The players who have made the most individual errors in the Premier League since the start of last season, including Bernd Leno

3 Sep

Arsenal showed plenty of grit and determination to earn a draw against Tottenham in the north London derby last weekend.

The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down after 40 minutes thanks to Christian Eriksen’s opener and Harry Kane’s penalty.

Arsenal showed great character to come back against Spurs
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However, strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw Arsenal earn a 2-2 draw against their rivals.

A massive cause for concern for manager Unai Emery will be the mistakes his players made though.

Granit Xhaka made an unnecessary foul on Heung-Min Son which gave Spurs their penalty while Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno should have done better for Eriksen’s goal.

The German kept out an initial shot from Erik Lamela but could only palm the ball straight into the Dane’s path, who slotted the ball into an empty net.

Leno’s blushes were spared by Lacazette and Aubameyang
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Leno has been culpable a few times since he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 but how many errors leading to goals has he made?

Below you can see the top nine players to have made errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season, with thanks to Opta.

8= Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – Errors leading to goals: 3

8= Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – Errors leading to goals: 3

The Liverpool stopper is a surprise inclusion in this chart
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5= Sergio Rico (Fulham) – Errors leading to goals: 3

5= Angus Gunn (Southampton) – Errors leading to goals: 3

5= Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – Errors leading to goals: 3

3= David de Gea (Manchester United) – Errors leading to goals: 4

De Gea hit some bad form towards the end of last season
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3=. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – Errors leading to goals: 4

2. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – Errors leading to goals: 5

1. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – Errors leading to goals: 6

Leno has made six errors leading to goals in the Premier League
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Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.

Goalkeepers

Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.

Forwards

Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

Angus Gunn: Scotland boss Alex McLeish talking to Southampton keeper’s father, Bryan, over international allegiance

13 Mar

Scotland manager Alex McLeish has revealed he is in constant dialogue with Angus Gunn’s father over the Southampton goalkeeper’s international allegiance.

McLeish is focusing on the goalkeepers available to him as things stand, as he ponders his new number one following Allan McGregor’s sudden international retirement.

Alex McLeish is pondering over who to make his Scotland number one

Celtic’s first-choice keeper Scott Bain, Millwall’s Jordan Archer and Sunderland’s Jon McLaughlin are in the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino later this month.

However, Gunn remains on Scotland’s radar and McLeish has a strong connection to the former Manchester City trainee through his father, Bryan.

Gunn senior played with McLeish at Aberdeen before travelling south to Norwich after failing to dislodge Jim Leighton, who helped the Dons to European glory in Gothenburg in 1983.

Gunn junior, 23, has featured for England Under-21s and has made 10 appearances for Southampton since his big-money summer switch, so playing for the land of his birth appears to be his priority.

Angus Gunn, son of Bryan, has yet to make a decision on his international future

McLeish said: “I’ve been in constant dialogue with big Bryan Gunn for over a year, one of the Gothenburg guys.

“We have a Gothenburg group and the other players tease him about it, then I have to send a private (message) saying ‘Does Angus want to play for Scotland?’

“But I don’t really want to talk about guys who are not available to us at the moment, and get right behind the three goalkeepers we have, who are all terrific players.

Gunn Sr played six times for Scotland and has been in constant dialogue with McLeish about his son, Angus

“There would be no guarantee Angus would walk into the number one spot.

“He is still going through a maturity process, being at Norwich on loan from Man City and then getting a fantastic move. That must have empowered him.

“He would think he can now rise to a different level, but our three goalies have been playing regularly, and playing to a very good standard.”

Allan McGregor forces Scotland to look for new no.1 as he announces retirement from international duty

12 Mar

Allan McGregor has decided to retire from international football.

The 37-year-old Rangers goalkeeper announced the end of his Scotland career on the eve of manager Alex McLeish naming his first squad for the 2020 European Championship qualifiers.

McGregor represented Scotland 42 times

He kept 16 clean sheets in 42 internationals and his final contribution proved vital as a brilliant one-handed stop secured a 3-2 win over Israel in November and top spot in Nations League Group C1.

McGregor said in a statement on the Scottish Football Association website: “It’s a sad day for me to bring an end to my international career, but unfortunately I feel it is a decision I have to make.

“I am playing over 50 games each season, but I know my body and at this stage of my career I need to use the international breaks to rest up to help ensure that I play at the top level for as long as possible.

“This decision was an extremely hard one for me to make.

“It is also the start of a new campaign and it feels like the right time to step aside and allow the number of strong options we have to push on from here between the sticks.

“I would like to thank the manager and all of the coaching staff for their understanding – they’ve been incredible with me. It was Alex McLeish who handed me my international and club debuts, so it almost feels fitting to bring an end to my Scotland career with his support too.

“I have so many brilliant memories, from my first time pulling on the jersey 12 years ago, to our most recent success in the UEFA Nations League. I would also like to thank the Scotland fans for all of their incredible support over the years.”

McLeish paid tribute to McGregor and his numerous contributions to the Scotland team.

“Time and again, he has proven himself to be a top performer for his country. His save late on against Israel was crucial in our UEFA Nations League success and it is fitting that he bows out on such a high.

“We will miss his experience around the squad, but we respect that he does not feel able to continue to represent both his club and country and wish him all the best for the future.”

The manager now faces a dilemma with previous first choice Craig Gordon playing understudy to Scott Bain at Celtic.

Angus Gunn, son of former Bryan, is believed to be open to playing for Scotland

Bain’s only cap came in a friendly defeat in Mexico last summer but he was called up to McLeish’s most recent squad after Gordon pulled out injured.

Sunderland’s Jon McLaughlin pulled out of that squad, too, because of club commitments but his team have no fixture clash with Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 games against Kazakhstan and San Marino on March 21 and 24.

Kilmarnock’s Jamie MacDonald was called up in his place but has been on the bench for his club in recent months, while St Johnstone’s Zander Clark’s chances of a first call-up have been hit by a hamstring injury. Millwall’s Jordan Archer has also featured in McLeish’s squads.

Southampton’s Angus Gunn is under consideration and it is believed the former England U21 goalie is open to switching allegiance.

Southampton sign England youth goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City

10 Jul

Southampton have signed England youth goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 22-year-old spent last term on loan at Norwich and made 46 appearances in the Championship, catching the eye with some impressive displays.

Gunn impressed during a loan spell at Norwich last season

He has penned a five-year contract with Southampton.

Gunn, who was part of the England Under-21 squad that won the Toulon Tournament in 2016, failed to make a first-team appearance at Manchester City prior to his departure.

He told Southampton’s website: “The opportunity was there for me to stay at Manchester City but I saw the potential of this club and the squad.

Gunn has been capped 11 times by England at Under-21 level

“The manager (Mark Hughes) and Dave Watson (head of goalkeeping) were a big part of the reason why I have chosen to join and speaking to them both was a big factor in my decision.

“I think the club has got a big future and I’m looking forward to getting started now.”

Leeds United transfer news: Marcelo Bielsa keen on signing Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Birmingham glovesman David Stockdale

27 Jun

Leeds United are interested in signing Angus Gunn and David Stockdale this summer, as Marcelo Bielsa plans to bring a new goalkeeper to Elland Road.

Bielsa was recently appointed manager of the Yorkshire club, succeeding Paul Heckingbottom after his sacking at the end of last season.

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Bielsa was named Leeds boss earlier this month

The Argentine arrived at Leeds’ Thorpe Arch training ground on Monday for his first day in charge, and he admitted in his first press conference that he was not planning on making too many signings this summer.

“For the moment we are not intending to bring too many new faces in,” Bielsa said. “From my point of view the club have plenty of players on the books who I believe we should keep. The club generally have 15 players more than we need and we still have four or five different positions where we need to strengthen.”

However, a new goalkeeper is believed to be one of Bielsa’s priorities, and a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post says Leeds are courting Angus Gunn, the Manchester City glovesman, and David Stockdale of Birmingham City.

Stockdale, 32, made 39 appearances for Birmingham last season, having moved to St Andrew’s on a free transfer from Brighton in summer 2017.

Stockdale helped Brighton win promotion to the Premier League before leaving for Birmingham last summer

England Under-21 international Gunn is currently contracted to Manchester City, but he spent 2017/18 on loan at Leeds’ Championship rivals Norwich, with whom he kept 15 clean sheets in 46 league matches.

Gunn is held in high-regard at parent club Manchester City

Leeds have just two goalkeepers on their books right now, Andy Lonergan and youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell, as Felix Wiedwald left Elland Road for Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga earlier this month.