Hull City are one of the three teams who got promotion to the English Championship this season. The Tigers won the League One title last season to secure promotion to the Championship this season.Peterborough United and Blackpool are the other teams who secured promotion from League One to the Championship last season. Hull City and Peterborough United qualified automatically as the first and second team respectively, while Blackpool had to go through the rigours of the playoffs.
In spite of the bright future that Ryan Babel appeared to have during his youth, he could never really live up to the expectations as the Dutch footballer made his way through various clubs around Europe but failed to become a world-class performer.
The biggest club that Ryan Babel joined in terms of trophies won was Liverpool which he signed for back on July of 2007 for a fee of around €12 million.
In 4 seasons, the Dutch footballer made 90 appearances and scored 12 goals as well as went on to receive various fines for his actions on and outside of the pitch.
During that period of time spent in Anfield wearing the Liverpool jersey, no piece of silverware could be lifted and he was eventually offloaded to the German outfit 1899 Hoffenheim.
Babel’s journey throughout a number of different clubs continued on but he failed to really make a mark and after just 1 or 2 seasons, he was always leaving or joining another team.
There was a point in time, when Ryan Babel said that it’s because of the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez that he failed to develop himself as a world-class player as the Dutch player said:
In spite of being one of the most troublesome players from the past decade, Ryan Babel still manages to join clubs and continue performing at a high-level as the Dutch footballer has recently joined Besiktas on a 2 year and a half year deal.
The 30 year old winger is believed to be earning around £3 million during his stay with Besiktas but for a player that has been involved with so many disciplinary issues, it’s rather surprising to see that there still are clubs interested in signing him and to secure his services.
Ryan Babel has consistently been fined and sanctioned in one way or another for some of the actions that he has made throughout his career. The Dutch player had problems during his time in Liverpool, Al Ain and Hoffenheim. He has even gone out to insult one of his previous managers, Rafael Benitez as Ryan Babel stated that it was because of Benitez that he has had so many problems in the past.
According to Babel, one of the biggest reasons of why he could not develop and live up to the expectations that was initially brought up back when Babel was just a youngster and was making waves in the youth academy of Ajax.
Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel took to his Facebook page to comment on the game between his side Deportivo La Coruna and Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Madrid stole a last minute winner through a powerful header courtesy of Sergio Ramos in injury time after the scoreline was held at 2-2. However, the game left the visitors raging due to the performance of the referee and match official.
Deportivo Coach Gaizka Garitano after the game said:
“When five minutes are added onto a game in which there was practically no time lost, we knew then that the stoppage time had been added so that Madrid could have a chance to score.
“Stoppage time seems to last longer at the Bernabeu, until Madrid score, full-time isn’t blown.”
Babel in his Facebook post claimed that Madrid influence referees.
Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has hit out at his former boss Rafa Benitez by saying that the Spaniard is the reason that he did not perform well with the English club.
Babel came to Merseyside as a highly talented winger from Ajax. He was only 20 years old, but Liverpool were extremely confident in the player’s ability that they parted company with £ 14 million back in 2007. It remains an incredible sum of money more than a decade ago.Babel had an excellent first campaign after scoring 10 goals in 49 appearances, but his performances started declining thereafter.
Towards the end of the 2010-11 season, it was clear that the player would no longer be a first choice player at the club. It was largely down to the managerial change that saw Kenny Dalglish come to the club as a replacement for Rafa Benitez. Babel has since failed to get his career back on track even after going through several clubs like Hoffenheim and Ajax.
Al Ain board member, Mohammed Obeid Hamdoun told the media that he felt that Ryan Babel did not really like the idea to play for the team and that he did not show any sign of commitments to the club.
It is believed that the former Liverpool player will be leaving soon for Turkey.
Ryan Babel has had disciplinary issues with the team regarding the use of social media. He has not played for the team since the end of 2015, but he is currently under contract until 2017. Mohammed Obeid Hamdoun will be hoping that they can find an agreement to terminate the contract and allow Babel to leave.
The Al Ain board member suggested that Ryan Babel might be going to Fenerbahce with the Turkish side showing signs that they might be interested in signing the player. He said that he is disappointed that it did not work out with Babel but admitted that this is a normal thing in football. He feels that that Babel could not adapt to the league and that he will be better off playing elsewhere.