Sheffield

How they’re not laughing now

He has been as something as a cult hero. Nicolas Bendtner, or Lord Bendtner, Emile Heskey and Jess Lingard the ‘youngster’ has also been in flack. With the first two players, they’re known by the football world and football twitter as subject of mockery. Meme’s would be dedicated to these two and also sarcastically putting them in the same bracket as the two greatest players of this generation (Ronaldo and Messi). Heskey has never claimed to be a world beater, but our Nicholas? Well …. To say he was full of himself that’s an understatement. 

He is the Chuck Norris of football, well that’s if you ask him. The actual Chuck Norris of the beautiful game is Zlatan and no dares to challenge him on that or anything else really, Zlatan has backed his words with actions and in this current season has taken his game to new heights. That’s enough about Ibra, we will maybe talk about him another time. I want to talk about the youngster that is Lingard, he is like Heskey and Bendtner, where their reputations have got the better of them. Lingard, the Warrington born midfielder has been living off past glories. 

Under David Moyes when the Scott had his Ill fated spell in the Old Trafford hotseat, Jesse Lingard was involved in the squad for pre season that season.  In the 2014-2015 season, Lingard made his Manchester United debut under Louis Van Gaal. That goal he scored in the FA Cup final, yeah the one where he did the Ryan Giggs celebration, that one. Someone should have told our Jesse, that no one rocks that celebration like Mr Giggs can. Even when Mourinhp came to town, if Jose’s past reputation is anything go by, the end would have been nigh for the Warrington Messi. 

To his credit Jesse and his flute impression making self, excelled in an advanced role as almost a number 10. Diego Lingard? Jesse Maradonna? Those comparisons which also included Lingardinho turned to be premature as Jesse Lingard’s decline started. Off-field issues some which were very unfortunate lead to this footballing cult hero almost turn into a cult villain. The FA Cup game against Derby County became the tip of the iceberg for some fans as aggressive chants welcomed the former England midfielder upon his arrival at Pride Park. 

With no goals or assists, it’s fair to say he wasn’t make many if any fantasy football teams. A public verbal unleashing of fury by the normally apparently charming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a reality check for the 28-year old Lingard. The goal dorugh ended on the last day of the season with a tap in goal against Leicester, which would help The Red Devils secure Champions League football for this season. That goal would have been a new day a new dawn? Sadly not as this season Jess Lingard was on the periphery. 

Talks of loan move to Nice, would have been nice, but that didn’t materialise. Sheffield United were apparently looking to make their move, but West Ham made the decisive move. With two goals on debut and three goals in four games, Jesse Lingard is maybe the Undertaker of football? (rising from the footballing dead). Only time will tell, those who didn’t put Jess in their fantasy football team, it not too late!

O how they laughed, because just maybe this youngster as he referred to, is coming on age.

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Football’s silly season

It is the season to be jolly they say. For the people of the football community it can be anything but.

For footballers, they will feel the strain no doubt, of the sheer amount of games in this very short period.

That might be tough on players, but for managers they have a different stress to deal with, the stress of the mind potentially and if they’re still going to be a job come spring.

Football, for all its unpredictably, predictably has a period in the football calendar where there seems to be a mass exodus of managers.

This changes season by season. This seasons exodus of managers has arguably already started.

First it was now ex West Brom manager Slaven Billic who was sacked, despite his side earning a battling 1-1 draw against Manchester City a day or two before.

The other casualties have been Sheffield Wednesday parting company with former manager Tony Pulis.

Former Stoke manager was given just 13 games. The Welshman, was relieved of his duties with the Yorkshire second bottom.

Some may say this is justified, but was it really? Remember The Owls were given a point deduction due to financial troubles, so context need surely!

Cross city rivals Sheffield United, are struggling at the foot of the Premier League table. I really hope for the love of God, the owners don’t give him the chop, that would be one of the worst decisions ever.

In the case of Sheffield Wednesday, who could they have got who’s better than Pulis? There’s not many and the former Palace manager has never been relegated in his proud managerial career.

Many fans no doubt, will argue if he keeps The Baggies up, it was worth it.

West Brom, who I mentioned earlier, have arguably made a safe appointment in Sam Allardyce, but football principals will be lost.

The last managerial name that I wanted to mention was now former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel.

Former Dortmund man Tuchel, was sacked despite last year winning Ligue 1 and getting all the way to the final in last years Champions League.

Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, is tipped to take the reigns at the Parc De Princes.

After these Managerial changes, I would hope there would be no more, but this is the world of football management. I am not holding my breath