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Returning player a major boost for Bolton Wanderers

When Preston North End loaned Josh Earl to Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season, things were looking up. However, 14 minutes into the Wycombe clash, the defender tore his ankle ligaments. The 20-year-old has been out of action ever since. Now he’s back in training.

At Preston, he made 33 appearances before being loaned out to Lancaster City. Now he’s part of the Bolton squad who are working hard to escape their point deduction.

He was looking forward to being a part of a squad that would be making a difference. The injury he picked up was unfortunate and a lot of young players had to step up at Bolton.

It’s nice to see him back in training now. A lot of players who have been a part of Bolton over the years have always credited them for looking after injuries. Having another player as an option for Keith Hill is also great.

Fallen Behind

However, Hill has had his players working extremely hard since he arrived. You can tell in Bolton’s performances that training is working. The only negative is, Earl will have to ease himself into this style of play.

While he will have to be careful in training, he will also be under pressure to play catch up. Being physically fit is something Hill has been working on but the 20-year-old has missed out on this.


Even though he’s back in training and taking it easy, the injury could still be causing him problems. I’m sure he will be worked back into the squad at his own pace although fans will hope it will be sooner rather than later.

When he does make his return, it will be a sensible decision to have him on the bench. Bolton has had a series of solid performances. Their defence has been a lot better but Earl could offer some relief to a few of the squad.

Give them minutes: Man City must simply give these 2 outcasts the opportunity to shine

Man City is known for having a fast-moving development squad with a lot of talent. The Football Manc Cave are picking out two of those who Pep Guardiola should be giving more of a chance to.

In Man City’s Carabao Cup tie against Preston, fans expected to see a few youngsters in action. This was due to the game being classed as easier than a Premier League tie.

This was a perfect opportunity to rest some of the usual starting eleven and give some others a chance to shine. That’s exactly what happened and a couple stood out.

Phil Foden is a name that’s a topic of conversation in the footballing world at the moment. Fans think he deserves more of a chance now that he’s fit. He’s supposed to be one of the best players Pep Guardiola has ever seen but if this is the case, why is he only being used as a Cup player?

Maybe because Guardiola wants to ease him into the game at his young age. However, despite the excitement around him, he didn’t impress as much as fans would have hoped.

Here are two youngsters that did.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis

The 17-year-old has made his impression on fans in the youth squads and in England youth teams. However, his dream came true when his name was in the starting line up against Preston.

The centre back really impressed and has got fans calling for his name to be in the line up more often. He has even spoken on the matter himself. He said that he ‘hopes to stay in the manager’s mind’ after his performances.

Eric Garcia

The 18-year-old is another who got a chance to make his debut and also got fans talking. Garcia and Bellis are now looking like they could form the perfect centre back pairing for the future at the Etihad.

There’s a long way to go to get them at the standard Pep will want them at. However, they have both proven that they are worth taking a chance on, willing to work hard and that they compliment each other on the field.

The Manchester Evening News posted their player ratings after the match and both of the youngsters came out with 8’s. These were the two highest scores given out to any of the Man City players by the news website.

It’s a very promising start for the pair and it looks like they will both go far. As for Phil Foden, the subject now has risen to whether it would be sensible for Guardiola to send him out on loan so he can get regular playing time.

Do you agree?

‘Phil Foden needs to leave Manchester City as soon as possible’ Fans react following Carabao Cup win

Man City had a trip to Deepdale last night to face Preston in the Carabao Cup.

Man City fans wanted this clash to be a chance for young stars like Phil Foden. Alongside players who haven’t had much of a chance, like Eric Garcia to get a start and that’s exactly what they got.

Goals from Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Jesus meant that City won 3-0 and are heading for the next round. It looked like the Blues would be heading for another high scoring game as all the goals came from the first half. Fortunately for Preston, they didn’t concede in the second half.

Phil Foden has been a name who fans have been talking about for a while now because they think he deserves more playing time. So this game should have been a good opportunity. Instead, fans were underwhelmed by his performance – which has got fans talking about the fact that’s he needs to go on a loan spell somewhere else.

Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis however, have really impressed with brilliant pass rates and a solid style of play.

Here are your reactions…

If Wigan Athletic start these 3, they easily beat Stoke City

Back to the DW we go. Thank god after Saturday. It’s only a League Cup tie, however a good opportunity for players that haven’t started yet to showcase themselves for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic host Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup. Latics return home after losing 3-0 to Preston on Saturday, while Stoke City have started the season poorly, losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic in their second league game.

So, a return for Nick Powell may be on the cards. However, let’s take a look at a few players that may start for the home side…

Jamal Lowe

This is a perfect time for Lowe to start his first Latics game. There’s little pressure on the match, of course, we’d like to win, but it’s not a competition we’re likely to win, so it’s a bit of a free hit. I felt we were crying out for a Lowe type player on Saturday, someone with pace and quality around the box. We just lacked creativity on Saturday, all too pedestrian and predictable. Let Lowe have a go, he may well earn himself a starting spot vs Leeds United on Saturday.

Callum Lang

It’s likely Lang will be loaned out again, following the arrival of Bright Enobakhare on deadline day. However, I think the youngster has earned himself an opportunity to start a competitive game for Latics. Stoke’s defence looked very poor vs Charlton, perhaps this will be an open game and a one with plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Lang is a natural finisher, what better way to start his career, than with a couple of goals on home debut.

Joe Williams

Williams arrived from Everton during this summers transfer window, with a big reputation. He’s known for his tough-tackling and hard work, we could’ve done with that on Saturday. Although Preston had an extra man in midfield, that Cook didn’t match up against, we got completely dominated. Lee Evans and Lewis McLeod aren’t defensive midfielders in my opinion, especially away from home, good footballers yes but tough midfielders that can win battles, I’m not so sure. Williams sounds better suited to them affairs, let’s give him a chance and see what he’s got.

Two qualities Man City’s 22y/o will bring with him to Rangers

Steven Gerrard has revealed that Man City’s Brandon Barker is undergoing a medical at Rangers and the Football Manc Cave are having a look at what he will bring to the Rangers side.

Apparently, the 22-year-old winger is undergoing a medical and the deal for him is ‘all but done.’ He’s been available on a free transfer and his name has popped up throughout the summer in different transfer gossip. Now we have an idea of where the Man City players future may lie.

If the deal can get done on time, Barker could be in the squad that will face Hibernian this weekend. The winger who has spent all his youth at Manchester City has also been on loan to NAC Breda, Hibernian and Preston. He has been known to suffer from hamstring injuries in the past so if he can stay injury-free, here’s two things he could bring to Rangers…


Obviously, he’s had a great run of experience with Manchester City, after Pep Guardiola and his coaching team would have put all their players through their paces. He’ll bring that same motivation to Rangers that he would have gained at Man City. As well as the top quality training he would have received there, he would have also gained good game time at NAC Breda and Preston. The biggest part of his career that will help him at Rangers is the fact that he’s already played for Hibernian. This has given him league experience and if he can stay fit, he should be ready for the challenge ahead.


His young age should see some good years of football out of him in his time at Rangers. If the 22-year-old can get stay on top of his game and away from any injuries that will put him out, he will have the determination to make people take notice of his performance. He should get a proper chance under Steven Gerrard which is something he’s not yet had at Man City.

Barker has been included in England under 18’s, 19’s and ’20s previously and you never know, he may have the determination to play well enough to be considered again for international level. This should see him play at his best.

Should Preston North End go all out for Man City 22y/o?

Journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Man City winger, Brandon Barker could be going to Preston North End.

Nixon tweeted yesterday to claim that the 22-year-old is wanted by Preston. He also claimed that Man City are wanting a fee for their player, however, Preston only wants him on loan so this is why his future has been held up.

Some Preston fans are reacting to the statement and saying that it sounds ‘typical’ of their club as they don’t want to spend money. Others are arguing that their club is being sensible in not signing the City player immediately, as he has had a previous case of hamstring injuries. If the player can get over his injuries and stay fit, here are two reasons why Preston should aim to pull this deal off…

Loan Spell

Barker has been on loan to different clubs for most of his time at Man City and last season he spent time at Preston. He only made 12 appearances for The Lilywhites which is probably why they are sceptical of offering him a permanent deal as this wasn’t enough time to make up their mind. A loan deal would be sensible and would make sense for Alex Neil as he can make his mind upon the winger when the loan period comes to an end.

If Barker performs well, the deal could be turned into something permanent if they can meet Man City’s fees. However, if things don’t go to plan, Preston would have been right in not spending and wasting money on him.

Man City

Pep Guardiola’s side is known for the pressure he puts them under due to his outstanding training and coaching. Brandon Barker would have been a part of this development in the times, he’s not been on loan and he could bring that experience to the players at Deepdale. He has spent all his youth with the Blues and broke into the senior squad in 2015. Since then he’s been on loan to NAC Breda and Hibernian as well as Preston. All this experience should give him the determination to find his feet at Deepdale if he can stay fit.

He won’t only have the determination to get starts and play regular football, he will also want to impress other clubs. If this loan goes ahead, he knows he will be being monitored by Man City, other possible clubs of interest and he’s also had caps for England youth squads so maybe he will aim to impress Gareth Southgate. Man City will keep an eye on him to see if they can put his value up when the time comes for the 22-year-old to make his mind up on his future.

Preston North End looking to bring back 22y/o Man City winger, here’s two reasons why it’s a great move

Man City star, Brandon Barker has been rumoured to be joining Preston North End on loan. According to Football League World, the club is looking at a possible replacement for Callum Robinson.

It was revealed this week that Robinson signed for Sheffield United on a four-year deal. This now leaves them looking for any sort of replacement before the season starts. Now it’s looking like Barker could be top of the list.

The Football Manc Cave has come up with two reasons to why the 22-year-old would be a good move for Preston North End. If you’ve read up on his past or if you’ve just heard of his name, you may know that he has suffered from hamstring injuries. This has put a lot of doubt in the mind of Preston fans, although, if he can stay fit and prove he’s got past those problems, he could be brilliant for the side.

Free Agent

According to Preston Updates, the 22-year-old will become a free agent next year. So let’s say he has a really good season for the Lilywhites and he manages to stay away from any injuries, he could end up being with them permanently. The winger clearly isn’t needed at Man City as he’s been on loan to 4 different clubs since 2015. He is still young and this could be a factor that means he’s ready to prove himself this year.


One of the clubs that Barker has spent his time at in the past few years is Preston and it was only last season. That’s where fans already know his name from. He joined on loan from Man City in 2018 and he even managed to score for them in a game against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup. Surely Alex Neil wouldn’t be looking to snap him up again if he didn’t believe he could be beneficial. This could be a tactical move in only loaning him for the 2019/2020 campaign so that he can persuade the winger to sign a contract at Deepdale going forward.

I’m hopeful that he will stay fit and be a successful loanee to Preston. As well as fans and the club wanting him to do well, he will also be on a personal mission as he’s been called up to England youth in the past.

However he’s only got as far as England under ’20s, so he may be interested in trying to show Gareth Southgate that he’s aiming to break into the first team. The Manchester born player may also be on a mission to prove to Pep Guardiola that he deserves to stay at Manchester City, if he can stay away from physio and bandages.

Good additions? Former Blackburn Rovers & Preston North End players training with Bolton Wanderers

According to EFL Transfer News on thier Twitter page, Craig Conway and Ben Pringle are in training with Bolton Wanderers. Today at the Football Manc Cave, we look at what they could bring to the club in a time of need.

As all Bolton fans know, there’s been so many problems behind the scenes and as they go into League One, they are in desperate need of players. Now it’s being said that former Blackburn Rovers man, Craig Conway and former Preston North End midfielder Ben Pringle are both in training with the Whites.

It’s safe to say that fans will take any signing at the moment. For people who want to know more about the pair, we take a look if they’ll be good additions to the trotters…

Craig Conway

Conway is now 34 years old. He’s comfortable as a winger and has previously played for the likes of Dundee, Cardiff and most recently, Blackburn Rovers. In May, Conway confirmed that he would be leaving Ewood Park after five and a half years when his contract expired.

Now he will be in need of another club as the new season starts and Bolton could be his number one option. Some say he’s too old and past it and he has been known to suffer from injuries quite often, however, Bolton will be looking to take on anyone they can convince to sign. The winger could be a good addition to the side as he’s older and has more experience than most youngsters in the current squad.

Ben Pringle

The 30-year-old midfielder has sure been around. After spending his youth at West Brom, he joined a whole host of clubs from Derby, Rotherham and Fulham to Preston, Oldham and Tranmere. He’s spent a lot of his career on loan to other teams to give him break out opportunities. The ex-Grimsby star also has had a few achievements such as being listed in the 2013/2014 Football League One PFA Team Of The Year. He was also named as man of the match in a game against Bolton back in 2015 when he played for Rotherham.

Again, Bolton fans would be happy to see a signing and he might be someone that can make a difference. Hopefully, instead of a loan spell like he’s used to, he’ll sign a permanent contract if a deal can be made and he may help in getting Bolton back on top again.

‘Not a bad run into the end of the season if we’re battling relegation’ Wigan Athletic fans plan ahead following fixture release

Wigan will start their season against recently relegated Cardiff at the DW Stadium, on August 3rd. The Latics will then travel to Lancashire rivals Preston, before returning home to face Leeds.

It’s a tough start for Paul Cook’s men, who will be hoping for the same flying start they got last season. Wigan have a derby to look forward to over the Christmas period when they visit Blackburn at Ewood Park, then will return home to play Frank Lampard’s Derby on Boxing Day.

Their final game of the season will be at home to Fulham, a must-win game to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs? I’d certainly take the latter.

Lets see if the Latics fans are happy with their fixtures…

OPINION: Salford City Confirm Released List, Is It The Right Move?

Salford City had a really impressive run last season that helped them in gaining promotion out of the National League and into League Two.

The Ammies have a collective set of owners who can put their money into new players ahead of the new season, with Peter Lim having a 40% share and Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham all holding 10% each. Through Salford’s club website, they revealed the players they would be letting go before the start of their new challenge in league two.

Anthony Dudley, Amine Linganzi, Danny Livesey, Gus Mafuta and Jack Redshaw have all been thanked for their hard work and wished all the best but have been released. Tyler Forbes and Dennis Politic have also returned to their parent clubs as their loan deals are over.

Now football fans are wondering what this means for the players that have been let go, some of the players on the list would be a good investment for other clubs. However, with the money behind Salford FC, the replacements for these players won’t be a problem, they’re already looking and signing ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season.

Chester FC have already answered Danny Livesey’s prayers and snapped the 34-year-old defender up before anyone else has the chance. He will officially be a part of the club on July 1st. He has previously captained Barrow AFC which is probably a reason why Chester have shown interest in the defender again.

With his age showing how much experience he’s had, he could be a perfect player to show leadership qualities, if not for the whole team, at least for the back four at Chester. It’s also been reported that the blues could also offer Anthony Dudley a move to the club. The 22-year-old was on loan with Chester last season and, ended up being the clubs leading scorer when he managed to net 11 goals. This could be a great move for him, as the club do appear to be interested and he has also is understood to be just as interested in a permanent move.

There’s some uncertainty in what will happen with Mafuta, Redshaw and Linganzi as of yet. Personally, I think any club would be silly to not show interest in Mafuta, the 23-year-old midfielder started 22 matches for the Ammies last year. He started his career at Colchester but then moved to Bristol City Academy where he captained the Under 21’s. With Gus only being 23 and already having captain experience, surely another club should have a look at signing him soon.

Amine Linganzi however, only managed to get 4 starts for Salford last season and he’s 29 years old. He’s already been around, having played for Blackburn, Preston and Portsmouth in the past. I think Salford didn’t really have a choice letting the midfielder go, as they can bring in fresh young talent but Linganzi could benefit from maybe a struggling club putting in a deal.

Then there’s Jack Redshaw. He’s got such a good stat record. He managed 17 goals out of 36 matches for Salford and he’s got football orientated family too, his brother is Mark Redshaw and his father is Ray Redshaw, all three being strikers in their career.

If you leave that information as it is, you’d be thinking, why hasn’t anyone put an offer in? But the issue the 28-year-old will have to come to terms with is that he was out of action in Salford’s last season due to an injury in preseason. Fans were gutted but now that he’s been released, he may find it hard to find an alternative club. He has played for Rochdale, Blackpool and Morecambe previous to Salford so a club are sure to see the positives in the striker.

Even though these players will be missed by Salford fans, I hope they all have great offers thrown their way.

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