No goals or assists in 2019 – What does Lingard offer Man Utd?

first_imgThe half-life of a good performance in the Premier League is mysterious thing.Some players can leverage a good display into a free ride for quite a while; some barely get the leeway of one poor game before the critics re-emerge.On that basis, if we look at Manchester United’s 2018-19 campaign, the rollercoaster ride that was December is notable for the fact it featured all of Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera’s goals and assists from last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The only other Premier League player who compares, in terms of enjoying just one truly productive month, is Jordan Henderson, in April, but the Liverpool captain can point to pivotal performances in the Champions League in May, which led to him lifting the trophy in June.Herrera, of course, has since moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, so that leaves Lingard as the only true one-month wonder in England’s top flight.With that in mind, a torrid evening against Wolves on Monday was badly timed, largely because Monday Night Football lends itself to forensic studies of a player’s performance in the Sky Sports studios.Lingard failed to have a shot or create a chance at Molineux, which is rarely a good look, but he did have the best pass completion rate of any player in United’s midfield or attack.Subtleties like that, though, may not placate fans reared on raw output, but coaches notice it; coaches notice everything.Did Jesse Lingard score or assist a PL goal?May 2018: noAug 2018: noSep 2018: noOct 2018: noNov 2018: noDec 2018: YES (4G 2A)Jan 2019: noFeb 2019: noMar 2019: noApr 2019: noMay 2019: noAug 2019: no— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) August 19, 2019If a tree falls over and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a noise? Hard to say, frankly, but if a player gets into good positions and helps others get into similarly productive areas, should he keep his place in the team?Lingard’s Expected Goals (xG) figure since the start of last season is 4.7, so given he has netted just four times, he is underperforming, especially when you consider positional rival Juan Mata’s three goals from an xG of only 1.6.In the perpetual war for popularity that is Premier League football in 2019, the lucky man outshines the worker. Homer Simpson wins; Frank Grimes does not.Lingard’s true misfortune is to have reached the Manchester United XI in an era that can at best be described as transitional. Utd since Aug 2018 Expected Goals Goals Paul Pogba 16 13 Marcus Rashford 11.9 12 Romelu Lukaku 10.7 12 Anthony Martial 7.6 12 Jesse Lingard 4.7 4 Scott McTominay 1.6 2 Juan Mata 1.6 3 Alexis Sanchez 1.5 1 Luke Shaw 1.4 1 Ander Herrera 1.3 2 His total of 27 goal involvements in 113 appearances (roughly one every four games) is not wildly inferior to that of Paul Scholes (one every three games) but it does help you identify the players who probably didn’t get enough credit at the time.Nani is the best case in point. Seen as a sort of stopgap Cristiano Ronaldo imitation device, the winger’s record of 69 goals/assists in 147 appearances (one every 2.1 games on average) would make him an absolute superstar in the current United team.A glance further back at players such as Ronaldo himself (a goal involvement every 1.7 games), David Beckham (one every 1.9 games) and Ryan Giggs (one every 2.3 games over a Premier League career that lasted more than 600 matches) only reinforces the point.Lingard’s magnified spell without a goal or assist will surely end soon. But even if it doesn’t, the work-rate and application that has earned him the faith of a succession of United bosses, as well as England manager Gareth Southgate, will grant him more opportunities, whether you like it or not. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Suarez on target as Barca see off Getafe

first_imgLuis Suarez set Barcelona on their way to a first away victory of the LaLiga season as they won 2-0 at Getafe on Saturday.Forget the often hare-brained defending from the Catalan giants, Barcelona got what they came for: three points safely accrued ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Inter.For coach Ernesto Valverde, the pressure eases just a little, and the fact they notched this victory without Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, both sidelined with thigh injuries, is another source of encouragement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Suarez lobbed in the 41st-minute opener, and Junior Firpo tucked in Barcelona’s second from close range early in the second half for his first goal for the club. Getafe spurned first-half chances they might have gobbled up on another day and Clement Lenglet’s 84th-minute dismissal for two yellow cards came too late to give them any real advantage.Valverde fielded a front three of Carles Perez, Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. The game largely passed Griezmann by, not for the first time since his summer switch from Atletico Madrid.Getafe were unbeaten in their last eight home LaLiga matches; however, Barcelona had won on 10 of their 14 previous visits to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in LaLiga, more than any other visiting side. What a beautiful sight! #ForcaBarça #GetafeBarca— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 28, 2019Perez tested David Soria in the Getafe goal early on, before Suarez stabbed a shot wide following a smart throughball from Frenkie de Jong.Barcelona’s defence was then picked apart too easily, with Angel allowed space to shoot from six yards, his strike blocked by the legs of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Jaime Mata had a close-range effort deflect wide off Junior at the other, with Barcelona increasingly shambolic at the back. Inter will have taken encouragement.But Suarez pounced to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute when a clearance from Ter Stegen turned into a great long ball for the Uruguayan striker to chase, and he lobbed Soria in style.Soria was culpable for Barcelona’s second four minutes into the second half, as he could only push a 25-yard shot from Perez back into play, and Junior had an easy finish.Suarez and Perez almost added to the lead, while Arthur nearly fired past Soria into an empty net after the goalkeeper went walkabout, but two was enough. What does it mean? Barca punish wasteful hostsIt means what we already knew: that Barcelona will typically have too much firepower, if the opposition fail to take their own chances. There was little liquid football on show from the defending LaLiga champions, but a big boot downfield from their goalkeeper and a composed finish from their arch predator defined this game. Sometimes such rudimentary football will do. At other times, they will need to find a greater finesse.Ter Stegen makes historyIncredibly, Ter Stegen’s long kick that set up Suarez resulted in a first LaLiga assist by a Barcelona goalkeeper in the 21st century. It was an altogether un-Barcelona-like piece of playing out from the back.1 – @mterstegen1 has become the first @FCBarcelona’s keeper to provide an assist in #LaLiga 21st Century. Pioneer#GetafeBarca— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 28, 2019No Messi, yet too messyMessi typically has little direct involvement in Barcelona’s defending, but whenever he is on the pitch the Argentinian hoists up the standards of those around him. Without him on Saturday, Barcelona lacked guile. It was nowhere more obvious than in their rocky rearguard where some laughable interplay played into Getafe’s hands. Inter are unlikely to be as sparing with their finishing as Getafe.Key Opta facts- Barcelona have won 11 LaLiga games at Coliseum Alfonso Perez more than any other side.- Junior has scored six goals in his LaLiga career, all of them against different opponents.- Barcelona have had 10 different scorers in LaLiga this season, more than any other side in the top five European Leagues. – Suarez has been involved in seven goals in his seven LaLiga games against Getafe (five goals and two assists). What’s next?A major test awaits Barcelona as they tackle Serie A high-flyers Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday. Getafe face FC Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday. read morelast_img read more

Bruce Arians comes out of retirement to coach Buccaneers

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. General manager Jason Licht also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard. None of them have previous head coaching experience.Arians was believed to be the front-runner all along because of his familiarity with Licht, who was vice president of player personnel for two seasons in Arizona before moving to Tampa Bay as GM in 2014.The Bucs fired Koetter after consecutive 5-11 finishes that dropped his three-year record to 19-29.Despite setting franchise single-season records for points, total yards, passing yards and touchdown passes, Tampa Bay lost 11 of 14 following a surprising 2-0 start with upset victories over New Orleans and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. By FRED GOODALL, Associated Press Share: Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The 66-year-old came out of a one-year retirement to fill the team’s fifth coaching vacancy in a decade. Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30, 2018 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) Bruce Arians comes out of retirement to coach Buccaneers 66-year-old was out one season after leading Cardinals Subscribe Today The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: TAMPA, Fla. — Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners.The 66-year-old came out of a one-year retirement Tuesday to fill the team’s fifth coaching vacancy in a decade.Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals for five years, stepping down after the 2017 season with a 50-32-1 record that included one division title, two playoff berths, three seasons with double-digit wins and one NFC championship game appearance. During Koetter’s stay with the Bucs — first as offensive coordinator, then as a first-time NFL head coach who retained play-calling responsibilities for most of his tenure — Tampa Bay posted four of the five most productive offensive seasons in club history.The 2018 Bucs led the league in passing yards and amassed 500 yards total offense five times, yet were just 1-4 in those games. Turnovers and a porous defense were the main culprits.The day after Koetter was fired, Licht made it clear that whoever wound up replacing the coach would inherit Winston as his starting quarterback.“Jameis Winston will be here,” the GM said of the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, who’s due to earn $20.92 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract. Winston sat out the first three games of this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was benched twice after regaining the starting job because of inconsistent play.The 25-year-old has 75 career turnovers, including 58 interceptions. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles (76) is the only QB who’s turned it over more over the past four seasons.But Winston, who’s 21-33 as a starter and only led the team to one winning season in four years, has not been a bust.He completed a career-best 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,992 yards, 19 TDs and 14 interceptions this season and is already Tampa Bay’s career TD pass leader with 88. He’s only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club’s all-time passing leader. The Bucs are counting on Arians to help Winston realize his potential.Among the high-profile quarterbacks he has worked with during a long coaching career are Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Andrew Luck. Share: “Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team,” Bucs owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.“Throughout this process, we focused on finding the right coach with a proven ability to elevate our players and lead our team forward,” Glazer added. “Bruce has played a large role in the development and career success of some of our league’s best players and we look forward to seeing him continue that work here with our franchise.”The Bucs, who’ve finished last in the NFC South seven of the past eight seasons, haven’t made the playoffs since 2007 — the second-longest drought in the league. They haven’t won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden.Gruden was fired 10 years ago this month.Arians is the latest in a line of successors that includes Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Koetter, who landed the job in 2016 primarily because ownership felt his offensive expertise would accelerate the growth of young quarterback Jameis Winston. GO Published: January 8, 2019, 7:26pm last_img read more