‘Old-fashioned’ defensive prodigy Tyias Browning to shine at Everton

first_img Everton defender Tyias Browning Tyias Browning has been ready to grace Everton’s first team for a while, according to his academy boss David Unsworth.The 21-year-old has broken into Roberto Martinez’s side after his backline was hit by a number of injuries early on this season.But Unsworth, himself a former defender, says the youngster is not just in the team to provide cover but to prove himself as a worthy talent.“In my opinion, he has been ready for a while,” Unsworth said. “He’s had to be patient and has shown a fantastic attitude to keep working.“Whenever he has got that opportunity, he has had to be ready when called upon. He’s certainly taken it and I am very proud of him.“It’s just the start of his career and it’s been great to see him in these big games. What people don’t see is the work he has done behind the scenes and the dedication to our club.“He’s an old-fashioned defender who absolutely loves defending,” added Unsworth. “In an age where the modern defender wants to come out with the ball, join in with the midfield and get forward, Tyias is an out-and-out defender.“His pace and power are his obvious massive plus-points and strengths. If you can’t beat him with pace, you can’t outmuscle him either. When you are as big and strong as Tyias, it takes a lot to get past him; an unbelievable amount of skill – or luck!” 1last_img read more

Real Madrid target Chelsea star, Tottenham to battle Man United for Newcastle ace? Transfer gossip review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has set his sights on landing Chelsea forward Eden Hazard next summer. (Metro)Radamel Falcao could be ready to quit Chelsea in January. Falcao, 29, is frustrated by a lack of chances at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco. (Daily Mirror)Pedro is finding it difficult to adapt to English football. The Spain international forward joined Chelsea in a £21.4million deal this summer, but has struggled to hold down a regular place. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are ready to join Manchester United in the race to sign highly-rated Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez. (Metro)Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has ruled out a move to Manchester United, saying it is not up for discussion. (Daily Mail)Marseille are keen on Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after seeing him fall out of favour at the Emirates Stadium. (Metro)Swansea City boss Garry Monk has dismissed any attempts by new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to sign his star striker Andre Ayew as pure fantasy. (Wales Online)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal news: Antoine Griezmann transfer rumoured as France international scores world class goalNewcastle United 6-2 Norwich City: Georginio Wijnaldum scores four as the Magpies get their first Premier League win‘He just wants to play with passion and no fear’ – Divock Origi on Liverpool’s Jurgen KloppWatford 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners see off Hornets with a clinical second-half performancelast_img read more

Championship round-up: Middlesbrough extend lead at top, Brighton’s bad form continues and Bolton lose five-goal thriller

first_img1 Championship round-up: Middlesbrough extended lead at top, Brighton’s bad form continues and Bolton lose five-goal thriller Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough extended their lead at the top of the league to six points as they battled to a 1-0 win at Brentford.The only goal of the game came when goalkeeper David Button flapped at a cross and Daniel Ayala appeared to get a touch, but it was awarded as an own goal.Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s search for a win as QPR boss goes on after a late goal denied his side all three points in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.The visitors took the lead after 24 minutes through Dutch international Leroy Fer, after good combination play by Junior Hoilett and Sebastian Polter. Hope Akpan’s strike rescued Paul Lambert’s men a point with just ten minutes remaining.Preston won their third consecutive game after beating Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate.Simon Grayson’s men took the lead through a fortunate Nathan Baker own goal before Aaron Wilbraham drew Steve Cotterill’s side level. North End’s Greg Cunningham won it with ten minutes remaining and 22nd-placed City have not won in six now.Brighton’s winless run extended to seven matches after going 2-0 down at Rotherham.Chris Hughton’s men were unbeaten in the Championship until December, but they have hit a bad run of form and slipped to their third loss of the campaign at the New York Stadium. Former Bolton and Huddersfield forward Danny Ward put Neil Redfearn’s side ahead and the win was confirmed late on as Matt Derbyshire scored with four minutes remaining.Hughton’s Seagulls, despite their stuttering form, remain fifth in the Championship.Championship strugglers Bolton twice battled to come from behind at Sheffield Wednesday, but still lost 3-2.Neil Lennon’s men went down after 14 minutes when Fernando Forestieri netted his 11th goal of the campaign, his long-range strike fizzing past Wanderers shot-stopper Ben Amos.Former Wednesday striker Gary Madine put the visitors level just five minutes later and Gary Hooper sent the Owls into a 2-1 lead early in the second half. With just over an hour on the clock, David Wheater headed Wanderers level, but Wednesday extended their unbeaten run at home to ten matches as Hooper netted his second on 77 minutes in this five-goal thriller.Polish winger Michal Zyro scored twice on his league debut for Wolves as they beat Fulham 3-2 at Molineux.The 23-year-old scored a quick-fire double inside 13 minutes, his second was a cool finish after beating the offside trap. Lasse Vigen Christensen soon pulled one back for the Cottagers on 24 minutes with a well-taken header. Matt Doherty scored Wolves’ third and Ross McCormack doubled Fulham’s tally to make for a tense ending, but Kenny Jackett’s men held on.Burnley moved to fourth with a comfortable 5-0 win against ten-man MK Dons.Joey Barton netted his first goal for the Clarets early on before forwards Sam Vokes and Andre Gray added to the score sheet. Former Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton added to the tally as he coolly smash home George Boyd’s low cross.With just 15 minutes left on the clock, the home side’s Antony Kay was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Boyd on the edge of MK’s box. Boyd raced into the box late on to finish well and make it five.The current winless run goes on for crisis club Charlton, who were beaten 5-0 at Huddersfield.That victory makes it three unbeaten for David Wagner’s men, thanks to Mark Hudson’s opener on 17 minutes before Nahki Wells finished well to double their lead before half-time. Charlton folded as they conceded three more goals as Jamie Paterson, Duane Holmes and Jason Davidson added to their misery. The Addicks’ night was made worse when striker Reza Ghoochannejhad was sent off as he was booked twice in as many minutes. Meanwhile at Portman Road, Leeds scored the fastest Football League goal of the season in their 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.With the Tractor Boys taking kick-off, Whites forward Souleymane Doukara stole the ball and netted after 12 seconds. Mick McCarthy’s men equalised early in the second half when captain Luke Chambers headed home loanee Ryan Fraser’s corner. Brett Pittman scored in added time to condemn Steve Evans’ side to their first defeat since November, as Ipswich go fifth.Derby remain second but are now six points behind leaders Middlesbrough after drawing 1-1 with Reading.The Rams took the lead through Jason Shackell but Brian McDermott’s side were back on level terms as USA international Danny Williams powerfully headed past Lee Grant.And finally, quick-fire goals in the first-half set Nottingham Forest and Birmingham on their way to a 1-1 draw.The Blues’ early lead came through Jon Toral but Matt Mills cancelled that out as he headed home David Vaughan’s cross on the half hour. Vaughan was dismissed in the second half for a high foot challenge.Results in full:Blackburn 1-1 QPRBrentford 0-1 MiddlesbroughBristol City 1-2 PrestonDerby 1-1 ReadingHuddersfield 5-0 CharltonIpswich 2-1 LeedsMK Dons 0-5 BurnleyNottingham Forest 1-1 BirminghamRotherham 0-2 BrightonSheffield Wednesday 3-2 BoltonWolves 3-2 Fulhamlast_img read more

‘He’ll save us £35m and is better than Theo and The Ox!’ Arsenal fans love talented starlet Alex Iwobi

first_imgArsenal fans are getting a tad excited about hot prospect Alex Iwobi.The Nigeria international, and nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, has looked good in his appearances for the Gunners so far during his career.An attacking midfielder, Iwobi is intelligent on the ball with an excellent first touch and wowed the Emirates Stadium crowd with his showing against Burnley in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win.Some Gunners supporters believe he should be playing more under Arsene Wenger and even believe he’s better than some other experienced stars.You can see what they made of Alex Iwobi’s performance against Burnley below… 1 Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi last_img read more

Kane reveals his protective mask as he leads Tottenham out

first_img The mask Harry Kane will wear against Swansea 1 He’s a Premier League player, so it was about time Harry Kane had a protective mask to wear.The Tottenham striker underwent surgery on a broken nose, which forced him to miss the Europa League match against Fiorentina, but will play against Swansea with his face covered.CONFIRMED TOTTENHAM AND SWANSEA TEAMSHe is the latest player this season to wear one, following the likes of Diego Costa, Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic.center_img .@HKane (sporting a protective mask) leads the lads out to warm up at White Hart Lane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/GVjOt2gBgE— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 28, 2016last_img read more

Up to 300,000 evacuated; hundreds of homes burn

first_imgMore than 265,000 people in numerous communities were warned to leave their homes, at least 250,000 residents in San Diego County alone. “It’s probably closer to 300,000,” Roberts said. More than 200,000 reverse 911 calls – calls from county officials to residents – were made, alerting people to evacuate, he said. Among them were hundreds of patients who were moved by school bus and ambulance from a hospital and nursing homes, many still in their hospital gowns and wheelchairs. Some carried their medical records in plastic bags. About 80 miles to the northeast, in the mountainous Lake Arrowhead area, a two-front fire destroyed 133 homes in the same mountain resort community where hundreds were lost four years earlier. Air tankers that had been grounded because of high winds were back in the air fighting those fires by early evening. One of the planes was a converted DC-10 airliner, the largest air tanker in existence. It quickly went to work laying down a huge curtain of flame retardant. Meanwhile, in Orange County, a 1,049-inmate jail was evacuated because of heavy smoke. The prisoners were taken by bus to other lockups. That fire was believed to have been set by an arsonist. A blaze threatening the homes of the rich in Malibu might have been caused by downed power lines. Malibu residents forced to evacuate included Mel Gibson, Victoria Principal and Kelsey Grammer, none of whom lost homes, according to their publicists. As it was four years ago, some of the worst damage was in San Diego County, where one fatality was attributed to a blaze near the Mexican border. Late Monday, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Thomas Varshock, 52, of Tecate, a town on the U.S. side of the border southeast of San Diego. His body was found Sunday afternoon, although no other details were made available. “Its a tragic time for California,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the oceanside city, where a church, homes and a mansion resembling a medieval castle were destroyed over the weekend. Later Monday, Schwarzenegger toured San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL’s Chargers, where about 10,000 evacuees had spent the day huddled on the bleachers, staring at muted TV news reports. Others gathered in the parking lot with their pets, which were banned from the stadium. The governor arrived to a more festive evening atmosphere, with live music and mountains of catered food. The crowd hooted and hollered as he passed through, and Schwarzenegger later declared that the people of this makeshift city “are very happy.” Meanwhile, burning embers ignited spot fires in the neighboring wealthy suburb of Rancho Santa Fe, north of San Diego. The embers started fires in lemon orchards and smoke choked the air around gated mansions. South of the city, in Chula Vista, authorities issued yet more orders to leave. The blazes in San Diego County and elsewhere erupted one after another. Several new fires started Monday, while others merged. Parts of seven Southern California counties were ablaze. All San Diego police officers and detectives were ordered to return to work to help move people to safety and handle other fire-related emergencies. Firefighters complained that their efforts to stop the flames were delayed when they were confronted by people who refused to leave their homes. Tom Sollie, 49, ignored evacuation orders in the city’s Rancho Bernardo area to help his neighbors spray roofs on his street with water. His home was untouched, but he watched a neighbor’s house reduced to nothing but the remnants of a brick chimney. “The house went up like a Roman candle,” Sollie said. He added: “If we weren’t here, the whole neighborhood would go up. There just aren’t enough fire trucks around.” As flames, thick smoke and choking ash filled the air around northern San Diego County’s Lake Hodges, Stan Smith ignored orders to leave, staying behind to help rescue his neighbor Ken Morris’ horses. “It’s hard to leave all your belongings and take off, and the bad thing is you can’t get back in once you leave,” Smith said. Besides, said Smith, “Lots of times the fire doesn’t ever come. It’s come really close before. I’ve seen it so bad you couldn’t even hear yourself talk over the flames and ash blowing everywhere.” Black smoke blanketed much of northern San Diego and nearby suburbs as flames hopscotched around homes in Rancho Bernardo, a community with a large number of elderly people, destroying one of every 10 homes on one busy street. Highways, canals and other features normally act as firebreaks. But the towering flames and flying embers rendered them useless this time. Dozens of motorists gathered on an Interstate 15 overpass in San Diego to watch flames race up a hillside and engulf at least a half-dozen homes. Witnesses said they watched flames jump west over the 10-lane freeway. “The flames were like 100 feet high and it moved up the hill in seconds. It was at the bottom, it was in the middle, and then it was at the top,” said Steve Jarrett, who helped a friend evacuate his home in nearby Escondido. Fire near the San Diego Wild Animal Park led authorities to move condors, a cheetah, snakes and other animals to the fire-resistant veterinary hospital on the grounds of the park. The large animals, such as elephants, rhinos and antelope, were left in irrigated enclosures. The world-famous San Diego Zoo was not immediately threatened. In Fallbrook, northeast of San Diego, a quick-moving fire that began Monday forced thousands to flee. Marine officials at neighboring Camp Pendleton opened the base to residents fleeing the flames. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The news got worse as the day wore on: Soon after nightfall, fire officials announced that 500 homes and 100 commercial properties had been destroyed by a fire in northern San Diego County that exploded to 145,000 acres, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry. That fire injured eight people, including seven firefighters, and was spreading unchecked. Firefighters – who lost valuable time trying to persuade some stubborn homeowners to leave – were almost completely overwhelmed as gale-force winds gusting to 70mph scattered embers onto dry brush, spawning multiple fires in the same area. California officials pleaded for help from fire departments in other states. “It was nuclear winter. It was like Armageddon. It looked like the end of the world,” Mitch Mendler, a San Diego firefighter, said as he and his crew stopped at a shopping center parking lot to refill their water truck from a hydrant near a restaurant. At least 14 fires were burning in Southern California. From San Diego to Malibu, more than 150 miles up the Pacific coast, authorities said that at least 655 homes and 168 businesses or other structures had been destroyed. “We have literally the perfect firestorm going on,” said San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “We’re a long ways from containment if there is such a thing, given these winds.” By Allison Hoffman and Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of homes were reduced to ashes Monday as wildfires blown by fierce desert winds raced across a huge swath of Southern California extending from Malibu to the Mexican border, forcing more than a quarter of a million people to flee. At least one person was killed and dozens injured by more than a dozen blazes that formed a hellish, spidery pattern of luminous orange covering at least 240,000 acres, the equivalent of 374 square miles of the drought-stricken region. last_img read more

Volunteers spread the word about exercise, nutrition and medical care

first_imgVAN NUYS – The neighborhood women swivel their hips in unison to a song that tells them to move suavecito – or a little smooth. They giggle in slight embarrassment as their teacher, Maria Romero, then leads them in country line dancing, followed by hip-hop. “Arriba! Arriba! Abajo! Derecha! Izquierda!” Romero says with force. “Up! Up! Down! Right! Left!” Romero is no exercise guru or choreographer. But her role within this Van Nuys church classroom provides a little-known link between the women she is teaching and the health-care community. “Their real strength comes from the fact that they understand the community because they come from the community,” said Veronica Montoya, policy director for the statewide organization Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. “They have been effective at filling holes that our health care hasn’t been able to fill. It is a lot of women who are a part of this, and I think that’s the incredible strength of the program. It boils down to an issue of empowerment.” The education they promote couldn’t come at a better time, Montoya said, as she sees Latinos increasingly suffering from a cycle of illnesses: obesity that leads to diabetes and asthma, which can bring about depression. One way to stop the cycle is to expand the use of promotoras, Montoya said. A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Lori Salda a, D-San Diego, would establish an obesity-prevention program inside school health clinics, using promotoras to teach the classes. The bill is expected to be heard during next year’s legislative session. “We’re still hoping it will go through,” Montoya said. “Frankly, there is very little information at the state level about promotoras.” And yet the practice is widely accepted among those who use them, said Steven Wallace, professor of public health and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “It’s a well-established model,” he said. “It’s been proven to be effective so many times now, that when you suggest a promotora model in doing outreach, many call it appropriate.” The model works because promotoras combine mainstream information with cultural nuances, Wallace said. “Every culture has their own set of issues that is sensitive,” he said. “There’s always been a community of knowledgable healers or use of the lay midwife in almost every culture.” Promotoras often implement a holistic approach to providing information, said Miriam Hernandez, promotora coordinator for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, which runs a six-month training course. By providing information inside churches, for example, the health promotora reaches women on a spiritual, mental and physical level, Hernandez said. After encouraging women to attend health screenings, a promotora will often follow up, an important part of completing treatment, Hernandez said. Though they are not licensed to give medical care, they learn to refer residents to government agencies, health clinics, social workers or in some cases, the police. “A promotora may be out there talking about nutrition, but there may be someone out there who has other issues, such as domestic violence, and because she has been placed in a position of authority, she or he needs to have more resources,” said Melinda Cordero, director of the promotoras for the health-care network Vision y Compromiso. “With promotoras, organizations have the opportunity to reach deeply into the community,” Cordero said. “Promotoras are navigators, they are bridges that connect residents to resources and they are confidants. In our health-care system, there is no longer the time spent on patients that need to be listened to. “What I see now is more promotoras and their organizations interested in much deeper social change,” Cordero said. “They want to get to the root causes of obesity, for example.” Others focus on the environment, speaking out on everything from the dangers of packs of stray dogs in a neighborhood to graffiti on walls to toys that may contain lead. In 2002, Pacoima Beautiful began the Environmental Home Educators Program to help combat lead poisoning in paint. At one point, the group was able to eliminate lead from more than 300 homes in Pacoima. Maria Guadalupe Hernandez joined Pacoima Beautiful while participating in a community cleanup day back in 1996. Since then, she enrolled in English as a Second Language classes and joined the organization as a translator, then as a promotora, visiting houses and testing for lead in dust. “I really like to help my own community because I live here,” said the 40-year-old woman and mother of two. So far, much of community she reaches out to has been receptive. “I’m lucky, because all the people I’ve spoken with like good information,” she said. “We try to use a real simple language, with pictures or images.” Though the movement seems to be working, some say several challenges remain, including sustaining funding for training. Groups also are hoping to coordinate to create more uniform training courses statewide. Martha Lamas, 64, recently graduated from the six-month program through Holy Cross. A retired certified nurse’s assistant, she said she still has the desire to help people. “I have diabetes, so I know what questions these women have, what they are concerned about,” said Lamas, who took a break from the exercise class Romero led. “There are people who have diabetes and get very depressed about it,” Lamas said. “You have to encourage them but at the same time not scare them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Romero is a promotora, or health promoter, part of a growing movement within California’s health-care community that has come to rely on thousands just like her to spread the word about the importance of eating well, exercising and visiting physicians regularly. Though there are no formal records, some say the movement in California has grown to up to 3,000 trained promotoras in the past five years. On Nov. 30, nearly 1,000 statewide are expected to meet in Burbank for a convention. “I’ve learned so much about myself by doing this, and I have become much more conscious of the needs of my community,” Romero, 40, said. “I talk to people about everything. Cancer. Diabetes. I try to break down barriers.” Much like the way women through history have relied on midwives, promotoras are predominantly Latina. They are trained for up to several months through various participating agencies, including Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. They organize workshops on emergency preparedness, pass out pamphlets about lead poisoning and serve up fact sheets about the symptoms of diabetes to just about anyone who will listen. Some do it for free. last_img read more

Opposition leaders in Pakistan to issue list of demands

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif said Monday that they would issue a list of demands that the government must fulfill to dissuade them from boycotting Pakistan’s elections. In a show of unity, the opposition leaders said they agreed the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections would not be free and fair under current conditions – Pakistan has been under emergency rule for a month. Earlier Monday, election officials rejected Sharif’s candidacy. Bhutto and Sharif stopped short of announcing an immediate boycott to protest U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf’s continued rule and were vague about their common demands. “We reserve the right to boycott the elections at a later stage,” Bhutto said at a news conference with Sharif after talks at her residence in the capital – the first meeting between the two since their recent returns from exile. “The ball will be in the court of the regime.” Musharraf and the United States are urging them to take part and not derail an attempt to guide Pakistan back toward democracy after eight years of military rule. Bhutto says she is reluctant to hand pro-Musharraf parties a guaranteed election victory. Bhutto said she was “very sad” that elections officials in Sharif’s home city of Lahore rejected his nomination papers. If upheld, the decision could dash his hopes of winning a third term as prime minister. She also said authorities must release from house arrest the judges ousted from the Supreme Court just as they were apparently poised to rule against Musharraf’s continued presidency. However, neither she nor Sharif mentioned a key demand of Musharraf’s most vociferous critics – that the judges be restored to their posts. Sharif said earlier Monday that he would tell an opposition alliance which he leads that “we should now be fighting these elections, we should be fighting dictatorship with more vigor and determination.” A ruling party candidate for the National Assembly seat that Sharif is listed to contest had complained that the former prime minister was ineligible for the election because of a conviction on charges related to the 1999 coup, in which Musharraf ousted Sharif’s government. He also complained about Sharif’s alleged default on a bank loan and an incident in 1997 in which Sharif’s supporters stormed the Supreme Court. Election official Raja Qamaruz Zaman said the objections had been “accepted,” but did not elaborate. Sharif said he not decided whether to appeal the ruling, saying to do so would be to give the courts legitimacy. “These judges don’t owe their allegiance to the state but to Mr. Musharraf,” he told reporters after meeting with visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Earlier Monday in Lahore, Sharif met with U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson, who urged all opposition parties to take part in the elections. Patterson reiterated U.S. calls for the lifting of curbs on the media and the freeing of all political detainees – thousands of Musharraf’s critics were rounded up under the emergency, though most have been freed. Musharraf retired as army chief and took the oath as a civilian president last week. At his inauguration, he said there would be a level playing field in the vote for both Sharif and Bhutto.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSharif said he, like Bhutto, did not want to shun the vote, which the West hopes will produce a moderate government to keep this nuclear-armed nation stable as it battles rising Islamic militancy. But he said: “This atmosphere doesn’t seem to lead toward free and fair elections.” Sharif said a committee comprising four members each from their parties would draw up demands within the next few days. He said they would set a deadline for authorities to comply but gave no indication how much time they would give. “These elections will be massively rigged because Mr. Musharraf’s survival lies in rigging it,” Sharif predicted. Opposition parties, enraged by Musharraf’s crackdown on dissent under the emergency, argue that election authorities, the judiciary and local government officials are biased in favor of the president’s supporters. last_img read more

‘He’s a top player’ – Anthony Martial pays tribute to Tottenham star

first_imgAnthony Martial has praised Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Spurs this weekend.The Red Devils head to White Hart Lane on Sunday looking to remain in the hunt for a top four finish, but they will be coming up against the Premier League top scorer in Kane.The 22-year-old has netted 22 goals this term, leading the scoring charts ahead of Jamie Vardy – who has 19 strikes to his name.His strike against Liverpool broke the record for seasonal league goals scored by a Spurs player since the start of the Premier League, and with six goals in his last four games, United will fear facing the England international.Ahead of the clash in North London, Kane has been drawing praise from all corners, with Red Devils striker Martial speaking highly of his rival striker.“He’s a top player and he’s also still only young,” Martial told MUTV.“He had a great season last year and he’s underlined just how good he is this time around. He’s a quality player who is very entertaining to watch.”Martial himself has impressed this season, netting 14 goals, but he is aware he will face off against a tough defence this weekend.Spurs have the strongest defensive record in the Premier League, conceding only 25 times, and the French forward has been impressed with the Lilywhites’ back-line.He added: “Spurs are a team who defend well with a lot of aggression and stay compact as a unit.“They have a lot of ability up top and that’s why they find themselves currently in second place in the table.” Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1last_img read more