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  • #PLStories- AFC Bournemouth’s manager Scott Parker on Jefferson Lerma’s language barrier and striker Kieffer Moore #AFCB

    CHERRIES boss Scott Parker believes football is a universal language when it comes to breaching the communication barrier with Jefferson Lerma. The Colombian international made a strong start to the campaign, opening Cherries’ account for the season just two minutes into the season with his strike against Aston Villa. Despite playing in the slightly unfamiliar position of centre-half, the 27-year-old put in a battling display, helping his side to record a 2-0 win on the opening day. READ MORE: Since arriving on the south coast from Spain in 2018, Lerma has yet to master English, largely communicating in his native Spanish. And whilst Parker admitted it was sometimes “tough” to get his tactical points across, he hailed the former Levante man’s footballing brain. Speaking about the midfielder destroyer, Parker told the Daily Echo: “It's been tough, training on the grass, classroom stuff, just in terms of explaining to him certain things, his positions and showing him clips. “He's football bright, so while his English isn’t great, he understands things. “Jeff’s a player that you give him information and you deliver information, he quickly understands it and executes it.” Parker then went on to praise Lerma’s winning mentality, labelling him a “street fighter”, such is his desire to fight for three points once the whistle goes. He believes Lerma’s attributes could prove crucial if Cherries are to achieve their pre-season goals of survival. The former Fulham boss enthused: “He’s everything what you want in your team, to be fair. “Jefferson Lerma, when he crosses that line in an instant, you know what you're going to get. “And he's a street fighter, he's got quality as well. He's got real desire to want to win games and we're going to need that.” Lerma will reach the landmark of 150 games in a Cherries shirt if he makes an appearance against Manchester City at the weekend. Out of his 149 games for the Dorset outfit so far, 64 have come in England’s top flight. READ NEXT:

  • #PLStories- Ben Pearson on Blackburn playing days and Aston Villa after making Premier League Debut #AFCB

    IT WAS not just supporters who were somewhat surprised to see Ben Pearson listed in the starting XI for the first game of the Premier League season. Not only had the tough-tackling midfielder been left out of the squad for the final pre-season friendly of the summer against Real Sociedad a week earlier, instead sent to get minutes with the development squad against a youthful QPR side at Canford Arena, but Pearson also only played a bit-part role during the back-end of the last campaign. Stuck behind the likes of Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook and Philip Billing in the pecking order, Pearson had racked up just 40 minutes across seven late substitute appearances in the league in the past six months, since his last start in the Championship, at Barnsley in January. He had made one start since then - substituted at half-time of the embarrassing FA Cup defeat to non-league Boreham Wood at the start of February. Fast forward six months to the day and Pearson was back in the fold, partnering Billing in central midfield, with Cook having to settle for a place on the bench. And the former Preston North End man excelled, ensuring a winning debut in the top flight, as Cherries began their campaign with a 2-0 triumph over Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium. Pearson joins the celebrations as Lerma puts Cherries ahead against Villa    "It couldn't have gone any better really," Pearson told the Daily Echo. "Obviously starting the game was a slight surprise. But it went perfectly really. "I thought it was a top performance." Asked when he found out he would be starting, Pearson said: "Friday really. Maybe a little bit on Thursday. But I was prepared for it. "Maybe not expecting it, but I was preparing just in case. The gaffer gave me an opportunity and I just tried my best to help the team win." Pearson was among the scorers in that 8-0 rout over QPR for the development squad. Asked what it was like to go from that to starting in such a high-profile fixture a week later, the 27-year-old said: "It’s been a bit weird really. "I played 90 minutes in the development game, just to get some minutes. Obviously you never know when you might be called upon, so I’ve been prepared. "I got the opportunity and I think the game suited me (on Saturday). "We soaked up the pressure and I could sort of nick the ball and start the attacks. So it worked out perfectly." For Pearson, the hopes of making it in the Premier League would have seemed a realistic ambition as he came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, named as the club's young player of the year in 2013, an accolade also won over the years by the likes of Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford. But, despite signing a pro contract, a competitive first-team appearance never arrived and, in 2016, following a successful loan spell at Barnsley, Pearson exited Old Trafford to sign permanently for Championship Preston. After a five-year stay in Lancashire, where he made 165 appearances for the Lilywhites, Cherries came calling for Pearson in January 2021.   Asked what it was like to finally make his Premier League bow, Pearson said: "Probably the biggest moment of my career up to date I think. "Obviously I have worked 20 years tirelessly to get to this moment and to get that opportunity, to win the game, at home, against Aston Villa is a pretty perfect day. "Probably the most proud day of my life up to now. "I had a few mates here, so that was nice. But obviously I wasn’t fully expecting to start the game. I’m sure my family will get down at some point. "It’s only the start, it’s the first game, there’s a long season ahead. If we perform like that, I think we’ll be okay."     Speaking shortly after arriving on the south coast, in Cherries' matchday programme, Pearson revealed one of his pre-match superstitions. He said: "This is going to sound weird! On the day of a home game, I'll have a tin of Heinz ravioli. "I played Blackburn a couple of years ago and was scrambling for a pre-match meal. All I could find in the cupboard was a tin of ravioli, so ate it. "I played really well so, ever since that day, I've made sure I have a tin of ravioli." Asked last summer by the Echo what the Cherries sports scientists make of that, Pearson said: "I’ve mentioned it to them and they’re fine with it! "I think whatever makes you tick is what is fine for you. I’ve probably done that for five years, so I don’t think anyone can tell me otherwise!" Quizzed after the Villa game on if he is still sticking with that as his pre-match meal now he is a Premier League footballer, Pearson admitted: "I had someone round on Friday to cook me a meal so I was prepared! "So I have gone off the ravioli since that’s been the case. "I was prepared as much as I could do on Friday night. I made sure my sleep and my nutrition was all ready. It all worked out in the end."

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl Sh*t performance makes him hate to be Saints manager #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl has admitted “I hated when we lost to Brentford 3-0 and we were really sh*t” in the BBC Radio Solent Fans’ Forum. The Saints boss faced questions on the form of his side during the second-half of last season, which culminated in him receiving public criticism from his supporters in a heavy defeat at Brentford. The travelling Saints support turned on Hasenhuttl in the final 10 minutes, chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘sacked in the morning’. Saints put up a panel of CEO Martin Semmens, managing director Toby Steele, Hasenhuttl and head of women’s Marieanne Spacey-Cale to face questions from supporters. One fan, who travels home and away, suggested he did not believe the players were always putting in 100 per cent effort. “It’s not easy to be a Saints fan, I understand it in some moments,” Hasenhuttl responded. “But it’s not easy to be a Saints manager in some times, absolutely not. When you think about the effort we put in, it is not right. “I am absolutely with you when you speak about we want to see the effort every game, but I tell you we will never stop getting beaten out the road by some teams. Not for us. “Even more I enjoy when we take 13 points against top teams last season, but it is not normal for us as a club.” Hasenhuttl continued: “I hated when we lost to Brentford 3-0 away when we were really sh*t. “I’m the guy who is responsible, responsible for the good performances and for when they don’t do what we have asked them to do. “As long as I will be here I will be responsible for the performance of my team. When it is not right, it is me – and that’s it. “It only makes me more hungry, more hard-working and doing more for this club.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Joel Veltman reveals how Brighton ruined ten Hag’s debut #BHAFC #MUFC

    Joel Veltman did not have time for a catch-up with his old boss after Albion beat Manchester United. He spoke to Donny van de Beek, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen but not Erik ten Hag after the Seagulls’ 2-1 win. But he said he saw enough to suspect the former Ajax coach WILL cause opponents problems as he settles in at Old Trafford. Veltman was outstanding again for the Seagulls, for what he did and for how his capabilities, and those of Adam Webster, allowed Graham Potter to play a certain way. Albion were able to defend strongly but also have a side packed with creative, potentially attacking players. They also showed the ability to adapt to problems on the pitch, even though Webster admitted it was hard to hear each other at times when the home fans found their voices. There were maybe three ways of appreciating the game at Old Trafford. You could enjoy the occasion. Arriving at the famous, imposing stadium more than three hours before kick-off and finding a real buzz already. Even the anticipation of heading to the North West hearing so much build-up to one that day’s main events in world football. Okay, almost all the build-up was focussed on United. But that was fine. Actually, it was perfect. And the sounds and sights of a packed stadium in the sunshine, with the away corner vibrant, of course. Then you could enjoy the afternoon for the football being played. A clever back heel, some shrewd forward play, a leaping fingertip catch, an end-to-end move. Thirdly, you could look at it as probably the loudest game of chess you have ever seen. The tacticians, both amateur and professional, had a field day analysing what went on between the former Ajax boss and the English coach who is quietly taking the Premier League by storm. There is a wealth of tactical analysis around in coverage of the Prem these days. A bit like all the stats and data you now see, it is fascinating to a point – before it becomes a bit tedious. But Veltman summed it up succinctly – that he and Webster had to do “one-and-a-half jobs” to play their part wide of Lewis Dunk. (Actually Webster used the same phrase in his interviews deep beneath the Stretford End). The Holland international told The Argus: “I know how it is, I know how he (ten Hag) plays. “Of course, different stadium, different fans, different players but you could see at the beginning we are struggling because of his ideas. “So I think he will do great things here. “There were two tens, Fernandes and Eriksen, and two wide players, Rashford and Sancho. “We were struggling with Webster and me, ‘Okay, shall we go inside’ and then we leave Rashford and they played the diagonal pass. “In the end we did one-and-a-half jobs. I think our shape was better after 15 minutes. “Moises and Pascal were sometimes central defenders as well because their tens were quite high on the pitch so we were struggling a bit with that. “But we stuck together, got compact and waited for our chances.” Of course, the Albion back three and even the goalkeeper can all play a bit. There was talk about them playing a bit longer than usual. But the second goal was a masterpiece of short passing almost from their own byline. Veltman said: “We played out sometimes unbelievably well. “How we performed with the ball was really good. “We could create some chances for us. “It started from the back and Pascal Gross finished it.”

  • #PLStories- Conor Coady opens up about ‘six tough weeks’ at Wolves before Everton move #EVERTONFC #WolvesFC

    Everton’s newest signing Conor Coady has spoken out about how he had a ‘tough’ six-week period at Wolves before he signed for the Merseyside club. The England international, who no doubt was thinking ahead to the possibility of him missing out on a World Cup 2022 place with his game time in jeopardy, joins the likes […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard names change key that led to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp success #LFC #EVERTONFC

    Frank Lampard believes an ‘alignment’ in the ideas at Liverpool and Manchester City have aided their success in recent years. Both the Reds and City consistently battle for the league title, while Jurgen Klopp ‘s side have also lifted the Champions League in the last three years. Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for the Premier League […]

  • #PLStories- Timo Werner comments after completing exit from Chelsea and rejoining RB Leipzig #CHELSEAFC

    Chelsea players have been sending Timo Werner their best wishes after the German’s return to RB Leipzig was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. The striker indicated he would be open to a transfer earlier this summer when he suggested he would be happy anywhere. Timo Werner said: “First of all, the most important thing is that I […]

  • #PLStories- Jeff Shi makes Wolves transfer pledge after signing Goncalo Guedes #WOLVESFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman Jeff Shi insists the club were willing to remain patient in the summer market before adding to Bruno Lage’s squad after announcing that an agreement with Valencia has been reached for the transfer of Goncalo Guedes. The Portuguese forward has signed for Wolves in a deal reported to be worth £27.5million and becomes […]

  • #PLStories- Jesse Marsch believes winter World Cup could benefit Leeds United in early stages of season #LUFC

    Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch believes a winter World Cup could give some of his players an extra incentive to start the season strongly. Marsch’s squad contains nine full internationals, who have represented nations featuring at this year’s World Cup finals. Jesse Marsch said: “Right now we’re so focused on the early stages of the […]

  • #PLStories- AFC Bournemouth’s new signing Marcos Senesi on his transfer from Feyenoord #AFCB

    LATEST signing Marcos Senesi revealed how quickly his move from Feyenoord to Cherries transpired. The Argentinian international became Cherries’ fifth addition of the window, signing a four-year deal on an undisclosed deal rumoured to be worth around €15 million. READ MORE: Huge signing for us' - Cherries complete deal for Argentina international Senesi Whilst Cherries were defeating Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday, Senesi was training with Feyenoord ahead of the Dutch team’s season debut on Sunday. By the time his teammates had taken the pitch against Vitesse, he had flown over to the UK to jump through the final hoops a transfer entails. Speaking to afcbtv after his move, the 25-year-old shared: “I am really happy to be here. It’s a dream come true to play in the Premier League. “This club wants me, and I am really happy to be here. “It’s a dream. Since I was young, I wanted to play in one of the best leagues, and this one, I think is one of the best ones. “Actually it was pretty fast. “Everything goes really fast, I’m here and I signed my contract. I’m really excited to meet those of the team.” Senesi then explained what he would bring to Cherries, sharing: “I’m the kind of player that really likes to have the ball, play good football, also hard-worker. “I really like to help the team, and give everything for the team. “I will try to do my best, work hard, try to give my best to the team. “I really like the facilities here, I think they are nice. “They have everything that’s good to develop, to keep on growing as a player.” READ NEXT:

  • #PLstories- Conor Coady reveals reason for Wolves exit after Everton transfer #WOLVESFC #EVERTONFC

    Conor Coady insists he is “over the moon” to join Everton after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. The England international has completed his transfer to the Merseyside club and will spend the rest of the 2022/23 Premier League season in Frank Lampard’s squad. Coady became a hugely influential member of the Wolves team after joining from […]

  • #PLStories- Patrick Vieira dismisses Wilfried Zaha’s Chelsea transfer links #CHELSEAFC #CPFC

    Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has already dismissed previous Wilfried Zaha transfer speculation and said he was confident that his talisman will stay until the expiry of his current deal next summer at the very latest amid fresh Chelsea transfer rumours. The weekend’s victory against Everton demonstrated once again why Raheem Sterling on his own will […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl says it ‘Not easy’ choice to sanction Will Smallbone loan exit #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl will be pleased to see Will Smallbone making an instant impact on loan at Stoke City, revealing “it was not so easy” to sanction his exit this summer. The 22-year-old Saints academy graduate has hit the ground running in the Championship, winning man-of-the-match in his first start for the Potters. Smallbone, who played 84 minutes of his side’s 2-0 victory over Blackpool on Saturday, has suffered a stop-start Saints career due to injuries over the last two years. He looks to record a fully fit season for the first time since making his debut under Hasenhuttl in 2020, and will hopefully feature heavily in a 46-match league season. The Republic of Ireland under-21s star was one of Hasenhuttl’s top performers during the pre-season tour of Austria, before his move to Stoke was confirmed on July 23. “I hope to see him playing a lot,” Hasenhuttl told the Daily Echo, asked what he wants to see from the Basingstoke-born midfielder. “To be honest, it was not so easy to say ‘you can go’. “He had a good pre-season and especially in this shape on the eight, he was a player who showed his qualities – so it was really not so easy to say ‘okay, we will let you go’. “But it is still tough to get a chance to play here, there are some good players waiting to play on this position so it is not so easy for him.” Summer addition Romeo Lavia, just 18 years old but one of Saints’ best players in their Premier League opener, already adds depth to stalwarts Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse, as well as £12million Frenchman Ibrahima Diallo. After making just four Premier League appearances last season, following his recovery from an ACL injury, the decision was made to allow Smallbone the opportunity to find regular minutes. The youngster is well liked and has some of the best ball-playing abilities in the group, but a Championship season could help him bulk and prepare for the task of a Premier League breakthrough. “For young players especially, it is important to get some game-time, and that’s why we agreed to the loan,” Hasenhuttl added, while Saints typically reserve a January recall option on their loans. At the weekend, Smallbone said: “I loved it out there. I wanted to come out on loan and play some games, and I had the opportunity to do that (Saturday), and it was fantastic.” “I am so grateful to the manager and the club for giving me this opportunity and naturally I want to make the most of this and repay their faith in me. “This is a great group of lads and it has been so easy for me to settle in here – I felt really comfortable out there, I enjoyed it but there is a lot more to come.” Smallbone could be in action again for Stoke tonight when they travel to League One Morecambe, in the first round of the EFL Cup. There, he could face fellow Saints loanee Caleb Watts. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- AFC Bournemouth’s new goalkeeper signing Neto speaks about Premier League move #AFCB

    NEW signing Neto did “everything” to fulfill his dream of playing in the Premier League, with the goalkeeper switching Barcelona for Cherries. The Brazilian international became the Dorset club’s fourth recruit of the window on Sunday, arriving from Catalan giants Barcelona on a free transfer on an initial one-year deal. Aside from his stint in La Liga with Barca, Neto has also represented fellow European royalty in the form of Juventus, and has played 10 times in the Champions League. His arrival at the Vitality Stadium comes with the view of pushing youngster Mark Travers, providing head coach Scott Parker with both depth and competition in between the sticks. Speaking after arriving on the south coast, Neto told afcbtv: “I’m really happy to be here, and really excited to start this new season with this new experience in this amazing, brilliant club. “It was important days, where I understand the opportunity to be here arrived in my hands. “I arrived with my family, we do everything to come, because I think it is a good opportunity, a good experience. “The Premier League, it was always my dream. “When I was a young guy, my dream was to always be here in the Premier League, play in the Premier league.” Aside from experience in the Champions League with Valencia, Barca, and Juventus, Neto has featured in over 160 top-flight games in Serie A and La Liga. He continued: “I (have been) lucky to be in Serie A, lucky to be in La Liga. An amazing experience. “I think that God brings me here for a reason. I’m really lucky to have this opportunity. “I think I can help, I can bring the experience, what I learn, what I know. And I can improve, too. I think it is really important I arrive with the ability to learn, to learn with my teammates. “I think with the experience what I did in football, what I learn, I can put here and help. “What is the most important is to stay together with teammates and do things.” “I hope and want to do the best to help my teammates, to help Bournemouth, to do great things.” The 33-year-old also revealed that he had spoken to Parker, hailing his new boss as “an amazing guy”. "I already spoke with him,” mentioned Neto. "He's an amazing guy. I think it will be an important point for this club in this season. "When we have a coach and people like that, the players understand who is the leader and that we have to follow him. “If we follow him, we have a great opportunity to do great things."

  • #PLStories- Teenager Kamari Doyle delighted with signing first pro contract for Southampton FC #SAINTSFC

    TALENTED teenager Kamari Doyle has expressed his delight at penning his first professional contract with Saints. As reported by the Echo earlier this month, the midfielder's pre-contract agreement officially kicked-in when the player turned 17 on August 1. And now Saints have confirmed the news, with attacker having spent close to a decade coming through the ranks at the club. The England youth international said of his pro deal: “It’s a very good moment. It’s definitely something I’ve looked forward to and tried to achieve my whole career. “To do it at a Premier League club like Southampton is a dream come true. “Ten years, Southampton have obviously developed me so much in that time and I just want to push on even more, follow the pathway of people like James Ward-Prowse from the academy all the way up to the first team. “Knowing there’s players who’ve done that makes it realistic for me and getting to train with them at points and take little bits off of them is really good. “I just enjoy every moment, ultimately football is what I want to do and I love doing so I enjoy it and there is pressure at times, but I try and take that off my shoulders as much as possible.” Academy director Matt Hale added: “Kamari is an excellent talent, which is highlighted by his selection within the England setup over the last year. “He’s played a lot of games for the B Team especially, with many of those appearances coming as a 16-year-old, but has coped extremely well and we’re confident of a really bright future for Kamari.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Southampton boss admits Saints couldn’t handle Spurs after gaining an early lead #SAINTSFC #THFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl labelled the success of Tottenham Hotspur’s crossing as “annoying” but insisted the “gap between the two teams” is too big. Saints fell to a 4-1 defeat in the opening match of the new Premier League season, despite James Ward-Prowse setting the visitors ahead inside the first quarter-of-an-hour. Mohammed Salisu’s own goal in the second-half was a low moment but the damage was already done following a barrage of balls into the area that Saints could not defend. Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier scored headers in the first period to make it 2-1 to Spurs at the break, while Dejan Kulusevski finished the rout with a curling effort before full-time. It means Saints have slipped to back-to-back 4-1 Premier League defeats, if you include their final day loss at Leicester City back in May – before six new signings and three new coaches. “I didn’t want to say that the full first-half was good, it felt a little bit like the opponent switched into the next gear and we cannot follow, after the first 20 minutes,” Hasenhuttl said, after the match. “This is frustrating to see how big the gap is between the two teams to be honest. After the first goal they had the feeling that they were absolutely in the game and then they smashed us with their crosses, we couldn’t defend in the way we wanted to.” He continued: “This was definitely not the way we wanted to see it. We had a good start, were brave trying to play forward and had some good moments. “We scored a good goal and everything was going in our direction, but then it felt like the opponent switched into the next gear and we cannot follow.” Asked if he had questioned whether his team can continue to play in the new five-at-the-back shape they have used since the beginning of pre-season, Hasenhuttl shared some doubts. “It is the effect that you are not always having pressure on the ball and if they have free crosses it is not easy to defend balls in the box,” he said. “This happens when you are defending around your box. We are normally more active up front putting pressure on the ball. “We know this but I was not expecting that we are so struggling. This was a little bit annoying I must say.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Set-piece preparation in pre season and young team with potential was key to win according to Cherries manager Scott Parker #AFCB

    SCOTT Parker enthused how “clever” and “diligent” Cherries earned their 2-0 win over Aston Villa via dead ball situations. Set-piece goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore were more than enough to see Cherries pick up three points. Lerma smashed home after Lloyd Kelly knocked down a Tavernier corner in the first half, and Cherries’ captain again served as a middle man for the second strike. He recycled Tavernier’s cleared free-kick back into the box, allowing Moore to head home and make sure of the result. Set plays have apparently been a focal point of Cherries’ recent training sessions, according to Parker. Speaking after the game, Cherries’ head coach told the Daily Echo: “We’ve worked very hard on our set-plays in pre-season. Try to be taken up a level and be dominant in them. “It was pleasing we executed that in terms of what we did. “I thought overall, in terms of what I asked for the team in our setup defensively, I thought we were incredible really. “The players took every bit of the information we have given them over the past six weeks and more detail around this game in terms of what we were going to need to do.” Parker also heaped on praise the defensive efforts of his charges, stating: “I thought they were diligent in everything they did, showed real desire at times, crisis defending at times when we needed to be.” “Bodies on the line and a real organisation about us where we were calculated, we were clever in our times. “We showed different speeds in terms of being a low-ish block but then into we could be progressive and try to inject speed and put them under pressure. “There are certainly elements we need to improve on in possession, there were areas we need to get better at. “We’re still really early stages, so overall I was pleased.”

  • #PLStories- Philip Billing highlights changes in his position after Cherries win against Aston Villa #AFCB

    PHILIP Billing hailed Cherries’ “positive start” to the season, stating that the side were “tactically unbelievable” in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa. The Dane played the full 90 minutes as goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore saw Cherries victorious on the opening day of the season. Scott Parker committed to the three man central defence experimented in pre-season, with Billing sitting in a midfield two with Ben Pearson. Speaking to the Daily Echo after the game, Billing shared: “Obviously a good win against a top side. “We’re only one game in but it's definitely a very positive start. “I think what we showed today is what we're all about and, just back enjoying it. "Three points back home against Aston Villa, a top side to play against, good players. “We were tactically unbelievable today, and aggressive in everything we did. We were unbelievable all over. We have to keep on going.” When asked how his new role in midfield differed to his swashbuckling displays last term, Billing detailed the changes to his duties. “It’s a lot different,” he added. “Last season I was more box to box, obviously got ten goals, ten assists, so this season is a bit different, more of a holding midfielder. "I have to stay back and watch the front three, create chances. “I'm sure the more season the goes forward, the more I get forward as well. But today again, that’s a good team, so you just have to be aware and be consistently good. "And that's what I was just focusing on today.” Billing also stressed how it was key for Cherries to get off to a winning start ahead a tough run of fixtures. “I think it was very important, looking at our next games but like I said it's the Premier League at the end of day,” commented the 26-year-old. “11 v 11, anything can happen. It's our start of the season. It's a tough one but it's one you just got to look at and enjoy. “You come up against the best in the world so we’re going to have to get ready for it and go and enjoy the moment.”

  • #PLStories- Bruno Lage & Jesse Marsch flare up as Leeds United beat Wolves #LUFC #WOLVESFC

    Pleasantries were not exactly exchanged as Bruno Lage and Jesse Marsch approached one another on the touch-line following the full time whistle in Leeds United’s 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday. Bruno Lage said: “I have nothing against the manager. They won, absolutely great, but there was a point in the first half when I […]

  • #PLStories- Bruno Lage wants transfers for skinny Wolves after Leeds United game #WOLVESFC #LUFC

    Bruno Lage admits that, even if Wolverhampton Wanderers had had Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Joao Moutinho available to him at Leeds United, the Wolves squad would still be too skinny for his liking. He needed to look no further than behind him, at the bench in the second half, to realise that depth was pretty […]

  • #PLStoires- Eddie Howe shares Newcastle half-time team talk after win over Nottingham Forest #NUFC

    Eddie Howe has revealed his half-time warning to his players after Newcastle United secured three points against Nottingham Forest. The Magpies bombarded the Forest goal with 14 first half goal attempts but went in level at the break. But after the interval, Newcastle emerged with the same levels of focus after Howe shared a tip with […]

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel on Everton clash, Alonso request, Silva quality and more #CHELSEAFC

    Was today, given your record here, just about getting the win? “It’s always about the win when you play Premier League. A win is a win and it’s most important because it’s what we play for. It’s important to build confidence, belief, the atmosphere, and also to be open for improvement and criticism because there […]

  • #PLStories- Ivan Perisic makes claim about Tottenham dressing room and injury recovery after summer transfer #THFC

    New Tottenham signing Ivan Perisic has settled into life in north London rather quickly following his summer transfer from Inter Milan. With his contract at the San Siro coming to an end, Antonio Conte and Spurs moved to secure a deal for the experienced player. Arriving at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium carrying a calf injury after sustaining […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte on Sessegnon, Perisic and why he didn’t start new Spurs signings #THFC

    Was that a perfect way to start? It was a really good start for us. It was really important to have this reaction after 15-20 minutes we were 1-0 down, despite starting well, with great personality and good possession to create many situations to score. But then to stay 1-0 down was really important to […]

  • #PLStories- West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen re-lives “emotional” first England call-up and sets World Cup target #WHUFC

    West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen admits his whole family were in tears when learning about his first England call-up earlier this year. Jarrod Bowen said: “Everyone just started crying. We were all out for lunch – my girlfriend, my brother, my mate, my sister. My mum was at work. My dad wouldn’t speak to […]

  • #PLStories- Steven Gerrard explains why Aston Villa were punished by Bournemouth in sobering loss #AVFC #AFCB

    Steven Gerrard says Villa’s defensive play at set-pieces and a real lack of quality in the final third were the two main reasons behind his side’s woeful opening day defeat against Bournemouth. Villa were a goal down inside 180 seconds as Jefferson Lerma, slotting in at centre-back, lashed home after capitalising on some suspect defending from […]

  • #PSLtories- Patrick Vieira issues verdict on Crystal Palace loss to Arsenal in Premier League opener and letting Benteke go to USA #CPFC

    Patrick Vieira has had his say on Crystal Palace’s disappointing defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League’s Friday night opener at Selhurst Park. Palace continued to put the pressure on but hopes of rescuing a point were crushed when Marc Guehi turned in Bukayo Saka’s driven cross into his own net with five minutes remaining. In […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola explains Man City motivation to win every game and Haaland impact #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola admits he wouldn’t still be at Manchester City if he hadn’t led the club to the success he has done, as he reaffirmed his stance that he won’t immediately join another club when he finally leaves the Etihad. Guardiola, who is out of contract next summer, is set to embark on his seventh season […]

  • #PLStories- Kalidou Koulibaly reveals childhood dream he will complete at Chelsea and sets trophy target #CHELSEAFC

    Kalidou Koulibaly is at Chelsea to win. And knows that attitude is expected of him. “I don’t come with arrogant behaviour, I come with a lot of respect for everybody,” the centre-back says. “But I know that Chelsea is a big team. A team that has to win. A team that’s used to winning.” Kalidou […]

  • #PLStories- Scott Parker’s rallying cry ahead of Premier League opener and frustrating transfer business #AFCB

    BOSS Scott Parker put to one side his concerns over a lack of signings, insisting "we're full battle ahead" for the start of the Premier League season. Parker vocalised his frustrations at a lack of defensive reinforcements following each of the past two pre-season friendlies, as Cherries lost to both Bristol City and Real Sociedad. Speaking last Saturday, the 41-year-old said: "It’s clear that we are lacking in a lot of areas. We need to work out whether we want to give ourselves a chance of being competitive this year." Asked if he feels those comments were a calculated risk, given the impact it could have on his current squad, Parker said: "It wasn’t calculated. Maybe it’s emotion after a game and I realise certainly now you’re in the Premier League and every comment is held on to as well. "But it is the truth. I am not criticising what I have here. The squad of players I had here showed me last year the fight, the spirit they have. "The facts are, like everyone at the football club knows at this moment in time, we need to bring in some players and everyone is trying their hardest to do that. "Me as a manager sitting here, I want them in three months ago, of course I do, that’s just because that’s where it is, that’s what I want. "I also understand at times it’s difficult, in a market where it is very competitive, in a market which is a lot of teams spending a lot of money. We’re probably in a different market to that, so we have to be creative, while also trying to bring in the right quality. "I don’t want to just bring in players here that are not going to improve us or not going to take us on those levels. "When you want to and bring players to improve and players to help, the players that you’re looking at are often are players that other clubs want and they don’t want to let go. He added: "Of course you can read a headline or my manner in certain moments will give the impression of that, but that’s not the case. "We need help, everyone has acknowledged that and everyone in their power is trying to do something about that." Discussing his mindset ahead of the start of the season, Parker added: "We’re full battle ahead now. This is where we are in terms of a squad. "My head and the team’s head is solely on Saturday, where we’re going into the biggest league, something we’ve worked tirelessly for last year, this group of players. "We need to bring something at the weekend, which is a fighting spirit, a real determination and something that this group of players, myself, the staff, the fans, the owner, the football club wanted all last year. And we worked tirelessly for that. "We’re now three days out from that occasion and we need to embrace that." He added: "From the minute we walked in on Monday, there was one focus and that focus is Aston Villa, that focus is the quality of what Aston Villa possess and the challenge for us is to go up against this quality, not shirk it, not back away from it, not be scared of it for one second. "But to go and try and take this opportunity and assert ourselves as much as we can. So that’s exactly where we are really."

  • #PLStories- Kalvin Phillips’ admits family and chance to play for England motivated to join Manchester City #MCFC

    Ex-Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is looking to follow in the footsteps of a number of his England colleagues under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Jack Grealish may yet prove to be a success at City too after a difficult maiden season but Phillips insists that he already feels at home with his new club. Kalvin […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard sends blunt ‘footballing’ message as he urges Everton players to follow fans’ lead #EVERTONFC

    Frank Lampard has described Everton fans as ‘not normal’ in praising their passionate support – but he admitted that the team must also do their part on the pitch. Frank Lampard said: “They’re pretty unique. I’ve only been here a short time but the support we had was amazing and it certainly helped us to […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte gives verdict on whether Ndombele, Lo Celso, Reguilon and Winks can get back in his plans #THFC

    Antonio Conte says he cannot guarantee Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks will play matches for him if they do not leave Tottenham during the transfer window. Conte was asked on Thursday whether any of them could return to his plans with the World Cup on the horizon, but his answer suggested […]

  • #PLStories- Michail Antonio speaks out on Jesse Lingard’s West Ham snub #WHUFC #NFFC

    West Ham United striker Michail Antonio admits he was disappointed after seeing former teammate Jesse Lingard snub a return to the London Stadium to join Nottingham Forest this summer. Michail Antonio said: “I definitely was disappointed. He was quality for us, he was a massive player. He helped push us and he was one of the […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard explains how Everton ‘tough love’ can get Dele Alli scoring again #EVERTONFC

    Frank Lampard believes that a mix of support and tough love could be the key to unlocking Dele’s goalscoring instinct at Everton. Lampard believes that his player still has the instinct to get in the right positions to score goals. And, he explained the reason he brought him to the club was to help him find […]

  • #PLStories- Ivan Perisic reveals playing a different position under Antonio Conte #THFC

    Ivan Perisic was Tottenham’s first signing of the summer and he seems to have settled in well already. The Croatian made his debut in the 2-1 pre-season victory against Rangers after returning from an injury picked up at the end of last season, and then started against Roma. Ahead of his first Premier League season, […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl previews Tottenham clash in Premier League opener #SAINTSFC

    “THERE is nothing older than success from yesterday, so we have to do it again,” Hasenhuttl reflected, asked about the visit to Tottenham Hotspur last campaign. Saints produced one of their performances of the season with one of only three away wins, when they came from behind to beat Antonio Conte’s Spurs 3-2 in February. The positive result came in a run of just one loss between Mid-December and the end of February, leaving Hasenhuttl targeting a first top-half finish of his tenure. The Austrian’s fourth Premier League season opener sees him and his charges revisit the capital to take on Conte’s Champions League qualifiers. “It was a great game, for sure, one of our best last season,” Hasenhuttl insisted. “But there's nothing older than success from yesterday, so you have to do it again. “So we have to show again we can compete, we will have to have a nearly perfect game to get something there. “It was impressive that last season they managed to qualify for the Champions League. It looked for a long time like they wouldn't manage it.” He continued: “But with an impressive run of wins they managed to come back, and to make this step even higher I think was our performance against them. “They have been in good mode when they have played against us, so we showed we can be resilient and strong against them. “But he (Conte) does a fantastic job there, and had also an interesting transfer window so far. “He's spent a lot of money on the players he wanted, and this is a team that with the squad is normally able to try for the highest trophies.” Saints are looking to pull together a squad with six new additions to improve on consecutive 15th-place finishes in the last two Premier League campaigns. Although they registered just one win in five Premier League matches, the two St Mary’s games versus AS Monaco and Villarreal will have left plenty of encouragement. “You can create spirit with a good atmosphere but also with good results. And this helps massively,” Hasenhuttl said. None of us Premier League clubs know exactly where we are at the moment. “The first games are coming up and then you have to show how good you are and how far you are in the development of your quality. And for quality you need a good game-plan. “But, as you said, also spirit and readiness in the right moment and therefore we have to do everything. Over the last five weeks every club has been preparing for this first moment. And now we will see how far we are.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Declan Rice gives his opinion on Kevin De Bruyne and Tanguy Ndombele #WHUFC #THFC

    Declan Rice has become a key player at West Ham, with the skipper featuring 36 times in the top flight and making five goal contributions. And the 23-year-old has opened up on those he has come up against in the Premier League – including a surprising claim about Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele. The midfielder was asked who […]

  • #PLStories- Kasper Schmeichel breaks silence on Leicester City transfer with emotional message to Leicester fans #LCFC

    Kasper Schmeichel has sent an emotional farewell message after his Leicester City departure was confirmed. After his transfer was announced, Schmeichel took to social media to put out a video discussing his Leicester exit and paying tribute to the fans, his teammates and the club’s owners. Kasper Schmeichel post was accompanied by the words: “After 11 […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard confirms Calvert-Lewin’s big injury blow ahead of Aston Villa clash #EVERTONFC

    Aston Villa have been handed a potential boost ahead of their first home game of the season against Everton. Calvert-Lewin’s injury means Everton will be without a recognised striker against Chelsea, having sold Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur this summer and Salomon Rondon still serving a suspension from last season. Paul Joyce of The Times has reported […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte reminds Southampton had previously taken 5 crucial league points from Tottenham to close the gap on Liverpool and Man City #THFC

    Antonio Conte is preparing his Tottenham side for their opening game of the 2022/23 Premier League season, which will see Southampton travel to N17. During pre-season, the Italian’s side won two, drew one and lost one of their fixtures. The summer gave Conte a chance to assess his Spurs squad, as well as a chance for […]

  • #PLStories- Djed Spence explains what Antonio Conte told him and helpful Ivan Perisic chat #THFC

    Djed Spence has told football.london he was “always certain” of joining Tottenham and has spoken about the instructive chats he has already had with Antonio Conte and Ivan Perisic. Spence is ready for the challenge and in his first interview with the media since arriving at Hotspur Way, he said he always had his heart set […]

  • #PLStories- Fulham confirm Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s transfer signing #FULHAMFC #ArsenalFC

    Fulham have confirmed the £8m capture of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno with three Gunners players set to follow suit with their own exits ‘close’. The Cottagers have been in negotiations for a while in relation to snapping up the German goalkeeper and a deal that is add-on heavy and is broken down into many different clauses […]

  • #PLStories- Aaron Ramsdale points to best yet most difficult job for Mikel Arteta in All or Nothing Amazon video #ARSENALFC

    The buzz of excitement at the prospect of Arsenal getting the Amazon Prime ‘All or Nothing’ treatment was born from both intrigue and pure terror. The latter grew after the conclusion of a season whereby, despite the prospect of a surprise fourth-place finish, the Gunners just missed out to the worst of opponents. Having seen the […]

  • #PLStories- Southampton’s ‘shy’ Joe Aribo accepts important squad challenge #SAINTSFC

    JOE Aribo admits he has always felt “like the shyer player” at previous clubs but now knows he needs to step up and help drive a young Premier League team forward. From a humble background in football – no time in an academy but instead straight from weekend league to Charlton Athletic at 18-years-old – Aribo’s path is well charted. Now 26, he is a Nigerian international with goalscoring experience in Scottish giants Rangers’ first European final since 2008; a cup and league title to his name. He described his Saints move, costing his new employers an initial £6million further rising with add-ons, as something he has “wanted since a child”. Aribo announced himself fully to St Mary’s with a 70-yard scorching solo run during the 2-1 pre-season defeat to Villarreal, scoring a second minutes later which was then ruled out. Joe Aribo scored his first in a Saints shirt on Saturday (Pic: Matt Temple) Yet, in the immediate aftermath, the physically imposing and technically impressive Aribo still carried himself with a notable timidness. “I think it was good for the boys, we needed it, it was a good run-out – especially (on Saturday), against good opposition,” he told the Daily Echo, first referencing his new teammates. “We’ve played a lot of good teams and it’s just finding that rhythm, taking on board what the manager’s telling us. “For me it was really easy to get involved and feel, I’ve already spoken about this, but they’re so welcoming. So I’ve felt at home since I’ve been here, they’ve been so welcoming.” Aribo broke into a laugh when asked at what point he realised he was going to take on four Villarreal defenders and score a first goal, albeit in pre-season, for his new club. “I went to pass it for Arma (Adam Armstrong) but the defender kind of read it so I said okay, I need to go for it now,” he joked. Let there be goals. 🙏 #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/DzPWRRhv3s — Alfie House (@AlfieHouseEcho) July 31, 2022 “Luckily I was able to get through and finish it. It’s a massive feeling, I want to get into the rhythm of finding the back of the net. It’s really important for me to do that. “Hopefully I can keep that going into the season to come now. Football is about moments, that’s what I came here to do, to change games and leave my imprint on the pitch.” Although himself a new player in the Staplewood Campus group, Aribo immediately climbs to one of the more experienced stars in the entire squad. There is, of course, the elder statesmen in James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu, Alex McCarthy and – playing bit-part roles – Willy Caballero and Theo Walcott. Both Joe Aribo and James Ward-Prowse can withstand incredible minutes over a season (Pic: Matt Temple) But when it comes to the Premier League matchday XIs, there is every chance Aribo has played more football in his career than up to eight, nine or 10 of his teammates. “It’s funny because I’ve always felt like the younger player, the shyer player, but now I’ve got to come into my own and step up,” Aribo pondered. “There’s a lot of young boys and they’re looking at me, I’ve got to help them. It’s important to have experienced players with the young players in the team. “They’re going to learn from us. They’re like sponges, they’ll learn and improve and it’s important to have that around the building.” Aribo might have to be something of a sponge himself, with Hasenhuttl already suggesting he sees the versatile midfielder’s future as a forward in his squad. The former Staines Town man had deputised all across the middle of the park and even in defence throughout his time under Steven Gerrard in Glasgow. “I’d probably say number 10, behind the striker,” Aribo identified, asked to pick his best position of the bunch. “I played as a right 10, in that position there I enjoyed playing but I’m happy to do anything for the team.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Brendan Rodgers reveals Leicester City number one plans as Kasper Schmeichel nears exit #LCFC

    Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen will fight for the Leicester City number one shirt as Kasper Schmeichel edges towards an emotional farewell at the club. City boss Brendan Rodgers will place his faith in two goalkeepers already at the club should Schmeichel complete a move to Nice. The manager is expecting an answer on his skipper’s […]

  • #PLStories- Marco Silva makes major Fulham admission ahead of Liverpool clash #LFC #FulhamFC

    Fulham boss Marco Silva admits his squad is “not ready” for the visit of Liverpool and the start of the Premier League season.  Looking ahead to the new campaign, Silva admits that the club are not yet ready to compete in the top flight. But the former Everton boss did praise the effort of his […]

  • #PLStories- Graham Potter gives Brighton verdict ahead of Premier League opener against Manchester United #BHAFC #MUFC

    Graham Potter insists that Brighton will only be focusing on themselves during their Premier League curtain raiser, which also sees Manchester United begin life under Erik ten Hag. During an interview, Graham Potter said: “I’m happy as I can be with this pre-season. In terms of how we are performing, how we are acting every day […]

  • #PLStories- Julian Alvarez wants to imitate Sergio Aguero but also forge his own Man City legacy #MCFC

    A 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Community Shield is not exactly how Manchester City would have wanted to start their season, but for Julian Alvarez, things didn’t pan out too badly. From what we have seen of Alvarez so far, it is hard not to draw comparisons with City’s Argentinian legend Sergio Aguero. Like Kun, […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte discusses his Tottenham contract and staying for years with Harry Kane at the club #THFC

    Antonio Conte has told football.london that he expects ‘zero problems’ in continuing as Tottenham boss for the long term if the club continues on its current path and he wants Harry Kane to join him. Conte has another season remaining on his current deal with Spurs and there is the option to extend it for another […]

  • #PLStories- Graham Potter and Brighton set sights on Old Trafford for first game of the season #BHAFC #MUFC

    Graham Potter says Albion have a big week ahead as they prepare for the Premier League. The head coach was delighted with the 5-1 win over Espanyol, in which Leandro Trossard scored a 14-minute hat-trick in the second half. Attention now turns to what is likely to be a far tougher test at Manchester United on Sunday. Potter said: “It was a good performance, with lots of positives. “We’ll take that and we know we’ve got a good week ahead to prepare for a tough start. “We’re as happy as you can be with pre-season in terms of the spirit of the players and how we’re coming together but still a bit of work to do.” Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk scored with headers before Trossard took over. Potter said: “I thought we attacked well, created some chances and it probably should have been a couple more at half-time. “We were the dominant team throughout the game and I think the scoreline reflected that in the end. “It was nice for us to get the goals and Leo to score three. It’s quite unusual so we’ll take that.”

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola reveals Man City confidence and impact of Liverpool title rivalry #MCFC #LFC

    Pep Guardiola has no doubts that Manchester City will be challenging Liverpool for the Premier League title again this season. Pep Guardiola said: “It’s happened in the past years and especially because of the games that both sides provoke. Both make actions in the counter attacks and I’m pretty sure it will continue. There are […]

  • #PLStories- ‘Result least interesting’ thing for Ralph Hasenhuttl after loss against Villarreal in a friendly #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl admitted “a defeat always feels like a defeat” but stressed the result was the least important aspect of a hotly-contested 2-1 loss to Villarreal. Saints hosted the Champions League semi-finalists in their final pre-season friendly of the summer, coming off the back of a 3-1 win over AS Monaco midweek. Joe Aribo starred with a goal and one more disallowed, but his notch was sandwiched by strikes from Yeremy Pino and Gerard Moreno in either half. Saints end their summer warm-ups with just one win but, trialling a new five-at-the-back shape throughout, will now be more confident going into next week’s curtain raiser. “A defeat always feels like a defeat but the result today is maybe the least interesting for me,” Hasenhuttl told the Daily Echo. “Against a very good opponent against the ball we have seen how things are working in the shape, how tough it is to press in this shape when you don’t have enough players up front. We know this.” Saints, although Spanish giants Villarreal controlled the game for the majority of spells, could have won the match for a second time at St Mary’s this week. Moussa Djenepo was among those with a handful of good chances, while Aribo’s header was disallowed just minutes after the Nigerian international had equalised. He continued: “But what was very positive today was the way we stressed them in some moments, against one of the best defensive teams in the world. “Moussa today had three chances, scored a goal with Joe and had one offside with Joe. Some good moments today and some positive things that are good to see. “We have still in some moments missed the right way of defending, so this is still something that needs to get better. But for the young lads today this was a good game to come into the stadium, but you learn a lot I think and nothing comes immediately.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Eddie Howe reveals that Newcastle United pre-season aim was to get tested against tough teams #NUFC

    Eddie Howe after 2-0, Eddie Howe said: “As we head into next season we have to put markers down for how we want to be as a team. There is no such thing as a dead game for Newcastle. Not even a pre-season friendly in my eyes. We are very proud to represent the club […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola admits Liverpool were better than Manchester City after community shield defeat #MCFC #LFC

    Pep Guardiola told his Manchester City players that he was proud of them after their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Community Shield. Jurgen Klopp’s side started the stronger and earned a first-half lead when Nathan Ake could only glance in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s effort, but Julian Alvarez pounced to get City back into the game in […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte on Djed Spence and what he expects from Perisic and Doherty #THFC

    You’ve been unhappy with pre-seasons in the past, what did you change about this one to ensure you were happy with it? First of all, the most important thing is that all the players, except Oliver Skipp, have trained and trained well. In this moment we have two players, Ivan Perisic and Doherty, they have […]

  • #PLStories- Jesse March remembers last game against Brentford in previous season #LUFC #BRENTFORDFC

    Jesse Marsch had been through a rollercoaster of emotions when the final whistle blew at Brentford on the final day of the season. Leeds United had pulled off survival on the final day to ensure their Premier League status for the 2022/23 campaign. Speaking after the win over Brentford on the final day of the season, […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool and Man City have ‘same problem’ with Nunez and Haaland #LFC #MCFC

    Jurgen Klopp believes it will take time for both Liverpool and Manchester City to get the best out of their marquee summer signings of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland. Klopp says he has been keeping a close eye on City’s pre-season ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield and reckons both his team and their title rivals […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte and Dejan Kulusevski talk about extreme Tottenham training #THFC

    Antonio Conte’s final words to the media in Tel Aviv on Friday were the ones that left the biggest mark. There was a change in the way the Italian spoke about Tottenham last season – towards the end of the campaign – when ‘they’ and ‘the club’ began to turn to ‘we’ and ‘us’. Within the […]

  • #PLStories- Declan Rice relishing in role as West Ham’s captain as he sets England target #WHUFC

    West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has opened up on becoming the Hammers’ new captain after becoming the successor to long-term club legend Mark Noble. Speaking about being named as the West Ham captain by Hammers boss Moyes, Rice admitted it was a huge honour, admitting he never thought he would become club captain when he […]

  • #PLStories- Man City reveals Erling Haaland was completely fit before Liverpool Community Shield Clash #LFC #MCFC

    Erling Haaland is fit to face Liverpool in Manchester City’s Community Shield clash on Saturday. Haaland missed City’s first pre-season game in Houston as the club managed his fitness, before making his debut in a storm-interrupted first half vs Bayern Munich in Green Bay, scoring just 12 minutes in as he slid in to convert […]

  • #PLStoriers- Stuart Armstrong feels old after club injects Youth in first team squad #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS attacker Stuart Armstrong joked that the club’s youthful rebuild this summer has made him ‘feel old’ after his goal helped propel his side to their first victory of pre-season against Monaco. After a pair of 0-0 draws with Austrian side Klagenfurt and Watford, Saints went into half-time 1-0 down to the Ligue 1 side, but goals from Adam Armstrong, Stuart Armstrong, and James Ward-Prowse saw them emerge with a very impressive 3-1 victory. With six new signings through the door so far this summer, it’s understandably taking time for the squad to gel - particularly considering the age and experience of those brought in. Earlier this week striker Sekou Mara arrived from Bordeaux, the 19-year-old becoming Saints' fourth new signing who is 20 years old or younger alongside Romeo Lavia (18), Armel Bella-Kotchap (20), and Gavin Bazunu (20). Only Joe Aribo at 26 years old has any sort of significant top-level experience.  “They’re very young, they make me feel old!” Armstrong told the Daily Echo. “But you can see the quality is there and some have already come in with experience as well which helps.  “You can see the quality they have and they’ll add to our strength in depth and you can tell from the last few games that they’ve settled in really quickly to the group and if they can learn from the older boys and give energy too for us, they’ll be some great additions.” The focus on potential rather than experience has made the role of 30-year-old Armstrong that much more important. “I remember when I was younger, the older players in the first team, it went a long way if they spoke to you, if they chatted with you, if they were positive towards you.  “So as much as you want to be serious with the young players so they know what to expect when the Premier League starts, I think thinking back I really benefitted from the positivity from the older players, from the arm around the shoulder, so if you can find the balance of having those demands of them but also being a bit of a friend to them as well I think that works best.” Coming on as a second-half substitute at St Mary’s on Wednesday evening, Armstrong gave Saints the lead with just under 15 minutes to go, turning and firing into the top corner from 12 yards out. “It was a lovely pass from Joe (Aribo_, I thought he was going to cross it, really composed pass into the middle - I wasn’t really expecting it but it came lovely and just a quick turn and shot and I’m very happy to see it.” The well-taken effort was the Scottish international’s first goal of a pre-season campaign that has seen him play wide in midfield and more recently up front as a second striker. “I like it,” he said of the more advanced position. “It’s quite free and the manager lets me play off the front, whoever is playing up top in that role, I like the freedom it gives you in attacking positions, you naturally end up in attacking positions, you find yourself in the box. So I’m actually an attacking player now and I’m really enjoying it.” Saints now face Villarreal in their final pre-season friendly before traveling to Tottenham Hotspur on August 6 for the first game of the Premier League campaign. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Ollie Watkins admits ‘surprise’ at Aston Villa’s transfer business #AVFC

    Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has outlined how ‘surprising’ it is that players of Diego Carlos’ and Boubacar Kamara’s quality have chosen to join the club this summer whilst also referencing the ‘project’ in place. Villa acted quickly in the summer transfer window to secure the £26 million signing of Diego Carlos from Sevilla and the […]

  • #PLStories- Brighton boss happy with ‘stronger’ squad and player developement instead of getting new players #BHAFC

    ALBION boss Graham Potter believes his squad is the strongest it has been since he took charge of the club in 2019. Potter has been comforted by the fact his squad has spent plenty of time together during pre-season and that there has been very little interruption with injuries. He told BHAFC: “We're stronger now because we've been together for another year. “People make a lot about transfers, with the media and the clock ticking down to the transfer deadline day. “So everyone seems to think that it's about what you get and the external solution. “But ultimately, it's about how you develop your team and the club. We're quite calm and happy with what we've done. “There's a lot of players that can play a few more minutes than they played last year, the likes of [Enock] Mwepu, [Moises] Caicedo, even [Alexis] Mac Allister can. Danny Welbeck didn't play that much last year, so there's guys that have taken steps. “Last year we went periods without Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster, so the squad’s now as strong as it's been in my time here. “There's a combination of really good, experienced players and some exciting ambitious young ones - and ambitious older ones as well! “We're quite happy with everything. Of course the window’s open and you have to keep looking. But my job fundamentally as a head coach is to improve the guys that are here.” Potter does have one conundrum as he hopes to replace Yves Bissouma, who joined Tottenham Hotspur, with an internal solution. He said: “Midfield is a strong area for us. Hopefully the players we have can take the space that Yves has left. We know the quality of Yves and we wish him well with his new chapter in his life and his career, but that's football - life goes on. “We've also got some good young players and a nice mix of people in that area. “So we're looking forward to seeing how that manifests itself.”

  • #PLStories- Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale makes transfer pledge to Everton fans and addresses Farhad Moshiri sale rumours #EVERTONFC

    Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale has addressed recent ownership rumours amid speculation over Farhad Moshiri’s stance on investment. Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil this week became our second and third summer signings, following the arrival of James Tarkowski. I would like to welcome Dwight, Ruben and James to the Club and wish them […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola makes Man City transfer admission after squad shuffle and losing key players #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola insists his Manchester City side ‘will not change’ the way they play despite losing three players and adding new talent to the squad. City will go head-to-head with Liverpool once again in Saturday’s Community Shield clash. The Reds pushed City all the way last season before losing out on the title by one point […]

  • #PLStories- Crystal Palace and Chris Richards’ first words after signing is confirmed #CPFC

    Chris Richards has said he is “really excited” to have joined Crystal Palace and says the project of the club attracted him to south London.  Chris Richards said: “I grew up watching the Premier League and grew up of course watching [Wilfried] Zaha, so it’ll be cool to spend some time on the field with […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp explains how Darwin Nunez situation is about to change at Liverpool #LFC

    Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool must get used to playing alongside Darwin Nunez as he dismissed fears over the form of his summer signings. Klopp has urged his team to start playing to the strengths of the Uruguayan, who he admits would have made a difference in a second half dominated by a much stronger Liverpool side. […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard demands more from Players and Everton Board #EVERTONFC

    Frank Lampard’s plea for action in the summer transfer window has been met with an immediate response following Everton’s return from the US.  Following the defeat in Minnesota, where Everton were overrun by Blues legend Adrian Heath’s MLS side, Lampard’s concern was clear. His post-match comments referred to the threat of a repeat of last season’s […]

  • #PLStories- Timothy Castagne wants European Classification for Leicester City’s upcoming season#LCFC

    Timothy Castagne is hoping Leicester City’s “weird” season will be a one-off as he targets European qualification. For somebody who is used to playing in European competition, Castagne has admitted it will be odd, and not to his liking, the 26-year-old preferring a busy schedule of fixtures rather than more time on the training ground. And […]

  • #PLStories- Steven Gerrard names John McGinn as New Aston Villa captain #AVFC

    Steven Gerrard has named John McGinn as Aston Villa captain for the new Premier League season and in doing so has stripped Tyrone Mings of the armband. Scotland international McGinn will wear will wear the captain’s armband with great pride, while goalkeeper Emi Martinez has been named vice-captain and Ashley Young will assume the role of […]

  • #PLStories- Jesse March reveals Leeds’s new-look attack will have a fresh role for Daniel James #LUFC

    Marsch has reassured James and reiterated how much he does for the team as its striker, especially off the ball with stretching the opponent’s backline. With Bamford fit, a new striker being chased and Gelhardt another year older, there is likely to be less need for James through the centre. The right flank is likely […]

  • #PLStories- Max Kilman makes admission after Wolves training & gives verdict on new signing Nathan Collins #WOLVESFC

    Max Kilman says he is enjoying the challenge of adapting to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new defensive shape. Max Kilman said: “Of course it’s much different to playing in a back five but it’s something I need to learn from and get used to, “It’s all positive and good for us. We can learn playing different formations […]

  • #PLStories- lkay Gundogan reveals anger fuelled incredible Man City final day comeback #MCFC

    Ilkay Gundogan thinks his anger at being benched for the Premier League finale fuelled his title-winning performance against Aston Villa.   Gundogan scored City’s first in the 76th minute and their third — after Rodri’s equaliser — in the 81st minute. And a remarkable comeback may never have happened if Guardiola’s first signing at the Etihad had […]

  • #PLStories- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will try to pull Leicester City club forward and avoid stagnation #LCFC

    A defiant Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will not let Leicester City “stagnate” as he looks to build a legacy at his hometown club. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall said: “I want to build a legacy, not only for myself but for the football club. We’ve got a vision at this club to keep improvin,g and I’ve got a vision as […]

  • #PLStories – Michael Keane gives James Tarkowski verdict and reveals dressing room message to Everton players #EvertonFC

    Michael Keane believes the arrival of James Tarkowski has boosted Everton’s squad by intensifying the battle for first team places. Michael Keane said: “The competition for places brings out the best of the lads in training every day.” Lampard has alternated between playing three centre backs and two centre backs in the pre-season fixtures so […]

  • #PLStories- Premier League clamps down on ‘anti-social and criminal behaviour’ by releasing strict actions #FA #PLFans

    The FA, Premier League and EFL are introducing tougher penalties aimed at tackling an increase anti-social and criminal behaviour. In a joint statement the governing bodies confirmed that from the start of the 2022/23 season there will be a clampdown on things like entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics, throwing […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl confirms signing of French striker Sekou Mara #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS have confirmed the signing of Sekou Mara from Girondins de Bordeaux on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance. The club announced an agreement in principle with the French side last week, and the player’s medical and relevant paperwork have since been completed. The talented 19-year-old forward attracted interest from a number of clubs after scoring five goals in the last seven Ligue 1 matches last season, but becomes Saints’ sixth summer addition. After signing his contract, Mara said: “I’m really happy to sign for Southampton and to be a Saint for the next years. Southampton have given me a good opportunity to progress. “I’m a young player and I have to work. I think Southampton is the best club for me to develop myself and progress to be one of the best. I’m impatient to begin with this team and score goals.” Born in Paris, Mara was previously on the books of Paris Saint-Germain and Boulogne-Billancourt before joining Bordeaux in 2017. Quickly accelerating through the ranks, he impressed for the B team as a 17-year-old before making his first-team debut in February 2021 and scoring his first goal three months later. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl added: “Sekou is coming here to score goals and has shown in the French league he can do this, now he needs to work hard and show he can do this in the Premier League. “He is a young guy who will need time to adapt to a new country and a new league, but we are excited about his potential and what he can become in the future.” The France under-21 international turns 20 on Saturday and follows the arrivals of Gavin Bazunu, Mateusz Lis, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Romeo Lavia and Joe Aribo. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel worried about back to back losses in pre season #CHELSEAFC

    Thomas Tuchel’s frustrated character on the touchline wasn’t a good message for Chelsea fans. His annoyance during the damaging 4-0 loss to Arsenal was clear to see and his statement after the game was just as worrying. The German himself admitted that he’s a “huge fan of a strong pre-season in everything: atmosphere, feeling, performance, belief,” […]

  • #PLStories- Kevin De Bruyne places faith in Pep Guardiola over summer transfer deals #MCFC

    When Raheem Sterling’s transfer to Arsenal was confirmed, that made Kevin De Bruyne the last man standing at Manchester City. The Belgian shared a picture on social media, made by a fan, of the City squad from 2015/16, the last season before Pep Guardiola arrived. Every player who had since departed was in grey, leaving De […]

  • #PLStories- Hugo Lloris praises Clement Lenglet as player reveals his Tottenham dream #THFC

    Clement Lenglet hasn’t been in N17 long and Tottenham have already made another signing, since his arrival. The French international was Spurs’ fifth signing of the summer and not long after, Djed Spence became the sixth. Lenglet made the move from Barcelona, on a season-long loan and made his debut on Saturday, in the 2-1 win […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard reveals words that sparked Everton improvement in Blackpool win #EVERTONFC

    Everton manager Frank Lampard has explained what he asked for from his players when they returned to training after the defeat to Minnesota United. Speaking after the 4-2 win at Blackpool today, Lampard said he re-iterated the need for improvements from his squad after what was a disappointing display to end the club’s tour of the […]

  • #PLStories- Aaron Ramsdale excited by Arsenal transfer business as he looks to go to the next level #ARSENALFC

    Pressure is something Aaron Ramsdale is pretty used to. Having battled relegation with Chesterfield, AFC Wimbledon, Bournemouth and Sheffield United in consecutive seasons he’s had his fair share of high-stress situations. However, since moving to Arsenal things have gone up a level. Aaron Ramsdale said: “You go into games where you’re expected to win rather […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola explains Zinchenko, Jesus and Raheem Sterling were not asked to leave Manchester City #MCFC

    Man City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he would have been happy for all of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling to stay at the club, if it wasn’t for the players’ desires to leave for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. Pep Guardiola said: “No [the outgoings weren’t guaranteed] because I was incredibly happy […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte on Harry Kane Bayern talk, Richarlison and improving Spurs squad #THFC

    What did you make of the performances of your new players today? We are trying to exploit these friendly games to give the opportunity to the new players to come in and play in our idea of football. For sure, about Clement Lenglet it was the first week to work with us. Also Yves Bissouma, […]

  • #PLStories- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall reveals team harmony and competition in Leicester City squad #LCFC

    The competition for places at Leicester City is “incredible”, midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has said, even with the club yet to reinvigorate the squad with new signings.   After setting up both goals in City’s 2-1 win over Preston on Saturday, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall said: “I’ll be honest, the competition in the squad at the moment is incredible. We […]

  • #PLStories- Riyad Mahrez reveals he will continue to be Man City penalty taker after Erling Haaland arrival #MCFC

    Riyad Mahrez still intends to be Manchester City’s first-choice penalty taker despite the arrival of new signing Erling Haaland.  Riyad Mahrez said: “I’ve scored 11 penalties before that, so I wasn’t thinking too much about West Ham, I was just thinking, f—— hell, what are we doing here, we’re playing at home and we’re losing […]

  • #PLStories- Jonjo Shelvey eyes Europa League finish at Newcastle United this season #NUFC

    Jonjo Shelvey is targeting a European spot in the Premier League with Newcastle United this season. Not since the 2012-13 campaign have the Magpies competed on the continent, when Alan Pardew guided the club to the Europa League quarter-finals. Jonjo Shelby said: “We need to have a season like West Ham did last year. Fighting […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool transfer business for the summer is over #LFC

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does not plan to venture into the transfer window unless the availability of his squad changes drastically before the end of August. Jurgen Klopp said: “If nobody wants to leave, we are done. Or if a bad injury comes in…I don’t hope so. But Liverpool fans can start focusing […]

  • #PLStories- Riyad Mahrez claims he was ‘never worried’ about Man City transfer speculation #MCFC

    At one point this summer, Riyad Mahrez was one of many Manchester City players linked with a transfer away from the club. Speaking to reporters in Green Bay ahead of City’s second pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, Riyad Mahrez said: “No, I was never worried. I believe in working hard, whatever you do, you get rewarded. […]

  • #PLStories- Kyle Walker admits competition both at club and national team has made him better player #MCFC #England

    “I’m not letting someone else retire me,” Kyle Walker says defiantly in the Houston Dynamos dressing room. “I’m going to let someone have a decision to make where you’re going to have to pick me.” Just before Manchester City are about to head out to train ahead of their first pre-season friendly in Houston, Walker sat […]

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel sends Barcelona transfer warning on Cesar Azpilicueta #CHELSEAFC

    Thomas Tuchel admits he may not grant Cesar Azpilicueta’s wish to join Barcelona this summer, even if Chelsea are able to complete a £55million deal for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde in the coming days. Thomas Tuchel said: “I’m not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it’s also about […]

  • #PLStories- Declan Rice reveals no impact with ongoing Chelsea rumors as Thomas Tuchel praises Rice #WHUFC #CHELSEAFC

    With the search for players to fill a new look backline and the future of Chelsea’s attack also being less than clear, it has been easy to disregard the midfield heading into the new season. Rice, who is now the captain of the Hammers, has admitted that speculation over his future frustrates him as Chelsea continue […]

  • #PLStories- James Maddison admits missing Champions League nights with Tottenham rumors #THFC #LCFC

    James Maddison transfer links have resurfaced and if the rumours become a reality, the 25-year-old could become Tottenham’s seventh signing of the summer. Antonio Conte has already welcomed Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence to his squad, ahead of the 2022/23 season. Leicester aren’t likely to sell the 25-year-old unless […]

  • #PLStories- Gabriel Jesus on his connection with Mikel Arteta and bringing a fighting spirit to Arsenal #ARSENALFC

    The wait for Gabriel Jesus to become an Arsenal player was a long one, but the length of time it took him to make an impact was startlingly short. Gabriel Jesus said: “Just normal things. Go do this, do that, the movements that you have done already in the training sessions. Do your job like […]

  • #PLStories- Leicester City star Marc Albrighton makes Patson Daka & Harvey Barnes prediction ahead of new season #LCFC

    Leicester City hero Marc Albrighton has backed teammates Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka to get more goals and assists next season than last. Them doing so will come as a more collective effort from the team to be more dangerous in attack and score more goals, something which Rodgers and his players have been working hard […]

  • #PLStories- Everton fans reveal protest against Farhad Moshiri as owner is reminder of Everton ‘reality’ #EVERTONFC

    Everton will return from their US tour with a lot to mull over before the beginning of the season. At the end of what had been an enlightening, positive and upbeat trip to North America in general, the performance left a real sour taste. Frank Lampard’s comments afterwards proved just how unhappy he was, in an interview […]

  • #PLStories- Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk looking forward to new season with new faces #LFC

    The injection of new faces in Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, along with the progress of Harvey Elliott and the impact of a gaggle of promising youngsters, gave reason to look forward rather than back on agonisingly falling short in their attempt for a remarkable quadruple having already snaffled the League Cup and FA Cup. It […]

  • #PLStories- Man City new boy Kalvin Phillips says he would never have signed for Manchester United #MUFC #MCFC

    There are some fairly certain ways to get a new fanbase onside, and Kalvin Phillips didn’t waste his opportunity to endear himself to Manchester City supporters this week. However, it was a comment about United’s early transfer interest that may get him some early credit with City supporters, as he insisted he could never move to […]

  • #PLStories- Kalvin Phillips on his experience playing against Manchester City #MCFC

    Kalvin Phillips says his experiences of facing Manchester City mean he’s much happier playing for the Blues rather than against them, as he revealed that Pep Guardiola told him that Leeds almost cost City the Premier League title in 2021. Even though City scored 11 past Leeds with no reply last season, Phillips says Guardiola still […]

  • #PLStories- Jesse Marsch on Jack Harrison’s Leeds United future after Newcastle ‘bid’ #LUFC #NUFC

    Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has explained Jack Harrison’s comments regarding his future at the club after the 25-year-old was caught off guard by reporters on the Whites’ tour of Australia. Newcastle United have submitted an offer for the winger according to the latest transfer speculation despite other outlets claiming Leeds had knocked back a […]

  • #PLStories- New Southampton signing Joe Aribo admits not being a nervous player anymore #SAINTSFC

    SUMMER signing Joe Aribo vowed to “embrace the moment” of his first Premier League campaign, as he hopes to help push Saints into Europe. The versatile midfielder made the move from Scottish giants Rangers to join Saints earlier this month, for a reported initial £6million. During his time at Ibrox, the 25-year-old helped the Glasgow side lift the Scottish Premiership title, as well as secure the Scottish Cup. He also scored in last season’s Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt. But having secured a new challenge with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this summer, Nigeria international Aribo insisted the draw of the Premier League always matched his ambition. Speaking to talkSPORT about his move, Aribo said: “Rangers are a massive club and it was amazing being there from minute one. “It was a really hard decision for me but my aim was always to play in the Premier League because it’s the best league in the world. “It’s always been a goal for me to reach that and so I had to take that opportunity.” Aribo played 60 minutes of Saints’ pre-season Friendly against RB Leipzig on Saturday, before also featuring in the second half against Klagenfurt on Monday night. With the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea all to come in August, Aribo is relishing the challenge that lies ahead for his new club. He said: “For me, I feel excitement. I’m not really a nervous player anymore, I used to be at times but now I just embrace the moment and embrace the occasion and I’m excited to get going and I can’t wait.” He added: “We want to push and we want to fight. “We want to get ourselves into the top half of the table and push for Europe, that’s the aim. “We need to give our best and do what we can as a team because we’re on a good journey here and I’m excited for what’s to come, so let’s see where that takes us.” Saints make the trip to Wealdstone to take on Championship Watford in a friendly on Saturday (3pm). A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Djed Spence opens up after signing for Conte and champions league being big factor #THFC

    Conte’s system is made for a player of Spence’s quality and the hope is that he will be able to contribute with goals and assists on a regular basis for the Lilywhites. Wing-backs have thrived playing for him in the past, with Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso and Perisic having a major impact in the final […]

  • #PLStories- Rodri identifies lack of Man City leaders as opportunity to become a good captain #MCFC

    Rodri believes he can step up within the Manchester City squad after a number of leaders have left the club in recent years – but he doesn’t have any burning desires to take the captain’s armband from Fernandinho this season. Rodri said: “I think I can improve. I’m 26 and see myself as getting even […]

  • #PLStories- Christian Pulisic on Chelsea defeat against Charlotte, Todd Boehly, his future and more #CHELSEAFC

    You played here in Charlotte in 2018 with Dortmund against Liverpool, now you’ll have the chance to play here again with Chelsea against the city’s pro team. Thoughts on that? “I am really excited to be back in Charlotte. I think it’s cool to see how far along the sport has come here and the […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola rues Man City player absences during pre-season tour #MCFC

    Pep Guardiola says he has only had one perfect pre-season at Manchester City, with this year’s tour disrupted by four players who did not travel to the USA. Pep Guardiola said: “Yes it’s disappointing, I would like them to be here. Since our second season when we ended up with 100 points that was the only […]

  • #PLStories- Jordan Pickford makes Everton ‘legacy’ claim following new contract reports #EVERTONFC

    Jordan Pickford has admitted he would love to create a “legacy” at Everton following recent reports the club were preparing to offer the goalkeeper a new contract. Jordan Pickford said: “There’s always been a good legacy of goalkeepers here at the club, going back to the Neville Southall days – Tim Howard’s had a great […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte admits club wanted Djed Spence and he gave his go ahead #THFC

    Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has told football.london that it was the club that wanted to sign Djed Spence and he gave the green light to it because he believes he can become an important player. When asked by football.london out on the club’s tour of South Korea what he had asked the club’s chairman Daniel […]

  • #PLStories- Pep Guardiola rubbishes Neymar to Man City links but drops new transfer hint #MCFC

    Manchester City will not be signing Neymar this summer, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. City have been linked with Neymar in French media this week, with the suggestion being that the Blues would move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward before the end of the transfer market. However, Guardiola was quick to rubbish the reports, telling media in […]

  • #PLStories- Ryan Sessegnon admits Ivan Perisic has already given him tips to become a Tottenham star #THFC

    Ryan Sessegnon has revealed that new Tottenham signing Ivan Perisic has already been giving him tips on how to improve as a young wing-back. Sessegnon admitted while on tour in South Korea that Perisic has already begun that process in helping him develop while he recovered from his own calf injury. Ryan Sessegnon said: “I can […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton are missing something in the final third #SAINTSFC

    BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted Saints are "missing something" in the final third after tonight's 0-0 draw with Klagenfurt. Following a 3-1 loss against RB Leipzig to open pre-season on Saturday, Saints could not break down the Austrian Bundesliga side in the club's second friendly of the summer. Saints carved out the better openings, with Adam Armstrong seeing a penalty saved, while both Will Smallbone and Ibrahima Diallo struck the woodwork. Hasenhuttl shuffled his pack during the contest, replacing all 10 outfield players at half-time. Reflecting on the stalemate, Hasenhuttl told Saints' website: “We had two different teams in two halves, tried to mix it a little bit from the last game. “The output is far from enough, which is what means the result (is a draw), because we had two or three big chances where we have to score, and missed a penalty where we have to score. “It’s a question of how quick you can score the goals, but this is the issue, we don’t score in these moments. “In some parts I liked what I have seen, but, especially in the final third, like we always say, we are missing something. “Our problem last year was that when we are coming in these areas, we are not scoring the goals. From these chances we need to take more – we had two shots on the post and bar, but we know this, we know we have to do something there. He added: "They had one or two good chances, but we definitely had the better chances to score. "We should win today, this is not what we want." Saints now head back to England following two games during their pre-season training camp in Austria. Hasenhuttl's side face Watford, Monaco and Villarreal, before starting their Premier League campaign at Tottenham Hotspur on August 6. “The games are important for us to see what we are missing and we have used the time quite good, I think," said Hasenhuttl, discussing his side's stay in Austria. “We need to work on a few things again and we have some strong opponents coming up before we start the Premier League and we are looking forward to it.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Riyad Mahrez opens up on Man City’s four new players in training #MCFC

    Manchester City must be patient with new signing Julian Alvarez, who has made a promising start to life with his new side. That is the assessment of Riyad Mahrez, who said all four new additions this summer – including Erling Haaland – have impressed the rest of the first team in pre-season so far. While all […]

  • #PLStories- Steven Gerrard on Morgan Sanson injury and playing opportunity #AVFC

    Morgan Sanson was given another run-out by Steven Gerrard in Aston Villa’s pre-season victory over Leeds United, hinting that the midfielder may yet have a future at the club. Sanson arrived from Marseille in January 2020 for a fee in the region of £14m, but injuries have since limited him to just six starts. Nevertheless, it […]

  • #PLStories- Talented United youngsters Ethan Laird and Matej Kovar reveal how loan moves can help their Manchester United careers #MUFC

    Ethan Laird and Matej Kovar have been revealing how their respective loan moves have helped them grow as players. Kovar spent time at Burton Albion last season, while Laird started the campaign with Swansea before switching to Bournemouth in January. The latter has impressed in pre-season, with Manchester United not yet adding a right-back to their […]

  • #PLstories- David Moyes has given his verdict on West Ham summer signing Nayef Aguerd after Hammers debut #WHUFC

    David Moyes admits he has been impressed by summer signing Nayef Aguerd since his arrival at West Ham United. David Moyes said: “I have been really impressed by Nayef Aguerd. There will be elements of his game that will need to take time and probably the biggest thing will be just adapting to the Premier […]

  • #PLStories- Nathan Patterson reveals private Ashley Cole talks and what Frank Lampard wants from him at Everton #EVERTONFC

    Nathan Patterson has his sights set on making it impossible for Frank Lampard not to play him ahead of his first full season at Everton. Patterson played the first 45 minutes of Everton’s 2-0 defeat before being substituted along with every other player at half-time. Nathan Patterson said: “It was obviously tough, the first 45 minutes […]

  • #PLStories- Patrick Vieira and Killian Phillips statement after Liverpool clash with Crystal Palace #CPFC

    Patrick Vieira has said he feels there is more to come from Crystal Palace midfielder Killian Phillips after his performance against Liverpool. Patrick Vieira said: “He is someone who will catch the eye because of his determination on the field. He is a hard-working player. Three years ago, he was playing [Sunday League] football, but […]

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta on why Ainsley Maitland Niles angered him #ARSENALFC

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles left Mikel Arteta in a state of fury during Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Everton in the United States. The Hale End graduate made a second-half cameo as the Gunners waltzed away 2-0 victors following first-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus. Speaking to club officials in January, Arteta explained that he and Maitland-Niles […]

  • #PLStories- Lucas Moura reveals Conte talks, Tottenham future and what Richarlison is really like #THFC

    Lucas Moura has described his discussions with Antonio Conte, his plans for his future at Tottenham and exactly what the fans can expect from new signing Richarlison. Lucas believes that the Brazil international is going to be a major asset for Tottenham in the seasons ahead. Lucas Moura said: “He’s a very good guy. I met […]

  • #PLStories- Davinson Sanchez discusses his Tottenham future and what Clement Lenglet arrival means

    Davinson Sanchez is welcoming the extra competition Clement Lenglet will bring to Tottenham Hotspur’s defence. Spurs signed 27-year-old France international Lenglet on loan from Barcelona last week but just too late to gain a visa for the club’s tour to South Korea. The centre-back is being put through his paces at Hotspur Way this week in […]

  • #PLStories- Morgan Gibbs-White breaks silence on Wolves future after Sheffield United loan spell #WOLVESFC

    Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White believes he has “matured as a player” after his loan spell with Sheffield United last season. Morgan Gibbs-White said: “I’ve matured as a player massively, on and off the field. Knowing when to recover, what foods to eat properly, it really does make a difference when you’re playing every week. Recovering […]

  • #PLStories- Danny Ings reveals ‘huge’ factor that could be key to Aston Villa success in 2022/2023 season #AVFC

    Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has insisted it will ‘all come together’ for Steven Gerrard’s squad this season following a ‘good start’ to pre-season preparations. Speaking Ings assessed the pre-season training so far, highlighting the benefits both physical and mental for the squad whilst also looking ahead to next season. Danny Ings said: “For me personally, it’s […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte about Lucas Moura as a wing-back, Ben Davies injury and Ivan Perisic #THFC

    What were your targets for these two games? First of all my targets and also my staff’s targets was to work with the players and to have every day double training sessions because during the pre-season you have more time to work on physical and tactical aspect and last season I didn’t do it with […]

  • #PLStories- Brendan Rodgers opens up on Leicester City transfer struggles but ‘won’t go to war’ with club #LCFC

    Leicester City’s transfer business is on hold until the club sell players, manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted, but insists he will “not go to war” with the hierarchy over the lack of activity. Asked what he made of City’s lack of activity, Brendan Rodgers said: “I trust the club implicitly. It’s a club that has always […]

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel accepts Chelsea have to consider vaccination status of potential summer signings #CHELSEAFC

    Thomas Tuchel accepts the vaccination status of potential new signings has to be considered by Chelsea after N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were unable to travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour. Thomas Tuchel said: “We cannot force. It is at the moment a very normal decision to get vaccinated. Both players […]

  • #PLStories- Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers makes exciting James Maddison claim #LCFC

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said James Maddison is looking better than he ever has done in his time at the club. Brendan Rodgers said: “James Maddison, it’s the best I’ve seen him, in the three-and-a-half years I’ve been at Leicester. He looks now really physically strong, technically confident and tactically, his view of […]

  • #PLStories- Moi Elyounoussi reveals excitement to play tough friendly against teams like RB Leipzig #SAINTSFC

    MOI Elyounoussi insisted Saints performed well “against a good team” but will have learned “things we can do better” in a 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig. The Norwegian international started and played the first 60 minutes for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, before the Austrian made 10 changes to his outfield setup. It was not until the 10 substitutions had been made that Saints made their breakthrough, through Adam Armstrong, but it was important minutes for Elyounoussi alongside Nathan Tella and new signing Joe Aribo. Giving his verdict to the club website after the match, Elyounoussi said: “It was good from the boys, for everyone to get some minutes. “We’ve been working on some patterns offensively, defensively as well and it was a good test against a good team who definitely tested some of the things we’re working on, so in the end, a good 60 minutes in the tank. “I think we did a good game, against a good team, and for sure some tips we’re going to look at, things we can do better, things we can improve on and things we did well but can improve on as well. In the end, the boys liked it, a good challenge, and for the boys who came on it was a good 45-60 minutes.” After defeat to the Champions League regulars, Saints are set to face Austrian Bundesliga side SKA Klagenfurt to end their trip abroad on Monday, July 18. “You can train as much as you want but you need to get it on the pitch against an opposition that can challenge you with the things you’ve been working on so that’s a good thing,” Elyounoussi added. “We have a lot of good opponents we’re going to play against that will challenge the things we’re working on. We’re looking forward to the next one, so far, so good.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta discusses young forward Marquinhos loan decision #ARSENALFC

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that he will assess summer signing Marquinhos before a decision is made on his route of progression. The 19-year-old forward was the first signing of the summer for the Gunners as a signing for the future. The Brazilian joined from Sao Paulo for roughly £3million, adding to the growing core […]

  • #PLStories- Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura give views on Richarlison and Harry Kane #THFC

    Son Heung-min has hailed Tottenham’s summer signing Richarlison and admits that the pair have become close friends after just a handful of days. Son hung Min said: “It’s incredible. The fans, the love… we’re feeling the love the fans are giving us. I’ve been here with Leverkusen and also Hamburg, but with Spurs I think […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl explains James Ward-Prowse absence #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS captain James Ward-Prowse missed the first match of pre-season after picking up a knock in training, but Ralph Hasenhuttl reassured supporters “it’s nothing serious”. The 27-year-old England international is a mainstay in the St Mary’s side and made 42 appearances across all competitions last campaign. His performances, including a personal best 10 goals in the Premier League season alone, have led to continued transfer interest from rivals in the division. Ward-Prowse travelled with the Saints group for the Austria trip on Wednesday, set to play two games that began with a 3-1 defeat to German outfit RB Leipzig. However, some supporters feared the worst when the skipper was not part of the squad that lined up to face the Champions League contenders at Lavanttal Arena. “It’s nothing serious,” manager Hasenhuttl explained to Hampshire Live, on his captain’s absence. “But, in the end, we have what we have. “We don’t have to ask any risks with James so we decided to leave him at home. We know what we get from him.” The Austrian continued: “Absolutely it was the right thing to do (leaving him out). “Last season in pre-season we had the same situation where he was also out with a knee injury. So this time it was good for us to try and test something different without him.” The skipper could return to face Austrian Bundesliga SKA Klagenfurt on Monday, in the final match before Saints head back to England on Wednesday. However, Hasenhuttl may opt to rest him fully – with further pre-season fixtures coming versus Watford, Monaco and Villareal, before the Premier League returns. On his future, after links to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham, Ward-Prowse told the Daily Echo earlier this year: “My commitment stems from the training ground and my love for playing football. “That is ultimately what has got me here and that will never, ever change. My passion and love for what I do. “Making sure I enjoy every moment I’m out on the pitch. That is the way that I show my commitment and I’ll continue to do so.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Harry Maguire makes admission on his own playing standards and Manchester United form #MUFC

    Harry Maguire admits he fell below standards at Manchester United last season. At a supporters’ Q&A at the team hotel in Melbourne, Maguire was asked about his form last season Harry Maguire said: “Listen, last year was disappointing. As an individual, I didn’t play well and as team we certainly didn’t play well. But a good career […]

  • #PLStories- Harry Kane delighted with new season and signings by Conte #THFC

    Harry Kane believes Tottenham have made some big ready-made signings this summer and is looking forward to doing “something special” with Antonio Conte at the helm. When asked whether he had got last summer out of his system, Kane, who is on tour in South Korea with Spurs, Harry Kane said: “I’m just looking forward to […]

  • #PLStories- Jamie Vardy tells James Maddison he’s in the mood to strike fear into Premier League defences all over again #LEIFC

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has told James Maddison there’s “still more to come” despite turning 36 in January. Jamie Vardy said: “It’s not bad from a kid from non-league, is it? It’s more, especially when you’re a striker, working on making sure you’re in the right positions to get on the end of things. Especially […]

  • #PLStories- Christian Eriksen reveals why he joined Man Utd amid Leicester City transfer link #MUFC #LCFC

    Christian Eriksen has revealed why he joined Manchester United amid links to a few other clubs, including Leicester City. The Foxes were said to be interested in the Denmark international, but the free agent has moved to Old Trafford to play under Erik ten Hag on a three-year contract. Christian Eriksen said: “Manchester United is a […]

  • #PLStories- Bruno Guimaraes on learning English, the Geordie accent and help from Joelinton at Newcastle United #NUFC

    Six months ago, Bruno Guimaraes arrived on Tyneside with zero English in his vocabulary. Joining a relegation fight, for big bucks, in a foreign country, where you cannot speak the language is a serious test of character. Arguably his best performance to date came in the 2-1 victory against Leicester City on Easter Sunday. After falling […]

  • #PLStories- Matt Doherty on his Tottenham future and why he loves the man behind brutal training sessions #THFC

    Doherty, who came back earlier than most, as he looked to play catch-up following his knee injury that ended last season prematurely for him, has been among the fittest in the group and was able to complete the 42 runs. He made it very clear that the runs were not for show and are a […]

  • #PLStories- Brendan Rodgers gives Leicester City squad a reminder about playing values #LCFC

    The legacy of Leicester City’s late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the standards required “to be a champion” will have been drummed into the players by Brendan Rodgers at the camp where the manager first set out his values. Chairman Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha was at the club’s training ground at Seagrave earlier in pre-season and his late […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp on Diogo Jota injury setback and Liverpool’s attacking options #LFC

    Enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career, an ankle injury derailed the Portuguese during the final third of the season, before he suffered a hamstring injury on international duty with Portugal last month. That setback ensured he was playing catch-up when Liverpool reported back for pre-season training at the start of last week and sat […]

  • #PLStories- Farhad Moshiri confirms Everton are ‘not for sale’ in statement to fans #EVERTONFC

    Everton Football Club is not for sale. That is the message of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, who has tonight issued an open letter to Blues supporters. Moshiri has said work is ongoing to complete the financing of the Bramley Moore stadium development, Farhad Moshiri added: “It will always be pragmatic to explore all potential investment opportunities.” […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard sends Tottenham clear three-word message amid Anthony Gordon transfer links #THFC

    Tottenham have been handed a stark message from Frank Lampard as Antonio Conte looks to continue his team’s flying summer transfer window business. It’s understood that Tottenham had originally made a £10m bid for the versatile midfielder, but the Merseyside club felt that offer was offensive, as well as reiterating that they weren’t interested in doing […]

  • #PLStories- Raheem Sterling feels he has returned home to London after completing deal from City to Chelsea #MCFC #CHELSEAFC

    It’s said that the England international snubbed enquiries from rivals Arsenal and Tottenham when exploring possible exits routes away from Manchester City. Sterling is already in Los Angeles and is set to join up with the Chelsea squad amid a pre-season tour of the United States. And, making the most of picturesque scenery on the west […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp reveals he will not panic to build squad after losing in Champions League Final #LFC

    For Jurgen Klopp, there is only one similarity between the summers of 2018 and 2022. Jurgen Klopp said: “What it shows [is] we didn’t sign the boys because we lost the Champions League final, neither then nor now. When people say this is our last season to improve, then they will probably say, ‘yes, you […]

  • #PLStories- Tyrell Malacia explains what Erik ten Hag wants from him at Manchester United #MUFC

    Tyrell Malacia is confident he can become Manchester United’s first-choice left-back under Erik ten Hag. Malacia, 22, became Ten Hag’s first signing in a £14.6million move from Feyenoord earlier this month and came on for his first appearance as a second-half substitute in United’s 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday night. Luke Shaw started at […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on Darwin Nunez after press roasts him for miss against Manchester United #LFC

    Darwin Nunez’ horror miss against Manchester Untied prompted Jurgen Klopp to discuss his marquee signing’s performance in Bangkok, explaining that the young striker was playing with “massive” blisters on his feet. The closest Liverpool came to scoring was in the final half-hour, when Mo Salah’s shot hit the post and rebounded to Nunez who missed […]

  • #PLStories- Cheick Doucoure reveals Patrick Vieira conversation that convinced him to join Crystal Palace #CPFC

    New Crystal Palace signing Cheick Doucoure has revealed exactly what Eagles boss Patrick Vieira said to him that convinced him to join the club this summer. Cheick Doucoure said: “He [Vieira] told me ‘I’m going to make you better. He said ‘I know your game and I’ve known it for a while so I know […]

  • #PLStories- Eric Dier wants to be part of upcoming World Cup and shares excitement of Tottenham’s ‘great’ transfer window #THFC

    Eric Dier has declared his intention to fight for his place in England’s World Cup squad by showing what he can do for Tottenham Hotspur following what he sees as a “great” summer at the club. While in South Korea on Tottenham’s pre-season tour ahead of the coming Premier League season, Dier admitted that he’s desperate […]

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta on Jesus’ debut, Arsenal’s transfer aims and Tielemans links #ARSENALFC

    You signed Jesus to put the ball in the net but you couldn’t have expected him to score so many so quickly? It’s what he generates. The understanding with Eddie as well has been really good, it’s something that we want to have as an option this year especially with five subs. We have other […]

  • #PLStories- West Ham sign Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes on five-year contract #WHUFC

    West Ham have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes on a five-year contract for a deal understood to be worth around £12million. Flynn Downes said “It’s a surreal feeling to have joined my boyhood club. I feel like I’m dreaming. It’s been my dream since I was a little boy to join this […]

  • #PlStories- Jesse Marsch on Leeds United recruitment and understanding of his philosophy #LUFC

    Jesse Marsch was pleased with a ‘close to complete’ win for Leeds United as they saw off Blackpool in their second pre-season friendly. The Whites have already played Stoke City in a behind closed doors fixture and this evening’s game gave Leeds fans a first look at some new signings ahead of next season. Jesse […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl confirms Mohammed Elyounoussi planning to remain with Southampton on long term #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi is closing in on a new “long-term” contract to keep him at Southampton for the foreseeable future, sources have told the Daily Echo. The Norwegian international has just 12 months left on his current deal but talks between his representatives and the club have ramped up in recent weeks and both sides are understood to be confident a positive resolution will arrive soon.  It is believed the contract will be for three to four years, with the exact length one of the details that still needs finalising.  READ MORE: What Saints fans can expect from wonderkid Romeo Lavia There is confidence on all sides though that it is just a matter of time before the extension is sealed. It’s understood that Southampton see Elyounoussi as a crucial member of Ralph Hasenhuttl's squad while the player himself feels valued and would like to continue his career on the South Coast.  Elyounoussi joined Southampton in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £16m but he made just 16 league appearances in his maiden campaign before departing for Celtic on loan. Flashes of his talent in Scotland saw that temporary stay extended for another year before the 27-year-old returned to St Mary’s last summer. After sitting on the bench for the first two games of the season, Elyounoussi started in the third at Newcastle and became a near ever-present in Hasenhuttl's side after that. He ended the campaign with 33 appearances in all competitions, including 16 in his side’s final 17 matches. Elyounoussi in action for Saints this season. Image by: Stuart Martin Four goals and two assists is not the most enthralling return from all those minutes but it’s clear Hasenhuttl sees Elyounoussi as a crucial component of his squad. A hard-worker and capable of moving inside when Saints’ marauding full-backs fly up the wing, the Moroccan-born forward should continue to have a sizable role heading into the new season. “I think this loan time definitely helped him to make the next step in his development,” Hasenhuttl told the Daily Echo in February. “It was important for him to get game time there (at Celtic) – it was always a problem here in the beginning. “It is always tough when you are coming into a new team, then the team is not performing well and you are a little bit under the radar and don’t get a chance to play a lot. “So, I think he needed this time and we were always following him, looking how he developed his game and it was for me, in the summer, a very clear decision to say ‘I want him back in this team’. READ MORE: No Saints bid for Broja despite reports “Immediately in the pre-season I saw he could give me a lot, what I want to have in this position. He is a smart player, he can score goals, he is running a lot, covers a lot of distance and is disciplined in the defence. “He is a quick learner and he learned to be more resilient in the Premier League. This is what you have to be, because it’s tough – it is physically a tough league. When you learn to do this, then the package is a good one and I think meanwhile, he showed he is a good package.” "I've always said I thrive in Southampton, it's a fantastic club,” Elyounoussi told Norwegian outlet TV2 last month.  “The family thrives well. We'll see what we land on.” Set to turn 28 before the start of the 2022/23 season, a three/four year contract would keep Elyounoussi at the club past his 30th birthday.  Recently on international duty with Norway, Elyounoussi joined his Saints teammates at Staplewood this week for pre-season preperations ahead of their upcoming trip to Austria. With just under a month until Southampton travel to North London to face Tottenham in the opening game of the season, the club have been busy reinforcing the squad that limped to the finish line last spring. Thus far Gavin Bazunu, Mateusz Lis, Armel Bela-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia have signed while a deal for Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo is believed to be close. Moussa Djenepo, Theo Walcott and Nathan Redmond could all still depart should suitable permanent or loan moves be found but Elyounoussi is set to stay with a new deal reinforcing his and the club's commitment to each other. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Southampton sign young Manchester City midfielder Romeo Lavia #MCFC #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS have completed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Romeo Lavia on a five-year-deal, becoming the fourth arrival of the summer for a reported inital fee of £10.5 million. The 18-year-old Belgium youth international is a natural ball-winner and will provide manager Ralph Hasenhuttl further competition and rotation for James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu. Lavia had a rapid rise at Man City since his arrival from Anderlecht in summer 2020, winning the under-23s player of the season in his first campaign – just 17-years-old. Pep Guardiola gave the youngster senior debuts in both the EFL Cup and FA Cup last season, while he was a regular for the Cityzens in the UEFA Youth League. READ MORE: After signing his deal and completing a move to Staplewood, Lavia said: “I’m really delighted to join this club. "I think this club has a really good culture with young players, so I’m really happy to be here. “When I heard of the interest of Southampton I was buzzing because there’s an opportunity for young players to develop as much as possible and I’m very excited.” Lavia is the second signing from Pep Guardiola’s Citizens, following 20-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu – who was the first player in at Staplewood Campus last month. Since then, Saints have also announced 25-year-old Polish shot-stopper Mateusz Lis and 20-year-old defender Armel Bella-Kotchap. Lavia continues Sport Republic’s policy of recruiting the best available youngsters from across the country, and giving them their first Premier League steps. On his new addition, Hasenhuttl added: “Roméo is an extremely talented young player at the start of his career who is open-minded and wants to learn and develop his game with us. “We are very excited to sign him ahead of many other interested clubs. It proves that we have a positive reputation for improving young players, which we have worked hard to build up over the years. “Roméo is coming from one of the best teams in the world, learning from the best manager and the best players. Now it is up to him to show us why he deserves to play in the Premier League, as we hope to help take his game to the next level.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Dejan Kulusevski recalls ‘weird’ Tottenham moment involving Son Heung-min on last day of PL Season #THFC

    Dejan Kulusevski has wowed in his short time at Tottenham but there is one moment he would ideally like to forget. Leading 2-0 at Norwich City on the final day of the 2021/22 season, the Swede had a glorious opportunity to make it three just after the hour mark. Kulusevski’s mistake didn’t prove costly at all […]

  • #PLStories- Burnley and Holland striker Wout Weghorst recalls special time on loan at Turf Moore #BURNLEYFC

    Wout Weghorst says his time at Turf Moor has been “special” and hasn’t ruled out playing for Burnley again. The forward joined the Clarets from Wolfsburg for a reported £12million fee back in January, scoring two goals in 20 appearances as the club was relegated from the Premier League. The 29-year-old has now joined Turkish outfit Besiktas on a season-long loan as he aims to make the Holland squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. “I had my thoughts already before I moved to Burnley half a year ago. Of course, we spoke about it,” Weghorst told the club’s Twitter page. “The World Cup is coming up now and that is really important for me, I think it is my biggest dream. It is the biggest (thing) you can achieve as a professional football player. “We have got a trainer (Louis van Gaal) who has clear thoughts about it and playing at the highest level. He is really strict about it so if I want to be there, I had to make the decision.” Despite suffering relegation, Weghorst says he made memories at Turf Moor that “will always have a place in my heart”. The Dutch international refused to rule out the possibility of playing for the Clarets again after his loan spell. He added: “The Burnley fans at Turf Moor, they actually made my dream in England, my Premier League dream. The club and especially the fans, they made it that special. “The songs they sung for me and the moments we shared, it is something which I will always keep in my mind and will always have a place in my heart. “Don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely not that I am feeling too good for the Championship or that I don’t want to play in the Championship with Burnley. “From my side, there are some reasons for it and I spoke with the club before I came. We had our discussions about it, our vision and thoughts. “There could be a return from my side and we could have more positive and successful moments together. I am looking forward to that moment.”

  • #PLStories- Rhys Williams wants to impress Jurgen Klopp and fight for Liverpool future #LFC

    It promises to be a season of great importance for Liverpool defender Rhys Williams.   It was hoped a temporary switch to Swansea last term would further aid the development of Williams, though he returned to Liverpool early after being limited to only five appearances. Addressing his aims ahead of the new season, Rhys Williams said: […]

  • #PLStories- New Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams ‘super excited’ about playing in Premier League #LUFC

    New Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams admits he can’t wait to play in front of a packed out Elland Road following his summer transfer move from RB Leipzig. The American international has signed a five-year contract with the Whites after swapping Leipzig for Leeds in a £20m transfer. Tyler Adams said: “Super excited. You know, walking […]

  • #PLStories- Jamie Vardy reveals his ambitions with Leicester City and opportunity to play in USA #LCFC #MLS

    Jamie Vardy has revealed he wants to extend his Leicester City contract beyond next summer. Despite such an incredible level of success, Vardy is still hungry for more and has confirmed that he wants to stay at the club beyond the summer of 2023. He openly discussed his future when asked about moving to the United […]

  • #PLStories- Lukasz Fabianski signs new West Ham contract as David Moyes continues squad rebuild #WHUFC

    West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he is “honoured and proud” after signing a one-year contract extension with the club. Lukasz Fabianski said: “I’m obviously pleased and very happy that I can stay for one more year, so I’m excited about it, for sure. The way the club has developed and started to reach its […]

  • #PLStories- Divock Origi explains reasons behind ‘mythical’ move from Liverpool to AC Milan #LFC #ACMILAN

    Divock Origi has revealed the culture and history of AC Milan as a club played a major role in his decision to sign for the Italian giants this summer. The Belgian striker ended his association with Liverpool at the end of last season and his move to Milan was officially announced earlier this afternoon, having put […]

  • #PLStories- Bill Kenwright sends emotional farewell message to Duncan Ferguson after Everton exit #EVERTONFC

    Bill Kenwright has sent a heart-warming farewell message to Duncan Ferguson after his exit from Everton was confirmed.  Ferguson will be fondly remembered by fans for his commitment and passion shown whenever representing the club, with his lasting contributions not lost on Kenwright as the 50-year-old prepares for a new chapter in his career. The Blues’ chairman, […]

  • #PLStories- Dale Stephens says he is ‘lucky’ to be training at Brighton #BHAFC

    Dale Stephens will train with Albion until the end of the week as he looks for a new club. The former Seagulls midfielder says he is lucky to have the chance to work at Lancing. Pre-season training continues this week before Albion start their friendly fixtures against Union St-Gilloise on Saturday. Stephens, who was released by Burnley at the end of last season, said: “It’s trying to find the right fit. “I had a difficult couple of years not playing many minutes. “I think the main focus is trying to get as many games as possible over the next couple of years. “All last week or so I’ve been okay. “A lot of lads are in the same position. “The closer it gets to the start of the season, which is obviously the end of the month in the Championship, it’s obviously going to play on your nerves a little bit more. “At the moment, I think I’m in a good enough position where I’ve been lucky enough to go down to Brighton and train last week. “I’m due to do that this week up until Friday so I know I’m doing as much as I can in the meantime. “I can imagine in a couple of weeks’ time it will be more edgy, I think.”   📱 “I actually found out I’d been released on Twitter…”❌ “It’s bizarre. There wasn’t dialogue, but it was a clean break.”Dale Stephens reveals how he found out he’d been released by Burnley pic.twitter.com/2UMb6mPVeX — talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 3, 2022 Stephens revealed he knew Burnley would let him go - but confirmation only came when he saw the news on Twitter. He worked alone on his fitness while on holiday in Greece. Speaking to TalkSPORT, he added: “I’m in the best position at the moment in that I’m getting touches of the ball and the physical output. “The technical stuff I probably wouldn’t get if I was training on my own.”

  • #PLStories- Marcus Rashford admits buzz in Manchester United training ground after new manager arrival #MUFC

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has seemingly made a final decision over his immediate future after the 24-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. Marcus Rashford said: “We have got that feeling of excitement and that buzz around the training ground again and so it is definitely positive going into pre-season. It […]

  • #PLStories- James Tarkowski reveals reasons for joining Frank Lampard’s Everton #EVERTONFC

    Everton have made their first signing of the summer with former Burnley defender James Tarkowski joining on a free transfer. The 29-year-old’s arrival had been anticipated after his contract at Turf Moor expired on Thursday, and he has now signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park. James Tarkowski said: “I’m excited to have joined Everton. […]

  • #PLStories- New Crystal Palace signing Malcolm Ebiowei reveals Cristiano Ronaldo as his hero #CPFC

    Malcolm Ebiowei has opened up on his move to Crystal Palace after the teenager was officially announced as the club’s first summer signing this week. Malcolm Ebiowei said: “I’m delighted, I’m over the moon. I’m south London born and bred, so it’s a plus for me. I have seen a lot of players step up […]

  • #PLStories- Burnley manager Vincent Company signs Taylor Harwood-Bellis on loan from Manchester City #BURNELYFC #MCFC

    Burnley have completed the signing of Taylor Harwood-Bellis on a season-long loan from Manchester City. The 20-year-old joined City at the age of eight and has made eight first-team appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side. Harwood-Bellis played under Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht during the first half of last season and also had a spell at Stoke. He is the Clarets’ third defensive recruit this summer following the arrivals of Luke McNally and CJ Egan-Riley. “I’m buzzing with it. I obviously knew about it for a while, so I’m happy to get it all done - all the medical stuff done - and to get it all sorted,” said the defender. “I feel like this will hopefully be the best season that I’ll have in the Championship with all the experience I’ve got and I’m looking forward to a good season. Hopefully it’s one with lots of success." Harwood-Bellis has also represented England from Under-16 to Under-21 level and even captained the U21 side. Kompany added: "I am looking forward to working with Taylor once again, and I know first-hand the qualities he will bring to the group. "Taylor is a fantastic player and leader with a tremendous mentality that fits within our culture, and he knows exactly what the Championship is all about. “We would like to thank Manchester City for allowing Taylor to join us on loan for the upcoming season." Clarets on social, plus take out a subscription... Keep up to date with our Burnley coverage on social media by joining us on Facebook and Twitter Gain unlimited access to the Lancashire Telegraph website with a premium digital subscription Or if you want the Telegraph newspaper delivered to your door, get in touch with our home delivery team or call us on 0800 953 0227

  • #PLStories- Manchester City sign new goalkeeper Stefan Ortega as new backup for Ederson #MCFC

    Manchester City have signed Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old joins the Premier League champions as back-up to Ederson after his deal expired with the recently relegated Bundesliga side. United States international Zack Steffen was number two last season but is reportedly set to join Middlesbrough on loan. Ortega is […]

  • #PLStories- Southampton goalkeeper Willy Caballero signs new one-year contract #SAINTSFC

    SAINTS goalkeeper Willy Caballero has signed a one-year extension to remain with the club for the upcoming 2022-23 season.  The former Chelsea and Manchester City stopper turns 41 in September, but will likely act as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s third or fourth choice.  Alex McCarthy and summer signing Gavin Bazunu will tussle for the number one shirt, while Caballero acts as back-up and offers his experience and mentality to the group.  He will continue to work alongside goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes, who is part of a seven-man coaching including manager Hasenhuttl. On signing his deal, Caballero said: "The feeling is to be ambitious, to be part of this team, to create a really great atmosphere here, to convince myself and to convince the players that we can do something together – something nice, something big. “If I am thinking just that I can help them grow, it would be a comfortable situation. But I am here to compete with everyone, as I have done in the past and as I have done from the first day, because that is my way to train and feel football.” Mateusz Lis, who also arrived at St Mary’s this summer, could potentially go out on loan – acting as a ready-made replacement for Caballero at the end of next campaign.  Caballero signed for Saints initially as emergency cover while both McCarthy and new Tottenham Hotspur keeper Fraser Forster were unavailable for Hasenhuttl in December.  The Argentine impressed during his one-month stint, and earned a contract to the end of the season. Saints then revealed, in the retained list, that negotiations were under way for another new Caballero deal.  After confirming his stay, Hasenhuttl added: “Willy proved to be a valuable addition to our goalkeeper group last season, both on the pitch in the matches that he played and on the training ground, where his experience is massive for us and the other goalkeepers. “He is an amazing guy who brings a lot of personality to the dressing room, and we are very happy he has decided to stay with us for another year.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Newcastle United’s new defender Sven Botman names Liverpool star among inspirations #LFC #NUFC

    This week saw Newcastle United finally get their deal with Lille for defender Sven Botman over the line. Botman is one of Europe’s most highly touted defenders and tying him down to a five-year deal at St James’ Park is a major coup for Newcastle United. Sven. Botman said: “I look a lot at Sergio Ramos, […]

  • #PLStories- Fernandinho pens poetic farewell letter to Man City fans as he returns to Brazil #MCFC

    Departing captain Fernandinho has written a heartfelt goodbye message to Manchester City and their fans on the final day of his contract. Fernandinho wrote: “I saw. I saw my family proud. I saw supporters that never forgot where they came from. I saw the beauty of being part of a winning team. I saw titles, […]

  • #PLStories- Tottenham manager Antonio Conte delighted with progress of Patron Sanchez #THFC

    Tottenham have had a good start to their summer, signing three players to strengthen Antonio Conte’s squad. There have been a number of players across the world who have been linked with moves to N17, so there are likely to be more new arrivals in the next couple of months. The 26-year-old made 23 Premier League […]

  • #PLStories- Frank Lampard and Carlo Ancelotti give verdict on Richarlison as he leaves for Tottenham #EVERTONFC #THFC

    Lampard on Richarlison “The group love him and his mobility and aggression is a great thing. There is a lot more to come from him.” Lampard on Richarlison after his goalscoring heroics “With Richy I think and I know that he understands what my feelings about him are. I think he is a fantastic, huge […]

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta reveals qualities brought by Kieran Tierney to Arsenal team #ARSENALFC

    Kieran Tierney is expected to stay at Arsenal this summer, according to Football Scotland. It comes after the Scotland international was linked with a £50million move to Manchester City this summer. Discussing the decision of offering a deal, Mikel Arteta said: “As manager of the club, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff and the entire […]

  • #PLStories- Leicester City Marc Albrighton admits fears of getting old every year #LCFC

    The Leicester City squad were ready to return for training ahead of the new campaign, winger Marc Albrighton has said, even though last season’s heavy schedule left the players desperate for a holiday. Marc Albrighton said: “Last season I would say was the most difficult of my career in terms of the amount of games, […]

  • #PLStories- Vincent Kompany on what he learned from Pep Guardiola and ‘unbelievable’ culture at Burnley #BURNLEYFC #MCFC

    Burnley boss Vincent Kompany says it is “massive" to have Jack Cork tied down as the club prepares for a new chapter. The midfielder, who has made more than 200 appearances during two spells at Turf Moor, put pen to paper over a new two-year contract. Kompany is delighted Cork will be sticking around after losing Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Nick Pope among others following relegation from the top-flight. “That was massive for me,” he said. “I don’t know how much it has been put forward but I can tell you that the culture that has been built here over the years, and I have to give credit to Sean (Dyche) and all the people who have worked in this building with him. “The culture in this club is unbelievable and I would rather start with that every day of the week than with a talented team with the opposite personalities. “We have got a good starting point and that is not going to change. If anything, if I can sharpen it even more I will do so. I want to protect that and that will be at the centre of everything.” Kompany is also keen to have former Liverpool and Wales wide man Craig Bellamy alongside him in the dugout. Bellamy played alongside Kompany at Manchester City and also had a spell working alongside him in Belgium. The Burnley chief added: “He’s one of the rumours that were actually correct, after the pics got out. “He’s someone I have huge respect for. He’s incredibly gifted and he’s a typical misunderstood guy who gives so much. If I can have him with me, I will.” Kompany won four Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad, two of them coming under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. When asked what he had learned from his former boss, the Belgian said: “I met this fantastic coach, the best in the world and the simple thing I took from him was, not a style of football, but that he was the very best at telling his players why they were doing things on the pitch."

  • #PLStories- David Moyes reveals why he signed Alphonse Areola #WHUFC

    West Ham are closing in on the permanent signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola after the France international spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan in east London from Paris Saint-Germain. A £10.5 million fee is set to be paid for the World Cup winner ahead of the new campaign as Moyes looks to take his side back […]

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea’s problems are in the attacking half #CHELSEAFC

    With Boehly having met with Mendes in Portugal last week, it’s believed that Ronaldo’s future was among several topics discussed amid his uncertain future at United. Whether or not Chelsea make a move for the talisman remains to be seen, but Tuchel is keen to bolster his strike force this summer and the Portugal international […]

  • #PLStories- Lucas Moura confirms Tottenham exit after current contract expires #THFC

    Lucas Moura has revealed that his plan is to exit Tottenham when his contract in north London comes to an end. Signed from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018, the Brazilian has been a favourite of his managers during his time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and has so far made 202 appearances for the club. Lucas […]

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s limited transfer budget amid growing champions league competition #ARSENALFC

    Porto have already claimed that they have agreed a deal with Arsenal to sell midfielder Fabio Vieira this summer in an official statement. The Portuguese side claim the initial fee paid by the Gunners will be roughly £30million, with £5million in add-ons. The 22-year-old could be one of the first signings of the window for Mikel […]

  • #PLStories- James Ward-Prowse on his commitment to Southampton ahead of summer transfer window #SAINTSFC

    JAMES Ward-Prowse insisted his commitment to Saints “stems from the training ground and love for playing” ahead of a summer with anticipated transfer interest. The 27-year-old captain and England international had already been linked to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United by the time last season was over. That is testament to the 10 goals he registered – and a further five assists – for the first time in the Premier League, and an all-round contribution to the St Mary’s side. Fees in the region of £75million had been reported elsewhere as required to prise the talisman away with a contract until 2026 safeguarding Ward-Prowse’s value. He signed that deal to end Aston Villa sniffing around last summer, after a £25million offer from the Villans was rejected by the club. Ward-Prowse spent the first two weeks of June away with the England national team, but only featured once in the wretched break - 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw with Italy. And asked by the Daily Echo if he feels he can do anymore to show his commitment to the club and city, Ward-Prowse insisted: “My commitment stems from the training ground and my love for playing football. “That is ultimately what has got me here and that will never, ever change. My passion and love for what I do and making sure I enjoy every moment I’m out on the pitch." He added: “That is the way that I show my commitment and I’ll continue to do so. “I think everybody wanted to finish the season well, and is looking forward to getting away and having that break. “It’s an intense period of the year where we’re working very hard and it’s a nice moment to sit back and reflect on what has gone on in the last few months, and look forward to recharging the batteries.” Ward-Prowse, like any player of his ability, is ambitious and – even if he does not admit it – will likely have stray thoughts of how he could contribute at the very top level. The biggest disappointment of another slide down the Premier League table last season, with perhaps financial reward aside, is failing to show players like Ward-Prowse how the club is moving forward. Ward-Prowse’s commitment to the club is such that he will sign the five-year deal to ward off interest and settle supporters’ nerves during an exodus of other key players. But the club needs to repay that with fulfilling the maestro’s ambitions. Integral to that will be his Three Lions involvement under Gareth Southgate. He has been open about the ‘hurt’ of narrowly missing the European Championship squad – how it made the nation’s joy difficult to stomach – and he will not want to experience that again this winter. “I like to think so,” Ward-Prowse speculated, asked if he is doing enough to be in the camp this time around. “I have always said that what I do in a Southampton shirt will then enable me to hopefully be in the England squad. “Hopefully I have done enough but I just concentrate on what I can do for now.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Raheem Sterling reveals telling Man City and Chelsea what he wants #MCFC #CHELSEAFC

    Raheem Sterling is the latest Manchester City player to be linked with a transfer away from the Etihad this summer as reports on Sunday suggested Chelsea were confident of securing his signing. In fact, in October 2021, he publicly declared his openness to leaving City in search of games as he told the Financial Times: Raheem […]

  • #PLStories- Calvin Ramsay reveals his main strength as attack after joining Liverpool #LFC

    New Liverpool signing Calvin Ramsay has sent a heartfelt message to his former club Aberdeen after completing his move to Merseyside. Calvin Ramsay wrote: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Aberdeen FC over the years, The players, staff, fans and everyone behind the scenes it’s been an absolute pleasure to […]

  • #PLStories- Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold laments money wastefulness by previous CEO Ed Woodward #MUFC

    The Glazers’ time in charge of United has been widely criticised by supporters throughout their tenure, with the family overseeing decline over the years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager. Arnold though defended the spending that has occurred over the years, and insisted he will need more money in order to turn things around […]

  • #PLStories- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall thanks Leicester City supporters after ‘magical’ debut season #LCFC

    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has thanked the Leicester City supporters for the support during his debut season at the King Power Stadium. The midfielder broke into Brendan Rodgers’ first team last season. The academy graduate’s eye-catching performances earned him the Players’ Player and Young Player of the Season awards in May. Kieran Dewsbury-Hall said: “The 2021/22 season will be […]

  • #PLStories- Crystal Palace change club badge ahead of new kit launch to reflect new heritage claim #CPFC

    Crystal Palace have announced that they are changing their club crest to reflect the “indisputable fact” that their origins can be traced back to 1861. Steve Parish said: “As a lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace, I was proud to learn that our history can be traced back to the Victorian cricketers of 1861 and the […]

  • #PLStories- New Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu reveals reasons for joining Saints and Portsmouth rivalry #SAINTSFC

    NEW Saints goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu insisted “I need to prove I’m ready to play” but is not shy to admit he made the St Mary’s move to find Premier League gametime. The 20-year-old shot-stopper has departed Manchester City on a permanent basis having never made a senior appearance for the club, but with a big reputation. The Republic of Ireland international has excelled on the world stage for country and in League One over two loan spells, including winning Portsmouth’s player of the year last season. He now links up with the Saints group permanently as replacement for the outgoing Fraser Forster, who joins Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer at the end of his contract this month. Read more  “The biggest thing is opportunity, that I can come here and fight for my place is probably the biggest thing,” Bazunu said, asked why he made the decision to leave the English champions. “To leave Manchester City was a big decision considering the size of the club and where they are, but it’s a brave and important one to make in my career. I want to continue the gametime I’ve been getting over the past two years and obviously I want to play. “The Premier League is the pinnacle, everybody wants to be here and like you said it doesn’t matter if I’m here but not playing as long as I’m here. I need to first of all prove that I’m ready to play, and if I get the opportunity I need to perform to keep my place.” Bazunu made 46 appearances for bitter rivals Pompey last season, and admits he knows about the hatred between the two Hampshire sides. However, he was respectful to his former loan home and labelled the supporters “brilliant”. “Yeah I know it’s a massive rivalry between two big clubs,” Bazunu added. “My time at Portsmouth was brilliant, I really enjoyed it and the fan base were brilliant. “They gave me a platform to go and play and without being there I wouldn’t have the opportunity to come here. Now I’m looking forward to hopefully playing in the Premier League.” Bazunu signed for Manchester City as a 16-year-old and is looking to keep himself at the forefront of the changing dynamic surrounding goalkeepers’ influence on the game. As a youth playing for Shamrock Rovers, Bazunu was insistent instead on playing as a left-wing and had to be persuaded to go in goal – perhaps that is why he is so good with his feet. “The game really is evolving in terms of how brave goalkeepers have to be and not just in the old sense of coming for crosses and being strong,” Bazunu said. “Decision making and the risks you have to take, the ability you have to have with the ball at your feet. It’s a side of the game I really enjoy, being creative. “Some people see goalkeepers as destroyers but to be creative is a really important part. You see the way so many teams are starting to play out, the goalkeepers start the attacks.” On his time at City, Bazunu added: “It was massive, I wasn’t there for the past two years but beforehand but it’s similar to Southampton – the big thing was the people. “It’s an amazing club in terms of all the people and how welcoming they are, I learned so much in my first year and that allowed me to have my two loan seasons.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Kasper Schmeichel insists Leicester City progress despite disappointing league position #LCFC

    Kasper Schmeichel insists Leicester City did make progress last season despite dropping down the Premier League table. The City captain helped guide the club to eighth in the standings, three places and 14 points shy of their finish in the previous campaign, when they challenged for a Champions League spot but just fell short. As he looks […]

  • #PLStories- Brendan Rodgers reveals ambition to disrupt top teams and dream big for Leicester City #LCFC

    Brendan Rodgers wants Leicester City supporters to know he is going into the new season dreaming of the heights the club can reach. The City manager does not want to put limits on the ambition of the club heading into the new campaign, with excitement set to ramp up this week when the Premier League fixtures […]

  • #PLStories- Man City legend Vincent Kompany now a Premier League manager #MCFC #BURNLEYFC

    BURNLEY have confirmed the appointment of Vincent Kompany as their new first-team manager. The Clarets have been without a permanent boss since Sean Dyche’s departure back in April, with Under-21s chief Mike Jackson taking interim charge in the final weeks of the season. Kompany enjoyed a successful playing career at Manchester City among others before returning to boyhood club Anderlecht in 2019, initially joining as player-manager. He guided the club to a third-place finish in the Belgian league last season before announcing his departure amid links with a move to Turf Moor. “Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” Kompany told the club’s website. “I’m excited by the challenge ahead. “I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor. “I’ve been impressed by the board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season.” The Clarets are preparing for life back in the Championship following relegation from the top-flight last season. Chairman Alan Pace is delighted to have secured Kompany's services and is excited by his philosophy. He added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Vincent to Burnley Football Club. “Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley Football Club, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League. “Vincent has shown impressive credentials in leading one of Belgium’s biggest teams back to European football and a cup final last season and we’ve been excited by his philosophy, approach and ambition for the club.” Clarets on social, plus take out a subscription... Keep up to date with our Burnley coverage on social media by joining us on Facebook and Twitter Gain unlimited access to the Lancashire Telegraph website with a premium digital subscription Or if you want the Telegraph newspaper delivered to your door, get in touch with our home delivery team or call us on 0800 953 0227

  • #PLStories- Fraser Forster makes Tottenham claim and Antonio Conte admission after transfer #THFC

    Fraser Forster became Tottenham’s second summer signing, about a week after the announcement of Ivan Perisic. Both players have signed for Spurs on two-year free deals, with their contracts at their former clubs expiring this summer. After making the move to N17,  the 34-year-old was full of praise for his new club. Fraser Forster said: “When […]

  • #PLStories- Darwin Nunez explains why he chose Liverpool amid Manchester United interest #LFC #MUFC

    Darwin Nunez has revealed why he chose a move to Liverpool amid interest from Manchester United. Despite United being in need of a new forward to support Cristiano Ronaldo, who now finds himself as the club’s only number nine following Edinson Cavani’s departure, it became clear over recent weeks they were set to be beaten by […]

  • #PLStories- Rory Wilson makes Rangers admission after Aston Villa transfer confirmed #AVFC

    Rangers prospect Rory Wilson has confirmed a transfer to Aston Villa on his personal Instagram account, as the club continues to invest heavily within the improvement of the youth squads within the club. Wilson also commented on an exit from Rangers prior to his personal announcement, Rory Wilson said: “Rangers have been brilliant for me. There’s […]

  • #PLStories- Erling Haaland ‘proud’ as Man City transfer completed #MCFC

    Manchester City have completed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. The Premier League champions announced last month they had agreed a deal with the German club after triggering the prolific Norway striker’s £51.1million release clause. The 21-year-old has now signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will officially join Pep Guardiola’s squad […]

  • #PLStories- New Southampton assistant coach Ruben Selles reveals what to expect in Hasenhuttl pairing #SAINTSFC

    NEW Saints first-team lead coach Ruben Selles has revealed he is “in the same line” as manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, but his different details will “give the best” to the team. The 38-year-old former FC Copenhagen assistant manager was announced as joining Hasenhuttl’s coaching staff, ahead of the new season, last week. He is the first appointment since the departure of Craig Fleming, Dave Watson and Kelvin Davis as Saints shuffle the pack in response to a dire campaign-end. Selles is a student of football, completing his UEFA Pro License at the age of just 25, and has since worked in various roles across Europe’s minor leagues. New assistant Ruben Selles has given an interview to #SaintsFC.💬 "You will win or lose, but to make a strong team together. Always in Southampton you speak about the family, so I think that has been one of the main points – to be able to create that kind of environment." pic.twitter.com/QFb10Tijd6 — Alfie House (@AlfieHouseEcho) June 13, 2022 And in his first interview since arriving at St Mary’s, Selles has opened up on the working relationship between him and his new boss – Hasenhuttl. “Ralph is a coach that likes to be active with his team,” Selles told the club website. “Likes to defend really, really high. Read more - Saints paid financial settlement to acquire new assistant “Likes to have a good defensive system to press high, to get the back four far away from the goalkeeper, to press the opponent, to get the ball back as quick as possible, so I would say we have a lot of common points with our philosophy.” He continued: “Ralph is from the Red Bull philosophy, where you can find the organisation and the respect to the ball that you need, so I think we are in the same line. “Of course with different details, and that’s why it’s going to be good, because we can, from each perspective, give the best to the team.” Saints have backed Ralph Hasenhuttl with his reported first-choice assistant (Pic: Stuart Martin) Born in Valencia, Selles’ career has taken him to Greece, Russia, Azerbaijan and Norway, as well as native Spain, where he held youth coaching roles with Valencia and Villarreal. Selles regularly worked as an assistant manager, most recently last season where he helped FC Copenhagen win their first league title in three years and qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Conference League. “Due to my career I’ve worked in seven countries now, including England,” he added. “I think I know how to adapt quick into new environments with new people, new players, new culture, and that has been a big point in the last 10 years of my career, working in Azerbaijan and Denmark mainly. “This also helps in the way that we have been really successful in both countries with four different clubs, and I think that says that I have the ability to read the environment and what is needed to organise a team to be a winning team. “You will win or lose, but to make a strong team together. Always in Southampton you speak about the family, so I think that has been one of the main points – to be able to create that kind of environment in a team and to perform together to reach the next level.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Southampton ace Romain Perraud on positive mind, Livramento and English life #SAINTSFC

    ROMAIN Perraud insists there were “two decisions” he could have made when struggling to make Ralph Hasenhuttl’s XI early in his first season in English football. One - to become disillusioned - would have been easy for the Frenchman, away from his family, friends and beloved partner in a new country.  The other takes a sense of calm derived from self-belief, ready introspection and a willing to work. "You can be not happy and angry, or you can learn,” the 24-year-old summer arrival simply put to the Daily Echo. Perraud, signed from Stade Brest for around £10million, started three of the first four Premier League games - but just three of the next 14 as Kyle Walker-Peters began to strangle that left side. “When I arrived I needed to adapt to this championship, to the Premier League,” Perraud said. “It was a big difference with the French first division and Premier League. Romain Perraud has enjoyed his first season in English football (Pic: Stuart Martin) “I began the first two games and after I was on the bench. When you’re on the bench, you have two decisions. "You can be not happy and angry at training or you can learn. In my mindset, I have to learn everything every day.” He continued: “When you’re on the bench, you watch your teammates and you have to learn okay I need to do this, I need to improve this. “This is my mindset and the season is very long, it is not a sprint but more of a marathon. Hopefully I have the chance to play and to give everything for my club.” It was over that superb run at the start of 2022 where Saints began to see exactly what Perraud was capable of, with solid defending and ambitious attacking. Thumping a long-range strike off the crossbar during the 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur, his first goal in England came soon after with a similarly impressive effort in the FA Cup versus West Ham. Video: Romain Perraud’s goal against West Ham #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/mrQERgaYY7 — SaintsExtra (@SaintsExtra) March 2, 2022 On a personal note – despite Saints being unable to buy a win – it was all going so well for Perraud, until a fracture cut his season short going into the final week. He should be able to return for pre-season, and travel with the squad to Austria in mid-July. However, fellow full-back Tino Livramento will be kept out until 2023 with the ACL injury he suffered away at Brighton in April. It was Perraud who replaced the distraught 19-year-old on the day – and it thrusts him into a more significant role, with Walker-Peters now needed on his usual side.  “I was very sad for Tino because when I came onto the pitch against Brighton I was shocked,” Perraud reflected. Romain Perraud could start almost every game in Tino Livramento's absence (Pic: PA) “He will come back for sure because he is very, very good. So I have thought for him. "For me, there is Thierry Small on my position as well. If I am good, I will play – if I am not good, I will not play,” he added, taking nothing for granted. “I can be the only one on the position and still you have to prove on the pitch. Next season I have to do more. I am looking forward to the next season as well.” Things should get easier off the pitch for Perraud, with his girlfriend – who had been living in France for work - set to make a permanent move to England. “From July we will be together definitely,” the ace said with a smile. “It will be a good year for me for the next season. “It was not easy but you know, when you play football and you have been making sacrifices for a long time, what you have to do to be on the top. “I love England. I love the culture and the passion for the football,” he explained. "I live in Winchester, a quiet city and it is not so far from Southampton or London. "When you have a day off you can take time to discover different places. This is good for me, my girlfriend and my family as well.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is inspiration to Ecuadorian Jeremy Sarmiento #BHAFC

    Jeremy Sarmiento has revealed his colleague and best mate is inspiring him to shine for Albion and Ecuador. The winger and his family have been helping Moises Caicedo settle into English life after his move from South America. Sarmiento and Caicedo are close mates off the pitch and are currently away with their national team. Caicedo has made a huge impression with the Seagulls and is a mainstay of La Tri. He played the full game as Ecuador beat Cape Verde 1-0 in a friendly in Florida last night. Sarmiento has not reached that level yet and has been impeded by injury. But he is back in action after his latest hamstring issue, havving played the first half last night, and has set sights high. Caicedo spent the first half of last season on loan at Beerschot. Sarmiento said: “When I knew he was coming back from Belgium, from the first minute I was with him. “Helping him with whatever. “I also learn a lot from him on the pitch. “He is playing all the matches and he is tearing it up and that pushes me to be in the team with him on the same pitch. “It is fantastic to have a friend who I can share things with at Brighton and in the Ecuador squad.” Sarmiento was first to make his Prem debut – and was handed a first start at West Ham on December 1. A hamstring injury early in that game blew a big hole in his season. He suffered a similar, but less serious, setback when he suddenly pulled up when playing for the under-23s at home to Chelsea late in the campaign. While not a major blow, it was enough to end his club season. But Ecuador boss Gustavo Alfaro has used him as a sub in recent friendlies against Nigeria and Mexico in the United States. From New Jersey and Chicago, Ecuador have now moved south to Fort Lauderdale to play Cape Verde over the weekend. Sarmiento loves the fact they have stuck with him during his injury problems. He said: “When I made my debut with Brighton, from what they tell me, I think they were watching as well. “They got in contact with my dad, with the club, with me. “They offered me the chance to go to qualifiers against Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela. “I was surprised, to tell the truth. “It was very quick, I didn’t expect it. “But I could see they had this trust in me that Gustavo still has. “I thank him a lot, not only him but the staff and coaches as well. “I’ve had injuries and it has not been easy for me and they know I’m not at my maximum yet, still recovering. “But they still keep me in mind. “They still have this confidence in me. WHY BRIGHTON LOOKS RIGHT CHOICE FOR IN-DEMAND JULIO ENCISO “I’m very grateful for this chance to help the team get as far as possible. I’m happy.” Sarmiento was born to Ecuadorean parents in Madrid. He spent about a decade in London, followed by a stint in Lisbon playing for Benfica. Three countries were keen on getting him involved in their national set-ups. He said: “When I first came to Brighton, England called me and so did Spain. “But I always had this dream of representing my country and also my parents’ country and making them happy as well. “I feel more at home with the Ecuador national team. “The atmosphere there is different to, for example, people here. “Here people are colder. “There, you go in the changing room and everyone is dancing (laughs) and doing stuff, it’s good to be in this atmosphere. “My time with the Ecuador squad has been phenomenal.”

  • #PLStories- Lucas Moura makes final Tottenham transfer decision amid Champions League admission #THFC

    It seems that a decision may have been made about Lucas Moura’s Tottenham future, as he opened up about his conversations with the club this week. The Brazilian has been one player who has had question marks raised over his future in north London. Since last year, the Brazilian has spoken about the prospect of him […]

  • #PLStories- Jacob Ramsey misses out on PFA Young Player of the Season award as Man City youngster Phil Foden pips him #MCFC #AVFC

    Aston Villa ace Jacob Ramsey has been pipped to the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Young Player of the Season award by Manchester City’s Phil Foden. Despite his impressive season at Villa Park, Ramsey was pipped to the top youth gong by Man City’s Phil Foden. Speaking after receiving the award, Phil Foden said: “I’m really honoured, especially […]

  • #PLStories- Harry Wilson explains Neco Williams Liverpool transfer talks and makes Fulham admission #LFC #FULLHAMFC

    Harry Wilson has issued a hopeful come-and-get-him plea to Fulham for Liverpool’s Neco Williams. Wilson opened up on the half-season spent with Williams in London as the pair led Fulham to Premier League promotion under Marco Silva. The Fulham star, who made two appearances for the Reds and joined the Cottagers permanently having initially joined on […]

  • #PLStories- Kyle Walker-Peters reveals his message to injured Tino Livramento #SAINTSFC

    KYLE Walker-Peters revealed he has told injured Tino Livramento to “take his time” and avoid rushing back to fitness for Saints. The 19-year-old defender missed the end of the season after picking up an ACL injury during the 2-2 draw at Brighton, undergoing surgery successfully last month. It followed a supremely successful first season in senior football, in which Livramento made 28 appearances in the Premier League. The former Chelsea academy star looks set to miss at least the rest of 2022, but fellow right-back Walker-Peters admits he has encouraged him to not rush his recovery. “I think he has shown everyone how good he is and to be able to do that at 18 is incredible,” Walker-Peters told the club website. Saints defender Kyle Walker-Peters (Pic: Stuart Martin) “He’s had an incredible season and that’s what I said to him, take some time to relax. “You’ve had a good season and you’ve shown everyone in the Premier League you can cope. He’s young and will want to rush back but I’ve told him to take his time.” Livramento’s arrival as a teenager last summer saw Walker-Peters receive a shock benching – despite the youngster having only played 45 minutes of pre-season. The short cameo versus Athletic Bilbao – in which he assisted for Theo Walcott with one of his first touches of the ball in red and white – and what Livramento showed Ralph Hasenhuttl in training was enough for the Austrian to make up his mind. Tino Livramento impressed versus the Basque side (Pic: Corin Messer) "Yeah it was (a surprise to be on the bench at Everton)" continued Walker-Peters. “I think it was a shock to most people but that's football sometimes. “The manager decided to go with the team that he wanted to go with that's what he did for I think the first four games. "You know, I had a few cameos where I came on but you know I had to keep my head down, keep working hard just like I've done my whole career. “I've been in plenty of situations like that and I kept grinding it out and when I got the opportunities to play I showed them why I should be in the team." He continued: "I think his arrival has allowed me to show everyone I can play left-back. It's something I've always enjoyed doing. I've done it since I was in the academy at Tottenham, playing left-back. “Through the England youth system, left-back so yeah it wasn't too new to me but it was nice to be able to show everyone, you know, how versatile I am." A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Steve Parish and Patrick Vieira react to four new Crystal Palace player contracts #CPFC

    Steve Parish says tying down James McArthur, Nathaniel Clyne, James Tomkins, and Jordan Ayew to fresh contracts was of “pivotal importance” to ensure the Crystal Palace playing squad kept its fine balance of youth and experience. Steve Parish said: “It remains of pivotal importance to get the right balance of youth and experience in any […]

  • #PLStories- Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish admits ‘frustration’ after revealing COVID hit finances #CPFC

    Crystal Palace have published their full financial results for the Covid-impacted 2020/21 season. The club’s cash balance was also the lowest since being promoted to the top flight, though this would have been offset during the summer of 2021 thanks to money received from the Premier League and the arrival of a new investor, director […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp sends message to Mohamed Salah after Liverpool star wins PFA award #LFC

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reacted to Mohamed Salah winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. During the broadcast of the awards, Klopp took part in an interview to speak about Salah’s success. The German reflected on the season Salah has had, as well as providing an insight into the forward’s attitude in training. […]

  • #PLStories- Farhad Moshiri breaks silence with apology to Everton supporters and spending admission #EVERTONFC

    Farhad Moshiri has apologised to Everton supporters after the club suffered a disastrous season that almost ended in relegation. Farhad Moshiri wrote: “Whilst there is no denying that it was an amazing night when we turned around a 2-0 half time deficit to secure a sensational victory and guarantee a 69th successive season in the […]

  • #PLStories- Anthony Gordon sends defiant diving message to critics #EVERTONFC

    Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon has hit back at critics who have accused him of diving. Gordon was a target for Albania in Tuesday’s win for the Young Lions with Armando Dobra, who plies his trade for Ipswich, sent off for two fouls on the Evertonian. And after the game, Gordon insisted he has been unfairly labelled. […]

  • #PLStories- Fraser Forster on his decision to join Spurs #THFC #SAINTSFC

    FRASER Forster described as a "fantastic opportunity" the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur, insisting: "I couldn't get here fast enough." Forster's departure from Saints after eight years was today confirmed, with his contract set to expire at the end of this month. And Spurs have moved quickly to snap up the England goalkeeper, who arrives on a free transfer and officially becomes a Tottenham player on July 1. Forster will battle Hugo Lloris for the starting spot in north London, with Antonio Conte's Spurs gearing up for a return to the Champions League, following their fourth-placed finish in the Premier League. Discussing his move, Forster told Tottenham's official website: "I’m absolutely delighted. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me. When a team like this comes along, it’s impossible to say no. I couldn’t get here fast enough to get it done. “Everything about the place is world-class. "The stadium is probably the best I’ve ever been to - ask any player in the Premier League, and that’s what they’ll say. "The training ground is unbelievable, to be able to come here and work, and work hard, I’m very privileged. "It’s an opportunity I’m very grateful for." He added: “It will be a fantastic season, fantastic to have Champions League football, obviously, important to have got that, and now having achieved that, I’m sure the club will want to go as far as they can in the competition. "I’ve played almost 50 European games, so if I can come in and help in any way possible, that’s what I’ll be looking to do.” Forster made 162 appearances for Saints, following his arrival from Celtic in the summer of 2014. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Andros Townsend’s father gives injury update on Everton winger #EVERTONFC

    Andros Townsend’s father has provided an update on the Everton forward’s recovery from injury. The 30-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Blues’ FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace at the end of March. He was soon ruled out for the remainder of the season, as he underwent his period of recovery. Everton confirmed soon […]

  • #PLStories- Patson Daka challenged by Brendan Rodgers to make most of his privileged position next season #LCFC

    Patson Daka has been challenged by manager Brendan Rodgers to make the most of his privileged position as Jamie Vardy’s understudy and improve his game next season. The Zambian striker netted 11 goals in his first campaign at the club, following a £23m switch from RB Salzburg, but just one in his last 15 outings of […]

  • #PLStories- Thomas Tuchel praises Kai Havertz for improved Physical and Technical prowess #CHELSEAFC

    Havertz’s act of physicality was another that has arisen since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the helm of Stamford Bridge. Under the Chelsea boss’ stewardship, the youngster has grown into the number role and embraced a new dimension to his game. Thomas Tuchel said: “We can see a lot of intensity and physicality in […]

  • #PLStories- Newcastle United’s Sporting Director Dan Ashworth explains why he chose to join ‘monster’ club while praising fans in first interview #NUFC

    Newcastle United’s new sporting director Dan Ashworth has given fans an insight as to why he chose to join the Magpies, labelling the north east outfit a ‘monster’ of a football club. Giving his first interview since starting his new role, Ashworth admitted he has admired the club from afar in his previous roles and can’t […]

  • #PLStories- Theo Walcott ‘intrigued’ about own future amid reported Southampton exit #SAINTSFC

    THEO Walcott admitted he is “intrigued” to see where his future takes him, after already starting pre-season work for Saints. The 33-year-old forward has begun individual preparations to keep himself fit ahead of a return to Staplewood Campus later this month. The St Mary’s side have given all players programmes to keep in top shape throughout their holidays and breaks. Walcott, however, has been linked with a move away from Saints this summer – with papers such as The Sun suggesting an MLS exit could be one route. The former Arsenal man and Saints academy graduate played just 12 times for Ralph Hasenhuttl across all competitions last season, and not once since February. Theo Walcott has one year left on his Saints deal (Pic: Stuart Martin) He is under contract with Saints until 2023, after signing a two-year deal last summer following a loan spell from Everton. Walcott himself is unsure where his future lies. Speaking on talkSPORT, he joked: “I can share with you that it’s a nice peaceful home at the moment with the kids at school! “I’ve started my pre-season work, Saints give us a lot of work to keep fit and I need to do a lot because I didn’t really play much last season and I need to keep up with these young lads. “I’m intrigued to see what happens next and I’m looking forward to pre-season. I think it’s probably my 20th pre-season, I don’t know, can’t even count. And they’ve brought back the yo-yo, which isn’t nice. There’s no need for the yo-yo!” The yo-yo test Walcott mentions is a maximal aerobic endurance fitness test, involving running between markers placed 20 meters apart, at increasing speeds, until exhaustion. “I remember doing it with (Danny) Ingsy because it was only me and him who came back a bit earlier,” Walcott added. Danny Ings departed Saints last August (Pic: PA) “You run the distance to the cone, and then have a distance you walk back to and then you’ve got to make it on the beep and run again. “We had a bit of a competition and I did not want to drop out first, and the 32-year-old didn’t drop out of first so I was happy with that. “It’s better in a big group because you can sort of get away with not getting to one cone but now they wear the trackers.” After Saints return to training this month, they will head to Austria for a week-long training camp on Wednesday, July 13. If still at the club, Walcott will likely be included in the group that travel and could face Bundesliga side Klagenfurt in a friendly on Monday, July 18. A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Davinson Sanchez proves former boss Nuno Espirito Santo wrong amidst playing for Colombia #THFC

    Davinson Sanchez was one player who had a bit of a rollercoaster last season at Tottenham. The Colombian was playing in various competitions under Nuno Espirito Santo, but struggled to keep consistency and made a number of mistakes. Davinson Sanchez said: “As for my position, I’ve been ready to play in every moment the manager […]

  • #PLStories- Positive Oliver Skipp update as midfielder excited about Antonio Conte pre-season #THFC

    Oliver Skipp will be ready to hit the ground running for the first day of Antonio Conte’s pre-season and a big campaign for Tottenham. The Spurs head coach has high hopes for Skipp, having taken a shine to him quickly after arriving at the club in November, recognising his tactical intelligence, fitness levels and technique and […]

  • #PLStories- Patrick Vieira delighted as James Tomkins and James McArthur sign new contracts ahead of 2022/23 season #CPFC

    Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins has reportedly signed a one-year contract extension at the club. Tomkins was used sparingly by Patrick Vieira last season, featuring in only nine games across all competitions, but did provide useful cover for Joachim Andersen when the Danish international was out injured for a period in November, playing 90 minutes against […]

  • #PLStories- Ben Godfrey opens up on mentally tough Everton season #EVERTONFC

    Ben Godfrey has opened up on the ‘mentally’ tough season he experienced at Everton – and his positive relationship with Frank Lampard. Ben Godfrey said: “This season has been really tough, mentally so tough. To be part of a side that should be nowhere near the bottom end of the table was really disappointing and […]

  • #PLStories- Everton defender Nathan Patterson explains six-week recovery to return #EVERTONFC

    Nathan Patterson has addressed his recovery plan at Everton as he prepares to make his return from injury. Nathan Patterson said: “Getting there. I’ve trained since we’ve came in the door, just working on my fitness with the sports scientists as well making sure I’m ready for the game. I think that’s me ready now. Not […]

  • #PLStories- William Saliba confirms playing for Mikel Arteta next season #ARSENALFC

    William Saliba’s declaration that he intends to return to Arsenal and fight for his place next season can help Mikel Arteta move even closer to assembling the ideal first-team squad size during the summer transfer window. Saliba has moved to end any uncertainty regarding his future William Saliba said: “I belong to Arsenal. I still have […]

  • #PLStories- Antonio Conte confirms Tottenham squad needs more players after January transfer loss #THFC

    Gareth Bale has confirmed that he will not retire following Wales’ qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 32-year-old had considered whether to hang up his boots this summer after Real Madrid decided against renewing his contract.  Tottenham captioned: “Incredible. A huge congratulations to our Welsh boys on securing qualification for the @FIFAWorldCup.” […]

  • #PLStories- Ethan Ampadu hands encouragement to Thomas Tuchel about playing for Chelsea next season #CHELSEAFC

    Ethan Ampadu has helped Thomas Tuchel solve his future at Chelsea ahead of the upcoming transfer window. The 21-year-old guided Wales to the country’s first World Cup since 1958 and, with the utility man set to return to Stamford Bridge from loan this summer, he’s already expressed his desire for regular game time next season. In […]

  • #PLStories- Raphinha gives verdict on transfer away from Leeds during World Cup year #LUFC

    Leeds United’s Raphinha has broken the silence on his transfer situation ahead of the summer window, with Chelsea long linked for a move and Arsenal reportedly eyeing the Brazilian as a potential Nicolas Pepe replacement. Raphinha said: “If I say that it doesn’t matter, I would be lying. Knowing that there are less than six […]

  • #PLStories- Former West Ham coach Stuart Pearce comments on Jarrod Bowen, Declan Rice England and changing allegiance #WHUFC

    Former West Ham coach Stuart Pearce has revealed what he told attacker Jarrod Bowen on his final day at the club. Stuart Pearce said: “I’m really proud to be honest with you, it’s probably the one word I’d use. On my last day, at the Brighton game, I said to him ‘nothing would give me […]

  • #PLStories- Mikel Arteta targets three new transfers amid drastic change to Arsenal’s summer plans #ARSENALFC

    Mikel Arteta is set to make a major change to his transfer plans for the summer transfer window. After missing out on the Champions League by two points to rivals Spurs, Arteta made it clear how important the upcoming transfer window will be for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta said: “We are going to have certain resources. Not […]

  • #PLStories- Seamus Coleman admits determination to learn lessons after near Everton relegation #EVERTONFC

    Seamus Coleman will head into Ireland’s Nations League fixtures relieved to still be a Premier League player. The Republic of Ireland skipper spent the closing weeks of the season with his club Everton fighting desperately for top-flight survival, a scrap which was eventually won with just one game to spare. Reflecting on a tense period in […]

  • #PLStories- Oriol Romeu reveals two things that make Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks so special #SAINTSFC

    MIDFIELDER Oriol Romeu believes James Ward-Prowse’s “given talent” backed up by his work-rate, gave him the claim to be one of the world’s best free-kick takers. The Saints skipper struck his 14th direct free-kick goal in the Premier League for Saints, back at Brighton in April. It took Ward-Prowse four short of David Beckham’s all-time record, standing at 18. The likes of bosses Thomas Frank and Pep Guardiola have hailed the Saints star’s dead-ball acumen, with Romeu also praising the ability and application of the 27-year-old. Speaking about Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter podcast, Romeu said: "He’s crazy. The free-kicks around the box are always a goal chance but also corner kicks, side-kicks, the crosses are always dangerous. “I’m thinking we should score more goals with the balls that are flying in but also you see in training when he has a shot it goals three centimetres out of the top corner "The normal person like me or someone else, the shot goes five metres about the fence, the flight of the ball, his contact, it’s always so clean and perfect - he rarely changes. “He is very accurate and very clean on the contact that’s what makes him so successful.” He added: “There’s two things there, one, he’s got a given talent, then on the practice side, he does practice. “Every week you see him practicing free-kicks but he loves doing it, it’s a bit of both." Ward-Prowse could add to his 10 senior England caps when the Three Lions take on Hungary in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday (5pm).

  • #PLStories- New Aston Villa player Diego Carlos reveals Philippe Coutinho talks and makes ‘fantastic’ Aston Villa admission #AVFC

    Aston Villa have completed the signing of Diego Carlos from Sevilla and the Brazilian has been speaking of his delight at joining the football club. Carlos becomes the fifth South American member of Steven Gerrard’s squad and the centre-back has revealed that Philippe Coutinho has already congratulated him on the move. Having earned his first senior call-up […]

  • #PLStories- Jarrod Bowen explains why Declan Rice has ‘everything’ a club needs amongst transfer speculation #WHUFC

    Jarrod Bowen has told Manchester United why Declan Rice would be their perfect signing, claiming the midfielder has “got everything you need”. That will almost certainly lead to speculation continuing throughout the summer. His West Ham team-mate Bowen, who has joined Rice on England duty this week, doesn’t believe talk of a potential transfer will be […]

  • #PLStories- Harry Maguire explains what Erik ten Hag will bring to Manchester United #MUFC

    Harry Maguire is expecting Erik ten Hag to bring ‘positive energy’ to Manchester United. After being named as United’s next permanent manager in April, Ten Hag was officially unveiled at Old Trafford last week and has begun work at his new club. The Dutchman has a massive job on his hands to turn the team’s fortunes […]

  • #PLStories- Jarrod Bowen remembers his journey from conference to premier league and England call up #WHUFC

    Jarrod Bowen says England call-up a dream come true. Jarrod Bowen admits an England career felt “a million miles away” as he was plying his trade in non-league football just eight years ago. The 25-year-old West Ham forward earned a maiden Three Lions call-up for the forthcoming Nations League fixtures following a fine Premier League campaign. It […]

  • #PLStories- Oriol Romeu expects big summer overhaul in dressing room after multiple bad results #SAINTSFC

    ORIOL Romeu conceded “if we carry on like this we could really struggle” and is expecting changes made to the Saints squad this summer. The transfer window opens in just two weeks with the St Mary’s faithful anticipating a busy first summer under new owners Sport Republic. The club looked to be making quick progress in 2022 and was targeting a first top-half finish under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl this season, but that is not how it transpired. Saints finished in 15th in the Premier League for a second consecutive season, but even amassed three points fewer (40) than last season’s total. Read more - Southampton part ways with three of Hasenhuttl's coaching staff A number of positions have emerged as problem areas with the expiry of contracts and loan deals, and the lack of fight shown in Saints’ final 12 league games leaves Romeu anticipating player overhaul. “When you are not getting results there is always going to be changes,” the Spaniard admitted. “Especially at the end of the season when there is the window and you can look around and reinforce some areas if you want to. Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu is under contract only until summer 2023 (Pic: PA) “The way we are playing has not been good enough, and we want to head into a better direction and right now it looks like if we carry on this we could really struggle, which is not a feeling you want to have. “There could be changes, we don’t know, we don’t make these decisions but I’m pretty sure that will happen.” The Daily Echo understands sources close to the club expect a 'very busy' summer, with players targeted in 'pretty much every position'. The 30-year-old midfielder, whose own contract is set to expire in June 2023, made his 36th Premier League appearance of the season in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Leicester City. “It was heartbreaking to see our fans chanting and singing, being loud and going home with a 4-1 defeat,” he added. Some set of supporters this. 👏 #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/S4O5xZLk67 — Alfie House (@AlfieHouseEcho) May 22, 2022 “It hurts everyone at the club and hurts them as well. It is annoying to go into the summer now with this defeat.” Saints were on the receiving end of a refereeing error and player confusion with the two sides deadlocked at 0-0, at King Power Stadium. James Maddison scored the opener minutes into the second-half after Jon Moss had mistakenly awarded a drop-ball in Leicester’s favour, with Saints in possession when play was halted. It was sent forward by Leicester goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, pressed by Jamie Vardy and finished by his compatriot. Hasenhuttl confirmed after the match he asked Brendan Rodgers to give his team the goal back in the interest of respect, but this did not happen. Ralph Hasenhuttl in discussion with referee Jon Moss at full-time (Pic: PA) “There were a few things that didn’t go our way, we don’t need to talk too much about decisions and what happened but what we need to do better is once we get that first goal,” Romeu insisted, “But coming back into the game at 2-1 and conceding one or two minutes after, what are you going to do in these moments, you need to keep yourself alive in the game and give yourself some options to come back into the game.” “Very weird,” he added on the Foxes’ opener, though. “We are still talking about it and don’t really understand it. “I tried to block Jamie Vardy and he said I kicked him, I was blocking him. He (Moss) gave them the ball and I don’t know why, because we had it. “It is still our mistake, we gave it away too easily and it was an easy chance for them to score. Then probably from that goal everything changed.” #SaintsFC's Oriol Romeu played 45 minutes during his second cap for Catalonia last night.They beat Jamaica 6-0, playing their first fixture since 2019, and the 30-year-old made his first start. 👏 pic.twitter.com/vyJVpScIy1 — Alfie House (@AlfieHouseEcho) May 26, 2022 A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Bruno Lage sets transfer deadline for the club and fires top 6 already booked warning #WOLVESFC

    Bruno Lage is waiting for ‘the money to move’ as Wolverhampton Wanderers look to get their house in order by July 1. The transfer window opens in June but clubs are already negotiating with potential signings. Wolves have once again been linked with Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha as the club look to replace talisman Ruben Neves.Wolves […]

  • #PLStories- Bruno Lage and Ruben Neves discuss about transfer #WOLVESFC

    Wolves will reportedly demand close to a club-record fee for Ruben Neves this summer. It is further suggested that Barcelona are interested in the midfielder, however the Spanish giants are “not willing” to meet Wolves’ valuation. Wolves current record transfer sale is the combined £45million deal for Diogo Jota in 2020, which included the arrival of […]

  • #PLStories- Jurgen Klopp explains why next season will be different for Liverpool #LFC

    Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool not to “take their foot off the gas” next season as he anticipates even greater competition at the top of the Premier League table. The Reds are preparing for a dramatic final day of the top-flight campaign as they aim to complete the third leg of an unprecedented trophy quadruple. Asked […]

  • #PLStories- Ralph Hasenhuttl believes there is ‘A lot of work to do’ to survive next season #SAINTSFC

    RALPH Hasenhuttl admitted there is “a lot of work to do” this summer, anticipating it will be difficult to stay in the Premier League again next season. Saints are heading into their first summer transfer window under new owners Sport Republic next month, knowing supporters expect to see ambition. The poor run of form to end the current campaign has exposed areas that need improvement, and contract situations including the goalkeepers’ are coming to a head. Hasenhuttl expects to be busy, one way or another, in order to keep this side in the top-flight again by next summer. “When you want to change the team you have to bring in players who are better than the ones you have, I don’t have to tell you how this looks like on the market,” he said, looking ahead to summer. “Otherwise you don’t have to change the team. When you want to get better you need to have players who are better, or have more potential to get better when they with us.” He added: “Both ways are doable. The fact is, like every season, we have a lot of work to do and it doesn't get easier. “We are in the Premier League and it will be again a very tough job to stay there.” Saints have one game left of the current season, when they visit Leicester City on Sunday at 4PM.  "It’s true that it wont be the most watched game on the weekend but for us it is important, like everyone’s," Hasenhuttl added.   "We want to end up in a good way and get a little bit of good feeling for the summer break. As you know, the last results haven’t been that good so it’s another chance for showing up and for getting a better result. "It is a team that is in good form and we are struggling a little bit, we see how tough it is and it will be an interesting weekend. We have our game to play and we want to do it in a good way." A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article - we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo. Subscribing to the Echo means you have unrestricted access to the latest news, features and Saints coverage - all with an advertising-light website. You will also have full access to Saintsplus, your new home for Southampton FC tactical analysis, features and much, much more. Don't take my word for it - subscribe here to see for yourself. Follow the latest breaking news in the Southampton area by joining our Facebook group - Southampton News - Breaking News and Incidents Follow the latest court and crime news on our dedicated Facebook group - Hampshire Court and Crime News

  • #PLStories- Brentford extend iconic first Premier League home kit for 2022/23 season #BRENTFORDFC

    Brentford have decided to extend their first-ever Premier League home kit for next season. The Bees achieved promotion from the Championship earlier this year, beating Swansea City 2-0 in May’s play-off final – reaching the top flight for the first time in 74 years. Thomas Frank’s men got off to a flying start, securing a famous 2-0 […]

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