Gary Neville's one-word reply when asked if Firmino is world class

Gary Neville's one-word reply when asked if Firmino is world class – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino remains one of the English Premier League’s most underrated players, mainly because of his lack of plenty goals means.
The Brazilian leads the line for the Reds but often drops deep and willingly helps out with the defensive work.
Firmino is as unselfish as they go, and despite his enormous impact and brilliant all-round play in Jurgen Klopp’s attack, there is always a debate on social media if he can be tagged a world-class player.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has weighed in with his opinion, and here is how he replied when a fan asked him what he thinks of the Reds star’ world-class status:

Yep https://t.co/5VoqjEXHgP
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 15, 2019

Without a doubt, Firmino is one of the best strikers in the English top-flight and the world, but he will probably keep dividing opinion given his style of play and how Klopp utilizes him.
The 27-year-old has scored 50 goals in 142 EPL games for Liverpool, and was very instrumental to their Champions League heroics last term.
Given that he doesn’t score as much as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, it’s only normal for Firmino not to get the plaudits that he deserves, but there shouldn’t be a debate concerning his status as a world-class player as he has continued to prove himself week in, week out.
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Report claims Newcastle have told Bruce same thing they told Benitez about transfers

Report claims Newcastle have told Bruce same thing they told Benitez about transfers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Chronicles, Newcastle United have told head coach Steve Bruce that money is available for the right type of players as far as age and potential future sell-on value is concerned.
And it doesn’t come as a surprise given that Rafa Benitez was told exactly the same thing.
The Spaniard particularly wanted Newcastle chairman and owner Mike Ashley to make the loan move of former West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon a permanent one last term, but that didn’t happen as the club weren’t keen on buying a 29-year-old.
Despite the fact that the Venezuelan fitted into Benitez’s plans, and did prove it by scoring 11 league goals and emerging as Newcastle’s Player of the Year, his age and lack of sell-on value meant the Magpies weren’t ready to activate his £16.5 million get-out clause.
Bruce will be looking to make more signings in January given the lack of depth in his squad, but the message remains loud and clear from the board – young players with resale value.
Newcastle aren’t doing poorly despite picking up just four points in five league games thus far, but they still have a lot of work to do if they are to stay up, and it will be interesting to see how their January transfer window goes and how they fare going forward.
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Rangers forward vows to become better than EPL duo with 130 goals between them

Rangers forward vows to become better than EPL duo with 130 goals between them – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard brought Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo to Ibrox on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window in an effort to boost his attacking ranks for the new campaign.
The England youth international has shown flashes of what he is capable of doing in some games, and he is without a doubt a huge talent.
It remains to be seen if Ojo has a future at Liverpool having struggled to establish himself in manager Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Ryan Kent spent last term on loan with Rangers before finally completing a £7 million permanent move on deadline day, and Ojo is looking forward to linking up with him.
Both wingers grew up together in the Liverpool academy, and while last season’s PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year has left Anfield for good, Ojo is looking forward to returning and establishing himself in the starting XI.
To do so, the youngster wants to prove himself with Rangers, and has vowed to become prolific as Liverpool attacking duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and even do better than them.
“Wide players have to score more goals, look at Sadio Mane and Mo Salah at Liverpool,” Ojo told Daily Record.
“I’m still on loan from Liverpool so for me to get into their team I need to be doing what they’re doing – or even better.
“I need to be as direct as I can be and influence games up here. You can only do that with great players around you and Ryan coming in will only help with that.”
With 130 Premier League goals between them, Mane and Salah have proven to be two of the best finishers in the world, and the Rangers winger has set a huge target for himself.
At 22, he is still young and has everything to keep getting better, so his chances of becoming a key player for Liverpool going forward are high.
However, he has to prove himself on a consistent basis with the Light Blues, and that he has given himself the needed motivation could come handy in Rangers title race.
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'Spaghetti caught in a breeze': Some Newcastle fans slam one of their player's latest display

'Spaghetti caught in a breeze': Some Newcastle fans slam one of their player's latest display – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United lost 3-1 against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
While the Magpies did well to provide good competition to Liverpool, who have made a 100% start to the season, they were undone in the end by the sheer brilliance of Liverpool’s front three.
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to express their reaction to the performance of Miguel Almiron, who failed to score yet again.
Since his big-money move to Newcastle in the January transfer window, Almiron has struggled to find the net for the Magpies. While he has been extremely hard working, Newcastle fans are now growing frustrated with his lack of output.
The Paraguayan international couldn’t influence the game enough and was taken off by Steve Bruce in the second half. Newcastle fans are not impressed with his performance, and have criticised him on Twitter:

Almiron with his usual bleep test sesh. Piss off back to the mls
— Gardner Minshew II (@backagain31) September 14, 2019

Probable unpopular opinion but Atsu looks more like a £20m player than Almíron right now
— Molámadré (@Moroc_Mole) September 14, 2019

What has Almiron actually done in England so far can someone tell me
inc goal
— 🤠 (@MeritanShabani) September 14, 2019

I’ve got a 34 year old subbuteo player with one leg in the bottom drawer who has more goals and assists to his name than Miguel Almiron.
His last game was in 1989 against 8 man QPR on a pitch that hadn’t been ironed #AlmironWatch
— John (@JohnFromLeague1) September 10, 2019

Almirón… ffs… what a waste of £28m
— Ruffles Benitez (@NUFC_monkey) September 14, 2019

Almiron runs like a bit of spaghetti caught in a breeze #nufc
— 𝕲𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖇𝖔𝖎𝖎 (@CvssPool) September 14, 2019

Almiron has not been at his best this season and he needs to step up his game in the coming matches. The Magpies played really well in the first half, but the gulf in class was clearly visible when Roberto Firmino came on and changed the complexion of the game.
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'Class act, game changer': Some fans are raving about Leeds player's display vs Barnsley

'Class act, game changer': Some fans are raving about Leeds player's display vs Barnsley – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United move to the top of the Championship table after beating Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Oakwell on Sunday afternoon.
The home side did well to frustrate Leeds for more than 80 minutes, and the game seemingly destined to end goalless. However, Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah came from the bench to change the complexion of the match completely.
The 20-year-old crashed in from a Kalvin Phillips free-kick before Mateusz Klich slotted home from the penalty spot.
With that strike, the youngster has now netted his fourth goal of the season in all competitions and has fired Leeds into the automatic promotion places.
Leeds fans took to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction. Many feel that it is time for Marcelo Bielsa to use Nketiah in the starting role.

He’s a game changer. Some future ahead of him
— Graham (@G_Balfe) September 15, 2019

He’s a class act, always in the right place at the right time. Get in Leeds!
— Mark Devaney 💙💛 (@markwd1) September 15, 2019

Casilla 🙌
Shackleton 💪
Klich ⚽️
Nketiah 🔥
Just a few of the standout performers from today. Ref was shocking. #lufc
— Luke Hallas (@lukehallas97) September 15, 2019

Nketiah > Greenwood
Nketiah > Brewster
Absolute baller. 🐐👀 #LUFC #AFC
— alfie 🇮🇨 (@alfielufc_) September 15, 2019

Nketiah making the championship look like Sunday league
— Jack (@bacca2015) September 15, 2019

I think for the next game we need to play nketiah and Douglas costa from the start, After that second half performance. #LUFC #lufc
— Karla Evans (@LjBaker92) September 15, 2019

That is a huge win. That was a match that could have gone either way, although we did deserve the win overall. Lacked a bit of control but stuck at the task well. Costa and Nketiah making a big difference again. Both have to be in with a shout of starting vs Derby. #lufc #MOT
— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) September 15, 2019

The visitors created some very good chances, with Patrick Bamford twice drawing saves from Brad Collins. Pablo Hernandez and Jack Harrison also missed the target from good scoring positions.
Leeds enjoyed 67% of possession and registered 21 shots during the game. The Whites have now won their past six away games and are at the top of the table above Swansea on goal difference.
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'Poor, over rated': Some Celtic fans rip into one player after latest display vs Hamilton

'Poor, over rated': Some Celtic fans rip into one player after latest display vs Hamilton – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic did just well enough to maintain their perfect start to their 2019-20 Scottish Premiership campaign after winning 1-0 against Hamilton Academical on Saturday away from home.
It was a tough game, and the home side made life difficult for the Bhoys at New Douglas Park. James Forrest scored early for the Hoops that eventually made the difference between the two sides.
The pitch was not conducive enough to play free-flowing football, and Celtic did struggle in the second half as the home side looked more compact.
Some Celtic fans were left unimpressed with the performance of Callum McGregor and they expressed their views on social networking site Twitter.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Hoops fans who were not so impressed with McGregor’s performance against Hamilton.

Poorest game I’ve ever seen Callum McGregor play. Most unlike him 🤔
— Dermot Houston (@DeRebCelts) September 14, 2019

Callum McGregor sloppy – would never have guessed after his horrorshow at Hampden in the last two games! https://t.co/wy6Kj8Lj9t
— Sam Taylor (@samtayl07776637) September 14, 2019

Callum McGregor is sooo over rated
— Lewis Campbell (@lewiscampbell21) September 14, 2019

McGregor has looked below par for a while, no harm taking him out every now and then, he plays far too much fitbaw
— Sean Hamilton (@seanhammy85) September 14, 2019

Thought you where harsh on Boli…. had a good game and at end when he made a couple of minor mistakes most Celtic players where slack. MCGREGOR has a very poor game and you didn’t seem to want to chastise him?
— celticforever (@ClarkKe01956140) September 14, 2019

One of the reasons why McGregor looked off-colour could be the fact he has been playing a lot of football, and not getting enough rest that he requires.
The Scotland international has played in 13 of the club’s 14 matches across all competitions, and also played 90 minutes against Russia and 68 minutes against Belgium during the recent international break.
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Watford shake things up, Arsenal go on the attack

Watford shake things up, Arsenal go on the attack – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal travel to Watford on Sunday hoping to build on their solid start to the new Premier League campaign.
The Gunners kicked-off the season with victories over Newcastle United and Burnley, before being defeated by Liverpool at Anfield.
They recovered from a two-goal deficit in their most recent outing to record a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Watford have had a troubled start to the season, picking up just one point from their opening four matches.
Javi Gracia has been sacked as manager and replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores who returns for his second spell in charge.
Arsenal completed the double over Watford last season and are strongly fancied to pick up three points this weekend.
Confirmed starting line-ups:

🚨 TODAY’S TEAM 🚨
3⃣ changes from the Newcastle game.
➡️ Holebas, Capoue, Deulofeu⬅️ Cathcart (thigh), Janmaat, Pereyra#WATARS pic.twitter.com/4NlSbvXPeT
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 15, 2019

📋 Today’s team news…
〽️ @MesutOzil1088 makes first #PL start of the season🇪🇸 @DaniCeballos46 returns to the starting XI🇬🇦 @Aubameyang7 is joined in attack by Pepe 🇨🇮
#️⃣ #WATARS
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 15, 2019

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Ian Wright's perfect reaction to Eddie Nketiah's goal against Barnsley

Ian Wright's perfect reaction to Eddie Nketiah's goal against Barnsley – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United went on top of the Championship table following a 2-0 win over Barnsley on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men left it late to get their first goal of the game, with Eddie Nketiah coming off the bench to open the scoring in the 84th minute.
Mateusz Klich converted from the spot five minutes later to seal all three points for the visitors, but it was Bielsa’s inspired substitution that proved crucial.
Nketiah replaced Patrick Bamford in the 70th minute, and he did well to grab his second Championship goal of the season since his arrival from Arsenal on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.
As usual, Gunners legend Ian Wright was keeping an eye on the 20-year-old, and here is how he reacted to the goal on Instagram:

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Another one @eddienketiah @leedsunited 📞📞📞♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
A post shared by Ian Wright (@wrightyofficial) on Sep 15, 2019 at 6:29am PDT

Nketiah has now scored four goals in six appearances for Leeds since his arrival, and he is proving to be a hit already.
The youngster definitely gave Bielsa something to think about with his goal, and Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be delighted with his progress so far.
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Bournemouth handed major boost, Everton boss shuffles forward pack

Bournemouth handed major boost, Everton boss shuffles forward pack – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton visit Bournemouth on Sunday hoping to continue their promising start to the new Premier League season.
The Toffees have picked up seven points from their opening four matches and another win this weekend would keep them in touch with the leading teams.
Two successive defeats have sent Bournemouth tumbling down the table and they will be eager to stop the rot this weekend.
Everton have struggled at Bournemouth in recent times, failing to win any of their last four visits in the league.
They blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in last season’s corresponding fixture, but are favourites to win on Sunday.
Marco Silva’s side were impressive against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last outing and should follow up at the Vitality Stadium.
Confirmed starting line-ups:

🚨 TEAM NEWS 🚨
🔺 Lewis Cook returns for the first time since December
🔺 Jack Stacey makes his #PL debut
🔺 Dominic Solanke starts his first #PL game of the campaign
LET’S GO BOYS! 💪#BOUEVE // #afcb 🍒 pic.twitter.com/xyIWHRwSMi
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) September 15, 2019

⚠️ TEAM NEWS! ⚠️2️⃣ changes from our last game.💪 DCL leads the line.#BOUEVE
Watch the game live on @NOWTVSport with a Sky Sports Day Pass: https://t.co/q6jEHuG0ZF pic.twitter.com/RFhWgnnMVU
— Everton (@Everton) September 15, 2019

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Phil Hay delivers injury update on 27y/o Leeds star set to miss Barnsley clash

Phil Hay delivers injury update on 27y/o Leeds star set to miss Barnsley clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United play Barnsley this afternoon and will look to secure all three points in order to go top of the Championship table.
Swansea City suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nottingham Forest yesterday, and Marcelo Bielsa will hope his men can capitalize on the result.
However, the Leeds boss has been dealt a late injury blow as Adam Forshaw has been ruled out of the Barnsley clash due to slight hip issue which has seen him fail a fitness test.
The midfielder is expected to be fine for the clash with Derby County next Saturday, and Leeds expert Phil Hay has taken to Twitter to deliver the injury update:

Minor hip injury for Forshaw. Failed a fitness test but should be okay for Derby next weekend. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 15, 2019

Forshaw has featured in every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign thus far this season, and his injury has handed Bielsa a little headache ahead of this afternoon’s game.
Thankfully for the Elland Road outfit, it’s only a minor knock, and having him back next weekend remains a huge boost nonetheless.
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