Nathan Redmond signs with Norwich City – Can the 19 year old make an impact at Carrow Road?

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Norwich have signed winger Nathan Redmond to a four year deal from Birmingham City. 

The 19 year old, who played 42 times for the Blues last season, was transferred for a fee believed to be slightly in excess of £2 million, with a series of add ons that could make the agreement worth up to £3.2 million.

Redmond will be no stranger to Canaries boss, Chris Hughton, who gave the current England U21 international his first start when the pair were together at Birmingham in 2010.

“[Hughton] was very influential on my career at Birmingham,” Redmond said. “He gave me the chance to play and the chance to express myself every time that I stepped on to the field and I feel like on the bigger stage he’ll do exactly the same thing. I’d probably say I’ve played some of my best football under him so far.”

Hughton reciprocated the pleasantries. “[Redmond] is a player that was of interest to us for some time and the situation has now come about that we can get him on our terms. He’s someone we can bring into the forward areas and primarily has played on either wing in his career so far, but can also play off the front.”

Redmond is Norwich’s third signing of the summer, following a £8.6 million move for striker Ricky von Wolfswinkle from Sporting Lisbon and £1.3 million move for left-back Javier Garrido. 

Breaking into the Canaries Starting XI could prove difficult for Redmond, as he will battle Anthony Pilkington for his spot on the left and Robert Snodgrass on the right.

Complicating matters even further is that if, as Hughton says, Redmond is to line up in the role of supporting striker, he will have to take that position from creative playmaker Wes Hoolahan. 

If deploying a 4-5-1, Hughton could, however, move Pilkington into more of a central role and insert Redmond on the left side.

With his dribbling ability, willingness to take on defenders and vision to find the right pass, Redmond could prove a key component to von Wolfswinkle’s adjustment to life in the Premier League.

 

 

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.