The Checkatrade Trophy came to an end at the weekend with Lincoln City beating Shrewsbury 1-0 at Wembley. With the end of the competition also came the announcement of the team of the tournament. Swansea City fans might be interested to know that one of their own was included. Kenji Gorre got the nod on the left-wing after an impressive campaign with the under-23s in the competition. He scored four goals in four games before Swansea’s youngsters were dumped out by Charlton Athletic.
He is one of only two development players in the team of the tournament, along with Chelsea’s talented attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi.
But Gorre is not some teenage prodigy. At 23-years-old he is now at an age where he should be in the Swansea first-team and many fans will be wondering why he isn’t.
The Dutch attacker, who joined the club from Manchester United in 2013, has struggled to find his way into the Swansea first-team this campaign, as he has done for the past few years.
Spells out on loan at ADO Den Haag and Northampton Town have been forgettable but his form with the under-23s this season has been anything but.
His four-in-four goal ratio in the EFL Trophy is also boosted by a stunning season in the Premier League 2.
Gorre has helped his side to the semi-finals of the Premier League 2 Cup and this week the young Swansea side take on Arsenal. A win will see them leapfrog the Gunners who are currently joint-top of the table with Leicester City.
The wide-man, who his also eligible to play for England and Curacao, has been pivotal to their form. The 23-year-old, whose father Dean had a successful career with the likes of Ajax, Huddersfield and Barnsley, has scored six goals and contributed three assists in the development league. It makes his final tally for the season so far 11 goals and four assists in just 22 appearances – including his goal against former club Manchester United in the Premier League International Cup.
Yet, Gorre has not appeared in a Swansea City first-team squad since the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in May 2016. Still, his only appearance in a Swansea first-team is the six-minute cameo on the final day of the 2014-15 season against Crystal Palace.
Gorre has proven himself to be a worthy talent this season and certainly deserves a first-team opportunity. But his contract at the Liberty Stadium expires in the summer and it will be interesting to see if he is retained by the Swans.
If he is, then the plan must be to have him playing first-team football in South Wales next season. If not, then plenty of clubs will be scrambling to compete for his signature.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?
The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.
Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.
While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.
Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.
He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.
Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.
Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.
Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him
The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.
When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.
Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.
Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.
This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.
At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.
He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.
Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.
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