Crown Football Round-Up

All the latest news from Crown Football in a week of clubs lifting trophies, relegations and potential transfers!

 On-loan Sam Gallagher‘s Blackburn were relegated to League One on goal difference, despite beating Brentford at Griffin Park, after Nottingham Forest’s win over Ipswich. Rovers began in the final relegation place, level on points with Forest with an inferior goal difference. Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick and Danny Guthrie’s strike put Rovers ahead, before Lasse Vibe flicked one back.

Craig Conway’s spot-kick made it 3-1, as Bees’ Harlee Dean saw red but Forest and Birmingham wins sent Rovers down. With Birmingham only leading 1-0 against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, a goal for the Robins would have sent Blues down instead of Blackburn – but Harry Redknapp’s side held on.

Southampton youngster Sam Gallagher seems to have impressed quite a lot of clubs during his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. The 21-year-old joined Blackburn from Southampton in the summer of 2016 on a season-long loan deal. Gallagher has scored 11 goals and created 25 chances in 41 Championship appearances for Rovers this season. According to a reports in papers last month, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City all are interested in signing Gallagher in the summer transfer window. Sam will now return to the Saints and weigh up his options. Watch this space… 
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Daniel Pinillos is the only Nottingham Forest player out of contract this summer whose future at the City Ground is still uncertain. Unfortunately, Dani was not in the squad for their crunch final day clash with Ipswich Town that Forest won 3-0 to clinch Championship safety. And Warburton confirmed after the final whistle that Pinillos was left out for tactical reasons, which might be an indication of his future – “It was a case of picking the right squad, we wanted to go three at the back,” he said. “You saw the size and physicality of Ipswich – and some of the subs they brought on were huge. So we went with three at the back to help us cope with that.” Pinillos shared his delight at Forest’s survival in the Championship on Twitter, but gave nothing away about his own future, writing: “What a game. Very good job that helps keep Nottingham where it deserves to be for next season.” Will Pinillos be playing in a Forest shirt next season?

Premier League 2 champions Everton ended their season in derby defeat after they succumbed 2-1 at home to bitter rivals Liverpool on Monday evening, albeit with this term’s Division 1 title already wrapped up. Liam Walsh missed the game due to breaking his metatarsal. We wish Liam a swift recovery…  Congratulations once again to Liam, Calum Dyson and Antony Evans and the squad on winning the Premier League 2 Trophy! Calum Dyson and Antony Evans have both now returned from their respected League Two club’s 6-month loans, Morecambe and Grimsby Town, and will continue training with the Everton squad. 

Arsene Wenger made a huge claim about Arsenal U23 defender and captain, Ben Sheaf. Sheaf joined Arsenal in 2014 from West Ham United’s renowned academy as a central midfielder, with his excellent passing ability in evidence straight away, but his versatility has seen him play much of the season in defence. And Wenger has tipped the teenager to have an impressive career: “He’s always ahead of the game and his anticipation quality is absolutely huge,” Wenger said. “He has that kind of mental strength as well. A typical British way of handling things, facing the difficulties with a very cool and intelligent way. There is something in him that I believe will allow him to progress always. Because he analyses well what’s happening to him, he assesses well what is going on and that’s why I believe he will have a good career.”