Leicester, Leeds, Wolves and Aston Villa tracking Fleetwood Town teenage starlet Josh Feeney

Leicester, Leeds, Wolves and Aston Villa among the Premier League clubs tracking 16-year-old Fleetwood Town starlet Josh Feeney… with England and Scotland fighting over his allegiance

  • Several Premier League clubs are interested in Fleetwood Town’s Josh Feeney 
  • Leicester, Leeds, Wolves and Aston Villa have made contact over 16-year-old
  • England and Scotland have called Feeney up to their Under-16 level squads

Fleetwood Town’s highly-rated teenager Josh Feeney is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs and Celtic.

The imposing central defender, who only turned 16 this month, is building a growing reputation and has been named in each of Fleetwood’s last three matchday squads.

Wolves, Leicester City, Leeds United and Aston Villa are all understood to have made contact with the League One club over the past few months.

League One Fleetwood Town’s Josh Feeney is catching the eye of several Premier League club

Celtic may have an advantage if they formalise their pursuit given cross-border compensation fees are significantly lower for academy players.

Feeney has been called up for international camps by both England and Scotland at Under-16 level amid an ongoing battle for his allegiance.

The youngster has been promoted to Fleetwood’s first team group since the appointment of Simon Grayson as manager earlier in the campaign.

Fleetwood manager Simon Grayson (centre) promoted Feeney to the first team this season

Fleetwood manager Simon Grayson (centre) promoted Feeney to the first team this season

He will not travel to Ipswich Town for the Cod Army’s final game of the season, however, because exam season starts on Monday morning. 

Feeney would have become the sixth-youngest debutant in EFL history had he come off the bench against MK Dons last weekend.

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Patrick Bamford admits he kicked a ball into Marcelo Bielsa’s FACE during a Leeds training session

Patrick Bamford admits he kicked a ball into Marcelo Bielsa’s FACE during a Leeds training session to leave his manager with a cut on his nose and ‘wonky’ glasses as the forward says he was left ‘s****ing himself’

  • Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has revealed he once injured boss Marcelo Bielsa  
  • Bamford connected with a cross in training that hit the Argentine in the face  
  • He said the coach was furious after the incident and left with a cut on his face 
  • The English forward insists Bielsa has a soft side to him despite strict reputation 

Leeds forward Patrick Bamford has revealed he once risked the fury of his boss Marcelo Bielsa after accidentally smacking a ball into his face during training. 

Bamford has been one of Bielsa’s most important players this season – firing the team to Premier League safety with 14 goals – but the 27-year-old feared he could have got himself into hot water after the mishap following a corner routine. 

Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Bamford told the former Tottenham and Stoke striker of how demanding the Argentine coach can be in training sessions, and recounted how he left him with a ‘big cut’ on his nose.

His boss was left furious after the corner routine went wrong

Patrick Bamford has revealed he once kicked a ball into Marcelo Bielsa’s face during training

‘There have been a couple of times when you’re knackered, running your balls off, and he’s still asking for more,’ he said. ‘You want to just turn round and say, ‘p*** off’, but you’re a bit scared and hesitant, so you just end up shouting something.’ 

‘There was a time this season when we were doing a crossing drill. He always positions himself in kind of an awkward place. The ball’s come in and I’ve connected with it so sweetly on my left foot. 

‘It’s near the top corner, he’s stood right inside the goal. I’ve not seen him, I’ve just hit the ball and I’m not joking you – it’s come flush, straight off the bridge of his nose. All I see is his glasses fly about 10 metres and him hold his nose. 

The forward left his boss with a cut on his nose after the mishap during a corner routine

The forward left his boss with a cut on his nose after the mishap during a corner routine 

Bamford has been one of Bielsa's top stars this season but he feared he had angered the coach

Bamford has been one of Bielsa’s top stars this season but he feared he had angered the coach

‘He walked off holding his nose, and I was like, ‘sorry, sorry, sorry’, obviously s******* myself… he’s gone, a little bit angrily, ‘de nada, it’s nothing’. 

‘It ruined the rest of my session because I’m panicking thinking, ‘what have I done’. He walked past me five minutes later and he had a big cut across his nose’

Bamford says he has been too scared to bring the incident up with Bielsa in fear of repercussions, even though he feels he ought to buy his boss a new pair of glasses because they’ve been left ‘wonky’.  

‘I don’t know if you’ve noticed in the last few weeks when he’s doing an interview, he’s using the same glasses and they’re not straight – they’re wonky. I feel bad, I should really get him a new pair, but I’m scared to bring it up again.’

He revealed the Argentine was left with wonky glasses and wants to buy him a brand new pair

He revealed the Argentine was left with wonky glasses and wants to buy him a brand new pair

With Leeds ninth in the table and hoping to hang on to their place in the top ten, the team are thriving under Bielsa’s leadership and have impressed hugely during their first season back in the top flight.

Bamford stressed that while Bielsa has a fearsome reputation as a disciplinarian, the 65-year-old does have a ‘soft side’ to him – although revealed he has installed a strict weight target at the club and will punish heavier players. 

‘When we got promoted, we saw a softer side to him. But in terms of treats… it’s quite strange because we have a really strict weighing in programme. We have to weigh in every day and we get set a weight target. 

Leeds' top goalscorer has stressed that Bielsa has a soft side despite his strict reputation

Leeds’ top goalscorer has stressed that Bielsa has a soft side despite his strict reputation 

‘If you’re overweight you’re in trouble – you’re doing extra sessions. You have to be on your target, within 0.5, every day.’

Bamford said the squad were once left baffled after being handed sweets by Bielsa during an away day – but were convinced he could be attempting to trip them up. 

‘Sometimes when we’re on an away trip, going on the train down, he’d just walk down the train handing out these nice sweets,’ he added. ‘You don’t know whether to take one, whether it’s a test or not. That’s as close as it gets to getting a little treat.’

Bamford will be hoping his electric form this season earns him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros. UEFA have extended the number of spots from 23 to 26, meaning the forward has a real chance of inclusion.

That Peter Crouch Podcast is available today on BBC Sounds 

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Manchester United: Paul Ince warns former club they face ‘a lot of issues’ next season

Paul Ince warns Manchester United they face ‘a lot of issues’ next season and tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he will ‘need to invest’ with the futures of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and David De Gea uncertain

  • Paul Ince has predicted Manchester United will face a series of major problems 
  • The futures of several first-team stars at the club will be uncertain this summer 
  • Ince has urged his former side to splash the cash and bring in a new frontman 
  • Key players Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and David de Gea may all depart soon

Paul Ince has warned Manchester United that they are facing ‘a lot of issues’ next season unless they splash the cash in the summer.

United were forced to settle a point against old foes Leeds at the weekend but are still set to secure a Champions League spot for the next campaign.

The club have been handed a headache ahead of the transfer window opening, however, with several players set to exit – and Ince says that spending money will be crucial to avoid a drop in form.  

Paul Ince says Manchester United face a ‘lot of issues’ next season unless they spent heavily

‘They are not as far off as we thought two years ago,’ Ince told Sky Sports. ‘They are progressing gradually.

‘But on that performance they are a long way, they have been so inconsistent this season it is hard to judge.

‘They need money, they need a striker. It looks like [Edinson] Cavani is going to Boca Juniors. They are going have a lot of issues next season. 

Pundit Ince believes United need to invest with several first-team players poised for an exit

Pundit Ince believes United need to invest with several first-team players poised for an exit

‘David de Gea is on £300k a week plus as a number two [goalkeeper]. [Paul] Pogba might be going. [Donny] Van de Beek cost £40m and can’t even get a game.

‘They are going to need to invest. But to win titles you need consistent performances week in and week out. 

‘And we have not seen that this season from United even if they have got the results.’ 

Edinson Cavani looks set to leave Old Trafford after a season and return to South America

Paul Pogba will enter the final year of his contract this summer and his future is unclear

Edinson Cavani (L) is set to leave Old Trafford this summer and Paul Pogba (R) may also depart

Cavani, who has netted 10 goals in all competitions this season, is poised to exit Old Trafford after a one-year stay due to the veteran’s wish to return to South America.

Meanwhile, De Gea has fallen behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order between the sticks and faces a fight to salvage his future at the club. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also face a fight to convince Paul Pogba to stay as the mercurial midfielder prepares to enter the final year of his deal.

David de Gea has dropped below Dean Henderson in the pecking order despite his hefty salary

David de Gea has dropped below Dean Henderson in the pecking order despite his hefty salary

Pogba and Cavani were both brought off the bench at Elland Road for the stalemate on Sunday and boss Solskjaer was left to rue his team’s missed opportunities.

‘Today we just didn’t have the moment, take [our chances] when we had them,’ Solskjaer said.

‘A draw is disappointing because we wanted to put pressure on [Manchester] City, but we couldn’t score.’

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