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Premier League social media wrap: Kane looks forward, McGinn back

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The Premier League social media world was again focused on returns to training for the players, who are finding it — say it with me — good to be back.

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Spurs fans will take any encouragement they can get given their up-and-down seasons with injuries to Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, and Steven Bergwijn.

Kane gave them a little bit of that with his update after training on Thursday, as the center forward is one of Jose Mourinho’s big hopes in the battle to move from eighth place back to the UEFA Champions League spots.

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Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn hasn’t played since just before Christmas thanks to an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old has three goals and two assists in 20 matches across all competitions for Villa this season, his second with the club and first in the Premier League

McGinn was looking back to Hibernian’s third Scottish Cup, a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Rangers in 2016 which saw Hibs scored twice after the 80th minute to come back and win it.

Bournemouth players had a bit of banter on Twitter, after the Cherries official feed published forward Junior Stanislas discussing a goal on this day in 2017.

Stanislas talked about a “typical Steve Cook” lumped clearance on the play, and midfielder Philip Billing stuck the needle into his teammate.

Cook has a quick and clever response.

Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia is ready to get back to training, sharing a photo

Premier League social media wrap: Liverpool, Leicester return

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Premier League sides are back training, albeit in small groups, and there are definitely some good vibes to be had in seeing the fellas on the pitch.

For this stroll around Premier League social media, we’ll start with one of two top teams who returned for their first days Wednesday: Liverpool and Manchester United.

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We’ll focus on Anfield, having learned a bit about United’s day from Harry Maguire.

Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has proven a few things over the coronavirus pause.

One is that he’s clearly aware of his role in the greater community, and that he feels a duty to help those in need.

Another, and we know this already, is that he loves banter.

That was on show when the left back posted a photo of him leaping for a ball, labeling it a wayward pass from teammate Joe Gomez.

We’ll let that headline a few tweets from the impending Premier League champions, including some wild hair to continue Chelsea’s trend from Tuesday.

 

Another top three side, Leicester City, is back at it as well.

James Maddison brought a little levity to the occasion by throwing some love to Ben Chilwell.. from a safe distance of course.

Let’s stay in Leicester for an example of the Tweet phrase that was so prevalent amongst PL player it might as well have been a hashtag.

How did it feel to be back? Good or great is the only answer.

We’ve chosen Kasper Schmeichel’s Tweet because his hair has reached ponytail length.

News away from the training pitch includes Chelsea backstop Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Athletic Bilbao product saluted former teammate and Basque living legend Aritz Aduriz on retiring from his legendary playing career.

Premier League social media wrap: Returning players pumped, others wait

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We know it’s far from a universal vibe, but a large number of Premier League players were quite happy to be arriving to and playing on the training pitches of England on Tuesday.

The coronavirus pause is not over, but players are now allowed to train in small groups in the PL.

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It was good to see Dele Alli smiling and looking healthy after he was robbed and punched last week.

American fans might’ve been distracted by the sight of a smiling and reportedly healthy Christian Pulisic at Chelsea training, but look closer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s hair is unusually long, as is N’Golo Kante (because we’re not used to seeing him with much at all).

Toni Rudiger was also pumped to be back, and his post allowed us to catch influential but injury-hampered Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Let’s hope the midfielder is ready to return to the pitch and make his first appearance since tearing his Achilles tendon in a friendly against New England that cost him an Europa League Final appearance.

Spurs loanee Kyle Walker-Peters was back training with Southampton, though he had a sort of era-appropriate PPE covering his face (and a coach in the background going with the mask).

Not all of Newcastle United and Man City players aren’t back yet, and there’s some serious FOMO from a few of their players.

Up north, it’s goalkeeper Martin Dubravka getting fully kitted and fitted… at home.

And Man City minute-eater Fernandinho hasn’t yet returned, but he’s ready…

Premier League social media wrap: Alexander-Arnold gets quizzed

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Rebecca Lowe’s back with her latest Premier League social media recap, which goes from Eric Cantona showing what he’s still got to Nicolas Otamendi having some fun with laundry and so much more.

Check the video above, then let’s take a spin around the PL this afternoon.

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Liverpool’s U-9 team usually gets a party when they commit to the club for the next season.

That wasn’t happening in the social distancing world of the coronavirus pandemic, so the club asked Trent Alexander-Arnold to hold a bit of an AMA with the kids.

The questions and answers were wonderful.

Hard as nails midfielder Philip Billing has been a difference maker at Bournemouth, just as he was during his time at Huddersfield Town.

Apparently not all Terriers would agree with the latter part of that assessment — the comments section says they felt he mailed in the relegation season — and Billing stepped to the Twitter platform to express a bit of disbelief, showing off his strong run of HTAFC hardware.

Soccer is tricky.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina was reminiscing on his starring role for another Premier League club.

Reina backstopped the Reds to a 2006 FA Cup Final win, stopping three penalty kicks on the day.

Liverpool came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits against West Ham United thanks to goals from Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard, and only one of four shooters beat Reina in kicks (Teddy Sheringham).

Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend is apparently a killer when it comes to jersey swapping.

The Eagles forward showed off a terrific collection of jerseys, from Yaya Toure to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Harry Kane.

Premier League social media wrap: Mount makes supporter out of NFL star

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There wasn’t a heck of a lot of action in Premier League social media Monday, besides Richarlison’s daily RT barrage and Phillip Billing one of the many standing up for Ian Wright in the face of vile, unpublishable racism.

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Let’s start with two footballs.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount engaged with a man from the National Football League, and the two clearly have a positive history.

Mount seems to have added New York Giants cornerback Xavier McKinney to the world of Chelsea supporters, and he’s admitted an affinity for “Big Blue” himself.

New York and London, the same basic shade of blue; It all makes sense.

Aston Villa center back Tyrone Mings is no stranger to strong opinions and shared some on the idea of Premier League teams returning to the pitch.

After first saying that he doesn’t understand why top-half players are allowed to express concerns about returning but bottom-half players are deemed scare of relegation, Mings admitted that there’s no reason to demand no relegation as a condition of returning.

Mings also issued a quip on the stories of restarting with different protective gear or matches shorter than full-time.

We’re considering buying a Mings’ Socceroos jersey after this one.