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Hull offer Bowen new improved deal

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:07pm

Winger Jarrod Bowen has been offered a new deal by Hull

Winger Jarrod Bowen has been offered a new deal by Hull

Hull winger Jarrod Bowen, who has been linked with a move in the January transfer window, has been offered a new and improved contract with the Tigers.

Bowen's current deal expires in the summer, although Hull have the option of extending it by a further year.

The 23-year-old winger, who has scored 17 goals this season, has been recently linked with Newcastle and a host of Championship clubs including Leeds and West Brom.

1:20 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Hull

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Hull

Hull's offer to Bowen is believed to double his current salary in the Championship, and would be quadrupled if Hull were promoted to the Premier League.

Tigers' owner Assem Allam recently revealed that the club had turned down a previous bid for the player and are not interested in allowing the talented winger to leave the club.

Speaking to Hull Live, Allam said: "We resisted six months ago and we hope we will be successful in keeping Jarrod again, I wouldn't sell him for £20m."

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What happened in the Premier League on Saturday?

Fernandinho's late own goal earned Crystal Palace an away point

Manchester City threw away the chance of a win in a dramatic climax at Etihad Stadium, while bottom-of-the-table Norwich battled for a much-needed victory over strugglers Bournemouth.

Two goals from Sergio Aguero inside the last 10 minutes looked to have helped champions Manchester City to victory over Crystal Palace, but Fernandinho's own goal just before stoppage time ensured the sides drew 2-2.

Newcastle United earned a late 1-0 home win over Chelsea thanks to a 94th-minute winning goal from Isaac Hayden.

At the bottom of the table, Teemu Pukki's first-half penalty was enough for Norwich to claim a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, who are now only one place and three points above the Canaries, as both sides finished with 10 men.

Wolves fought back from two goals down at half-time for a superb 3-2 win at Southampton, with one goal from Pedro Neto and two from Raul Jimenez moving them up into sixth place.

Arsenal were closing in on victory at home to Sheffield United, but the Blades fought back with a late John Fleck goal ensuring a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere, Watford missed out on the chance of a fourth straight win when Troy Deeney had a penalty saved by Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, but the 0-0 draw means Nigel Pearson's Hornets are unbeaten in seven games.

Hundreds of West Ham fans protested about the running of the club in the week of the 10-year anniversary since David Sullivan and David Gold took over, while on the pitch the Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.

Brighton are still searching for their first league win of 2020 after they were held 1-1 by Aston Villa at the Amex Stadium.

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Crystal Palace's tried and tested formula leaves Manchester City frustrated once again

Another game, another milestone. Sergio Aguero can chalk them up by the week and, six days after he became the most prolific foreign goalscorer in Premier League history, he became the first player to score 250 goals for Manchester City. In the process, he moved past Frank Lampard to take third place in the division’s all-time leaderboard on 179 – five of which have come in the last two games.

And yet the sting in the tale, courtesy of Wilfried Zaha, meant this was City’s season in microcosm: exhilaration and frustration. Two more points slipped from their grasp, courtesy of Fernandinho’s last-minute own goal. Results like this ease Liverpool’s passage to the title.

City, ultimately, were wasteful, contriving to leave themselves three against three at the back when they had transformed a deficit into an advantage, allowing Zaha to surge forward and centre in such a way that the luckless Fernandinho beat Ederson.

Aguero was the exception to the rule, the one man in blue with a clinical streak. With Crystal Palace defending deep, protecting the lead after Cenk Tosun’s opener, Aguero had been on the fringes of the game.

But Pep Guardiola gave him company in attack by introducing Gabriel Jesus, and Aguero illustrated the art of the penalty-box poacher. First he met the Brazilian’s centre with a far-post volley. Then when the excellent Benjamin Mendy centred, Aguero met it with a precise downward header.

That should have been that but Zaha, the scourge of City last season, had other ideas. Palace, who had won at Old Trafford in August, could not quite complete a rare Mancunian double but they had much to savour. Roy Hodgson was not at his most diplomatic on Friday when he suggested he would not try to learn from Guardiola. In his defence, the Palace manager said that, at his stage of his career, he was not particularly interested in copying anyone. But perhaps Hodgson had a point before he got one. On the day Guardiola turned 49, Hodgson did things his way.

His methods are scarcely reminiscent of Guardiola, with players camped behind the ball. But counter-attacking speed and defensive discipline amounted to a fearsome combination for Palace last year and they exploited City’s set-piece failings. Tosun marked his first start of his loan spell from Everton with a maiden goal, supplying the far-post finish when Gary Cahill headed James McCarthy’s corner back to the far post.

If a shortage of goals from the specialist strikers has been a theme of Hodgson’s reign, his first January signing suggested he may rectify that. He could have had a hat-trick. When Ederson surged unwisely out of his box, Tosun touched the ball past him, only to foul Fernandinho. A second shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

City, too, could reflect on what might have been. Kevin de Bruyne struck the underside of the bar with a superlative free kick. They were first awarded a penalty and then the decision was revoked, in the sort of scenario that seemed unimaginable when Hodgson began his managerial career. Joao Cancelo’s cross hit Jairo Riedewald, the ball flying up on to his hand via his left foot. Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot, VAR overruled him. Instead Aguero and Zaha then turned the game one way and then the other. A draw, however, represented a triumph for Palace.

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Newcastle's back-to-basics approach proves effective in late victory over Chelsea

There is nothing exotic or innovative about Steve Bruce. He would likely admit that himself. His teams have, for the most part, always been functional, organised, resilient: sides built in the image of their rugged, hard-nosed coach.

His appointment as Rafael Benitez’s successor at Newcastle, then, made sense in many ways. But the reaction was one of scepticism, of disappointment at the club’s apparent lack of ambition. Bruce was a safe choice – a boring one, given the other alternatives.

Many tipped Newcastle for certain relegation. But Bruce, who would be forgiven for feeling slightly smug, has so far confounded his critics – as Saturday night’s unexpected win over Chelsea proved. His side are now seven points clear of the bottom three, unquestionably difficult to play against (particularly at St James’ Park) and have repeatedly showed they’re capable of producing those dogged performances needed to get the job done.

The sticking point, for those still unconvinced by Bruce’s Newcastle, is the manner in which they did it. The hosts had just 30 per cent possession and were, for the most part, content to sit off Chelsea, to soak up pressure and counter attack sporadically.

That is consistent with the Magpies’ approach throughout the season, not just against the Premier League’s top teams. Newcastle’s average possession is by far the lowest in the division – a remarkably low 33.6 per cent, significantly less than the next lowest (Burnley with 40.1 per cent) – but it has proved effective.

They had chances here, too: Joelinton powered a header against the crossbar in the first half, and the last-minute winner was certainly not undeserved.

The issue, though, is that the football is dull. Newcastle are not a spectator-friendly team; they are very rarely entertaining or expansive in any way. The focus, given their almost complete neglect of the ball, is clearly on keeping out the opposition, capitalising on the few moments they have in the opposition’s final third.

This is fine when results are good, and they have been good enough for Bruce so far. But their approach has inevitably made the season feel like a constant struggle. And questions remain over the long-term ambitions and aims of the club.

A hard-fought win against Chelsea is not to be sniffed at. But Bruce will at some point, perhaps months down the line, find supporters demanding more. As Gary Neville said recently on Sky Sports, fans and players are becoming increasingly wary of accepting and buying into passive, standoffish tactics. Progressive coaches, he insisted, are the most desirable in the modern game.

And Newcastle are far more passive and standoffish than most. In the short term, this approach may prove to be the most sensible. Bruce, as Benitez did before him, will simply insist he is working with limited resources, that he does not have players of the quality of many other teams in the league.

In the long term, though, Newcastle have plenty to consider. A 1-0 win over Chelsea is an excellent result. And there were plenty of positives: the performances of Fernandez and Clark; Matt Ritchie filling in admirably at left back; Joelinton looking lively again after ending his long goal drought in the FA Cup last week; the desire to search for a goal so late in the game.

But how long Newcastle can continue to play in this manner depends on the patience of the fans and the club’s future ambitions. At the moment, it seems no one at Newcastle is thinking beyond the next game.

Four other things we learned:

- There were audible groans at St James’ Park as Jetro Willems was stretchered off early in the first half with a nasty looking ankle injury. He is the latest of several Newcastle players likely to face a prolonged spell on the sidelines. Dwight Gayle, Jetro Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo, Yoshinouri Muto, Fabian Schar and DeAndre Yedlin are all out, too, so Bruce finds himself with a depleted squad.

- Chelsea’s away form has been largely impressive of late, with most of their struggles coming at Stamford Bridge. But they were surprisingly lacklustre here, lacking any real cutting edge or creativity. Tammy Abraham was unusually wasteful, while Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi were mostly ineffective.

- Chelsea were rarely at their fluid best here, but the performance of young right back Reece James will have pleased Frank Lampard. The 20-year-old impressed against Burnley last week, too, and already looks an accomplished attacking full back. His marauding forward runs and clever interplay caused Newcastle constant problems.

- There was excitement from a Newcastle perspective when it was confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin would be fit enough to start against Chelsea. The 22-year-old has been a standout performer for the Magpies this season, bringing some much-needed flair and excitement. But he was a little off the pace after over a month out.

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Arsenal vs Sheffield United result: Blades expose Gunners' lack of leadership with Mikel Arteta relieved to take point

Arsenal were fortunate to escape with a point in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta’s team were sloppy, tentative and lacked confidence. Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring on the stoke of half time with one of the home side’s few incisive moves but John Fleck equalised with seven minutes to go to give the Blades a deserved point. Chris Wilder’s men were on top for long stretches of the match.

United dominated the early stages with much of the play conducted in the home side’s half. Arsenal were nervy and insecure. Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave away possession inside his own half with a lackadaisical pass, giving Enda Stevens the chance to pick out Lys Mousset with a fine cross but the striker headed over.

Wilder’s team determined the tempo of the game and Arsenal’s rare flashes came on the break. Alexandre Lacazette set Nicolas Pepe free behind United’s high defensive line. The winger found Martinelli at the back post but the angle of the striker’s run and the depth of the cross made the opportunity little more than a half chance.

The Arsenal midfield sat very deep, allowing their opponents the time and space to move the ball across the pitch and select their point of attack. It took Arteta’s side until the midway point in the first half to get a foothold in the game but the lack of precision and pace in their passing meant the United defence remained comfortable. Mesut Ozil worked the channels and contributed the odd flick and a couple of dummies but the home side lacked composure.

One of Arsenal’s biggest problems is a lack of leaders. David Luiz does a fine caricature of leadership with his arm-waving and fingerpointing but no one in the side exudes authority. The vacuum in this department was illustrated when Lucas Torreira was hit in the face and knocked prostrate. During the stoppage in play the Gunners stood around uncommunicative, each player seemingly in their own little world. Meanwhile, the United defence conducted an analysis of their performance so far. Only one side looked like a team.

Martinelli scored the opener for Arsenal (REUTERS)

Yet Arteta has significantly more talent to call upon that Wilder. When Arsenal click, they can be devastating. As half-time approached it seemed like United were easing their way towards the break. They sat deep, allowed their opponents to have the ball and held their shape. They were shocked when the home side cut them apart. Ozil passed inside to Lacazette and drove into the area as if expecting the return. Instead, the Frenchman rolled the ball wider, to Bukayo Saka, who got behind the back line. The 18-year-old clipped in a composed cross and Martinelli slipped away from the ballwatching defenders to score with ease.

The reverse did not affect United’s confidence. They opened the second period in a similar manner to the first, pushing forward and applying pressure. They lack Arsenal’s craft, though. Oli McBurnie is willing but blunt and Mousset was replaced by Billy Sharp in an attempt to provide more thrust. McBurnie had a header chested off the line by Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno and Luiz had heartstopping moments on the ball that suggested United’s pressing would eventually pay off.

With the visiting side chasing the game there was room in behind for Arsenal to break. Pepe caused problems on the right and the combination of Martinelli and Saka on the opposite flank turned the defence around. There was always the threat of a second goal, despite the home team’s failure to take control of the game.

Sheffield United celebrate their equaliser (Getty)

There were massive appeals for a penalty in the 67th minute when Pepe charged into the area and was sandwiched by Stevens and Jack O’Connell. It looked like a foul and there was certainly contact but Mike Dean – in charge of his 500th Premier League game – consulted VAR and waved play on.

It seemed that Arsenal might escape with a victory until the 83rd minute. United were becoming increasingly desperate when Callum Robertson, on as a substitute, curled a cross into the box and Sharp headed the ball on. Fleck was waiting at the back post and drove the ball into the far corner of the net.

McBurney had a chance to nick the win with time running out but his shot was charged down. The rebound fell to Fleck but Arsenal managed to clear the ball and preserve their point, much to Arteta’s relief.

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