Nahki Wells could leave Premier League high-flyers Burnley after just half a season with Championship outfit Aston Villa hoping to strike a January deal.
Life just hasn’t gone to plan for Nahki Wells at Burnley so far. Despite winning promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield Town last season, the Bermudan striker jumped ship to Burnley instead in a Ł5 million summer deal, according to the BBC.
Thanks largely to injury, however, Wells is still yet to make a single appearance for his new club.
And the Birmingham Mail claim that the former Bradford City prospect could be on his way out of Turf Moor as early as January – if only on a temporary basis.
The report states that Aston Villa are hoping to bring in a quality striker during the January transfer window without spending a penny – which has led them to consider a move for Wells in the New Year.
And just to add credence to the reports, Villa were understood to have been interested in the 27-year-old even before he completed that move to Burnley on transfer deadline day in August.
So it wouldn’t look a bad move at all if Villa are able to land Wells on loan just a few months after he would have cost them a big transfer fee – one the club were possibly unable to afford due to strict Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Last season’s top scorer Jonathan Kodjia is out for a few months with an ankle injury, leaving the young Keinan Davis and the disappointing Scott Hogan as Steve Bruce’s current striking options.
Wells, however, hit double figures in all three of his full Championship seasons as a Huddersfield player so would be welcomed with open arms.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Lambe's Game Off But He is Enjoying The Free Role
Reggie Lambe’s and his Carlisle United teammates Emirates FA Cup Second Round Replay against Gillingham tonight has been postponed due to the recent extremely cold spell of weather.
United’s ground staff had the covers on the pitch as early as Friday afternoon, but temperatures dipped to -11 on Sunday night and to -6 last night, leaving the playing surface with frost-hardened areas, particularly in the shaded sections of the stadium.
Meanwhile winger Lambe has found himself with a key role in recent away games as back-up to lone striker Richie Bennett, but with a license to find areas to hurt the opposition whenever the team has the ball.
We spoke to him about what has been a run of impressive personal performances ahead of the Monday afternoon training session.
“I am enjoying the role I’m playing at the moment,” he admitted. “The gaffer has given me freedom to roam about the pitch, but I know when we lose the ball that I still have defensive responsibilities.
“The good things is that I know I’ve got the players behind me who can act as a safety net if the ball goes past me, which means I can get forward as much as I can. The gaffer has given me loads of freedom going forward, but he has made sure I get back when I need to.
“As long as I keep getting back in and helping out defensively then I think he’ll continue to give me that freedom.”
“I do feel like I’m in some of my best form at the moment,” he added. “I feel like I’ve come into my own, and with the freedom I’ve got it means I can get around the pitch and get on the ball in places where I can try to make things happen. I feel really good playing in that position.
“The other thing is that I know I’ve got players waiting to take my place, so I know I’ve got to perform in every game. Sully [John O’Sullivan] is back from injury now as well, so that means there’s more competition. I have to make sure I keep performing so I keep my shirt.”
Looking back at Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw, he told us: “We were disappointed at full time, to be honest. To take the lead twice and not get the three points was frustrating. We’ve conceded from free kicks all season and we know it’s something we need to look at as a team.
“Both of the free kicks were great finishes and I don’t think there was anything Jack [Bonham] could have done, but to concede from more free kicks is a bit upsetting for us.
“We conceded just before half time and that was a bit of a blow. We worked really hard on not conceding from set plays, we knew they were a team who would look for that type of situation, so the first goal was disappointing.”
“We started the second half well and we got an early goal, which was good,” he continued. “That gave us momentum and we deserved to take the lead. We were pleased with how we started the second half and we want to continue that, as well as try to stop conceding goals. If we do that we can push on from where we are.
“We always know we’re going to score goals and we’d been keeping them out at the other end. We need to get back to that because it is aggravating when we do concede, especially after working so hard on trying to stop certain situations, like set pieces, from happening in the first place.
“To be disappointed with the draw is natural after going in front twice. We tried to get on the ball as much as we could, even though the pitch wasn’t the best, but we showed good fight and determination to get something out of the game.
“We would have liked to have won to take us level on points with Newport. I think the club haven’t won at Newport for a few years, so for us to get a point was a positive, and hopefully we can build on that now.”
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bermuda Referee Corner Live @ 5:45pm
www.islandstats.com and the Bermuda Football Association have joined forces again this Season in a bid to encourage more Referees to join the ranks.
This Live segment takes place Live from the BFA Office beginning at 5:45pm.
Weekly www.islandstats.com will be interviewing Referees to discuss several issues including Laws of the game.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
First & Premier Division Round Up
Antwan Russell scored twice for Robin Hood
Southampton Rangers 2 BAA 2
At the Southampton Oval, BAA were held to a 2 – 2 draw with the Southampton Rangers, Donte Brangman scored in the 38th minute to give the Southampton Rangers the lead, Ezekiel Stoneham would double the Southampton Rangers lead with a goal in the 60th minute. Tyrell Burgess would pull a goal back for BAA with a 77th minute penalty strike and then Laquan Thomas would draw BAA level with a goal in the 82nd minute.
Ireland Rangers 0 Paget Lions 5
The Paget Lions moved to the top of the table in the Division with this 5 – 0 win over Ireland Rangers, Tahj Wade and Marco Piper both scored twice, while an own goal made it 5.
St. George’s Colts 2 Somerset Eagles 2
At the Wellington Oval, the game ended in a 2-2 draw. St. Georges would score first in the 11th minute through Donavan Thompson. Three minutes later Cardel Henry would level the score. Somerset Eagles then went into the break a goal up when Allan Wilkinson scored in the 37th minute, but hard working Jarazhino Bassett was rewarded with an easy goal when the Eagles keeper Lorenzo Lambert mishandled the ball in the 81st minute earning the St. George’s Colts the draw
St. David’s 3 Devonshire Colts 2
At Lord’s in St. David’s the host St. David’s came from 2 – 0 down to defeat the Devonshire Colts 3 – 2, Kevin Hurdle scored twice and an own goal made it a good day for St. David’s, while Jehkelyo Burgess and Brandon O'Connor scored a goal each for the Devonshire Colts.
Wolves 2 Hamilton Parish 1
PHC Zebras 7 Young Men Social Club 1
At the PHC Stadium, league leaders PHC Zebras rolled over Young Men Social Club 7 – 1, captain Cecoy Robinson would score twice, while Marco Warren, Daren Usher, Idress Sharrieff, Tre Ming and Casey Castle all added a goal each, while Jahmair Lewis-Trott scored the lone goal for Young Men Social Club.
Boulevard Blazers 1 Robin Hood 10
At Lord’s in St. David’s, the Boulevard Blazers suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Robin Hood, Lejuan Simmons led the way with 5 goals, while Antwan Russell and Lozandro Symonds both added a goal each and Colin Ryan scored the other, Kamali Davis scored the lone goal for the Boulevard Blazers.
X-Road’s 1 Somerset Trojans 3
The Somerset Trojans travelled to the Garrison Field in the east end and came away with a 3 – 1 victory over X-Road’s. The Somerset Trojans got goals from Justin Donawa, Vernon Perinchief and Justin Corday, while Machik McGowan scored the lone goal for X-Road’s.
Devonshire Cougars 2 North Village Rams 0
The Devonshire Cougars defeated the North Village Rams 2 – 0 at the Devonshire Rec. Jomeko Mallory would give the host the lead in the 9th minute, and then Jawonday Smith would double the lead in the 74th minute to earn them all three points.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Premier Division Round Up
Flanagan’s Onions 0 Dandy Town Hornets 6
The Dandy Town Hornets took a 4 – 0 lead into the break of their Premier Division match against the Flanagan’s Onions at the BAA Field.
Ian Coke gave the Dandy Town Hornets the lead in the 20th minute, an own goal in the 24th minute to double the Dandy Town Hornets lead, one minute later Angelo Simmons would make it 3 – 0 to the Dandy Town Hornets. Coke would then score his second goal of the game in the 31st minute to make it 4 – 0.
Coke would secure a hat-trick when he found the back of the net for the Dandy Town Hornets in the 51st minute making it 5 – 0 and then player/coach Kwame Steede closed out the scoring making it 6 – 0 with a strike in the 83rd minute.