If the reports in Turkish media is to be believed, it seems that Lucas Leiva’s Anfield career is coming to an end.
Turkey’s most visited news site Milliyet are claiming that Liverpool have already agreed a fee in the region of €2.5m for the Brazilian. This agreement with Galatasaray will see him join the Turkish giants at the end of the season.
This is the 10th season with Liverpool for the Brazilian and needless to say Anfield faithfuls would be expecting a testimonial for one of their favorites if the reports are true.
A midfield destroyer by nature, Lucas has accumulated 334 appearances for Liverpool. The Brazilian has scored seven goals for the Reds, which includes a goal in the FA Cup against Plymouth back in January. It was his first goal in six years which put Liverpool into the fourth round.
Galatasaray almost acquired the services of the Brazilian during the last summer transfer window but the talks broke down after Jurgen Klopp felt that he needed the midfielder for another season.
‘More of the same when you come back’ is what all the Liverpool fans must be thinking after watching their hero Philippe Coutinho dazzle the Uruguay defence with his sublime trickery.
The little Brazilian was on fire before his injury but has been mostly dull by his standard lately for the Reds. But his display on international duty might just spark the form Liverpool need for a strong finish this season.
Brazil won the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay 4-1 which included a hat-trick from Spurs reject Paulinho.
Check out the brilliant footwork from Coutinho below!
The goal remarked by some as one of the best ever goals at Elland Road served as the prime highlight of the match. With Forest clearing away a corner, the ball fell only as far as to the edge of the box where an
unmarked Doukara timed an impeccable thunderbolt of a volley into the top corner to secure the win for Leeds.
The incredibility of the goal aside, even more incredible were the gruesome stats behind Doukara’s wonder volley. Check out the graphic from Daily Mail below!
It is often said stats don’t tell the whole story but a most recent stat (see below) emerging out of Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld might just defy the popular saying with the stat just about summing up the Belgian’s performances since his joined the North London club.
The English play-style is famous for not being known to be an ideal place for soft playing styles, and qualities like aggressiveness are an essential part of any defenders plying their trade in the Premier League.
Isn’t it then just inevitable for aggressive players, especially defenders, to have a long list of bookings adding ill repute to their careers? Well, certainly not if you are Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld has been a colossus at the back for an impressive Tottenham side boasting one the best defensive records in the division. The Belgian’s strong tackling skills along with a keen sense of awareness has seen him drawn comparisons with legendary defender Ledley King who himself had a penchant for steering clear of fouls and cards.
Toby Alderweireld has committed just 13 fouls in 4625 minutes of PL football for Tottenham – equivalent to a foul once every four games. pic.twitter.com/DkBzUwzzzJ
While the news of Philippe Coutinho signing a new long term contract at Liverpool obviously had Liverpool fans in delirium, the news queerly had sombre implications for Arsenal fans.
The swiftness at which Liverpool got Coutinho to sign a new deal with the club obviously had Arsenal fans fuming who were not so happy with the way in which their own club was carrying out the negotiations for a new deal for Sanchez and Ozil.
The negotiations for the two players have well been going for months with the club facing an impasse with both players.
As such, the news of a top four rival tying down their prized asset with such alacrity had fans enviously pondering what was going on with their club’s negotiations for Ozil and Sanchez.
Check out the reaction below!
Arsenal are yet to agree terms with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil's contract extensions.
Apart from the niggling consistency problems, Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has been one of the best players in the English Premier League in recent seasons.
The Belgian has time and again proved to be a real nightmare for opposition defenders with his enviable trickery and pace on the ball.
In the aftermath of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Hull City, a win that saw Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the table to points, the Belgian was on hand to offer a lucky fan something a little more extra than the usual dose of flair and trickery.
In a video posted by YouTube channel CheekySport, Hazard obliged to a most unusual request from a fan by signing an autograph on the fan’s face as he proceeded to drive out.
Apart from bringing Champions League football to White Hart Lane, another important hallmark of Pochettino’s time at Tottenham has been the club’s incredible success story with the younger players.
The emphasis on youth has clearly reaped benefits for a Tottenham side boasting the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier in their ranks. The likes of academy graduates such as Harry Winks gradually breaking into the first also goes to highlight the confidence put in the youth.
With such an unprecedented level of success with the youth system, it is no surprise to see Tottenham rank very high in the economic valorisation table.
The table recently published by the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post represent the gap between the value of squads and transfer fee expenditure to assemble them. The value of Tottenham Hotspur’s squad has risen by £451 million, from £235 million to £686 million.
Apart from the youth system, Pochettino has also worked wonders with the young signings accumulated over the seasons guiding the likes of Eriksen, Lamela and Son into genuine class players.
Tottenham as such come second only to Barcelona who hold top spot thanks in large part to academy graduate Messi and former Santos player Neymar. Check out the list below!