Borussia Dortmund winger idolised Man Utd legend Rooney

first_img Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Celebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? The Borussia Dortmund star is a target for both United and Chelsea. “Who did I look up to when I was young? I’d probably say Rooney,” he said in a video on England’s social media channels.Advertisement Loading… read also:Shearer: Man Utd must sign Grealish, Sancho, Kane “It’d have to be Rooney because he was doing madness at Man United, even at Everton when he made his debut. “He was too grown for everyone, at his age.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jadon Sancho says Manchester United great Wayne Rooney was his idol growing up.last_img read more

Al Mubarak: Expect swift action

first_img City did attract criticism after parting company with Mancini, as the Italian had led the club to their first title in 44 years in 2012. But Manuel Pellegrini has proved a popular, reliable and successful replacement and the club feel their decision has been vindicated. Al Mubarak said: “The decision to hire Pellegrini was a very important decision for us as we look at the next couple of years. “I am absolutely delighted for him, for the fans, for the club, for everyone involved at Manchester City. “It is a perfectly justified decision. I think the results speak for themselves.” One of the next targets for City will be to carry their domestic pre-eminence onto the European stage. Some progress on this front has been made under Pellegrini, with the club reaching the Champions League knockout stage for the first time. Al Mubarak said: “This year we have made some progress. We have played much better football, been a lot more competitive and I think the experience coming through the two games against Barcelona will be invaluable for us. “Let’s be clear – Europe has always been an integral part of our strategy, an integral part of the success we want to achieve for this club. We will continue to progress.” Al Mubarak also paid tribute to two City players who are now out of contract in Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry and are set to leave this summer. Defender Lescott, signed from Everton in an acrimonious £22million deal in 2009, played a key role in the 2012 title win. Al Mubarak said: “He is a wonderful man. He has served this club loyally and he has had some of his best performances in his career here at Manchester City. “I look back at the challenge when we first brought Joleon in and the reaction he had at Everton. It was a tough time for him but I am really happy for him. He came here and had a wonderful career. “We will miss him and I really want to thank him for all his efforts.” Barry, who also joined the club in 2009, enjoyed four good seasons in the City midfield before joining Everton on loan last summer. Al Mubarak said: “Gareth is another one of those wonderful players that made a big career decision when he decided to join City. “He was a loyal player in our squad, fully committed to our cause, had some phenomenal performances. “He really was a great player for Manchester City. I really want to wish him all the best going forward.” City are keen to build on their success of 2013-14, in which they won both the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup, even though they face a spending cap as a result of UEFA sanctions. The European governing body has limited City’s net outlay on players this summer to £49million as one of their punishments for breaching financial fair play regulations. Press Association But City said last week that figure would have no “material impact” on planned transfer activity that Al Mubarak now says will begin imminently. Al Mubarak told City TV: “We know exactly what needs to be done. We know exactly the players that need to go and the players that need to come in, the areas that need to be strengthened, the players that we intend to bring in to fill these areas. “I can tell our fans to expect, as last year, an efficient and swift execution plan. “We will have, after the World Cup, a good pre-season and we will go into the season very ready, as we did last year, to compete for four championships.” City’s actions last summer, including the sacking of Roberto Mancini as manager, put the club back on an upward trajectory after a relatively disappointing end to the 2012-13 season. Al Mubarak reported that owner Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi has been delighted with progress in the past 12 months. He said: “Sheikh Mansour feels this club is doing exactly what he intended it to do in terms of performance across the board – on the field, off field, trophies, championships and wins, but also commercial success, and the fans’ support has been unwavering. “Genuinely, Sheikh Mansour is absolutely delighted with the way this club, this company, this business is performing.” Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised the newly-crowned champions will act swiftly and decisively in the transfer market this summer.last_img read more

STARTING OVER: To save his football career, Trishton Jackson left home for Syracuse

first_imgTrishton Jackson sat in his room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego two Decembers ago and thought about life. He considered his three teammates kicked off the team after the four came to college together 11 months prior. He considered the younger players on Michigan State’s wide receiver depth chart exceeding his dwindling role. And he considered how his dream school revealed itself as detrimental to him.Jackson said a prayer to himself that night — something he made up in the moment and doesn’t remember today. Then he called his mother, Carol. He admits now that he was too close to home, but he fails to explain precisely what that entailed. Two days before the Spartans thrashed Washington State in the 2017 Holiday Bowl, Jackson had made his decision to transfer.On the phone that night, Carol sensed her son’s conflicted mind. She asked him if he was happy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think I was at that time,” Jackson said. “I was low at that point.”,He came to the hard realization that there wasn’t a path for him to succeed at Michigan State. In Syracuse, he’s followed a better trajectory since enrolling in January of 2018. After a year in limbo — the make-or-break period of Jackson’s transfer — his decision paid off. In his first game for SU, he reeled in an acrobatic touchdown catch in the Orange’s Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia.“I had faith that when I’d come here I’d be more focused,” Jackson said. “I wouldn’t be too close to home. I wouldn’t want to call Mom everyday, stuff like that. I would have to grow up and mature as a man. And I think I’ve been doing a really good job of doing that.”Michigan State was a natural landing spot for Jackson out of high school. Playing quarterback at West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School in the suburbs of Detroit — 70 miles from East Lansing — Jackson grew up in the middle of the Michigan-MSU rivalry that divides the state. His former high school coach, Ron Bellamy, and close family friend Braylon Edwards both played wide receiver at Michigan.But Jackson had always been partial to the Spartans. He watched former MSU wideouts Plaxico Burress, Aaron Burbridge and Tony Lippett growing up, encountering the latter two playing high school football in the greater Detroit area. More than anything, Jackson loved the blue-collar nature the Spartans exemplified under head coach Mark Dantonio.The rising senior turned in a stellar performance, playing receiver at the 2015 rendition of the annual Sound Mind Sound Body football camp. In an address at the camp, to more than a thousand high school athletes, Dantonio told them, “You want to be the breadwinner, you want to be the man,” according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.Dantonio spoke to Jackson and his father, Obbie, after the camp, offering a gray shirt to play wideout. The next day, MSU offered a scholarship and Jackson committed 24 hours later.The quarterback-turned-pass catcher exceeded expectations his first season for the Spartans by just cracking the rotation of mostly upperclassmen, finishing with five receptions, 89 yards and a touchdown. With the departure of three of MSU’s top four pass catchers to graduation, Jackson should’ve been one of the Spartans’ top returning options.Then, the Spartans lost the fourth receiver of that group and Jackson saw how fast circumstances could change. In January 2017, freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley, along with fellow freshmen Josh King and Demetric Vance, were suspended and ultimately dismissed from the team in June 2017 for alleged sexual assault. It was shocking for Jackson to see three close friends were removed in a matter of months.“I definitely got that realization, about how life can change so quickly,” Jackson said. “And it made me mature, to make the decision to leave. I think I matured from that situation.”Even with MSU’s top four receivers from 2016 gone, Jackson stagnated in 2017, catching just seven more passes than the year prior for a mere 143 total yards. He never got into the end zone and three true freshmen had more receptions for more yards.The coaching staff at MSU wasn’t the best fit for Jackson, either, he said. Orders were given without explanation and, even when well-intended, rubbed the wrong way. Though the relationship soured, Jackson holds no ill will toward Michigan State.“It’s more Saban-esque, business-y-like vibes and I don’t think everybody liked what he had to say about things,” Jackson said about Dantonio and the culture at Michigan State.Neither Dantonio or then-wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel were made available for interviews by Michigan State for this story.Jackson’s high school coach, Bellamy, got a call from MSU’s coaching staff that the receiver was transferring. The coach reached out to Jackson to figure out what was going on. Then, he started calling college coaches. One of them was to Vinson Reynolds, Syracuse’s defensive line coach who’d previously recruited Jackson’s older brother to Western Michigan. Bellamy told Reynolds that Jackson had interest in SU.Bellamy then looped in Evan Foster, Jackson’s high school teammate and current SU safety, and asked whether Syracuse could be a good place for Jackson.,After he realized he would have an opportunity to win a starting job or significant playing time Jackson and his mother visited Syracuse in January 2018.SU head coach Dino Babers entered the meeting and started with two questions.“First he asked me if I’m fast and of course I said, ‘Yeah,’” Jackson said. “Then he asked me would I like to catch 100 balls. And I said, ‘Of course, yes.’”Carol saw her son “light up like a Christmas tree” talking to Babers. He knew the Orange wanted him as much as he wanted them.The commitment came with the year-long wait Division I football transfers must go through when changing schools, finishing two semesters in residence before becoming eligible. During spring ball, Jackson practiced with his new team and continued with summer workouts. While the rest of the team prepared to play Western Michigan, Jackson toiled through camp toward a season on the scout team, emulating the opponent’s receivers week-to-week.Back at MSU, the receivers that in-part squeezed Jackson out of its rotation almost all got hurt. In total, eight receivers combined to miss 23 games in 2018 for MSU. It was a window, one that Jackson knew he might have to live with missing when he made this decision.Two years ago, Jackson would’ve seen the injuries and felt he made the wrong choice. Instead, he was at peace waiting for the opportunity he knew would come at SU.A new NCAA rule allowed both Jackson and Oklahoma transfer running back Abdul Adams to play in SU’s bowl game last season. When Jackson got the news, he called Bellamy and told him he had a surprise.“He was like, ‘I might be eligible to play in the bowl game,’” Bellamy remembered Jackson saying. “You know, I didn’t know the rule. I was like, ‘Dude. We’ve had this discussion. You have to sit out a year.’”,Jackson caught a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter in the Camping World Bowl, making what he hopes to be the first of many plays for Syracuse in his two years of eligibility remaining.Finally eligible and finally in a place he’s mentally at peace, Jackson has become good friends with his quarterback, Tommy DeVito, playing paintball and eating steak. He’s bonded with the receivers, taking some leadership in organizing additional workouts in the summer with skill position players and going with them to see ‘The Lion King.’ He’s in a place he believes that will benefit him on and off the football field.When his mom asks him if he’s happy now, the answer is obvious.Cover photo by Corey Henry, Photo Illustration by Sarah Allam Published on August 29, 2019 at 1:53 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Commentslast_img read more