Archive for May 2021

SMITH: ASTON VILLA WILL BE BETTER NEXT SEASON

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has assured the club’s fans that the club will become even better next season following their strong end to the season. At the beginning of the season, Villa were one of the best clubs and maintained their position in the top 2 places in the Premier League after a couple of fine performances that saw them produce some spectacular results during the opening few weeks of the current campaign. Their first match of the season saw them thump Liverpool 7-2 at home and it was a result that sent shock waves across the footballing world.

Their emphatic performance in that match was already tagged as one of the best performances and results of the season and it still rings in the head of the Aston Villa manager. However, as the season drew closer to an end, their form waned and they slowly moved downward in the table as they were unable to maintain the lethal form they started the season with.

One of the major reasons Villa were able to establish themselves as one of the best teams of the opening weeks of the season was due to the electric form of their captain and star midfielder, Jack Grealish. The England international midfielder is the club’s best player and they have suffered immensely when he has not played this season.

Grealish has been attracting a lot of interest from top clubs in the league, including Manchester United and their neighboring rivals Manchester City. However, Smith believes that even though the rumors will continue making the rounds about their star midfielder leaving Villa Park, they will do everything they can to keep him at the club and he will be starting next season with them.

The manager also added that since they now have Grealish back to fitness, and with the youngsters they currently have in the squad, they will be a better side next season.

WHEN LINDEGAARD SCORED FIRST PROFESSIONAL GOAL

Ex-Premier League goalkeeper Anders Lindegaardmade the headlines earlier this year after he scored the first goal of his career. Anders Lindegaard has spent all his career in between the sticks. The Danish shot stopper returned toScandinaviato sign for Swedish first division team Helsingborgsin the summer of 2019. Lindegaard signed a two-and-a-half year deal when he joined the club and that contract won’t expire until the end of next year. The 36-year-old spent several years in English football before moving to Sweden.

The first and only goal of his professional career came in the colours of Helsingborgsearlier in the summer during the 2-2 draw with Falkenbergs in the league.Anders Lindegaard scored an injury time equaliser for his team as Helsingborgs were able to earn a share of the spoils during the league game played on July 19, 2020. With Helsingborgs trailing 2-1 in added time, Anders Lindegaard went for a corner kick to try to influence things for his team and he was able to achieve his feat after he scored the equalising goal.

Anders Lindegaard was hugely successful at the start of his career in the Scandinavia as he won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award in Denmark and Norway. After his exploits with the Scandinavian clubs,the five-cap Danish international moved to the Premier League with Manchester United where he made 19 appearances in the league over his five-year stay at the Theatre of Dreams. While he was at Old Trafford, he served as back-up goalkeeper to both Edwin Van Der Sar and David De Gea.

The shot stopper signed for West Brom on a free transfer after the end of his Manchester United career. He signed a two-year contract with the Baggies but was sent on loan to Preston North End after just six months at the Hawthorns. He signed for Preston permanently in the summer of 2016 and the shot stopper also went on to play for Burnley before his transfer to Sweden in 2018.