises can still happen!

Yes they have a sensational front three in Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Yet that attacking trio could prove to be their downfall in some important ties as they might not offer enough discipline to track-back or press when the chips are down.

Messi’s arrival may also push Mbappe closer to the exit door at the Parc des Princes. I doubt it will be this summer but quite possibly next year.

The latest arrival could also see PSG offloading players to balance the books and that could benefit various other teams in Europe. The likes of Ander Herrera, Keylor Navas, Mauro Icardi, Rafinha, Tilo Kehrer, Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler could all be on the lookout for new employers.

It should also bring more eyes to the Ligue 1 product and that could benefit the rest of the French top flight and not just PSG.

Football isn’t a movie or a romantic novel. It’s an industry and in that PSG, whether you agree with it or not, have probably enjoyed the best ever transfer window!

Liverpool & Jurgen Klopp Would Relish Getting Jeremy Doku

Liverpool have once again been linked with a move for Belgian teen sensation Jeremy Doku.

The Independent have suggested that the Anfield club are readying a £34m bid for the talented wideman.

Liverpool’s interest shouldn’t really come as a surprise, they were linked previously with the player. Doku supposedly turned them down in favour of staying at Anderlecht before moving to Stade Rennais FC in the belief he’d get more game time in his homeland and in Ligue 1 and continue to impress Reds boss Jurgen Klopp from afar (Source Liverpool Echo).

It certainly seems to have been a sound plan. Doku has suitably impressed with Les Rennais and his efforts there won him a spot in the Belgian Euro 2020 squad. Which in turn seems to have once again caught the attention of the Liverpool recruiting department.

The first thing that stands out when you watch Jeremy at work is his blistering pace! He can just speed past defenders and leave them in his wake. Speed is an attribute Klopp likes from his forward players and they don’t come much faster that Doku. It is interesting to note that the winger can usually provide pretty accurate crosses even when he hits his top speed.

In his maiden league season at Rennes, the attack minded player recorded just two goals and three assists. I can only see those stats improving within time. The Liverpool coaching team would fancy getting him now and moulding him from this young age and watching him become a world class talent in Merseyside, he certainly carries that potential.

As well as his electrifying pace, the youngster is also direct and has great close control too. This makes him even harder to defend against.

The internationalist can also operate on either wing. This will again impress Mr Klopp, who loves his players to be versatile enough to play in various positions.

His 83% passing success rate is also impressive when you consider the area in which he plays and his age. Jeremy was also averaging 3.7 dribbles per Ligue 1 game last term (Stats via Whoscored).

The young player impressed in the summer, with British pundit Micah Richards picking him out for special praise after Belgium’s loss to Italy:

Doku was scintillating and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.”

Via Sky Sports

I can definitely see what is attracting Liverpool to Doku. He has all the tools needed to become an elite forward. At just nineteen, they’d be getting a player still eager to learn and be moulded into what Jurgen Klopp wants from his attackers. They’d also be getting him at a decent price.

Will the move happen this summer?

Well if the Reds make an concrete offer, then it will be a huge call for Jeremy Doku to make.

On one hand he still hasn’t truly proven himself in France. Spending another year there, getting more games, goals and assists would bring his game along tremendously. He could really establish himself in Ligue 1 and then be ready for the rigours of the Premier League.

On the other hand, can he really turn down Klopp and Liverpool again? Would they comeback a third time? He’d learn a lot from seeing and training with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah everyday.

My gut says it won’t happen this summer but we shall just have to wait and see. Plus whatever happens he’s definitely a player to keep your eye on!

Lukaku Now Has Golden Second Chance To Prove Himself At Chelsea

Ten years ago, a teenage Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht.

The youngster would only get ten opportunities to shine for The Blues in the Premier League and in that time he wouldn’t hit the back of the net. The figure of Didier Drogba was always looming over the youngster at this time.

The Belgian hitman would go on and prove himself in England at West Brom, Everton and then at Manchester United (albeit less so). In that time Lukaku scored 113 top flight strikes in 242 top flight games.

The hitman would then go on at bang in 47 goals in 72 Serie A outings with Inter Milan.

Most media sites are now reporting that the twenty-eight year old is heading back to Chelsea a decade after he first arrived in London. The deal is thought to be for around £97.5m (Source – BBC Sport), a whopping £84m more than what they paid for him the first time around.

But this could be an ideal opportunity for Romelu to show everyone that he was always destined to be a star at Stamford Bridge.

The striker has never tasted domestic success in England.

Current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel showed during his first six months that he can get the most out of this Chelsea side, he guided the team to a Champions League triumph after all. So more trophies could be on the horizon for both club and the returnee.

Lukaku will believe that he’s the man to give the Blues as focal point up top that’s good enough to bring the Premier League title back to West London.

Timo Werner underwhelmed during his debut season at The Bridge. But the German international could thrive alongside Romelu in a Chelsea frontline. Lukaku playing through the centre would be the main goal-getter but that would allow Werner to go out onto the left, where he thrived previously at RB Leipzig. Lukaku can also wander off to the ring flank, which would free up space in the centre for the likes or Werner or his compatriot Kai Havertz to get into goalscoring positions.

When Chelsea first bought Romelu Lukaku they were bringing in an exciting youthful prospect. This time they’re bringing back an established talent.

The Belgian star is a world class goalscorer. He has immense power and deceptive speed. He’s clever at bringing in teammates and playing off of them. The forward is one of the world’s best finishers at the moment. Lukaku also possesses wonderful close control and this allows him to create space and avoid challenges when he’s inside the oppositions penalty area.

He will come back to the Premier League after securing the Scudetto with Inter. That should give the marksman the hunger to win more medals!

As well as being on the hunt for new trophies Romelu Lukaku will be desperate to prove himself finally as a Chelsea player. He has stated previously his love for The Blues:

“Chelsea is my favourite team.”

“I have always said it and I have never hidden it”

Via ESPN

Not many players can go back to major clubs and prove their worth. This is a dream opportunity for Romelu Lukaku and one I don’t think either party will regret as he should be arriving back during his peak years.

Barcelona Might Be Better Off In Long Term Without Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona announced yesterday that they could no longer afford to keep global superstar Lionel Messi (The Guardian).

To be honest, I won’t truly believe Messi has departed the Camp Nou until he’s being paraded in another club’s jersey. I think this is a move on Barca’s part to make a play against La Liga financial fair play rules and a way to reinsert their dominance (along with Real Madrid) in the Spanish top flight after the European Super League debacle.

But let’s say this is truly the end of Leo in Catalunya, could it actually be a good thing for Barca?

Now when you look at the stats, you’d be crazy to see a positive in the Argentine’s departure. In the league alone last year the attacker grabbed thirty goals and created nine assists. The last time Messi didn’t score twenty or more league strikes was way back in the 2007-08 season!

Yet he’s now thirty-four years of age and everything both on and off the park still seemed to go through the player. As a team, Barcelona have stopped evolving. They continually look to Lionel and ask him to conjure up something magic. Opposition teams know the playbook and whilst Messi can still beat certain sides on his own, it’s not happening with the same consistency that it has before.

The side no longer have the likes of Neymar, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez there to shoulder some of that responsibility. The club’s hierarchy balls up the rebuild job. They got £200m for Neymar and they squandered that cash and then went on to squander even more.

New signings like Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho haven’t been good enough to get Barcelona back to their peak years. The Catalan giants haven’t won a La Liga title in the past two seasons and their last Champions League triumph came in 2015!

The club are now in a serious financial mess. They’re in the market for free transfers this summer (struggling to even get those moves done) and are heavily in the red.

In a statement released today, Barca President Joan Laporta stated:

“I can’t make a decision that will affect the club for 50 years,”

Via BBC Sport

I believe that’s the stark reality of the situation, even though I still think the club’s head honchos will still look at ways to do a deal like persuading La Liga to change certain rules to keep one of the world’s greatest ever players in the league.

But Barca will have to have made this decision at some point in the future. Messi wasn’t going to last forever. Many people will say that a player can’t be bigger than a football club but in this case Messi was getting to that stage.

Now Barca can instigate a proper rebuild and plan for a future without their famous number ten.

It should still involve getting rid of the deadwood that they’re trying to sell this summer.

It should also include the likes of Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig and Pedri. Those are very gifted players that have come up through the club’s academy.

I don’t think the longterm future will see Ronald Koeman in the hot-seat. He’s almost been given his dream job on the basis of seeing off the old guard and getting things ready for an Xavi return within the next 12 to 24 months.

They need to balance the books and once they do that, they’ll need to look at bringing in the best young prospects that world football has to offer. There should be more Frankie De Jongs and Sergino Dests coming through the door and less Braithwaites and Depays.

I also believe the likes of Ansu Fati could flourish without Messi’s visible shadow looming over him. A player as great as Leo Messi can sometimes stifle talent just with their presence. Fati should look at this as his moment to really come to the fore and make himself the next world class talent to come out of La Masia.

FC Barcelona are at a crossroads.

They can keep Messi if the cards fall their way in this possible power move but in the end they still need to plan for his eventual departure.

They can slowly but surely fade as a power like Arsenal and AC Milan have done in the past.

Or they can actually embrace this enforced moment of change and start to get back to the basics of what made them great in the first place and that’s a well drilled, young, exciting football team that can pass teams off the park.

Which route will they take? Well only in time will we find out!

Manuel Locatelli Could Solve A Problem For Liverpool

I remember Manuel Locatelli bursting onto the football scene as a youngster for AC Milan. He always looked like a very intelligent and technical midfielder, so I was surprised when The Rossoneri decided to sell the midfielder to Sassuolo back in 2018.

It hasn’t come as a surprise that the twenty-three year old has since flourished at Sassuolo. His performances for the Neroverdi saw him selected for The Azzurri, where he helped Roberto Mancini’s men to their Euro 2020 triumph this summer.

The Lecco native has now been linked with a host of top clubs, all vying for his signature. One such illustrious name is that of Liverpool Football Club (Source Daily Mail).

It is a deal that could make sense, the player’s current contract has a £34m buyout clause inserted in it (Via Bleacher Report) and The Reds are on the lookout for a new midfielder after Gini Wynaldum’s departure during this off-season.

With all that being said, Serie A giants Juventus seem to be favourites to land Locatelli, according to Fabrizio Romano Via HITC.

But if Jurgen Klopp were to make a move, he’d be getting a fine player indeed.

The German likes to see his side in possession and be efficient when they have the ball. Manuel would certainly fit into that style of play.

I’d imagine Locatelli would offer Liverpool a tad bit more creatively from the engine-room than Gini did as the Italian is a bit of a play-making number eight type.

The Italian international is also great at covering every blade of grass as he possesses the ability to run and run. That’s both in offensive and defensive areas of the pitch.

As well as being assured whilst on the ball, the midfielder also has the vision and craft needed to create chances for his forward thinking teammates. He can play the easy on the eye tidy passes or the get the fans out their seats wonder balls, his passing ability is certainly a major strength he has in his locker.

Last season, Locatelli secured an 88% passing success rate and made around 1.1 key passes per game too (Stats – Whoscored). No player at Sassuolo could better Manuel’s average of 2.4 tackles per league outing!

Being able to get your foot in and winning the ball back is definitely an attribute Klopp admires in a footballer. The fact Sassuolo like to press teams will also see Locatelli fitting in perfectly if he were to make that move to Anfield.

He can also venture forward and grab a goal. He netted four times for his club and twice for Italy at the Euros.

The player himself seems to believe his time with special time at Sassuolo is going to come to an end this summer, and he has also suggested he may end up playing abroad:

I thank Sassuolo because they believed in me when a lot of people doubted me. However, we are all aware of what will be the best path forward in the summer. It could lead me to another Italian team or to a foreign one.”

Via Cult Of Calcio

Those words should be ringing in the ears of those that head Liverpool’s summer recruitment drive.

In Manuel Locatelli, The Reds would be getting a modern day midfield maestro who is ready suited to shine at the highest of levels!

Nuno Espirito Santo Could Transform Tottenham’s Game

It’s been a turbulent time for Tottenham Hotspur with Jose Mourinho sacked right before a cup final and then the team coming in seventh under caretaker boss Ryan Mason.

Now that it looks likely that star striker Harry Kane will be heading to any one of a number of teams, including Manchester City (Source Metro), new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo faces an even harder task if he’s to steer Spurs back towards the top of the Premier League

However, there is already good news in that Spurs’ second star attacker, Son Heung-min, has signed a new four-year deal with the club (Via BBC) – announced the same day as Kane’s impending departure was revealed. This will save Espirito Santo one headache at least, as Son is easily the club’s next most valuable asset behind Kane and he’ll be vital in – quite literally – achieving the new gaffer’s goals. 

Striking a Scorching Deal 

There’s already speculation about Kane’s replacement, with Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus rumoured to be under consideration when it comes to taking up Tottenham’s spare place on the pitch. The even better rumour is that Jesus is actually part of the £160 million Kane deal struck by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Whatever the truth, it’s not the best news for Spurs’ head coach – Gabriel Jesus is simply no Harry Kane. 

Yes, he scored 50 goals in 131 Premier League games for City, but he was often brought on as a sub for Sergio Aguero. Yet if anyone can ensure this young player grows and thrives at Tottenham, it’s Espirito Santo. This potential sort-of-swap deal could prove interesting, given that the two teams will face each other in their opening game of the season. City, here at Space Casino, are heavily favoured to win that game, showing the task Nuno has. 

Can Santos repeat his Wolves wonder years? 

But with the Portuguese boss at the helm and odds suggest Tottenham are definitely in with a chance. After all, this is the man who took a lacklustre Wolverhampton Wanderers to new heights, beginning his contract in May 2017 and voted Manager of the Month by that November after Wolves scored thirteen goals to win all four of their games.

After six years in the wilderness, Wolves again reached the Premier League thanks to Espirito Santo’s leadership and finished seventh in the 2018/19 season – their highest rank in nearly two decades. He then led the team to the UEFA Europa League, the first time they’d reached it since 1980/81. 

Now Nuno Espirito Santo is tasked with leading Tottenham Hotspur into a brighter new era, and he’s got his work cut out, especially with Kane’s mooted exit.

It’s widely anticipated that he’ll favour a 3-4-3 line-up as he reshapes the squad and starts the fight to climb back up the Premier League table. After some shambolic defending last season, this area is going to be top priority for the new coach with whispers that Argentine Cristian Romero will be signed up (Source Sky Sports). A favourite of Espirito Santo’s at Wolves, Irishman Matt Doherty, is likely to continue as right wing-back and French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will keep his place after nearly a decade with the club. 

We know who’s definitely leaving, who might be going and can have a good guess at who the new faces will be.

Can the great Nuno Espirito Santo turn Tottenham’s fortunes around? Only time will tell.

Celtic Board Need To Answer Questions Regarding Poor Summer

Celtic have an endured a poor start to the season.

Ange Postecoglou has come in and the new manager will now know what a massive job he has on his hands.

Yet the Aussie coach shouldn’t be the one that has to answer all the questions from the media about where the blame lies because he’s not at fault for what has been a woeful summer thus far.

If you fail to prepare then you are prepared to fail. Year in and year out Celtic have struggled to prepare for a new season. Already this term they are out of the Champions League and have now lost their first Premiership game of the campaign.

Getting Ange in was a long process, with Eddie Howe obviously the Celtic hierarchy’s first choice. Yet no matter if it were Howe or Postecoglou who was to become the new gaffer, the recruitment drive should’ve been in full swing before the appointment was confirmed.

Everyone knew this was going to be a huge transfer window for the Hoops. Kristoffer Ajer has made his expected departure as has Olivier Ntcham (The Herald). Yet the board have been slow in finding replacements. You’ve got to expect Odsonne Edouard will be next out the door but again will the Celtic fans have to wait for him to officially leave before they see a new striker coming in later on in the window?

Last season Celtic were pretty hopeless for the most part. Their weaknesses were evident to anyone who watched them and that was in defence.

New keeper Vasilis Barkas failed to settle and number two Scott Bain isn’t a good enough to hold the gloves in a long term basis.

The backline has no stars without Ajer there and lack experience with Christopher Julien still on the sidelines.

Swedish centre-back Carl Starfelt has arrived (Source BBC Sport) but only after Celtic’s european loss to FC Midtjylland (Daily Record).

During that disappointing season last year, the Glasgow club had to make use of quite a few loans to strengthen up their backline (Maybe not strengthen). Yet with those average loanees now back at their parent clubs, Celtic have for some reason not brought in players to plug the gaps in their leaky defence.

Even though we can all see where it’s all going wrong at Celtic Park, those in charge of the pursestrings and those in the scouting department (does one exist?) have failed in their duties to oversee the goings on at the football club.

After the loss to the Danes in the Champions League qualifiers, Ange Postecoglou stated:

“I still think it’s my responsibility,” 

“I’m the person that’s been put in charge and if we haven’t got players in obviously I haven’t done a good enough job of convincing people we need to bring people in.

“I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr; I just think that’s my responsibility.”

Via BBC

Listen, this has hee-haw to do with Ange and him having to convince his bosses that they need to bring in players. That has been obvious from the outset.

The board have been sleeping at the wheel for a few years now and have been making similar mistakes for at least a decade, especially when it comes to failings in Europe.

Instead of Ange having to come out and take flak from the media, it should be those in the boardroom that have tied his arm behind his back that are coming out and answering the questions that need answered!

If that wasn’t enough, it seems like some fans have had multiple tickets to go back to Celtic Park, while other season ticket holders have repeatedly missed out. This is simply not good enough.

Where’s this sporting director that was meant to be a top priority?

Where’s the new defence?

Where’s the backing of the new manager?

Where’s the professionalism?

It really is time for answers at Celtic Park.