Bielsa: The Big Name Leeds United Need To Back

2004 was the last time Leeds United played a Premier League fixture, with the three times English champions struggling in the Championship, and even League One, for the last 14 years. That will be stretched into a 15th campaign but there is reason for optimism at Elland Road now, for the first time in a long time.

Leeds’ plans are well underway for the 2018/19 campaign with mid-June bringing the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa, arguably the most high-profile appointment the club has made since Terry Venables replaced David O’Leary back in 2002. Venables’ appointment was the start of a dramatic fall from grace, with Leeds relegated from the Premier League in 2004. Continue reading Bielsa: The Big Name Leeds United Need To Back

The Premier League Players to star in Portugal vs Spain

The World Cup is officially underway and the watching world were treated to a goal fest in the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Sadly for Saudi Arabia, the goal scoring was one-sided as Russia ran riot at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. On Friday evening the biggest game of the World Cup so far gets underway when Portugal take on Spain at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. With some big Premier League names on show, we take a look at who will have a starring role in this Group B clash.

Spain have become a team renowned for having a miserly defense and a large part of that is down to Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spanish shot-stopper is widely considered the best goalkeeper in the world and the Portuguese will have a tough time getting past the adopted Manc. Continue reading The Premier League Players to star in Portugal vs Spain

Premier League’s Potential African World Cup Stars

Whatever Premier League team you support, your side will probably have at least one representative at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Such is the international nature of the Premier League, that at any one time, there can be 60 or more nations represented amongst the squads of the 20 teams. While other major European leagues are not far behind, the English top flight remains the most cosmopolitan of the lot.

The African contingent

The African continent is well represented in the English league and some of those players will be involved come June. Continue reading Premier League’s Potential African World Cup Stars

Crystal Palace’s Unsung Heroes

With Premier League survival in touching distance and the Crystal Palace Player of the Year award set to be contested between talisman Wilfried Zaha and set-piece expert Luka Milivojević, we take a look at some of Roy Hodgson’s Eagles who’ve gone under the radar this season.

Andros Townsend

No Palace player has completed more Premier League minutes this season than Roy’s most-trusted asset, Andros Townsend (2774). The winger has developed a dynamic understanding with Wilfried Zaha and has learnt to take advantage when opposition defences double up on his opposite number. Offering more than just work ethic, he’s had a hand in eight Palace goals, scoring two and assisting another six.

Townsend is now 26-years old and has matured from the powerful, tricky winger that fired his way into the England set-up. He’s one of the first names on the Palace teamsheet, not through Hodgson’s soft spot for him but his sheer work rate and do-or-die performances, and recent debutant Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be the first to tell you what Townsend provides defensively. Continue reading Crystal Palace’s Unsung Heroes