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Pochettino chases Odubajo as first signing

ONE OF Leyton Orient’s stars from last season could be poised for a move to the Premier League after an impressive campaign.
The Southeast London club reached the play-off final before losing to Rotherham United on penalties and could be about to lose Moses Odubajo to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 20-year old scored a stunning goal to put his side ahead at Wembley last month and his performances have impressed new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino who is preparing a bid.
It is thought that the O’s would demand a fee of around £4m for the London-born winger who scored 10 goals in 46 league appearances in 2013-2014.

Pochettino rates Odubajo highly and was reportedly interested in signing him for Southampton before he moved to Spurs last month. The Argentine is known for favouring youth and it is thought Odubajo would be interested in a move to North London, even though it… Continue reading →

FA Cup round-up and semi-final draw

Arsenal and Everton kicked off the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend. The two sides met at The Emirates stadium to contest one of only two all-Premier League ties. Out of favour Mesut Ozil got the Gunners off to a flying start with a well taken goal after only seven minutes. Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku equalised just after the half hour point but it wasn’t enough to stop Arsenal going through. Ex-Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta scored a penalty, that had to be retaken, to give the north London side the lead and two late goals from Olivier Giroud secured victory, as well as a semi-final spot.

 

Arsenal’s opponents were drawn before the final game of the weekend, Manchester City v Wigan Athletic. They were to face the winner of the tie. A straightforward win for City would ensure a huge Wembley semi-final. Wigan, however, had a plot twist in mind… Continue reading →

Transfer deadline day deals

You could be fooled into thinking that transfer deadline day was a quiet one, with Arsenal and Chelsea the only sides from the top six of the Premier League to utilise the final day of the window to add to their squads. But elsewhere there were deals aplenty. The best deals in the top flight, in my mind, were done by Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham. With Lewis Holtby, Tom Ince and Wilfried Zaha all finding new homes, albeit temporary ones. Manchester United completed their business earlier in the month, signing Juan Mata from Chelsea and the usually active Tottenham Hotspur, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, didn´t make a single signing in during the entire month.

Here is a list of every deal done in the top leagues in England on January 31st:

Nicky Adams [Crawley - Rotherham] Undisclosed

Gary Alexander [Crawley - Burton] Undisclosed

Ben Alnwick [Charlton - Leyton Orient] Undisclosed… Continue reading →

Why is there such a lack of British Asian talent?

Zesh Rehman was the first ever British Asian player to start a Premiership game when he lined up for Fulham in 2003 and has gone on to play across all 4 English divisions and more recently, in the Thai and Hong Kong Premier Leagues.

As well as playing football, Zesh has been a big ambassador for young British Asian players. He launched the ‘Zesh Rehman foundation’ in 2010 to get more children from all backgrounds playing the sport and getting involved in training days. More recently, a new project named ‘Sidelined 2 Sidelines’ has gotten FA funding and aims to get more coaches from ethnic minorities coaching at a higher standard.

His stance on the reason behind the lack of British Asian players in the English leagues is clear, it is not down to a racist system, but instead down to these young players feeling excluded from the system.

“There… Continue reading →

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