Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah is ‘a complete player’, says Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

15 Sep

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has hailed Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah as ‘a complete player’.

The 20-year-old striker has scored four goals in six appearances since joining Leeds on loan last month.

Eddie Nketiah has made a blistering start to his Leeds career
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And his latest strike came in the Whites’ 2-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Sunday.

While comparing Nketiah to Patrick Bamford, who appeared unhappy after being replaced in the 70th minute, Bielsa said: “Eddie has different characteristics, and in a match like that he is a good option.

“Some players are involved (in play) a lot before creating chances. Nketiah is more involved at the end of the action but he has good characteristics to combine with his team-mates to give us these options.

Patrick Bamford was unhappy after being substituted for Eddie Nketiah in the 70th minute at Barnsley
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“He is a striker who can score goals. For me, he is a complete player.”

Nketiah is yet to start a Championship game with Bamford leading the line for Leeds.

Bamford has netted four league goals so far this season, but was denied three times by Barnsley goalkeeper Brad Collins.

Bielsa added: “He puts in a lot of effort to be in a good condition to score, and he had a lot of chances in this game.

“I tried to explain to him that he deserved a goal. He is a great centre-forward.”

Eddie Nketiah reveals Unai Emery wanted him to stay at Arsenal before Leeds loan

8 Sep

Eddie Nketiah has revealed Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted to keep him at the club for the 2019/20 campaign.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals in his first five games for Leeds since completing a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.

Eddie Nketiah will be hoping to score the goals to help fire Leeds to promotion this season
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And despite having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at his disposal, Emery was keen to keep Nketiah at the Emirates.

The 20-year-old, who scored twice in England Under-21s’ 3-2 win over Turkey on Friday, said: “The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans.

“But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds.

“I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a big fan of Eddie Nketiah
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“There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.”

Nketiah has hailed the impact Arsenal legend Ian Wright is having on his career.

Wright scored 185 goals during a seven-year spell with the Gunners in the 1990s.

Nketiah added: “He’s been brilliant. He’s a bit of a mentor. He messages me, asks me how I am, how I’m finding things up in Leeds.

“He’s given me advice and I always try to learn from him because he’s had a great career. I’m really grateful.

“It’s a dream come true to have one of your heroes speaking to you. He’s such a nice guy and a modest guy for the career he’s had.”

De Gea to leave Manchester United for nothing, Chelsea to open transfer talks in January, Nketiah explains Leeds move

8 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…

David de Gea is set to snub Manchester United’s contract offer and leave Old Trafford for free when his current deal expires at the end of this season. (The Sun)

The Spain goalkeeper will be free to talk to clubs in January and Juventus are preparing to start negotiations in the new year. (Express)

Football agents have been told to prepare themselves for approaches from Chelsea in January – despite the Blues’ two-window transfer ban. (Mirror)

Eddie Nketiah has revealed Unai Emery wanted him to stay at Arsenal this season, but the striker joined Leeds on loan to boost his future first-team chances at the Emirates. (Mail)

Some Barcelona players offered to contribute their own money to help the club re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer. (Marca)

Former West Ham striker Javier Hernandez would’ve stayed at West Ham for the remainder of his contract if Sevilla hadn’t made a last-ditch approach. (Football London)

Virgil van Dijk celebrates with the Champions League trophy
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Virgil van Dijk has agreed a bumper new contract with Liverpool which will see him tied down to the club until 2025. – FULL STORY

Manchester United are close to appointing former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar as their new director of football. The Dutchman currently occupies the same role at Ajax. (Mirror)

England Under-21s beat Turkey in Euro 2021 qualifying campaign opener thanks to heroics from Arsenal duo Nketiah and Nelson

6 Sep

Arsenal duo Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson helped England’s Under-21 side get their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign off to a winning start after beating Turkey 3-2 in Izmit.

Following their premature exit in the group stages of the European Championships in the summer, Aidy Boothroyd had a new look side going into the game.

Arsenal man Nelson scored the winning goal in the second-half

Just six members of the squad for this month’s qualifiers have previously played for the Young Lions – Nketiah one of them.

The striker put England ahead and, although Turkey turned the game around, Nketiah and Reiss Nelson struck in quick succession to secure the win.

In the build up to the match Boothroyd was bullish about the job he has done bringing players through and said he was relishing the next two years with a new squad, and there were signs why that would be the case.

England started well and went ahead after just four minutes following a good move involving Steven Sessegnon and Phil Foden down the left side of the penalty area.

Nketiah scored England’s fist two goals

Foden’s low cross was missed by two Turkish defenders allowing Nketiah, who is spending the season on loan at Leeds United, to stab the ball home from seven yards out.

Nelson had an even clearer opportunity to score in the first half but the teams went into the interval level after Dogukan Sinik raced clear and scored after 25 minutes.

England made a sluggish start to the second half and they paid the price six minutes after the restart. A well-worked corner saw Mert Muldur get away from his marker and his free run to the near post saw him flick the ball past Aaron Ramsdale.

Now behind, Boothroyd’s side were struggling defensively and getting turned around in midfield too easily as Turkey sensed they might be able to put the game beyond England.

However, two goals in as many minutes turned the match on its head.

Foden was the architect again, darting goalwards before threading a lovely pass to Nketiah just inside the penalty area and the Arsenal forward, on loan at Leeds, provided a tidy finish.

Immediately afterwards, Nelson netted what proved to be the winning goal with a low shot that may have taken a deflection off a Turkish defender.

The hosts had a goal ruled out for offside as they searched for an equaliser but England held on for the victory to justify Boothroyd’s pre-match optimism.

Premier League 2019/20: Ten wonderkids set for a breakthrough season, featuring Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal stars

7 Aug

Another Premier League season is on the verge of kicking off once again as Manchester City bid for a third straight title.

The Citizens pipped Liverpool to the crown in 2018/19 season while Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff were relegated.

Who will get their hands on the trophy at the end of the season?
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The 28th edition of the Premier League will produce all sorts of drama for all 20 teams.

But which Premier League youngsters should fans keep an eye on in the 2019/20 campaign?

talkSPORT.com has identified ten wonderkids who are set for a breakthrough season.

Marcus Greenwood

The boy wonder at Old Trafford has a phenomenal goalscoring record in youth football and many feel it’s time for him to make the step up.

The 17-year-old netted 26 goals in 30 appearances last season across various youth and senior competitions for Manchester United and, following a fine pre-season with goals against Leeds United and Juventus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he could start the league opener against Chelsea.

Solskjaer said: “He [Greenwood] has a chance to start against Chelsea. I won’t say it is not a possibility. It is a good possibility if he keeps going as he does.”

Greenwood has made the most of his chances this summer
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Mason Mount

Another man who has made his case for a starting place in that opening fixture at Old Trafford is Chelsea starlet Mount.

The attacking midfielder conveniently spent last season on loan at Derby, where new Blues boss Frank Lampard was in charge.

His impressive performances earned him an England call-up and he played a pivotal role during Derby’s run to the Play-Off final.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals in pre-season, but he faces stiff competition for the No.10 spot, with fellow Englishman Ross Barkley also impressing ahead of the new campaign.

Mount worked under Lampard at Derby last season
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Eddie Nketiah

There was thought to be a limit to Arsenal’s budget in the transfer market this summer and it allowed their young players to try and make an impact in pre-season.

One player who has given a good account of himself is forward Nketiah, who has even chipped in with a couple of goals in pre-season, including a winner against Bayern Munich.

However, the 20-year-old will have to work his socks off in order to get into the starting XI when the competitive football starts as strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are well-established at the club, and now Nicolas Pepe has arrived at the Emirates.

Nketiah could build on his nine appearances last season
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Oliver Skipp

He made a handful of appearances in Tottenham’s first-team last season and this term is the perfect opportunity for him to kick on.

Midfielder Skipp has had a decent pre-season for Spurs, having featured in their matches against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

There may be opportunities for the 18-year-old next season particularly in the Carabao and FA Cup.

Skipp will want to build on his eight Premier League appearances made last season
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Dean Henderson

The goalkeeper is a Manchester United player, however, he will be playing for newly-promoted Sheffield United after signing a season-long loan deal.

Henderson, 22, excelled last season on loan at Bramall Lane as the Blades finished second in the Championship and he’s viewed highly by Red Devils boss Solskjaer.

Solskjaer said: “We have great faith in Dean’s ability, he has huge potential and his spirit and passion will stand him in good stead this year.”

Given Sheffield United will be up against it in some matches this season, Henderson will have opportunities to showcase his talents.

Dean Henderson impressed for Sheffield United in the 2018/19 season
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Morgan Gibbs-White

It was almost a stretch to put Gibbs-White in this list as you could argue he had a breakthrough season last term.

He made 26 appearances in the Premier League for Wolves in 2018/19 but just five were starts, so perhaps there’s an opportunity for him to increase his role and improve his chances of developing into one of the top midfielders in the division.

Gibbs-White was part of the England squad who won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and there are high hopes for him.

Wolves are in the Europa League too so there is further opportunity for him to add to his CV.

Gibbs-White may play in a more attacking midfield role next season
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Phil Foden

You know you’re pretty good when Pep Guardiola says you’re the most talented player he’s ever coached.

Foden made 18 league appearances for Manchester City last season and even scored a crucial winner against Tottenham on route to helping them win the title.

The 19-year-old should look to build on that form this season and become a player central to City’s success.

And with club legend David Silva set to leave at the end of the campaign, Foden seems the natural man to fill his boots.

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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Tammy Abraham

The striker has been at Chelsea since he was a boy and is still only 21 but this is his big opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been on a transfer ban and only Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are higher than Abraham in the pecking order right now.

Abraham, who performed well on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, has had good moments during pre-season including a goal during a win against Barcelona.

Tammy Abraham can become a regular for Chelsea this season and force himself into the England squad too
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Joe Willock

Another Arsenal youngster who will be looking to make an impact is midfielder Willock, 19.

He has a few appearances in the Europa League under his belt, including an impressive cameo in last season’s final, but the starlet will feel this season is a great opportunity to properly break into the senior squad.

Willock has given manager Unai Emery plenty to think about this summer by impressing in pre-season matches, with some Gooners even likening him to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta during a victory over Bayern Munich.

Willock has given a good account for himself during pre-season matches
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Rhian Brewster

Liverpool is currently one of the best places to learn your trade as a young footballer and this season could be a big one for Brewster, 19.

It is understood the striker will be given chances to feature in the first-team and is a good back-up in case any of the Reds’ famous trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane become unavailable.

Brewster made a decent start to Liverpool’s pre-season tour, scoring four goals in three matches which suggests he’s ready to showcase his talents.

Brewster won the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017, along with Foden and Gibbs-White
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Arsenal news: Eddie Nketiah aiming to break into Unai Emery’s first team as he dazzles during pre-season

22 Jul

Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah has revealed his desire to break into Unai Emery’s first-team ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

The striker has shined in pre-season for Arsenal, netting three goals in his last two outings, and Emery hopes the 20-year-old striker can play a major part this upcoming season.

Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah has been a revelation for the Gunners in pre-season
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In January, Augsburg were close to agreeing a deal to sign the forward but Gunners chiefs eventually opted against the move and were instead keen on Nketiah continuing to work with the first-team.

Despite his impressive performances on the tour of the United States, there is a still a possibility he could be loaned out this summer.

Asked about a possible loan move, Nketiah said: “There was talk of that and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.

“We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.

Nketiah, who has one Premier League goal to his name in eight appearances, is determined to breakthrough to the first-team in the upcoming campaign.

“I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly,” he continued.

Emery wants Nketiah to prove he is good enough to become a regular fixture around his first-team
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“After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.

“I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.

“They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.”

Fantasy Premier League prices: Cheapest players revealed – bargains for your squad?

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League 2019/20 is here and, my word, we’re excited.

FPL Managers around the world are already priming their squad for the new season which is just over a month away.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £100million budget and, depending on your tactic, you might need three.

So who are the cheapest players in every position this season? Find out below.

 

Goalkeepers

David Button (Brighton) – £4m

Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton) – £4m

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United) – £4m

Michael McGovern (Norwich) – £4m

Will Norris (Wolves) – £4m

Defenders

Sergio Rico (Bournemouth) – £4m

Jack Simpson (Bournemouth) – £4m

Ben Gibson (Burnley) – £4m

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) – £4m

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) – £4m

Canaries captain Grant Hanley lifts the championship trophy after their Sky Bet Championship title win
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Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) – £4m

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – £4m

Marc Navarro (Watford) – £4m

Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – £4m

Winston Reid (West Ham United) – £4m

Winston Reid has had bad luck with injuries in recent seasons
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Ben Johnson (West Ham United) – £4m

Max Kilman (Wolves) – £4m

Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Guendouzi has impressed at Arsenal
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Bikir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Beram Kayal (Brighton) – £4.5m

Dale Stephens (Brighton) – £4.5m

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ampadu is a star in the making and will either go out on loan this season or become a first-team regular
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James McCarthy (Everton) – £4.5m

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) – £4.5m

Matty James (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Rafa Camacho (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Tahith Chong (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Chong alongside team-mate Marcus Rashford.
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James Garner (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle) – £4.5m

Todd Cantwell (Norwich) – £4.5m

Mortiz Leitner (Norwich) – £4.5m

Alexander Tettey (Norwich) – £4.5m

Tyreke Johnson (Southampton) – £4.5m

Callum Slattery (Southampton) – £4.5m

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – £4.5m

Luke Amos (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp ended up being in 21 matchday squads for Spurs last season
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Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) – £4.5m

Domingos Quina (Watford) – £4.5m

Carlos Sanchez (Watford) – £4.5m

Grady Diangana (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Leandro Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Dendoncker has done well with Wolves since joining from Anderlecht
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Forwards

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) – £4.5m

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Greenwood started in United’s match against Cardiff on the final day of the season
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Sam Gallagher (Southampton) – £4.5m

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Xande Silva (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall takes parting shot at Unai Emery and warns Gunners more players are going to leave

19 Jun

Arsenal defender Cohen Bramall has taken a parting shot at Gunners boss Unai Emery.

The 23-year-old, who failed to make a senior appearance during his two-and-a-half years in north London, will leave the Emirates when his contract expires on June 30.

Cohen Bramall joined Arsenal in a £40,000 deal from non-league club Hednesford Town in 2017
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He has warned Arsenal chiefs that more youngsters could follow him out of the door in search of regular first-team football.

Arsenal academy graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson were loaned to the Bundesliga, while exciting prospect Eddie Nketiah made just nine appearances under Emery last season.

When asked if he believes other fringe players could leave, Bramell told Goal: “Yes, 100 per cent.

“If they don’t get the chance to show how good they are they will go abroad.

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“There are a lot of clubs in the Bundesliga who want English talent and they will jump ship and go and try it over there.”

Nketiah, whose playing time has been severely restricted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, is attracting loan interest from Championship clubs.

And Bramell insists Emery should have given the young striker more first-team chances last season.

He added: “I feel sorry for Ed because Danny [Welbeck] was injured for a lot of the season and Ed should have been given more chances.

“But with the media and the fans, there is a lot of pressure on youngsters because as soon as they don’t have the best game, people are on to them.

“It’s hard to take in. But with Ed, the boss should have given him more chances.

“The first-team were in a difficult position last year, though, obviously trying to get into the Champions League and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”

One player each Premier League club should loan out next season, including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu

4 Jun

It could be a breakthrough season for certain players in the 2019/20 campaign.

Youngsters will want to gain first-team experience at other clubs, while older players could make temporary moves elsewhere to play regular football.

Eddie Nketiah is yet to taste regular first-team football
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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was loaned to Crystal Palace last season in a move that worked wonders for him as he earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad.

And in the 2018/19 season, Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson starred for Derby and is likely to start in their Championship play-off final against Aston Villa on Monday.

Other players could follow the examples set by Loftus-Cheek and Wilson next term.

Here, talkSPORT take a look at players who could benefit from a loan move.

Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018/19 season
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Nketiah burst on to the scene after scoring twice in a Carabao Cup win over Norwich last season. But after making just nine appearances, and only starting three times, the 19-year-old needs to play regular first-team football.

He is unlikely to begrudge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette from the starting XI, so a loan move could do him the world of good.

Aston Villa – Andre Green 

Andre Green’s playing time was restricted in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning season
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Green started just nine Championship games as Aston Villa ended their three-year exile from the Premier League by beating Derby in the play-off final.

The 20-year-old is yet to play first-team football on a regular basis in a whole season, but the 2019/20 campaign could be his year if he is loaned out.

Bournemouth – Mark Travers

Mark Travers kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut against Tottenham
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Travers started Bournemouth’s final two Premier League games of the season after Eddie Howe lost faith with error-prone goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc.

With the Cherries reportedly set to make a £15million bid for Burnley’s Nick Pope, Travers could be loaned out to gain experience in England’s lower tiers.

Brighton – Christian Walton

Christian Walton has shone for Wigan
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Walton helped Wigan preserve their Championship status in their 2018/19 campaign, playing in 34 league games.

Mat Ryan has established himself as Brighton’s No.1 goalkeeper, and Walton will not want to return to the Amex Stadium to sit on the bench. A third loan move to the Latics seems sensible.

Burnley – Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson has struggled in his debut season at Burnley
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Gibson was one of the most sought-after defenders in the Championship last summer.

Burnley won the race for his signature by paying Middlesbrough a whopping £15million. That amount seems like a huge waste of money as the 26-year-old made just ONE Premier League appearance all season.

His last outing for the club came in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup in January.

Chelsea – Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu needs to play more regularly
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Who Chelsea loan out will depend on the club’s impending transfer ban and Ampadu is a player who could benefit from a temporary move from Stamford Bridge.

The Wales international is highly-rated by Blues chiefs, but started just three games in the 2018/19 season.  At 18-years-old he is already a Wales international with a big future ahead of him.

Crystal Palace – Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham has struggled for first-team minutes this season
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Wickham has been plagued by injury since moving to Palace in 2015 and after making his return from a serious knee injury against Everton last October, he went on to make just seven more appearances.

The 26-year-old signed a new two-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday, but that might not rule him out of making a loan exit this summer.

Everton – Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman has not started enough games under Marco Silva
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Lookman has been restricted to a substitute’s role under Marco Silva, starting just three Premier League games.

He thrived in a loan spell with RB Leipzig, scoring five goals and registering five assists last season. And other clubs could back the 21-year-old to replicate that form with them.

Leicester – Matty James

Matty James has been very unlucky with injuries
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James has been tormented by an ankle injury for over a year. His only appearance during the 2018/19 season came in a shock 2-1 defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup in January.

He has returned to fitness in recent weeks, but is yet to feature under Brendan Rodgers. A fresh start elsewhere could reignite his career.

Liverpool – Rhian Brewster

Rhian Brewster is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool
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Brewster was an unused substitute for Liverpool’s 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg win over Barcelona after injuries had ruled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The 19-year-old, who has battled through ankle and knee problems over the past year, is highly-rated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Reports claim the German sanctioned a Dominic Solanke’s £19million move to Bournemouth due to his belief in Brewster but he could be shipped out on loan before making his senior Reds debut.

Manchester City – Phil Foden

There is an abundance of quality in Manchester City’s midfield
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With Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly set to be given a £200million war chest to strengthen his domestic treble-winning squad, Foden could find himself even further down the pecking order.

Even though he started games against Tottenham and Leicester in the title run-in, the 18-year-old failed to make the matchday squad for City’s FA Cup final win over Watford on Saturday.

He has bags of potential, which another club could hugely use.

Manchester United – Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes wants more first-team opportunities
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Gomes made just two brief cameo appearances in United’s underwhelming season. He is said to be frustrated by his lack of game-time and could look elsewhere for temporary solutions.

The 18-year-old is one of United’s star academy players. With a host of attacking players ahead of him, it doesn’t look like Gomes’ playing time is going to improve next season at Old Trafford.

Newcastle – Joselu

Joselu is not a regular starter at Newcastle
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Joselu started just five Premier League games in the 2018/19 season due to the form of Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, whose own future is also uncertain, could get the striker’s wages off the books to free up funds for another forward.

A move back to Spain or Germany could suit Joselu.

Norwich – James Husband

James Husband has not played for Norwich in 13 months
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Husband spent the 2018/19 season on loan with Fleetwood in League One and is unlikely to take part in the club’s Premier League journey. With a year left on his current, he could be loaned out again.

Sheffield United – Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke will be a wanted man in the Championship
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With Sheffield United reportedly trying to sign Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, Clarke’s days appear to be numbered at Bramall Lane.

He was loaned out to Wigan for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and helped them avoid relegation. Second tier clubs could find his experience invaluable next season.

Southampton – Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster made his first appearance of the season for Southampton in a 3-0 defeat at West Ham earlier this month
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Forster has made just one Southampton appearance since December 2017. He is the club’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.

The 31-year-old’s contract does not run out for another three years, but he needs to get back to playing regularly.

Tottenham – Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen is unlikely to be at Tottenham next season
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With Fernando Llorente likely to leave this summer, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is bound to be in the market for a striker to provide cover for Harry Kane.

Janssen was frozen out by Pochettino before making three substitute appearances towards the end of the season. Despite his brief comeback, the Dutch striker will need to look elsewhere if he wants to play regular football.

Watford – Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah needs a run of games
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Chalobah fractured his knee cap at the start of the 2017/18 season and made a return to action against Reading last August. However, he has been restricted to just 13 appearances since, failing to dislodge Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure in midfield.

A newly-promoted Premier League club could take a punt on him.

West Ham – Grady Diangana

Grady Diangana has been restricted to substitute appearances
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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in Diangana during the 2018/19 campaign, handing him six Premier League starts in a breakthrough season. But he could face more difficulty competing against Mark Noble, Declan Rice, a fit-again Jack Wilshere and any other new potential arrivals in midfield.

He would not be short of suitors from Championship clubs.

Wolves – Morgan Gibbs-White

Morgan Gibbs-White can operate as a midfielder or further up the pitch
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With Euro 2020 happening next summer, Gibbs-White will want to play regularly to attempt to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The Three Lions boss is renowned for giving youngsters a chance on the international stage – and Gibbs-White could be the country’s next breakout star.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: The Gunners academy players who could be on the bench for Europa League final in Baku

28 May

Arsenal could name several academy stars on the bench for their Europa League final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

New UEFA regulations mean both clubs will be able to name 12 substitutes for the Baku showpiece, as opposed to seven in the earlier stages of the tournament.

Unai Emery will be without several key first-team players
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The Gunners will be without a host of players through injury, with Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Denis Suarez and Konstantinos Mavropanos all ruled out.

Meanwhile, Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel due to fears over his safety in Azerbaijan.

Returning loan stars, such as Reece Nelson, are also ineligible.



It means the Gunners are likely to call on their youth squads in order to fill the bench, with several spotted training with the first team this week.

talkSPORT.com looks at some of the more unfamiliar faces we could see in Baku.

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah is already making waves in the Gunners first team
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Nketiah has impressively managed to juggle his senior and academy duties this season.

Despite regularly featuring on the Gunners first team bench, he is the Under-23 side’s top scorer with nine goals in just ten Premier League 2 games.

The 19-year-old striker will almost certainly be on the bench in Baku after scoring in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat of Burnley on the final day of the season.

Joe Willock

Joe Willock has also seen his fair share of first-team opportunities
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Another youngster who is no stranger to the Gunners’ first team is Joe Willock.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder started against Burnley on the final day of the Premier League season, his 16th senior appearance, and looks another dead cert to feature on the bench against Chelsea on 29 May.

He boasts six league goals and two assists for the Gunners’ Under-23 team this season.

Bukayo Saka

Big things are expected of Buyako Saka at Arsenal
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It would be no surprise to see 17-year-old wonderkid Buyako Saka among the substitutes.

The winger appeared once for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, at Fulham, and is widely considered the next big thing at the Emirates.

He has been a staple for Freddie Ljungberg’s Under-23 side, scoring five goals and eight assists in 20 Premier League 2 appearances.

With Mkhitaryan missing, don’t be surprised to see the Englishman on the bench.

Daniel Ballard

Daniel Ballard is probably the most likely defender from Arsenals youth system to step up
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Daniel Ballard looks destined for the Arsenal first team one day, but that day could come sooner than expected.

Unai Emery faces a defensive shortage, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi the only fit senior centre-backs.

That could present an opportunity to 19-year-old defender Ballard, who has been a rock in the heart of the Under-23 side defence this season.

The 2019 Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 20:00 on Wednesday 29 May