Binoculars will be pointing at the sky in Trentham Lakes over the next few weeks, it seems, as vultures start to circle over Stoke City. There will be a handful of prized targets if the worst comes true and the Potters fall into the Championship. And Xherdan Shaqiri, Jack Butland, Ramadan Sobhi, Mame Diouf and Badou Ndiaye will be able to showcase their potential on the biggest stage when they head to this summer’s World Cup. Ndiaye has gradually come to the fore since arriving from Galatasaray for £14m in January and has arguably been the club’s star player since Paul Lambert pushed him into a two-man midfield alongside Joe Allen. That’s no mean feat considering he has never ended up on the winning side in England. There’s three games left to put that right. Talk in Turkey has already been growing about his next move. The 27-year-old was linked with a return to Galatasaray, who had only signed him themselves from Osmanlispor last summer, and he had quickly … [Read more...] about Are three Premier League clubs already circling over Badou Ndiaye?
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He was the best player in the Premier League's best team … but it still was not enough to land Kevin De Bruyne the PFA Player of the Year award. Mo Salah was a worthy recipient – De Bruyne actually voted for him – after scoring 43 goals in his first season at Liverpool. But De Bruyne's influence on the course of the league season has been greater, even though it was submerged slightly by the all-round magnificence of the Manchester City team. Salah's goals are indisputable, but De Bruyne's impact on the season runs far deeper and ultimately had greater influence in the league. We picked out a dozen moments – out of many, many possible - when the Belgian's brilliance shone through, even in the dazzling glare created by his teammates. Goal v Shakhtar With a vital Champions League game deadlocked, against live opponents, De Bruyne curved a peach of a goal into the far corner to set the Blues rolling. Pass at Huddersfield The Terriers had been stubborn, feisty … [Read more...] about The moments that made De Bruyne the Premier League’s outstanding star
News / Local / Perthshire by James Masson April 25, 2018, 6:00 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter ST JOHNSTONE Women have made a good start to the season in the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2. The squad contains several youngsters with one of the youngest being 16-year-old Rachel Wolecki, pictured with her mum Donna. Rachel often finds herself playing against females twice her age but remains undaunted. She has followed in the footsteps of her mum by being picked for Scotland, turning out in the dark blue in an away game against Germany. Donna said: “Rachel has been kicking a ball since she was able to walk. “She has been playing club football since the age of seven and, as well as playing at weekends, she trains three times a week. “Her Scotland cap came for the U/15s and it was nice for Rachel to get that honour.” Donna played for the senior Scottish side and added: “Rachel plays in … [Read more...] about Local 16-year-old football star is ‘holding her own’ in Scottish Women’s Premier League 2
Sport by Press Association April 23, 2018, 3:22 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Subscribe todaySubscribe today from 99p Ederson wants Manchester City to make history and end their title-winning campaign with a series of new Premier League records. Pep Guardiola’s side showed no sign of easing up in their first match since being crowned champions as they thrashed Swansea 5-0 on Sunday. City are looking for extra means of motivation to sustain them in their final four games, and records for most wins, most goals and most points in a season are in their sights. Guardiola’s team have now won 29 times, scored 98 goals and accrued 90 points. The current records – all held by Chelsea – are 30, 103 and 95 respectively. Goalkeeper Ederson said: “It would mean a lot (to beat them). If you finish the season as a champion and, on top of that, break some records – we would make history as a club and … [Read more...] about Man City keeper Ederson: Setting new Premier League records would mean a lot
Sunderland’s plight plumbed to catastrophic new depths on Saturday as they were relegated to League One. Despite leading 1-0 with 86 minutes on the clock, the Black Cats succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion which confirmed a second relegation in as many seasons. The club released a statement last night saying that they never envisaged falling into League One and with the club in a period of uncertainty at ownership level, it could be a long road back to the top flight where many supporters will feel the club belongs. Manager Chris Coleman wants to stay in charge, but while Ellis Short remains in control of the club, the Welshman is struggling to see a way he can help Sunderland rise again. Their financial struggles have been well documented and the optimism at the start of Short’s reign - which only started nine years ago - has completely dissipated. A lot has happened during that time. A crushing 5-1 derby defeat before winning six derbies in a row. A run to the … [Read more...] about How Sunderland fell from the Premier League to League One during Ellis Short’s ownership