Bruma is widely considered one of the best prospects in world football right now. Pacy and skillful, the young Portuguese winger has attracted the interest of many clubs since his days at boyhood Portuguese club Sporting. Amazingly, when he did leave the club in 2013, he joined Turkish side Galatasaray.
However, things haven’t quite worked out as well for him as he would have liked. His first season itself saw him pick up a serious knee injury; this resulted in consecutive loan moves that did nothing for his development. And whilst he has looked the part for the Turkish side this season, it seems the youngster is eager to move again.
A quick peek at his recent Instagram activity will be enough to make his preferred destination clear. He liked three photos related to himself and Tottenham Hotspur, including one which was essentially pleading him to join Spurs. He is also now being followed by Spurs midfielder Eric Dier.
Check out screenshots of Bruma’s Instagram exploits here:
Any chance Liverpool had of continuing to turn the pressure up on league leaders Chelsea came to a screeching halt as they were held to a hard-fought 2-2 draw by Sunderland. Jermaine Defoe’s penalty goals either side of half time were enough to earn the Black Cats a precious point against the Reds.
Despite being a little sombre in the aftermath of dropping points, manager Jurgen Klopp found the time to make a small little joke during the presser.
Whilst fielding a question relating to fixture congestion during the festive season, Klopp pointed out that his side had played three games in 6 days. When it was mentioned that it was in fact Southampton who had played three in 6 and not the Reds, Klopp sarcastically called the Saints “lucky bastards” to the delight of the journalists present.
See Klopp’s quick wit on display here:
Insane stats reveal what an athelte Man Utd’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in his 18 years of professional football!
When Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United in the summer, his signing was met with both excitement and trepidation. On one hand, one of the best pure strikers in modern football was now going to play in England, however, many expressed doubt over whether or not he could handle the physicality of the Premier League.
It’s safe to say that any naysayers were, in hindsight, wrong. The Swedish international has taken the League by storm, behind only Diego Costa in the goalscorers’ chart.
Whilst he did suffer a slight dip in form, it’s a testament to his talent that he recovered from it in such spectacular fashion.
He’s also shown adept at being able to hang with the Premier League’s toughest defenders, something that is down to his conditioning and his dedication to fitness. He might have slowed down a bit with age, but the Manchester United stalwart has always been one of the fittest footballers in the world.
A recent stat revealed just how well the Swede had managed to keep himself in shape throughout his career. Check it out below:
Arturo Vidal’s standing as one of the best midfielders in world football right now is unquestionable. The Chilean international has already enjoyed a stellar career in Bayern Munich despite only being in his second season at the German club. However, transfer rumours have recently surfaced linking him to Premier League table toppers Chelsea.
The rumour makes some sense only because Antonio Conte, the current Chelsea manager, was the one who turned Vidal into the world-class midfielder he is today.
The Chilean was one of Conte’s trusted lieutenants during his spell at Juventus and that time is still seen by many as the most fruitful period of Vidal’s career.
Such rumours surface all the time and many times, and more often than not nothing comes of it. However, Vidal added fuel to the fire by liking a picture of his Juventus days on Instagram that was accompanied by a caption stating that Conte wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Whilst we speculate over the possibilities of the transfer, see the screenshots of Vidal liking the picture below:
Manchester United’s mid-season turnaround has been quite incredible. Whilst they are still outside of the top 4 currently, they are only three points off fourth-placed Manchester City. With more than four months worth of match-days still to go, there is still every chance for Jose Mourinho’s side to make the Champions League positions.
The latest League victory saw the Red Devils come from a goal down to eventually win 2-1 against Middlesbrough. Goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba in the space of two minutes were enough for Mourinho to earn a hard-fought victory over his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka’s side.
Pogba’s winner was accompanied by raucous celebrations by both the players and the fans. However, many might have missed Pogba’s epic celebration after his goal. After all players had come over to congratulate him, the Frenchman, renowned for his dancing celebrations, performed yet another special little routine for the United faithful.
See fan footage of Pogba’s goal and epic dance celebration here:
Liverpool’s hard fought 1-0 win over Manchester City not only ensured they kept pace with league leaders Chelsea, but also extended the gap between themselves and City. The two teams had been neck in neck until that game, but Jurgen Klopp’s men currently seem the likeliest to challenge Chelsea for the title.
Whilst defensive stability has often eluded the Reds this season, they managed to scrap a victory here largely due to their willingness to play as a team. This has been a key trait of how Klopp has built this side; the players are meant to do everything for the team, nothing is more important.
However, star man Roberto Firmino displayed some superb individual skill early in the game. Carrying the ball on the left wing, the Brazilian kept drifting wider whilst making zigzag runs, luring Raheem Sterling towards him. He then used a Cruyff turn with pace to nutmeg Sterling, leaving him for dead in the process.
Check out Firmino’s lovely bit of skill below:
Since his record-breaking move to Manchester United in the summer, Paul Pogba has been the centre of attention for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United both on and off the field.
Whilst his initial form left a lot to be desired, the Frenchman has been in divine form lately, having settled into the side.
Mourinho’s decision to implement a three-man midfield instead of his preferred two-man midfield has reaped dividends for both Pogba and the side with the Red Devils look a lot more compact and harder to break down.
Most importantly, Pogba has a modicum of freedom in the middle of the park to show off his creativity and passing ability. And both were on display during Manchester United’s victory over Middlesbrough.
Receiving an easy pass just inside United’s half, Pogba didn’t even bother controlling the ball; he adjusted his body and launched an absolute fizzer of a ball to pick out Marouane Fellaini just outside the opposition penalty area.
See Pogba’s ridiculously brilliant pass here: