'Awful awful player', 'Sell him off' – Some Hammers fume at player after City loss

'Awful awful player', 'Sell him off' – Some Hammers fume at player after City loss – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United were handed a 4-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Wednesday.
The Hammers went into the lead after Mark Noble converted from the spot, but found themselves trailing 2-1 by half-time.
Some dreadful defending from West Ham and quality football from City ensured that two more goals were scored by the Premier League defending champions at full-time, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side will now face Newcastle United in the third-place play-off after the Magpies lost 4-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier during the day.
The Hammers couldn’t sustain momentum for the whole of the clash despite starting out impressively, and they will have to do better when both sides meet during the opening weekend of the new campaign.
Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez was really dreadful in the middle of the park after coming on for Declan Rice for the second-half.
While his lack of match fitness and rustiness are partly to blame, the 33-year-old spent too much time on the ball and couldn’t get the team moving at the needed pace.
Lots of West Ham fans have laid into Sanchez’s woeful performance against Pep Guardiola’s side on Twitter, and here is how some of them reacted:

Get Carlos Sanchez out please @WestHamUtd @Ing_Pellegrini
— Brad ⚒️⚽ (@BradWright1998) July 17, 2019

I never do want to see Carlos Sanchez in a West Ham shirt again please someone take him awful awful player
— Joe Halford (@joe90halford) July 17, 2019

Carlos Sanchez should never play again. For anyone 😂
— Matty Denners (@Denner7s) July 17, 2019

FT: City 4-1 West Ham.
Played some good football during the game but defensively we were so drab 🤧
Carlos Sanchez leave my club please
— 1bby (@1bbyWHU) July 17, 2019

The weakest link, Carlos Sanchez. Sell him off pls.
— MFK (@electracel) July 17, 2019

Carlos Sanchez…🙄🙄
And I got slated for not being happy that we was signing him last summer. #WHUFC #COYI
— West Ham News & Views ⚒️ (@WHUFC_News_6) July 17, 2019

I struggle to think of a worse player in the premier league than Carlos Sanchez
— el vejestorio (@Fluuked) July 17, 2019

Carlos Sanchez is the worst player in this squad by a mile
— Luke Jacobs (@_LukeJacobs10) July 17, 2019

Why is Carlos Sanchez still here? Awful footballer
— Danny Kavanagh (@DannyKavanagh2) July 17, 2019

What do we have to do to get rid of Carlos Sanchez?
— Bayou Ironworks (@BayouIronworks) July 17, 2019

I can’t believe Carlos Sanchez is still a West Ham player
— alex (@Sensanetional) July 17, 2019

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Report: Celtic in 'pole position' to sign midfield target

Report: Celtic in 'pole position' to sign midfield target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from the Scotsman, Celtic are in ‘pole position’ to sign Jose Cifuentes in the summer transfer window.
The Ecuadorian youngster is being chased by both Celtic and Premier League champions Manchester City, but the report claims that the Bhoys have a better chance of signing him.
City would struggle to sign him as he is not yet a full-time international.
The 20-year-old is likely to get more first-team football at Celtic while work permit in Scotland are more relaxed which makes the Bhoys favorites to sign him.
His performances in the Under-20 World Cup have caught the eye of clubs in Germany and Italy, as well as Celtic and City.
Celtic are looking to bolster their midfield department this summer and Cifuentes would be a decent signing for the club.
He is a defensive midfielder who loves to get forward. He is tidy on the ball and his physical strength makes him an attractive proposition for Celtic.
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'Deal is close': £55k-per-week int'l set for West Ham exit, club submit offer

'Deal is close': £55k-per-week int'l set for West Ham exit, club submit offer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from Sky Sports, Pedro Obiang is likely to leave West Ham in the next few days.
The Spanish midfielder joined the Hammers in 2015 from Sampdoria and it seems he will return back to Italy in the summer transfer window.
The report claims that Serie A club Sassuolo have bid £8.1m (€9 million) for the 27-year-old midfielder and that the deal is close to being done.
Obiang, who is on £55k-per-week wages, has made a total of 116 appearances in his four seasons in east London. He made 24 appearances in the Premier League last season but struggled to start enough games due to the rise of Declan Rice.
At Sassuolo, he would be getting regular time, and that should tempt him to make a move this summer.
The Equatorial Guinea international is currently in the squad for the Premier League Asia trophy but it seems West Ham are working on his transfer deal.

He will become the eighth senior player to leave the Hammers this summer should the deal go through.

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'Needs to be sold', 'Hideous' – Some Leeds fans lay into player's 'horrific' performance against Man Utd

'Needs to be sold', 'Hideous' – Some Leeds fans lay into player's 'horrific' performance against Man Utd – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United during a friendly in Perth on Wednesday.
The Red Devils had the upper hand having deployed two different starting XI’s who picked up 2-0 victories in each half.
The Elland Road outfit had only five substitutes on their bench as the rest of the squad are in England after manager Marcelo Bielsa decided to split the team into two and work with those not on tour.
The gulf between Leeds and the Old Trafford outfit was there for all to see, with the Whites’ porous backline leaving the fans concerned ahead of the new campaign.
Bielsa’s side did create chances going forward, but they failed to convert them, and despite it being a friendly clash, the Argentine boss definitely would have taken note of a lot of things.
Swiss centre-back Gaetano Berardi particularly had a game to forget, finding it difficult to contain the five-star Red Devils’ attack.
With Pontus Jansson gone, Leeds have to bring a quality defender who can fill his boots at Elland Road this summer.
A lot of fans were disappointed with Berardi’s performance against the Old Trafford side, and here is how some of them reacted on Twitter:

Hi Victor and Andrea. Hope you are starting to see that Berardi needs to be sold. We need a CB that can get straight into first team. #lufc
— James (@FakeLeedsFan) July 17, 2019

I wanna see a big hulking centre back at the side of the skill and pace of Ben White next year. Use cooper as back up. Sell Berardi and have Struijk available. Cant keep going with that defence. Its beyond terrible #lufc
— Brandon Yates (@Brandon7Yates) July 17, 2019

How can we still be keeping berardi and letting big pontus go?? 🙈
— Jamie McGhee (@Mc17Mcghee) July 17, 2019

Can we all agree that whatever the question, Berardi at centre back is not the answer….#lufc
— Marlon Bentley (@MarlonBentley) July 17, 2019

Desperately need a quality striker and centre half in my humble opinion.Berardi and Bamford not good enough and Roofe in and out of the game today.Bielsa must surely be having words with Radrizzani
— Barrie Worsnop (@gillroydmor) July 17, 2019

If anyone needed proof that Berardi and Cooper at CB will not get us promoted, this was it… desperately need a centre back to replace Pontus, also Roofe and Bamford need sharpening up…
— GD (@gdlufc) July 17, 2019

One thing it will never leave any of us wondering – are Cooper and Berardi up to it? How can we be going into a season with them at centre back after watching them for 4 years.
— Barry Quinn (@quinnthedub) July 17, 2019

Berardi and Forshaw are truly hideous footballers 🤦🏼‍♂️
— Lewy Pearce (@LewyPearce) July 17, 2019

Berardi is horrific
— Stephen Foster (@stephenfoster81) July 17, 2019

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Report: Boost for Spurs as Euro club ready to offload £55m target

Report: Boost for Spurs as Euro club ready to offload £55m target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Barcelona are reportedly ready to offload Malcom in the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian forward joined Barcelona in 2018 for £37million last summer but he struggled for game time at the Nou Camp.
He made only 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
According to reports from The Mirror, Malcom’s agent has told Barcelona his client wants to leave this summer.
Arsenal are interested in signing him on loan, while north London rivals Tottenham are thought to be in the race as well.
Everton boss is also believed to be a big fan and wants to add the winger to his squad.
Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t The Daily Mail) now reports that Barcelona are ready to offload him this summer but for no less than £55m.
It has to be noted that Malcom has not handed in a transfer request or declared an intention to leave.
However, the news would surely come as a boost for Spurs who are looking to add depth to their attacking ranks.
It is highly unlikely that Spurs would be willing to pay the amount Barcelona are looking for, but a loan deal could be a possibility.
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'Deal is done': Newcastle close to signing 22-year-old target

'Deal is done': Newcastle close to signing 22-year-old target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Bruce as their next manager today, and it seems they are now moving quickly to secure their targets.
According to reports from Bild (h/t Sport Witness & The Chronicle), Joelinton to Newcastle ‘deal is done’.
The 22-year-old has been a long term target of Newcastle and it seems that the Magpies have brokered a deal for the exciting Hoffenheim forward.
Last season, Joelinton scored seven goals and provided five assists in 25 starts for the Bundesliga side.
The striker was left out of the Hoffenheim squad and he is seemingly on his way to Newcastle, with the fee being quoted around €40m.
Bild now claims that ‘He moves to Newcastle United’.
Although it was previously claimed that it would take a fee in the region of €55-60m to lure the striker away from Hoffenheim, it seems Newcastle would be able to get him at a reduced price.
Newcastle broke their transfer record during the January window when they signed Almiron, and now it seems they will smash their record again if the deal goes through.
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Villa new signing posts message on Twitter, some fans respond

Villa new signing posts message on Twitter, some fans respond – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa new boy Bjorn Engels took to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after completing his move yesterday.
The Villans announced the signing of Engels yesterday on their official website. The 24-year-old has become the club’s eighth signing of the summer.
With his signature, Villa have taken their spending to almost £100m.
The new signing has said that it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League, and has thanked the fans for giving him a warm welcome.

Proud to sign for @AVFCOfficial. It was always a dream to play in the Premier League.. Thanks for the warm welcome Villa Fans 🦁 Also want to thank my family and friends who carried me trough this amazing journey. And a special thank you to @SportPlusFM for making this possible! pic.twitter.com/CXnpzfnKlM
— Bjorn Engels (@BjornEngels) July 17, 2019

Engels has become the club’s fourth centre-back signing, after Tyrone Mings, Kourtney Hause and Ezri Konsa were all recruited by Dean Smith.
According to reports from Sky Sports, Villa have paid around £9m to sign Engels from Stade Reims.
He started his career in the youth system at Club Brugge in Belgium, and later went on to play for the senior team.
He also spent time with Greek outfit Olympiacos prior to his stint in France.
Some Villa fans responded to his tweet on Twitter:

Welcome Bjorn 👏
— thevillazone (@thevillazone) July 17, 2019

Welcome Bjorn to the Pride of the Midlands the Villa UTV!!!🦁💜💙
— MrVilla (@MrAstonVillan) July 17, 2019

Welcome to AVFC 🦁🦁💜
— Jack Millman (@LordMillman29) July 17, 2019

Welcome to the family
Love ❤️🇾🇪💙🇾🇪❤️Respect ✊🏽
— THEYEMENIVILLAN (@YemeniNad01) July 17, 2019

Welcome Bjorn. Looking forward to seeing you play well for the Villa. Hopefully a great career in claret and blue stands before you 👍🏼
— nicknackjames (@nicknackjames1) July 17, 2019

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'Atrocious', 'Terrible' – Some Geordies tear into defender 'Bruce rates' following Wolves horror show

'Atrocious', 'Terrible' – Some Geordies tear into defender 'Bruce rates' following Wolves horror show – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United were handed a 4-0 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Asia Trophy few hours after Steve Bruce was confirmed as head coach on Wednesday.
The Magpies went 3-0 down in the first-half, before a late own-goal in the second-half condemned them to a heavy loss.
While Wolves named a very strong side, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey were the only first-team regulars that started for Newcastle, with the likes of Achraf Lazaar, Karl Darlow and Jack Colback playing their first game for the club in a long while.
The Toons were outplayed by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and Bruce has been reminded of the huge task ahea.
The current squad clearly and badly needs some quality additions before the summer transfer window shuts.
A lot of the players given the chance to impress and make a statement couldn’t, with Lazaar particularly struggling.
The Moroccan left-back was at fault for some of the goals and showed exactly why former manager Rafa Benitez excluded him from his plans.
The 27-year-old spent the second-half of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday under Bruce, playing four Championship games.
Lazaar is hoping to finally get a chance at Newcastle, but he might not be getting any judging by his display against Wolves, and here is how some Toon Army reacted to his horror show on Twitter:

A gentle reminder that Steve Bruce rates Achraf Lazaar.
— 𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕄𝕒𝕔𝕜𝕖𝕞𝕊𝕝𝕒𝕪𝕖𝕣 (@TheMackemSlayer) July 17, 2019

Does Lazaar know that he’s supposed to defend? #nufc
— Sanjay (@nufcsanjay) July 17, 2019

Lazaar is terrible. Darlow hasn’t mad a save. Colback has tried to take the ball from his own teammate multiple times. No physical presence up top. Disorganization across the back 4. It’s gonna be a tough year if this keeps up. #NUFC #PLAsiaTrophy
— David Haeberle (@DWHoPSU) July 17, 2019

Clark sterry and lazaar awful so far. Lazaars performance one of the worst I can remember. Pains me to say but Colback has done well
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) July 17, 2019

Can see why Lazaar hasn’t kicked a ball for us in years. ATROCIOUS. Out of position all the time. At fault for 2nd and 3rd goal. Woeful. Needs to be hooked immediately
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) July 17, 2019

Poor tracking back from Lazaar. Not defending well at all and awareness has to be better from Hayden. Pre season or not putrid football right now.
— EJ (@Michael_EJones) July 17, 2019

Lazaar is terrible #NUFC
— max (@SimplyAlmiron) July 17, 2019

And that’s why lazaar was in championship last Yr #nufc
— Joe (@Joenufc1987) July 17, 2019

He’s been poor all game
— Will Thurkettle (@thurkettlewill) July 17, 2019

Bruce confirmed, Lazaar starts 🤔🤔
— Darren Gilfoyle ⚽️ (@darrengilfoyle) July 17, 2019

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'Deal obviously all good to go': Villa close to completing ninth summer signing

'Deal obviously all good to go': Villa close to completing ninth summer signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa have been very active in the summer transfer window and have already splashed out £100 million on signing new players.
The Villans unveiled centre-back, Bjorn Engels, yesterday and it seems they are close to completing their ninth signing of the summer this week.
According to reports from the Birmingham Live, Aston Villa are closing in on the £15m signing of Manchester City’s highly-rated young midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The 21-year-old is a fantastic young player who can play in all three midfield positions – defensive, central and attacking.
Although he would command a high transfer fee, it seems Villa are ready to pay that amount for him. If the deal is confirmed, it will take Dean Smith’s spending to over £100 million this summer.
Douglas has spent the last two seasons on loan with Girona in La Liga after work permit issues prevented him from playing for Manchester City.
The Villa bosses are hoping to complete the signing in the coming days, preferably within this week.
According to Birmingham Live’s Villa reporter over in the States, Ashley Preece: “I was told he flew back home after holding talks, discussing terms and future plans. Deal obviously all good to go, down to player now I believe.”
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'I would never say never': Club manager comments on £30m Villa target amid transfer speculation

'I would never say never': Club manager comments on £30m Villa target amid transfer speculation – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa have been very active in the summer transfer window and have already splashed out £100 million on signing new players.
Dean Smith, the Villa boss, will be looking to add more new faces before the window closes. However, it seems Villa are likely to miss out on Bristol City defender Adam Webster.
The 24-year-old is arguably one of the best defenders in the Championship right now, and several Premier League clubs including Villa have shown strong interest in signing him.
Villa have been in talks with the Championship side, but it seems they are losing the battle for his signature.
The Robins have already rejected an offer for the central defender from Villa. The newly-promoted Premier League club are reluctant to match his £30 million price tag.
Bristol boss Lee Johnson has said that he is confident of keeping hold of his star player. He has hailed him as a ‘fantastic’ player, adding that the club are in a strong position to keep him.
Although he admitted that anything can happen in the transfer window, it seems Villa will no longer pursue their interest in Webster.
The arrival of Bjorn Engels means Villa now have signed four central defenders this summer.
“I think we’re in a strong position,” Johnson told BristolLive. “I think so [that Bristol City have a lot to offer him]. Listen, every player wants to play as high as they can and for as long as they can.
“And sometimes media reports can be pretty wide of the mark, so it hasn’t always been what’s been in the press has always been the reality of the situation.
“But at the same time he’s a fantastic player – and we want to keep our best players and if we can’t keep our best players it’s because they’re going to top clubs in the Premier League.
“And we’re getting fees that we believe can make our squad better with those finances involved. Honestly, I think he’ll be here. I honestly do.
“I would never say never in football because anything can change – particularly as it gets manic in the last week of the window.”I think we’re in a strong position.”
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