‘The Prem is special’ – Lille star reacts to Man Utd links

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‘The Prem is special’ – Lille star reacts to Man Utd links

Lille star Sven Botman has responded to rumours linking him with Man Utd by saying he ‘dreams’ about playing in the Premier League.

Botman has been brilliant for the French side this campaign, helping them to maintain the best defensive record in Ligue 1.

They’ve conceded just 22 goals in 37 games and could end ‘s domestic dominance.

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Due to his solid displays, and Tottenham.

It’s thought that wants to make the Dutch U21 international Harry Maguire’s new centre-back partner.

The player has now responded to the transfer rumours for the first time.

Speaking to , Botman said: “It is a good compliment when you hear these clubs are interested.

“I’m lying if I say it’s not interesting me – it’s the first time such big clubs are linked to me – but it was early days, because in January I was only at Lille for half a season.

“It was nice to hear but I was focusing on Lille and I’m still doing this. After the season, I will enjoy a vacation and see what happens next.

“If I’m honest, the Premier League is one of the leagues I dreamed about… but also Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga. The Premier League is something special. It’s the football I really like and that fits me.”

Victory for Lille on the final day against Angers would hand them their first Ligue 1 title in ten years.

But that may not be enough to keep Botman in France if he wants to take the next step in his career.

Standing at 6ft 4in, the 21-year-old is an imposing defender who would adapt to life in the Premier League quickly.

He looks set to follow in the footsteps of Matthijs de Ligt, who made a big money move to Juventus and is now on his way to becoming a world-class centre-half.

Man Utd and Tottenham were joined by Liverpool in the race for Botman in January, although the Reds eventually .

 this summer, then Botman could finally be brought to England.

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Forget the other 912 words when Liverpool clickbait calls

Some classic Liverpool clickbait before we pretend that Jamie Vardy has said something incendiary about the Big Six which may or may not still exist…


Imagine that you are the chief Liverpool writer for the Liverpool Echo and you write 914 words on a momentous win sealed with and all your many words to describe an ‘unforgettable afternoon’ and ‘it’s astonishing finale’ (obviously, we have only so much sympathy now we have seen that apostrophe) are reduced to this:

A pure clickbait headline that belies the 914 words beneath, only two of which are the words ‘raucous cheers’, which form the entirety of the information teased by that ludicrous headline.

Mind you, this is the website that also brings you this classic on Monday morning:

‘Liverpool analysis – Thiago Alcantara’s next move clear as Mohamed Salah curiosity emerges’

It turns out that Thiago’s ‘next move’ (changed from ‘next trick’ because ‘trick’ is not even close to suggesting a transfer) is ‘to maintain this level for the next week and then carry it through to pre-season, August and then beyond’. Sensible.

And as for the ‘Mohamed Salah curiosity’ that has ’emerged’: ‘It is curious that the man dubbed the ‘Egyptian King’ is as overlooked as he is when the pantheon of Premier League greats are discussed in a wider context.’

And exactly when did this ’emerge’? Just this weekend? Or just when you wanted a headline that goes clickety-clickety-click as writing about the football is just so damned old-fashioned?


Salah dressing
The real emerging curiosity about is how negative Garth Crooks can be about the Egyptian even when including him in his BBC team of the week.

He wrote this in October 2020:

‘Salah needs to be careful, I’ve seen him sacrifice his team-mate before for glory. The reason have been so successful is due to the collaboration of their front three. Didn’t the Beatles break up over something rather petty?’

And then literally :

‘I wonder if Henderson might have a gentle word with Salah to remind him that he has placed himself among the Liverpool greats – and not to spoil it with cheap nonsense like diving.’

Last week – under cover of praising Thiago – Crooks manages to slip in this nugget despite Salah literally setting up Sadio Mane for a goal:

‘Mohamed Salah only seems interested in the Golden Boot and I think that is having a negative effect on some of his teammates.’

This week he simply cannot ignore a man who scored a goal as well as setting up his teammates for four chances.

‘Here they come again. Liverpool have been far from convincing this season but sprang into action against Manchester United on Thursday. It was the best performance I’ve seen from Mohamed Salah for some time.

‘Then against West Brom on Sunday, they showed patience and class. Salah is a different player when he plays for the team and can be a delight to watch.

‘However, I see a different player when I get the feeling he’s chasing the Golden Boot. His game becomes selfish in crucial parts of the pitch. Not so against United or West Brom. When he is in this mood, he is a different class.’

Mediawatch would like to extend a warm hand of respect to whichever BBC employee took it upon themselves to type out that bitter pill from Crooks and then write these words underneath:

Salah’s equaliser was his 125th goal for Liverpool since signing for the club in 2017, the most by any Premier League player across all competitions in that period.’

Not bad for a player who only really delivers when in a certain ‘mood’.

Alisson wonderland
A word for Garth, by the way, who had the perfect opportunity to realise his team of the week dreams by naming an entire XI of goalscorers but foolishly went for Kasper Schmeichel instead of Alisson. Mediawatch is surprised the Brazilian wasn’t at least crowbarred in at right-back instead.


The Vard word
Such is The Sun‘s attitude to all things Liverpool, we half-expected Alisson’s 95th-minute winner to be buried somewhere in the inside pages of the sports section, but they did indeed splash it on their back page. Along with this utter nonsense:



‘Vardy trophy warning to ‘big’ clubs’

‘JAMIE VARDY has warned the Big Six: ‘Well keep on gatecrashing your party.’

Excuse us but, well, has he f***.

Not once does Jamie Vardy mention the Big Six. Or the ‘big’ six. Or indeed any other club but Leicester City, with whom he has just won the FA Cup. Because the day was about them and not some bizarre ‘warning’ to the bigger clubs that’s not remotely a warning at all.

The quotes were utterly anodyne – “When the gaffer came in over two years ago, he said he wanted us to be challenging for trophies. Now we’ve got one, we’re wanting more” – so to make those into a back-page leads takes some phenomenal imagination. They should have just gone with a bigger picture of Alisson.


Big Misapprehension
On the inside pages of The Sun, chief sports writer Dave Kidd is revelling in all things Leicester, but we cannot help but think that he is getting a tad carried away…

‘There is no ‘big six’ any longer, just a Shady Six who wished to stitch up the English game.’

Now this is all very sweet and romantic but it is also nonsense.

Less than half the revenue of Arsenal. Less than half the wage bill of Liverpool. Ranked 51st in the UEFA club rankings. And once again for those in the back: Let’s not pretend that spending more than 100% of your turnover on wages makes you a model Premier League club.

Why do some people – some of whom are supposedly experts – still look at the league table when trying to identify the biggest clubs? It’s naive in the extreme.

Let’s all celebrate Leicester but let’s not pretend that ‘finishing above Arsenal for a second successive season’ makes them a bigger club. There is still a Big Six and the Foxes are not yet part of that conversation. Fingers crossed that one day this ‘air of semi-permanence’ translates to more than a two-year story but can we all just hold our horses/foxes for now please?


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