Mirror Football pundit Robbie Savage has condemned Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor for his poor fitness level as a professional football player.
The pundit also made comments at Saido Berahino’s fitness level. Savage, a former Birmingham City player, said that players in that professional level should be ashamed of themselves if they cannot maintain a level of fitness.
“If I was a manager who had to send one of his players to a fitness boot-camp in the middle of the season, I would find it very hard to accept,” the ex-footballer wrote. He challenged both stars to work on their fitness levels as he opines that professional footballers should always maintain high standards of fitness, as it was not an option. He equalled the high fitness levels to a bus driver having a driving license.
Savage likened the duo to careless players who “simply didn’t care enough about their physical condition.” He linked their fitness levels to their attitude.
West Brom FC had to ask Berahino to do a four-day crash fitness programme in France in a bid to boost his fitness level. The former English under-21 player posted a supposedly sarcastic picture of himself online. The talented player could have moved to Tottenham Hotspur for c. £25 million but West Brom did not allow the deal.
Villa legend Agbonlahor had to undergo a personal fitness regime mid-season, and Savage dismissed the player’s excuses saying they had access to facilities, advice, and all sorts. Savage said the players were well-paid to perform their jobs and fitness was a key requirement. Coach Steve Bruce admitted this recently when he said Agbonlahor is the best centre forward, despite his age, but only when 100 percent fit. He revealed that the player was making progress and he was willing to play him if he does what is required.
There have been numerous debates on if the number of foreign players in the English Premier League is not too high.
Some even say the Premier League is competitive due to the influx of these foreigners, but add that it has affected the Three Lions on the international front as they struggle to replicate its successes.
Soccer betting odds tend to favour clubs that have a high number of established foreign football stars. Many of these foreign players have made indelible marks on the Premier League. Considering a few, Arsenal’s Dennis Bergkamp joined from Inter Milan in 1995. Since the arrival of Arsene Wenger, plenty world-class stars have passed through the club’s gates.
The 2003/04 set dubbed “The Invincibles” played the entire season without losing a single game. Really talented foreign players lit up the Premier League; Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Robert Pires, Reyes, Freddie Ljungberg, and one of the best thing that ever happened to the Premier League, Thierry Henry. Currently, Arsenal are still attracting the best players. At least, there is Mezut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Petr Cech and others. Read More
The defending English Premier League Champions, Leicester City were reportedly offered the chance to sign Robinho in the final days of the transfer window in January, but the team rejected the needs due to his high wage demand.
The 32-year old became a free agent after having his contract with Chinese champions, Guangzhou Evergrande ended. The former Manchester City striker is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League that he left in 2010. The Daily Mail claimed both the Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted over a possible move. Read More
Robinho’s story as a football player is one that many consider to be one that disappointed as the Brazilian attacker was once hailed as the next Pele but despite performing in some of the best clubs in the world alongside world class players, it still wasn’t enough for Robinho to make consistent performances in Europe as he failed with: Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ac.Milan.
The initial years of Robinho’s career started off in a brilliant way and it seemed like he was destined for greatness as the Brazilian player wore the number 10 jersey, the same one as Pele and at the age of 20, he had already guided Santos to 2 CampeonatoBrasileiroSerie A titles.
Things started to fall apart forRobinho ever since he opted to make a switch to the European League. The Brazilian player started setting his sights to bigger clubs and he eventually went on to join Real Madrid, which was his first top European club that Robinho joined and it wasn’t a complete disaster for him in Real Madrid as he did manage to make a few memorable performances but his problem was his consistency as there were some matches where he stood out but in other instances he was invisible.
When Madrid signed C.Ronaldo in 2009, that marked the end of Robinho in the Spanish club and he later went on to join Manchester City and Ac.Milan but never really managed to find his place.
Chelsea FC are reported to be close to signing Juventus play maker Paulo Dybala as incoming manager Anthonio Conte wants to rebuild a team that can contest for titles.
The current manager of the Italian national team is a huge admirer of the Argentine. Dybala is a play maker and a goal scorer who has been key to the success of the Italian giant in recent seasons
Cesc Fabregas has hinted that he could leave Stamford Bridge in the coming season, especially as he was not comfortable with the way former manager Jose Mourinho left. With the possibility of signing an attractive talent like Dybala, Fabregas might just be on his way out of the club this summer. The player, who Barcelona has let go twice now, has seen his performance drop overtime. With Chelsea signing Belgian player Michy Batshuayi, who has been touted to go the way of Didier Drogba, many more are set to join the club. Read More
The soccer star who was kidnapped has been rescued by the Mexican police.
The footballer Alan Pulido, who plies his trade with Greek football club Olympiakos, was freed in a tight operation by the security operatives just before midnight on Sunday in the northeast border state of Tamaulipas.
The Mexican star player was earlier kidnapped on Saturday as he left a party a night before. He was at the press conference the next day being Monday to declare his safe status and share his ordeal in the hands of his captors. The 25-year old player wore shorts and a tank top with a bandaged right hand alongside Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantu at the press conference.
The player was just very grateful for his life and shared very little details, thanking God for his life multiple times. He declined further questions from reporters until he was driven away in a sports utility vehicle. However, the Tamaulipas security coordination group said in a statement earlier Monday that the rescue occurred shortly before midnight and involved state and federal forces. The police spokesman also mentioned that the victim was rescued in san operation where only one suspect was arrested but he declined to give further details.