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Vieira-esque player Arsenal have been missing all these years excites fans with his latest Instagram activity

Arsenal have come a long way from the days of the Invincibles, when a combination of sporting talent, solid work ethic and masterful managerial strategy from Arsene Wenger produced an absolutely stunning season where they went completely unbeaten back in 2003-04.

Studded with absolute gems like Bergkamp and Henry up front, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg marshalling the midfield and Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure making up the backline, it struck fear into the hearts of every Premier League team then. Yes, even Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team.

Yet, even this assortment of superstars would have failed miserably had it not been for the sheer cohesive force that is Patrick Vieira.

The Frenchman, playing as a holding midfielder, captained the team with decisiveness to glory. It absolutely did not hurt that he had a fantastic set of skills as well, an acute defensive mind being one of them.

In the present, however, the Gunners are anything but invincible, having fallen prey to a lackadaisical managerial board along with gaffers who had the wrong sort of vision for the team.

This has led to a massive slide in quality till the present, where they are now stuck all the way down in middle of the league table. Yet there seems to be signs of sustained recovery under Mikel Arteta, the former Gunner sparing no expense and scouting out players that he believes might fit the Arsenal philosophy.

Lately, it seems that he might have found his muse: Pape Gueye.

Now, Pape Gueye is far from a finished product: he is barely twenty one years of age. While he has not played a minute of top flight football, having been a midfielder with AC Le Havre, his style of play has earned him many plaudits from scouts around France.

The fact that he comes from the same club academy that produced stars like Paul Pogba and Dmitri Payet only proves as a point in his favour.

In fact, there are quite a few who draw similarities between his game and the great Vieira’s, which could only serve to excite Arsenal fans even more.

Now, with there being an almost-confirmed bid from the Gunners of £5 million, an atmosphere of anticipation seems to be building for the arrival of this guaranteed future star.

Things got even more exciting when fans of Arsenal midfielder and compatriot Matteo Guendouzi found that Gueye had posted a comment of appreciation under his latest Instagram post.

Now, it remains to be seen if Gueye can have even remotely as much of an impact as someone like Vieira had, if the lad decides to make the Emirates Stadium his home.

There is, however, no arguing over the fact that he definitely has a touch of class about him and would definitely be a handy inclusion in the Londoners’ rebuilding process.

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Gym staff hailed as Arsenal players seem to have bulked up over the course of the season

If there is one lasting legacy still remaining from Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal, apart from his stingy ways in acquiring players for the club, is the amount of emphasis he put on his wards’ off-field regimen.

Yes, there were full time coaching staff and trainers that took care of players long before his reign, but the level of intensity and the amount of money and time invested into developing players stands out. Indeed, one could say Wenger modernized training regimen tactics.

And now, though his time at the club is but in memory, his methods are hardly forgotten, continuing to find new takers, more staff that take inspiration from his ideology and make sure that the players are, physically at least, on par if not better than those from the rest of the league.

This ideology was made very clear when twitter user @afcevan posted a compilation of sorts on Twitter. Presented in a before-and-after style format, it shows photos of players like Martinelli, Tierney, Nicolas Pepe and Willock from about six months ago compared to how they are now. And oh boy, there is a stark difference alright.

As one user quipped in the comments, all of them seem to be on that (Wolves player Adama) Traore juice. Considering how much the players have gained in the past half year, it would be hard to disagree with that statement.

Of course, full credit must go to Shad Forsythe, long time head fitness coach for the Gunners and all the staff under him. The man has stuck to his mentor’s philosophy and the results pretty much speak for themselves.

Now, the amount of bulking up that they have done will surely go hand in hand with an increased physicality and presence on the field.

Hopefully it leads to more favourable results for the Londoners in the coming days, and fans get something more to cheer about.

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Timo Werner and Naby Keita linkup on the cards as new SportBild report links Liverpool with RB Leipzig star

Dynamic positional play, breathtaking counter-attacks and ruthless finishing have been the standard of Liverpool’s deadly attack.

Jurgen Klopp expects nothing less than workmen like displays from his team, week in and week out.

With the lightning-quick attack consisting of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, a sturdy midfield and a rock-solid defence, this Liverpool side already appears to be top-notch in its current shape.

However, the club’s scouts are always on the lookout for the best of talents around the globe in order to reinforce the squad.

Having already procured the signing of midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Klopp might once again be eyeing the Bundesliga club to bolster up his squad.

Liverpool fans are hot on the heels of the new rumour as the reliable German news reporter, Christian Falk from SportBild reported today about Liverpool’s interest in Timo Werner.

According to the report, the Leipzig striker has a release clause of about 60m euros, a fee that would certainly feel like a bargain for a player of his calibre, especially considering today’s inflated market.

Werner has amassed a staggering 20 goals in the current Bundesliga season, lagging only two goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski for the Torjägerkanone (top-scorers trophy).

Thanks to his contribution, Leipzig are just one point behind Bayern in a fiercely contested title race. With quite a bit of pace and top-notch finishing in his locker, Werner seems to tick all the boxes for Liverpool.

His understanding with Naby Keita can also be something which might have attracted Klopp’s interest as a clip of the dynamic duo ripping apart Bundesliga defences for fun back in their Leipzig days has been making rounds on the internet –

However, Liverpool need to be wary as they are not alone in the race to sign the German ace with interests from European giants like Bayern and other Premier League clubs as well.

The Reds faithful would hope that the club’s sporting director, Michael Edwards can strike the deal to bring Timo Werner at Anfield as early as the upcoming summer transfer window.

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Liverpool fans will love how these pro footballers have reacted to rumors of Bayern Munich targeting Roberto Firmino

Liverpool seems to be the name on everyone’s lips lately, with the club going on an incredible twenty five matches unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

One of the main reasons for this, apart from possessing a defence that just refuses to budge, is a lethal, almost otherworldly front trio comprised of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Of the three, Salah might possess the most flair, and Mane might have vision fit for gods, but it is Bobby Firmino who impresses the footballing world most, with his technical brilliance and tireless consistency day in and day out.

And the results speak for themselves; he’s scored eight goals and provided seven assists in the league already this season, with an immeasurable presence on the pitch to boot.

It is no secret, therefore, that all the top clubs would part with an arm and a limb to acquire the services of any of these three, Firmino in particular.

And what do you know: news has come trickling in from the BBC that none other than Bayern Munich are preparing a £75 million bid for the Brazilian centre forward.

While acquiring Firmino is just one step of the Bavarians’ grand plans, which include having Leroy Sane up front, it might turn out that they will get neither of the two.

Firmino, especially, has expressed his love for the Merseyside club over and over again, and the fans believe that there is no chance of a transfer happening.

Now, even professional footballers have chimed in with their opinion, concurring completely with what the fans have to say. Charlie Austin, in particular, is one to have tweeted about the issue. The West Bromwich Albion player believes that there is no chance of that bid ever being allowed.

Echoing his sentiments was former Liverpool man and current Reading midfielder Charlie Adam. Austin’s namesake was of the opinion that Bayern would need to breach the 100 million pounds mark to even have a credible bid. Charile Austin replied to this, agreeing wholeheartedly and contending that he rated Firmino even more highly than Salah and Mane.

There could be nothing but praise for Bobby Firmino!

Underrated for large swathes of his career, the Liverpool forward finally seems to be finding the respect – and price tag – that he has more than earned now. His supporters could not be more delighted.

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Leeds United fans find comfort in hilarious footage of Marcelo Bielsa lookalike ‘on the piss with the lads’

Leeds United don’t have much to look forward to these days, apparently.

This once great club, its storied legacy chock full of icons like Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray, have now taken quite a drop in stature. The club, once a regular in the top flight and famous for having been a ruthless force in the sixties and seventies, now finds itself in the ignominious position of having to battle it out for promotion from the Championship.

And while they are currently at second place, the Peacocks have had a terrible run of form, having won just two of their last ten league games with only five separating them from seventh position. Grim times, without a doubt

Yet, fans will gladly take their current position any day, considering that the team was stuck in the doldrums of mid-table football just about two seasons ago.

Indeed, whatever meagre achievements the team currently possesses has all been made possible through the vision and dedication of one man: Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa is a unique breed of manager, in the sense that he has garnered a massive reputation for himself without ever having managed a big name club. How, you ask? Well, his modus operandi is quite simple; he takes charge of a relatively insignificant club, and by sheer force of will and revolutionary tactics, extracts far more out of the club than anyone could ever have imagined (Athletic Bilbao’s 2011-12 season is a shining example).

No wonder then, that the man is respected across the footballing world and is adored by the Leeds faithful for whipping them in to shape. Believe in Bielsa, as the adage goes.

It was only natural then, that fans would find comfort in something even remotely related to Bielsa during this period of hardship.

In a widely shared clip on Twitter, a man who seems to have an uncanny resemblance to the gaffer can be seen absolutely plastered in a bar. He is, along with other revelers, completely enjoying himself, singing and dancing wildly to Jon Bon Jovi’s classic Livin’ on a Prayer with his hands in the air. Twitter users absolutely loved the video, with some amazed at how this man was the “spitting image” of Bielsa.

Others commented that it was completely understandable, considering the rough few weeks he’s had recently. And with the last two months now in hindsight, one really can’t disagree.

For now, with Leeds so precariously poised in the table, the extremely devout Bielsa really does seem to be livin’ on a prayer.

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(Video) Romelu Lukaku seems to have taken a dig at Man Utd with his ‘keep talking’ celebration after goal against Milan

The resurgence of the Milan clubs has breathed new life into the Derby della Madonnina. The Milan derby was never short of emotions but has again started to be the centre of attention with the advent of iconic and revitalized players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku taking part in the contest.

Both were involved in the goals as Antonio Conte’s men completed an emphatic comeback after Zlatan put AC Milan 2 goals ahead with a goal just before half-time.

Former Manchester United frontman Romelu Lukaku took it to the celebration, suspected to be aimed at his former employers, to silence his critics after applying the finishing touch to the goal that put the match to bed.

The Belgian striker was a subject of heavy criticism from United fans, former players, the media as well as from the managerial staff for not delivering up to the expectations.

He expressed in an interview following his move to Inter that he didn’t feel ‘protected’ enough at Manchester and was made United’s scapegoat whenever the team struggled to get positive results.

Lukaku is putting in progressively better performances for the Milan side having already set a record for the Nerazzurri for becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to score 20 goals across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are still struggling to sort out their problems in attack with Marcus Rashford out injured for a long spell and having signed Odion Ighalo in an attempt to steady the ship.

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Not Pogba – Midfield powerhouse returns to training for Man United before big clash v Chelsea

It is not exactly a secret that Manchester United are going through a bit of an injury crisis currently.

It’s a shame, to say the least, to see this once massive footballing institution reduced to being pegged back by a few injury concerns, but that’s just the status quo at the club now.

The team’s horrendous performance so far, by its own standards, has bogged the fans down, with some questioning United’s chance of qualifying for European football next season.

Now, it finally looks like it’s the Red Devils’ time to shine, with one of its very own, Scott McTominay, at last returning into the scheme of things. He’s joined the squad at a camp in Marbella, Spain, and is currently training hard to be fighting fit as soon as possible.

McTominay has certainly been one of the standout performers and a very rare bright spot in United’s otherwise blighted campaign this season.

Along with Pogba and a resurgent Fred in midfield, the Scot gave the fans something to cheer about, with crisp, energizing displays match after match in the first half of the season endearing him to the crowd and earning him the name of McSauce.

In a cruel twist of fate, however, both Pogba and McTominay were put out of action after the win over Newcastle the day after Christmas.

Nothing has gone right at Old Trafford ever since, with Matic and Fred being a mediocre pairing at best and with even Rashford having to be taken off after a mishap against Wolves three weeks later.

The fans now believe there is a return to form on the cards, with Pogba posting an update on Instagram claiming that he was progressing well with his recovery, and Bruno Fernandes arriving at the club as well.

Yet, it is old McTominator that Old Trafford faithful adore most, having gone through the youth ranks and now being a crucial player for the side. With the lad showing an incredible work ethic, as always, he’s worked his socks off to get fit again, and it shows.

His return is sure to be a massive shot in the arm for the team, considering that they have a crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea coming up, and fans have been abuzz with anticipation.

McTominay is most certainly a class act for United, and along with Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Tahith Chong, is being heavily tipped as the future of the club.

Here’s to hoping that McTominay comes back soon and does what he does best – being a thorn in opposition defences.

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Pablo Mari signing brings back the kind of confusion not seen at Arsenal since the days of Ox and Gibbs

Ever had a low-quality stream, your team scores and you aren’t able to identify who did? We have all been there as football fans.

Although, when it comes to officiating, cases of mistaken identity are few and far between in football.

One of the rare instances of mistaken identity involved the infamous sending off of Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the 2013-14 Premier League season.

The bogus decision from the referee Andre Marriner came in Arsenal’s match against Chelsea as the Blues downed the Gunners to a 6-0 defeat which proved to be costly for Arsenal in the title race.

Arsenal fans are recovering the shades of those memories as new signing Pablo Mari and Ceballos look eerily similar.

Although the loan signing from Flamengo is yet to play a game for the Gunners, fans around the globe got to catch a glimpse of him at one of Arsenal’s open training sessions.

Consequently, the spectators were left deceived by the looks of the new signing Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos with only the kit numbers being helpful to differentiate between the two.

Many fans on Twitter have pointed out the same.

Some suspect that a similar mishap as in 2014 might repeat itself, this time involving the two Arsenal loanees but the possibilities are rather slim with the advent of VAR in the Premier League, which is specifically involved if there is a case of mistaken identity.

However, considering many erroneous decisions from VAR throughout the season, nothing can be excluded.

Also, it’s going to be one hell of a task for the Arsenal followers to recognise the two of them through their TV screens and from the back of the stands if Mikel Arteta decides to put both of them on the pitch together.

The chance to prove himself might come sooner for Pablo Mari, as Mikel Arteta eases the centre-back into the team during the winter break and deems him ready to get going against Newcastle United.

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The Aston Villa star Arsenal fans want to see unlocking defences along with the likes of Aubameyang & co. next season

Could a Jack Grealish – Arsenal link up be within the realms of possibility?

Fans of both the Gunners and the Aston Villa talisman certainly seem to think so, with their hushed whispers and fervent prayers only growing louder as the season has progressed..

Things have taken a significant turn in the past few months, with Grealish putting up an Instagram story about how the Emirates Stadium was his favourite in the league and how it was a pleasure for him to play there.

With the story having cropped up after Villa last played there, all the way back in September, and with there being no further match-ups between the two clubs for the rest of the season, Grealish was well within his rights to praise his otherwise rival club.

Then again, was there any chance of the footballing world looking at it that way?

When presented with such a strong set of circumstances, the fans naturally went in to a tizzy, frantically speculating that he could be joining the Londoners soon, possibly this summer. But could something like this actually be on the cards?

Let’s start off with the facts, first considering the player in question. Jack Grealish is barely 24 and is already only now showcasing to the world his enormous repository of talent.

Don’t get us wrong, the lad has always had the potential to be one of the greats, but his abysmal off-field behaviour and work ethic had brought his temperament into question.

That has, however, taken a massive turn for the better in the past three years, with Grealish mellowing out and coming into his own as an attacking midfielder.

In fact, Grealish, with seven goals, five assists and a monumental on-field presence in his twenty three Premier League games this season, has somehow single-handedly kept the Lions from dropping into the relegation zone, even if by a very marginal point difference.

That leads us to the next aspect; Grealish’s ambitions. For crying out loud, the man is already jostling for Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 team (the Irish will never forgive Grealish for that).

A player of this calibre definitely deserves to play European football, and he might just get the chance to do that with a steadily improving Arsenal.

Plus, with the Gunners’ first team being in bit of tatters at the moment, Jack would more than get the adequate amount of playing time that he craves for.

Some fans are, of course, highly sceptical and believe the post to be nothing more than one of appreciation, yet the evidence is too strong to be dismissed.

The Arsenal faithful would absolutely love to see the lad connect with Aubameyang and Lacazette up front, and with the current state of things, who knows? Only this summer transfer window will tell.

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Ever wondered how would the current Arsenal home kit look if the colours were reversed?

Among all the clubs in the Premier League, Arsenal is perhaps the only one whose kit colours have stayed constant for the longest time.

Ever since the beginning of the seventies, the gunners have stuck to a tried and tested colour palette: a predominantly red jersey with white sleeves, except for the 2007-08 season, when they mysteriously went for a ox blood/maroon kit (it was short lived, of course), and from ’08-10, when they went for a completely crimson jersey.

That is, all things considered, a period of nearly fifty years without having had a major change to the kit.

And yes, while it has developed into something iconic, the colour scheme becoming almost synonymous with the Londoners, the monotonous nature of the kits will have, quite naturally, left some fans ruing what could have been had the club decided to explore other avenues when it came to redesigning the shirts.

In the present day, of course, tools such as Photoshop have allowed supporters to breathe life to their visions of a new kit, and sometimes, the results are, well, interesting, to say the least.

Reddit user dziumbryla decided to answer a simple question using the popular photo editing tool – how would the current Arsenal kit look like if the colour scheme was turned on its head?

The Reddit user decided to experiment on photo of Aubameyang, and while his technical ability must be commended, opinions are evenly divided, with not everyone being happy with the result, for various reasons.

One user rightly pointed out that the modified jersey – with red sleeves and and a white shirt – now looked eerily similar to RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg kits from years past.

Another grouse was that the kit’s colour scheme was simply too generic and could be confused with other European clubs such as Ajax and Monaco, to name a few. Other detractors simply opined that it was horrid and that it needed to be burnt.

There was, of course, an equal amount of praise, with some admiring the kit’s minimalist features.

Some even commented that it was so good that it should actually be adopted by the gunners as perhaps a specially themed Christmas kit.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: the design was interesting enough to pique a lot of folks’ curiosity.

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(Video) Ansu Fati skill to destroy 3 Athletic players might have been the only bright spot for Barcelona

Football is most commonly known by its moniker joga bonito – the beautiful game – for a host of reasons. Chief among them is the sport’s storied history of fantastic playmakers.

These players had it all – an exquisite touch, superb vision, a predatory eye for goal and so forth. Their mastery over the leather ball was obvious every time they took to the field and they will go down in history as being idolized for generations to come.

Every era has had, at the most, only a smattering of such genius – Rivaldo, Dennis Bergkamp, Maradona and now Messi having been shining beacons of greatness among their peers.

Yesterday night, Ansu Fati, fast rising Barcelona star, showed the world that he was firmly on the path of the same level of greatness.

Against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, the Guinea-Bissau born winger showed why he was such a hot commodity, making darting runs in and out of the Bilbao defence at will throughout the duration of his stay.

While his efforts ultimately went in vain, with the Basque side narrowly clinching victory through an injury time Sergio Busquets own goal, an important takeaway from the match was a tremendous bit of skill that Fati showcased.

Even as the match was still in a deadlock, Fati managed to take possession of the ball and run forward with it, looking for a teammate to pass to.

Even as he was doing that, the Bilbao defence decided to converge on him, resulting in three defenders coming at him from all sides.

But Fati, running at a sprint and showing the awareness of a champ, sensed their proximity and slowed down immediately. Then, as they closed in on him, the lad deftly stopped the ball with his right foot, and in a flash, brought it back to his left, only to cross it back under his right again.

The resulting move left all three defenders absolutely knackered, one of them thrown so off balance that he was sent tumbling to the ground.

A remarkably difficult piece of trickery, made to look like child’s play by Fati, which is very appropriate, considering that he’s barely seventeen years of age.

Yep, boy is destined for great things.

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Man Utd fans not happy with Paul Scholes after latest IG post appears to take shots at new boy Odion Ighalo

Manchester United made a shock deadline day move as they opted to acquire the services of Odion Ighalo, on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

The Nigerian international is supposed to be the solution to the Red Devils’ attacking equation as Marcus Rashford is forced to serve a long spell out of action after suffering a serious injury.

In the thick of optimistic fans and the hopeful United boss, former legend Paul Scholes aimed a sly dig at the new acquisition.

A recent post on Schole’s Instagram handle has United fans provoked.

The Englishman can be seen posing with a fellow retired professional Dwight Yorke, who himself served Manchester United in the Premier League as a forward for a spell ranging from 1998 to 2002, both of whom Ighalo named as his idols growing up.

The post is being identified as a jibe at either United’s new loanee, Odion Ighalo or towards the weak performances of Anthony Martial, who failed to find the back of the net since January.

This interpretation of the caption is only supported by Patrice Evra’s comment following the post.

Either way, Manchester United fans are left infuriated by Scholes’ cryptic Instagram post.

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Tottenham fan makes concept kit based on the new smash hit Nigeria jersey and it looks stunning

The Premier League might be head and shoulders beyond every other league in world football, but it cannot be denied that it has fallen behind on one aspect of the sport: the team kits.

At first glance, team kits might seem like a trivial facet of football: a novice might assume that it is what is done on the pitch that counts, and not what the players are wearing.

On the contrary, kits are the visual armour of a football team; they are known to make or break the support for a club. New/incoming fans are oftentimes attracted or driven away from a team based on how their jerseys turn out. And this is something the massive sportswear companies know very well.

Realizing that the Premier League is too much of a cash cow to risk experimenting with bold, thematic jerseys, they instead opt for boring kits that are changed only incrementally every year, putting out exciting new concepts only elsewhere, like South America and Africa.

Only the away and third kits show any hint of flavour (think Tottenham’s away attire from last season) and the results have been very mixed. At this point, the fans have had it with the lifeless efforts and have taken matters into their own hands.

In a semi-viral Reddit post with over two hundred upvotes, user loouie17 showcased a concept kit that he made for Tottenham, based off of Nigeria’s smashing 2020 kits. And as far as fan made concepts go, this one is right up there at the top.

Beautifully incorporating a larger version of the Spurs’ cockerel crest in the center, it has the same angular tribal patterns running on each side of the shirt as the Nigerian kit. Only, in this one, the colour has been switched from the dark green of the African super eagles to the familiar navy blue of the Londoners, with white accents. The simplistic patterns exude minimalism and the concept has been very neatly done.

All in all, it’s a solid effort, and looking at the comments, the Spurs faithful definitely approve.

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Spitting Fire: Odsonne Edouard performance highlights vs Motherwell with Zone 2’s ‘No Censor’ in the background

Odsonne Edouard- a bit of a late bloomer, to be sure, but this lad can play football, alright.

At just twenty two years of age, could Celtic already have, in their hands, the best player in all of the current Scottish Premier League?

Motherwell gaffer Stephen Robinson certainly seems to think so, and he should know; on Wednesday night, he had a dugout view of his hapless side being pummeled 4-0 as Celtic stretched their lead by seven points at the top on the back of an inspired performance by the young Frenchman, who scored a clinical strike before converting a fantastic free kick effort later on.

It is a compelling case to be made, Edouard being top dog in the league, considering he has all the talents in the world required of a top notch striker.

An exquisite first touch? Check. Footwork sophisticated enough to weave through entire swathes of defenders like they were stationary traffic cones? Check. Raw pace to have done so without the opposition realising what the heck just whizzed past them? Of course.

Most important in his array of lethal skills, however, is an incredible eye for goal and a voracious appetite for them.

All of these qualities were shown in abundance on Wednesday, as the highlight reel shows, and other teams have a lot to worry about; the boy has shown an alarming amount of consistency, netting an incredible twenty goals and five assists in the twenty two games that he’s played in the league this season.

Rather fitting then, that his feats were shown with notorious drill group Zone 2’s ‘No Censor’ playing, a gang song so absolutely hard hitting and abrasive in nature that UK authorities tried multiple times to take it off of all platforms.

One must say, the apocalyptic track perfectly compliments the highlight reel: both are absolutely notorious.

Robinson even refused to blame his defenders, admitting that they had undergone “a horrible experience” and that Edouard was, at times, simply “unplayable”.

The scary part? Boss Neil Lennon insists that the young talent can only get much, much better.

The world is certainly looking forward to this bright spark realizing his full potential; it would be an absolute joy to watch him play at his best.

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Man Utd fans will love what Bruno Fernandes wrote when asked about his rapid Instagram follower growth

Manchester United are still one of the biggest footballing institutions in the world, agreed.

However, their precipitous slide in the latter half of the last decade cannot be dismissed even by the most hard-core of supporters.

Especially troubling is United’s utter lack of quality in midfield, with only Pogba possessing semblance of actual footballing ability required to play at top level; everyone else is either too young and inexperienced or they are just lumps of coal somehow managing to hang on at the club.

This is where Bruno Fernandes comes in. The Portuguese talent, already considered an established star by many, brings in a wealth of prowess to an otherwise sluggish team. A much needed breath of fresh air, undoubtedly.

Plus, he gets a lot of perks as well: he is in the big leagues now, playing for a club famous the world over for the playing and managerial legends it has produced.

A lesser known perk, however, is actually a rather predictable one: Bruno’s skyrocketing presence on social media.

Before joining the Red Devils, Bruno had a little over half a million followers on Instagram; in the week since, he has more than doubled that figure, notching up a million followers and thanking them all in a post specially made for the occasion.

Interestingly though, he decided to respond to fellow Portuguese player Jose Fonte’s comment, who had asked, incredulously “500 thousand in one week?”.

Bruno’s answer (screenshot below) was simple and to the point: “It’s the effect of being a red devil now.”

Couldn’t agree more.

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An absolutely heartbreaking photo of Jan Vertonghen is doing the rounds among Spurs fans currently

Throughout all of footballing history, there has never been a truer cliche than this: a picture speaks more than a thousand ruddy words.

And boy, have Spurs fans been absolutely gutted by the photo we’re talking about.

The picture shows Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham’s talismanic defender, absolutely heartbroken and clutching his shirt while sitting on the bench.

Why was this man looking so forlorn, you ask?

He was brought off the game, seemingly for no apparent reason, against Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round replay. Not even an hour had elapsed in the match.

Yes, the man was a bit of a mess defensively, and made a few small blunders during the entirety of his time on the pitch. It hasn’t helped his case that he is clearly past his prime, no longer the “Super Jan” that fans came to adore.

He is no longer that centre-back who started off life in the Premier League with a goal against Manchester United, and is still a far cry from the imposing giant whose wonder goal kickstarted an incredible 3-0 demolition of Dortmund in the Champion’s League at Wembley.

Yet, he is by no means the only culprit. Tottenham have been lacking, especially in the left-back spot, the flak for which Jan has almost always caught, rather unfairly.

Recent form has made matters worse, with the mid field massively lacking in creativity following Eriksen’s departure. So why is Jan being singled out, fans wonder.

Now, for those of you confounded over why it’s such a big deal: Vertonghen is a top, top player who’s definitely been a massive part of his club for more than seven years now.

At the highest level of football, you no longer focus on your salary; it is the love of the beautiful game that fuels your successes.

And this substitution is a sign of something big, as Jan well knows. It’s a change of the old guard. Japhet Tanganga seems a more than capable replacement, while Vertonghen’s trusty lieutenant, Toby Alderweireld, seems to be coming into a class of his own.

They have even looked to plug the gaps at LB, with Sessegnon being a fantastic lad and one to watch for the future.

As hard as it is to stomach, Jan’s time as top dog in the club is coming to an end.

Quite understandable, really, that he would be so hard done by this, especially when he’s fit and raring to go.

Later, in the after-match presser, Jose admitted as much, that he had only thought of the change as a tactical one, as he believed Gedson would have been a better attacking fit.

He even went as far as to say that he felt for his Belgian centre-back, but then went on to justify his change, talking about other instances of players having been “sacrificed” for the team’s interests.

Yes, Southampton looked the better team in the first half. Yes, after Gedson came on, Tottenham were injected with a burst of energy and attacking prowess. And yes, Spurs managed an incredible 3-2 victory after twice having fallen behind to the visitors. All of this will still be little more than scant consolation to Jan.

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Odion Ighalo looks a beast as footage of Man Utd new boy working on his hold-up play arrives online

Manchester United are in dire need of some firepower upfront.

With main forward Marcus Rashford ruled out until April after suffering a double stress fracture to his back and Anthony Martial attracting criticism for his weak performances, United are almost out of options in attack.

Although Mason Greenwood has been something of a revelation in the squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be careful not to put too much pressure on the kid’s shoulders, as warned by the club legend, Rio Ferdinand.

The Red Devils have signed Odion Ighalo on loan from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, to ease off their concerns. The Nigerian international becomes the 7th African to play for Manchester United.

He admitted on taking a pay-cut to complete his ‘dream move’ to the club.

If that wasn’t enough to get United fans excited, footage of the forward working on his hold-up play has appeared online.

Ighalo looks strong as he uses his body to shield the ball. Fans will expect him to deliver similar physical presence on the pitch as well, something which the team currently lacks upfront.

With a load of fixtures coming ahead involving the Europa League, FA Cup and the Premier League, the Manchester United boss would be relieved to have an extra player in order to give Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial sufficient rest.

Fans will be keeping a keen eye on the signing as the team targets the Champion’s League spots and fancies to go further in the Europa League.

Only time will tell if Odion Ighalo delivers according to the expectations.