'Absolute shocker', 'Ineffective' – Some Wolves fans slam 25-yr-old after 2-0 defeat

'Absolute shocker', 'Ineffective' – Some Wolves fans slam 25-yr-old after 2-0 defeat – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Wolves crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield on Sunday.
The Molineux outfit were favourites heading into the game and they will be disappointed with the result.
A brace from Aaron Mooy earned a priceless win away from home for the Terriers.
Wolves fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the performance and they were particularly unimpressed with Ivan Cavaleiro’s performance.
The 25-year-old winger failed to provide width and penetration from the flanks and he was quite wasteful in possession as well.
It will be interesting to see if he can improve in the upcoming weeks. The former Benfica man’s talent is beyond doubt but his inconsistency is a major issue.
Nuno will be disappointed with his team’s performance at home and he will be looking to bounce back straight away when Wolves take on Cardiff City in their next league game.
Here are some of the fan reactions to Cavaleiro’s display from yesterday.
 

Cavaleiro’s having such a bad first half it looks like he’s won a competition to play today.
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) November 25, 2018

Neves
Moutinho
Boly
Doherty
Costa
Cavaleiro
Jimenez
Adama
Shocking display from these today, at this level you can’t really afford one not to be at it, never mind 7 or 8. #wwfc
— Aɴᴅʏ D (@AnnoDomini79) November 25, 2018

Ivan Cavaleiro is having an absolute shocker here. For someone who’s so talented, he’s an unbelievably frustrating footballer. #WWFC
— Jack J Collins (@jackjcollins) November 25, 2018

Cavaleiro’s performances range from the sublime to the ridiculous, today he’s all about the latter #wwfc
— Aɴᴅʏ D (@AnnoDomini79) November 25, 2018

Never play that player who did more than cavaleiro and costa combined fuck off you stupid mong https://t.co/qK0zMoBYlb
— Cal (@calwolves07) November 25, 2018

Very very poor. Costa Cavaleiro Doherty???
— Trevor Worth (@trevorworth) November 25, 2018

Would it be outrageous to suggest Saiss or Dendoncker next to Neves or Moutinho at home, add a bit of aggression when we’re outnumbered? Still got enough players to go forward (hopefully not as bad as Costa & Cavaleiro were today) need more steel in the middle
— Aɴᴅʏ D (@AnnoDomini79) November 25, 2018

Impossible to sugarcoat that. I doubt the Huddersfield keeper has had an easier 45 minutes since they got promoted. We look clueless and lethargic. Traore has to come on. Cavaleiro & Costa look like they’re trying to compete to see who can be the most ineffective #wwfc
— Levi Jordan (@Levi_WWFC) November 25, 2018

Cavaleiro having an absolute shocker and Doherty strolling about the place. Lucky to be at 1-0 #WOLHUD
— Silvani (@silvanitheelder) November 25, 2018

 
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Alan Shearer explains Maurizio Sarri's tactical mistake that cost Chelsea against Tottenham

Alan Shearer explains Maurizio Sarri's tactical mistake that cost Chelsea against Tottenham – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea fell to their first defeat of the season on Saturday in disappointing fashion, as Tottenham Hotspur ran riot in a 3-1 emphatic victory at Wembley Stadium.
As a result, the Blues now find themselves in fourth place in the table, seven points behind leaders Manchester City, while fifth-placed Arsenal breathe down their neck.
Weekend’s derby exposed a lot of weaknesses in the Chelsea side, and manager Maurizio Sarri will have to return to the drawing board if the Stamford Bridge outfit are to finish strong this season.
The Blues defence had a very bad day, but Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes thing might have been different had N’golo Kante played in front of the back four.
The Frenchman was moved to the right of midfield upon Sarri’s arrival, with Jorginho taking up the defensive midfield spot.
However, the Italian struggled against Tottenham, and his poorness was highlighted as Heung-min Son left him in his wake for the hosts’ third goal.
“Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N’Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me,” the ex-Newcastle United striker wrote in The Sun.
“Without the little French dynamo in that hole, tidying up, tracking runners, it leaves the Chelsea central defenders David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger massively exposed — as Spurs showed to such devastating effect on Saturday night.
“Jorginho is not in the same class. Kante is wasted playing where he did against Spurs, higher up the park and to the right. He is not an attacking midfielder. I know Sarri worked with Jorginho at Napoli and trusts him in that holding position but he had a poor night at Wembley.”
Kante led Leicester City and Chelsea to league titles playing as a shield to their defences, while his influence in the role also helped France to the World Cup in Russia.
It’s unknown why Sarri chose to move him away from the position he so much excels in, but that tactical mistake was Chelsea’s undoing against Tottenham, and it could cost them this season if Kante isn’t returned to his favourite position.
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Man City star shines, Mourinho can forget top four, Chelsea forward goes missing

Man City star shines, Mourinho can forget top four, Chelsea forward goes missing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The Premier League cranked back into life after the international break with some enthralling games taking place at both ends of the table.
Manchester City and Liverpool comfortably retained their unbeaten records, while an almighty scrap to avoid relegation is beginning to develop at the foot of the standings.
Sportslens takes a look at five talking points from over the weekend.
Silva shines in City rout
It’s testament to the strength of Man City’s squad that Kevin De Bruyne’s absence has not affected their results.
David Silva in particular has revelled in the extra responsibility and he produced another fine display at the London Stadium. The Spaniard was simply too classy for the Hammers and his 11th minute goal was scant reward for a sublime performance.
Stupid Henderson gets just desserts
Jordan Henderson’s red card against Watford didn’t affect the end result, but the midfielder could live to regret his stupidity.
Two silly fouls gave referee Jon Moss no other option than to send off the Liverpool captain who will now miss next weekend’s Merseyside derby.
His absence opens the door for others and Henderson could find it difficult to win his place back when his suspension ends.
Top four? Pull the other one, Jose
Jose Mourinho’s claim that Man Utd could be in the top four by the end of the year looks ambitious given Saturday’s performance against Crystal Palace.
The result left United seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and it’s difficult to imagine them closing that gap between now and the New Year.
United’s fixture list is fairly favourably during December, but they’ll have to play much better than they did against Palace if they’re to overtake Chelsea.
Hazard goes missing again
Remember when Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said Eden Hazard could score 40 goals this season? Oh, how we laughed.
Hazard started the season in fine form but his performances, once again, have taken a dip over the last few weeks.
However, with the January transfer window approaching you can expect the Belgian to start pulling his finger out again over the next few weeks.
Ranieri will guide Fulham to safety
Claudio Ranieri got off to a winning start as Fulham manager, although he clearly still has plenty of work to do to sort out his side’s fragile defence.
Fulham conceded two disappointing goals against a poor Southampton team and Ranieri will be eager to see improvements at the back.
However, the Italian is the right man to resolve Fulham’s defensive problems and he will guide them out of trouble this season.
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Liverpool star's reply when Evertonian asked him to join club prior to Anfield move

Liverpool star's reply when Evertonian asked him to join club prior to Anfield move – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton travel to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool in the first Merseyside Derby of the season, and given the huge improvements both sides have overseen of recent, a tough match is expected to go down between both eternal rivals.
The Reds are yet to lose in 13 Premier League games this season, while the Blues have lost thrice.
11 points separate both sides in the table, and weekend’s game could go a long way to hugely motivate whosoever wins ahead of the long campaign.
Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri can’t wait to play his first-ever derby, but he might have been lining up for the Toffees had the wish of the only Evertonian he knows come to pass.
The Switzerland international left Stoke City for Anfield ahead of the season following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship, but a couple of sides were interested in his signature before he linked up with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It’s my first derby so it’s going to be very special. I want to see and to feel the atmospheres in these derbies. I’m looking forward to it,” Shaqiri told Echo.
“I know just one Evertonian. He said to me when I was at Stoke: ‘You have to come to Everton.’ I said: ‘No!’”
The 27-year-old has registered two goals and assists in nine league appearances thus far for Liverpool, but Everton aren’t doing bad themselves either.
The Goodison Park outfit brought in Richarlison from Watford, and the Brazil international has since registered six goals in 11 league games.
Both players are expected to play huge roles when the Merseysiders clash in the coming days, and should Everton come out tops, Shaqiri’s Evertonian friend won’t mind that he joined Liverpool instead of the Blues.
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Confirmed: Leeds invite ‘semi-professional’ for five-day trial in December

Confirmed: Leeds invite ‘semi-professional’ for five-day trial in December – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Hastings United have confirmed that Adam Lovatt has joined Leeds United on a trial which will begin in December. The ‘semi-professional’ midfielder will spend five days with the Whites from Monday, December 3 and will hope to earn himself a professional contract.
United issued a statement on their official club website, revealing that Lovatt’s form in the last 18 months contributed to clubs being interested in his signature. Manager Chris Agutter was full of praise for his development since being promoted to the first-team and is hoping he can land himself a deal with Leeds.
Lovatt is described as a model pro and Hastings are delighted to see one of their players attracting the attention of such a big club. Leeds are currently third in the Championship table with 33 points from 18 games, only three points adrift of leaders Norwich City.
Marcelo Bielsa has given a number of young players opportunities in the first-team this season, with Ryan Edmondson (17), Jack Clarke (18), Leif Davis (18), Tyler Roberts (19) and Jamie Shackleton (19) all racking up minutes in different competitions. Lovatt would surely jump at the chance to develop at Leeds under a manager like Bielsa, so he’ll be hoping to impress next month.
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Sean Kelly reveals who ‘has the ability and mindset’ to play for Rangers

Sean Kelly reveals who ‘has the ability and mindset’ to play for Rangers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Sean Kelly was full of praise for brother Liam Kelly and believes he “has the ability and mindset” to play for Rangers again in the future. The Livingston goalkeeper left the Gers permanently over the summer without making a single first-team appearance and has been outstanding for his new club.
Kelly spent 2016/17 on loan at the Almondvale Stadium, making a total of 14 appearances in League One, the SFA Cup and League Cup. After struggling for playing time at Rangers the following season, the 22-year-old exited the club over the summer and hasn’t looked back at Livingston.
He’s gone on to make 18 appearances in the Scottish Premiership and League Cup, conceding only nine goals and keeping 10 clean sheets. He’s been in fantastic form and his brother Sean says that his success at Livingston proves he’s capable of returning to Ibrox.
As per The Sun, he said: “That’s a possibility, absolutely. There’s obviously a long way to go for that to happen, but Liam has the ability and mindset. He never played a competitive first-team game at Rangers, but he was there for most of his life and loved the place. He believes in his own qualities, and it was a massive decision to leave Rangers when he had a contract there.”
Livingston have gone from League One to the Premiership between Liam Kelly’s two stints at the club and currently find themselves eighth in the top-flight. The goalkeeper was recently on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Rangers over the weekend but should be very pleased with his efforts so far this season.
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Report outlines Wolves' decision on in-demand player…fans will be excited

Report outlines Wolves' decision on in-demand player…fans will be excited – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The signing of Ruben Neves raised eyebrows when he joined Wolves from Porto in 2017. He was just a class apart in the Championship and played a pivotal role in taking Wolves back to the Premier League.
Neves is only 21, and one can clearly see what a big talent he is. He has flourished in the Premier League so far, and is arguably one of the best players in the current Wolves team.
There have been interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Juventus, but according to The Telegraph., Wolves are reluctant to sell him in the January transfer window.
The report claims that Wolves are determined to keep hold of the Portuguese till the end of the season, and beyond. Wolves have reportedly decided after a transfer meeting that the 21-year-old will not be sold in the upcoming transfer window.
Neves is a key player for Wolves, and losing him in the middle of the season would be a massive blow for the club. With him in the side, Wolves have a better chance of finishing in the top 10 of the Premier League this season.
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'Monstrous', 'Class act', 'Immense' – Some Spurs fans react to 29-yr-old's display

'Monstrous', 'Class act', 'Immense' – Some Spurs fans react to 29-yr-old's display – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko produced an outstanding display against Chelsea in the Premier League yesterday.
Spurs won the game 3-1 and Sissoko was the best player on the pitch despite not getting on the scoresheet.
The Frenchman has had his fair share of criticism this season but he was unplayable at times against the Blues.
His drive and determination from the midfield to get his side up the pitch and his defensive contribution was appreciated by the fans as well as the pundits.
The Frenchman managed to dominate the midfield with his powerful presence and the likes of Jorginho and Kante struggled to deal with him all game.

Sissoko will be looking to build on this impressive display now and hold down a regular starting berth in the upcoming weeks. Pochettino will be delighted to see that his faith in the player has paid off.
Tottenham fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Sissoko’s performance against Chelsea. Here are some of the best reactions.

We can see how hard you’re working for the team Moussa – amazing performance!
— ▫️Ethan▫️ (@ethanthfc99) November 24, 2018

Monstrous performance today Moussa! Congratulations 👏👏👏
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) November 24, 2018

In a game where every player was on form you still stood out as the best player on the pitch today.
— Richie 🎄 (@richiekpuk) November 24, 2018

Actions, not words. Yet again a class act proving everyone wrong. COYS.
— Martin P (@jmpmnp) November 24, 2018

Totally agree immense today.
— Darrell Jones (@jonesd74) November 24, 2018

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Steve Gerrard reveals which ‘superb’ Rangers man is a ‘really important player’

Steve Gerrard reveals which ‘superb’ Rangers man is a ‘really important player’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard paid tribute to Scott Arfield after the midfielder impressed in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Livingston. The Canadian international, who joined Rangers from Burnley over the summer, got on the scoresheet to continue his impressive run in front of goal. Arfield has now scored five goals in his last seven Premiership games.
The 30-year-old has made 22 appearances in the Premiership, Europa League and League Cup this season, contributing 10 goals in total. He scored twice against Motherwell before the international break and has now picked up where he left off. Gerrard was full of praise for Arfield after the game.
He said to the club’s official website: “Scott has been superb. He is a great professional and a great lad who is growing each way and contributing really well. He is a really important player and that is the reason we were desperate to get him in the door. He is getting goals on the pitch so I am sure life is very good for Scott at the moment.”
Rangers’ win over Livingston saw them go second in the Premiership table, leapfrogging Hearts in the process. Gerrard’s men have 27 points from 13 games this season and are coming off the back of five wins and a draw from their last half a dozen outings.
The Gers are two points adrift of leaders Celtic and have a game in hand on third-placed Heart of Midlothian, fourth-placed Kilmarnock and fifth-placed St Johnstone, meaning they could pull away with Celtic in the top-two if they capitalise on the match advantage.
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Steven Gerrard ‘very pleased’ with Rangers player who ‘has shown a great attitude’

Steven Gerrard ‘very pleased’ with Rangers player who ‘has shown a great attitude’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Steven Gerrard was full of praise for Glenn Middleton after the Rangers winger picked up an assist in a 3-0 win over Livingston. Middleton has been in fine form since his introduction to the first-team and Gerrard says he’s “very pleased” with the 18-year-old’s efforts as he “has shown a great attitude” and is reaping all the rewards.
The Scotland u19 international joined Rangers from Norwich City in January and was promoted to the first-team this season. He’s made a total of 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating nine goals. In the Scottish Premiership, Middleton has contributed four goals in seven outings and was recently lauded by his manager.
Gerrard told the club’s official website: “Glenn is a wide man and is direct, he loves one v ones, but sometimes when you can’t get the better of your opponent in a one v one, you have to provide your contribution in a different way, whether that be a set-piece, a cross or a goal yourself.
“Glenn is doing fine and I just need to manage him really well now he is in the starting XI. There will be a time where I am going to have to protect him as well as he is still very young, but I am very pleased with Glenn, certainly in the last two weeks but from day one he has shown a great attitude.”
Middleton, who never made a senior appearance for Norwich prior to his 2017-move to Ibrox, has featured in the Premiership, Europa League, League Cup and Challenge Cup under Gerrard and is repay his manager’s faith with bright performances.
He was given a full 90 minutes against Livingston on the weekend and create a goal for his efforts. The winger has picked up where he left off, having scored and made an assist in Rangers’ 7-1 win over Motherwell before the international break. Middleton looks to have a bright future.
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