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Striker Eyeing Man United Return After Premier League Relegation

Amuda Segun

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Joshua King

Bournemouth striker Josh King wants to return to Manchester United this summer according to The Athletic after suffering relegation with the Cherries at the end of last season.

Josh King and Bournemouth suffered relegation from the Premier League alongside Watford and Norwich City.

The 28-year-old striker started his career in English football as a youngster at Manchester United having moved to the club from his native Norway.

Josh King spent five years at Manchester United before he signed for English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2013. He spent two years at Ewood Park before signing for his current team.

He has been a key player for the Cherries for the better part of the last five years but the Norwegian international was unable to prevent Bournemouth from suffering relegation at the end of the last Premier League campaign.

Manchester United tried to re-sign him during the January transfer window earlier this year only for the move to collapse at the last minute. The club went on to sign retired Nigerian international Odion Ighalo on loan.

Bournemouth have already lost the services of Josh King’s strike partner, Callum Wilson, to Premier League side Newcastle United in a £20m deal and Josh King could follow suit.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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EPL: One thing you never knew about Jurgen Klopp

Timothy Aiyeku

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Before this revelation, no one knew that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is on social media as there is no account that claims his name or his post.

Almost all players are known to have a social media account, including Twitter and Instagram but just a few of the coaches fancy having one.

The reason might be connected to the nature of their work as they are always busy with preparation for games and may not be able to spend time on social media for fun.

However, Liverpool boss, in an interview with talkSports reveals that he is on social media but uses a secret name to be able to monitor what is going on online.

He added that his Instagram account does not reveal his name or his profile and it is intended to ensure that he doesn’t get distracted from his job.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp is not the only manager who is off social media and they all have their various reasons for making such decisions but most of them do not have the time to engage in it, hence see no need for it.

The Liverpool boss is one manager that has always complained about the rigour of the Premier League and has advocated for rest or space between games.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss also voted in favour of five substitutes for this season so as to help the players from unnecessary fatigue that could lead to injuries.

The traditional three substitutes were increased to five after the recall of football from the coronavirus break and the 20 topflight teams were asked to vote whether to continue with the increased rule or return to normal.

Despite losing in the vote cast, Jurgen Klopp argues that the current season is short of four weeks from other seasons and it is more reason why five substitutions should be put in place to help the players.

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Lampard, Klopp disagree with the Premier League over the new season rules

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp have both aired the same opinion on the decision by the Premier League to split the 20 topflight teams.

The Blues boss argues that the Premier League have “dropped the ball” by not allowing teams to make up to five substitutions this season as a continuation of the post-coronavirus era.

It would be recalled that a temporal change was made to the substitution rule after the return of football from the coronavirus break which allowed clubs to make up to five changes from the traditional three.

Now that football is gradually returning to normal, there is a split among the clubs over whether to change the rule back to normal or continue with the change of five substitutions per game. This has spitted the 20 topflight teams. The argument is based on the hectic fixture schedule.

Voting was later conducted and it was agreed that the change will revert to three substitutions with manager Jurgen Klopp disagreeing with the outcome after voting for five.

Jurgen Klopp when asked before the vote, stated that he wants the substitution to continue with five for the new season, noting that it is not about favouring big clubs alone. He added that “We have 38 games in a four-week-shorter season that says it all”

He stressed that what is needed is to get through the season before football can return to normal with a balanced calendar. The German boss stated that the players will need the development more as it would have an effect on their performance level.

Jurgen Klopp is now being backed by the Blues boss Frank Lampard who stated that the ball was dropped when the Premier League decided against five substitutions.

According to him, the demand from every club on their players is huge and they have to be helped.

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EPL: Liverpool legend reveals something special about Arsenal

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Thomas Partey

Liverpool legend John Barnes has affirmed that Arsenal is now a stronger team with the recruitment of Thomas Partey in their team, adding that he will help them to find the right balance.

The Ghanaian international joined the North London outfit in the summer transfer deadline day from Spanish la Liga outfit Atletico Madrid after his release clause of £45 million was activated. His first game for the club got everyone talking and the Liverpool legend also has his voice to lend.

After watching the North London outfit lose against Leicester City, John Barnes is not losing any faith in Mikel Arteta’s side as he expressed confidence that the new signing will help find a balance in the team and help going forward.

The Liverpool legend added that with the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, Arsenal defence will be well shielded as well as the transition from the back to attack.

He said that Arsenal are currently being affected by the strange season with everything going on, citing the Liverpool 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa as one of the effects of the new normal but he is confident that all teams will soon be settled.

John Barnes hailed the Arsenal team for having a good structure process under the Spanish boss as it helps them to look better than they were two seasons ago. The top-four target is a possibility for Arsenal according to the Reds legend.

However, John Barnes argued that the North London outfit have not been scoring goals but that does not mean they do not have good attackers but they are only trying to settle well in the season and will soon get back to their best.

The burden of Arsenal’s goal drought lies on the shoulders of Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he has been backed by manager Mikel Arteta to start scoring again.

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