Everton future looking bleak for Alex Iwobi

first_img Loading… Marco Silva, the manager who recruited him, was already in the dying throes of his miserable tenure, and Iwobi found himself added to a disjointed team who already appeared to be losing faith in their head coach. The midfield, unbalanced since the exit of Idrissa Gueye, lacked control, destabilising the whole side, and the horrific November injury to Andre Gomes was yet another blow to an already troubled area of the side. The arrivals of Allan and Doucoure threaten to solve a problem area, which could have meant an upturn in fortunes for Iwobi, so often feeding off scraps last season, but the arrival of James from Real Madrid—and accompanying shift information—threatens to reduce him to irrelevance. Everton’s own malaise exacerbated some of the issues Iwobi had already endured at Arsenal, where he had sometimes struggled to find his place in the team under Unai Emery. No one could question his fitness, work rate, or movement, but what exactly had Iwobi been signed to contribute? He doesn’t have the pace of a winger, doesn’t have the creativity of a No. 10…what exactly was his purpose? “Iwobi doesn’t do it for me,” former England and Spurs striker Darren Bent told Football Insider. “His end product’s not good enough, he doesn’t score enough goals, doesn’t create enough goals so he’s not really doing anything.” Damning words, but few Everton fans would disagree at this stage. While it’s easy to say he needs a fresh start—a move to Crystal Palace has been mooted—would a switch to playing alongside ‘lesser’ players expose Iwobi’s own limitations, which were perhaps masked at the Emirates Stadium. The likes of Bolasie, Besic, Sandro and Cenk Tosun; and even Bernard, Sigurdsson, Kean and Fabian Delph face uncertain futures under Ancelotti. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 These are exciting new times at Everton, but not, it appears, for 2019 signing Alex Iwobi, who is increasingly looking bound for the exit doors at Goodison Park. Carlo Ancelotti invested in James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure during the summer, a raft of new arrivals who underpinned the Toffees’ successful start to the Premier League on Sunday as Tottenham Hotspur were defeated 1-0 on Sunday. Everton were outstanding in North London, and followed that up by cruising past Salford City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening. Ancelotti gave his second-string a run-out, with only Michael Keane retained from the Spurs victory, giving hope to the likes of Theo Walcott and Moise Kean—both omitted from the starting XI against Tottenham—that they remain in his plans. Iwobi, however, despite appearing to be fit and available, didn’t make the matchday squad for a second consecutive game. It wasn’t that he failed to make the team, but he failed to make the coach’s 18 on the day. Here is a player who increasingly appears to be surplus to requirements under Ancelotti. It’s a remarkable fall from grace for a player who cost the club £34 million just last summer, but he’s now in danger of finding himself among the Merseysiders’ other outcasts, alongside the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Muhamed Besic and Sandro Ramirez. After not being linked with a move away from the club for the majority of the brief offseason, the rumours have begun to fly around that Iwobi is destined for an imminent exit from Finch Farm. According to the Daily Mirror, he’s one of several fringe players who could be offloaded by Director of Football Marcel Brands as he looks to balance the books. There has been plenty of poor transfer decisions over the last few years at the club, and in the context of some of their other flops—Davy Klaassen, anyone?—the the arrival of Iwobi hasn’t (yet) been an emphatic failure. Admittedly, he struggled to make his mark last season, registering a risible return of one goal and zero assists, but there were caveats, not least a season of transition and turmoil at Goodison Park.center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

Super Eagles Train in London ahead Serbia Clash Â

first_imgSuper Eagles players who arrived London on Saturday after defeating Poland 1-0 in Wroclaw on Friday night trained at The Hive yesterday morning ahead of their second warm up game for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.Today’s match at The Hive, Canons Park is scheduled to start at 8pm.Just like Friday’s opposition in Wroclaw, the three-time African champions will be up against another Russia 2018 World Cup –bound squad, but this time, with more playing personnel, following the arrival of strikers Junior Ajayi and Gabriel Okechukwu, and midfielder Mikel Agu. Agu was called up owing to the inability of captain John Mikel Obi to travel from China to Europe for the international friendlies. Midfield workhorse Oghenekaro Etebo, though still nursing an injury, watched from the side lines as Eagles braved the chilly London weather for the first training.The squad of 26 players and technical and backroom staff are staying at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Ealing. Nigeria will hold a pre-match press conference at The Amber Suite of The Hive at 6pm today ahead of the clash with Serbia.Victor Moses scored from the penalty after being clipped on his way to goal to give Nigeria victory over world number 6 Poland at Wroclaw’s Stadion Miejski on Friday, affording the Super Eagles a splendid start to their FIFA World Cup build-up. At the World Cup finals in Russia, Serbia will play five-time champions Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica in Group E, while the Eagles battle Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.Serbia is ranked 34 in the world by FIFA (18 places above Nigeria), but the Eagles have become accustomed to tearing apart paper ratings and bookmakers’ odds, as they did in dismantling Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia in the African qualifying series. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC hosts national Title IX conference

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry hosted student affairs vice presidents from 35 universities in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday for a conference to discuss issues related to sexual misconduct on college campuses.The conference was a result of Nikias’s desire for USC to take a leadership position on the issue of sexual misconduct, Carry said. Following the annual meeting of Association of American Universities presidents this past summer, Nikias invited each AAU university to attend a conversation at USC to discuss sexual misconduct. The conference was also enumerated in the seven initiatives to address sexual misconduct that Garrett announced in a memorandum on Aug. 27.“The provosts and presidents usually get together, but this is the first time the vice presidents got together,” Carry said. “They spent a day and a half strictly on sexual misconduct on college campuses — almost two days of conversation on that single topic. It’s the first time that has ever happened, and it happened here at USC.”The group discussed a report from the White House Task Force’s to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, bystander education — including the latest federal government campaign, “It’s On Us” — sexual assault climate surveys, existing and pending legislation, and prevention education.Though USC and many AAU universities at the conference already have sexual misconduct prevention education programs in place for incoming students, a new topic of discussion was the idea of implementing an education program for all four years of undergraduate studies.“There was this realization that no one has a four-year education module, and there is a call to action,” Carry said. “Our assignment for the next year is to collectively build a four-year educational module that’s digestible, smart, witty and that involves student input and feedback so we can make sexual misconduct education not just a one-time, new student experience but something students are reminded of every year.”The 45 conference attendees also listened to presentations from experts in the field of higher education and sexual misconduct. Event speakers included Brett Sokolow, president and CEO of the NCHERM Group, LLC; attorneys at law Leslie M. Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith of Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Sharyn Potter, co-director of Prevention Innovations; and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education president Kevin Kruger.Following this conference, it was decided that the AAU vice presidents of student affairs will continue to gather annually to discuss Title IX and other student affairs-related issues.“Five years from now we may have gotten to a place where we resolved some of these issues, but there are always issues about Title IX and a variety of issues in this area that students affairs vice presidents work for on behalf of their student bod[ies],” Carry said.last_img read more

USC cruises to victory at home

first_imgWhen USC nearly faltered against Arizona on Oct. 1 at home, a number of defensive issues overshadowed what strides its offense had made. It marked the first time in school history it had given up more than 40 points in consecutive games. The 37 first downs allowed were also a program first.But more than a month later, it appears whatever remaining qualms there were regarding the Trojans’ defense have disappeared.Bringing the heat · Junior defensive end Nick Perry recorded 2.5 sacks and five tackles against Washington on Saturday. As a unit, the USC defense notched seven sacks against the Huskies and also limited their rushing attack to just 46 rushing yards and 244 total yards of offense. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanFacing Washington before a homecoming crowd of 64,756 at the Coliseum on Saturday, No. 18 USC (8-2, 5-2) surrendered just 244 total yards in a 40-17 rout of the visiting Huskies (6-4, 4-3).“We’ve come a long ways on defense,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “It was great to see the pass rush come alive. If you play like that on defense, we’re going to be hard to beat.”USC sacked Washington quarterbacks Keith Price and Nick Montana seven times — the most they have had in a game since registering eight against Washington State on Sept. 26, 2009.“Everybody is being more competitive,” junior defensive end Nick Perry said. “We all compete in practice, and all those things showed up here today. We are better than last year and we’re showing that.”At halftime, the Huskies, coached  by former USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, had more penalties — nine for 66 yards — than first downs, of which they had five, struggling to move the ball as the Trojans forced them into a wide number of third-and-longs.In the early goings, USC struggled to get its own offense going. Though the Huskies did not record a first down until the waning moments of the first quarter, the Trojans were forced to punt on two of their first three drives.Things eventually did click for USC.Facing a fourth-and-nine and leading just 7-3 a few minutes into the second quarter, USC lined up to punt, but instead of kicking the ball into Washington territory, junior punter Kyle Negrete fielded the snap and raced down the north sidelines for 35 yards before being taken down at the Huskies’ 20-yard line.“At that moment, it was time for us to call it,” Negrete said. “It was a player-called play. We got the ‘OK’ from [special teams] coach John Baxter, and we executed it perfectly.”The Trojans would cap the drive on a 1-yard touchdown run from senior tailback Marc Tyler, giving them a 14-3 lead. On their next drive, fielding the ball near midfield, they marched 51 yards in five minutes for a score — coming by way of an 8-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Matt Barkley to freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee.Lee, who was hospitalized with the flu Thursday night, finished with nine receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown.“I didn’t want to sit out, so I called the coaches and told them,” Lee said. “I had a couple IVs Thursday night and Friday. It wasn’t a big deal. I feel good now.”Kiffin, however, did make a point to emphasize the first-year wideout’s efforts in the moments following the team’s 23-point win.“Twenty-four hours ago, this guy was in the health center and getting IVs and could barely get out of bed,” Kiffin said. “He’s competitive and that’s why he’s successful. He’s going to be one of the greats to play here for sure.”Lee opened the second half with a bang as well, fielding the kickoff and returning it 88 yards for a score to give USC a 30-3 lead.Though it did relinquish two touchdowns in the final two quarters, USC’s defense proved all too much again, limiting the Huskies to just 153 total yards — with 69 coming on their final drive of the game against many of USC’s second-and-third teamers.“We’re really happy with the progress we’ve made in that aspect from where we were last year,” Kiffin said. “The sacks, pressure on the quarterback and pass defense as well as special teams play really sparked us today.”The win came despite an offensive attack that seemed to rely on its ground game for arguably the first time all season, as sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods had just two catches for five yards. It marked his lowest totals of the year.“It proves that [Woods] is not just our offense,” said Barkley, who threw for a season-low 174 yards. “We knew that coming into the game, we’d be able to run the ball on them. But we do have a lot of personnel who can make plays, so that’s good to see.”Redshirt junior tailback Curtis McNeal keyed the Trojans’ running attack, rushing for a career-high 148 yards on 18 carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. Tyler also added 50 yards on seven carries.“I’m just trying to make the plays,” McNeal said. “The o-line, tight ends and quarterbacks are giving me great blocks to make the plays. [Barkley] is giving me the guidance, and the line makes it easy for us.”With two games remaining on its 2011 slate, which ends Nov. 26 against UCLA, USC travels to Eugene, Ore., to face No. 7 Oregon on Saturday.The Ducks, ranked No. 1 at the time, beat the Trojans last season at the Coliseum 53-32.last_img read more

FC Lausanne-Sport enter esports via Qualitas Helvetica

first_imgThe trend of sports club entering esports continues with the Swiss FC Lausanne-Sport absorbing Qualitas Helvetica and rebranding it to LS Esports.Image courtesy of FC Lausanne-SportQualitas Helvetica housed several local teams in CS:GO, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Rocket League. According to the French press release, LS will be looking to provide training for young gamers aiming to make their start in the esports world. This makes sense as the club already runs soccer camps dubbed “LS Academy Camps” for kids aged 7-14 looking to get better at soccer.LS have made a different move when compared to other Swiss soccer clubs like FC Luzern and St. Gallen by having teams in more popular titles. The latter two currently only field players in FIFA. In the same press release, the club expresses its desire to ” develop the Lausanne-Sport brand, to attract a young audience to the Pontaise and the new complex of La Tuilière in the summer of 2019.” The Pontaise refers to the Pontaise Stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland which is FC Lausaunne’s home turf. The football club plans to hire all of their teams by 14 April at PolyLAN 29 in Lausanne and the GAMERS ASSEMBLY at Poitiers according to Alain Joseph, President of Lausanne-Sport and Frédéric Boy, President of Lausanne-Sport Esports. According to the PolyLAN website, they have sold 1246/1255 seats and have 1509 pre-registered teams out of 1255 spots available. The Gamers Assembly‘s numbers are just as impressive, with more than 1800 players rand 17,000 “visits” in 2016.Esports Insider says: As mentioned in our previous article on Israel’s dive into esports, support for start-ups is always welcomed and praised. However, when someone who is willing to help start-ups already has an established stadium and training center, it can be even more beneficial.last_img read more

CHAN 2014: Michael Akuffo upbeat about Ghana’s chances ahead of Ethiopia clash

first_imgGhana midfielder Michael Akuffo is confident  about the Local Black Stars progress to the next stage of the CHAN tournament in South Africa.Ghana after winning  their opening game against Congo and drawing the second game with Libya will come up against  Ethiopia on Tuesday(Today) in the final Group C fixture, needing at least a draw to book a quarter final berth.Ethiopia who were considered as tournament favourites ahead of the showpiece are out of contention after losing their two opening matches.“Our destiny is in our hands now and we have no other option than to win the game for ourselves and Ghanaians as well,” said Michael Akuffo in an interview with Joy sports“Personally I have seen an improvement in our team from game to game and I believe with the right attitude and approach to this game we will finish off the Ethiopians.“They Ethiopians have lost two games and we all know they are out so pressure is now on us to deliver but I believe we have what it takes to make it to the next stage.”last_img read more

Clippers face Lakers seeking to rebuild momentum

first_imgFREE IS GOODThe Clippers shot 61.3 percent (19 for 31) from the free-throw line Wednesday, their third-worst performance from the stripe this season – which otherwise has proved more charitable for them than any other team in the league.The Clippers lead the NBA in free throws made (22.6) and attempted (28.5) per game. That made free-throw tally is the most of any team since the 2011-12 season.At the front of the line for the Clippers: Williams, who is taking 6.5 attempts per game and making an average of 5.7 of them, and Danilo Gallinari, who is making 5.4 of 6 attempts per game for a 90.6 free-throw shooting percentage that ranks fourth in the league. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LOS ANGELES — Although they got clocked Wednesday, the Clippers weren’t crestfallen after their worst home loss of the season, a 135-103 drubbing courtesy of the Houston Rockets.“It’s onto the next,” guard Garrett Temple said. “We have three games left; we’re onto the playoffs. It’s not like we’re fighting to get in – but we are fighting for a (seeding).”The Lakers’ fleeting postseason fight officially ended March 22, but they can affect the Clippers’ playoff future Friday in the fourth and final meeting this season between the Staples Center co-tenants.The Clippers (47-32) come in with the sixth-best record in the Western Conference, trailing the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz by 2½ games and leading the seventh-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder by 1½ games. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters After playing listlessly in Wednesday’s defeat, the Clippers said they expected to play with their typical energy and focus going forward – and not because of the loss to the Rockets.“No,” Williams said. “We don’t use a game like that one for motivation.”“It’s not necessarily a reality check,” Temple said. “I mean, we know. We know that we’re not a team that can just walk out and turn the switch on. We have to be ready when we get on the floor; it’s just a matter of being ready and paying attention to detail.”Rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said he’d process the blowout loss much like a blowout victory.“Every game we look at it the same way, see what we did well, see what we did bad, and then put it behind us,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Just learn from it and bounce back.” With the exception of Wednesday’s shellacking – which veteran guard and former Laker Lou Williams insisted wouldn’t haunt his current squad: “We throw that one away and get ready for the next one,” he said – the Clippers have been hurtling toward the playoffs with much momentum.They boasted the NBA’s highest winning percentage in March, when they went 13-2. And they have the second-highest winning percentage since Feb. 9, going 17-6 after revamping their roster with a series of moves at the trade deadline – including the rare one between the franchises that sent Mike Muscala to the Lakers for center Ivica Zubac (and Michael Beasley, who was waived).Meanwhile, the Lakers, beset by injuries, went 5-11 in March and were 7-16 since the trade deadline going into Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.But even short-handed, the Lakers have picked up some positive momentum in the past few weeks, with four victories in six games entering Thursday.On Friday, they’ll have an opportunity to further slow the host Clippers’ momentum if they can hand them consecutive losses for the first time since Jan. 31 – when the Lakers beat them 123-120 in overtime. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

A $215-million-dollar deal later, it’s refreshing to see Clayton Kershaw isn’t too greedy

first_imgIncluding a decline in performance that creates uneasiness about living up to expectations?“I want to know that I can see the end, that I can pitch successfully at an (elite) level,” Kershaw. Who has that kind of integrity or self awareness?Who concedes discomfort about signing a contract that’s too long in length or for too much money?Or admits from a psychological standpoint there is a limit to the bite he wants to take out of the golden goose.And that the responsibility that comes with a bigger bite might create a challenge too daunting?I don’t know about you, but that’s the first time I can remember a professional athlete talk about pushing the limit too far when it comes to money.In contrast, an already declining 32-year-old Albert Pujols left his beloved St. Louis Cardinals for more money from the Angels two seasons ago knowing full well his performance over the length of the deal likely won’t match the pay.In fact, only two years into his mammoth $240 million contract with the Angels, Pujols is already wildly overpaid. And he’ll likely remain so for the length of his stay in Anaheim. Think Pujols gives one hoot about his performance falling significantly short of his salary?That doesn’t make him a bad guy. He has every right to maximize his earning potential. And if the Angels were so desperate to sign him they offered him a ridiculous contract that will carry him through his 21st season and into his 40s, I don’t blame him for accepting.If anything, Pujols reflects the majority of us.As for Kershaw, he’s just a different breed.And the restraint he showed in pushing his contract to historic levels while toeing the line between obscene is refreshing.I have yet to hear one person grumble about Kershaw not deserving every penny and every year he received. And I doubt anyone would have batted an eye had he taken the 10 years and $300 million he reportedly turned down.But in Kershaw’s mind, there is a limit to everything. And that includes how much money he is worth to the Dodgers.At the risk of making Kershaw out as too much of a benevolent soul, it’s important to recognize he did fight for the biggest pitching contract in baseball history.And while he insists his motivation to recalibrate the top end of the pitching pay scale was to set a mark for the next great pitcher to eclipse, he could have settled for less if he really wanted.It’s also important to acknowledge that turning down a longer deal might also be Kershaw hedging his bet that the recent influx of television money into Major League Baseball is just the beginning of an economic boon for the sport. If so, and if his performance reflects it five years from now, that out clause might result in him making $400 million over the next 10 years rather that $300 million.This might just be a shrewd move to make even more money.I just don’t get that sense.Fact is, Kershaw could have easily taken more years and more money and no one would have said a word.But he didn’t, and that tells a lot about him.It tells us he has a fiscal conscience.And that’s refreshing.vincent.bonsignore@langnews.com @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter To better put into perspective Clayton Kershaw officially becoming the first $200-million pitcher in Major League Baseball, understand the Dodgers’ 25-year-old left-handed ace probably gave up the chance to be the first $300-million pitcher in the process.Or that, should he not meet his own expectations of the elevated expectations that come with being the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, Kershaw can opt out of the seven-year, $215-million deal signed Friday five seasons from now and negotiate a deal that better reflects his skill level.He declined more years because he’s uneasy he can deliver a performance that warrants them. He asked for the opt-clause to help alleviate concerns he’ll make good on the seven years he did agree to.In a world that turns greedier and greedier by the day, that never happens. But Kershaw just did it.“For me personally, I think this was the longest amount I was comfortable with and committing myself to,” Kershaw said. “I always want to be able to see the finish line. I think anything longer than this, I would have felt overwhelmed trying to live up to the expectations to pitch successfully for that long.”Even if it means walking away from millions of dollars. Or the game of baseball itself, for that matter, upon pushing the pause button five years from now and taking an honest look at where he stands.“The seven years, but especially the fifth-year option, allows me to know I can be at my absolute best for that specific amount of time,” Kershaw said.Now I ask you, in the current climate of get as much money as you can for as long as you can whether you are earning it or not, who insists on an out clause to cover any possibility?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers podcast: UCLA’s Bryce Alford, NBA experts assess Lonzo Ball’s fit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Lakers beat writer Mark Medina dives into Lonzo Ball and his potential fit with the Lakers.He talks to a few NBA analysts including longtime NBA consultant Ryan Blake and Turner Sports NBA analyst Stu Jackson about Ball’s play, his potential fit with the Lakers and to what degree his father is or isn’t a concern. In addition you will also hear from Ball’s teammate at UCLA, Bryce Alford. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Blagaj spectacularly welcomed the Champion

first_imgSpectacular welcome celebration for the world boxing champion Adnan Catic was organized last night in Blagaj. Around one thousand people welcomed the boxing champion of the world in the middleweight division by the WBA version on the stadium of FC Blagaj, and congratulated Catic on the brilliant success.With fireworks and a standing ovations, Adnan addressed the audience and expressed his satisfaction with the pleasant ambience and great welcoming. From FC Blagaj, whose president is Catic himself, emphasized that they thank to the Sports Union of the city of Mostar on their assist in the organization of the welcoming ceremony.To recall, Adnan celebrated against Fedor Chudinov in February this year, and won the title of world champion by the WBA version in the middleweight division for the fifth time.Moreover, Catic has a house in Blagaj and he visits it 4 or 5 times a year. He often emphasizes that he manages to rest fully in this place.Although worldwide popular, Catic always finds a way to take photos with fans who are impressed by his character and work. Due to his great results and behavior, he is favorite among BiH citizens.(Source: E. I./Klix.ba)last_img read more