BLACKBURN: LONSDALE LOAN MOVE CONFIRMED

English Championship giants Blackburn Rovers have announced that young striker Brandon Lonsdale has joined Macclesfield FC on loan until the start of next year. Blackburn Rovers made the announcement earlier on Friday. It was revealed that the player will join Macclesfield FC on a short-term loan from Blackburn Rovers until January 3.

Lonsdale, 19, is a third year scholar at Blackburn Rovers and he will link-up with the Silkmen for the next five weeks.

The development of young Blackburn Rovers attacker Lonsdale was curtailed last season due to injury. He missed the majority of last season as a result of injury. Lonsdale made his debut for the Blackburn Rovers u-23 team during the away game against Brighton and Hove Albion two months ago.Lonsdale was recently on loan at Northern Premier League team Lancaster City, where he found the back of net with a late winner in the 2-1 win over Gainsborough Trinity as the FA Trophy is concerned and he will spent the next month on loan at Macclesfield FC who are in second place on the Northwest Counties Premier Division table. Macclesfield FC will take on Northwich Victoria away from home in the league this weekend.

In a related development, Blackburn Rovers and fellow English Championship clubBristol City have been linked with a move for Drogheda United right-back James Brown. This was revealed via a report from the Irish Independent whichstated that Brown is a target for clubs in England. The right-back is one of four players who could leave League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United for clubs in England and Scotland.

Brown has been one of the best right-backs in the League of Ireland Premier Division over the past two seasons, netting twice plus 11 assists. He has been at Drogheda United since January 2019.

LIVERPOOL HAVE EYES ON JUVENTUS WINGER

Merseyside giants Liverpool have their eyes on highly rated Juventus winger Federico Chiesa according to the newest reports from the media in Italy. The specific report from Calciomercato disclosed that the Reds are considering the idea of making a move for the Italian international in the near future. 

Despite being one of the biggest teams in England, it’s almost certain that Liverpool won’t have a free run at Chiesa, who’s the son of retired Italian international attacker Enrico Chiesa. 

Chiesa, 24, came through the youth system at Fiorentina before he made his first team bow for the Italian Serie A club. He joined Juventus on loan in October 2020 and the Old Lady have the obligation to sign him to a permanent deal next summer. Chiesa signed for Juventus on a two-year loan deal last summer with the obligation to make the transfer a permanent one. 

Italian attacker Chiesa has been a decent source of goals since he became a Juventus player last year. He has averaged almost a goal in three games for the Old Lady in addition to having a little over a goal contribution in two games. Chiesa has 17 goals and 12 assists in 56 games at Juventus. 

Chiesa enhanced his reputation as one of the best young attackers in European football at the Euro 2020 tournament this summer as he helped Italy to see off England in the final. The Juventus man was one of the best players on the pitch in the final which ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of 120 minutes to pave way for penalties. Luke Shaw and Leonardo Bonucci were the goalscorers for England and Italy respectively during the final either side of the interval. Juventus defender Bonucci scored in the second half to erase the England advantage from Shaw at the start of the first half. During penalty shootout, Italy beat England 3-2 to win the tournament. 

HAALAND: BORN TO SCORE GOALS

Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in football but Norwegian international ErlingHaaland has made it so simple to the extent that you’ll begin to question the authenticity of that statement. The Borussia Dortmund striker has made the art of scoring goals so easy and the only explanation one can for his ridiculousness in front of goal is to say that the 20-year-old is naturally born to score goals.

ErlingHaaland is the son of former Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Haaland but he was relatively unknown despite the popularity of his father who played in defence or midfield for Manchester City and Leeds United in the Premier League.

Haaland announced himself to the world for the first time when he broke the record for the most goals scored in a FIFA u-20 World Cup last summer. Haaland scored nine goalsto lead Norway to a 12-0 win over 10-man Honduras who had Axel Gomez sent off at the start of the second half of the group game played at the 2019 FIFA World Cup tournament in Poland. The result in Group C set a new record for the heaviest defeat in the history of the competition.

Haaland, 20, never looked back from this red-hot goalscoring form even when he returned to senior football at Austrian to flight club Red Bull Salzburg. He had joined Salzburg from Norwegian first division team Molde in January 2019.

On his return to Salzurg, Haaland scored 16 goals in just 14 league games in the Austrian Bundesliga. In total, the striker scored 28 goals in just 22 appearances in all competitions before his €20m transfer to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.

The Norwegian international star has maintained a similar goalscoring tempo despite moving a level higher from the Austrian Bundesliga to the German Bundesliga.ErlingHaaland scored 13 goals in 15 league games for Dortmund in the second half of last season having moved to the club midway into the campaign.

He scored 16 goals in 18 Dortmund matches to make it a total of 44 goals in 40 games for the season. While he was at Salzburg, he had become only the sixth player to score in five successive Champions League games after Alessandro Del Piero, SerhiyRebrov, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski. Borussia Dortmund were knocked out at the start of the knockout stages but Haaland still finished as the second topscorerin the Champions League with 10 goals behind Robert Lewandowski.

On his Dortmund debut, he netted three goals in 23 minutes after coming as a 56th minute substitute to become only the second Borussia Dortmund player to achieve the feat after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was rightfully named the recipient for the 2020 Golden Boy Award meant for players under the age of 21 in the major European leagues last week and the 20-year-old attacker celebrated it in style with four goals in 32 minutes during the German Bundesliga clash at Hertha Berlin.

Dortmund came from behind to beat their hosts 5-2 in the game to move from third to second position on the league standings and within one point of league leaders Bayern Munich.

Those four goals took his league tally to 10 goals in just seven games and one goal behind leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski. He now has 86 goals plus 20 assists in 114 appearances in his career.

ErlingHaaland has scored 15 goals in 14 games this season for Borussia Dortmund to take his tally to a total of 31 goals in 30 appearances since joining them. He has 36 goals in 35 games for both club and country in 2020 in addition to being the joint leading scorer in the Champions League this season with four goals. The tall striker also has 23 goals in 22 appearances for his team in the German Bundesliga.