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Well done Silva – Why signing this defensive wall is a well-planned move by Everton

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Why Everton signing Lucas Digne is a good move for the club

According to sources, Everton will complete the signing of Barcelona’s French left-back Lucas Digne, for a reported fee worth around £18m. The player was on the plane with the La Liga champions for their USA pre-season tour, however, the club have now confirmed that the 25-year-old will return to Spain to complete his transfer to the Premier League club.

New Everton manager Marco Silva has made it pretty clear that he requires a quality squad with strength in depth. So the club are supporting him in this regard by spending money in the transfer window, which is due to close in 10 days time.

Good move for both parties

Digne has been on the fringes at Barcelona, playing very few games, since Jordi Alba is quite consistent in that department for the Catalans. Therefore, for the Frenchman, it will be an ideal opportunity to move elsewhere and play regular games to prove his worth.

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The 25-year-old started just 8 league games last season, which is quite a low number for someone blessed with eloquent qualities. He is certain to get more playing time at Goodison Park, with Leighton Baines getting to the latter stages of his fantastic career.

Marco Silva will be pleased to have two left-backs of the highest quality, and with Digne being only 25 years of age, the manager can mould him to become a long-term successor for Baines. Everton will hugely benefit from the Frenchman’s attributes as a left-back and he will be a defensive wall for the Toffees.

The former Roma man is equally adept at impacting the game on both ends of the field. His pace, dribbling and passing skills are accurate enough to cause havoc amongst defenders. His tackling and interception rates of 1.8 and 1 per game respectively epitomizes the defensive part of his game.

Verdict

Everton have often struggled to replace Baines whenever the Englishman gets injured for certain periods of time. Signing Digne will not only assure the 33-year-old’s replacement but also provide assurance for the long-term first-choice role. For the 25-year-old as well, it will be a fantastic opportunity to come out of Jordi Alba’s shadow and cement his position at Goodison.

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Hence, it is a dexterous and well-planned move for the Toffees to get a player who still has plenty of years left in him to perform at the highest level.

Stats Courtesy –  Who Scored.com

 

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“We have only ourselves to blame”, “Total overhaul required”: Some Man United fans livid with drab 3-0 loss to Barcelona + Player Ratings

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Barcelona vs United Ratings: Manchester United Ratings + Fans’ Reaction

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first ever at attempt at clearing the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League came to a rather abrupt halt when Manchester United were quite simply outclassed by a highly superior looking Barcelona side at the Camp Nou Stadium in Catalonia.

Two first half goals from Lionel Messi effectively sealed the win while a brilliant curling effort from former Merseyside man Philippe Coutinho assured the La Liga giants’ progress to the semifinal of the continent’s biggest and most valuable footballing competition.

Here are the Manchester United Player Ratings:

David de Gea 3

The Spaniard had a night to forget in Spain as a grave error from his side led to Barca’s second goal.

Phil Jones 3

Another player who really struggled to get into the pace of the game, Jones was given a proper running around by Messi.

Chris Smalling 5

Didn’t position himself too well in both of Messi’s goals but was far more dependable than his English counterpart.

Victor Lindelof 5

Brought into the right-back role in Ole’s attempt to include Jones in the side, Lindelof didn’t offer much on the night.

Ashley Young 2

Another week, another disgraceful Ashley Young performance. It’s time for United to find a new wing-back.

Scott McTominay 4

Quite possibly their best midfielder on the pitch, despite his inexperience, he showed good composure on the ball at times.

Fred 4

Had a torrid time facing Messi in the middle of the park as he was nutmegged in the build-up to Barca’s opener.

Paul Pogba 3

Other than a good move in the first minute, the Frenchman was merely a spectator for the entirety of the tie.

Jesse Lingard 4

Showed his collectedness on the ball in the opening stages but gradually fizzled out over the course of the game. 

Anthony Martial 4

The Frenchman offered next to nothing going forward and deserves to be dropped in the coming weeks. 

Marcus Rashford 4

The young English striker had massive expectations on his shoulder and unfortunately for him, he couldn’t deliver. 

Substitutes

Diogo Dalot 4

Came on in place of Martial in the final stages but didn’t really have enough time to announce himself. 

Romelu Lukaku 3

Showed some poor touches after coming on and didn’t look his usual clinical self on the night. 

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Alexis Sanchez 6

The introduction of the Chilean changed the course of the tie as he nearly found the Barcelona net. 

Here’s how some disappointed Manchester United fans reacted to this abysmal display by the boys:

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Wolves must do everything to retain this £2m star at all cost amidst interest from Barcelona

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Wolves Opinion: Why Nuno should keep hold of Ruben Vinagre at any cost?

According to a report from Portuguese news outlet O Jogo, Wolves starlet Ruben Vinagre has attracted interest from Liverpool and Barcelona.

The left-back, 20, arrived at the Molineux last summer after impressing on a loan deal from AS Monaco in the Championship. Since his permanent move to Wolves, the youngster has been brilliant and has made 16 appearances across all competitions this season.

Ruben Vinagre played a big role in eliminating Manchester United out of the FA Cup in the quarter-finals last month. However, Wolves were knocked out of the competition by Watford, who came back from two goals down to win 3-2 in the semi-finals at the Wembley Stadium.

Despite his lack of game time, the 20-year-old’s potential is very much visible. Barcelona and Liverpool are rumoured to be keen on his signature in the summer but Nuno Espirito Santo should do everything possible to keep hold of one of his rising stars.

Wolves have done incredibly well in the Premier League since achieving promotion last summer and its credit must go to Nuno Espirito Santo. Nuno has built an exciting Wolves side, a brilliant counter-attacking team that has given a tough time to every single ‘Big Six’ side.

The players Nuno signed in the summer have all performed well, barring Adama Traore. Raul Jimenez has been a standout performer for the Wolves, with the Mexican scoring 12 goals and assisting seven times. Joao Moutinho, Jonny Otto, Rui Patricio and Leander Dendoncker have all played their part this season, while Vinagre—despite limited opportunities—has managed to make an impact.

If Nuno is building a team for the future, keeping hold of a player like Vinagre is a must. He is just 20 but his positional awareness, game-reading skills and maturity certainly belie his age. Whenever he has been given an opportunity, the teenager has seized it with both the hands, most notably against Manchester United in the FA Cup where Vinagre gave Ashley Young all kinds of problems.

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Blessed with great pace, energy and passing skills, the Portuguese has shown flashes of his potential but is yet to embark on an extended run in the side. He was signed for just £2million last summer and to land a player of his talent for such a small fee in this age and market is an outstanding piece of business.

Verdict

Vinagre attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool doesn’t come as a surprise. But Nuno should not sanction the 20-year-old’s sale whatsoever; instead, he should give the Portuguese wing-back an extended run in the Wolves starting XI next season.

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Arsenal rekindling interest in this 29-year-old shot-stopper would do Emery and Bernd Leno a world of good

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Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should make a move for Jasper Cillessen

Back in June 2018, a report from ESPN claimed Arsenal were interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Jasper Cillessen, 29, joined Barcelona from Ajax in 2016 but has only ever been second choice at Camp Nou as a result of failing to dislodge number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The Dutchman has made just 28 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, including just 7 appearances this season.

He has mainly been used in the Copa del Rey this season and according to a report from AS, this campaign’s final against Valencia on May 25 is set to be his last game for Barcelona. If that’s the case, Arsenal should reignite their interest in Cillessen and sign him in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal signed Bernd Leno last summer and after some questionable performances from the German, he has come really good since the last couple of months. And while Leno has become Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper, Petr Cech intends to retire at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

David Ospina will also leave the club after spending this season on loan at Napoli that’ll leave the Gunners with Leno and Emiliano Martinez, who has spent the majority of his Arsenal career on loan at various lower division clubs in England. This further underlines why Emery needs a new goalkeeper to replace Cech ahead of the next season.

Cillessen should be an ideal choice for Arsenal as the 29-year-old needs to leave Barcelona to reignite his stuttering career. He is an experienced goalkeeper but never ever has come close to challenging Ter Stegen for the no.1 spot at Camp Nou. But the Dutchman will likely get a chance to stake his claim at the Emirates, with Leno still to convince on a whole.

Signing Cillessen would not only see the Gunners replace the veteran Cech but also compete with Leno. His ability to pull off breathtaking saves is among the best in Europe, and he’ll be a big asset to Emery if the Gunners manage to sign him.

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Reliable, a fine shot-stopper, comfortable in possession and bags of experience, the former Ajax man has everything to be an inspired addition for the north Londoners.

Conclusion

Without any second thoughts, Arsenal need a new goalkeeper next season. Emery just cannot rely on Leno and Martinez for the entire season if he truly wants to challenge for the title and silverware. Thus, signing Cillessen would be a step in the right direction for Arsenal and Emery must do everything possible to get a deal over the line.

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