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Could these 3 Football League players make it to the Premier League?

Over the years we have seen some incredible talents rise from the Football League and not only make a name in the Premier League but also the international stage as well. The likes of Fabian Delph, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jamie Vardy who have all risen from League’s One and Two and even as low as non-league in Jamie Vardy’s case, have gone on to make a stamp on the Premier League and England also. So, what players are there currently in the Football League, all capable of doing the same? 

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

The England Under-19 international is the first one that jumps off the table for me. The 17 year-old left-back/winger is seriously establishing himself as bright prospect in the Championship. Making his debut at just 16 years and 81 days old, Sessegnon had a highly impressive campaign last year making 25 appearances and contributing with 5 goals also. He was subject to much interest from the Premier League in the summer transfer window and it seems like it will be only a matter of time until he is snapped up.

 

Ruben Neves (Wolves)

It was some statement from Wolves when it was announced they had signed FC Porto’s Ruben Neves for £15 million. This time last year the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were all in for the 20 year-old but when Chinese owners took reign at Wolves with the investment from Jorge Mendes, it was the types of deals Wolves fans had to get used to. There is no doubting the Portuguese midfielder can and most probably will make it to the Premier League in the near future whether that is with Wolves or not. He possesses incredible passing abilities with an eye for goal as well.

Ezri Konsa (Charlton)

Read Liverpool have reported that the Reds could be in for another swoop at Charlton’s youth prospects, this time in the form of Ezri Konsa. The 19 year-old centre-back was part of the England Under-20 side that won the World Cup in the summer and looks to be a real talent. Konsa was a standout performer at The Valley making 32 appearances in his debut season. As well as Liverpool, it’s reported that a host of Premier League clubs are all after his signature.

The Football League is swimming with young talent these days and there are many more that I could mention, I’m sure. There are many players it seems at Wolves that look to have bright futures and all make it in the Premier League as well as the likes of Ronaldo Vieira at Leeds United. Which players in the Football League do you think could make it to the big time? Let us know!

Could these 3 Championship players get in the current England squad?

There has been a bit of a curse in the past when it comes to Championship players getting the dream call up to the England senior squad. The likes of David Nugent and Jay Bothroyd who both made 1 appearance cameos for the Three Lions whilst at Championship level, but is there anyone currently in the Championship could be good enough for a full England call-up? Or at least have the potential to be called up in the near future. 

John Ruddy (Wolves) 

Ruddy is still very young for a goalkeeper at 30 years-old and has a vast amount of experience all across the football leagues with a big chunk of those coming in the Premier League. He does have one international appearance to his name already when he came on as a substitute for Jack Butland back in 2012 and has been involved in several England squads since. Rudy has made a good start to life at Wolves this season as well as earning the captaincy and if ever Gareth Southgate has a goalkeeping dilemma I still feel Ruddy is a viable backup option.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

At just 17 years-old, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon terrorised Championships defences last season and even chipped in with five goals to his name despite being predominantly a left-back. I think there is no doubt he young prodigy will develop into a winger, which Fulham have deployed him as also, but could he get in the current England squad? I seem to remember a certain Theo Walcott making the 2006 World Cup squad so had Sessegnon perhaps made the move to the Premier League in the summer, you never know. On August 20th last year he became the first ever footballer born in the 2000s to score a goal in a first team game. He’s quick, agile and skillful, and already has 4 goals to his name for the England under-19 side. Perhaps we shouldn’t stick him in the frying pan too soon but there is no doubt the lad has a very bright future.

John Terry (Aston Villa) 

The former Chelsea and England captain may be retired internationally and towards the end of his career, but John Terry who made 78 England appearances, could still do a job in the England squad. This isn’t saying Terry would or should warrant an England call-up but if we are talking about ability, there is no doubt that the leadership and experience that he possesses would still be invaluable to the younger players that are currently in the squad. Now the current Aston Villa leader, Terry faces possibly one of his biggest challenges yet, to help Villa return to the Premier League. There will always be a class above to Terry’s game and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a coaching role available in the England setup in the future.

So that is who we feel warrants or at least potentially warrant a place within the current England squad. Agree or disagree? Let us know who you would pick!

Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

Will Fulham land this Premier League striker?

Fulham have been heavily linked with Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle, following the departure of Sone Aluko who joined Reading on a four year deal. 

With the London outfit selling Aluko it leaves them with five strikers on their books, but manager Slavisa Jokanovic appears to want to bolster his ranks ahead of the transfer window shutting on Thursday.

Fulham have started the season with a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat and are currently 14th place in the Championship table. Jokanovic will be hoping that he can guide the club to promotion this season, after losing in the play-off semi finals last term to Reading.

The club are going to need to improve their goal scoring tally so far this season, as they have only found the back of the net on 4 occasions in 5 games and this is obviously the thinking of Jokanovic as the club are linked with prolific Championship goal scorer Dwight Gayle.

Dwight Gayle – The striker scored 23 goals in 34 games for Newcastle last term in the Championship but was left out the squad for last Saturdays match against West Ham, which started the rumours that he would leave St James’ Park in this transfer window.

One stumbling block for Fulham, could be that Newcastle are looking for in the region of £20m for the striker, but if they want to add quality to their ranks they are going to have to stump up the money.

Having gained promotion with Newcastle last term, Gayle knows what it takes to help get a club out of the Championship and could prove to be a terrific signing if Fulham get the deal done on deadline day.

Fulham fans would you like to see Gayle sign for you? Can he fire you to the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below…