Yemi Adesanya and Amos Joseph joins us on Pundit Roundtable to preview the Premier League 2020/21 season

Even as stands remain empty, football fans around the world still have a lot to look forward to in the Premier League this season.

From the return of Leeds after a long hiatus to Liverpool’s attempt to defend their title. Tomiwa Ojo (@10qmedia) is joined by top football pundits Yemi Adesanya (@yemitm442) and Amos Joseph (@communeamos) to preview the 2020/21 Premier League season.

GB:What tactical trend(s) do you think will take prominence this season?

Yemi: I doubt we will see anything uniquely different this season by way of tactical trends. I am however quite excited to see how Leeds shape up and set up in the Premier League.

Amos: I expect most of the managers to deploy a 4-3-3 formation.

Tomiwa: I don’t really expect anything new but I expect most of the coaches to lay more emphasis on building from the back, especially the brave ones. To deal with the top teams that press high up the pitch. We have seen Arteta show us glimpses of that.

Arteta is showing building from the back could be a thing.

GB: Which battles/matches are you mostly looking forward?

Yemi: As a Manchester United Fan, the first game I look out for is the fixture against Liverpool; then maybe United v City and Arsenal; but outside the team I support. I would be watching Leeds games for obvious reasons.

Amos: Manchester City vs Chelsea will be great to look out for.

Tomiwa: Marcelo Bielsa’s will be great to see, especially against the top sides, just as we have seen against Liverpool in their first match. Liverpool vs Manchester City both legs will also be interesting to see as I expect the title to be between the two.

Bielsa in the Premier League is an interesting proposition.

GB: Possible breakout star(s) to keep an eye on.

Yemi: There’s a young man who just signed for Fulham; Alphonsus Areola from PSG; really good Goalie, but largely unlucky with the clubs he has been at bar his time at Villareal. I would be keeping an eye on Olley Watkins at Aston Villa and Feran Torres at Manchester City. Also look out for a few youngsters at Liverpool, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Neco Williams.

Amos: Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.

Tomiwa: Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood is one to look out for, maybe he already broke out last season, this should be the season for his emergence.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Leeds Kalvin Phillip, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah are also some to keep an eye on. Also 18-year-old Wolves record signing – Fabio Silva.

GB: Predict the top four in descending order

Yemi: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Amos: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Tomiwa: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

GB: Which three are you tipping to go down?

Yemi: Fulham, West Brom, West Ham /Brighton.

Amos: Fulham, West Brom, Newcastle.

Tomiwa: West Brom, Brighton and Burnley.

West Brom are common candidates to go down.

By May 2021, we will know how well our pundits will do as Prophets.

Read also: The good, the bad and the worgly of Premier League jerseys.

The good, the bad, the ‘worgly’: Assessing Premier League Jerseys

The jerseys and their unveiling have become an important part of football business. For proper football clubs, the unveiling and income from sales of jerseys have become an important part of their businesses.

It was not usual for clubs to launch new jerseys every season until recently. Fans now look forward to how their jerseys will look like and many also rock the replicas. For some clubs and their fans, the beauty of their jerseys is as good as their season gets. That is the only trophy for them to celebrate. We take a look at some of the Premier League jerseys.

The good

Most of the designers continue to up the game in coming out with eye-popping designs that will force the fans to part with money for replicas.

Arsenal started their partnership with Adidas last season and it has been a good journey with some nice designs. Their three designs this season are nice, especially the third jersey, many Arsenal fans will rock it to parties.

Manchester City’s away jersey designed by Puma is a beauty as well, the blend of shades of blue and the patterns on the shirt was well done.

You have to pity Umbro, they have to do variations of the blue and claret jerseys for West Ham and Burnley every season. They were still able to pull-off a nice design for Burnley’s home kit while their efforts with West Ham is not bad either.

Nike also did a Yeo man job with Brighton’s home and away kits. The home jersey is particularly a beauty. The white collar on the blue shirt was apt, while the tiny white stripes added to the classiness of the jersey.

Liverpool’s journey with Nike has not started on a poor note. There was little chance of creativity with their all red jersey but Nike managed to pull out something nice with a white collar and a tiny blue trim.

The Bad

So, Crystal Palace’s red and blue was not particularly pleasing but it was none of Chelsea’s business. Chelsea then decided to go for a Crystal Palace shirt as their third jersey. It does not look nice neither was it well thought out.

Puma probably expect West Brom to go down immediately or what could have informed their jersey design? There was little or no effort. Just the normal black and white stripes with no ingenuity.

Manchester City’s third jersey looks like those ‘ready-made’ i-pass-my-neighbour cloths we used to wear while growing up or better still a material better suited as a curtain or a bedspread.

The worgly

For non-Nigerian readers, worgly is a fussion of ‘worwor’ and ugly. Worwor describes something that is terribly ugly.

The worgly belongs to Manchester United’s third jersey outright. They should have no competitors. Manchester United should actually sue Adidas, it is that bad. As stated earlier, Puma got tired of West Brom’s black and white stripes so Manchester United took the matter personal. They took the black and white into overdrive, you would have thought Tom Tom bought the club over.

While we agree that breaking fashion rules could be a fashion style but not by wearing stripes on stripes. Maybe a different short could have worked.

No matter how much they try to use the likes of DJ Cuppy and Burna boy to promote it, it remains a worgly jersey even if Buhari wears it.

Or maybe it was just in solidarity with Harry Maguire. Enough said.

Written by: Tomiwa Ojo

@10qmedia on Twitter

Arsenal forward scores hattrick for England in nine minutes

Arsenal forward Edward Nketiah has proven that the high hopes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has of him is not a fluke. The 21-year-old forward who captained the team scored three goals for England U-21 in the space of nine minutes in a 6-0 win against Kosovo.

In a Euro U-21 qualification match away at Kosovo, Nketiah scored in the 51st, 55th and 60th minute to put the Young Three Lions three up after a goalless first half. Another Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson added a fourth in the 66th minute to add gloss to the result. Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon added a fifth in the 82nd minute, then Borussia Dortmund new boy Jude Bellingham scored a sixth in the 85th minute as the Young Lions ran riot. Nketiah and Nelson were not the only Arsenal players involved in the match as they were joined by Bukayo Saka.

It was Nketiah’s 6th, 7th and 8th goals in four qualification matches.

Nketiah is eligible for both England and Ghana national sides at international level. In January 2019, Nketiah reportedly turned down a call up from Ghana manager James Kwesi Appiah to the senior Ghana national side, with Nketiah favouring to play for England

Three PSG players test positive for coronavirus

Neymar Jr has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, alongside two other PSG stars.

The other two are believed to be Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, according to French magazine L’Equippe.

The Parisiens lost in their bid to win their first Champions League title in a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last month.

Monaco signs Bayer Leverkusen star

BayerL Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland has joined AS Monaco from Bayer Leverkusen on a four-year deal for a reported initial fee of £9.8m.

Chelsea are also expected to complete a deal for another Bayer star Kai Havertz. Bayer have signed Patrick Schick to cover for the departures while Coach Peter Bosz has called for more signings.

Asked if he expected the 21-year-old to return to Leverkusen at the end of the international break, Bosz said: “Unfortunately our squad isn’t set yet. I don’t expect (Kevin) Volland and Havertz to train with us again.

“It’s possible more players will transfer. We definitely still have to add some players.” Bosz said.

Silva tests positive for coronavirus

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has tested positive for coronavirus on his first day as a Real Sociedad player.

The Spanish midfielder left Manchester City to join Real Sociedad on a free transfer after 10 trophy-laden years at the Manchester Club.

The 34-year-old received several offers from clubs around the world, after he reportedly came close to a deal with Serie A side Lazio and also attracted interest from David Beckham’s MLS club Inter Miami.

However, the Spaniard opted for a move back to his homeland and recently donned the Sociedad strip for the first time as his arrival was officially announced.

Silva will wear the number 21 shirt for Sociedad, the same shirt number he wore at City, Valencia and for Spain.

Former Nigerian National Team Goalkeeper Dies

Former Nigeria Golden Eaglet and Flying Eagles goalkeeper John Felagha has died.

According to a post on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation, the 26-year-old Felagha died this morning in Senegal.

The NFF posted on their Twitter handle

He was said to have been in holiday and was preparing to return to Nigeria before he met his death. The cause of his death is yet unknown.

Felagha started out at the Aspire Football Dreams Project spending five years at the Academy.

He was the second choice goalkeeper of the Golden Eaglets at the 2009 FIFA U 17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria.

Felagha was also part of the Flying Eagles team at the Africa Youth Championship and the FIFA U 20 World Cup in 2011.

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