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Premier League Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Apr. 05, 2022
Hello, Premier League fans! Today we will review some exciting news in the past seven days in English Premier League. So sit tight and enjoy the show!
Would relegation from the Premier League be a good move for Everton?
The Toffees are in the worst position since the founding of the Premier League. Ten games before the end of the Championship, Everton is just above the relegation zone and has an advantage of only three points over Watford. Let’s think about the beginning of the season for a moment. Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend seemed like great reinforcements after their amazing games in the first two months of the season. It appeared like Everton would end up in the top half of the table after four wins in the first six rounds and that one point at Old Trafford in early October. Even the betting sites projected them to finish in the top part of the Premier League table.
However, no one could even guess what would happen next. After that point at the Theatre of Dreams, Everton lost to West Ham at home, followed by a match that was probably a turning point of this season. A 2-5 loss to Watford at Goodison Park on October 23. Everton took the lead in this match twice and had three points until the 78th minute, but the team fell apart in the last 15 minutes and conceded four goals. That nightmare was followed by a run of five games without a win before beating Arsenal in the stoppage time. That brought a short-lived joy to the Everton fans, as the poor results continued after this match. Everton again had six games without a win and faced the battle for survival on the bottom part of the scoreboard. In the meantime, Rafa Benítez was sacked, and Frank Lampard took over the job of keeping the club in the Premier League.
The former coach of Derby County and Chelsea hasn’t upgraded Everton’s game much. With Lampard on the bench, Everton recorded six losses in eight games and two wins. Yesterday, they were defeated by West Ham in London in a typical match for Everton this season. The Toffees received a goal after their own mistake and played with one player less since the 65th minute, after the red card for Michael Kane.
💬 | “We deserved more from the game.”
— Everton (@Everton) April 3, 2022
Everton’s situation is a consequence of the terrible work of the management over the past few years. Everton has invested a lot of money in the team. They brought in reinforcements worth 20, 30, and even 40 million pounds but became weaker each season. The question is whether Frank Lampard can make a difference in just one summer, even if they manage to survive this season, because Everton is ready for a huge overhaul. Perhaps it would be better if, no matter how bad it may sound to the fans of this club, this overhaul was done at the Championship. Maybe a step back would result in two steps forward. We’ve witnessed how Newcastle, Aston Villa, and West Ham have experienced a similar situation and returned in much better condition after relegation from the Premier League.
Everton has excellent players who could make a difference in another league. In particular, we are referring to Demarai Gray, Mason Holgate, Michael Kean, Tom Davies, Ben Godfrey, Dele Alli, Anthony Gordon… Plus, they have a lot of young players on loan who would have more chances to play next season. By selling Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alex Iwobi, Allan, André Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucouré, and Yerry Mina, the club would earn a significant amount of money to cover the holes and dramatically ease the burden on the paycheck budget. It would create ideal conditions to build a new Everton from scratch.
Everton played in the Second Division for the last time in 1953/54. Considering their schedule until the end of the season, the chances of this happening again are increasing. Everton has ten more games to play by the end of the season, and some of the matches are against Arsenal, Manchester City, Leicester twice, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United. Practically seven of these ten matches are extremely difficult. Two out of the three remaining away games are with the direct rivals – Watford and Burnley.
Former Manchester United coach is battling prostate cancer
Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal announced on Dutch television on Sunday that he is fighting prostate cancer. The 70-year-old coach said that he hid his health problems from the players because it would certainly affect their games on the field.
Louis van Gaal is currently on the bench of the Netherlands for the third time in his coaching career. He also managed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year with the Dutch team.
During his long coaching career, he led Ajax, Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and the Netherlands for three terms. He has won 19 trophies.
Despite his illness, Louis van Gaal doesn’t plan to leave the national team’s bench and wants to lead them at the World Cup in Qatar.
We wish him a quick and successful recovery.
Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer.
Sending you strength and courage, Louis ❤️ pic.twitter.com/axcB7mV5To
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 3, 2022
Only 25 million pounds for Youri Tielemans’ freedom?
According to the English media, Leicester is ready to let go of the Belgian midfielder for just 25 million pounds. Tielemans announced earlier this season that he didn’t want to renew his contract and wanted to change the scenery this summer. Considering that his contract expires next year and he’s entering the last year of his contract, which he signed in 2019, Leicester isn’t exactly in the best position to negotiate.
There will be many clubs interested in the services of the 24-year-old midfielder, who has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best midfield players over the past few years. Since he arrived from Monaco three years ago, Tielemans has become a vital player in the Rodgers starting lineup. Since he became a part of the club (he was first on loan in the second half of the 2018/19 season), Tielemans has played 111 games. He scored 18 goals and passed 16 assists.
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