‘Barca target Firpo could be the next Ramos’

first_imgJunior Firpo has been tipped to emulate the brilliant career of Sergio Ramos by former Real Betis youth guru Juan Jose Romero, who believes that the Barcelona target is even better than the Real Madrid legend in some aspects.Firpo, 22, has become a top priority at Camp Nou as Barca were impressed with his performances in the Spain Under-21 side that romped to European Championship success this summer. Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the left-back can also play in the centre of defence and in midfield, and is regarded as one of Spain’s top prospects for the future.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Negotiations between Betis and Barca will open soon and Romero, who knows Firpo better than most after the pair worked together in the Seville club’s youth ranks, sees a sparkling future for the youngster.”He is the footballer who most impressed me in his first training session,” Romero, now coaching at Ceuta, explained to  Goal . “He looked like a beast of a footballer from the very first moment. He has the formidable maturity and personality which give him the chance to go far, he has a bullet-proof character, he is a defender of great quality and has confidence in himself. “That confidence can be a problem sometimes because he believes in himself a lot but it is a trait which could be positive if he handles it correctly. Sometimes he looks cocky and that leads him to make very visible mistakes.”But he could end up having a career similar to that of Sergio Ramos. He also came to Real Madrid and the national team as a full-back, to end up in the middle of defence and, even though Junior doesn’t have the defensive power of Ramos as a centre-back, neither did Ramos have the attacking threat Junior is showing.”Junior Firpo Barcelona vs Real Betis La Liga 2018-19Despite his tender age, Romero has no doubt that Firpo will be a success at Barca, after initial interest from Madrid in the youngster as a possible heir to Marcelo faded. “If he keeps his head down we are talking about a left-back with great physical conditioning, quick, good in the air and with good technique. It is very hard to find players with so much ability,” he added. “[Former Betis coach] Quique Setien and I brought him up to the first team when he showed the talent to play in the middle, at Betis we used to play with three centre-backs and he played on the left, he played some great games.”He also played in midfield and even as a centre-forward [in the Betis youth teams].”I spoke with Setien more than once about Junior’s future, he is one of those players of whom you can say the bigger the stage, the better the artist plays. “I would tell any big club not to think twice over Junior, he has been in the first team less than a year and a half and you just have to look at his progression.”Firpo made his Betis debut in February 2018 and has played 43 games to date in all competitions, scoring five goals.last_img read more

Govt asks banks PSUs to review staffs service records to weed out

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has asked banks, PSUs and all its departments to review service records of employees working under them to weed out corrupt and non-performing ones. The Personnel Ministry has written to secretaries of all central government departments asking them to carry out the review of all categories of employees in “letter and spirit” and to ensure that decision to retire a public servant is not “arbitrary”. “All ministries/departments are requested to undertake the periodic reviews in letter and spirit, including in public sector undertakings (PSUs)/banks and autonomous institutions, under their administrative control,” it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The ministries or departments should ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a government employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and that the decision is not an arbitrary one, and is not based on collateral grounds, the Personnel Ministry said. All government organisations have been asked to furnish a report to the Ministry in a prescribed format by 15th day of each month starting from July 15, 2019, the directive said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The service records of employees working under banks, PSUs and central government departments will be reviewed as per the Personnel Ministry guidelines under Fundamental Rule 56 (J), (I) and Rule 48 of Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, a senior official said. These rules allows government to retire a public servant in public interest “whose integrity is doubtful” and those “found to be ineffective” in working, he said. The central government had recently retired 15 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) in public interest under these rules. Earlier this month, 12 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) were also dismissed from service. The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal, President Ram Nath Kovind had said on Thursday, suggesting harsher steps may be on anvil to check graft. Addressing both the Houses of P0arliament, he had said the government will make zero tolerance policy against corruption more comprehensive and effective.last_img read more