Real Madrid End Christian Eriksen Pursuit With Sights Set on Paul Pogba & Eden Hazard Deals

Christian Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in previous transfer windows, but it seems now that Los Blancos may have ended their pursuit of the Dane.

Instead, Los Blancos are targeting Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as they seek to bolster their under-performing and ageing team.

As reported by the Times, Real Madrid are thought to have ended interest in Eriksen due to their reluctance to negotiate with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. Levy, known for driving a hard bargain, sold Gareth Bale to Madrid in the summer of 2013 for £85m in a deal which dragged on for several months.

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With Eriksen aware of interest from abroad, Spurs failed to tie the playmaker down to a new contract last summer. The Danish midfielder now has just one year remaining on his Tottenham deal and, with these reports suggesting Madrid have ended their interest, Spurs are expected to restart negotiations this summer.


Speaking after Eriksen scored Tottenham’s winner at home to Brighton on Tuesday night, Mauricio Pochettino ?said: “It is a situation that is a very special situation, Christian Eriksen is a special person, I think we are all special, different and we need to understand that.

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“The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player.

In an effort to deflect attention from the Dane’s contract situation for the time being, the Spurs boss insisted talks will wait until the summer, as he continued: “I think it is so close to the end of the season, a lot of time to talk after and I think the most important thing now, not only for him, is for all the players to be focused and try to achieve the things we want.”

Mauricio Pochettino

What Spurs want right now is to secure a top four finish and progress to the Champions League final. To do so, Eriksen will first need to help mastermind a victory over his former club and European dark horses Ajax on Tuesday.

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The 20 Greatest Free Kick Takers of All Time

The world can feel like a divisive place, now more than ever, but there is one thing that can bind us all together in these testing times. For at heart, we are all free kick fanatics. We all have our favourite? executors of these dead ball delights, because there are few things in football like it. A penalty? That’s just a sh#t free kick, mate. A corner? That’s just an unnecessarily hard one. 

No, out of all the set pieces we possess, the free kick is by far the most coveted, the most cherished, and by proxy, the most arduous. It takes thousands and thousands and thousands of hours to perfect this mesmeric craft. And, even then, probably thousands hours more to maintain it. 

And, as with most other art forms – and this is an art form – there are many different ways to execute a free kick, and thus many proponents worthy of celebration.

You can thwack it with untethered power, like, say, a verité filmmaker seeking to out some hard-hitting truths, you can caress it with curl, using the patience and panache of an impressionist painter, or you can sneak it along the floor and under the wall, like an internet writer finding a way to organically reference ‘Game of Thrones’ that doesn’t come across as coat-tailing for clicks.

And you can do a whole lot more, too. The point is: free kicks, they’re great! And, while it seems like every James Ward-Prowse under the sun can hit one top bins these days, there are still only a select few who truly warrant the label of Maester… I mean master (did it work?). 

Here are 20 of the best.


20. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

It’s always worth reiterating, because all football fans are preternaturally riddled with short-term memory loss, Zinedine Zidane was an absolute CHEVRE. And, his CHEVREness extended to many facets of the game, including this here speciality. 

Unfortunately, in his capacity as a CHEVRE at one of the CHEVRE teams, he played with many a player who will come to occupy a place on this list, but when he could muscle himself over a set piece, sacre bleu, it was almost always magnifique.


19. Gianfranco Zola

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The first of a *spoiler alert* three-man Tricolore, Gianfranco Zola made free kicks fun. Never one to truly thwack it from a set piece situation, and even when he did, the exertion always seemed minimal. 

That was Zola. The definitive cult hero is the sixth greatest executor of free kicks in Serie A history, and translated that success to ?Chelsea to great effect. The best way to sum up his free kick style would be to say that every single goal has a look of whipped ease that can only otherwise be found on apps such as Flick Kick Football.


18. Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

It’s like splitting hairs when comparing Del Piero and Zola, but the nod goes to Del Piero for his superior ?Serie A record (by two) as well his unerring confidence in his own dead ball ability, having recently told ?Gazzetta dello Sport that he would still beat Cristiano Ronaldo in a mano-a-mano free kick battle. 

I rate that.


17. Roberto Baggio

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The Divine Ponytail was a jack of all trades, and master of most – especially those that required the most honed of techniques and unbridled ingenuity.

Sure, he may be best remembered for blazing a penalty over the bar – though, as revealed ?here, that wasn’t completely his fault – but, if the world was a fairer place, and positivity was preyed upon with the same eagerness as negativity, his prowess from the spot – be it inside the box or otherwise – would be the principal takeaway.

His creativity knew no bounds, and that certainly didn’t stop when he lined up a shot with a wall of players assembled in front of him.


16. Gheorghe Hagi

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Yeh, what was said about Zidane, but even more acutely, because Gheorghe Hagi was Romanian, and hasn’t yet won the three requisite Champions League trophies it takes to sufficiently maintain your CAPRA (GOAT in Romanian – see you didn’t even know!!) status as a former star turned manager.

The Maradona of the Carpathians (CAPRAthians) may have been more famed for his wandering runs, but he couldn’t half hit a free kick either, possessing both might and precision in his armoury.


15. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

An extension of that initial Il Tricolore, we have Andrea Pirlo, which seems fitting, considering the Italian’s storied obsessions with bettering himself from set pieces, which ultimately meant elevating himself above those aforementioned compatriots.

Speaking in his autobiography ‘I Think Therefore I Play‘ (the greatest footballing autobiography title of all time?), the midfielder admitted: “The best ideas come about in moments of total concentration … My own Eureka moment arrived when I was sat on the toilet. Hardly romantic, but there you go.

That Eureka moment had been that Juninho Pernambucano‘s inimitable technique was actually somewhat imitable, as long as you used three toes instead of five at the moment of impact. Using this as a platform, he moulded it to his own unique feet, crafting the ‘Maldetta’ – his signature free kick – which translates to ‘The Cursed One’.

With 43 goals coming from it, I think it worked.


14. Pele

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What??!?!?!? Pele?!?!??! Only 14th?!?!?!?

Well, yeh. Some aggregators may have him at second in the all-time free kick scorers list (with 70 goals), but how many of those came as part of the 526 he scored in unofficial games and coordinated friendlies? We don’t know.

Even more pressing than that, though, is the fact I have received many a Pele lecture in my life, most of them justified, but not one has leaned on the player’s set piece prowess. #sorrynotsorry.


13. Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos

Here’s where that Pele placing gets tricky, because at least the guy actually scored a few.

Roberto Carlos’ only scored 26 free kicks at club level throughout his career, and his ?La Liga conversion rate was 4.5%.The thing is, though, that fails to take into account all of the international thunderbolts (as a lot of these stats do), the most important of which being THAT mind-bending effort against France. 

He may not have been consistent, but he was always unbelievable. 


12. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Make no bones about it, this man will rise.

But, for now, it’s a testament to ?Lionel Messi’s unbending desire to improve on what many would describe as perfection, year in, year out. Because it feels like the Argentine has only become a free kick master in the last few years and yet he already has 42 goals for club and country.

Oh, and his La Liga conversion rate (8.5%) is better than Carlos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Esteemed company, as you’ll find out. 


11. Jose Luis Chilavert

Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay

Nothing to see here, just a Paraguayan goalkeeper perfecting his craft at the 2002 World Cup. 

The second highest scoring keeper in the history of the world is probably most famous for scoring the only ever custodian hat-trick ever recorded, but they all came from the penalty spot, so we’ll skip over those and head to his free kick exploits, because they were just as impressive.

His most impressive, you ask? Well, in 1996 he scored from inside his own half against River Plate. Yeh, seriously.


10. Cristiano Ronaldo

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There’s no doubt that ?Cristiano Ronaldo’s powers from the set piece spot have waned since his Manchester United years – we all remember the drought at Real Madrid – but he’s still a legacy dead ball specialist. 

And that was proved once more in last summer’s World Cup, when the Portuguese forward produced that last-gasp winner in that most pulsating of opening clashes against Spain. 

Still got it.


9. Michel Platini

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?Ok, I think I played the ‘don’t-forget-this-guy card too early’. Because, let’s be real, Zinedine Zidane has not been ousted from the GOAT conservation in the same coarse way as Michel Platini. But that’s for principally political reasons (you know, UEFA). So, here, let’s just enjoy the player. 

The thing is about those few generationally gifted players, is that they can do pretty much whatever they like on the pitch, and Platini showed this more than ever when a ball was stationary before his feet and the referee blew his whistle to allow him to strike it. 

Sure, he could bend it into the top corner if he wanted, but he seemed to prefer to tease it along the ground, under the wall or otherwise, to maximise the opponent’s hurt. Just like, I don’t know, Cersei Lannister? That’s a call back joke, which, if you didn’t read the intro, makes zero sense. Shame on you… Shame. Shame.


8. Ronald Koeman

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?Corrr, could this guy do the business from a free kick.

Ronald Koeman, first of his name, shall be known from here on in on as: ‘Ronald Koeman, Eighth Greatest Scorer From Free Kicks Ever’.

Sure, it’s a clunky nickname, but it’s completely factual. If you want the perfect distillation of Koeman’s set piece dexterity, and it’s wild variation, then watch that stonker ?against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final followed by that deftest of dinks ?against England in 1993.


?7. Zico

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You may not have heard of Arthur Antunes Coimbra, but you’ve definitely heard of Zico, his one-word moniker. One of the first true free kick specialists, he outmanoeuvred most goalkeepers armed with just his all-encompassing footballing intelligence and a two-step run-up.

Indeed, such was his ability from that range, his Brazil teammate Leonardo Nascimento de Araújo has been quoted as saying: “For us, a free kick from the edge of the penalty area was almost like a penalty. For Zico, it was almost a goal already.”

Some put his record at 62, others stretch it to 101, but one thing’s for sure, he was a master. 


6. Diego Maradona


???A definitive CHIVO if ever I’ve seen one, you might think you don’t need another lecture on the greatness of Diego Maradona, but then, have you seen the latest teaser clip from the upcoming documentary about him? Watch it, it’s right there. 

See, you’re now susceptible to all things DIEGO and CHIVO. 62 golazos from free kick range. Yes, that’s the sixth-best total.


5. Ronaldinho

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?We may have used all the creative ingenuity nods too early, because this man was more creative and more ingenious than just about anybody ever. Bloody hell.

With 65 registered free kick netbusters, the Brazilian Barcelona man is the fourth-highest scorer of free kicks ever…. so why is he fifth? Well, you’ll find out.


4. David Beckham

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??See, the thing is, Ronaldinho was a better player than David Beckham in almost every way… except for this very specific way. Despite notching one more set piece score than the Englishman, Becks’ whole legacy was built upon his delivery from free kicks/corners. 

He is also probably the owner of the most famous free kick in history (at least on these shores). I don’t even have to say which, because everybody knows. EVERYBODY KNOWS. 


3. Sinisa Mihajlovic

Sinisa Mihajlovic

A controversial character off the pitch (by that I mean almost every kind of terrible), Sinisa Mihajlovic could sure wow us with a dead ball.

No, he wasn’t as good technically as those that have come before him on this list, far from it – he was a no-nonsense centre back, FFS – but that’s what makes him so special, and what gives him the Bronze medal here. 

It’s like this: you wouldn’t call Alfonso Cuaron the greatest Cinematographer of all time (the GCOAT) just because he won an Oscar this year, because he’s overqualified in other areas, just as Maradona, Messi, Pele, Ronaldinho, Platini, Zidane and more in this list are. That’s why Sinisa gets the nod.

Not because I’m a big racist. 


2. Rogerio Ceni

Rogerio Ceni

Now that we’ve got that chat out of the way, the anointing of Rogerio Ceni as the second greatest free kick taker of all time can go ahead without distraction.

Rogerio Ceni, the greatest goalscoring goalkeeper of all time. Rogerio Ceni, scorer of 59 free kicks, the ninth best total of anyone, ever. Rogerio Ceni, the Sao Paulo hero who scored 132 goals in his career, putting himself in the ten greatest all-time scorers at the club.

Rogerio Ceni. Quite literally, a man like no other.


1. Juninho Pernambucano

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?Who else? Seriously, who?

From everywhere you look, it’s indisputable. Juninho Pernambucano is simply the greatest free kick taker of all time. It’s not even a discussion. Is he the top scoring set piece taker in history? Yes, with 77, he is indeed. 

Did he do it with the greatest flair? You bet.

Could he do it from anywhere? Are you ?kidding?

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That link will send you to his ‘Best Free Kicks Ever’, but, to be honest, that feels discriminatory. Just watch them all. ?Now. 


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Transfer Rumours: Varane to PSG, Coutinho to Chelsea, City Join Bruno Fernandes Hunt & More

Have we ever seen a transfer window like the one this summer is shaping up to be?

Money looks set to be thrown around all over the shop, and the landscape of the footballing world as we know it could soon change. 

Here are six rumours for you to look out for.


Real Madrid Offer Ajax Discount on Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard seemed to fall out of the spotlight almost? as quick as he entered. The ?Real Madrid starlet has spent the last season rebuilding his reputation on loan with Vitesse, and it looks like it’s worked.

?De Telegraaf claim Ajax are keen to sign him permanently, but the ?Champions League semi-finalists have refused to meet their €20m asking price. Fortunately, Los Blancos have offered them a chance to negotiate that price, and Ajax officials are keen to take them up on that.

Odegaard impressed in Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to Ajax, and all the signs suggest he could end up at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in the very near future.


AC Milan Eye €50m Deal for Malcom as Sporting Director Meets With Agent

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?AC Milan are on the lookout for some new attacking stars to help restore the Rossoneri to their former glory. The likes of ?Richarlison and Gerard Deulofeu have been linked, but Milan want just one man – Malcom.

?Calciomercato state that the ?Serie A side are desperate to lure him away from ?Barcelona, but may have a problem meeting their €50m asking price. This is backed up by ?Gazzetta dello Sport, who add that director of football Leonardo met with Malcom’s representatives to find out whether a deal could be reached.

A loan with a right to purchase looks to be a likely solution, and they must now work to convince Malcom that a move to Milan would be right for him. 


Man City Join Man Utd in Race for £87m-Rated Bruno Fernandes

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Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes is a wanted man. The midfielder has been linked with ?Manchester United as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s massive squad overhaul, however, their path to sign him just got a whole lot tougher.

According to ?The Sun, cross-town rivals ?Manchester City have entered the fray, and they have stepped up their pursuit of the 24-year-old. Sporting director Hugo Viana has flown to Manchester to meet City’s Txiki Begiristain to discuss the possibility of negotiating a discount on his £87m release clause.

Fernandes wants the move to the ?Premier League, but United may have to act soon if they want to win him over.


Napoli Ready to Sell Lorenzo Insigne as Premier League Giants Prepare for Bidding War

Lorenzo Insigne

The transfer saga surrounding Lorenzo Insigne has been going on for as long as most of us can remember. However, it looks like we could finally be nearing the end, as the ?Napoli man is said to have grown frustrated with life at San Paolo.

??Corriere dello Sport state that Insigne’s relationships with both Carlo Ancelotti and the fans have completely broken down following Napoli’s Europa League elimination at the hands of ?Arsenal. The Partenopei are ready to part ways with him, and there is no shortage of suitors.

?Liverpool?Chelsea and United are all said to be considering launching bids of over €70m, but they could face competition from both Paris Saint-Germain and ?Bayern Munich. It won’t be easy, but it looks like somebody could finally lure Insigne away from Napoli.


Philippe Coutinho’s Chelsea Move Hinging on Decision Over Blues’ Transfer Ban

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho’s time at Barcelona looks to be nearing its end, and a return to the Premier League seems almost inevitable. Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Brazilian as a replacement for ?Eden Hazard if he joins Real Madrid, but their transfer ban could scupper their plans.

The Blues are so determined to sign Coutinho that, according to Sport, the only thing that will stop Coutinho turning out for Chelsea next season is their impending transfer ban. If they cannot get their ban frozen, they will almost certainly sign the Brazilian, given Hazard seems close to joining Los Blancos.

If FIFA refuse to delay the punishment, Coutinho may be forced to stay at Camp Nou, even though his relationship with the fans seems to be crumbling with each passing day.


PSG Monitor Raphael Varane Situation & Consider Summer Bid

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Raphael Varane’s future could be one of the major talking points of the summer. Rumours have emerged suggesting he is ready to leave Real Madrid in search of a new challenge, and he would certainly have plenty of options to choose from.

One of which is PSG who, according to reliable fan page ?Paris United, ?are now closely monitoring his situation, in case Los Blancos accept defeat in their attempts to retain him.

The 25-year-old has already tasted glory in ?La Liga and the Champions League, and even added the World Cup to his trophy cabinet last summer. Could it be time to test himself elsewhere?

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The 9 Premier League Clubs Who Have Conceded 1,000 Goals or More

?For all the joy that scoring a goal brings to the player, team and fans, there is an equal amount of anguish to those on the receiving end.

It’s the name of the game, although some teams have had to experience it more than others.  


Since the inception of the ?Premier League in 1992, no fewer than nine teams have conceded 1,000 goals or more, with Chelsea the latest to join the list during their disappointing draw with Burnley.

The ‘1,000 club’ could jump to 11 members by May, if ?Manchester City concede a further 26 goals this campaign (highly unlikely) and ?Manchester United concede a further 77 goals (probably the likelier of the two). 

As for now, here are the nine sides with 1,000 in the goals conceded column… 


Chelsea – 1,001 Goals 

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The latest edition to this list, ?Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw sees them enter at nine, as they failed to capitalise on defeats for Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in a bid to finish in the top four and subsequent Champions League football – ?not that Maurizo Sarri is too bothered though.

The first of ?Burnley’s two goals at Stamford Bridge was the 1,000th the Blues have conceded in the Premier League. However, there are worse ways to go behind as Jeff Hendrick produced a stunning volley to break the deadlock. 

It’s hardly surprising they’ve conceded 1,000 goals though, considering they are one of only six ever-presents in the Premier League era, with four of the other five also making the list. 


Arsenal – 1,005 Goals  

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Next on the list is – surprise surprise – ?Arsenal, who have shipped just the 1,005 goals during the league’s inception in 1992. 

In truth, it was a very Arsenal way in which the 1,000th goal was conceded, as Matteo Guendouzi was robbed of possession on the edge of his own area by Dan Gosling, before squaring to Lys Mousset to knock in just his third league goal of his career to a virtually-unguarded net. However, the Gunners still beat ?Bournemouth 5-1. 

Since then, Arsenal have conceded just five goals in their last six league games. Although they did concede three in a recent 3-2 defeat to ?Crystal Palace, proving they can still ship goals like the best of them. 


Liverpool – 1,044 Goals 

Dejan Lovren,Harry Kane

Liverpool enter the list in seventh. The Reds, like Chelsea and Arsenal before them, have also been in the Premier League since its inception, meaning the likelihood of them conceding a fair few goals is understandable.

What wasn’t understandable however was the way the 1,000th was scored, which came in a 4-1 defeat away to Tottenham in the 2017/18 campaign.

Dejan Lovren inexplicably let Kieran Trippier’s lofted pass over his head, giving Harry Kane the chance to latch onto the pass, round Simon Mignolet and score the first of four for Spurs at Wembley that day. 

The general consensus however is that that torrid day at Wembley has since been a turning point for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who reached the Champions League final at the end of that campaign, and could even end this season with a league and Champions League double.


Southampton – 1,079 Goals 

Alex McCarthy,Abdoulaye Doucoure

At last, we come to a team on this list who haven’t spent every season in the Premier League!

?Southampton are one of nine Premier League sides to be the wrong side of conceding 1,000 goals, with the three they conceded in a recent 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United bringing them to a total of 1,079.

The landmark 1,000th goal came in somewhat controversial circumstances, as ?Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled in Troy Deeney’s header with his right hand in stoppage time to rescue a point for the Hornets, at the expense of the Saints, in a 2-2 draw in January 2018. 


Aston Villa – 1,186 Goals 

Edin Dzeko,Nathan Baker

Before the 2016/17 season, ?Aston Villa had been ever-presents in the Premier League, but haven’t been seen in the division since their relegation in the 2015/16 campaign. 

Despite their exile in the Championship, the Villans still find themselves on this list, having conceded 1,186 goals during their time in the Premier League.

The 1,000th goal conceded however actually came in a 3-2 win for Villa against Manchester City in the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign – one that City would eventually see them crowned as champions.

Edin Dzeko netted the 1,000th goal to put City back into the lead, as Karim El Ahmadi had cancelled out Yaya Toure’s opener, before Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann scored to give the hosts an improbable win. 


Newcastle United – 1,231 Goals 

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One of the most famous clubs in the Premier League they may be, but one of the reasons ?Newcastle United are so well-known is due to the number of high-scoring games they’ve been involved in.

As a result, the Magpies have shipped a mighty 1,231 Premier League goals since its inception. Still, the ship has looked more settled with Rafael Benitez behind the captain’s wheel.

Their 1,000th goal conceded, like Aston Villa, also came in the 2013/14 campaign. However, unlike Villa, Newcastle’s came in a 4-0 defeat, with Jay Rodriguez’s second of the game resulting in the unwanted landmark. 


West Ham United – 1,268 Goals 

Leon Osman

We’re entering the really big numbers now, as ?West Ham United currently sit in third place with an astounding 1,268 Premier League goals conceded.

The Hammers have dipped in and out the league since 1992, but it hasn’t stopped them conceding a lorry-load of goals. Manuel Pellegrini’s charges have already shipped over 50 goals for a fourth successive season.

The milestone 1,000th goal you ask? Leon Osman. The midfielder netted Everton’s second in a 2-1 win at Goodison Park in November 2014.


Tottenham Hotspur – 1,302 Goals 

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?Narrowly missing out on top spot in this list is ?Tottenham Hotspur, who are only one of two Premier League sides to have conceded over 1,300 goals in the Premier League. 

Spurs became the first side to concede 1,000 Premier League goals during a 1-1 draw against ?Wolves in January 2012, with Steven Fletcher’s opener resulting in the feat.

Since then, Spurs have conceded a further 302 goals, with the 1,300th coming in the recent 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, as Roberto Firmino’s close-ranger header brought about the milestone.


Everton – 1,309 Goals

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At risk of sounding like a DJ delivering the UK Top 40, but in at one is ?Everton, who have conceded the most goals in Premier League history at 1,309.

Their 1,000th goal against them was an equaliser converted by Kenwyne Jones of ?Stoke City during a 1-1 draw way back ?in December 2012.

Moreover, the 1,300th goal conceded by the club was scored by Raul Jimenez of Wolves in a 3-1 defeat for Marco Silva’s side, becoming the first side in the competition’s history to do just that. 

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Chelsea Confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi Will Undergo Surgery for Ruptured Achilles

?Chelsea have confirmed that wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi will undergo surgery on Tuesday evening after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 2-2 draw with Burnley.

The 18-year-old lasted just 41 minutes of the game before falling to the ground in an attempt to chase the ball. He limped of the field, before ?confirming the severity of his injury shortly after.

?Chelsea confirmed the date for Hudson-Odoi’s surgery in a post on their ?official website, writing: “Callum is seeing a specialist [on Tuesday] afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon [in the] evening.

The 18-year-old winger limped off during the first half of last night’s 2-2 draw against ?Burnley, his 28th Chelsea appearance of the season. He has netted five goals since making his debut for the Blues in the Community Shield against ?Manchester City at the beginning of the season.

“Hudson-Odoi made his England debut during last month’s international break, coming off as a sub against Czech Republic before starting the 5-0 win in Montenegro.”

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There is no information as to how long Hudson-Odoi will be sidelined, but it similar injuries in the past have forced players to miss anywhere between six and nine months.

The likes of ?Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and David Beckham have bounced back from similar injuries. Cazorla’s injury was particularly lengthy, as the Spaniard missed almost two years of his career as a result of an infection.

In Hudson-Odoi’s absence, the Blues will likely turn to either ?Willian or ?Pedro to close out the season, whilst ?Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic will also join the club this summer to help ease the struggle without their young starlet.

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