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Ross Barkley Praises Ronald Koeman for Transforming Everton’s Midfield

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley says that the current midfield options at the club are the best he has seen in a long time.


The arrival of manager Ronald Koeman was marked with several midfield players like Darren Gibson, Tom Cleverley, and Leon Osman leaving the club. Even though there has been a lot of speculation about the future ofBarkley, the England midfielder has ended up staying at Goodison Park, for the time being. He says that managerKoeman has done an excellent job when it comes to improving the midfield. Results have also in favour of the former Southampton manager.

Koeman was expected to have a tough job on his hands when he replaced Roberto Martinez at the start of the season. However, he has performed been able to excel while also managing to keep the existing stars at the club. There was a big danger of losing star striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer, but Koeman appears to have persuaded enough with the Belgian international to keep him at Goodison Park. Continue Reading

LIVERPOOL TO SELL DANIEL STURRIDGE

Liverpool are reportedly open to selling Daniel Sturridge at the end of the current season as they remain frustrated with the injury situation of the Englishman.


Liverpool are under pressure, with their stellar form set to end woefully with the string of poor form at the club of late.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be unhappy with the injury record of the player. The German wants a stable attacking force at Anfield and might look out for options. The Mirror reports that Klopp thinks Sturridge does not play enough games to have a future at the club.

Whilst the former Borussia Dortmund boss knows that Sturridge remains one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League, he also knows that the injury record of the player is a limiting factor for the club.

Sturridge has scored 59 goals despite being only able to feature 111 times in four years. Klopp would add a ‘stable’ attacking player and let Sturridge go. If the coach goes through with his intention of selling the player Sturridge’s career might take a significant hit as most top clubs would likely avoid him. Continue Reading

Manchester City: Struggling but on the Verge of European Success?

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City honeymoon has been over for quite some time. The Blues won their first ten matches in all competitions under the Spaniard but City have struggled to inspire confidence throughout the majority of the season. In fact, Guardiola’s men have won just one of their last four top-flight fixtures and the title is slowly but surely slipping out of reach.

City have slipped out of the top four in recent weeks and it would be fair to state that all is NOT fine and dandy at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola is under intense pressure to deliver unprecedented levels of success and the Pep project hasn’t worked just yet. City’s usually aggressive offence have been profligate in front of goal – netting 43 times this season; only the fifth-highest tally in the division. Continue Reading

Ronald Koeman Admits Everton Will Find It Difficult to Attract Top Signings in January

Ronald Koeman says that he will have to sell Everton’s project in order to convince new players to join the club in January.


After being appointed in the summer as the replacement for Roberto Martinez, the Dutchman has had a mixed time at Goodison Park so far. His Everton team started the campaign extremely well and were tough to beat. It was a reminiscent of times under David Moyes when it was all about keeping a clean sheet and not letting the opposition take control in the game. This attribute declined somewhat during the days under Martinez, who was more focused on attractive football.

It is understood thatKoeman is very keen on strengthening the Everton squad in January so as to avoid a poor second half to the season. The club has been struggling for consistency in the last couple of months, and it has attributed towards their decline in the Premier League table. Continue Reading

EVERTON – PLAYERS TO HOLD CRISIS TALK

Wales skipper Ashley Williams has revealed that Everton players will have a roundtable to discuss their issues this week in a bid to rid out inconsistency.


Everton started the campaign well under new boss Ronald Koeman but they have quickly fallen off their high.

Everton are distraught after their display ensured they shared the spoils with Swansea when they faced-off last week. Williams confessed that the team was frustrated even with the Seamus Coleman equalizer in the last minute.

“It is frustrating for all of us. We are trying our best but for whatever reason this [inconsistency] is happening. This week we will speak a bit more about that because I feel it is definitely something we need to work on in the 90 minutes and from game to game,” Williams who moved from Swansea to Everton this summer said. Continue Reading

Koeman Does Not Expect Romelu Lukaku to Stay at Everton for a Long

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has surprisingly admitted that Romelu Lukaku would probably leave the club since a player of his quality deserves to be playing in the best competitions.


It comes as a statement that may attract a lot of backlash from the club supporters. Lukaku is the club’s record signing after having cost £ 28 million from Chelsea in the summer of 2015.

Everton were able to play this figure after witnessing Lukaku’s impressive performances on loan at the club a year ago. A player of incredible talent, Lukaku has continued to remain as one of the top players in the Premier league even in the 2016-17 season.

The player came in with a transfer request in the summer which was turned on by the club. He has expressed his desire to play in the Champions League team for quite a while.Koeman expects this desire to be satisfied sooner rather than later, as he does not see a player like Lukaku staying at Everton for long.
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Gerrard welcome at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Steven Gerrard will always be welcome at Anfield now and in the future. He said that a player of his reputation is an incredible asset for a team like Liverpool and that he will always be a hero in Liverpool.

The former Liverpool manager who is currently playing with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy has always stated that he wants to return to Liverpool at the end of his career. The player whose contract will expire at the end of the season has yet to decide on what he wants to do next.

Jurgen Klopp said that there would be no problem if the midfielder wants to return to the club and he will think of a possible job to give him. He stated that he has a good relationship with Gerrard and that it will be a great thing for the club to have him back at Anfield. Continue Reading

RONALD KOEMAN PRAISES EVERTON

The man in charge at Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman poured commendations on his team, Everton for the ‘incredible’ performance regardless of being left to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Friday.

Christian Benteke snatched two points from the leading Everton, despite his return return to Merseyside with an awesome header four minutes into the second half of the match. This came after RomeluLukaku had put Everton on the lead through his goal in the 35th minute of the match, but Koeman did not permit that to take the shine off what he emerged an incredible performance.

The 53-year old was raring to see an improvement on the performance of his men in the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last time out in the Premier League and was satisfied with how his side reacted positively.<!–more–>

“The team performance was outstanding,” he told Sky Sports. “Of course we would like to create more opportunities and chances, maybe we had the biggest one through Gana [IdrissaGueye] in the second half, but they [Crystal Palace] netted and thought it was 2-1 [when Damien Delaney had a goal disallowed for offside].

“Maybe it was offside or not, I don’t know. It was difficult to understand all the refereeing decisions and maybe in that he made a fault. It’s a good point in the end, of course everyone like to win at home, especially when 1-0 up. You can’t stop every cross, even long balls from midfield. We did good defending, but it is also the quality of the player that you have to understand.”

The Dutchman in addition believes his defense was intact and tough enough against such a difficult team. Crystal Palace took the advantage from a drill immediately they saw it, but Koeman insists it was not a bad result for his men.

Pochettino focussing on the Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur were knocked from the UEFA Europa League on March 17 after suffering an aggregate defeat of 5-1 against Borussia Dortmund.

Despite being eliminated from the European competition, Mauricio Pochettino did not appear to be flustered in any way as the Argentinean manager even stated that this result is good news for his squad as they can now solely focus on catching up to the Premier League table toppers Leicester City.

Mauricio Pochettino and his squad have less than 10 league matches where they have to make something happen and give it their all in order to have any kind of realistic chance to snatch the top spot of the English league. Making it into the top 4 is key for next season – if the transfer rumours are to be believed then they have some stellar signings lined up to help take them to the next level.

It’s been over 50 years since Tottenham Hotspur has been able to lift the Premier League and in this season, the only thing that is standing in their way is Leicester City and Pochettino will do everything in his power to try and take the 1rst place away from the team of Claudio Ranieri.

“I think now we are focused on the Premier League and all our energies will go into trying to win games and win the league. It’s true that there are no distractions now, until now we had the Europa League to play, but now we only have the Premier League. We need to realize that our target was to try to reduce the gap to the top four but we are second in the table now, and we have played one tie more than last season in the Europa League.’’ Mauricio Pochettino said.

Now that the Premier League is reaching it’s final stages, every single point, every win or defeat can be the difference between becoming the new champions of England and just falling short.

Neville Under Pressure

Gary Neville is just months into his time at Valencia as their head coach, however, the former Manchester United and England full-back already has a fight on his hands to keep his job with the Spanish club.

Valencia are having one of their worst seasons for a long time. When Neville took over in December, they were mid-table in La Liga’s standings.

Another poor run of form since then has seen Los Che drop even further down the table to a stage where they need to start finding some positive results otherwise they will end up in a relegation scrap.

With such a large deficit to make up, it looks very unlikely that Valencia will be playing European football next season, unless they can win the Europa League where they would need to beat Rapid Wien of the Austria league over two legs first in their last-32 encounter.

In any La Liga betting at the time of writing, Valencia are 12-1 for a top-six finish at the end of the season, while they are shorter at 10-1 to be relegated.

When accepting the job in Spain, it was such a big challenge for Neville to take on. He had no experience of working in La Liga, at the time he could hardly speak any Spanish and he was inheriting a team that was so low in confidence.

The Manchester United legend has yet to experience a win in La Liga since signing for the club. Their recent game against Real Betis was described as being ‘very important’ by Neville himself. However, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to add further misery to the campaign.

The biggest embarrassment for Neville so far came in the first leg of their Copa Del Ray semi-final clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp. It was always going to be a difficult task for Neville’s side to come away with a positive result, however, they were hammered 7-0 by the Catalan giants.

Despite the run without a win, it appears the Valencia board are sticking with Neville for now. He has a contract with the club until the end of this season. It looks very unlikely at this stage that his stay in Spain will last any longer than that though.

Neville will continue his role with England this summer when they travel to France for Euro 2016. He could move back home in the summer where he will need to decide if he should return to punditry or wait upon any potential job opportunities managing an English club.

Although it will be a difficult for a man who was so used to winning as a player, being part of those successful Manchester United teams of the 90s and early 00s, Neville will no doubt learn from his experience at Valencia.

It is his first managerial job and he will get a lot of credit for not backing down from the challenge. But his next job in football could be huge when it comes to fixing his reputation as a possible England manager of the future.