French international Georges-Kevin N’Koudou joined Spurs last season from Marseille. And it would be safe to say that the 22-year-old hasn’t exactly had the best of times at Tottenham after struggling for game time under Pochettino.
The young winger expressed his opinion on Tottenham’s Champions League draw by tweeting about the apparent ‘Group of Death’ Spurs have been placed in.
The tone of his tweet was encouraging, reflecting that he was ready to take up the tough challenge his team was about to face. But, to his surprise, the tweet got criticised by Spurs fans on Twitter. So much that he was later forced to delete the tweet.
It is unclear as to why N’Koudou’s remarks were taken negatively by the fans, but an incident that took place early this year could have been one of the reasons why he faced the condemnation.
We’re approaching the end of the transfer window, and there still seems to be no end to all the speculation related to Virgil van Dijk’s future. The Southampton centre-back has been linked to Liverpool since the beginning of the transfer window, and despite a lot of twists and turns in the the saga, the Reds still look like the strongest potential suitors for him.
Instagram user @Philipuby, a good friend of Van Dijk, has become a very popular name in the Liverpool camp lately, mainly due to the cryptic messages he keeps posting about his pal on social media.
His posts somehow always leave the hint that the Dutch international’s next destination will be Anfield, teasing all Liverpool fans in the process.
The friend was back at it again on Instagram with his arcane messages during Liverpool’s Champions League play-off win against Hoffenheim. He was spotted putting up three photos on his Instagram story, all of which were related to Liverpool.
One of the photos even had an airplane emoji, suggesting that a move may be imminent. But the posts were then deleted soon.
It wasn’t really a debut to remember for Chris Wood in Burnley’s Carabao Cup second round match against Blackburn Rovers. Following a switch from Leeds United to Burnley just a few days ago, he started on the bench but was called into action early as fellow summer signing Jonathan Walters suffered an injury.
The former Leeds man must be feeling happy to start his Burnley career on a winning note as his side won 2-0, but he’ll be expecting to put up better performances in the future.
The New Zealand international missed numerous chances in the game, but one particular chance that he couldn’t convert surely made him the butt of some jokes amongst Leeds fans.
Leeds fans’ love for Chris Wood quickly turned into hate after the striker refused to play against Sunderland before his move to Burnley.
And the same fans would have thoroughly enjoyed how their former man is faring out in Burnley colours, with £15m they received for him being the icing on the cake.
After a 5-0 victory against Astana at Celtic park in the first leg of the Champions League playoff, the Hoops must’ve thought that the return leg in Kazakhstan will be trouble-free.
But contrary to Celtic’s expectations, the Kazakhstan Premier League champions actually put up a very brave show at Astana park.
It was 1-1 at half time and an inspired Astana went on to score 3 more goals in quick succession in the second half. They needed to score 3 more goals in 20 minutes without a reply to pull off the impossible.
It was all going according to the plan for the Kazakh side until Celtic’s new signing Olivier Ntcham struck home on the 80th minute to spoil the party.
Everyone in the Celtic camp took a sigh of relief, but it looked like assistant manager Chris Davies, who was seated right beside Rodgers, got a bit too carried away as he could be seen jumping from his seat and punching the air whilst shouting on top of his voice after Ntcham scored the all-important goal.
Check out the reactions from the Celtic bench below –
Not many teams would put a bet on a 35-year-old to be their main striker in the Premier League, but for Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the normal rules of ageing don’t apply. The 6’5″ man is just like fine wine, he gets better with age.
It’s safe to say that United’s cheeky punt on Zlatan last season thoroughly paid off as the big Swede managed to score 17 league goals in 28 games, but sadly, the stint came to an abrupt end when the ex-PSG man suffered a severe ACL injury in April. United initially signed Zlatan on a 1 year contract, and had to part ways with him because of the injury.
But it looks like Zlatan will be on his way back to Old Trafford after it was discovered that his jersey was available for sale on Adidas’ official US website.
It seems like the Swedish star will get the no. 10 jersey, which has been vacant since Rooney’s departure to Everton. Ibra wore the no.9 jersey last season, but it has been taken up by Lukaku this time.
Check out the screenshot from Adidas’ website below –
Seeing football fans show love and support for their favourite club in other major sporting events is a fairly common phenomenon nowadays. The beautiful game is the most popular sport on this planet for a reason.
A Celtic supporter continued the trend as he was spotted displaying a ’10 in a row’ banner at the prestigious Melbourne Darts Masters tournament.
The Hoops look very solid under Brendan Rodgers, having already won the last 6 Scottish Premiership titles and it doesn’t look like an impossible target for them to win the next 4 and complete the perfect 10/10.
Dressed in the famous Celtic colours and showing support from around 10500 miles away for his beloved team, check out a picture (via @AdelaideCSC) of the fan below –
A series of impressive performances saw Pontus Jansson become quite the cult figure with the Elland Road faithful last season.
He likes to dish out those hard tackles, he is not afraid to dribble and he’s put his body on the line when needed. In a nutshell, the 26-year-old is just a different breed, very different from the orthodox defenders, but still the perfect fit for Leeds.
The 6’5″ defender showed why he’s so popular with the fans after he blocked a venomous shot deliberately using his head during Leeds’ 2-0 away victory against Sunderland on Saturday.
Sunderland’s Aiden McGeady dribbled in the penalty box and cut inside, creating space to launch a shot, but when he pulled the trigger, the ball could only go as far as Pontus Jansson.
There was no sign of pain visible in the ex-Torino man’s body language, in fact Jansson was spotted roaring back after the block.
Loyalty has become secondary to things like money and fame in modern day football. Gone are the days when we had young players aspiring to be a one-club legends like Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes and Totti.
The Coutinho saga is a big example of this shift in player choices. The Brazilian starlet is a wanted name in the Barcelona camp and the Catalan club has been putting in bid after bid to secure his signature. The former Inter Milan man has now handed in a transfer request and displayed his desire to leave the Merseyside club.
Seeing such an integral part of the team turn his back at a crucial time for the club has especially hurt the fans.
Despite the heartbreak, a young Liverpool fan displayed his emotions about Coutinho through a banner which read “Please Stay Coutinho, My Hero” in the Merseyside club’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
One can only hope that Coutinho sees this little lad’s banner and reconsider his decision to leave.