Gary Lineker reacts to what Lascelles did following Newcastle's drubbing at Leicester


Gary Lineker reacts to what Lascelles did following Newcastle's drubbing at Leicester – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, with Isaac Hayden’s first-half dismissal proving disastrous.
It allowed the hosts to run riot, but the visitors didn’t put up any fight from start to finish, and such tepid performances could put their Premier League survival in jeopardy.
Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles was far from pleased with his side’s lacklustre display against the Foxes, and he didn’t mince words in his post-match comments when talking to the reporters.
“It was terrible from the boys. It’s No one’s fault to blame but ourselves. We still had 10 men on the pitch. Leaking in five goals is not good enough. It’s not acceptable. We do need to look at ourselves in the mirror. I don’t think I have been here and conceded five goals. You at least have to make it hard for them,” the Magpies’ defender told Sky Sports (as reported by Sportsmail).
“Just the way we conceded the goals. It’s never happened. The boys do care, and obviously a man down is a disadvantage but you can still roll your sleeves up and we didn’t do that.  
“It’s always going to be hard with 10 men but you have to do the simple things. It’s just not good enough. I don’t want to say we gave up but we need to sit down because it’s not acceptable.”
Match of the day presenter and former Leicester striker Gary Lineker fully agreed with Lascelles’ decision to lay into his side’s performance, and here is how he reacted to the defender’s comments on Twitter:

Frank and refreshingly honest words from a very disgruntled @NUFC captain, @Lascelles16.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 29, 2019

Newcastle are now 19th in the league table having lost four of their seven league games, and they have to do much more better if they are to remain in the English top-flight come May.
Head coach Steve Bruce is now under immense pressure, and has a huge job on his hands having struggled to win over the fans upon his appointment following Rafa Benitez’s departure.
Newcastle host Manchester United next before travelling to Chelsea after the international break, and those aren’t the ideal games a struggling side will relish.
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Opinion: Midfielder has uncertain future at West Ham, could be sold in January


Opinion: Midfielder has uncertain future at West Ham, could be sold in January – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Carlos Sanchez has struggled for playing time at West Ham United this season and may be considering his future. The 33-year-old has been short of minutes under Manuel Pellegrini and finds himself behind Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble and Pablo Fornals in the pecking order.
Sanchez has racked up just 14 minutes of Premier League football and may have to leave to get regular first-team football. The Colombian international is out of contract next summer too, so a departure looks on the cards either in January or July as it’s hard to see him being in line for an extension.
Pellegrini has used Sanchez in the EFL Cup, handing him 180 minutes of football against Newport County (August 27) and Oxford United (September 25), but he’s hardly used him in the league – the defensive-midfielder’s last appearance came against Norwich City (August 31).
Sanchez was an unused substitute in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City (August 10), picked up seven minutes in a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion (August 17), had two minutes in a 3-1 win over Watford (August 24) and played for five minutes in a 2-0 beating of Norwich City (August 31).
With Pellegrini openly preferring Rice over Sanchez, a move in January might suit all parties.
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Bad news as Southampton could lose three players next summer, contracts expire in June


Bad news as Southampton could lose three players next summer, contracts expire in June – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Southampton have three first-team players who could leave for nothing next summer as their contracts expire in June – Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida and Shane Long. It remains to be seen whether the Saints would let the trio go, however, as they have all featured under Ralph Hassenhuttl this season.
Soares has been a regular since late-August, starting in five of Southampton’s last six games in all competitions, so it’s hard to see him being allowed to leave in June. The 28-year-old has made 124 appearances since joining the Saints in 2015 and is an important player in the squad.
Yoshida is out of contract in June, but Southampton do have the option to trigger a 12-month extension. And given the 31-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions this season, he’s likely to be kept for another year. Yoshisa has made 189 appearances in seven years at St Mary’s and may be worth keeping.
Long could be moved on over the summer. The 32-year-old no longer holds down a starting place and is struggling for goals. Long scored 10 goals in 28 Premier League games in 2015/16 and has only managed 10 combined in the three seasons that followed.
With Danny Ings, Michael Obafemi and Che Adams for competition up front, it’s likely that Hasenhuttl will deem Long surplus to requirements.
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Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview: Old Foes clash in battle for top-four supremacy


Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview: Old Foes clash in battle for top-four supremacy – originally posted on Sportslens.com
The rivalry shared between Manchester United and Arsenal saw them competing for the Premier League title just more than a decade ago. Now they’re fighting to stay alive in the top-four race in the early stages of the new season.
While Liverpool have raced forward to create a hefty lead at the top over both sides, the fallen giants aim to pick up form. The Gunners come into the game high on momentum after a thrilling comeback victory over Aston Villa last week, while Manchester United had one to dread.
Indeed, the defeat to West Ham United saw Marcus Rashford become the latest to pick up a knock and Solskjaer explaining how this isn’t quick-fix process. The Red Devils have experienced decent home form, even though goal-scoring issues pertain to hold them back.
With Arsenal shielding a harrowing defensive record, the Red Devils will go all guns blazing to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some breathing space. It should be a tight encounter with both desperate for three points and also foreshadow things to come in both team’s season ahead.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Pereira, Greenwood, James.
Arsenal Predicted XI
Leno, Chambers, Holding, Sokratis, Tierney, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Saka, Aubameyang, Pepe.
Key Clashes
Mason Greenwood vs Sokratis Papastathopoulos
With Anthony Martial and Rashford both on the treatment table, Mason Greenwood is expected to lead an inexperienced front-line for United on Monday Night.
Despite his age, the 17-year-old already looks United’s most natural centre-forward right now. He’s netted in both starts so far and will look to work his magic over Arsenal’s fragile defence.
With his swift movement, ability to get clinical shots on goal, he’ll look to revitalize United’s attack. However, his dreams could be extinguished by the strong Sokratis.
The Greek centre-back is an impressive man-marker, who can use his strong challenges and timely clearances to frustrate Greenwood. The 17-year-old must be clever with his overall style or be ousted by his experienced foe.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang vs Harry Maguire
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is absolutely unstoppable for Arsenal this season, having netted in nearly all games in what has been a fantastic personal start for him.
Aubameyang’s thriving in a central role at Alexander Lacazette’s absence, with his cunning positioning, lethal striking ability along with the knack for outwitting defenders working absolute wonders.
Harry Maguire, however, will look to stop his goal-scoring momentum. The record signing from Leicester has been a rock in United’s defence, marking severe improvements from last season’s defensive woes.
Maguire’s indomitable nature aerially along with intuitive nature to sniff out attacks and shut down strikers with strong challenges means a feisty battle is set to go down with Aubameyang on Monday.
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Opinion: Steve Bruce mistreated 29-year-old Newcastle man, August decision was unfair


Opinion: Steve Bruce mistreated 29-year-old Newcastle man, August decision was unfair – originally posted on Sportslens.com
After opting to stay at Newcastle this summer, Jack Colback was left out of the Magpies’ Premier League squad by Steve Bruce and hasn’t played a single minute of football this season as a result.
The decision to leave Colback out seems unfair considering Florian Lejeune & Dwight Gayle have been injured all season and only recently returned to training. Ciaran Clark hasn’t played a minute of league football either and is fourth-choice at centre-back.
Bruce even named three right-backs in his squad (Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth, DeAndre Yedlin) rather than include Colback, so it’s hard to see the 29-year-old staying at St James’ Park unless there’s a change in manager.
Colback finds himself behind Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Ki Sung-yeung and Isaac Hayden in the pecking order, but Hayden has been the only constant in the side. He’s since been banned for three games after being sent off against Leicester, however, so Bruce loses an important ball-winner.
With the Englishman’s last Newcastle appearance coming against Barnsley on May 7, 2017, it’s hard to see Colback having much of a future in the North-East. He shouldn’t be short of suitors in January, but it remains to be seen which club he could join.
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Opinion: Brendan Rodgers likely to sell Leicester midfielder in January, nearly left in August


Opinion: Brendan Rodgers likely to sell Leicester midfielder in January, nearly left in August – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Daniel Amartey came close to leaving Leicester City in August when Trabzonspor were showing an interest, but Fotospor say the deal collapsed due to the Turkish Super Lig side running out of money.
This has left Amartey in limbo as he’s surplus to requirements at Leicester and unlikely to feature under Brendan Rodgers, so 24-year-old is left with little choice but to seek a move away in January.
Rodgers won’t stand in his way either as he’s preferred Wilfred Ndidi, Hamza Choudhury, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and even Nampalys Mendy in midfield this season.
Amartey hasn’t played a single minute of football for Leicester and has only made the matchday squad once – in the EFL Cup against Luton Town (September 24).  With so much competition for a starting place, the Ghanaian international will spend the season on the periphery if he stays at City.
Since joining Leicester from FC Copenhagen in 2016, Amartey has gone on to make 64 appearances for the Foxes, scoring and creating two goals. He’s amassed only 101 minutes of Premier League football in 2015/16, 490 in 2017/18 and 640 in 2018/19, so Leicester aren’t going to miss him.
Amartey’s future clearly lies away from the King Power Stadium, so a sale could be on the cards when the winter transfer window opens.
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Opinion: Another midfielder could leave Leeds in January, has gone 16 months without playing


Opinion: Another midfielder could leave Leeds in January, has gone 16 months without playing – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Eunan O’Kane has an uncertain future at Leeds United and could be on his way out in January. The 29-year-old hasn’t made an appearance for 16 months and finds himself behind Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Alfie McCalmont, Mateusz Bogusz and Jamie Shackleton in the pecking order.
Marcelo Bielsa deemed O’Kane surplus to requirements immediately upon his arrival in 2018 and loaned the midfielder out to Luton Town (August 31, 2018 – January 10, 2019). However, the Republic of Ireland international suffered a leg break two weeks after joining the Hatters and was ruled out for the entire season.
O’Kane’s last Leeds appearance came against Queens Park Rangers on May 6, 2018, and the club have made it clear for 12 months that he’s not a part of their plans this season. The 29-year-old wasn’t given a shirt number ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, nor has he been included in Leeds’ ‘first-team’ on their official website.
As a result, a January departure looks on the cards, but where O’Kane will end up remains to be seen. He’s been unfortunate with injuries, but Bielsa clearly doesn’t feel the Irishman is better than his current options in midfield.
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Gary Neville slams Pickford's reaction to what he did against Man. City


Gary Neville slams Pickford's reaction to what he did against Man. City – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Manchester City condemned Everton to their fourth Premier League loss of the campaign on Saturday, handing them a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park.
Gabriel Jesus put the visitors ahead 24 minutes into the game, but the Toffees drew level nine minutes later through Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford couldn’t keep out Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick in the 71st minute, and Raheem Sterling’s 84th-minute strike secured all three points for Pep Guardiola’s side.
City could have gotten a fourth goal in the closing stages of the game when some suspect goalkeeping from the England international allowed Bernardo Silva a chance on goal.
Pickford left his box in an attempt to come clear the ball, but was beaten to the duel.
Luckily for him, Silva couldn’t find any of his team-mates after a cross into the area.
The Everton goalie saw the funny side afterwards, and he was seen grinning.

It’s like Jordan Pickford can actually hear @GNev2! pic.twitter.com/flNnbwGwEL
— James Henry (@soopreemee) September 28, 2019

Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville wasn’t particularly pleased with Pickford’s reaction, though, slamming him for finding his error hilarious.
“Why is Jordan Pickford laughing? I don’t know what’s funny. It’s not funny,” Neville said (as reported by Sportsmail)
“He should have saved the second goal and nearly cost his team a fourth.”
Everton have now lost three league games in a row and it could deal a blow on their top-six chances.
They face Burnley next at Turf Moor before hosting West Ham United, and how they fare in those games could have a huge say on manager Marco Silva’s future.
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Opinion: Midfielder could leave Leeds in January


Opinion: Midfielder could leave Leeds in January – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Ouasim Bouy could be on his way out of Leeds United in January after being deemed surplus to requirements by Marcelo Bielsa. The 26-year-old hasn’t made a single appearance for Leeds since joining from Juventus in 2017 and wasn’t even handed a shirt number this season.
Bouy has spent the last two years on loan at Culteral Leonesa (August 2, 2017 – January 1, 2018) & PEC Zwolle (August 24, 2018 – June 30, 2019) and was expected to be sold over the summer. The Moroccan midfielder still has two years remaining on his deal at Elland Road, but it’s hard to see him staying.
Under Bielsa, Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Alfie McCalmont, Mateusz Bogusz and Jamie Shackleton have been preferred to Bouy in midfield. The 26-year-old has even been omitted from Leeds’ ‘first’team’ on their official website too, so it’s clear he has no future.
Bouy has led a nomadic career, playing for Zeeburgia, Ajax, Juventus, Brescia (loan), Hamburger SV (loan), Panathinaikos (loan), PEC Zwolle (loan), US Palermo (loan), Leeds and Culteral Leonesa (loan), and he could be set to join his 11th club in as many years in 2020.
The midfielder go down as one of Leeds’ worst ever signings.
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'I just don't understand it' – Allardyce makes Benitez and Bruce claims


'I just don't understand it' – Allardyce makes Benitez and Bruce claims – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United suffered their heaviest loss in a game since October 2015 at the hands of Leicester City on Sunday evening.
The Foxes put five goals past 10-man Magpies, and the manner of the defeat heaps more pressure on head coach Steve Bruce.
The former Sunderland boss isn’t particularly popular at Saint James’ Park, and most fans are still fuming that Newcastle allowed Rafa Benitez leave.
While the Magpies had only picked up two points under the Spaniard after seven Premier League games last term, they never shipped five times in a game while he was in the dugout, last suffering defeat by such a deficit in a 6-1 shellacking at the hands of Manchester City under Steve McClaren.
Nevertheless, former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has leapt to Bruce’s defence, and he can’t understand why he has gotten so much fierce and harsh criticisms since taking over when Benitez didn’t get any.
“To blame Steve Bruce just yet is a long way off, he’s only just arrived and I don’t think the problems just lie in the team’s performances as they did go down to ten-men to a tackle that would have been perfectly legal in our days,” the one-time Three Lions boss told talkSPORT.
“In the end, it’s how Newcastle capitulated when down to 10 men. It’s very difficult but they should have put up a better defensive performance, the 10 men should have just sat in there and play the rest of the game out.
“Unfortunately for Steve particularly, it’s gonna be a tough one up to maybe Christmas, but we got to look at the situation, and say he’s got more points than Rafa got last year at this moment in time, but I still don’t know why Steve is getting some stick, Rafa didn’t get any stick, but Steve is, I just don’t understand it, but there we go.”

"To blame Steve Bruce yet is a long way off."
"He's got more points than Rafa got last year."
"Rafa didn't get any stick, and Steve is."
Sam Allardyce on #NUFC under Steve Bruce. Agree with this Newcastle fans? pic.twitter.com/5Y27go3bN3
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 30, 2019

Bruce’s past affiliation with bitter rivals Sunderland isn’t doing him any good, and the fact that he was deemed good enough to succeed Benitez didn’t go down well with the Newcastle fans.
The win against Tottenham – the club’s first against a top-four side since they returned from the Championship – wasn’t enough to convince many, and last weekend’s unimpressive draw at home against Brighton and Hove Albion, coupled with the Leicester embarrassment have made things worse.
Newcastle face Manchester United and Chelsea next, and it will be interesting to see how they respond after Sunday’s disappointment.
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