English Premier League

Gary Neville wants to see more from resurgent Gareth Bale

Gary Neville has delivered his verdict on resurgent Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale amid the latter’s upturn in form. Expectations were high when the left-footed winger reunited with Tottenham last summer, but the 31-year-old has failed to live up to the challenge. Bale returned to London to rediscover his mojo and re-establish himself as a difference-maker but has since found his first-team opportunities at a premium. Jose Mourinho has handed his star forward just a handful of chances, fielding him from the first minute in seven Premier League matches to date. Four goals and three assists in his last four games. Gareth Bale is showing signs of his best 💪 pic.twitter.com/PdaiCEzrbe — B/R Football (@brfootball) February 28, 2021 Not long ago, the Wales international looked d...

‘It’s true’: Tottenham player reveals what he told 27-year-old PL star about Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has revealed that he wanted to leave the north London club during the summer transfer window. Ndombele struggled to find form and a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side last season and it looked like the relationship between them was beyond repair. Spurs paid £53.8 million – which was the-then club-record transfer fee – for Ndombele in 2019. However, the former Lyon midfielder worked on his fitness and forced his way into Mourinho’s plans. He has enjoyed a much better season for Spurs. He has cemented his position in the starting line-up and has made 23 appearances in the Premier League (21 starts), scoring three goals and providing one assist. In an interview with Football London, Ndombele has revealed that he spoke with Manche...

Acid test: What can Leeds expect from their next seven games?

With four defeats in their last six Premier League games, it’s fair to conclude that Leeds United aren’t in the best of form at the moment. While the form of Raphinha has been encouraging, the loss of Kalvin Phillips means there’s an imbalance in the side. Leeds aren’t the same without him, and they need him badly with the Whites about to enter their toughest phase of the season. Leeds find themselves 11th in the Premier League table, and they have done a remarkable job so far under Marcelo Bielsa. A strong run from here on and European qualification isn’t completely out of the question. However, the next seven games pose Leeds’ biggest challenge in the league, and they need to get back to winning ways. a) West Ham United (A) – Leeds lost 2-1 at home in the corresponding fixture. With the ...

Pep Guardiola provides Manchester City injury update ahead of Wolves clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an injury update ahead of the Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow. The Cityzens recently sealed a 2-1 win over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium and they have now won a stunning 20 games on the bounce in all competitions. Up next, they face the challenge from Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have proved a tricky opposition for them over the past few seasons. Ahead of the game, Guardiola provided an injury update where he confirmed that there are no fresh concerns from the recent victory over the Hammers. However, he added that Nathan Ake will continue to remain on the sidelines as he continues to work his way back to fitness after a long-term hamstring injury. “Everything is fine. Except Nathan, the rest of the pl...

Paper Talk: Man Utd star to reject England, Arsenal latest, Alaba issues demands

Our Paper Talk feature takes a look at the latest news and rumours from some of the top media outlets in the business. Keep up-to-speed with what is happening around football right here at Sportslens. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to commit his international future to DR Congo. According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Manchester United defender is frustrated at being overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate. Wan-Bissaka has represented both nations at youth level, but he is yet to be capped on the senior stage. The 23-year-old will decide his fate later this month when England announce their squad for three World Cup qualifiers. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are amongst the options at Southgate’s disposal. While Wan-Bissaka has performed well with United, ...

Report shares key role Marcelo Bielsa played as French side appoint new manager

Ligue 1 outfit Marseille announced Jorge Sampaoli as their manager last Friday, with the Argentine succeeding Andre Villas-Boas who was sacked last month. The former Sevilla boss will now look to impress on his second managerial stint in Europe, and Marseille have Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa to thank for Sampaoli’s arrival. According to Telefoot, the boss of the Elland Road outfit and Sampaoli were in discussion on the telephone for over 90 minutes about whether he should sign for the French outfit or not. 🚨 Toujours selon nos informations, Marcelo #Bielsa a échangé plus d’une heure et demi au téléphone avec #Sampaoli avant sa signature, le confortant encore plus dans son choix de rejoindre l’#OM (@YassinNfaoui) pic.twitter.com/0ILJLraH9E — Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) Febru...

Newcastle have intense interest in Portuguese defender, they have been following him for a while

Newcastle United are thought to be interested in signing the Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares at the end of this season. According to O Jogo, Burnley are keen on the defender as well but Newcastle’s interest is thought to be more intense. Apparently, the Magpies have been following the Portuguese defender for a while now and they were keen on paying around 15 million for the defender a season and a half ago. It will be interesting to see if the Premier League side come forward with a concrete offer for the young defender in the coming months. SL View: Competition for Lewis? The Magpies signed Jamal Lewis from Norwich City at the start of the season and the youngster has shown his qualities from time to time. Signing another young left-back in Tavares would be slightly surprising. Both player...

“I do believe Harry will look to leave”: Tottenham legend issues worrying comments on Kane

Glenn Hoddle believes that Harry Kane will ask to leave Tottenham Hotspur if the club fails to win silverware this season. Spurs kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive with a 4-0 victory over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side are also through to the final of the Carabao Cup and have progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League. Kane has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Spurs, and Hoddle has tipped him to ask for a transfer if success isn’t forthcoming. “If Spurs don’t start winning silverware, I think he will leave,” he told beIN SPORTS. “That’s why it’s a crossroads for Tottenham – it’s a massive season for them. “If they win the League Cup – the first trophy Mourinho won at Chelsea – that becomes a stepping stone for trophies in the future. ...

‘They’d be fighting relegation’ – Paul Merson makes ominous Villa prediction

Aston Villa secured their 12th Premier League victory of the campaign yesterday at the expense of Leeds United, with Anwar El Ghazi’s fifth-minute opener proving to be enough to hand the visitors all three points at Elland Road. While Dean Smith’s men left with a valuable victory, many would argue that they were not the best team on the pitch. Villa had just 30% of the possession, completing (227) less than half of the passes Leeds (517) completed. The Midlands outfit lacked creativity with their talismanic captain Jack Grealish missing, and Smith will be hoping to have him back for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old has played 22 out of 24 league games this season, weighing in with six goals and 10 assists, and it is safe to say that he was hugely missed in their last two games. They...

Jack Grealish’s two-word reaction to missing the last two Premier League games

Aston Villa have been without their skipper Jack Grealish for the last two Premier League games, but they have managed to pick up three points from a possible six. Dean Smith’s men secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road yesterday, bouncing back from last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City. Villa were not at the top of their game during both encounters, struggling to create chances due to the absence of Grealish. They visit 20th-placed Sheffield United on Wednesday and will be hoping to leave with all three points in order to boost their chances of playing European football next season. It remains to be seen if Grealish will be playing against the Blades, but the 25-year-old cannot wait to get back on the pitch, and he has taken to Instagram to...

‘Class’, ‘Best performance’: Some Arsenal fans praise attacker’s display vs Leicester City

A selection of Arsenal fans heaped praise on Willian following his impressive display against Leicester City in the Premier League this afternoon. The Brazilian has experienced a tough debut season with the Gunners and, before the Foxes game, he managed just three league assists which came on the opening day at Fulham. Willian made an impact with an assist off the bench against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday, but there were still question marks whether he deserved a start on the left wing ahead of Gabriel Martinelli as part of the rotation. He managed to prove his worth by grabbing an assist in either half at the King Power Stadium and playing a role in the build-up to the penalty which was won by Nicolas Pepe before the interval. The Gunners started poorly as they conceded after...

‘He was really good’: Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal attacker after Leicester City win

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was delighted with the performance of Willian during the club’s 3-1 comeback win over Leicester City in the Premier League today. The Gunners went behind after just six minutes and that was down to poor defending on the right flank where Youri Tielemans ran 30 yards unguarded, beating Bernd Leno in goal. The north London side levelled the scores in the 39th minute after Willian delivered a perfect cross from a set-piece for David Luiz, who scored with a free header. Right before the interval, the Gunners made it 2-1 from the penalty spot through Alexandre Lacazette after a handball from Wilfred Ndidi which was spotted by VAR. Shortly after the break, Arteta’s side extended their lead following a wonderful counter-attack which was started and finished by Nicolas...