Showing posts with label Tottenham Hotspur. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tottenham Hotspur. Show all posts

Friday, 16 June 2017

Ex-Tottenham midfielder on a free - why Rangers should make a move...

Article by: Richard Fillingham

Filip Lesniak turned 21 on the 14th of May 2017 and is a 5’ 9” Slovakian international U17 (4 games) & U19 (6 games). He is a talented defensive left footed midfielder player who has just been released from the Tottenham Hotspur Premier League squad.

Young Filip was virtually an ever-present for the Spurs Under-21’s in season 2015-16, before moving up to train full time with the Tottenham first team squad.

Slovak Lesniak, was born in 1996 and is the grandson of the current manager of the Slovakian national football team, Jan Kovac. He plays as a central or defensive midfielder and joined the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy in 2012 where he went on to make 51 appearances for the Tottenham under 21’s.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Sergeant Warburton's Loan-ly Rangers Club - where are they now?

If one thing punctuated Mark Warburton’s ultimately disastrous regime at Ibrox, it was his unforgiveable use of Ibrox and Murray Park as a pseudo-lab for other teams’ youth players while borderline auditioning himself for another gig by showing how ‘well’ he could develop these young players.

As a homage to our fine ex-manager, Ibrox Noise decided to take an irreverent look down Memory Lane and have a look at all the departed loanees Bread Man brought in and ask the pertinent question: ‘where are they now?’

Monday, 16 January 2017

Just what IS Mark Warburton's recruitment plan?

Trying to sift one’s way through the myriad of confusion that is Rangers’ squad these days really is quite a challenge. Indeed, it is hard to know where to begin when summing up the recruitment policy, the squad structuring vision and the departures’ lounge.

When Mark Warburton took charge in the summer of 2015, he really did a fantastic job over overhauling a truly shambolic squad left over by the embers of the failed McCoist regime. 11 departures that summer meant Warburton was effectively able to rebuild Rangers’ squad from scratch – with a modest budget he compiled a clutch of players who took to the Scottish Championship like a duck to water, and there is no denying the free-flowing Barcelona-esque football vision he had for Rangers was having a positive impact.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The mess in midfield

If ever a transfer window summed up the aimless direction Mark Warburton is going in, it would be this one. With two new creative midfielders signed up over the past 48 hours, to call the man’s obsession with midfield unnerving would be something of an understatement.

Since this window began, Rangers have been linked with at least five creative midfielders, two of them confirmed as joining up at the Marble Staircase, while the likes of Jota and Hepburn Murphy have gone colder.

And many fans are questioning what Warburton’s signing policy actually is as a result, with an increasing level of exasperation and frustration over the continued targeting of not only creative midfielders, but apparently only loan deals for them too.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Profile: Rangers' latest signing target, Niko Kranjcar

 Richard Fillingham

With Mark Warburton confirmed as having held talks with Niko Kranjcar, what would Rangers be getting if the midfielder joined? The 31 year old has represented his country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012. He won 81 caps for the Croatia national team scoring 16 goals in the process. His latest match for the national team was on 15 Oct 13, but unfortunately he missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to injury.

His English career started on 31 Aug ’06, when Niko was brought over to the south coast to play for Portsmouth and sign for their charismatic manager Harry Redknapp. He transferred from Hajduk Split for a transfer fee of £3.5m on a three-year-deal. In his first year for the Pompey he played in 28 games in the Premiership and also made 7 appearances for Croatia.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Analysis: Rangers' alarming form slump

With just over three weeks to go till the Scottish Cup Final, Rangers had expected to approach the national game’s showpiece event in buoyed mood with the league sown up, the Petrofac Cup already clinched and of course that mammoth cup win over Celtic.

Instead, form since that Hampden semi final has been alarming at best and absolutely pitiful at worst; the loss at Easter Road was dismissed understandably as a hangover from the huge efforts in Mount Florida, but the two results which followed against the division’s worst two sides gave serious cause for concern. A dismal draw at Ibrox against long-time bogey side Alloa who sit proudly at the bottom of the table having already been relegated to League 1, and then Tuesday’s atrocity – losing at the Toni Macaroni Arena (of all places) to the truly horrific Livingston.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Where did it go wrong for Nathan Oduwa?

So, as we now know, on-loan Nathan Oduwa has travelled back down south and rejoined Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, his time at Ibrox terminated with a slightly blunt statement from the Club informing fans the winger had gone.

There were no thanks, no good luck wishes, just a very unsubtle message that his loan had ended and he had returned to White Hart Lane.

Whether this was a clerical error on the part of the Club, or there was somehow ‘bad blood’ we will probably never know, and while his exit came out of the blue, it was not a departure greeted with a lot of sadness among Rangers fans.

The majority reaction was to thank him for his time at Ibrox and reflect fondly on ‘that’ display v Raith, while wishing him well back in England.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Warburton admits Oduwa is on borrowed time

While negotiations are underway to extend Arsenal playmaker Gedion Zelalem’s loan from the initial six months to full season as agreed early on with Emirates' manager Arsene Wenger, the news is not so bright regarding Rangers’ other on-loan star from the Premier League.

While Rangers and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur only agreed a season-long long in the first place, faint hopes had been raised within the Rangers support that the White Hart Lane youngster, who has set Scottish football alight with his superb footwork, might either extend his loan for a further year.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Rangers fans' poll: has Zelalem or Oduwa impressed more?

Two of Rangers’ most prominent players this season have been the on-loan stars from London, Arsenal’s USA youth international central midfield playmaker Gedion Zelalem, and Tottenham Hotspur’s marauding box-of-tricks winger Nathan Oduwa.

The latter has impressed fans so much he has adopted their nickname for him, ‘Magic Feet’, a homage to the ‘Magic Hat’ of his manager Mark Warburton, while the young Emirates’ star Zelalem has strolled with an incredible swagger through life in the Championship, with performances belying his tender 18 years.

However, wanted to poll its readers to ask which of these two sterling talents has impressed more. Is it the finest from Arsene Wenger’s charges at Arsenal, with the creativity from deep in Zelalem who has impressed you more, or has the man from White Hart Lane, so kindly furnished to Ibrox by Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino, been the one to win you over?

Readers, it is over to you: who has had more impact in your opinion?

online survey

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Where do Rangers need to strengthen?

With 11 wins out of 12, a 100% record in the league and a return to form following a micro-lull, football supporters ouwith those of a Rangers persuasion (and outwith Scotland, of course) might be forgiven for thinking the Ibrox side were pretty content with both the squad and the results – but as manager Mark Warburton keeps preaching, Rangers constantly need to improve and develop.

To that end, what are the areas which require strengthening come January?

Friday, 18 September 2015

Ibrox star admits Rangers are best in Europe

Nathan Oduwa has revelled in confirming what exclusively broke to you a few days ago in gushing that Rangers are the most in-form side in Europe.

The on-loan Tottenham star, who has been nothing short of a revelation since donning the Light Blue jersey, has played with a smile on his face non-stop, while ‘disrespecting’ opponents repeatedly, and said:

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Can Rangers hold onto Nathan Oduwa?

Yesterday’s stonking 5-0 dismantling of Raith Rovers was arguably the finest display at Ibrox from Rangers since the Advocaat days, maybe more. While the home team was perhaps guilty of mild over indulgence in the belly of the first half, with attempts at borderline walking the ball into the net and overcomplicating the play, the quality of fare nevertheless transcended a new level and was immaculate.

However, on a day where every player produced a stellar show one jersey stood out more than the rest with a performance which not just bewildered the visitors, but absolutely terrorised them

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rangers again linked to Spurs defender

Rangers have again been linked with Spurs’ former England under 21 defender Ryan Fredericks, but face competition for his signature from English Championship side QPR.

The 22-year old has been persistently connected with Rangers, who only have one notable option currently for the right back slot, that being the impressive James Tavernier, and manager Mark Warburton has been vocal with demanding around a 24-man squad, or specifically speaking a ‘lean’ squad at Ibrox with essentially around two high-quality options for each slot.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Rangers linked to a second right back

Mark Warburton is today reportedly negotiating to bringing Tottenham Hotspur’s promising young right-back Ryan Fredericks on loan to Ibrox along with the White Hart Lane club’s fellow youth product Harry Winks.

Fredericks, 22, also experienced a loan deal at Warburton’s previous club Brentford, and the moves to bring him north do cast doubt on the success of trialist Reece Wabara’s spell at Murray Park.