Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that midfielder Stephen Ireland is in contention for a starting spot at the club.
Stoke take on Norwich City in the next Premier League outing. The match comes just weeks after they performed extremely well in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Even though it was only a draw, Hughes will be extremely delighted with the way his team managed to come back from two goals down to get a point away from home. However, one of the sore points from the game was the injury to Ireland, who is seen as one of the important players in any team managed by Hughes.
Turkish outfit Besiktas have been increasingly linked with a move for Ryan Babel, who is currently playing for Kasimpasa.
The former Liverpool winger is no longer considered as a top level player and he will have to come by with opportunities in the lower leagues. However, his displays with Kasimpasa appear to have been impressive enough for there to be widespread reports that Kasimpasa had rejected an offer from Besiktas. While Kasimpasa have remained silent over this offer, Besiktas have been quick to distance themselves from the player.
Ryan Babel spent more than 3 years performing with Liverpool where he had a mixed period of time as the player showed flashes of brilliance on certain matches but most of his time in Anfield was wasted due to injuries and fitness issues which cost the player should stay on the sidelines of the Premier League club for a number of matches and he just couldn’t live up to his full potential.
Babel managed to make 91 appearances and score 12 goals which isn’t an impressive feat for an offensive player who was signed for a fee of around €14 million and failed on making a true impact in the English side.
Self-confessed Liverpool fan and the Dutch midfielder Ryan Babel says that he is confident that Liverpool can end the season with the FA Cup trophy under their belt.
He says that the motivation of sending of Steven Gerrard with an FA Cup medal will be a huge draw for the players. After failing to progress past the last 16 of the Europa League, Liverpool are left with only two ambitions for the rest of the campaign. This involves being in the top four at the end of the league campaign and possibly winning the FA Cup.
Craig Bellamy has asked the fans of Newcastle United FC to understand the fact that the Magpies are not as big a team as the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal and thus, to expect them to keep winning all the time is not fair.
Bellamy has played for a lot of clubs including Newcastle and according to him; he never felt as much pressure of expectations anywhere else as at St. James’ Park.
Speaking in a television programme, the 35 year-old said, “The fans over there are just not content with anything. During my time, we once ended up at no. 5 in the league and still, they thought we could have done better.”
“It’s not that I have any sourness in my heart for Newcastle. I respect that club, but, it’s also a fact that there are bigger clubs in England.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel says that he still believes that striker Mario Balotelli will eventually come good at the Merseyside club.
The Italian international was signed for £ 16 million and he eventually became the replacement for Luis Suarez, who departed to Barcelona in a £ 75 million deal. Suarez was a major factor in Liverpool almost winning the Premier League last season after he scored 31 goals. Hence, there was a lot of pressure on Balotelli to match the achievements of the Uruguayan and it is something that he has failed to deliver so far.
The departure of Luis Suarez from Liverpool and into Barcelona allowed the head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers on making a number of signings that reinforced different areas of his squad.
One of the players that was signed to try and somehow fill the gap that was left by the Uruguayan forward was Mario Balotelli as he was signed from Ac.Milan with a price tag of €16 million but the Italian attacker has not scored a single goal out of the 4 Premier League matches that he has played for Liverpool so far.
Everton, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspurs have been all of the opponents in the Premier League that Liverpool has faced off in this season and where Mario Balotelli has been featured but he has failed to make a good performance at all.
Ryan Babel has said that despite the absence of Luis Suarez, Liverpool should be able to perform well in the English top tier in the ongoing season.
According to Babel who himself had been a part of the Reds’ first team squad for a fairly long period of time, the young players of Liverpool have progressed well in the last few seasons and now that Suarez is not there, it’s important for them to step up and ensure that the club’s performance doesn’t go down.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Babel said, “I’ve been really impressed with the growth of some of the Liverpool youngsters. The likes of Daniel and Raheem have gone from strength to strength and they are going to be pivotal for Liverpool this season.”
A tweet from Ryan Babel has sparked media attention as the Dutch winger wrote on his official twitter account stated that he was on his way to Liverpool, no further details were written and this could mean that Babel could simply be just reuniting with some of his old friends or actually making a return to Liverpool, the club where he used to perform some years ago.
At his 27 years of age, Babel has a lot to offer and considering that the attacking division of Liverpool took a huge dip after selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona it is now up to the Northern Irish coach to decide if he wants to spend some of the injection of cash he received in signing Ryan Babel.
The Netherlands national football team will take on Australia tomorrow in their second game in the FIFA World Cup 2014 which is currently going on in Brazil.
The Dutchmen would be bubbling with confidence coming into this game after the result that they achieved in the opening game of their campaign against the defending Champions Spain. They just crushed Vicente Del Bosque’s team and pushed them on the verge of a shocking exit.
Defeating Australia shouldn’t be a big challenge for Holland at all. There is just no comparison between the two teams. While, Holland is filled with versatile players, the Australian team only has one or two guys who can be termed world class.