Prem quartet set to do battle for West Brom teenager Rico Richards

first_imgMANCHESTER CITY and Liverpool are among the big guns tracking West Brom wonderkid Rico Richards.Arsenal and Tottenham are also watching Richards, who turned 16 in September but has already spent time training with the Baggies’ Under-23 side.1 Klopp and Guardiola could do battle for Richards… as well as the Premier League tableThe exciting forward’s current contract expires next year and West Brom are keen to agree a new deal after losing other youngsters to bigger clubs.Morgan Rogers was still 16 when he left in the summer to join City in a deal worth £4m, one of the highest fees ever paid for a player of his age.And Louie Barry, 16, also rejected a scholarship with West Brom before moving abroad to Barcelona.Richards can play on either wing or as a No10 and is renowned for scoring as well as creating goals.He netted on his debut for England Under-17s earlier this season, when his team-mates included Barry and Harvey Elliott, who left Fulham for Liverpool last summer.Fellow West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson has impressed for the Baggies first-team this season.The defender has made 13 appearances in the Championship this season.And Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be tracking him.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have struggled at right-back since Kyle Walker’s departure in 2017.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotAnd the Hawthorns academy graduate could be just the man to grow into that role for Spurs.Ferguson could cost the Lilywhites upwards of £10million.Slaven Bilic’s side are currently top of the Championship after 16 games – having won 1-0 at Hull City on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino speaks about needing time to build a squad after Spurs draw 1-1 with Sheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal: Ten-man Gunners beaten in Croatia

first_img Arsenal lose opening Champions League game 1 Olivier Giroud was sent off as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal gifted the home side a first-half lead and Giroud was dismissed five minutes before half-time for a second bookable offence.Junior Fernandes’ close-range header doubled the home side’s advantage 13 minutes into the second half before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Gunners with 11 minutes remaining.But it wasn’t enough to prevent a damaging night for Wenger’s side and they now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages with two games against Bayern Munich to come.Perhaps with Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge in mind, Wenger made six changes to the side that beat Stoke City on Saturday. David Ospina replaced Petr Cech in goal, while Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs occupied the full-back spots. Mikel Arteta made his first competitive start since November, Giroud replaced Walcott up front and Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the rested Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal began their 18th consecutive campaign in the competition with plenty of possession. Their first chance came on 10 minutes when Santi Cazorla’s in-swinging corner found an unmarked Giroud but the Frenchman’s point-blank header was palmed away by Eduardo.The Frenchman squandered an even better chance eight minutes later when he met Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross and was first denied by the post and before seeing the rebound clawed away by Eduardo.And the Gunners were made to pay for their early wastefulness. The visitors were caught on the break as El Arbi Hillel Soudani picked out Josip Pivaric down the left channel and the left-back’s effort was saved by Ospina but ricocheted into the net off Oxlade-Chamberlain.Giroud’s miserable evening was then brought to a premature end five minutes when he was shown a second yellow for a trip on Ivo Pinto.Arsenal should have levelled three minutes into the second half when Mesut Ozil combined with Gibbs but his tame shot was kicked away by Eduardo.The game was put beyond Wenger’s side on 58 minutes when slack marking at the front post allowed Fernandes a free header and the Chilean made no mistake, glancing past Ospina.Wenger introduced Walcott and Joel Campbell in an attempt to revive his team and Walcott gave Arsenal hope on 78 minutes as he broke the offside trap and slid home a cool finish.But the ten men couldn’t salvage enough energy to push for an equaliser and were beaten in their opening group game for the second year in a row. In the other game in Group F, Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 courtesy of goals from Thomas Muller (2) and Mario Gotze.last_img read more