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POLL: Who will finish highest in League One: Bolton Wanderers, Bury or Rochdale?

These three Greater Manchester sides want their club to progress and improve on last season, both on the pitch and in the wallet.

Last season, Bolton were relegated from the Championship amid financial discrepancies, leaving players and fans in the gutter. In a similar financial situation, however, Bury did the opposite and managed to get promoted into League One. And in the middle of the road, we have Rochdale, who finished 16th in League One at the end of the 18/19 season.

Regardless of your loyalties, let’s be realistic. Here are your three contestants…

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton are technically the most superior club of the three, after being relegated from the Championship, a league that neither Bury nor Rochdale has ever competed in, in it’s current format.

However, Bolton are suffering from incredibly restraining financial issues which could harm the club going into League One. This may result in players leaving the club and players unable to join. Leaving them weaker than the they were last season, in a very competitive league, many Bolton fans are concerned about their chances of getting back to the Championship.

Bury

Similarly to Bolton, Bury fans wonder whether they will even have a team to put out in August. However, despite their financial woes, they managed to breeze into the league above after a fantastic season in League Two. Bury have entered League One multiple times and could be considered a ‘yo-yo’ club as they bounce around the two leagues regularly, without ever managing to leave a dominance in League One. However, of the three teams, Bury has the best run of form and should be the most optimistic of the three clubs going into the new season.

Rochdale

Rochdale fans were not surprised by yet another bog-standard season for the club. However, they recently received £300,000 from Norwich City for the services of 17-year-old Daniel Adshead. This could mean one of two things, the club is looking to do business, invest and improve. Or, they are losing out on young talent that could harm the future of the side. How Rochdale spend their money this year could dictate the foreseeable future of the club.

Who will finish highest in League One

  • Bolton (57%, 116 Votes)
  • Rochdale (31%, 63 Votes)
  • Bury (12%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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POLL: Who was the better player; Wigan Athletic’s James or Norwich City’s Aarons?

Last season it was Bradley Dack vs Nick Powell. Now it’s Reece James vs Max Aarons. James is the right answer by the way, not that I’m biased in any way being a Wigan fan.

Both are very good young English talents. Considering neither had played a first-team match before this season, they’ve had exceptional seasons. Aarons winning the league with Norwich and being named in EFL team of the season. While James won every end of the season award at Wigan and is expected to be in Chelsea’s first-team squad when he returns from injury.

Lets take a look at both…..

I was lucky enough to watch James last season. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen at Wigan. A player that just oozes class and makes the game look so simple. Signed as a reserve right-back, left after playing the majority of the season in central midfield, and bossing most Championship midfielders. Strength, pace, set-pieces, passing, shooting, tackling, brilliant attitude – he’s got it all.

Unfortunately, I’ve not seen as much of Aarons. Although, from what I have seen, he’s a top player. A real modern day full-back who is brilliant attacking-wise, however also very strong defensively.

The youngster scored twice, assisting six and is attracting serious interest from Man United. On the subject, England are blessed with some ridiculous right backs: Trent Alexander Arnold, Max Aarons, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Reece James, even throw Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier into the mix.

Who gets your vote…

Who was the better player last season

  • Max Aarons (63%, 155 Votes)
  • Reece James (38%, 93 Votes)

Total Voters: 248

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Norwich City should be doing everything they can to keep Max Aarons from Man United – Agree

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is looking for young talent, especially in defence and his next recruit could possibly be Norwich City’s Max Aarons. 

With Antonio Valencia departing the Red Devil’s and an inexperienced Diogo Dalot at the back, it’s clear that United need some more options for their back four. 19-year-old Aarons is on Solskjær’s radar but Norwich shouldn’t and probably won’t let him go. 

Max started his youth career at Luton and was there from 2009 to 2014. He signed for Norwich in 2016 and has developed ever since. In 41 appearances for the club, he’s even managed two goals.

Aarons is contracted to Norwich until 2023 and he has asked to wear the number 2 shirt next season as he goes into his first Premier League season. He hasn’t yet given Norwich any indication that he wants to leave, and the Canaries have explained how they will try not to overspend following their promotion but are equally determined to keep their best players.

Here’s why I think they should keep Aarons… 

Product

He’s a product of Luton Town’s youth. However, seeing as he’s been with Norwich since 2016, they should take the credit for his past couple of years progress and keep him going into a new league. He helped them gain promotion and they will have to play teams like United next season. Instead of selling their best players to new competition, they should be proud of the team that got them promoted and keep them.

Awards

In March 2019, Aarons was named in the Championship team of the season for 2018/19, and he even won EFL young player of the season in the same year. This has got to give Norwich something to shout about and give an exciting prospect as they move into the highest tier of English football. 

Two Reasons Why Norwich City’s Max Aarons Is Worth The Punt For Man Utd Over Wan-Bissaka

Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go straight for Palace’s Wan-Bissaka or steal the man they wish to replace him with?

According to reports, Manchester United have had a £40million bid rejected for Crystal Palace’s wonder kid right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who are holding out for a price in the region of £60million.

As a result of the pressure from big clubs showing a keen interest in Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace have been linked to the man who won Young Player of the Season award, Max Aarons, whose name featured in the overall EFL Team of the Season.

However, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have joined the race in capturing the 19 years young full-back, Max Aarons. He is currently contracted at Norwich City who are asking for around £15million for his services.

Here are two reasons why Max Aarons may be a better signing for Manchester United than Aaron Wan-Bissaka…

Financial

After Crystal Palace countered Manchester United’s £40million offer for Wan-Bissaka to a much higher £60million, it may be the case that the two clubs do not see eye-to-eye on the value of the player. Crystal Palace’s interest in Max Aarons as a Wan-Bissaka replacement, as well as the accomplishments the young full-back as achieved already, shows that the top clubs believe that Aarons can or may evolve into a player that can provide the quality of service that Wan-Bissaka does.

Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot has been an exciting prospect for Manchester United, demonstrating value to the club in his first season with them. At only 20 years of age himself, the young Portuguese brought in by ex-manager Jose Mourinho proved pivotal to Manchester United at crucial moments. One example being the shot resulting in the penalty that saw Manchester United progress in the Champions League in their famous victory over PSG.

With both Dalot and Max Aarons in the side, there would be two promising young full-backs competing for the spot that will be left for the taking by the 33-year-old ex-winger and current full-back Ashley Young.

EXCITING PROSPECT: Man City’s Patrick Roberts Joins Norwich City on Loan

The star of Man City’s youth development programme is undoubtedly Phil Foden, however, there is a raft of other talented players with the academy with bright futures.

Patrick Roberts has been at Man City for five years. Ever since he was 17 when he made the move up the M6 from Fulham. He’s only made three senior appearances but is well regarded amongst those who know.

He’s heading to newly promoted Norwich City, who announced his arrival as if he was a love island contestant, seriously, check out their Twitter it’s marvellously cheesy. At Carrow Road, he will be getting the game time he needs, and at 22 this will be make or break for his Man City and personal career.

He’s hugely well regarded by the coaches at both clubs and, already seems to have a good relationship with the Norwich team, having reportedly taken this job over a number of other offers made available to him.

Having cut his teeth under a brilliant coaching programme. He has an excellent chance to practice what he has learnt, with some more time on the pitch in one of the best leagues in the world.

Hopefully, after a year on loan at Norwich, the experience he will have had to play against the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham to name but a few. He will come back to City a valuable and more rounded asset and hopefully get a bit of game time at the Etihad for the home side.

Man City fans, what do you make of Roberts?

How Good is Bolton’s Luca Connell Future, With Tottenham & Co Sniffing Around

It’s a really sad state of affairs at Bolton Wanderers this season, the club have been relegated back to League One and the ownership of the club still looms like a dark cloud over the University of Bolton Stadium.

To pour more misery on the Bolton fans, it seems one of their young starlets is grabbing the attention of many a Premier League suitor. Youngster Luca Connell is an Irish midfielder, who is out of contract come to the end of the season and, can leave for nothing more than training fees.

He’s made quite the impression in his 10 outings in the Championship this season for the Trotters. Playing in a defensive role in the midfield is his favoured position, however, he can be moved about a little to left-back or left-wing showing a good deal of versatility.

Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Everton and Wolves have all got Connell firmly in their radars and with good reason too.

The 18-year-old is an up and coming star. He may not be the key signing the fans want for the likes of Spurs, who haven’t signed anyone in the past two transfer windows, but in what will be a very competitive market this window. Investing in the future may not seem the silliest of ideas for Pochettino.

He can certainly flourish at a club like Spurs who do give youth a chance, although a high possibility would be that he is sent back out on loan for a season in the Championship to gain some more game time experience.

Whatever his destination is, Luca Connell is a name that all Bolton fans will be keeping an eye on over the course of the next few seasons. Let’s hope that Bolton’s future can do a 360 and be as bright a future as the Irishman.

Man United Should Go For These TWO Defenders Instead if De Ligt Rejects Summer Move

Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt has been rumoured to have rejected a 60 million summer move to Old Trafford, just at the time reds boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first attempt to rebuild United’s broken defence.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended their hopes of a top-four finish meaning for the fourth time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the Old Trafford hot seat, United won’t be playing in Champions League next season.

De Ligt’s Old Trafford snub means that Ole will have to turn to his Plan B options in defence. But who could they be for United as they look to rebuild their squad this summer?

We take a look below…

Harry Maguire

Perhaps not so much a left field option for United, but Maguire will know of the Reds interest, particularly after last summers wild attempt to steal the Englishmen from Leicester City.

Maguire looked the part on Monday night at the Etihad as his side were narrowly defeated 1-0 by reigning Champions Manchester City. This move would be seen as an upgrade for the Foxes men, particularly as Leicester don’t play Champions League or any European football. However, potentially having to go higher than the 75m bid last season, could put the Red Devils off. Whether Maguire would leave this new and exciting Brendan Rodgers project at the 2016 champions could be very doubtful.

Ben Godfrey

The Norwich man has already appeared on www.thefootballmancave.com site before as a potential United signing. Ex-player Rio Ferdinand has already called for club officials to make a move on Godfrey this summer.

The 21-year-old is believed to have sounded a move away from Carrow Road and United could be an offer impossible to turn down. A young British defender with great potential, he hasn’t missed a minute of Championship action since December.

However, whereas with Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, United wouldn’t be signing proven talent at the top level. This approach to the transfer market mirrors signings of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back in 2010 and 2011. This is something Solskjaer will have to consider. Whether signing proven world-class talent or younger players blessed with potential.

Man United Look to Exciting Youngsters Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye To Build Old Trafford Future

Manchester United this summer have got to play smart if they want to find the right recruitment to rebuild. Many of their rivals and European giants are all in the search for talent, and the Red Devils are looking a little closer to home.

Man United now know they will not be playing Champions League football next season and, can plan accordingly. What United have not to do is what has happened in recent transfer windows, buying for the here and now.

The Red Devils need to start nailing their recruitment once again and invest in not only now to improve the team but look two, maybe three seasons ahead. United’s academy is one of the best around, and has been for a number of decades with it bringing through the infamous class of 92, and more recently Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to name a few.

Two young names United have been linked with is Ben Godfrey and Logan Pye…

Ben Godfrey

Rio Ferdinand’s starlet Godfrey has been making waves in the Championship with League winners Norwich City. Currently, under the New Era umbrella, Ferdinand has been championing the 21-year-old defender who has made 35 appearances this season, scoring four goals in the process.

Currently rated at 3.50m, Norwich are currently looking for a rumoured 15m for the player. Godfrey isn’t pushing for a move, however, Old Trafford is always an irresistible offer for any player.

He seems good in the air, and his short passing game out of defence is a huge bonus.

Logan Pye

Logan Pye is only 15-year-old and is already attracting the likes of United, a rumoured £500,000 move for the left-back is in the pipeline this summer, with United looking to bring in the highly rated Sunderland man.

He’s made three appearances in the Premier League u18 league, scoring once and is yet to make his England u16 debut. However, with his current potential career trajectory, this won’t be far off.

We may not see Pye come to fruition any time soon, but United are taking the right steps for the future of the club.