WHO WOULD WIN PROMOTION RACE?

The Championship automatic playoff places look like it could go down to the wire with three teams closely placed at the top. Norwich City, Leeds City and Sheffield United are separated by two points on the league table in what is the tightest promotion race in years.

Norwich have been the surprise team of the season as not many predicted their rise in form at the beginning of the campaign. The Canaries have been lethal in front of goal netting a league-high 75 goals and are led by Championship top scorer Teemu Pukki. However, they have conceded more goals than their rivals due to their expansive style of play.

FLETCHER HAILS OLE’S TACTICAL MASTERCLASS

Stoke City midfielder Darren Fletcher was full of praise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian’s tactical master class helped Manchester United overcome Tottenham Hotspur in a heated clash at Wembley last time out.

Fletcher believes the unique way Ole set the players out to play was very instrumental in the narrow win at Wembley and he hopes for more of the same.

Fletcher wants to see more from Pogba

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher wants to see more from Paul Pogba. He said that the French midfielder has the potential to be a world class player but unfortunately he is not showing any of it at Manchester United.

Fletcher said that Pogba was much better during the World Cup where he was playing for France and he has failed to replicate the same sort of form in the Premier League. He said that the player does not seem motivated playing for the Red Devils and seems to be underperforming all the time.

McGinn’s Impresses Fletcher With Scotland Display

Darren Fletcher, the Stoke City midfielder was highly impressed with the performance displayed by John McGinn, the Aston Villa star against Belgium and Tottenham Hotspur. McGinn was featured in Scotland during the friendly international match played at Hampden Park against Belgium last Friday. The midfielder showed his best performance despite the fault at the opening goal for the Red Devils.

The Stoke midfielder and Scotland international Fletcher did follow the match and the ex Manchester United was quite impressed to see the midfielder playing against Belgium and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dembele who won  £55,000 every week as his remuneration. Fletcher also appreciated the performance shown by the midfielder McGinn and said that he was not only powerful but competed well with Dembele. As per Fletcher, McGinn is Europe’s one of the best midfielder.

GERRARD WANTS DARREN FLETCHER

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has identified Darren Fletcher as one of his experienced targets this summer, as per reports. Since Stoke City have been relegated to the lower league, the player is looking to exit the club.

The 34-year old recently moved on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion to Stoke City. But with Stoke going down, Rangers have been reportedly to be on the chase for his signature.Ibrox see the player as an ideal player to boost their options due to his wealth of experience playing at a top level.

DARREN FLETCHER PRAISES CURRENT STOKE CITY BOSS

Former Manchester United man Darren Fletcher is hailing his current boss at Stoke City Mark Hughes for helping him become a better player.


Fletcher says Hughes reminds him of retired Premier League coaching legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The ex Red Devils man spent 20 years at Old Trafford, where he lifted five Premier League titles and a Champions League title. He moved to West Brom back in 2015 having been declared excess to requirements. He says under Hughes, the demands have helped him get better.

“I really do see similarities between what I am being asked to do here to what I did under Sir Alex Ferguson for so many years, which is maybe why I felt so at ease since coming into the club during the summer. Obviously Mark has played under Sir Alex too so maybe it comes from that.”