Why should Ahmed Hegazi go to Newcastle instead of Brighton this summer
West Brom and Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi has been a Newcastle and Brighton target this summer. The Magpies manager Rafa Benitez must better his squad when compared to last season. The Egyptian defender was one of the standout performers for the Baggies in their collective flop-show, which saw them get relegated to Championship football.
Newcastle are in the market for a new centre-back to cover up for the loss of Florian Lejeune, whose injury will keep him out of the action until 2019. Getting Hegazi will be a decent move for the club and the player, who must be eager to continue playing Premier League football.
Here’s why Hegazi should move to Newcastle this summer and enhance his reputation in the English top-flight:
Rafa Benitez is an experienced manager with plenty of experience of winning big things and getting the best of his players. The Spaniard has done the latter with great effect at Newcastle, where first he took a mediocre (with all due respect) squad to the Premier League and then lead them to a top-half finish in top-flight football. Long story short, Benitez has done a miracle at St James’ Park with a negligible net spend and almost no support from the owners.
Any player who is striving to improve and play his best game should be eager to play under a manager like him. So, Hegazi must join Newcastle and enhance his overall gameplay to uplift his prominence in world football. The Egyptian should get attracted by the prospect of playing under a man who has won European competitions in the past and is doing well at his current club.
Benitez is undoubtedly an attraction for many players who want to lift their game and play to their full potential. Hegazi is a decent centre-back who has the talent to become one of the colossals of the game. He probably needs good coaching and man-management to let him play to the fullest. For that reason, moving to Newcastle will make complete sense for the 27-year-old.
For Newcastle as well, Hegazi will be the right replacement for Lejeune. Signing the Egyptian will ensure that the club are well-prepared for the challenge ahead.
Gabriel Jesus to start ahead of Aguero? – Predicted 4-3-3 Man City XI to face Brighton in the FA Cup
Predicted Man City XI to face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final
Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to inch a step closer in their pursuit of the quadruple when they lock horns with Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.
The Citizens came from behind to beat Swansea City 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the competition, while Brighton edged out Championship strugglers Millwall on penalties to set up an intriguing clash at Wembley.
Man City will be the strong favourites to progress to the finals while Brighton, on the other hand, will be looking for a major upset.
Oleksandr Zinchenko suffered a hamstring injury in City’s mid-week fixture against Cardiff and is ruled out for the FA Cup game, while Guardiola is unlikely to risk Sergio Aguero on Saturday after the talisman missed the last fixture with a knock.
Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are all long-term absentees for the Citizens.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
1. Ederson Moraes (GK)
The Brazilian has been as solid as a rock between the sticks for Man City this season and he is surely an undisputed starter in the semi-final.
2. Kyle Walker (RB)
The Englishman came off the bench against Cardiff but he will be expected to start on Saturday.
3. Vincent Kompany (CB)
The veteran has slipped down the pecking order this season but Guardiola should rely on his experience and composure for this one.
4. Nicolas Otamendi (CB)
The Argentine international started in the quarterfinal victory over Swansea and might get his chance once again this weekend.
5. Aymeric Laporte (LB)
The Frenchman has been one of the standout performers for City at the heart of the defence but he has also filled in admirably at left-back so Guardiola should rely on him to play in an unfamiliar role to cover for Zinchenko’s absence.
6. Ilkay Gundogan (CM)
Fernandinho made his return from injury against Cardiff but Guardiola should be aware of not putting too much pressure on the veteran and the German might get a start in the FA Cup tie.
7. Bernardo Silva (RCM)
He didn’t feature in the mid-week game, which means that he is likely to be handed a start against Brighton in the cup game.
8. David Silva (LCM)
The Spaniard has been in blistering form for the Citizens this season and he is likely to start on Saturday after being rested to make way for Phil Foden in the mid-week game.
9. Raheem Sterling (RW)
He was rested for the game on Wednesday but Guardiola is likely to welcome him back to the starting eleven for the FA Cup semi-final.
10. Leroy Sane (LW)
The German has been an absolute livewire down the left for City and they will be hoping for him to deliver the goods once again on Saturday.
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11. Gabriel Jesus (ST)
The Brazilian missed some simple clear-cut chances against Cardiff but the injury to Aguero might see him continue in the starting eleven.
“Let’s hope Sarri learnt a lesson”, “Best line-up we have now”: Some Chelsea fans happy with 3-0 win vs Brighton + Player Ratings
Chelsea vs Brighton Ratings: Chelsea Player Ratings + Twitter Reaction
Chelsea were comfortable 3-0 winners against visiting Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday night. With 7 changes to the side that played in their narrow win against Cardiff on the weekend, there was a freshness about the Blues side.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the first half thanks to a deft finish from Olivier Giroud while two curling worldies from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave the rampant Blues their second and third goals respectively. With 3 points in the bag, the Blues moved up to 5th above stuttering Manchester United.
Here are the Chelsea Player Ratings:
Kepa Arizzabalaga 7
Was a spectator for most of the match but was assured on the ball.
Cesar Azpilicueta 7
The Spaniard had a decent night down the right but was substituted
Andreas Christensen 7
Composed on the ball and sharp with his forward passing and movement.
David Luiz 7
Chelsea’s secondary distributor, Luiz has a strong game at the back.
Worked hard down the right and created some good chances.
N’Golo Kante 7
His usual collected self and won the ball back on various occasions.
Controlled the pace of the game and even picked out some good balls.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 8
Scored an absolute blinder for Chelsea third and looked sharp all night.
Callum Hudson-Odoi 9
By far the most imaginative player on the pitch, he showed his worth.
Olivier Giroud 8
Held the ball up well and showed good instincts to tuck in the opener.
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Eden Hazard 9
The Belgian wreaked havoc down the left-side and scored a belter as well.
Here’s how some overjoyed Chelsea fans reacted to this emphatic victory:
Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line? – Predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea line-up to face Brighton
Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove Albion P
redictions: Chelsea Line-up
Chelsea welcome Brighton at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as Maurizio Sarri will look to get into the top four.
The Blues were lucky to win 2-1 at Cardiff City on Sunday that saw them go level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game less than their London counterparts.
Brighton, on the other hand, are just five points above the relegation zone and will look to earn a positive result at Stamford Bridge.
Davide Zappacosta is out with a foot injury and is likely to miss the game against Brighton.
Probable Chelsea XI
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Kepa is Chelsea’s first-choice keeper, meaning he keeps goal in every league game.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)
Azpilicueta has blown hot and cold this season. He will look to put in a solid performance against Brighton.
Antonio Rudiger (CB)
Rudiger remains the team’s first-choice centre-back and is in line to partner David Luiz for the home game on Wednesday.
David Luiz (CB)
The Brazilian has been a regular fixture in Chelsea’s defence this season and is expected to start in the midweek game.
Marcos Alonso (LB)
Alonso has come under a lot of criticism for his performances this term. However, he still remains the team’s first-choice left-back.
Jorginho is a vital cog in Sarri’s system and is certain to start against Brighton.
N’Golo Kante (RCM)
Kante was an unused substitute in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff City but he’ll be recalled into the starting XI on Wednesday.
Ross Barkley (LCM)
Between Barkley and Kovacic, Sarri could go with the former for the final spot in the midfield. The England international will look to repay his manager’s faith by putting in a solid performance.
On the right, Pedro could be handed another start. The nippy Spaniard will look to cause problems for the Brighton defenders and help the Blues to all three points.
Eden Hazard (LW)
Hazard came off the bench at Cardiff on Sunday. The Belgian is Chelsea’s best attacker, capable of winning games on his own.
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Gonzalo Higuain (ST)
Higuain hasn’t set the world alight in Chelsea colours, yet he is Sarri’s main man in the attack.
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