Report: Everton eye move for £100k-per-week Wolves target

Report: Everton eye move for £100k-per-week Wolves target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from The Sunday People (print edition, page 54, September 15, 2019), a host of Premier League clubs including Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.
London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea are also in the hunt to sign the 25-year-old winger who has been playing exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons.
Fraser, who scored seven goals and provided 14 assists in the Premier League last season, has been targeted by Everton for a while. However, the Toffees didn’t submit any formal offer for him this summer, with Marco Sliva’s priority lying elsewhere.
However, things could change in January or next summer, as Fraser will be one of the in-demand wingers in the country. The reason being, he will be out of contract at Bournemouth at the end of the season, and top clubs will be vying for his signature.
The report has also claimed that Bournemouth have offered Fraser a new contract worth £100,000 per week, but he is hesitating to put pen to paper.
The Scotland international has been a key player for the Cherries, and Eddie Howe wants to keep him at the club. However, with his contract expiring, Bournemouth could be forced to cash in on the player in January.
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Bielsa says he still has concerns over certain Leeds weakness

Bielsa says he still has concerns over certain Leeds weakness – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United went top of the Championship following a 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Sunday evening.
It took the visitors 84 minutes to get their first goal, with Eddie Nketiah coming off the bench to open the scoring.
Mateusz Klich converted from the spot five minutes later to seal all three points after the Arsenal striker was brought down, but it was a game either side could have won.
Despite boasting of 67% of the possession, Leeds only attempted four shots more than the host (21-17) and one more shot on target (7-6).
It all came down on who made the most of their chances and Kiko Casilla’s brilliance.
Former Whites defender Aapo Halme caused Leeds a number of problems at set-pieces, and it left manager Marcelo Bielsa concerned.

Bielsa says it was a deserved win against a side which played well. He says it was a good advert for The Championship. Very pleased with Shackleton – especially first half. Says the win brings calm but still has concerns over set piece defending. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 15, 2019

The Elland Road outfit have continued to struggle with perfectly defending set pieces, and it is becoming a major weakness.
Other Championship managers will definitely take note and look to exploit it when they come up against Leeds.
Bielsa will keep working to solve the problem, and it will be interesting to see if his side can get it sorted out.
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'Developing into the real deal': Popular pundit has an advice for Celtic fans about £8m player

'Developing into the real deal': Popular pundit has an advice for Celtic fans about £8m player – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Former Celtic striker turned popular football pundit Chris Sutton has suggested that Bhoys striker Odsonne Edouard will leave Parkhead in the future.
Sutton has showered heaps of praise on the Celtic striker, and also advised the fans to enjoy his football while they can. He believes Edouard won’t be staying at the club for long if he continues to perform at a high level.
The 21-year-old was signed by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers in 2018 when the Bhoys broke their transfer record to land him for £8m.
Sutton has suggested that Edouard has followed the path of former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and made it to the France Under-21 set-up.
Sutton wrote in The Daily Record: “Odsonne Edouard is building his burgeoning reputation with every outing. If I had any advice for Celtic fans, it would be to enjoy this lad while he’s here because it isn’t going to be for much longer.
“Edouard has followed Moussa Dembele’s path by sparking at Parkhead and going into the France Under-21 set-up to do the same.
“Dembele ended up heading out of the door for big money and Edouard is going to be doing the same very soon. He really is developing into the real deal.”
Dembele left Celtic to join Lyon for £20m, and Sutton believes that Edouard would also leave the club on a big-money deal.
Edouard is a highly talented striker and could become a world-class player in the future.
Celtic have sold top players in recent years and chances are high that they won’t be able to keep hold of Edouard if big clubs come calling for him.
However, Edouard may not be willing to leave Celtic anytime soon, as he is playing regularly for the Scottish champions and progressing very well.
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'It is different to what we have': Bielsa signing makes an observation on Leeds fans

'It is different to what we have': Bielsa signing makes an observation on Leeds fans – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier has said that Leeds United fans treat football as their religion.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper says that the fan following at Leeds is on another level compared to what he has seen in France.
The teenage goalkeeper joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal from French outfit Lorient in the summer transfer window.
The youngster told Quest-France, as translated by Get French Football News:: “In terms of the fans, it is different to what we have in France. It is a religion over here. There are 35,000 fans per match.”
Marcelo Bielsa moved for the young goalkeeper after Leeds sold Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley this summer.
Kiko Casilla is the first-choice keeper at the club, but Meslier can expect to get some games under his belt this season.
He is a very talented and promising young goalkeeper and has all the potential to blossom into a fine player in the future.
Meslier has hinted that he could be willing to stay at Elland Road beyond the next season, provided he gets regular opportunities.
Leeds fans are one of the best in England and are known for producing great atmosphere inside the stadium. It is good to see that Meslier appreciates the support he gets from the Whites fans.
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Report claims Everton star harbours aspirations of becoming Toffees captain one day

Report claims Everton star harbours aspirations of becoming Toffees captain one day – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Athletic, Everton centre-back Michael Keane harbours aspirations of becoming the club’s captain one day.
Seamus Coleman currently wears the armband and has been a huge influence on and off the pitch.
The Irishman is always there for his Toffees teammates when things aren’t going right, constantly keeping them motivated via texts, and that act is said to have left a lasting impression on Keane.
The 26-year-old wants to continue growing as a leader, and he definitely will be favourite to skipper Everton once the 30-year-old right-back moves on.
Without a doubt, Marco Silva’s side could do with more leaders all around the pitch given how lackluster and they were during Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth, and Keane has always proven to be one at the back.
Since arriving from Burnley for a fee that could rise to £30 million in the summer of 2017, the England international has grown into one of the best defenders in the top-flight, becoming a regular in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions starting XI.
Everton need to improve their dismal away form, and the onus is on players like Keane to step up their performances on the road and get other players inspired during games.
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Popular pundit shares what Celtic star told him about £8m Rodgers signing

Popular pundit shares what Celtic star told him about £8m Rodgers signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Former Celtic player turned popular football pundit Kris Commons believes that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will eventually leave Celtic Park in the future.
Commons has revealed that he spoke to Celtic midfielder Scott Brown when Moussa Dembele was leaving for Lyon in the summer of 2018.
The former Celtic star has told The Daily Record that Brown told him that Edouard would be better than Dembele.
The 21-year-old striker, who scored in the Old Firm win at Ibrox, is in red-hot form at the moment, and he is key to Celtic’s Europa League chances.
The Bhoys will travel to France on Thursday night to take on Rennes in their opening Group E game.
Commons also feels that Edouard is going to be a better player than Dembele who was sold to Lyon for £20m.
“Odsonne was still on loan from Paris St-Germain. I asked Broony how he was getting on and he said that he was going to be better than Dembele,” Commons told the Daily Record.
“He said: ‘Yeah, because Edouard’s got everything’.
“And he has. He’s powerful, a great runner. He can hold it in and link up play. He can also score with both feet. It’s not arrogance but he’s got that bit of swagger that you need to be a top player.”
Edouard is a very talented striker. Celtic broke their transfer record (signed by former manager Brendan Rodgers) to sign him, and he is gradually justifying the £8m price-tag.
He is technically very gifted, and can only get better from here on. Most importantly, he has this great knack of scoring in big games, and could prove to be a real asset for the Bhoys.
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'We'll see': Spurs midfielder doesn't rule out January exit

'We'll see': Spurs midfielder doesn't rule out January exit – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur winger Anthony Georgiou has suggested that he could leave the north London club permanently during the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old, who plays as a midfielder, joined Ipswich Town on loan this summer. He has said that he hasn’t decided about his future yet.
Spurs academy graduate moved out on loan to Ipswich till New Year where he has made a solid start to life at Portman Road.
The young midfielder has been getting opportunities — something he can’t expect at Spurs. Therefore, when the youngster was asked about his future, he didn’t rule out the possibility of joining Ipswich on a permanent deal.
“I’m on loan until January and it’s all going well so we’ll see what happens from there,” said Georgiou.
Georgiou was involved during the pre-season for Spurs, but surely a move away from the club is best for him at the moment.
Spurs have a wealth of attacking midfielders in their ranks, and Georgiou would struggle to get into the senior side.
He is now reaching an age where he should be playing regular football, and Spurs cannot provide him with that opportunity. Tottenham may consider selling him permanently should they receive a good offer in January.
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Phil Hay reckons 28y/o he regards as first-choice could struggle to break into Bielsa's XI

Phil Hay reckons 28y/o he regards as first-choice could struggle to break into Bielsa's XI – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has returned to action since having surgery on an ankle problem in July, and he was named in the side’s under-23’s squad for the clash against Watford on Monday night.
In his absence, manager Marcelo Bielsa has deployed Stuart Dallas at right-back, with the skipper featuring in all seven Championship games this term and putting in impressive shifts.
It’s hard to see Ayling breaking into the Argentine’s XI once he becomes fully fit and returns permanently to the first team.
It’s a sentiment Leeds expert Phil Hay shares as he reacted to the defender’s inclusion in the under-23s squad for Monday’s game.

Strong 23s team tonight and as Bielsa expected, Ayling back in the picture. Always thought of him as first-choice right-back at Leeds but he’ll have a job shifting Dallas:https://t.co/43jZ4RioQY
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 16, 2019

The 28-year-old featured in 38 league games last term, but his struggles with injuries and fitness means getting back into the team might now prove herculean.
Bielsa isn’t a huge fan of frequently rotating his squad, and Ayling could find playing minutes in the league hard to come by this season should Dallas remain fit and keep impressing.
Nevertheless, Leeds can now boast of solid depth at right-back, and the fierce competition between the duo will definitely benefit the club in the long-run as both will now look to keep pushing themselves all campaign.
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'That was my mistake' – Pellegrini says he shouldn't have played 28y/o against Man. City

'That was my mistake' – Pellegrini says he shouldn't have played 28y/o against Man. City – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United kicked off their new Premier League campaign with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the London Stadium on the opening weekend.
The Hammers have since bounced back, winning two and drawing one of their next three league games.
They face Aston Villa later tonight and will be hoping to pick up all three points against the newly-promoted side who have lost three of their opening four games.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will hope to get his tactics right against Dean Smith’s side after admitting he made a mistake while selecting his starting XI for the clash against Man. City.
The Chilean opted for the centre-back pairing of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop for the game, but has since dropped the Paraguayan for Angelo Ogbonna.
The Italian has played the last three games alongside the Frenchman, and is expected to start against Villa and continue playin for the time being.
“The reason was that Fabian Balbuena couldn’t work too much in the pre-season. He arrived from his national squad late and he played just one [full] game,” Pellegrini told football.london.
“That was my mistake to play with him in the first game because I trusted too much in what he can do, but it was too soon for him. Now he is trying to return to his normal performance, working hard.
“Angelo worked with Diop the complete pre-season and now they are the two centre-backs who must play.”
Balbuena’s involvement in the Copa America with Paraguay meant he arrived much later than other players for pre-season preparations.
He missed the first three pre-season friendlies, only appearing for the win against Fulham having missed out on the training camps in Switzerland and the Premier League Asia Trophy trip to China.
Throwing him right into action backfired, and it will be interesting to see if he will be able to snatch his starting berth from Ogbonna who has been perfect thus far.
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'I'm really glad': West Ham star makes a bold claim on key Villa player that should excite the fans

'I'm really glad': West Ham star makes a bold claim on key Villa player that should excite the fans – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham will face Aston Villa in the Premier League clash at Villa Park on Monday night.
Ahead of the match, West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass has showered praise on AstonVilla John McGinn, saying he is a top-level player.
Snodgrass, who played for Villa on loan from West Ham, remains a popular figure among the Villa supporters.
McGinn, who joined from Hibernian in the summer of 2018 for a measly fee, has not only established himself as a key player for the club, but also a heartthrob among the Villa supporters.
This summer, Manchester United showed interest in him, but McGinn looks set to stay at Villa for the foreseeable future after he signed a long term deal.
Snodgrass has claimed that McGinn has not yet reached his best form for Villa, and this should excite the Villa fans. McGinn has showed great quality and consistency for Villa since he joined, and has been playing at a top-level for a while.
However, according to Snodgrass, the Villa midfielder has the potential to reach dizzy heights of success.
“The club has its new Scotsman now in John [McGinn]. I’ve seen it, how popular he is. He’s top level, to be fair to him,” he said, as quoted by Aston Villa official website.
“He’s also got big potential in the commentary world! He’s a great lad and deserves everything he’s got so far. He’s a brilliant footballer and I’m really glad Villa fans have got to see what he’s about on and off the park.
“He’s one that’s definitely driven the team forward, and we’re still yet to see the best of him.”
Villa have made a stuttering start to the season, having won just once in their opening four games. West Ham, on the other hand, will move into the third position if they win against Villa tonight.
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