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ESPN FC News 21 Feb 21:51

Dortmund face midfield conundrum in tight second leg at Atalanta

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger explains what it means to finally be able to see Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle link up with one another. On Thursday, Borussia Dortmund will look to reach the round of 16 in the Europa League in the return leg against Serie A's Atalanta. Thanks to Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi's stoppage-time winner last week, the Black and Yellows, who are yet to lose in 2018, will enter the tie with a 3-2 advantage. The match will take place around 200 kilometres southwest of Bergamo at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia as Atalanta's Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia is not modern enough to comply with UEFA's regulations....

ESPN FC News 21 Feb 21:25

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos denies penalty rift with Gareth Bale

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he felt his team had turned a corner and were now hitting their best form -- speaking after

ESPN FC News 21 Feb 20:32

Sergio Ramos on target as Real Madrid fight back to beat Leganes

Skipper Sergio Ramos scored a late penalty clincher as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes and ease themselves into third place in La

ESPN FC News 21 Feb 19:58

FIFA lifts ban on public endorsements of 2026 World Cup bids

LONDON -- A ban on voters publicly endorsing any 2026 World Cup bid has been lifted by FIFA in the face of criticism from football

ESPN FC News 21 Feb 19:52

Roberto Firmino won't face discipline as result of Mason Holgate allegation - FA

The English Football Association (FA) have confirmed that they will be taking no disciplinary action against Roberto Firmino in regards to

West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 17:17

Euro Paper Talk: Juve star hands transfer blow to Man Utd

Man Utd have suffered a setback in their hopes of luring a £53m summer target, while Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Lionel Messi that Liverpool are chasing a Real Madrid striker, according to Wednesday’s European papers.

 

MIXED MESSAGES OVER ALEX SANDRO FUTURE

Manchester United’s hopes of bringing Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro to the club appear to have stalled after the player hinted he wanted to honour his contract at the club.

United have watched the player on multiple occasions and were thought to be keen to strike a deal in the region of €60m (£53m) this summer.

The player has also been tracked by Chelsea, but assessing his future at Juve, Sandro told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I have always remained focused on my work and my only thought has always been Juventus, with whom I still have two years of contract.”

The former Porto man’s agent Federico Pastorello refused to close the door on a future transfer, however, and told RAI Sport: “The goal is to look around and he could still think about the Premier League. No doubt his non-renewal is a sign of his point of view.”

 

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POLITICAL INTERVENTION TO ENSURE LIVERPOOL, SPURS MISS STRIKER TARGET

Warning: this might be one of the most bizarre stories you will read this week….

North Korean striker Han Kwang-song is more likely to sign for Juventus this summer than fellow suitors Tottenham or Liverpool, according to reports in the Italian press.

The forward has come under the watchful eye of the trio in recent months and was subject of a failed bid from Juventus during the January transfer window.

However, it’s strongly suggested both Spurs and Liverpool have kept a watch on the player and are considering summer moves to bring the talented striker to the Premier League.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, however, the player looks destined to move to Juventus, however – due to the intervention of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un!

According to the paper, the North Korean leader has a ‘strong relationship’ with Italian senator Antonio Razzi and it was the two of them who brokered the player’s move to Cagliari in the first place.

Quite how that happened is not explained, but Kim Jong-un is reported to be a huge fan of Italian football and is keen to ensure his countryman, Han, moves to Juventus ahead of the Premier League.

Explaining why Juventus lead the charge for Han, Razzi told the paper: “Kim is a huge football fan. When he was studying in Switzerland, he used to go to the San Siro to watch AC Milan and Inter.

“Han to Juventus would be something extraordinary. He would be a perfect testimonial for life in North Korea.

“Thanks to this guy, Cagliari and Sardegna are well known in North Korea now and if the player join Juve, the club will be even more followed in the country.”

It may all sound a little strange, but the news could be enough to put Liverpool and Spurs off a move for the striker….

 

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AND THE REST

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi that Liverpool want to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (Don Balon)

Dortmund are plotting a surprise summer swoop for Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal. The 22-year-old has 10 goals and 10 assists in 36 games so far this season (A Bola)

 

AC Milan are plotting a surprise summer swoop for former Manchester United wing flop Memphis Depay, who has recaptured his best form at Lyon (Calciomercato)

Memphis Depay: Scored a stunner against Toulouse

Samuel Umtiti has opened the door on a move to Manchester United after expressing his anger at his current contract (Don Balon)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has given a surprise reason why Mauro Icardi should snub Real Madrid and Manchester United – saying plain shirts don’t look good on him and the Nerazzurri’s stripes suit him better (Corriere dello Sport)

Toni Kroos: Signs new mega-deal with Real

Manchester United will be given permission to sign Toni Kroos in a £80m deal this summer – if they are willing to sacrifice their prized asset, David De Gea (Don Balon)

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur for €40m. However, the deal won’t go through until January 2019, according to multiple Spanish sources (Diario AS / Mundo Deportivo)

AC Milan are set to open talks with Roma striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian came close to joining Chelsea in January until the deal broke down over personal terms (Tuttosport)

Juventus and Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing Roma star Alessandro Florenzi whose contract with the Giallorossi expires in 2019 (Tuttosport)

Lyon fear Liverpool are closing to announcing a deal for their 18-year-old midfield starlet Mohamed Bahlouli (France Football)

Luka Modric will leave Real Madrid this summer. The Croatian has offers from Inter Milan and Napoli, but Manchester City are emerging as contenders to sign him, while Tottenham are also expected to make a bid to re-sign the midfielder (Don Balon)

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that he would like to manage his old club Real Sociedad if he decides to go into management (AS)

Thibaut Courtois expects Real Madrid to contact his agent over a possible move to the Bernabeu this summer (Cadena COPE)

Liverpool want to solve their goalkeeping problem with the acquisition of Keylor Navas (Diario Gol)

AC Milan have reportedly tied up the free transfer capture of Sampdoria left-back Ivan Strinic this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is also on AC Milan’s transfer radar this summer (Calciomercato)

Cristiano Ronaldo wants five new players in at Real Madrid this summer after a disastrous La Liga campaign (Diario Gol)

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri admits he would relish the chance to manage the Italian national team (Tuttomercatoweb)

Real Valladolid striker Jaime Mata has rejected the chance to join Chinese club Zhejiang Greentown (Marca)

Zinedine Zidane has vowed to continue fighting in his role as Real Madrid manager (AS)

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has declared he will not play for another Italian team, opening the door to a move to China or Major League Soccer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij looks set to favour a move to Manchester United over Liverpool this summer (MediaSet Premium)

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 09:20

Paper Talk: Chelsea lead United for 88m American; Arsenal link

A Premier League duo face a fight to sign an £88m-rated winger, while Arsenal eyeing a move for a Juventus defender, according to Wednesday’s papers.

 

CHELSEA FACE PULISIC BATTLE

Chelsea are reportedly battling Bayern Munich and Manchester United for £88m-rated Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.

The Daily Mail claims on Wednesday that Bayern are now interested in the winger as they look to replace the ageing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

The report states that Chelsea are the most serious about signing Pulisic, with United keeping track of the situation.

However, the Premier League duo will be boosted by the fact that Dortmund will be reluctant to lose a key man to their rivals again.

Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Goetze have all left the Westfalenstadion for Bayern in the past few years.

Liverpool tried and failed to sign the USA international back in 2016, and reports in the German media claim it would take £88m to tempt Dortmund to sell.

 

AND THE REST

Jorginho could be allowed to leave Napoli – opening the door for a move to Manchester United (Sun)

Manchester United are ready to offer Real Madrid competition for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi (Star)

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has claimed Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham want to sign him (Mirror)

Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Juventus ace Daniele Rugani (Sun)

David Moyes has given further clues that he will be staying on as West Ham manager by looking at potential recruits (Express)

Soon-to-be out-of-contract Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij is keen on a move to Manchester United (Mirror)

Leo Ulloa wants a permanent return to Brighton and reckons helping them stay up will mean more than winning the title (Sun)

Wigan insisted their security measures were “perfectly acceptable” during the FA Cup showdown with Manchester City (Mail)

Panicking ref chiefs are planning emergency testing of new VAR equipment after a series of cock-ups (Sun)

 

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 20:28

?Taxi stealing? West Brom quartet likely to escape charge

A Spanish court has decided not to pursue a case against the four West Brom players who allegedly stole a taxi in Barcelona last week, according to reports.

Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were involved in an incident while the club was away on a warm-weather training camp and team-bonding exercise.

They were interviewed by local police at the time, but the quartet appear set to escape punishment because there is insufficient evidence to continue with the case, which, reports say, has been provisionally dismissed but could be reopened if new evidence comes to light.

West Brom were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport.

The four players apologised for breaking a curfew in a collective statement on Friday, but West Brom manager Alan Pardew has said he was left “furious” by the incident.

Events in Barcelona increased the heat on Pardew, whose position has been the subject of speculation in the wake of boardroom upheaval and poor results on the pitch.

Pardew named both Evans and Barry in his starting line-up for the FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday, although Evans was stripped of the captaincy.

Pardew is set to decide this week whether to give the armband back to the former Manchester United defender or permanently remove it.

Since Pardew took charge towards the end of November, West Brom have won just three of 17 matches in all competitions and are bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of 17th-placed Huddersfield, whom they host in a crucial clash at the weekend.

Pardew’s position was weakened last week while in Barcelona with the news that Chinese owner Guochuan Lai had sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman, who were both instrumental in appointing the 56-year-old.

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 11:28

Arsenal working on 120m swoop for four top Wenger targets

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly handed the club the list of four big-name players to bring to the Gunners this summer.

The Gunners boss, fresh from bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club in January, has already earmarked four more stars he wants to sign this summer, with reports at the weekend suggesting talks were already underway.

According to The Sun, Wenger has joined the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign £50million-rated RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The prolific frontman looks set to leave the Bundesliga side this summer and it’s believed Arsenal are looking to strike a deal before the World Cup begins.

The 10-times capped striker has this week rejected the chance to extend his contract at the Red Bull Arena and a summer departure now looks inevitable.

The club’s director of football Ralf Rangnick, however, has denied suggestions that the player wants to leave the club and insists there is no need for Leipzig to panic.

“There is nothing to be worried about. Timo is one of our best players and his contract runs through 2020. There is still plenty of time to talk, we are in no rush”, he said.

The Gunners are also closing in on the signings of £45m-rated Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir and Jonny Evans of West Brom this summer, if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed.

The paper claims Fekir has emerged as one of Wenger’s top targets this summer and is prepared to meet the £45million asking price on his head.

However, should a deal for Fekir fail, it’s believed Wenger has told the board that a deal for Schalke’s Max Meyer – who will be available on a free transfer this summer – also would be shrewd business.

Evans, meanwhile, was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window. City, however, opted to move for Aymeric Laporte – the young Frenchman becoming their record signing – while the Gunners saw a last-ditch bid for Evans rejected by the Baggies.

However, with West Brom flirting with relegation, their exit from the Premier League would lead to a certain departure of their club captain, and the Mail claims Wenger is confident a £25m deal will be done at the end of the season.

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 09:57

Monday Verdict: Liverpool 2018 v 2005; massive Harry Kane dilemma

This week’s Monday Verdict compares Liverpool’s 2018 and 2005 teams, assesses Harry Kane’s future and looks at Man Utd’s future.

 

WHO COMES OUT ON TOP BETWEEN LIVERPOOL’S 2018 SIDE VS 2005 ISTANBUL HEROES?

Robbie Fowler, one of Liverpool’s greatest-ever goal-grabbers, made quite the claim over the weekend when he suggested Jurgen Klopp’s current crop are a better side than the one that tasted Champions League glory under Rafa Benitez in 2005.

“I think, with all due respect, this team is better. I know that sounds stupid because we are sitting here talking about European champions,” Fowler said.

“But potentially this team can cause a few upsets in Europe.

“Obviously the ambition and the aim is to get into the top four as well.

“Jurgen I think is building something special, we have been saying that for a while.”

And while there’s no doubting we took a lot of pleasure from seeing Liverpool dismantle Porto 5-0 in their Champions League last-16 tie in Portugal last week, this still presents quite the claim from Fowler.

So, we decided to put Fowler’s theory to the test and squared up the two sides, player for player.For arguments sake, we’ve pitted Liverpool’s XI that beat Porto vs the Reds XI that triumphed on that famous night against Milan in 2005 and while the formations are different (Liverpool won with a 4-5-1 in 2005) we’ve still pitted each XI against one another…

 

Jerzy Dudek v Loris Karius: There’s no doubting the German has improved massively in recent weeks, but we’re still a long way from being convinced he’s Liverpool’s long-term No 1. Dudek, too, of course had his flaws, but in this instance, the Pole takes a narrow victory. Verdict: Dudek

 

Steve Finnan v Trent Alexander-Arnold: This is one tough battle because the Liverpool youngster has really impressed us of late and looks a safe bet to one day become England’s future right-back. But Mr Consistency Finnan was vastly underrated at once again marginally comes out on top. Verdict: Finnan

 

Sami Hyypia v Dejan Lovren: Simply no contest here – big Dejan (kidding, Sami, really!!) all the way. Verdict: Hyypia

Jamie Carragher v Virgil van Dijk: The latter has all the qualities to become a Liverpool great, but there’s no getting around that Carragher, for all he did at Liverpool, wins this battle. Verdict: Carragher

 

Djimi Traore v Andy Robertson: Traore is often cruelly tagged the worst player ever to win a Champions League medal, and while the tag is slightly harsh, there’s no doubting he did have plenty of vulnerabilities at Liverpool. Robertson has adapted well, meanwhile, after a slow start at Liverpool and looks more and more at home in their Red (and orange) shirts. For those that don’t know, by the way, Malian Traore is currently the assistant coach at MLS side Seattle Sounders – good to know he’s still appreciated somewhere. Verdict: Robertson

John Arne Riise: Made 321 Premier League appearances

 

John Arne Riise v Gini Wijaldum: Although two very different performers with two very different attributes, the two both operated on the inside left of a midfield three. We do like Wijnaldum’s honest endeavours, but the hammer shot of Riise wins the day for us all day long. Verdict: Riise

 

Steven Gerrard v Jordan Henderson: Let’s not waste anyone’s time comparing these two. It’s not Henderson’s fault, but Gerrard remains and always will be, one of the greatest players to ever wear the red shirt. Verdict: Gerrard

Xabi Alonso: Enjoys Oktoberfest with his wife Nagore Aramburo

 

Xabi Alonso v James Milner: Two brilliant players, again with very different attributes, but only one can claim greatness. (And no, we still haven’t forgiven Rafa for trying to sign Gareth Barry and forcing Alonso out!) Verdict: Alonso

 

Harry Kewell v Mohamed Salah: Harry Kewell scored 15 goals for Liverpool over his five seasons at the club; Mo Salah has already doubled that tally in half a season. Verdict: Salah

 

Luis Garcia v Sadio Mane: Garcia is a cult figure in Anfield folklore thanks to the Ghost Goal that sank Chelsea; however, Mane is the more talented and dangerous player of the two, despite his inconsistencies this season. Verdict: Mane

 

Milan Baros v Roberto Firmino: A limited striker, Baros always seemed to flatter to deceive at Liverpool, despite him always doing a solid job for the side. Firmino too likes to put in a similar shift, but the major difference is the Brazilian’s goals output. Another easy choice. Verdict: Firmino

 

Results

Liverpool 2005: 7

Liverpool 2018: 4

 

Overrall, Liverpool’s 2005 side seemed to excel in the areas that the current crop don’t – and vice-versa – so comparisons will always be hard to call. Player for player, however, the side that Rafa lead to Champions League glory in 2005 just about edges it, primarily thanks to the brilliance of Hyypia, Carragher, Alonso and Gerrard.

But let’s not take anything away from Liverpool’s front three right now, who stand, quite simply, alongside the world’s best attacking triumvirates right now. If they can stay fit, and if they can find a way to keep it tight at the back, this current crop could go close to matching the achievements of their 2005 peers, but until they do, it’s hard to label Klopp’s 2018 bunch a better side than their 2005 counterparts.

 

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KANE FACES BIG DECISION OVER TOTTENHAM FUTURE

This year looks like being the biggest one yet in the ever-blossoming career of Harry Kane.

With a World Cup on the horizon and with Tottenham well poised to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, 2018 could yet prove the landmark year in Kane’s career.

But while many will feel Tottenham may have to win a trophy to keep Kane happy, for me, failure to do so will be forgiven for now if the club secures a place in the Champions League again next season.

Failure to do so, will leave the player facing a massive decision on his future, especially amid heightening claims that a move to Real Madrid has already been agreed.

 

READ MORE: Coutinho shares Kane’s new Real Madrid No with his Barcelona teammates

 

Does the player stay at Tottenham and continue to hunt down Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record? Or does he move to arguably the world’s biggest club in Real Madrid, more than double his wages and, most importantly, give himself a stronger chance of trophy success?

There’s a theory bandied around that Kane wants to emulate the likes of Francesco Totti and Matt Le Tissier (two players whose undoubted talents could have earned them bigger and better moves during their careers) and stay at Spurs for the duration of his career. Do that, and the Premier League goals record looks within sight. He might just win the odd trophy too, which would be nice….

There’s a lot of ‘ifs, buts and maybes’ being bandied about, but if Spurs finish in the top four (or better yet, shock everyone and win the damn Champions League…. dream on, Spurs fans…!), there’s no decision to be made.

But should Spurs fail to finish in the top four and he’s presented with a return to the Europa League, supporters may have every right to feel nervous about their star man’s future.

A big decision in what could be a very big year, awaits….

 

CONTE SHOULD HAVE SHOWN MORE FAITH IN BATSHUAYI

When Michy Batshuayi joined Borussia Dortmund on deadline day last month it’s fair to say there weren’t too many Chelsea fans crying into their insanely expensive King’s Road pints.

Seven goals in 32 Premier League appearances doesn’t exactly spell success but since moving to the Bundesliga, the Belgium star has found the net again on a regular basis and it begs the question: Was Conte wrong in not trusting Batshuayi more?

Summer signing Alvaro Morata had a bright start to life in west London but has since been hampered by injury issues, leaving Conte to turn to his next available central option in Batshuayi. Only he didn’t, sometimes preferring to go with Eden Hazard as a ‘false No. 9’ instead.

But having bagged a brace, and potentially some momentum, in a 3-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle on January 28, Conte chose to offload Batshuayi to Germany and sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal instead.

Now, on his day, Giroud is a fine player but he is also incredibly similar to Morata, with the pair not particularly that mobile or quick – two boxes that you can tick for Batshuayi.

Would Chelsea not have been better served keeping an option like that around rather signing another like-for-like in Giroud?

Indeed since heading to the Bundesliga, Batshuayi scored a brace on his debut – he would have had a hat-trick if not for VAR – while he also scored in a win over a Hamburg and then notched two more in the Europa League against Atalanta.

Chelsea do seem to have a habit of bringing in players for big money and then not giving them enough time to settle in London, making fairly snap judgements that have so far cost them Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah to name just two.

At least Batshuayi is only on loan at Dortmund and Chelsea could end up with a better player on their hands when he returns, but IF Conte is still in charge he might be better making his plans elsewhere.

 

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IS THE FUTURE BRIGHT FOR UNITED’S YOUTH?

Manchester United’s matchday squad for their FA Cup fifth round clash against Huddersfield Town had somewhat of a youthful look on the face of it.

Yes, there was no shortage of senior presence either, with the likes of Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young complementing the starting XI.

However, also present in the starting line-up was Scott McTominay, while the bench had Joel Pereira, Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton. The latter two are still teenagers.

But what does the future hold for United’s next batch of young guns?

Well, Jose Mourinho was pretty frank in his assessment of Ethan Hamilton’s chances as the 19-year-old took Paul Pogba’s spot on the bench: “I think it’s a beautiful moment for him.

“I’m not going to play Hamilton, but I would prefer to have him and I’m pretty sure he’s happy to be here.”

Hamilton even revealed who helped him settle in with the first team squad when he first broke through: “Darren Fletcher was brilliant with me from day one. He used to chat to me a lot when I was younger. In the canteen, he’d see me about and come over.

“No matter how difficult it is to make it at Manchester United, you need to have the belief that you can do it.”

But will any of the aforementioned players truly become a United star? Is there a Darren Fletcher in the current squad who can aid the transition for aspiring young players?

The debate continues to rumble on about Chelsea’s youth policy and the fact that every season they seem to have over 50 players out on loan. Is it really the best thing for young players?

Axel Tuanzebe (RB) vs. Fulham:

82 touches
32/42 passes
9/9 tackles
8/8 aerial duels
9 clearances
1 interception
1 blocked shot
1 key pass

Solid performance from him, and hopefully he keeps getting minutes and manages to get into José’s plans for next season. pic.twitter.com/3wb3SGW11H

— Henry. (@UtdHenry) February 17, 2018

One talented player that United have loaned out is Axel Tuanzebe, who made his Aston Villa debut on Saturday against Fulham and was apparently very impressive. Will he be another case of a player too good for the Championship but never makes it at Manchester United?

Perhaps it’s too early to tell, but do players such as Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have a good chance of being consistent first teamers?

Tahith Chong is another teenager from the Red Devils’ system who has had no shortage of hype, while Lee O’Connor, George Tanner and Ro-Shaun Williams all stood out in United’s recent U19 UEFA Youth League win.

According to the MEN, Williams – and striker Joshua Bohui – have ‘already trained with the seniors at Carrington under Mourinho’ and will hope impressing on the European stage will lead to more opportunities.

As reference by the Daily Mail, Manchester United have included a home-grown player in their first team squad for 81 years. This is perhaps indicative of the club’s identity and the ‘United Way’, the same philosophy that has seen Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard flourish since their emergence in the first team.

But, for those players who emerge, there could be an equal number (or possibly even greater) that it simply never falls into place for.

Take McTominay for example – a player who Jose Mourinho has publicly waxed lyrical about since he came into the fold.

“I think maybe it’s because he’s this kind of kid profile: a normal haircut, no tattoos, no big cars, no big watches, humble kid, arrive in the club when he was nine or 10,” Mourinho said.

“Last season he was almost leaving the club to go somewhere, who knows where, who knows in which division he would be playing now.

“He has now played already, I don’t know, seven or eight 90 minutes – he’s not playing five or 10 minutes – in every competition: Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup.

“I think the kid deserves a little bit more (recognition).

“And because it looks like England is missing him, if I was Alex McLeish the first thing I would do would be to [makes phone gesture] come to me.”

As glowing a report as that is, Mourinho – and McTominay – will know that he will need to be good enough to displace both Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba if he is to nail down a midfield spot. Will that happen any time soon? Instinct says no.

Yes, perhaps his chances will be boosted if Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick move on at the end of the season, but it still looks like a pretty blocked pipeline for the 21-year-old.

United need to win now – that is very much the manager that Jose Mourinho is, hence why he went out and bought Pogba, Matic, Sanchez et al.

While this is the case, can you honestly say that the future looks bright for any of the aforementioned players?

 

 

TEAMtalk backed Leeds United badge design gets a much-needed revamp

It’s safe to say our campaign to back the new Leeds badge endured something of a mixed response on social media – so we’ve given the prototype a revamp.

The club, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, caused outrage last month when they launched what they thought would be their latest crest.

However, the new design drew widespread criticism – with numerous memes and GIFs created taking the mickey -while an online petition collected 80,000 signatures in a matter of 24 hours.

That spurred the club to abandon plans to use the crest, pictured above, and they decided instead to invite supporters to create their own design.

There’s been a flood of brilliant entries sent it to the club and circulated on social media, but we have been sent what we feel ought to be the winning design.

While our first design – created by local artist and Leeds fan Wayne Lee – didn’t go down too well on social media – the image has been given a redesign by James Howson, a TEAMtalk reader and fellow Whites supporter.

James has given Wayne’s original design a much-need lick of paint – and between them have submitted the final design to the club.

The pair now hope their entry will be shortlisted by the club as they look to create a new design for next season’s centenary kit.

Take a look at the TEAMtalk-backed campaign – and once again, don’t be afraid to let us know what you think….

 

 

And whatever happens, at least remember it’s better than the original design the club came up with… 

 

 

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