Kane, Eriksen & the Spurs stars Poch might want at Man Utd


first_imgTottenham used to be one of Manchester United’s favourite shopping destinations. From Teddy Sheringham to Michael Carrick to Dimitar Berbatov, they would browse the choicest of produce before adding them to the basket.That supply line has buckled in recent years as Spurs’ reputation has swelled and United’s has dwindled, but as the teams meet at Wembley on Sunday, Tottenham fans will know that supermarket season could be hurtling towards them once more. And it’s not just the players who could leave this time. Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly, and understandably, top of the Old Trafford list as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? If that managerial move transpires, will Pochettino succumb to the temptation of returning to his former club and raiding them for talent?Tottenham’s policy of seemingly renewing their players’ contracts every three weeks could help avert this doomsday scenario but if he does head to Old Trafford, who might he be tempted to bring with him? Goalkeeper/DefenceTwelve months ago the goalkeeper position was a no-brainer. David De Gea almost earned Manchester United their runners-up spot by himself last season, preventing an additional 14 goals based on Opta’s Expected Goals model.It was one of the great campaigns by a goalkeeper in Premier League history and was almost certainly unsustainable – something that 2018-19 has proven, with the Spaniard regressing to par (30 goals conceded, 30.3 on the xG model).On the same basis this season’s pace-setter is Alisson at Liverpool (+7) but just behind him in second place is Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (+5). His Premier League form dipped last season – only Petr Cech made more errors leading to a goal – but the underlying numbers suggest that he has been one of the unsung heroes for Spurs in 2018-19.Toby Alderweireld, TottenhamUnited’s central defence needs some reconstruction work and one man who most definitely could find himself travelling up the M6 at some point is Toby Alderweireld.The fact that Tottenham have conceded less than a goal a game when he has featured in the Premier League (0.8) compared to 1.1 when he has been absent suggests that even though he turns 30 in March, he would likely improve what has, for the most part, been a suspect Red Devils defence.Meanwhile, Bury-born Kieran Trippier would likely be an upgrade at right-back, with the England defender having recorded 13 Premier League assists in the last three seasons – one more than Antonio Valencia’s assist record in the past six campaigns.MidfieldIf Dele Alli’s six-year contract is insurmountable, even for United and all their riches, Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be a bad alternative.The Dane is yet to pen a new deal and the vultures are already circling, with Real Madrid having been heavily linked with a move for as much as £225 million ($289m), if you believe what you read in the Spanish press.Second only to Eden Hazard for chances created in the Premier League in 2018, Eriksen has scored 19 long-range goals since joining Spurs in 2013, more than any other player. It’s that sort of return that would help United close the gap on their rivals, with their tally of goals scored from disance way lower than their top-four rivals.The 26-year-old is also the owner of a quasi-telepathic relationship with Harry Kane. His total of 18 assists for the England captain is rapidly approaching the Premier League record of 24 (Frank Lampard to Didier Drogba). Team Goals from long range since 2013-14 Man City 69 Liverpool 67 Tottenham 62 Chelsea 60 Man Utd 47 AttackWhich leads us to neatly to the attack. The thought of Kane and Marcus Rashford transposing their international relationship to the club game would be a tempting one for whoever takes over at Old Trafford.Kane would follow in the footsteps of Sheringham and Berbatov and is younger, and almost certainly better, than both of them were when they moved to Manchester.Already hurtling towards 150 Premier League goals, Kane offers many of the attributes of Romelu Lukaku but potentially in a more consistent format.Only six players in Premier League history have scored five or more goals with each of their left foot, right foot and head in a single season. Lukaku is one of them, but Kane is the only player to have done it twice. Season Player Left-footed goals Headed goals Right-footed goals 2017-18 Harry Kane 10 6 13 2016-17 Romelu Lukaku 12 6 7 2014-15 Harry Kane 5 5 11 2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo 5 5 20 2006-07 Didier Drogba 5 5 10 1995-96 Robbie Fowler 16 6 6 1993-94 Dean Holdsworth 6 5 6last_img read more

Brendon McCullum set to become Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach


first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 17:50 IST Brendon McCullum will return to Kolkata Knight Riders, this time as support staff (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrendon McCullum will reportedly become the assistant coach Simon Katich was the assistant coach of KKRMcCullum will also take over as head coach of CPL side TKRFormer New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time in a coaching role after being signed by the IPL side as assistant coach, a media report has claimed.McCullum, who retired from all forms of competitive cricket recently, will also take over as the head coach of the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders, according to ESPNcricinfo.Interestingly, he will replace Simon Katich in both the sides. With KKR, he will be associated as assistant coach and at Trinbago Knight Riders he will replace the Australian as head coach.The dasher from Canterbury had retired from all forms of international cricket in 2016 but continued to ply his trade in various T20 leagues across the globe.The former Black Caps skipper has played 101 Test matches for New Zealand and scored 6453 runs with a high score of 302. He featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.KKR had announced that they were parting ways with Jacques Kallis, their head coach, and Katich.McCullum’s association with KKR goes back to the maiden season when he set the stage on fire with a blistering 158-run unbeaten knock in the first ever match of IPL.He was an integral part of the KKR squad for five seasons and also led them in the 2009 edition.The right-hand batsman had hinted at trying his hand at coaching in his retirement statement.”The next chapter, in both media and coaching will challenge me further,” he said.Also Read | NADA will test cricketers whenever and wherever they want: Sports secretaryAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja mimics Virat Kohli’s batting stance, Rohit Sharma guesses correctly in Heads Up ChallengeAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow brendon mccullumFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Indian Premier League Brendon McCullum set to become Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coachFormer New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be taking over from Simon Katich as the head coach of Trinbago Knight Riders and the assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders. advertisementlast_img read more

Odisha registers 84 growth in 201819


first_imgBhubaneswar: Driven by the industry sector Odisha has registered 8.4 per cent economic growth in the financial year 2018-19 against 7.4 per cent in 2017-18, according to the Economic Survey Report 2018-19. Although, the per capita income of the state has grown by Rs 28,000 in the last seven years, the unemployment rate in 2017-18 was higher than the rest of the country. With the growth in its per capita income, this eastern coastal state has also shown faster growth rate than states like Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the growth analysis of the past five years between these states have shown, the report said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “This high rate of growth was largely driven by the industry sector. Its share in the total output has been consistently increasing since the last four years and in 2018-19, it is expected to contribute 39.47 per cent to the state’s Gross Value Added (GVA),” the report said. Of the three sectors — agriculture and allied activities, industry and services, it is the industry sector that has grown the fastest. The manufacturing sector too exhibited a double-digit growth for the fourth year in a row. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs With the state being home to the country’s largest mineral deposits, Odisha has significant comparative advantage in the mining and manufacturing industries. The average monthly household income in agriculture sector has increased to Rs 7,731 in 2016-17 from Rs 4,976 in 2012-13. The 2017-18 drought had caused a contraction in agricultural output. However, the sector recovered in 2018-19 with a robust growth rate of 8.3 per cent. Activities like livestock rearing and aquaculture have emerged as the fastest growing sub-sectors of agriculture and allied sector, said the report. Inflation in 2018-19 was 2.9 per cent, which is lower than all India average, implying greater purchasing power, it said. The report claimed that Odisha has witnessed strong growth in per capita income. In 2018-19, state’s per capita income (in real terms) was expected to be Rs 75,796 from Rs 70,799 in 2017-18. It said that the unemployment rate in the state in 2017-18 was 7.1 per cent while the same was 6.1 per cent in India.last_img read more