Troy Deeney singles out Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka for special praise

first_imgBukayo Saka is a proper player, according to Troy Deeney (AMA/Getty Images)Troy Deeney has singled out Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka for special praise.The Watford striker has come under fire from Arsenal in the past due to his scathing analysis on the Gunners’ performances.In 2017, he accused Arsenal players under Arsene Wenger of having no ‘cojones’.But Deeney insists he is only giving his opinion and admits he has been impressed with Saka’s performances under Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENTThe 18-year-old, who made his first-team debut in November 2018, has impressed since after being handed regular chances under Unai Emery and Arteta this season. Bukayo Saka has been one of Arsenal’s standout young stars this season (Getty Images)‘Arsenal people hate me but it is what it is,’ Deeney told United Stand.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The reason me and someone like DT get on, or me and Robbie or me and Troopz, is because I’m not saying Arsenal are crap, or these players are not good enough.‘I’m literally going, ‘my opinion on it is this, this and this’ and they would go, ‘yeah, I can see that’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Even when Arsenal are good I’ll be like, ‘my man was sick, you know’.‘Saka at left-back, he’s a proper player.‘I’m not just going, ‘oh, you lost, haha’. Bro, Watford lose more than most.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 4:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.8kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Troy Deeney singles out Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka for special praiselast_img read more

Michael O’Neill to seek Scotland and Republic tips on Germany and Poland

first_imgMichael O’Neill will seek help from his Scotland and Republic of Ireland counterparts ahead of Northern Ireland’s European Championship debut in France next summer. O’Neill’s side were placed in the same group as world champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine at the draw in Paris on Saturday. Both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland played Germany and Poland in qualifying for the tournament, and O’Neill revealed he has already spoken to Republic assistant boss Roy Keane. Republic manager Martin O’Neill and Scotland boss Gordon Strachan can also expect a call, with Michael O’Neill telling BBC Radio Live’s Sportsweek programme: ” I’ll certainly speak to both Martin and Gordon. “I’ve actually just had a quick chat with Roy Keane at breakfast and he was offering any help they can give us. “We know a fair bit about Poland anyway and we obviously know the threat of (Robert) Lewandowski. The Ukrainians are a bit more unknown to us but I think one of the real strong points of our preparation has always been our level of detail on the opposition.” Northern Ireland will become very familiar with Germany having also been drawn against Joachim Low’s side in qualification for the 2018 World Cup. O’Neill accepts they will have to upset the odds to make an impact in France, but they have already done so by topping their qualifying group. The Northern Ireland boss said: “They (Germany) were maybe the pot one team that I didn’t want but, having been drawn in it and got my head around it, I think it’s a fantastic game for us. “To get the opportunity to play the world champions in Paris in a major tournament is going to be a great occasion. And hopefully when we get to that stage, which is our third game, we’ll have a real prize at the end of that game. “On paper there’s perhaps easier groups but I also think when you get the world champions in your group, everyone will expect them to top the group, so in many ways it turns it into a mini group of three with ourselves, Ukraine and Poland. “I certainly believe we can be competitive in that company. I think we proved that in qualification and we have to believe we can get out of the group.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lakers showcase how depth is part of team culture during winning trip

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a season that has so far been defined by overwhelming success, there are small, crawling anxieties, the most worrisome of which is how the Lakers play without James. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo has a better plus-minus rating than James: The Lakers have outscored opponents by 345 points when he’s on the floor. When he’s off it, they’ve been outscored by 22.The highlight of the weekend was the utility the Lakers have available when James isn’t available. Against Dallas, they went small to close a key stretch at the end of the third quarter, and against Oklahoma City, the role players played well above the sum of their parts. Can it be sustained in some way?Frank Vogel centered particularly on Kuzma, who showed the scoring prowess that has come in fits and starts this season. There’s been hand-wringing over some of his inconsistent play, which Vogel thought was premature especially since he’s dealt with injury.“A lot of people are trying to create sort of an issue, like, ‘What’s going on with Kuz?’ or ‘Why aren’t we getting more out of Kuz?’ and all that stuff,” he said. “To me, it’s just a matter of time. Everybody just has to be patient, wait, it’s gonna continue to grow. The role’s gonna continue to grow, his comfort level’s gonna continue to grow and you’re gonna see performances like you saw tonight from him.”While Kuzma said that yet another season of renewed trade speculation hasn’t fueled him, he acknowledged he’s felt something to prove: “I’m trying to establish myself.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis weekend, the Lakers (32-7) were not playing games. They beat the Mavericks and Thunder, who are both on pace to reach the playoffs, by convincing double-digit margins and leading from start to finish. It’s a feat made more remarkable by who the Lakers had available, missing LeBron James for one and Anthony Davis for both.It was notable that two typical bench players who have felt whiplash from their ups and downs — Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo — were leaders in the back-to-back wins. Kuzma had 62 points in the two games, and Rondo nearly notched a triple-double in the second.While both have admitted they’ve had trouble finding a rhythm in smaller stints, on Friday and Saturday, there was a sense of freedom that comes with playing bigger minutes.“I just know I’m gonna get a lot of opportunities, so just aggressive, and you know that rhythm will be easier to get,” Kuzma said. It’s a little bit easier to get in and take time to find that poise without having to force it.”The challenge now for the Lakers is to give their supporting cast that sense of flow without the starting nod. OKLAHOMA CITY — Before the weekend road trip, the Lakers were feeling a little restless.They were winning, true, but they had not quite looked as crisp as their billing as the top team in the West. In their previous four games against teams with losing records, they won three by 10 points or fewer, then felt that the Knicks tried to shake them with physicality.Dwight Howard said a group thread before the back-to-back swing through Dallas and Oklahoma City shared sentiments that they wanted to get back to being the biggest bullies on the block.“After the last game, the Knicks and the hard foul and stuff like that,” Howard said, “we had some messages going back and forth in the group chat about how we gotta come out and dominate teams and let them know we not playing games.”center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed He pointed out that applies down the Lakers roster, from James who is trying to win a championship with a third franchise, to Davis who is trying to win a championship at all. The Lakers say they’re all nursing some kind of chip on their shoulder, which has built a sense of unity even among players with wildly different roles.One thing the Lakers talked a lot about over the weekend was the vaunted culture of the San Antonio Spurs, who in their prime could win regular season games with all their stars sitting out. The Lakers see themselves as that kind of team, and players were happy to celebrate productive minutes from Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels after several quiet weeks.Cook called it a point of pride that he can detach his own personal aspirations from the team goals.“You’ve gotta throw yourself into the team,” he said. “Especially on this team, there’s so many guys and everybody can contribute, so if you don’t play, you don’t hold your head down. You don’t feel sorry for yourself, you gotta be consumed with winning.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more


first_imgThe Kia car on its side after the crash a short time ago. Pic Donegal Daily.BREAKING NEWS: A motorist has been rushed to hospital after a dramatic car crash in Donegal Town.The Kia vehicle he was driving flipped over on to its side after colliding with a Ford car just before 11am.Fire crews, ambulance staff and Gardaí are at the scene where the female driver of the Ford car has been treated for shock. The badly-damaged Ford car which was also involved in the crash.The scene at Upper St has been sealed off, with large tailbacks at the centre of Donegal Town as a result.Gardaí forensic collision investigators are due to arrive at the scene shortly to begin an investigation in to the crash.One eye witness said, “Both drivers seem to very shaken up.“The driver of the Kia whose car turned on its side, doesn’t appear to be too badly hurt. “It look as if he’s been very lucky though.”Fire crews are now beginning to preserve the scene, and are planning to remove the vehicles once the Gardaí carry out their investigations.Gardaí have warned motorists that the road may be closed for a number of hours.Gardai arrive at this morning’s crash. BREAKING NEWS: MOTORIST RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER DRAMATIC CRASH was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegalDonegal TownGardailast_img read more