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One winner and loser from Leicester’s defeat to Manchester United

A new season for Leicester began with a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford.

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Premier League football returned last night, as Leicester were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

An early penalty from Paul Pogba added to Luke Shaw’s first senior goal condemned Claude Puel’s side to defeat on the opening night of the new season, which brought a case of deja vu to supporters after the 4-3 defeat to Arsenal on a Friday night 12 months ago.

Leicester enjoyed plenty of possession in their trip to Manchester, putting Jose Mourinho’s side under a lot of pressure, but failed to make it count as David De Gea was largely untested. While some impressed, there was others who need to improve.

Here, we have identified one winner and one loser from the game.

Winner: James Maddison

Signed from Norwich City, James Maddison arrived at Leicester City with plenty of expectation as he was widely regarded to be one of the best players outside of the top-flight last season. From the early signs, there is a lot to be excited about.

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Maddison proved to be the creative hub for Leicester throughout the match, central to anything positive that the Foxes created and not afraid to get stuck in – with a stern battle up against Manchester United’s new recruit Fred in the heart of midfield.

Having scored 14 goals and contributing eight assists last season, Maddison should be able to provide the spark in the final third that Claude Puel’s side lost following the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.

Loser: Daniel Amartey

If you were to describe the worst possible start to a new Premier League season, conceding a penalty just minutes into the opening game would certainly be right up there – and Daniel Amartey was the unfortunate party last night.

His handball mere minutes into the new campaign saw Paul Pogba score from the spot and the Ghana midfielder struggled to get a foothold in the match from then on, riding his luck with a few clumsy challenges before picking up a deserved yellow card.

He was taken off by Puel in a double change shortly after the hour mark and may now face a test to retain his spot in the side.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.

Mathew Nash

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It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who cost £9.4 million in 2016, has failed to make an impact at Spurs and was loaned out to Burnley last season. So seeing him being shipped out again may not come as a surprise.

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However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.

So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.

This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit. 

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Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium

There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.

Liam Thomas

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Tottenham are still waiting to move into their new stadium and eventually the time will come for Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and co. to settle into their new state of the art home.

So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.

Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.

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1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London

The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.

It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.

Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?

2. 10-year NFL agreement

Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.

The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.

3. Retractable pitch

The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.

Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.

4. Skywalk stadium tour

The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.

The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.

5. Microbrewery

A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.

Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.

Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.

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Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton

Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Nash

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When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.

It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.

As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.

The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.

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Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.

But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.

The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.

It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.

Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.

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