Connect with us

English Premier League

Top Five Premier League Holding Midfielders 2015/16 feat. Leicester and Spurs stars

Published

on

Prev1 of 5
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

The first of the midfield roles to be explored in The Boot Room’s Top 5 series for the 2015/16 Premier League season is the holding midfielder. Charged with shielding the back-line of his side, these players can often be the unsung heroes of their respective teams, so make sure that your favourite does not miss out on recognition by voting for them in the poll at the end of the article.

Embed from Getty Images

N’Golo Kanté

Leicester City did not have a vast number of additions made to their squad over the summer, but arguably the one that has had the greatest impact on the Foxes’ concerted tilt at the Premier League title has been N’Golo Kanté. His influence on Leicester’s successful results early in the campaign often went under the radar; much like the club themselves, but began to earn well-deserved plaudits after the early weeks progressed closer to the winter months. The French midfielder is an expert at ratting around the opposition, making the crucial challenges and interceptions that have prevented promising attacks from developing into anything more substantial. He leads the pack in these destructive aspects, excelling at breaking up the play before passing it on to Danny Drinkwater who has so often sprung a lightning-fast counter-attack.

Arriving from Caen during the off-season for the relatively small figure of £5.6 million, N’Golo Kanté boasts outstanding stamina that has allowed him to influence games from beginning to end, all over the pitch. When the opportunity has presented itself, the Frenchman is well capable of carrying the ball over large distances, promoting a rapid transition from defence to attack. Riyad Mahrez’s goal; Leicester City’s third, came about as a result of Kanté’s forward sprint, and this was hardly an isolated incident. If the Foxes do indeed go on to hold the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of May, there will be no doubts about Kanté’s impact on the club’s success.

Prev1 of 5
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

I am currently at university studying Mechanical Engineering, but in my spare time I'm into all things football. I'm an avid Liverpool fan but always try to remain impartial. My other interests include gaming and Formula One.

Everton

Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

Published

on

Lookman fight

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.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

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 disappointment

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.

Continue Reading

Tottenham Hotspur

Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

Published

on

Erik Lamela
Photo: Getty Images

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.

(Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

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.

Continue Reading

Stoke City

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.

Mathew Nash

Published

on

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

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.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 The Boot Room.