Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright has massively criticized Leeds United head coach, Gary Monk for his actions after the 37-year-old got in the way of Huddersfield boss, David Wagner during the Yorkshire derby game in the Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The game at the John Smith’s stadium was leveled 1-1 entering into the final minutes, but Terriers
defender, Michel Hefele produced a late goal that sparked celebrations from the crowd.
Huddersfield boss sprinted the entire length of the touchline to celebrate with his players. Much angered by the reaction, the former Swansea boss, Monk stepped in front of the German tactician as he ran past him leading to a brawl between both sets of the teams.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Wright slammed Monk for such an unprofessional display as he backed Wagner for his celebrations. Wright said he believed Monk deliberately stepped into Wagner’s path, sparking the confrontation. Read more »
Rio Ferdinand reckons that the contract extension of Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal has to happen on his terms only and not on the terms of the Gunners because in the current situation, Sanchez is at the height of his ability, while, the Gunners are over-reliant on him and can’t do away with him.
As per Ferdinand, whatever demands Sanchez throws at the Gunners, those demands will have to be met. The Gunners wouldn’t want a separation because they know that if separation happens they are only going to be left half a team especially in terms of the goal-scoring threat that they are posing these days.
Sanchez’s contract is surely going to come up for a talk at some point in near future at the Emirates Stadium as the Chili international has entered the last quarter of his contract and Ferdinand says he would not be surprised if he gets to know that the striker has asked for a sum which Arsenal has never paid to any of its players. Read more »
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has gained the unwanted record of being the first Premier League player to go more than 1241 days without a league victory.
He has not been part of a team that has won in the league for more than three years. The unwanted record had already begun for Rodwell even when he was playing for Manchester City. He moved to Sunderland in a £ 10 million deal back in 2014. His last victory when he was part of the starting line-up came back in May 2013 and it was a narrow 1-0 win over West Brom.
Since then, he has been consistently going downhill in terms of form. This has led to the former Everton midfielder coming nowhere near of the England national team. At one stage, Rodwell was seen as the replacement for Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard. He was part of the young crop of midfielders coming from the Everton academy. Read more »
Jack Rodwell was once regarded as the best young English talent and it was not surprising to see him linked with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City quite heavily.
Everton resisted any interest from these clubs when David Moyes was their manager. However, it was becoming increasingly apparent that they would not be able to hold on to the highly rated English talent for a long. After a lot of persistence from City, Rodwell made the move to the Etihad stadium even though he was about that first-team football would be a lot tougher than at Goodison Park.
Competition for places was extremely intense at City and they had the ability to bring in a new player for each position almost every summer. This coupled with the player’s own injury problems meant that he was able to make only 25 appearances in his two seasons with City. The club were aware of his injury problems that started to appear during the 2011-12 campaign. Even though they took a gamble, they were not rewarded and Rodwell left for Sunderland in order to revive his career. Now, the player is hoping to do exactly the same after being reunited with David Moyes.
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We often do not realize the psychological impact that injuries on the field can affect certain players.
We often hear about the injuries that players have suffered on the field and take in the news without batting an eyelid. However, one such instance where repeated injuries had a prolonged effect on a player is Jack Rodwell. He is a player of great caliber, known to have played several league games and had also been considered to be skipper of England’s team. Today Jack is yet to get back to form since the several injuries he suffered has caused a mental setback in him
. This has happened since the time he joined up Sunderland.
Rodwell came to Sunderland from 2014 before which he has played for teams like Everton after which he was with Manchester City. Sam Allardyce stated that Jack has been plagued with injuries from the time he started to play for Sunderland. The team has been supportive so that Jack can overcome the pain and the trauma of the injuries and be back in form on the playing field. There had been instances when he had to take up 50 injections for different injuries he sustained within a span of 5 days. Read more »
Most football players suffer several injuries on the field, but many often overlook the impact of the same on their mental state and confidence levels when they get back to playing.
ndeed, some injuries can be so difficult to recover from that they rob the players of their confidence to get back to playing their best on the football field. Jack Rodwell has been able to overcome such a problem and that is commendable for sure
As he is one of the players who are currently playing the major league games, it is time to look back and see the obstacles he had to overcome in order to get back to an international playing front. Jack Rodwell had been plagued with several injuries since he signed up for the Sunderland team. Read more »