QPR v Leeds player ratings

first_imgSee also:Austin gives QPR victory over LeedsApplause for Sandro after QPR winWarnock jokes about abuse from Leeds United fansRangers consider move for Jackett Charlie Austin scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute to give QPR a deserved win. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player against Leeds.Rob Green: 6Lucky in the first half when his rash decision to rush out of his box went unpunished. Was rarely called into action. AdChoices广告James Perch: 6A solid performance at the back, although he was hardly tested by a poor Leeds side.Grant Hall: 7Another excellent display from the defender, who snuffed out any danger that came his way and dealt well with the physical presence of Chris Wood.Nedum Onuoha: 7Played well and went close with a thunderous 25-yard drive that whistled just over the bar.Paul Konchesky: 6Also rarely tested, but had to defend resolutely in the final 10 minutes and was quick to avert the danger when a dangerous late cross threatened QPR late on.Michael Petrasso: 7Handed his first QPR start and the Canadian was a lively presence on the right of midfield. Deserves a run in the side on this evidence.Sandro: 7The Brazilian flew into a number of challenges in the first half – he has to be careful when launching off the ground into a tackle. He allowed Alejandro Faurlin to be the creative spark in the middle.Alejandro Faurlin: 8A fine game from Faurlin, whose great corner led to the goal. He also came close himself with a 25-yard effort that curled just wide. If he and Sandro can stay fit there’s a really exciting partnership in the making.Yun Suk-Young: 6Worked hard off the ball and tried to get involved going forward, but struggled to make an impact.Junior Hoilett: 7A good display on his return to the side. Workmanlike rather than spectacular, and certainly a willing runner.Matt Phillips: 7Worked hard up front and in wide areas.Charlie Austin: 8Made an immediate impact, although he was gifted space to head home. He was also denied 10 minutes later by a stunning save from Marco Silvestri.Tjaronn Chery: 7Lively after coming on. Always looked for the ball and was part of the double act that helped to push the game further in Rangers’ favour. Perhaps needs a few cameo appearances like this one to build his confidence and regain the form of his first few games. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Clottey dares Welterweight champ

first_imgFormer World Champion Joshua Clottey’s return to world fame could come faster than expected and against no less a boxer than undisputed Welterweight king Manny Pacquiao on March 13 in Las Vegas.Talks have begun between both camps for Clottey to get a third shot at the WBO Welterweight title which he failed to snatch from Antinio Magarito in December 2006 and Miguel Cotto in June 2009.Cotto lost the title to Pacquiao, in November last year.However, already, comments on most boxing websites point to a straight win for Pacquiao but Clottey sees this as the opportunity to rule the Welterweight division.The Ghanaian boxer says he is unfazed by the poor previews he is receiving in some media and would work to prove that he is capable of grabbing the title.“I am going to surprise the whole world,” he said.Clottey describes his opponent as his “favourite” and “the best fighter out there.” “I just want to win that title,” he added.last_img read more

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Caps and Lightning face off for game one of the Eastern Conference Finals

first_img5-11  Washington at Tampa Bay     Eastern Conference Finals Game 1TV:  8pm  NBC Sports NetworkWashington Capitals (8-4): Last game Capitals defeat the Penguins 2-1 in OT (Win series 4-2)Capitals Top performers:Alex Chiasson- 1 goalNathan Walker- first Australian with a point in the NHL playoffsE. Kuznetsov- game winning goal in OTBraden Holtby- 21 savesThe Capitals and Lightning have met in the postseason only twice, both wins for the Lightning. The Capitals will be facing the Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy. On the other side of the ice, Braden Holtby has played 11 games, has an 8-3 record, a .926 save percentage, and a 2.04 GAA. Washington went 1-1-1 against Tampa Bay this regular season.Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-WilsonVrana-Eller-OshieBurakovsky-Stephenson-ConnollyDSP-Beagle-ChiassonKempny-CarlsonOrlov-NiskanenOrpik-DjoosHoltbyTampa Bay Lightning (8-2): Last game Lightning defeat the BruinsTampa Top performers:Brayden Point- goalJ.T Miller- goalKucherov, and Stamkos- assist eachAndrei Vasilevskiy- 27 savesTampa enters this third round a confident team having only lost twice through their first two series. They took down both the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins, a team that finished second in the conference, in just five games. Andrei Vasilevskiy this postseason has played in 10 games, has an 8-2 record, a .927 save percentage, and a  2.20 GAA. Game 1: Capitals at Lightning. Friday, 5/11 at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Broadcast on NBCSN)Game 2: Capitals at Lightning. Sunday, 5/13 at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Broadcast on NBC)Game 3: Lightning at Capitals. Tuesday, 5/15 at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Broadcast on NBCSN)Game 4: Lightning at Capitals. Thursday, 5/17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Broadcast on NBCSN)Game 5 (if Necessary): Capitals at Lightning. Saturday, 5/19 at 7:15 p.m. ET. (Broadcast on NBC)Game 6 (If Necessary): Lightning at Capitals. Monday, 5/21 (Channel NBCSN)Game 7 (If Necessary): Capitals at Lightning. Wednesday, 5/23 (Channel NBCSN)Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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Bursting point Booming Halifax courted by multiple sports leagues

first_imgHALIFAX — When Halifax Mooseheads players laced up their skates for the first time, the team was a gamble.It was the first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club in the Maritimes, and the city had just lost its American Hockey League franchise.  But the Mooseheads were an instant hit and now, 25 years and a professional basketball team later, Halifax is being courted all at once not just by the CFL but also by major soccer and lacrosse teams.It’s a heady time for sports fans hankering for more athletic entertainment in Atlantic Canada’s biggest city — a place awash with cranes with a thriving construction sector, healthy employment gains, strong population growth and a booming housing market.But the sports buzz is dampened by doubts about whether a city of 400,000 people — even one that functions as a regional capital — can sustain so many teams.“There’s only so much disposable income to go around,” says Concordia University sports economist Moshe Lander.“The more teams that you have with overlapping seasons, the more likely they will start cannibalizing each other.”It’s a concern shared by even the most enthusiastic of sport boosters.“As a sports fan, I hope it all works,” says Bruce Rainnie, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.“But with all the options available for your sport-entertainment dollar, you just have to wonder if there’s a bursting point.”The teams won’t just be competing for fans and their wallets, but for corporate sponsorship as well.The city’s sports roster already includes the Mooseheads and the Halifax Hurricanes basketball team, and will soon add professional soccer, lacrosse and potentially CFL football — not to mention several prominent university teams.The HFX Wanderers Football Club is expected to compete in the Canadian Premier League in its inaugural 2019 season, and a new National Lacrosse League franchise — a relocation of New York State’s Rochester Knighthawks — will play at the Scotiabank Centre under a new team name, potentially the Halifax Privateers, starting next December.Maritime Football — the group behind the newly named Atlantic Schooners — is trying to land a Canadian Football League franchise for Halifax, a proposal that hinges on the construction of a new 24,000-seat stadium.The teams will be hustling for the backing of deep-pocketed brands and businesses for revenue to help pay for everything from team uniforms to player salaries.But the sudden proliferation of sports teams in the region could mean fierce competition for corporate dollars.“You kind of scratch your head and wonder if there will be room for all of them,” says Mark Raymond, associate academic dean at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.“When we think of the Maritimes in general or Nova Scotia, there’s only really a few major corporations.”He says companies will be interested in reaching new markets through sports sponsorships, as well as “staying top of mind” among existing customers.“There’s also a sense of corporate responsibility, of giving back to the community,” Raymond says.Still, the finite number of companies — from telecoms and banks to car dealerships and grocery chains — willing to sponsor sports in the city means teams could face a battle for sponsors.“The big concern is on the corporate side,” says Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates and a key player behind efforts to bring a new National Basketball League of Canada team — the Halifax Hurricanes — to the city after the Halifax Rainmen folded in 2015.“There are only so many dollars to go around.”Unlike some teams, however, he says a CFL team would attract a larger pool of corporate sponsors.“I’m anticipating there will be large national advertisers that will want to be part of a CFL team that would not be part of the Hurricanes, for example,” he says.Corporate sponsors — and to some extent, the number of fans in the stands — could also potentially hinge on how well a team does and if they make the playoffs.“Nobody wants to be associated with a loser,” Lander says, adding that as “hardcore” as lacrosse and soccer fans are, the startup leagues tend to be riskier than well-established leagues like the CFL.Mills says it can take several seasons to develop a loyal, committed fan base and attract sponsors.The Hurricanes — now in their fourth season — are continuing to grow but have still not reached the break-even point, Mills says.“We had to overcome a lot of negativity toward the Rainmen,” he says, adding that it took time to convince both sponsors and fans that the team was legitimate and stable.While the Mooseheads hockey team has never had “anything but a honeymoon period,” the Hurricanes are struggling to get more than 2,000 fans to attend games, says Rainnie.“So far the only thing that has ever really worked here — off the charts worked — is the Halifax Mooseheads.”But Rainnie says a soccer team will likely thrive in Halifax — a city with a growing immigrant population that tends to rally behind soccer — and that lacrosse is quickly gaining in popularity among youth.“I have tremendous optimism about soccer working,” Rainnie says, adding that “lacrosse is a deep-rooted Canadian sport that has a physicality and a watchability to it.”He adds that a team’s success is increasingly dependent on community engagement, and the willingness of players to “contribute to kids at the grassroots level of sports.”Football, on the other hand, is “truly a time-will-tell sort of thing,” Rainnie says.“At its best the CFL is a very exciting product,” he says. “But I don’t think the league right now is at its best.”Rainnie says in order to survive, the football team will have to attract fans from across the region — Moncton, Charlottetown, Truro and beyond — who are willing to drive to Halifax to watch the games.A season ticket drive for the Atlantic Schooners has already received more than 5,000 deposits, but Raymond says the question is how ticket sales will fare once the excitement wears off.“There’s a newness factor right now,” he says. “But it remains to be seen if it can be maintained and built upon.”Despite the unknowns, Mills says the influx of pro sports teams solidifies Halifax’s status on the national stage.“This is the rising of a great new city,” he says.“We are being noticed as having something very special from our quality-of-life perspective … we’re going to be the coolest city in the country in 10 or 20 years.”Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Feds hoping to expand take up of working income tax benefit as

first_imgOTTAWA – A federal budget aimed at Canada’s middle class will also have a focus on the second part of the Liberals’ political target audience: those who wish to join it.An expansion to the Working Income Tax Benefit will be laid out in next week’s federal spending blueprint following a commitment last fall from the Liberals that they’ll put $500 million more into the program, starting next year.The benefit, known by its acronym WITB, has been around for over a decade. Put simply, it allows people typically earning minimum wage or less to effectively earn more by subsidizing their wages with a tax credit.“When you see that higher wage rate, we expect people to be willing to work more and stay more attached to their jobs,” said Tammy Schirle, an economics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.In theory, that should mean more people then get a chance to begin working their way up the economic ladder to that middle class the Liberals invoke.So, the starting point is getting more people onto the bottom rung of the ladder. Expanding WITB becomes a question of logistics and cash, and Schirle and others are hoping for changes to both next week.An internal government study has found the take-up rate for the benefit sits at around 85 per cent, in part because those who file their taxes using paper forms tend to claim it far less than those who hire tax preparers or use computer software.A pilot program run by the Canada Revenue Agency in New Brunswick for the 2016 tax year, however, saw claim rates jump when a flyer highlighting the program was stapled into people’s forms.The agency is expanding the program nationwide; if the results in New Brunswick mirror themselves at the federal level, the number of paper filers claiming the benefit could rise by 18,669 claimants, the CRA said. That in turn could result in an additional $12.5 million spent.So a sliver of the funds the federal government has allocated could be spent on just more people taking them up on the program; in 2016, the program provided more than $1.1 billion in benefits to over 1.4 million people.A widely expected change that’s going to eat up more of the planned spending is for the government to raise the maximum top-up people can receive and also increase how much they can earn before the benefit begins to get clawed back.With minimum wage rates going up in several provinces, the number of those able to access the program might shrink.“Where WITB falls short today, it’s a good policy that simply doesn’t have enough investment behind it,” said Noah Zon, director of policy and research at the Maytree Foundation, a social policy think tank.“Another $500 million will have some significant potential to improve that, but the real challenge with it is that it simply cuts out a very low income.”The same Finance Department study that analysed take-up rates for the benefit also uncovered some demographic facts about who is using the benefit the Liberals could be seeking to address next week.As the program is currently structured, only one member within each working couple can claim the benefit. In 2012, the study found, this was most often a man.A key theme of the budget is helping women enter and stay in the workforce. Changing the structure of the benefit could address that, suggested Schirle.“A large part of what people are talking about lately is the need to help women’s attachment to the labour force, especially when they are struggling with kids and part time jobs and balancing everything,” she said.“Something like the WITB can help give them that extra support.”last_img read more

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Updated CanadaIsrael free trade deal includes new chapter on gender ecommerce

first_imgMONTREAL – The updated and expanded Canadian-Israeli free trade deal includes a chapter on gender equality that is the first of its kind in the world, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Monday.Canada’s new trade deal with Israel also maintains a controversial article that recognizes merchandise from occupied territories such as the West Bank as products of Israel.What’s unique to this trade agreement is the provision that places the chapter on gender equality under the scope of the dispute settlement mechanism of the larger agreement, Champagne said.“We are writing international law today,” Champagne said to Israeli Minister of the Economy Eli Cohen, who travelled to Montreal to sign the deal.“This is the only trade deal in the world with a chapter on gender that is subject to a dispute resolution.”Champagne and Cohen were scheduled to officially sign the updated agreement later on Monday at a private ceremony in Montreal closed to the media.Both governments need to ratify the deal before it enters into effect.The original free trade deal between Canada and Israel came into force in January 1997, which governed the roughly $1.7 billion in two-way merchandise trade between the two countries in 2017.Negotiations to update the agreement began under former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2014 and were concluded by the Trudeau Liberals.The new deal maintains a provision that requires merchandise from areas such as the West Bank to be labelled as products of Israel despite the fact Canada doesn’t recognize permanent Israeli control over that territory, which was occupied in 1967.A Winnipeg man is challenging a decision made by the federal food inspection agency in 2017 that allowed two wines produced in the West Bank region to be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel.”Under the trade agreement, “Israel” refers to any territory where the country’s customs laws are applied.Champagne said the new trade deal is in line with international law.“It’s a simple matter,” he said. “In international trade law, the way a territory is defined is the physical territory where the customs law apply.“We think the determination of Canadian food inspection agency is reasonable and acceptable.”The decision to include a chapter on gender equality came at Canada’s behest.Chapter 13 states both countries “acknowledge the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into the promotion of inclusive economic growth.”Cohen told the audience “we will learn from you and implement this (gender chapter) in our future free trade agreements.”“The agreement that we will sign later today (provides) free duties to more than 2,000 items in the food and agricultural sector,” Cohen added.Moreover, the updated deal expands market access for both countries and includes new chapters on issues such as e-commerce, intellectual property and labour.last_img read more

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PM rousing communal tension in country: CPI(M) to Poll panel

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) has moved the Election Commission accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to rouse communal passions in the country and using national broadcaster Doordarshan for electoral purposes.CPI(M) Politbureau member Nilotpal Basu in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has listed a slew of complaints against the BJP over what it termed were violations of the model code of conduct by the leaders of the saffron party, beginning from the PM’s address to the nation last month announcing that India had shot down a live satellite using anti-satellite missile technology. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Another blatant attempt by the Prime Minster Narendra Modi himself to rouse communal passions by implicitly referring to the outcome in a NIA Court, by equating the accused to the entire Hindu community in an election meeting in Wardha,” he said. An NIA court recently acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the 2007 Samjhauta train bomb blast case. A total of 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, were killed in the bombing. Slamming the Congress for the ‘Hindu terror’ metaphor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday charged the opposition party with insulting “peace-loving” followers of the religion by linking them to terrorism. Basu also raised the issue of the PM allegedly using the national broadcaster to appeal to voters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The fundamental question was whether the Prime Minister, who is also a candidate of the BJP, can use the office and the prerogatives to try and influence for the sake of electoral benefit? However, the Commission chose to restrict the question to the role of the DD and gave the national broadcaster a clean chit. “Now, our attention has been drawn to a tweet by Doordarshan News @DDNewsLive for urging people to watch live the PM’s addresses for his #MainBhiChowkidar programme through video conferencing. The print-out of the tweet is appended herewith,” he said. Basu also said the CPIM had also complained to the EC gainst the “unabashed attempt” by the ruling party to use the post Balakot situation and utilise the exploits of the armed forces for electoral purposes. “The Commission had taken note and passed an order to categorically forbid such use of the armed forces in the election campaign. But now in clear violation of that order, the BJP leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has referred to the Indian Army as ‘Modi ji Ki Sena’ while addressing a rally in Ghaziabad on Monday, 1st April 2019,” he said, adding that these are “gross violations of the MCC” and has the potential of completely vitiating the social atmosphere in run up to the elections. The Election Commission on Monday took cognizance of Adityanath’s reported remarks and sought a report from Ghaziabad district administration in this regard.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant Is Playing Like Kevin Durant Again

Source: Basketball-Reference.com 201220632910721.8 20166483311113.5 The obvious small-sample-size caveats strongly apply, but Durant has played like his usual self these past few games. First and foremost, he’s shooting the ball in line with his career norms again — and while most of that is due to better “shot-making” and not improved shot quality, Durant’s been an ace shot-maker for as long as we can track the statistic. For KD, not outshooting expectations is the freak outlier. He’s also played much better D, lowering his defensive rating (that’s good!) and raising his rank in points allowed per chance to the 65th percentile since May 2 despite matching up against tougher offensive competition. 1Weighted by the number of defensive plays he had matched up against each opponent, the average player Durant has checked since May 2 had a regular-season offensive BPM of +1.5, vs. a +0.2 mark for those he was guarding through April 30.Although the series is all tied up, San Antonio is still a 69 percent favorite to advance according to our Elo predictions. But if Durant can keep playing like the all-time great we’re accustomed to seeing don that No. 35 jersey — instead of the second-rate version who wore it early in these playoffs — the Thunder still have a decent chance to knock out one of the greatest teams in NBA history.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Last three663210721.2 201117582910820.3 PLAYOFF GAMESTRUE SHOOTING %USAGE %DEF. RATINGAVG. GAME SCORE 20106503510714.1 201311573210323.1 Kevin Durant is already one of the greatest players in modern history; that goes just as much for the playoffs as it does the regular season. Durant ranks 13th since the merger in playoff Value Over Replacement (VORP) through age 27; in six career postseasons, he’s led the Thunder to an NBA Finals berth and two other conference finals, with the possibility of a third looking surprisingly strong after Durant’s 41 points (on 25 shots) powered Oklahoma City to a win in Game 4 of the Thunder’s second series.This season, Durant answered whatever doubts arose during his injury-riddled 2014-15 season by posting the second-best campaign of his career (on a per-minute basis). But in the playoffs, he got off to an uncharacteristically rough start. After five games against the Dallas Mavericks and a brutal Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the favored San Antonio Spurs, Durant’s postseason numbers in 2016 were the worst of his career. Sure, Durant was averaging 24.3 points per contest over that span, but he was also shooting a horrific 37.1 percent from the floor, playing uninspired defense — according to SportVU player-tracking data, he was in the 23rd percentile of playoff defenders in points allowed per offensive chance — and helping teammates less than usual with his playmaking. And with more games looming against the historically dominant Spurs defense, things looked bad for Durant.Instead, Durant has turned his playoff campaign around — strength of opponent be damned. In Game 2, he scored 28 points on his best shooting night of the playoffs to date, as the Thunder took a rare road victory at the AT&T Center. And although the Thunder lost Game 3, Durant scored 26 and continued to shoot well, providing hope that a huge KD signature game wasn’t far away.That big game finally came in Game 4 — at least, in the second half. Held to 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting at halftime, Durant was as less-than-stellar as he’d looked earlier in the postseason. But down the stretch, he poured in 29 with an effective field goal percentage of 90.9 percent, single-handedly outscoring the Spurs 9-1 in the game’s final three minutes. OKC’s victory knotted the series up at 2-2, and added another data point to Durant’s mid-playoff statistical turnaround: YEARGAMESTRUE SHOOTING %USAGE %DEF. RATINGAVG. GAME SCORE Durant’s rocky playoff start 2016 statistics through April 30Source: Basketball-Reference.com Durant’s mid-playoff turnaround First six483311113.5 201419573210820.8 read more

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Vinicius proves Lopetegui right after poor Castilla debut

first_imgAfter practically confirming that he wasn’t ready for the major squad, Julen Lopetegui saw how Vinicius failed on his debut playing for Real Madrid Castilla.When Florentino Perez told Julen Lopetegui that he would bring Vinicius to play for the Real Madrid first team from Flamengo, the Spanish manager had a reaction that the president wasn’t expecting. For some reason, the numerous studies that Los Blancos’ president has received about Vinicius Junior during his time at Flamengo were overwhelmingly positive, but the reality is a lot less encouraging for any Real Madrid fan who actually dives into the player’s short-lived history with the club from Rio de Janeiro. It appears that Florentino Perez’s team didn’t do their player analysis right and they may have bought a player who is still underdeveloped for a steep €45 million, and this may have just been because he is very good at dribbling. But when you look at his other stats, a huge red light turns on because this kid lacks a lot of experience for that price tag. Maybe Florentino Perez has been ducked by Flamengo, but let us explain in further detail.Vinicius Jr. starts for Real Madrid Castilla as they face Las Palmas “B” and at 45 million euro becomes the most expensive player to feature in the Spanish 3rd tier (2B) https://t.co/46AlgEjuvw pic.twitter.com/znFVRFqIC3— AS English (@English_AS) August 26, 2018Vinicius’ numbers with Flamengo.When Florentino Perez’s team approached Flamengo to buy Vinicius, the Brazilian player has just begun his development process as his debut came in 2017 without having signed a contract and playing all his first matches as a substitute. In 2018, the youngster started getting minutes for Flamengo in the lower flight Carioca Tournament where he developed a bit more until he started playing in Brazilian Serie A. During his time at the top of the game in his country, Vinicius played a total of 80% of all matches for Flamengo since he started playing until his very last match before he left for Spain. The player’s performance at Copa Libertadores has also been below average, there have been many news outlets that even wrote about Vinicius having incredible performances in the most high-level tournament from the American continent but the reality is a lot less spectacular. At the Libertadores playing for Flamengo, the kid only played 5 games from which he started in 4 and only scored two goals that he got in a single game. Not so spectacular after all.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Actually, the only tournament in which Vinicius Junior has been a top player was South American under 17 tournament where he scored 8 goals, gave several assists and was named as the best player of the competition. But this can hardly be considered a good section of any player’s resume because he performed well in a single UNDER 17 tournament, this means that Florentino Perez paid €45 million for a player who is not fully developed yet and we may not even get to see him perform at a level that can be worthy of Real Madrid standards. So when questioned lat Saturday about the young star, Julen Lopetegui was as blunt and brutally honest as he could be by saying the following about Vinicius:”He’s a player in the squad who trains with us every day, when he comes with us he can play and when he doesn’t, he can play with Castilla. He’s just arrived and needs time to adjust, training with players of the highest level who will help him to improve.”Poor debut for Real Madrid Castilla.So after all this context about this overpriced player who Florentino bought with a lack of further study and development, Vinicius finally got handed an official debut for Real Madrid Castilla against Las Palmas and his performance was not even close to what the expectation was of his skills. But Lopetegui must be smiling in the back because Florentino can’t say he wasn’t warned, as the young player failed a lot of passes and just wasn’t even close to the level that is usually expected from a player who costs that much money. So the sooner the club president realizes that Vinicius is far from being close to Neymar’s level, the easier it will be for him to accept that he made a terrible mistake and maybe it’s a good idea to send him on a loan to another club that can help him finish his development process. Because we can’t say that Vinicius Junior is not a talented player, he totally is but he is just not ready to play for Real Madrid and he may take a while to get there.A luz que me guia é bem mais forte que os olhos que me cercam. ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/YmVgDJ0DQ3— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) August 23, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to reach his true potential as a professional player in Europe? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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