In January 2022, Norton-Cuffy joined Lincoln City in League One where he excelled. Norton-Cuffy played 17 times for Lincoln City, scoring one goal and assisting one goal. The defender is expected to be loaned out once more after signing his contract extension. This time, Norton-Cuffy is expected to join a Championship side to help him gain more experience.
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The right-back won the U19 European Championships as a part of the England squad recently. Norton-Cuffy got selected for the U19 European Championships thanks to his excellent performances with Lincoln City.
According to Norton-Cuffy, his time with Lincoln City in the second half of last season was the “best thing” for him to gain experience and to develop. Manager Michael Appleton gave Norton-Cuffy plenty of opportunities to shine with the Imps.
Norton-Cuffy tallied 1,202 minutes for Appleton’s Lincoln City. His only blemish during the spell at Lincoln City was a red card, which was received against Wimbledon. In 12 of Norton-Cuffy’s final 13 games for Lincoln City, the defender played a full 90 minutes of football.
Appleton joined Blackpool in the offseason after Neil Critchley left the Tangerines. The new Blackpool manager has taken Charlie Patino on loan from Arsenal this season. There is a chance Norton-Cuffy could end up at Blackpool to further his development.
The right-back returned to the Gunners in the offseason with a number of clubs interested in signing him. Norton-Cuffy had just one season remaining on his contract at Arsenal. The Gunners were eager to tie down the right-back for the future. According to Transfermarkt, Norton-Cuffy is valued at just over £364,000.
Norton-Cuffy was derailed by injury in preseason. Had the right-back not suffered an injury during preseason, he would have likely had several first-team opportunities. Arsenal are not set to rush Norton-Cuffy into the first team. A loan move to the Championship would give him the chance to develop and gain even more valuable experience.
Arsenal are not set to explore the transfer market for a right-back this season. North-Cuffy’s path to the first team won’t be blocked by a new signing, meaning he could have the opportunity break into the first team next season.
Norton-Cuffy can play multiple positions. He is typically used as a right-back but can also play at centre-back and left-back. The Arsenal youngster can also play on the right side of midfield. Norton-Cuffy’s versatility could lead to him being a part of Arteta’s future plans. During his time with Lincoln City last term, Norton-Cuffy played eight times at right-back and five as a right midfielder.
Arsenal’s youth teams are littered with high-quality players. Norton-Cuffy has risen through the ranks and could follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
Arsenal loanee keeps his 4th clean sheet
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)Crewe Alexandra came out on top against Kevin Betsy’s Crawley Town on Saturday, with the former Arsenal academy coach unable to find a way past his old goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo.
Okonkwo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win, making it nine goals conceded in nine games.
It’s a very solid start for the young Gunner, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.
Just as encouraging as his performances is the fact Okonkwo has been featuring so consistently so far. The goalkeeper is yet to miss a minute of his side’s League Two campaign.
Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal. Copyright: Focus ImagesGoalkeeper loans can be a bit hit and miss, as it’s often hard to break in if you don’t make the starting lineup immediately.
Conversely, if you can nail down your place in the early stages of the loan, it sets you up well to play regularly all year.
So far, it doesn’t appear that Okonkwo is going to have much trouble earning minutes with Crewe.
Referee gets life ban for holding VAR review on fan’s mobile phone
Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic who used footage on a fan’s mobile phone for VAR review to overturn an offside decision has been banned for life.
Lazovic went viral after pictures emerged of his VAR check in one of Serbia’s lower-tier competitions earlier this week.
He had originally ruled out a goal for offside before studying the spectator’s video, eventually deciding that the player was in fact onside.
And the Sun reports that Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since stripped Lazovic of his duties.
Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media, as fans stood in support of the referee.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.
The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?
“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?
“How could the match be allowed to be played without one assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?
“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed the decision, just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!
“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.
“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about the ‘over there’ football clubs Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!
“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organisation and the competent authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and cancel the penalty. Correct the ERROR!
“SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!”
Dani Alves claims European football ‘full of racists’ after Vinicius Jnr slur
Dani Alves has claimed that the European football is “full of racists” as he responded to the racist abuse Vinicius Jnr was targeted with in Spain.
Real Madrid’s 22-year-old forward was targeted with a racist slur by agent Pedro Bravo, who said during an El Chiringuito discussion of the Brazil international that “in Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey”.
Following a backlash alleging that this was a racist stereotype, Bravo has subsequently apologised on social media by claiming that he misused a metaphor. It has opened a discussion across Spain and further afield of the language and attitude applied towards footballers with racial undertones.
Vinicius Junior has vowed to keep his goal dancing celebrations as they show “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe”, with his celebrations similar to those of his fellow Brazilian stars over the years – including international teammate Neymar.
Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain star took to Twitter to defend his Vinicius: “Dribble, dance and be you! Happy just the way you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance.” Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele added: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. Although racism still exists, we will not allow that to stop us from continuing to smile.”
However, Alves has now gone further in his reaction to the fallout from Bravo’s comments in Spain by hitting out at the culture within European football. The right-back – who is currently playing for Mexican club Pumas having joined from Barcelona earlier this year – has stated that he experienced elements of racism everywhere he went on the continent.
Alves wrote on Twitter: “It is serious that there are idiots who continue to think that the dances are the problem. Gentlemen, the real problem is that Europe is full of RACISTs and they do not accept that other nationalities stand out in their country more than they do. I experienced that in almost every place there.”
A statement from Real Madrid added that they condemned “regrettable and unfortunate comments made against our player” and would take legal action against anyone making racist comments towards members of their squad. The Brazilian Football Federation called for “dancing, dribbling and above all respect” in a statement of solidarity.
Brazil’s legendary striker Ronaldo, formerly of Real Madrid, joined in the condemnation of the abuse directed at Vinicius: “Your dances do not disrespect anyone, racism does: it disrespects, excludes, hurts and kills.”
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