Late bloomers exist in all aspects of life; even in football. Unfortunately, the modern game is also a fickle mistress and as such many supporters and even club owners find it difficult to accept a player over the age of 30, past the traditional sell by date of sorts, can offer their team anything of merit when competing at an elite level. In their eyes, these players should be considering the twilight of their careers and be looking to wind down in greener pastures elsewhere, either racking up some late career stats, shifting down the levels to match fading talent or cashing in on a few final years overseas.Continue reading “Aritz Aduriz retires from La Liga with a legacy to defend all veteran players”
Daryl Murphy is a veteran Irish striker who currently plays for League One side Bolton, having joined the Greater Manchester club in September 2019.
The 37-year-old forward was born in Waterford in Ireland but began his career playing for English side Southend, before joining Luton in 2000, failing to make a league appearance and briefly being loaned to Harrow.Continue reading “Player Spotlight: Daryl Murphy”
Nobody is going to dispute that the prospect of competing for and winning trophies is the most exciting part of the Newcastle takeover for supporters but the idea that the Tyneside club’s long outdated academy and training facilities could also be in for significant investment under the new Saudi-backed ownership adds an additional dynamic and appeal to the proposed big money takeover of the club.Continue reading “The Newcastle takeover could have a huge impact on future talent at the club”
Matty Longstaff is an English defensive midfielder who currently plays for Premier League side Newcastle where he progressed through the youth setup alongside his brother Sean.
Born in Rotherham, the 20-year-old midfielder was raised in the Newcastle area in North Shields and becoming a boyhood Newcastle fan, joining the club’s academy at a young age and progressing through the youth grades.Continue reading “Player Spotlight: Matty Longstaff”
Mathew Leckie is an Australian winger who currently plays for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin, having joined the club in 2017.
The 29-year-old Australian international, who has 63 senior caps and 11 goals to his name, originally played Australian rules football as a youngster before shifting to football aged 11, playing youth football for Bulleen Lions.Continue reading “Player Spotlight: Mathew Leckie”
Presnel Kimpembe is a French centre back who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team.
The 24-year-old central defender, who was born in France to a Congolese father and Haitian mother, began playing youth football for local side AS Eragny, before joining the academy ranks of Paris Saint-Germain as a youth player in 2005.Continue reading “Player Spotlight: Presnel Kimpembe”
Controversy has dominated this Premier League season long before the current coronavirus outbreak reared its head. Almost every gameweek throughout this season has come with its own plethora of headlines and questionable moments; most of which will now be long forgotten due to the impact Covid-19 has had on the professional game. And the cause for all of this pre-coronavirus controversy: the video assistant referee (VAR) system.Continue reading “With the impacts of coronavirus having now dominated this season the VAR drama is long forgotten”