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Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Europa League Betting – Celtic or Rangers?

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For Scottish football fans hoping that this year’s Europa League is going to be a catalyst for the renaissance of Scottish teams in Europe, it has to be said that the bookmakers aren’t showing much enthusiasm about their prospects.
 
Carl Bentley, a writer for the UK sports betting site playright.co.uk, doesn’t forecast either Celtic or Rangers making much of an impact on this season’s competition, despite reasonable starts to their respective campaigns.
 
Celtic, of course, come to the Europa League after failing to get through the qualifying stages of the Champions’ League (perhaps unsurprisingly, as they were priced at 1500-1 to win the tournament). Despite good performances against Armenian side Alashkert (winning 6-0 on aggregate) and Norwegian champions Rosenborg, taking the tie 3-1, the Bhoys stumbled against AEK Athens in the third qualifying round, losing 2-3 on aggregate, a particularly disappointing result considering they dominated and played against 10 men for much of the home leg in Glasgow.
 
Brendan Rodgers’ men have also been disappointing in most observers’ eyesin their first two games in Group B in the Europa League. The home win against Rosenborg came courtesy of a late goal by Leigh Griffiths, but this was followed by a 1-3 loss away against Red Bull Salzburg, despite Odsonne Edouard putting the Bhoys ahead in the second minute.
 
So what do the online bookmakers make of Celtic’s chances of progressing in the Europa League? You can currently get a best price of 8-1 on Celtic wining Group B (behind both Salzburg and RB Leipzig), and as much as 100-1 on the Bhoys taking out the title at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May 2019. If they did manage to surprise just about everyone and win the Europa League, it would surely have to rank right up there with Celtic’s greatest ever performances in European football.
 
After finishing 3rd in the Premiership in 2017-18, Rangers went straight into the Europa League qualifying rounds. The progress of Steven Gerrard’s side in these games was solid, if unspectacular. Wins against Shkupiof Macedonia (2-0 on aggregate), Croatian side Osijek (2-1) and Mariborof Slovenia (3-1), saw them get to the play-off against Russian club Ufa. A 2-1 aggregate win then put Gers into the very strong Group G, with Rapid Wien, Villarrealand Spartak Moscow.
 
The first round of the group stages saw Rangers come away with a very creditable 2-2 away draw against Villareal, after going a goal down in the first minute. Canadian international Scott Arfield levelled the scores before Gers fell behind again, but Kyle Laffertysalvaged the draw with a goal 15 minutes from time.
 
The second round, however, saw Rangers score one if its most impressive recent European wins, beating Rapid Wien 3-1 in Glasgow. The win was particularly promising as they fell behind just before half time; however, Alfredo Morelos levelled the scores soon after before James Tavernier scored from the penalty spot in the 84th minute. Morelos then settled the tie with a third goal in injury time.
 
Rangers’ impressive start in Group G has seen them installed as second favourites to win the group, behind Villarreal, at a best price of 5-1. However, there is little optimism being shown by the bookies for Gerrard and his men going all the way; the best price you can get on Rangers winning the Europa League is 150-1, although some online sports books have them priced as low as 80-1.
 
In the case of both Glasgow clubs, the bookies seem fairly confident that the Europa League trophy won’t be coming to Scotland in 2019. In terms of the overall betting, Chelsea are favourites at 5-1, with Arsenal at 7-1 and Sevilla next in the betting at 20-1. Given their European experience and pedigree, AC Milan might represent the best value bet, at a current best price of 22-1.
Friday, 12 October 2018 11:05

Is it time to re-evaluate FIFA’s youth system?

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Is it time to re-evaluate FIFA’s youth system?


The recent move of Stuart Armstrong from Southampton to Celtic hit the headlines for unusual reasons. As part of the £7 million deal, Dyce Boys Club received an unexpected six-figure windfall as compensation for the role they played in developing him during his teenage years at the club.


It is money that has left Dyce treasurer Len Nicol “in a sense of shock,” and that, in itself, is a signal that all is not entirely as it should be in the Scottish youth system. This is a view shared by outspoken journalist and broadcaster Jim Spence, who feels that stories like this should not be so exceptional and that it is time to re-evaluate the youth system and return the boys’ clubs to the central position they used to enjoy in developing future players for both the national team Scotland’s professional teams.


What has changed?


Today, boys clubs like Dyce do not have anything like the strength and influence that they had 30 years ago. The path to professional football used to be via school teams, boys clubs, the Boys Brigade and often, a combination of all three. Today, however, the professional system has reduced their relevance.


Boys are tempted away in their early teens, or even younger, by the lure of a professional career with a big team. Like spinning the reels in an online casino, it looks like a tempting path to fame and fortune. But while casino goers can evaluate the options through a comparison site like Casinopedia and make an informed choice on the best path to success, most youth footballers have the odds stacked against them from the start.


As Jim Spence put it, the professional clubs: “Hoover up their talent like an industrial fish factory operation.” He argues that due to the surplus of players, they will sign practically anyone, and the vast majority will be cast aside, left with: “broken hearts and shattered dreams.”


Despite the hyperbole, Spence has a point. The number of players who drop out from professional football compared to those who go on to careers like that of Stuart Armstrong is eye-watering, and the comparison with hitting the jackpot on a slot machine is not as fanciful as you might think.


Who really benefits?


A professional youth system is all about developing future talent. The question is, for whom? The old “S” system that preceded the current professional youth development system produced players like Paul Sturrock and David Narey, men who went on to represent a Scotland team that competed with the best on the international stage.


Scotland’s record in more recent years speaks for itself – it’s been more than 20 years since the last appearance in the final stages of either a World Cup or European Championship.


So where is the up and coming talent? The fact is that there are currently more than 30 Scottish clubs with 20 players in each of the five age groups. That makes more than 3,000 so-called “elite” players. However, only a handful will go on to be professional footballers.


Spence argues that returning to a system whereby youngsters can play with their friends in a less pressurised setting gives talent a chance to shine through, particularly among the later bloomers, and it is logic that is difficult to fault.

A flurry of inclusions in the Ranger’s roster post-Stevie G’s arrival and record transfers being crushed by Celtic — Scottish sides found themselves heavily busy in the transfer market in this window and its verdict is going to be enlivened only with popped eyeballs and jaws losing their hold of the mouth of plenty in the football betting world.
 
Transfer records have been smashed, unforeseen transfers have taken place on both ways and the fans, well there has been an overwhelming blend of reactions. Giving torch to the idea of transfer gossip, we’re discussing some of the major transfers that the giants of the Scottish League were involved in. Let’s roll!
 
Odsonne Edouard: the ‘Biggest transfer’ in the history of Celtic:
 
Being hailed as the ‘biggest transfer’ by Brenden Rodgers, the 20-year-old French Forward Odsonne Edouard got his name in the history of the club. While Celtics were already being labelled as the favourites for this season, the club manager has no intention of making peace those predictions — he’s aiming big, and perhaps, is looking to deliver in the competitions beyond the terminus of Scotland. On his loan from PSG last term, Eduoard’s promising stats back Brendon Rodgers’ decision for breaking the bank for him. He scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in his loan spell.
 
Rodgers has been a long-time admirer of the whizz-kid and lauded him highly after his crucial goal against Rangers in their straw-clutching 3-2 victory. The boss said, “He is one of the best young players I have worked with - his movement, his touch, his all-round play."
 
Adam Rooney: Surprise Farewell
 
There has been a lot of debate over Adam Rooney’s staggering departure from Aberdeen. He was their top-scorer for many seasons and has been an instrumental part of the team. But the decision to be deprived of playing European football to join a side relatively inferior to his current team was an odd call by the 30-year-old striker. Not to mention his lucrative hike in pay is hard to go unnoticed as he would reportedly earn about £4,000 a week — which is nearly double to what he earned at Aberdeen.
 
The club Salford City is owned by a group of iconic players in the history of British football, popularly known as ‘Class of 92’ including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phill Neville. They are currently in England’s fifth tier after winning three promotions — Rooney’s signing hints towards their intentions of entering the competition of higher ranks as soon as possible.
 
During his time at Aberdeen, Rooney bagged 87 goals in 194 appearances. After his departure, Adam paid thanks to the club and spoke about Salford’s intriguing project that impelled his decision to join Salford. He said,“I had a great time at Aberdeen but when I heard of the interest from Salford, it was something that really intrigued me," Rooney said. “[The club] wants to get as high up as possible and hopefully I can help the club achieve that by scoring goals and help push the club up through the leagues.”
 
Connor Goldson: Rangers' new centre-half:
 
Rangers' new managers spent most of the summer being involved reinforcements. Former Liverpool ace landed Connor Goldson of Brighton early in the summer to fortify his backline. Goldson struggled to become a nailed-on starter at Brighton as he had to compete with the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy for the first-team spot. However, Gerrard has high hopes from his new man and Goldson would most certainly do justice to his £3million price tag— only time will tell.
 
The inclusion of appointment of Steven Gerrard in the Ranger’s side has added a new dimension to the Scottish league. However, Rangers have had an underwhelming start of the season while Celtic and Hearts currently sit at the top of the league. It would be interesting to see how Celtic’s side bereft of their prolific striker Moussa Dembele do as the league progresses. Undoubtedly, this is going to be an exciting season for the Scottish League fans!
 
Today marks a new chapter in the Scottish Youth Football Association, with the appointment of Florence Witherow as National Secretary. A statement on the SYFA official website read:
 
"The Scottish Youth Football Association can today confirm that, after a thorough and exhaustive recruitment process, Florence Witherow has been appointed as the organisation’s new National Secretary. A lifelong football fan, Florence joins the SYFA from SecuriGroup where she was a Senior Project Manager, a role that saw her take charge of a number of successful national events and contracts, managing hundreds of staff."

On making the appointment SYFA chairman, John McCrimmond, said: “First and foremost we are extremely pleased to be welcoming Florence to the organisation. As a board of directors, we are confident that she is the right person to take the organisation forward as we continue to grow and provide greater access to safe, organised football for Scotland’s young people. With a wealth of experience in administration, project management and communication we are excited to start working with Florence to move the SYFA forward during this challenging yet exciting time for youth football in Scotland.”
 
On being appointed to the role, Florence said: “I’d like to thank the SYFA board of directors for giving me this incredible opportunity to work with the amazing staff and volunteers at the SYFA. I really can’t wait to get started and I’m very excited about the coming weeks, months and years. I’ve been playing and watching football for as long as I can remember, and ever since my dad took me to my first ever game I have been hooked. This is an organisation filled with fantastic people and there is an enormous amount of potential here. I will be doing everything I can to unlock that potential and help get more young people playing football in Scotland.” 

YFS welcomes Florence to the community, wishes her best of luck in the role and looks forward to working closely with her to promote the grassroots game across Scotland.
For centuries, sports betting has been an integral part of the United Kingdom. And, whereas casino gambling has become a rather more popular form of gambling, betting shops still exist, attracting thousands of punters each day. At present, we seem to take sports betting for granted – there are about 8,500 betting shop all over the country, and hundreds of online bookmakers reign over the web.
 
Less than a century ago, however, betting on sports was a shady activity, performed on the streets. In order to understand how sports betting grew from a disreputable enterprise into one of the UK’s most profitable industries, we need to delve into the history of sports betting in the UK.
 

The Beginning

Gambling was popular in the UK until the 1800s, when an anti-gambling movement emerged as a response to several high-profile betting frauds and corrupt lotteries. Parliament passed several acts in 1845 and 1853, which prohibited commercialised gambling. Punters could still bet on horses, but the enterprise was largely reserved for the wealthy. Consequently, gambling was taken to streets and back alleys.
 

The Inception of Legal Sports Betting

Sports punting remained an unregulated activity reserved mainly for the rich until the 1960s. In 1960, Parliament passed the 1960 Gambling Act, and the first betting shops were established in May 1961. According to data, as much as 10,000 bookmakers opened shop within the first six months.
 
Big-time bookies also opened shop, taking advantage of the legislation that eliminated their back alley competitors. Not all famous bookies followed suit, though. For example, the godfather of sports betting in the UK who recently became the father of sports betting in the US—William Hill—steered clear from betting shops, opening one as late as 1966.
 
 
In the following decade or so, it was bookies like William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral which dominated the UK sports betting market. The market only became a little more hospitable in the 1980s, and below you will find out why.
 

The Evolution

Parliament introduced changes to the 1960 Gambling Act in 1986, which permitted bookmakers to transform their design and interior. The year remains a landmark in UK bookmakers’ history, as from then onwards bookies were no longer shabby and grim. Thanks to the 1986 legislative changes, bookies could serve drinks and provide seating for punters. But that was not all – they were also allowed to paint the walls and even install televisions.
 
One thing remained unchanged, though – who controlled the market. Established in the early 1934, William Hill managed to remain on top of competition, as did Ladbrokes. But new names also joined the club of big-time bookies, and those were Coral and Mecca.
 
It was thanks to these four brands that the government tax charged on individual bets was finally abolished in 2002, after many years of unsuccessful attempts. The tax was imposed on all winnings and amounted to 10%.
 

The Impact of Premier League

In 1992, the English Premier League was established, changing the sports betting landscape within the country. First of all, the creation of the Premier League made possible single match betting, thus making football arguably the most popular sport for punting on UK territory.
 
Secondly, Premier League helped bookies expand. Initially, only UK punters could put money on Premier League, but when the rules got relaxed, fans flooded in, leading to an increased demand for spots betting shops.
 
Additionally, the Premier League made the football betting market as diverse as we know it today. In the beginning, punters could not wager on yellow cards, corners, or the minute of scored goals, but when the Premier League was established, the market began to diversify.
 
 

The Shift To Virtual Spots Betting

1996 is another landmark in the history of UK sports betting. This is the year when the first online bookmaker opened shop in the UK virtual space. This was Intertops, licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
 
Today, there are some sites where you can bet on football and, whereas Intertops still exists, its old-time flamboyance has disappeared.
 

Further Legislative Changes

In 2005, Parliament introduced additional changes to the Gambling Act. As a result, bookmakers and betting sites had to obtain a license in order to operate in the UK. More importantly, however, the 2005 Gambling Act gave a green light to TV advertising of bookmakers, which boosted the industry like no other Act ever did.
 
The most recent development of the UK sports betting industry is that it crossed the ocean, arriving in the US. In May 2018, Supreme Court legalised sports betting in the US, and just a few months later, William Hill betting shops could be found in New Jersey.
 
Nowadays, sports betting is about 40% less popular than it was back in the 1970s. Nevertheless, it remains a vital part of UK culture, generating more than £3.2 billion in revenues.
 
YFS was present last Friday to take in the first ever Box Soccer Training tournament held in conjunction with Heart of Midlothian’s Academy at the state of the art Oriam National Performance Centre facilities in Edinburgh.
 
Event spokesperson (and Box Soccer East Dunbartonshire head coach) Antony McMinn told YFS: "The tournament was split into mixed age groups of 2012-2010 and 2009-2006 with around 200 players from Angus, Dundee, Fife, Stirling, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh and West Lothian all taking part. The idea was to replicate the experience of playing street football with children of various ages. It created different challenges for the players who were very much encouraged to solve problems and coach themselves, something that Box Soccer are massive on, without the coaches' input."

After the football had concluded, there was a special treat for the young players, with two Hearts legends in attendance for the presentation. John Colquhoun, now owner of Box Soccer, told a stand packed with players and parents: "Thanks to everyone for turning out at today's event. It's the first time we've ran this initiative and it's great to see so many young players from across Scotland taking part. When I was a kid I'd often play against players older than me and it was key to my development. It was fantastic watching some of the younger players working so hard to push older opposition all the way. But most importantly you're all here playing and I can see smiles all around."

Colquhoun then introduced current Heart of Midlothian FC manager Craig Levein, who echoed his comments before providing the winning teams with their prizes. He said: "It's brilliant to see the facility cime live with so many young players. Oriam was built for days like today. The standard and attitudes were fantastic and the future looks bright."
 
McMinn concluded: "Every child who attended the day has either taken part in a Box Soccer Holiday Camp or weekly class. With new classes being added for the new school year Box is growing not just in numbers but quality and Head of Coaching Darren Murray is driving coaching standards through regular coach education. As well as club partnerships with the likes of Hearts of Midlothian, Airdrie, Stenhousemuir and Arbroath the company has a number of sessions throughout Scotland run by highly trained franchisees."
 
Click here for a photo gallery from the event. To try a free taster Box Soccer session near you visit www.boxsoccertraining.com.
The 2018-19 Scottish Premiership kicks off on August 4. Celtic go into the new season as the reigning Scottish champions and 11 clubs will aim to knock off the title holders. It is a big season for Scottish football as big named new managers and fresh players have joined the Premiership. Scottish football team Rangers could be accused of having a gambling problem as the club have taken a major punt on a new coach. Celtic have brought back one of their key players and two Scottish clubs with Premiership history have returned to the club.
 
Celtic's title defense begins on August 4 against Livingston. The Hoops will play at Parkhead to kick off the season. The club is aiming for its 50th Scottish championship.
 
Will Celtic get it or will there be a twist in the story?
 
Steven Gerrard attempts Rangers title challenge
 
Steven Gerrard is the biggest name to join Scottish football this summer. The former Liverpool captain was appointed Rangers manager and will attempt a challenge to Celtic for the league title. Rangers finished third last term and qualified for the Europa League. It will be a trial by fire for Gerrard, who has only coached previously in Liverpool's academy. A good season could see him propelled up the coaching ranks. A bad season could see him fall down several pegs. He has signed Liverpool attacking midfielder Ovie Ejaria on loan. The player could be a break out star in Scotland.
 
Celtic break transfer record on Odsonne Edouard
Celtic signed French 20-year-old forward Odsonne Edouard to a permanent deal this summer breaking the club's previous transfer record. Edouard joined from Paris Saint-Germain for £9.27 million. Last season, Edouard played on loan at Celtic recording nine goals in 22 matches. His return to the club will keep Celtic's forward combination of Edouard, Scott Sinclair, and Moussa Dembele together for another Scottish Premiership season.
 
Aberdeen to push for title?
Aberdeen have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last four seasons. The club has been brilliant at finishing as runners-up but can't seem to get over the hump to win the title. Manager Derek McInnes has brought in just three players so far this summer. McInnes was able to sign Lewis Ferguson from Hamilton, Stephen Gleeson from Ipswich, and Chris Forrester from Peterborough United. Compared to the moves of Celtic and Rangers, however, it may not be enough to finish top of the pile. It may not even be enough to finish second for a fifth straight term.
 
St. Mirren and Livingston return to Scottish Premiership
Both St. Mirren and Livingston returned to the Scottish Premiership after securing promotion from the Championship. Livingston were only demoted to the third tier in 2016 for financial issues. The club achieved back to back promotions and rejoin the top-flight ahead of the 2018-19 season. St. Mirren rejoins the Premiership after three seasons away in the second-tier. St. Mirren won the Championship last term and will have their focus on building a stable Scottish Premiership tenure. The club has signed new manager Alan Stubbs to take over for Jack Ross, who was in charge of the club from 2016 to 2018. Ross, a former St. Mirren player before turning manager, was recruited by Sunderland to turn their luck around south of the border.

 
In majority of the present day’s football leagues like the Premier League, as we all know, each match is played twice. One in what is called at home and the other referred to as away. ‘Home’, in this case refers to matches that teams play in their home grounds, similarly ‘away’ refers to matches played by them at the opponents’ home grounds.
 
Now, the grounds that matches are played on tend to have an effect on a team’s performance. It’s not always a given, but it is something anyone indulging in a little bit of football betting should consider before wagering their money. There are some excellent premier league betting offers out there, but home ground edge is something you can never overlook. The craze of football betting is not limited to England however. The neighbouring Scots also have a serious go at it during their domestic league (SPFL). You too could try out your chances with a bet or two in that if you want.
 
 
 
But coming back to the issue on hand, there are clear indications on why you should always consider the home ground angle. Here are some of them -

Statistical Evidence

It is said that of all the types of sports out there it is in football that home teams have the biggest advantage over their opponents. Consider the stats – in the Premier League season of 2016/17 there were a total of 607 home goals as opposed to just 457 away goals. Furthermore 49.2% of games were won by the home team. It is said that even the Yanks are heading over to England to try their luck in betting and they and everyone else would benefit immensely if they keep stats like these in their mind.

The crowds

Support is a big thing in football. Just knowing that the massive cheering by thousands of people is all for your benefit does something to the spirit. It encourages players to give their best and then some. There is no scientific evidence to back this up, but if you’ve ever stepped into the stadium during one of the more celebrated Premier League matches you will know what we are talking about.
 
 

Familiarity

This too is an obscure one, but many former footballers and pundits say that playing at home give teams an advantage as they know the ground well. They know the lay of the land and how to get the best out of the pitch due to constant practice. Familiarity is a small thing but when passions winning or losing is a matter of prestige due to legendary football rivalries,
 
In conclusion, it can be said that the notion that home grounds offer an advantage to home teams is not very far-fetched and it exists in other sports too. One should always consider the odds that are on offer and keep this factor in mind when trying to predict the outcomes of football matches.
 

As the domestic season draws to a close, the focus of the back pages is slowly but surely starting to settle on Russia. The opening match of the FIFA World Cup takes place on 14 June, when Russia take on Saudi Arabia. Ordinarily, it would not be a match-up to capture the imagination, but there is always something special about seeing the host nation in action.


Russia are favourites to win that first match, with some bookmakers having them as strong as 1/4 on, and if all goes to form, they will take an early lead in the Group A table. But how far can the host nation really go?


Everyone likes a dark horse


Even the most die-hard follower of the top teams loves to look down the list of qualifiers and select their personal dark horse, which they will cheer on to pull off a few surprises. You can also read about 5 underdog teams to watch at 2018 World Cup over here. Clearly, the hosts will be one on the most talked-about underdogs in the World Cup. But just how far can they go?


Russia’s World Cup record


In the Soviet days, the team had some strong World Cup performances, making the quarter finals in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and having their best ever performance in 1966, when they lost to West Germany in the semi final.


Since the fall of the Soviet Union, however, Russia has had a torrid time. The team has only qualified three times, and has never proceeded beyond the group stages, winning just two of the nine matches they have played. Potentially, however, things could be different this year.


The luck of the draw


The other teams in Group A with Russia are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. While Uruguay are clearly the stand-out favourites in the group, Russia certainly have a realistic chance of getting through to the last 16. Some see Egypt as another dark horse, and the match between them, which takes place on 19 June, could be the pivotal one.


Pressure to perform


With everything else that’s going on in the world at the moment, a successful World Cup is of huge importance to Russia, both socially and politically. If their own team can perform well, that will be the icing in the cake – in fact, according to a survey by the Public Opinion Fund (FOM), three quarters of the 1,500 people asked said it is “personally important” that Russia performs well, although only four percent backed their team to win the entire event.


The additional pressure of being the host nation has traditionally been more of a curse than a blessing. Of course, South Korea astonished the watching world to make the semi finals in 2002, but they are the exception that proves the rule. More commonly, the hosts struggle to live up to the hype.  South Africa had a wretched World Cup 2010, their consolation win over France proving the only bright point.


Capello confident


One man is quietly confident that Russia can go at least one step further than they have gone before, and that’s their former manager, Fabio Capello. The 71 year-old, who was recently sacked from his latest role at Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, is confident that Russia have what it takes to make an impact this year. When asked by FIFA.com what the world could expect from his former team, he said: “I saw the draw – they will get past the first round.”


He added that there is one man Russia will desperately need to have firing on all cylinders, and that is the captain, striker Fyodor Smolov. The 28 year old is undoubtedly world class, and has already attracted Premier League attention, with West Ham expected to make a move for him in the transfer window.

 
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:03

Scottish players making an impact in the EPL

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Scottish footballers in the English Premier League often go under the radar due to the array of talent that has flooded the league from abroad. There are, in fact, quite a few who have graced the division over recent times, with three making an impact just lately. The season may now be over, but each of the three players will be looking to make an even bigger impact in England’s top flight next season, and could we see even more Scottish talent head south over the course of the summer?
 
Andrew Robertson
Robertson, 24, joined Liverpool from Hull City last summer and since then he has really come on leaps and bounds. He’s arguably been the best left back in the division this season, after making 22 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and he’s also starred in Europe too. Robertson has shown that he’s equally effective defensively, as he is offensively, and he possesses a wand of a left foot. He’s now become known for putting over some great crosses from the left and his energy is unbelievable. It would be great to see him make the team for the Champions League Final against Real Madrid.
 
Ryan Fraser
It’s taken Ryan Fraser a while to establish himself as a first team regular for Bournemouth, but the 24-year-old has now managed to make his mark in the Premier League this season. He’s made 25 appearances in the Premier League for Eddie Howe’s side this campaign and has weighed in with 5 goals and 3 assists. His versatility makes him a huge asset, as does his pace and willingness to run. This season he has appeared as a right back, right midfielder, second striker and a left winger, and he should now be a part of Howe’s plans for The Cherries next season.
 
Scott McTominay
McTominay, 21, has made the breakthrough at Manchester United this season under the guidance of manager Jose Mourinho, and there are big hopes surrounding the central midfielder, especially with Michael Carrick retiring from professional football. He’s made a total of 22 senior appearances for United this season just gone and he is likely to make more over the course of the 2018/19 campaign. He should be able to learn a lot from the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, and with Carrick now focusing on coaching, he too could have a big impact on McTominay’s development.
 
The three players mentioned above are the real stand out talents currently plying their trade in the English Premier League right now. However, there are again string rumours that suggest Celtic left back Kiernan Tierney could be set for a move to a top English clubtoo. In order to get all the latest info on this and many other football related news, be sure to visit Betting.com's Football Betting page. The 20-year-old has been a revelation in the SPL, with many tipping him to go on to bigger and better things. Both Manchester United and Spurs are believed to be in the hunt for a left back, and Tierney certainly fits the bill.
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