Lee Johnson is ready to give youth a chance to step up

Barnsley finished the 2014/15 season on a high note as the League One club defeated Rochdale with an overwhelming scoreboard of 5-0. This was the very last match of their campaign and it was the way that the club needed to end their season which was filled ups and downs but even with this sensational final victory, their campaign concluded with a bittersweet taste as they lost a coach in the process.

After having spent over 2 years as a manager and as a player as well, Danny Wilson was sacked due to the amount of disappointing results that Barnsley sustained and Lee Johnson replaced Wilson.

Barnsley eventually went on to claim the 11th spot of the English League One and even though the season only reached it’s end a few weeks ago, Lee Johnson is already outlining his plans for the future.

Lee Johnson is planning to make a few changes with hopes that the team can battle for the top spots of the English League One and one of these adjustments is to allow the younger players to have their time at the spotlight and prove their worth.

The 34 year old English coach of Barnsley, Lee Johnson said: “If you’re good enough, then you’ll play in my team, that’s what I’ve always said.I’ve been impressed with the youngsters this season and they’ve shown they’re not out of their depth.George has been the surprise package for me, he’s got better as the season has gone on and he’s proven he can cope at this level.But the same goes for Mason and James, who have also impressed me.” Continue Reading “Lee Johnson is ready to give youth a chance to step up”

CASILLAS CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE

Iker Casillas is probably playing some of his worst Football these days, but, there are a few people who are still backing him and one of them is the head coach of the Spain national team, Vicente Del Bosque.
As per Del Bosque, Casillas is one of his first choices even after his recent poor form and he would continue to start for Spain.

Casillas has been booed a couple of times by the fans of Real Madrid lately for committing regular mistakes sanding between the sticks. Continue Reading “CASILLAS CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE”

RODGERS BACKS KANE

Brendan Rodgers reckons Harry Kane is a quality player and he is good enough to make it to the England national team. Stopping Kane was the biggest challenge for Rodgers’ boys when they took on the Spurs at home, and Rodgers reckons he could be a danger for the next 10 years!

Kane has been scoring goals for fun this season. He is at no. 4 along with Alexis Sanchez in the chart of the top scorers in the English top flight in 2014-15 so far. He has had 12 ultimately successful shots. Continue Reading “RODGERS BACKS KANE”

NO THREAT FROM VALDES

David de Gea has dismissed suggestions that his place at Manchester United is under threat from Victor Valdes, who is reportedly on the verge of signing for the Premier League outfit. The former Barcelona goalkeeper is currently available as a free agent after having left the Catalan club in the summer. He was initially expected to join Monaco, but an anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season has put him on the sidelines until now. After recovering, he has been surprised to find that Monaco will no longer be able to afford him after going through huge budget cuts.

Valdes has been looking for a new club in the last few months and United have emerged as a surprise destination. De Gea has been performing brilliantly under Louis Van Gaal. His impeccable saves alone have been responsible for rescuing a number of points for the club. The 24-year-old came to United in an £ 18 million deal two years ago. Andres Lindegaard is the current understudy to De Gea, but it is thought that he is extremely unhappy with the lack of first-team opportunities. The Danish goalkeeper may be allowed to leave in January with Valdes coming as his replacement.

Valdes is one of the established names in the game after having won numerous titles with Barcelona. “Yes, my contract runs out in 2016 but they didn’t sign him for that. Victor had a difficult injury, he had a bad time and the boss knows him well and has given him the opportunity to recover there. Victor is training over in Manchester; he’s still not 100 per cent after his injury. When he is fully fit he will start to train with us. He’s still not training in goal with us. From time to time he comes out with the goalkeeping coach but very little still,” said De Gea.

Van Gaal due to face old apprentice

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is widely known for being the master of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has gone on to receive several accolades in world football. He has already lifted more than 20 major titles with four different clubs across Europe. Van Gaal, on the hand, is on his last legs when it comes to his club management career. The 62-year-old recently replaced David Moyes is the new boss at Manchester United. He will be coming up against his apprentice for the first time this season. Van Gaal and Mourinho have faced each other a few years ago in the Champions League final.

Mourinho’s Inter Milan took on Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich team at the Santiago Bernebeu in the 2010 final. Despite dominating for most of the match, Bayern Munich were defeated by the Italian club. Many see the upcoming match against Chelsea as an opportunity for van Gaal to take revenge for this defeat. It has also been mentioned that Mourinho will be once again showing huge admiration for Van Gaal, as he played a major role his career. The Dutchman has rejected such praises by saying that Mourinho became a self-made man with his own set of tactics.

“He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself. I was also an apprentice when I was the assistant coach of Leo Beenhakker (at Ajax) and it’s good that my eyes were also open at that time. And it’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself. He’s such a wonderful coach. And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic,” said the United manager, who has been seeing his team improve in recent weeks.

Barnsley happy with new signing

Barnsley brought in Keith Treacy during the summer transfer window on a free transfer. The midfielder had a troublesome time at Burnley after spending much of last three years on the sidelines. He has admitted that it was a difficult part of his career, but since the move to Barnsley things have been looking up. The 25-year-old has already made six appearances in all competitions, and he has put down this good start to the season to the intense pre-season preparations that he underwent to improve his fitness.

The Republic of Ireland international signed a two-year contract with Barnsley but he will be hoping for a new long-term deal should he prove his fitness over the campaign. At just 25 years of age, he still has a lot of time left in football. A portion of his career has been cut short due to injuries. He suffered the worst brunt of injuries during the 2012-13 season when he made just 17 appearances in all competitions. Last season, though, was far better with the midfielder appearing in 31 matches for Burnley. After their promotion to the Premier League, Burnley were not keen on renewing the contract of Keith Treacy.

He says that Barnsley have provided him with a fresh start and he intends to repay the faith shown by manager Dyche. “We’re working on my fitness and I’ll be doing more than some of the other lads. It’s like a pyramid for me, I’m just trying to build up my fitness because I’ve missed two or three weeks of building up to the games. The worse thing I could do is play not ready, pull a hamstring and be out for a couple of months. I still have a lot of friends at Burnley and I have to say that Sean Dyche is one of the best managers I’ve played under,” said Treacy.