Pressure on Guardiola, Mourinho to deliver on investment

first_imgA year ago, the buzz around the Premier League was focused on the arrival in Manchester of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as managers of City and United.The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them.The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs. Third-place City finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea, with Tottenham Hotspur in second place.Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns. New faces had to settle in and the legacy players had to get used to the methods of their high-profile bosses.But after a close-season in which both managers have invested heavily in new players, United are now Mourinho’s team and City have been created by Guardiola. No excuses will be accepted by success-hungry fans – silverware is now expected.United, without a league title since 2013, certainly appear to have filled important gaps in their squad.Romelu Lukaku looks to be the physical presence with a goal-scoring pedigree needed to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack. Sweden’s Victor Lindelof looks a good partner for Eric Bailly in the centre of defence and Nemanja Matic is a proven asset on the defensive side of midfield duties.£89 million man Paul Pogba will be expected to finally deliver on his undoubted potential in a more attacking role, while 19-year-old Marcus Rashford continues to excite as he develops.The big question is whether Mourinho can forge a consistent starting side out of his squad after a year in which injuries hampered any attempt at continuity.City also look stronger on paper. Brazilian Ederson is believed to be the answer to their goalkeeping troubles and Portugal’s Bernardo Silva is a classy addition to the midfield.The full-back position has been another problem area and Kyle Walker, signed from Spurs, is a clear upgrade at right-back and France international Benjamin Mendy from Monaco an improvement on the opposite flank.With exciting Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus now fit and ready, Guardiola has a second striking threat alongside Sergio Aguero to compliment the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.In contrast, the London clubs have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, apparently adopting the approach of not trying to fix what isn’t broken.There are question marks over Chelsea which may only be answered by the end of the transfer window.The squad is surprisingly small, given the number of players Chelsea have loaned out to other clubs, and the departure of Matic leaves manager Antonio Conte hoping France’s Tiemoue Bakayoko can quickly adapt after his arrival from Monaco.With Diego Costa widely reported to be leaving the club, the main striker is Alvaro Morata, brought from Real Madrid, and while he is an undoubted talent, he is untested in English football.Spurs are confident Kieran Trippier can replace Walker at right-back, but while they have been strongly linked with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley they have yet to bring in any new faces.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up.Arsenal’s biggest decision of the summer was opting to stick with manager Arsene Wenger and he has, so far, managed to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the club.The Gunners showed signs of improvement at the end of last season and if they can keep that form – with new forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon giving them fresh firepower – their frustrated fans might enjoy an upturn in results after their worst finish in 21 years.Liverpool have brought in speedy Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Scotland full-back Andy Robertson from Hull but have not made the kind of acquisitions that would transform their chances of a first title in the Premier League era. Indeed, the major transfer activity on Merseyside has been conducted by Everton, who hope their investments, along with the return of Wayne Rooney, can help them break into the top six.last_img read more

Mount Pleasant look to move up RSPL table

first_img – 8:35 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC – Harbour View Stadium Moneybags Mount Pleasant FC will make another attempt at cementing their credentials as being legitimate title challengers when they host leaders and defending champions Portmore United at Drax Hall in one of five games on today. The newly promoted team, backed by Englishman Peter Gould, got their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) journey off to a good start when they beat the defending champions on the opening day of the season. Since then, they have blown hot and cold, beating some of the better teams and falling to teams they were expected to beat at home. In their last three games, they have got the better of Waterhouse, lost to Montego Bay United away, before stopping 11th-placed Dunbeholden away. A win against Portmore United would have their horde of fans, some of whom have fallen off the wagon temporarily, believing again. Portmore United, while leading everyone else, have not been the most consistent, losing twice in their last five games. Portmore United do have the deepest squad in the league, and if their players such as captain Ricardo Morris, Jovan East, and Chavany Willis report with enough interest, then they could be unplayable. Tomorrow’s game RELEGATION HOLE At Royal Lakes, Waterhouse will seek to pile more misery on the battling Dunbeholden who, with a victory, could strengthen their chances of climbing out of the relegation hole in which they currently find themselves. Waterhouse have improved their standing to second, and a win would pull them closer to leaders Portmore United, and even ahead of them should the leaders lose to Mount Pleasant. Arnett Gardens ended their winless-losing streak with a comfortable 2-0 away win over the struggling Tivoli Gardens and should fancy their chances against Humble Lion. Of interest is the fact that midfielder Vishinul Harris and goalkeeper Damion Hyatt, both of whom were being sought by Humble Lion, played key roles in Arnett Gardens’ midweek win and should feature today. Humble Lion do have quality in their line-up, and their chances should not be written off, but in order for them to have a chance, their attackers will have to fire. Tivoli Gardens have slipped out of the top six, and with unfavourable results, a playoff spot appears to be slipping out of their hands. From their perspective, today’s home game against Montego Bay United could be exactly what the doctor ordered. They must be thinking that if there is a team for them to beat now, it must be the team rooted at the foot of the table. Montego Bay United, on the other hand, are in a battle for survival, and anything but a win today would drive another nail into their relegation coffin. The reactivation of Dino Williams, the temporary return of Owayne Gordon, as well as those of Deshane Beckford, Jacameno Barrett, and Johann Weatherly, have strengthened their squad, but they will have to start stacking up the victories. Reno have taken over from Boys’ Town as the great-escape artistes of the RSPL, and this season is continuing in that vein for them. A favourable result against Cavalier will have them believing even more that they can do it once more. A loss, however, could see them being dragged back into the relegation dogfight, especially if one or both of Dunbeholden or Montego Bay United win. – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Reno – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Waterhouse – Royal Lakes – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Portmore United – Drax Hall – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Edward Seaga Complex Today’s Gameslast_img read more

Life and times of a med student

first_imgToday I’ve decided to write a bit about what my last week has been like. It hasn’t been the most exciting week but it’s been what I’ve come to expect from a typical week in medical school – tiring but somehow still satisfying.I’m currently in my Adult Medicine rotation. My time is split between being on ward rounds, helping with ward work and bedside-teaching on the wards. See the common theme here? The wards. Every rotation we’ve been through, there’s always a doctor telling us some variation of “the wards are your textbooks and the patients are the pages of those books”.I was on call last Sunday and Thursday. On call days, whatever units are “on call” are then in charge of the management of all of the patients admitted that day. By our Friday post-call rounds, I think we ended up with over 50 patients admitted under our unit. On call days, I’m expected to be down in Accident and Emergency to “clerk” patients and help with things like taking blood.Last Thursday, I got to meet an interesting family. Their son had to be brought in for a sickle cell crisis. In sickle cell anaemia, there’s a mutation that cause the red blood cells to be sickle-shaped instead of the usual rounded, biconcave shape. Because of this change in the shape of the red blood cells, the cells don’t flow through the blood vessels as smoothly as they should. Sometimes they get stuck in the blood vessels – that’s called a vaso-occlusive crisis. These crises are extremely painful. This patient had been having pain for the past week despite being on pain killers.Talking to the patient and his family, I got to hear first-hand the effects sickle cell anaemia can have on patients and their families. The patient had to be hospitalised more times than people four times his age and he has to be on antibiotics and painkillers every day. Before I started clinical medicine, sickle cell anaemia was just something I read about in books: I didn’t hear it talked about all that much. But in the past month, I’ve seen so many kids and now adults coming into the hospital because of complications of sickle-cell anaemia. It’s been an eye-opener. Medicine is becoming more granular – and real.There’s a lot of walking around in medicine and especially in this rotation because we have patients in all parts of the San Fernando General Hospital – the new hospital, the old hospital and in the teaching hospital. We end up doing most everything on the move – talking, eating, studying (and sometimes even sleeping) are all done while walking. That’s why I spent over an hour last weekend trying to find the perfect pair of comfortable shoes after spending a week with bruised and blistered feet.We have classes on the wards most days of the week. Usually we have to examine a patient and summarise our findings to the consultant, along with what we think the diagnosis might be. Then we’re drilled with questions around the patient’s particular condition. It’s supposed to help us to think clinically about what might be wrong with the patient and helps us to hone our techniques when examining patients.Helping out with ward work usually means routine things like taking blood, putting in IVs and setting up things like blood transfusions. There’s also a lot of filling out of forms and running down to the lab for things. Again, more walking.It’s been a long week, and a tiring one at that. But I’ve ended the week knowing more than I did at the beginning, so all that running around and walking up and down feels worth it.last_img read more

‘Not about points:’ Standhardinger happy to put up efficient showing for San Miguel

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station “This is very big you know we always play catch up basketball but we kept fighting and I’m happy,” said Standhardinger. “At the end of the day, we were victorious.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ McCullough says he just ‘tried to get everybody up’ during curse-filled SMB timeout Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View commentscenter_img Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MANILA, Philippines—It took some time for Christian Standhardinger to make a huge impact for San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT The top overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft was pedestrian for most of the conference, averaging just 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds prior to the Beermen’s opening game of the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine.Seemingly hidden within San Miguel’s schemes, Standhardinger went largely unnoticed since the Elasto Painters focused more on five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsStandhardinger, though, made Rain or Shine pay when he had his best game of the conference with 20 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and eight rebounds.“You know it’s not about the points, I was just trying to do my job and I’m happy I was able to be efficient for my team today,” said Standhardinger with a humble tone Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Benefits of township living Standhardinger was also vital in San Miguel’s late-game surge when he scored nine of his total points in the payoff period.Fajardo, meanwhile, went for nine points and nine rebounds the whole game but it didn’t matter since Standhardinger took control of the paint for San Miguel.Standhardinger said that the Game 1 win was crucial for them especially with how Rain or Shine controlled the match from the get-go, even starting off with a 20-7 lead early in the first quarter.The Elasto Painters still held fort in the third with a 66-59 lead off of Carl Montgomery’s dunk with 7:29 to play in the period.San Miguel, however, fought back at the end of the third and took 85-83 lead en route to shutting down Rain or Shine in fourth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptistslast_img read more

Poonam Singh – GTT’s brand warrior, aspiring Guyanese star

first_imgWhen one thinks of Poonam Singh, our minds automatically shift to the budding young star’s involvement in the 2012-2013 GT&T Song & Jingle Competition, her reign as Miss Global Guyana 2015, her patriotic 50th Independence hit song “G.U.Y.A.N.A.”, or her rapidly rising social media profile. However, these are but a few of the features that make up this inspirational young lady – Poonam remains larger than life.Poonam describes herself as a strong, positive and happy lioness, who is alwaysPoonam Singhready to conquer whatever the universe wishes to shift her way.“I’ve made it this far… as a girl from a beautiful Third World country… and I just know it in my bones… I’ve a far way more to go!” says the strong-willed and optimistic young woman.Born on February 19, 1995, she grew up as any normal ‘country girl’ would, in a small house filled with big hearts at Canal Number One on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD). “Born to sing and smile”, Poonam recalls her mother’s story of her hysterical crying upon entrance into the world that was quickly transformed into a heartening smile after a quick slap on her derriere.As any child with naïve thoughts, Poonam’s belief that life was about “getting what you want – fairy-tale happiness”, was transformed as she matured, realising it was more of a responsibility, a journey, a rollercoaster, and so many other things, but above all she confessed – “life is a gift, your gift!”This realisation by large inspired her platform, “Eradicating Suicide”, when she represented Guyana at the Miss Global International pageant in 2016 and placed second.Though her song “Life is a Gift” has gained enormous traction on social media, Poonam was more overwhelmed by the feedback she received from persons battling depression and suicidal thoughts – the ones to whom the song is dedicated.The young brand ambassador believes that setting and focusing on the pursuit of one’s life goals can help in the battle against depression and suicidal thoughts.She strongly believes that one plays a huge role in the shaping of one’s destiny, sharing her gentle wisdom: “on the piano, there are black and white keys… You have to play both in order to get a good song.”Poonam’s goal is to continue to be proactive in stamping out suicide by not only addressing the issue in schools, but to build a body where suicidal persons can not only call but meet with people who are able to offer assistance.Guyana’s rising star is a role model to many, and is committed to inspiring young women to live more and helping communities and our country to do more. She just released her latest single “Touch Me”, already popular on the local airwaves.“I can talk to children and ensure at the end of the day, they can at least see that life is a precious gift that should be valued. People will forget what you say to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel. So, if I can make them feel better, then my mission will definitely be accomplished,” says the young woman, who is committed to her role as a “warrior” to make a difference.last_img read more

We weren’t mentally ready, admits Wenger

first_img“It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough,” Wenger said. “It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges.”“You look at the facts and we were beaten in the duels. When you play at home, in our position, that is not normal. Everybody in the Premier League is strong physically and 90 percent is not enough,” he added.Wenger sat in the stands for the second game of his four-match touchline ban for pushing an official, but would not blame the defeat on that.“It’s difficult to know. It’s an easy excuse,” he said. “We prepared well. We were warned Watford would make it very physical. I have no basic regret in the way we prepared. Did we think subconsciously we could turn up and it would be OK, I don’t know?”The dropped points mean Arsenal are now nine points ­behind Chelsea. The two play each other  at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Asked about the upcoming clash, Wenger said: “We want to respond and win of course. We need to analyse why we didn’t start well.”“I’m responsible for the results so I’m frustrated,” Wenger said. “What other teams do doesn’t matter. I’m frustrated we didn’t win. We’re at home, it’s a great opportunity and we start as we did. We have to learn and respond quickly in a convincing way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger has yet to reveal whether he will extend his 20-year reign at ArsenalLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said that his team weren’t mentally ready following their surprise 2-1 defeat to Watford at the Emirates on Tuesday.Early goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney condemned the Gunners to defeat, meaning they missed an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Chelsea after they drew 1-1 with Liverpool.last_img read more

Video: England win the World Cup! Honestly…

first_imgEngland’s World Cup may have ended in dismal failure, but the Three Lions have finally got something to shout about.That’s because they were crowned favela world champions on Thursday!The tournament is promoted by Brazilian legend Zico through his ‘Zico 10’ social project and is played by favela kids, with each team representing a country participating in the actual World Cup.And so it was that the final saw Rocinha (wearing England’s colours) play arch rivals Vidigal (wearing France’s colours).Just a mountain separates the two giant favelas in Rio, so it’s fair to say there was plenty at stake.To find out more and become a Project Favela volunteer go to or check them out on Facebook at talkSPORT watches Brazil v Colombia in South America’s largest favelalast_img read more


first_imgCampaigners battling to save the two post offices in Rosguill got a major boost this week when 200 people attended their public meeting in Carrigart on Tuesday night.But as the meeting concluded Deputy Joe McHugh was challenged about supporting next week’s Dail motion for keeping these offices open, the Tirconail Tribune reports.“What way will you be voting: will you be backing us?” asked one of the postmasters in attendance. “No,” said McHugh, “I will be voting against the motion and supporting the Government,” and this comment was met with dismay.The services at Carrigart and Downings along with the three post offices in Fanad at Rossnakill, Cashel and Ballylar are among those in the queue for closure in the next eighteen months.If these closures go ahead the communities in Rosgull and Fanad, in many instances will be forced to travel twelve miles to either Milford or Kerrykeel.But inevitably the Govt TD’s will work hard to have any talk of the closures long-fingered until the elections are over. The political life of the Milford area came out in force and these speakers were in sparkling form at the Carrigart Hotel as they put their shoulders to the wheel backing the public campaign in a highly verbal manner that left no doubt whatever on the floor of the hall that the first shots were being fired in the local elections battle.There was much backing, good intentions and positive vibes on the night as the community initiative moves on to a more political plane of debate. And to this end, as the meeting concluded, a postmistress challenged Deputy Joe McHugh if he would vote in the Dail in support of the Postmasters motion on February 26th. ” No… I will be voting with the government and whatever lobbying I can engage within the party, I can do nothing if outside the party,” said McHugh.The meeting in Carrigart was called after the recent Postmasters Union warning that many of the small rural post office network will disappear unless urgent action is taken to save them.The Carrigart meeting heard public and community concerns about the disappearance of village life in its former format. There are now villages without shops: post offices: bank branches: Garda stations or much else and its as if the greater body politic has passed them by on the way to Leinster House and did not have time to notice the ‘state of chassis’ in the Donegal countryside.It is unlikely many improved services will come to our rural areas that have no public lighting, no footpaths, no sewerage services. There are areas that do not have public water supplies and some have extremely poor roads, the meeting was told.As the politicians made their remarks, a former Garda in Carrigart, Benny Kelly looked on…totally bemused. And when he took the microphone he made a rather telling contribution. He said that perhaps it is time to boycott the local elections because the politicians have failed the electorate.He said that it was unfortunate that the community should have to gather in a meeting to listen to these politicians.“We had a previous government that bankrupted the country and now we have another one doing exactly the same. We have a government in Dublin that couldn’t cares less about us and some day soon, Donegal will be sold off to some Arab,” he added to much acclaim. Donal Cullen and John O’Donnell, both bidding for seats on the Council were also critical of the political failures that have created these kind of problems.The other speakers included, John Sweeney, former postmaster at Carrigart: Tina Loughrey and Joan Ward, Postmasters: Cllrs. Noel McBride: Liam Blaney: Ian McGarvey: Ciaran Brogan and Deputy Joe McHugh. The proceedings were chaired by Joe Cullen.A public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail. There are deep concerns about the future of every rural post office in Donegal says the IPU. There are complaints that all they are getting is lip service from the politicians until the local elections are over: and then the closures will be back on the agenda.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations. This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract, which is An Post’s big earner, could disappear within two year, say the postmasters. This contract believed to worth around EURO 50 million to An Post only sees EURO 20 million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements. An ESRI report has already highlighted the problem of financial exclusion with estimates that there are more than 300,000 households in Ireland without access to a bank account.The Union also warned that any move to remove social welfare payments from the post office network could lead to the immediate closure of 600 of the company’s 1150 branches operated by self-employed postmasters. Such a development would have a catastrophic effect on rural Ireland the Union pointed out. “Not only would post offices disappear but many shops in towns and villages would disappear too,” said general secretary, Brian McGann.While the Dail will debate the post office threats next week, the issue has already come up for debate at the end of January. Deputy Willie Penrose raised the matter with Junior Minister, Fergus O’Dowd and he said: “The programme for Government contains a specific commitment in respect of ensuring the sustainability of the post office network, which is a national and strategic asset.Commitments are easy to write and verbalise and they can easily morph into aspirations. To put flesh on the bones of the commitment to which I refer, there is a need for the Government to produce a comprehensive plan of action in respect of this matter. A whole-of-Government approach will be required in this regard, with each Department being obliged to have an input or make a submission. When this process is complete, the Government would formulate a cohesive plan of action and produce a report within six months or so. This matter cannot be placed on the long finger.A report must be produced, action must be taken and results delivered.All Departments should be obliged to identify new business opportunities they intend to pursue or existing businesses with which they are involved, the services relating to which could easily be provided by means of the post office network,” he added.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is already Government policy and it is not going to be changed. The Irish Postmasters Union has warned its members that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat it has faced in recent years.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened. An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.”The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail to be debated on next Tuesday and Wednesday. Large numbers from around the country are expected to be outside Leinster House to lend their support to the campaign. However that motion will be hammered with support coming only from FF: SF and a number of Independent TD’s.ROSGUILL DELIVERS STRONG MESSAGE TO GOVT OVER FUTURE OF POST OFFICES was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Carrigartpost officesRosquilllast_img read more

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff ruled out for rest of season with knee injury

first_img no dice Longstaff has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame 1 huge blow REVEALED LIVE on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? We bring you six more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won And it was confirmed on Thursday morning that Longstaff will be sidelined until July due to his injury, which means he will miss Newcastle’s final nine matches of the Premier League campaign.The lengthy lay-off comes at a dreadful time for the youngster, who has recently established himself as a key player for the Magpies. shining Rennes vs Arsenal (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Newcastle are to be without midfielder Sean Longstaff for the remainder of the season as the 21-year-old has been ruled out for four months with a knee injury.Longstaff was left on crutches after a challenge with Robert Snodgrass during Newcastle’s defeat by West Ham last weekend, and he was forced to visit a specialist to find out the extent of the damage. He made his first league appearance for Newcastle last December and has since played a further eight times, with his performance in the club’s January defeat of Manchester City widely lauded.The 21-year-old scored his first goal for the Magpies in February, and he was being tipped for an England Under-21 call-up later this month. Aidy Boothroyd’s side have friendlies against Poland and Germany coming up later this month, but Longstaff will have to wait until next season before debuting for the Young Lions.last_img read more

Chelsea fans find old Tomori tweet showing ‘elite mentality’ even as a 14-year-old

first_img Getty Images – Getty It’s a bumper week of action in the Carabao Cup and EFL As if Chelsea fans couldn’t love Fikayo Tomori any more than they do, this tweet from seven years ago will cement his place in their hearts.The 21-year-old defender has benefited from having Frank Lampard as his manager and he has taken his opportunity with both hands just as he always hoped.In 2012, Tomori posted a tweet saying: “Been at Chelsea since I was 8. Now I am 14, 6 years and this is just the beginning. Dream; Believe; Achieve.” 1 “I found out after the Lille game,” he told‘The manager came up to me and said, ‘You are going to be in the England squad tomorrow.’“I was sitting down at the time and I just sat there with Tammy and Mason smiling at me. It was a crazy feeling because I wasn’t really expecting it, but I’m very happy. Tomori has had a solid start to the season Live on talkSPORT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:08Loaded: 14.53%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Dutch football expert says Ajax have huge respect for new-look Chelsea“I was not expecting at the beginning of the season to make the England squad. I’ve taken everything as it has come.“This happened quite fast but it’s been a good 12 months. I’ve been working hard, listening to people, trying to improve myself and it’s going well.“It’s a bit cliched but it is a dream. Growing up in England and seeing the players playing at Wembley, it was such a good feeling. It’s indescribable. It was a very proud moment.” Been at chelsea since I was 8. Now I am 14, 6 years and this is just the beginning. Dream; Believe; Achieve— Fikayo Tomori (@fikayotomori_) July 8, 2012In response, Chelsea fans have commented in their droves.One wrote: “You dreamt, you believed in yourself, you achieved it. Keep shining, lad,” while another added: “Very rare to find the passion and mentality like Fikayo Tomori has.”Others said they were delighted the academy graduate was finally achieving his dream, hailing his ‘elite mentality’.Tomori, along with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham have been among the club’s top performers this season as Lampard has placed his faith in youth.He has played seven Premier League games and his performances even saw him called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate, which he found out while in France on Champions League duty. Everton vs Watford (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORTBurton vs Leicester (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Man United (Wednesday, 8.05pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 7.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more