TOUGH FIGHT FOR QPR
QPR face a very tough fight in order to remain in the Premier league with just eight matches remaining in the season. They are a massive seven points adrift of safety.
Even though they managed to back-to-back victories recently, their main competitors like Aston Villa have also been able to pull away as well. According to QPR manager Harry Redknapp, the club needs to replicate the way that Barcelona play their football in order to have any chance of survival in the league.
Barcelona are regarded as one of the best teams in the world. They have managed to win the Champions League title twice in the last five years. Even though they are best known for their passing style of football, the work that goes on off the ball is also extremely important towards the success of the team. Barcelona remain as one of the high pressing teams, who do not give their opposition time and space on the ball. Redknapp reckons that QPR needs to adopt this similar strategy in the remaining eight games of the season.
Redknapp has had success with avoiding relegation with clubs in the past. However, this has always been seen as a very tough task for the former Tottenham manager, who replaced Mark Hughes a few months ago.
“The best teams work the hardest. People think the best teams just play football. It’s a fallacy. The best team in the world is Barcelona and they are hardest-working team. They work harder than anyone else without the ball and they work harder than anyone else with it. We’ve got to work hard too. It’s not a case of picking scrappers. Whoever I pick, whether they think they’re skilful players or not, they’ve all got to work,” said Redknapp. QPR will be making an away trip to Fulham during the weekend.
Jermaine Jenas has said that he is training very hard these days to improve his fitness.
Jenas has recently joined QPR after leaving Tottenham Hotspur. He signed for QPR on the last day of the mid season transfer window. The transfer fee has not been revealed yet. Jenas has signed a contract of one and half years for QPR.
Jenas played his first match for QPR a couple of days back against Norwich City. He came to play as substitute in the 69th minute of that match. During his 25 minutes stay on the field, the English midfielder looked in good nick.
Jenas talked to the reporters after the match against Norwich City. When asked whether he is satisfied with his performance in his debut match for QPR, Jenas said, “Yes, I think I played well. I hadn’t played much in the last couple of months. So, it was nice to go on the field for about 25 minutes.”
“Now, my target is to get a starting opportunity for QPR and I know that I need to improve my fitness for that. As I said that I had been out of action since quite a while, so, my fitness has deteriorated a bit. But, I am trying to improve it. I am training hard.”
Jenas played for 8 years for his previous club Tottenham Hotspur. He featured for the Spurs in 155 matches and scored 21 goals for them. When asked about his tenure at Tottenham, Jenas said, “I enjoyed playing in Tottenham shirt for so many years. I got the chance to work with a couple of great managers during my tenure at Tottenham and they helped me in improving my technique. I also got a lot of success at Tottenham. So, overall, it was a nice experience.”
AVB WILL LET PLAYERS GO
The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has given the biggest indication that the players like Jermaine Jenas will be finally allowed to leave the club on a permanent basis.
The manager has said that he has already discussed the transfer targets and the possibility of selling a few players in the January transfer window with the chairman Daniel Levy. One of the main areas where the club needs to sell its players is in the goalkeeping department. The club has four good quality goalkeepers in the form of Hugo Lloris, Brad Friedel, Gomes, and Carlo Cudicini. Villas-Boas has said that he expects the club to sell at least one of the two reserve goalkeepers.
Meanwhile, the future of the players like Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley is also in doubt after the manager has said that he will be looking at the possibility of selling the loan players on a permanent basis. Jermaine Jenas has been on loan at this former club Nottingham Forest on a loan deal in order to recover his form. The player suffered a major injury while playing for Aston Villa last season and has not been the same since then. However, his short spell at Nottingham Forest has made him rediscover his form in recent weeks.
“With Gomes and Cudicini we will listen to proposals. (Chairman Daniel Levy and I) spoke about the January situation and the eventuality that we could look to strengthen the squad to be better. What came out of those conversations was that our level of focus is not to do a lot in January. We feel comfortable at the moment. Our squad will become big, even in terms of numbers, with the return of injured players,” said the Tottenham manager. Villas-Boas has guided his team to 3 successive wins in recent weeks.
JENAS WILL FIGHT
Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that he will fight for his place at Nottingham Forest after recently extended his loan spell with the Championship team. The former Newcastle United midfielder has been on loan at Nottingham Forest in a bid to recover his full fitness.
He spent the last season on loan at Aston Villa before it was cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He has taken a long time to recover from this injury, which meant that he has lost his spot in the first time following the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas as a replacement for Harry Redknapp.
He has been sent out on loan to his former club Nottingham Forest, where he started his career, in a bid to resurrect his form. He has so far been brilliant for the Championship club, who have since expressed their desire to extend his loan spell. Nottingham Forest are currently closer to the play-offs position with a large part of the current form due to the midfielder Jermaine Jenas. His experience of top flight football coupled with the quality to be able to play for England have turned the fortunes of the once great club. They recently extended his contract by another two months in a bid to seal promotion to the Premier league.
“Look at the top, top players we have here. Lewis McGugan was sat next to me on the bench last weekend at Oakwell and, in the games I had seen, he had done very well. He is a top player and a goal threat. And we were also without Adlene (Guedioura), who was suspended, Henri Lansbury who was injured . . . that is four players who could not get on the pitch at the start,” said Jenas, who recognises that there are many good players in the squad apart from him.
JENAS OFF ON LOAN
The midfielder of Tottenham Hotspur, Jermaine Jenas, has been placed on loan to Nottingham Forest for 1 month. The authorities of Nottingham Forest had tried to sign Jenas on a loan deal during the pre season transfer window, but, due to some reasons, the deal had not got finalized then, but, finally, Nottingham managed to sign Jenas on loan. It is a very short contract though and Jenas would give his services to Nottingham only for 30 days.
Nottingham is the club where Jenas had started his career way back in 1999 when he was only 16 years of age. He played for Nottingham for 2 years. In February 2002, Newcastle United bought him after paying a transfer fee of 5 million Pounds.
Jenas’ tenure at Newcastle was not that successful. He continued to play for Newcastle till the end of the 2004-05 season. He played 152 matches for Newcastle and managed to find the net only 12 times.
At the start of the 2005-06 season, Jenas was signed by Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham had paid 7 million Pounds for buying him from Newcastle. Jenas has been with the Spurs since then.
Jenas was placed on loan to Aston Villa at the start of the last season. He featured for Villa in a few matches in the first half of the last season. In December 2011, he injured his leg severely while playing in a match against Manchester United. He had to miss the rest of the season due to that injury.
He came back to Tottenham at the start of the ongoing season and also featured for the Spurs against West Bromwich Albion on 25th of August.
After signing the loan deal, Jenas said, “It’s wonderful to be back at Nottingham. This club is pretty close to my heart. I am here for a brief period, but, I would try to win some matches for Nottingham.”
Jenas hadn’t been getting starting opportunities for the Spurs in the current season, but, he is expected to get regular starting chances for Nottingham. Nottingham Forest has to play against Derby on Sunday and Jenas is supposed to be included in the first XI of Nottingham for that match.
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FOREST WANT JENAS
Nottingham Forest are looking to make Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas as their marquee signing in the summer transfer window. The former Newcastle United midfielder has been marginalised that Tottenham after the arrival of Harry Redknapp.
The situation is not expected to improve even after the arrival of new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Even though the Portuguese has admitted that he is willing to give all the players a chance to prove themselves, he is extremely focused on the young players at the club. At 30 years of age, the former England midfielder cannot expect many opportunities under the former Chelsea manager.
As a result, it is thought that he is willing to make a permanent move away from the club after spending the last two seasons on loan at various clubs. Nottingham Forest have emerged as the surprise destination for the midfielder. The club, which are backed by the Arabian owners, are extremely keen on getting the club back into the Premier league. As a result, they are looking to make some important signings in this summer transfer window. Jermaine Jenas has a key role to play in this spending spree because he will be positioned as the marquee signing of the club.
Jermaine Jenas will also be excited at the prospect of joining Nottingham Forest knowing that he will get regular football. It would also help him find his way back into the international fold. Even though he is now 30 years of age, the likes of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker have proved that age is not a deterrent factor when it comes to establishing as an international midfielder. Aston Villa were extremely close to making the signing of Jermaine Jenas permanent until the major injury last season forced him to return to Tottenham. Jermaine Jenas is currently on the pre-season tour of the US.
FULHAM WANT JENAS
Fulham are looking at the possibility of signing Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas in the summer transfer window, according to the Tottenham news website. The former Newcastle United midfielder has not had a lot of first-team opportunities with the London club after the arrival of Harry Redknapp.
He has spent a few seasons on loan at various clubs over the past few seasons. Even though Tottenham recently parted company with manager Harry Redknapp, it is still thought that Jermaine Jenas will be looking to secure a move away from Tottenham in order to get regular first-team football. Fulham have emerged as a real contender for his signature, as they look to replace Danny Murphy.
The 35-year-old former Liverpool midfielder recently moved to Championship club Blackburn Rovers on a two year deal. This would leave a major void in the first team of Fulham due to the fact that Danny Murphy was an ever present in the starting line-up under manager Martin Jol.
Signing Jermaine Jenas would be a major coup for Fulham given that he was one of the outstanding players for Martin Jol when he was managing Tottenham a few seasons back. The 29-year-old is expected to be the replacement for Danny Murphy, but there is a chance that he could still get opportunities at Tottenham to the expected departure of Luka Modric.
The Croatian midfielder has been linked with a £ 35 million move to Spanish club Real Madrid in the summer. This coupled with the injury problems suffered by midfielder Scott Parker at the Euro 2012 is likely to rule him out for the first few weeks of the campaign, and the possibility that Gareth Bale will move on too.
This should ensure that Jermaine Jenas gets a real opportunity to impress the new manager, who is expected to be unveiled in the next week. Andre Villas-Boas is currently leading the race to secure the Tottenham job.
SPURS CLOSE IN ON VERTONGHEN
Tottenham have said that they are extremely close to signing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen in a £ 9.6 million deal. Tottenham have been linked with the Dutch defender for quite a while now in order to replace the likes of William Gallas and Ledley King.
Due to the fact that their captain Michael Dawson has also suffered a number of injury problems in the past, the central defensive position is an area of major concern for Tottenham going into the next season. They have no wasted no time in sealing the deal for one of the highly rated defenders in Europe.
Tottenham will be hoping that Jan Vertonghen turns out to be the next Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian defender was signed by arch rivals Arsenal from Ajax a few seasons ago. Despite his lack of height, he has turned out to be one of the best signings Arsenal have made in recent seasons. Jan Vertonghen has confirmed that he wanted to sign for Tottenham from the first instance due to the fact that the English club has shown a lot of interest. This is a major coup for Tottenham given that they are extremely close to securing the signature of the player, who is coveted by many clubs across Europe.
“I have a preference for Spurs. I’ve got the best feeling for that club and I’m a ‘feeling person’. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I’m their only option, which I take as a compliment,” Vertonghen said. It is certainly going to be easy for Jan Vertonghen to settle in the English game due to the fact that the club already has a Dutchman in the form of Rafael van der Vaart, who is one of the established members of the Tottenham team.
JENAS INJURY BLOW
Jermaine Jenas only recently signed for Aston Villa on a season long loan deal from Tottenham, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles injury. This comes as a major blow for both Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Harry Redknapp would have been hoping that his player would come back is a strong player after some much-needed game time at Aston Villa, but the player is not only going to miss his loan spell, but also his opportunity to come back into the Tottenham side as well. Aston Villa and Tottenham have issued a statement stating that Jermaine Jenas has now undergone a surgery to repair the damage.
Jermaine Jenas suffered the injury in the match against Manchester United and was stretchered off. Aston Villa lost the match 1-0, but that was the least of Alex McLeish’s problems. The Aston Villa manager now has a real situation in his hands with regard to the midfield.
Signing Jermaine Jenas on loan help of Alex McLeish overcome some of the problems. However, it was not until November that Jermaine Jenas was able to make his debut for Aston Villa. He was earlier restricted from making his debut for Aston Villa due to the same Achilles problems, but it has now escalated to a whole new level.
“To lose a player of his talent and experience is bad enough, but never to have seen him play enough in the Villa shirt for our fans to appreciate the player he is, that’s terrible bad luck. Obviously, we wish Jermaine as speedy a recovery as possible and a full recovery, too. He has been a great professional to have at the club since he arrived on loan in August,” Alex McLeish said when asked about Jermaine Jenas and his injury.