Leeds and Arsenal fans will be excited to hear what Bielsa has just said about Nketiah

Leeds and Arsenal fans will be excited to hear what Bielsa has just said about Nketiah – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship table after winning 2-0 against Barnsley on Sunday at Oakwell.
It took 84 minutes to break Barnsley’s resilience, but goals from Eddie Niketiah and Mateusz Klich earned all three points for the Whites.
Nketiah, who joined Leeds in the summer transfer window on loan from Arsenal, has already become a favourite among the fans with his impressive cameo performances. He has scored four goals already in all competitions and made a huge difference in the game against the Tykes.
The 20-year-old striker came on as a substitute in the second half and scored the opening goal in the 84th minute. He then earned a penalty which Mateusz Klich tucked in.
After the match, Marcelo Bielsa has showered praise on Nketiah, saying he is a complete player. His latest comments surely will excite both Leeds and Arsenal fans.
“He’s a striker with goals. Some players are involved a lot in the situation before the finish. They are involved a lot before the finish, before creating the chances,” said Bielsa, as quoted by Leeds Live.
“Nketiah is more involved in the end of the action, not in the creation. Anyway, he has good characteristics to combine with his team-mates. Playing in a small size, giving options to the team. He is a complete player, a full player.”
Bielsa has handled Nketiah very carefully. Despite his impressive form, the Argentine has stuck with his decision to start with Patrick Bamford, and it seems he is in no mood to drop the former Chelsea striker to the bench in favour of Nketiah.
Leeds fans will be hoping that Nketiah keeps on scoring for them and help them achieve promotion to the Premier League this season. The Gunners fans will be happy with the thought that Nketiah will return to the club next season as a much better player who would challenge other senior strikers for a regular starting berth.
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'Showed his qualities': 28-year-old int'l really impressed with one Celtic summer signing

'Showed his qualities': 28-year-old int'l really impressed with one Celtic summer signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Hatem Abd Elhamed has showered heaps of praise on Mohamed Elyounoussi who made his Celtic debut against Hamilton Academical over the weekend.
The 25-year-old made an instant impact, setting up the winner for James Forrest on his first Celtic start since joining on loan from Southampton.
Although Celtic struggled during the game, they did just well enough to collect all three points with a 1-0 victory.
After the match, Hatem Abd Elhamed, another Celtic summer signing has said that he has been impressed with the performance of Elyounoussi.
The 28-year-old international further added that Elyounoussi has shown his quality, and has hailed him as a good player.
“It is only his first game but he showed his qualities out there,” said Hatem Abd Elhamed to The Sun Sport.
“He is a good player and I am sure he will help us a lot this season. I was impressed with his performance.”
Elhamed meanwhile has impressed for the Bhoys so far. He proved his versatility in the Premiership win against Hamilton, and has insisted that he will play anywhere across the back four for both club and country.
The Israel international was one of the standout performers playing right-back against Rangers at Ibrox. He looked equally comfortable playing in central defence in the absence of Nir Bitton.
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'It was never a dream to play for England' – West Ham star makes admission

'It was never a dream to play for England' – West Ham star makes admission – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United skipper Mark Noble marked 15 years since he made his debut for the club during the 2-0 victory over Norwich City prior to the international break.
The 32-year-old has featured in 469 games across all competitions for the Hammers since making his bow in 2004, with 351 of them coming in the English Premier League.
Only the trio of Sylvain Distin, Kevin Nolan and Chris Perry, have played more Premier League matches than Noble without earning an international cap, and he has admitted he never dreamed of playing for England as a kid.
The Hammers star claims playing for the London Stadium outfit was his major dream.
“Talking of international recognition, it was pointed out to me this week that only three players, Sylvain Distin, Kevin Nolan and Chris Perry, have played more Premier League matches than me and not been capped,” Noble wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“I don’t quite know what to make of that, except to say that I grew up around the corner from Upton Park as a fan of the club. Every player’s pinnacle is to play for their country but, as a kid, my dream was to play for West Ham. It was never a dream to play for England.
“Yes, there is a regret that I never won a full cap, particularly since I played 20 times for the Under 21s and I do feel like there were times when I was more than good enough to be picked for the senior team. There have been times when it has affected me and I have thought, “How have I not been picked?’ It’s too late now anyway. Watching Declan (Rice) play is enough for me — and I have had plenty of other highlights in my career.”
Noble was particularly surprised to have missed out of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euros 2016 after an impressive campaign for West Ham.
The Hammers academy graduate scored seven goals in 37 league games as the club finished in seventh place in the 2015-16 season, but wasn’t considered good enough to be on the plane to France.
The Irons midfielder represented England 47 times across five youth levels, but wasn’t lucky enough to be called up at senior level.
Noble is eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national side through his grandparents, but he opted not to, and it remains to be seen if he wished he had.
Nevertheless, he remains a West Ham legend and will go down in history as one of their best and most influential players of all time.
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Villa boss shares what Mings told him about Kane after returning from international duty

Villa boss shares what Mings told him about Kane after returning from international duty – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings was called up to the last England squad by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate after his impressive performances for the Midlands outfit over the last year.
The 26-year-old arrived at Villa Park on a season-long loan from Bournemouth last summer, and he helped them to Premier League promotion at the end of the campaign, earning a permanent move that cost the club £20 million.
England won both of their Euros 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, and while Mings didn’t make his debut, he returns to Villa a better and more-inspired player.
The former Cherries star got to rub shoulders with some of the biggest English players while on international duty, and their professionalism impressed him.
He told Villa boss Dean Smith of the wonderful experience, and did single out Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling for praises.
“Tyrone came back came back from the England set-up and the first thing he has said to me is how professional the top players are, the Raheem Sterlings and Harry Kanes of this world,” Smith told The Sun.
“I think Tyrone’s a really good professional, so that can only influence our dressing-room and make him better.”
Kane and Sterling were both in devastating forms for the Three Lions during both games, and the duo remain two of the best finishers in the Premier League.
The Spurs star grabbed four goals and one assist, while his City counterpart weighed in with two goals and two assists.
It has definitely taken them a lot of dedication and hardwork to get to the top, and Mings will be hoping to emulate them.
With Harry Maguire and Michael Keane Southgate’s preferred pair at centre-back, the Villa star has a lot of work to do to have a chance of becoming a regular for country, and he just needs to keep getting better and better.
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Gerrard reveals what he told Rangers players at half-time vs Livingston

Gerrard reveals what he told Rangers players at half-time vs Livingston – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers won against Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership clash.
The Gers returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 3-1 win against Livingston. Rangers have won four of their five matches – having lost against Celtic in the Old Firm derby – and are just three points behind the Scottish champions.
After a stalemate first half, the visitors took the lead through Steven Lawless’s second-half penalty. Rangers came back strongly with Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier finding the net.
Livingston’s Lyndon Dykes was sent off before Brandon Barker completed the scoring in the 79th minute to seal all three points for the Gers.
Kent, the big-money summer signing from Liverpool, was included in the starting line-up but he suffered a hamstring injury and left the field in the 41st minute.
Gerrard has revealed what he told his players at half-time and has praised two Rangers players – Scott Arfield and Brandon Barker – for their contributions.
Gerrard told Rangers’ official website: “It was a penalty and we would certainly expect that if it was on the other foot. I think there was a slight little graze of the ball, but, it’s a foul. That’s why we want Scotty here.
“He is not just a player – the character, the man – it is not like him to really make mistakes like that, but you always know he is going to bounce back and today again he put in a decent performance.”
The Gers boss added: “The plan was always for Ryan to go 60 and Brandon to go 30, and I put it on all my match-winners at half-time and said ‘go on – go and win us the football match.’
“I thought Brandon did really well and took his goal really well, and that will do his confidence good. Hopefully he can build on that.”
The Ibrox club has bounced back nicely from their defeat to Celtic in the Old Firm derby, and they should now look to build a strong momentum from here on.
Rangers will face Feyenoord next in the Europa League clash at Ibrox on Thursday.
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'I tried to explain': Bielsa reveals what he told 'great' Leeds player as he looked frustrated

'I tried to explain': Bielsa reveals what he told 'great' Leeds player as he looked frustrated – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United moved to the top of the Championship table after beating Yorkshire rivals Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell on Saturday.
Goals from Eddie Nketiah and Mateusz Klich earned all three points for Leeds.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa started with Patrick Bamford for this game. Bamford has been in very good form this season, and did well against the Tykes, twice drawing saves from Brad Collins.
The former Chelsea striker was taken off by Bielsa in the 70th minute, who introduced Nketiah in his place. The exciting teenager changed the game completely.
The 20-year-old scored the opening goal in the 84th minute and then earned a penalty which Mateusz Klich tucked in.
After the match, Bielsa has revealed what he said to Bamford who looked frustrated when he was taken off. He said to Leeds Live:
Pat made a lot of efforts to be in good conditions to score, especially in this match. He had a lot of chances. I tried to explain to him that he deserved a goal in the match. An attacker like him in his position, they suffer a lot when they don’t score. It is not the same if you don’t score because you don’t create chances for yourself. If you don’t score and you create a lot of chances. He’s a great centre-forward. In every match he has four or five chances to score. Before or later he will improve his efficiency.”
Bielsa is absolutely spot on here. Bamford has been creating a lot of goal-scoring chances for himself and he must improve his efficiency now.
Many Leeds fans have been saying on social networking site Twitter that Bielsa must start with Nketiah, but the Argentine probably is in no hurry to drop Bamford to the bench anytime soon.
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'Now he needs to be': Pochettino has specific message for key Tottenham player

'Now he needs to be': Pochettino has specific message for key Tottenham player – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways after beating London rivals Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
All four goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min scoring twice for the home side.
Spurs defender Serge Aurier made his first start of the season, and he was simply superb.
The Ivory Coast international faced an uncertain future during the summer as he was constantly linked with a move away from the club.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender angered many Spurs fans recently when he said that there is no competition for him in the current side.
Kyle Walker-Peters has seemingly established himself as the first-choice right-back this season, but Aurier proved a point to his manager in his first game of the season.
The 26-year-old right-back was a constant threat down the right flank, and he proved his class with a fantastic performance.
Aurier made two key passes and provided an assist as well. He was equally good defensively, making two tackles and five interceptions during the game.
Pochettino was very pleased with his performance and has urged him to be more consistent in the coming matches. With this victory, Spurs have moved to third in the Premiership table, only two points behind second-placed Manchester City.
“I think he was very happy. We were very happy too. I think the performance was great. First half was fantastic, his concentration and focus. Now he needs to show and be consistent. It’s not only one game and the second game the focus and intensity start to drop,” said Pochettino about Aurier to Football London.
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Digne sends message to Everton fans & teammates after Bournemouth defeat

Digne sends message to Everton fans & teammates after Bournemouth defeat – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton were handed a 3-1 defeat by Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Sunday, with a lacklustre performance from Marco Silva’s men condemning them to another loss on the road.
Despite heading into the break level on goals after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike called out Callum Wilson’s, the Toffees’ lack of concentration cost them heavily in the second-half.
The hosts wanted it more, and that proved to be the difference in the end.
Everton have now lost twice and drawn once on the road this term, and they must quickly arrest their away-day blues to have a chance of playing in Europe next season.
French left-back Lucas Digne has taken to Instagram to react to the loss, sending a classy message to his teammates and fans:

📱 Lucas Digne’s latest Instagram story post 💙 pic.twitter.com/TGXcX1nQxK
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) September 16, 2019

Everton host Sheffield United next weekend before welcoming Manchester City seven days later, and they will hope to get the maximum points from both games and make a huge statement.
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Report: Newcastle in the hunt to sign £22m forward

Report: Newcastle in the hunt to sign £22m forward – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from the Chronicle, Newcastle United are keeping a close tab on Rony Lopes.
Steve Bruce is looking to add depth and quality to his attacking unit, and Lopes is one player who is reportedly on Newcastle’s radar.
The report claims that Bruce has instructed his scouts to keep an eye on wide players ahead of the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old is an exciting player to watch, and the Magpies have made him their top target. He joined Sevilla in the summer after spending four years with Monaco, with the La Liga club paying £22.3 million for his signature.
Newcastle, who have made a stuttering start to the season winning only once in their opening five matches, are planning to back their manager in the transfer market.
It will be interesting to see whether they can lure him away from the club given he has just penned a five-year deal last month.
Lopes scored 15 league goals during the 2017/18 season but couldn’t hit such figures last season. He would be a brilliant signing for Newcastle but it won’t be easy to lure him away from Sanchez Pizjuan in the near future.
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Smith says 24y/o sleeps at the training ground in order to take extra sessions

Smith says 24y/o sleeps at the training ground in order to take extra sessions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa have won just one Premier League this season, losing the other three, and they will hope to bag all three points when West Ham United come visiting this evening.
The Midlands outfit need to prove they can cut in the English top-flight, and it is high time skipper Jack Grealish stepped up to the plate.
The 24-year-old has one assist in four league games this term, but has to do more if Villa are to be playing Premier League football next season.
Grealish, who many keep urging Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to call up, has to prove he has what it takes to succeed in the league, and he is putting in a lot of work behind the scene.
As revealed by Villans boss Dean Smith, the midfielder often sleeps at the training ground in order to take extra sessions, and both manager and player will hope the dedication will yield results on the pitch.
“Jack’s a football nut. He’ll train, then go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session. That’s how he is. He’s that sort of character,” Smith told The Sun.
“I’m surprised his missus is still with him! He’ll go back and he’ll be watching football at home as well.
“You end up dragging him off the training ground sometimes. But he wants to get better. It’s a big plus in his favour.”
Grealish is a very talented player without a doubt, and his dedication will spur other Villa players on.
Keeping his side up and playing at the Euros 2020 are definitely top of his plans, and he has to consistently hit the high notes in games this term in order to achieve both.
A win against West Ham tonight will be a way to start.
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