After the disappointing 3-2 loss at Barnsley last time out, Leeds United bounced back strongly with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on Wednesday.
In a match where clear cut chances were at a premium, in form striker Chris Wood capitalised on some poor Forest defending to open the scoring with his 20th goal of the season in the second half.
Substitute Souleymane Doukara who had been on the pitch for just two minutes then added Leeds’ second of the night; a spectacular volley from 20 yards out to seal the win for Leeds.
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.
With such incredible stats and level of performances, Alderweireld could well establish himself as a world class defender provided he steer clear of injuries and the dirty side of the game.
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!
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.
Check out the video below!
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!
While never fulfilling the early promise he showed as a teenager at Everton, there is no doubt that Wayne Rooney will go down in history as one of the greatest ever players to grace the English Premier League and the England national team.
The Manchester United man has been a mainstay in the Manchester United and the England national team for well over a decade and so far leads the way in goal scoring records for both club and country.
Despite such outstanding achievements, the English media, as notorious as it is has never been a friend to the England skipper with Rooney on the receiving end of numerous criticisms and allegations from the media.
A most recent incident involved the media blatantly using the England captain’s drunk episode (see picture above) for publicity with Rooney coming under severe flake when he was spotted in a hotel heavily under the influence of alcohol while on England duty.
While the news made headlines with the story making the front pages, the media had a less publicized approach when reporting Rooney’s recent effort at raising a £1.2 million charity with Rooney’s goodwill being covered in a small newspiece unlike the glitzy cover photos used to report his infamous drunk night out. See the picture below!
The comparison goes a long way to point out the alleged double standards of the media as well as their disdain for the Manchester United captain.
For all their early season woes and the gloom surrounding around the future of star forward Dimitri Payet, West Ham certainly do look back on track after winning five of their last seven league matches.
Their latest win, a gritty 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium saw Slaven Bilic’s men move to the top half of the Premier League table after hovering above the relegation places for a big chunk of the season.
The mood was certainly buoyant around the West Ham camp as evidenced with veteran defender James Collins toying around with the fourth official as he prepared to take to the pitch in the final 10 minutes.
With the Hammers defending a 2-1 lead, Bilic threw in Collins in an attempt to shore up the defence and while the Wales defender did succeed in doing just so, Collins also took the opportunity to dish out the cheekiest of tricks as he stood next to the fourth official holding his number up for
Check out the banter from Ginge below!