Month: October 2020

Newcastle plot £16m January bid for forward dubbed ‘new Ibrahimovic’
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Newcastle plot £16m January bid for forward dubbed ‘new Ibrahimovic’

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2020 6:03 Newcastle remain ‘keen’ on bringing a summer target who has been dubbed the ‘new Ibrahimovic’ to St. James’ Park in January, according to a Spanish report. Steve Bruce’s side went into the summer transfer window aiming to bring fresh impetus to their forward line. Ex-Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson was deemed the perfect man to do just that, and arrived for a fee reported to be in the region of £20m. Wilson has hit the ground running for The Magpies, notching four goals from his first five league encounters. Genuine quality in depth is relatively thin on the ground behind the England forward, however, meaning further reinforcements could be on the horizon. Indeed, Spanish outlet To...
Trent nearly scoring from halfway proves he’s Xabi at right-back – PF
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Trent nearly scoring from halfway proves he’s Xabi at right-back – PF

Trending There was a time when full-back was the least desired role in any football team.  While the role of a striker or No.10 has always been regarded as glamorous, the role of a full-back was traditionally filled by players with the first-touch of a trampoline and a uniquely trundling running style. Those days are long gone. The last decade has seen the full-back position transformed into a fulcrum of creativity, with the ability to unleash devilish crosses as prized as defensive aptitude. Perhaps the clearest indication of this trend is the success of Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool. In previous eras, he would have utilised as a flying winger attacking the opposition defence wit...
Unlikely hero snatches late equaliser as Newcastle share spoils with Wolves
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Unlikely hero snatches late equaliser as Newcastle share spoils with Wolves

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2020 6:45 Jacob Murphy capitalised on a rare outing to snatch a late equaliser direct from a free kick as Newcastle shared the spoils with Wolves 1-1. The winger scored his first Premier League goal for the Magpies in almost three years to clinch a late draw at Molineux. Raul Jimenez’s excellent half-volley with 10 minutes left looked to have given dominant Wolves the points. But Murphy’s leveller denied Nuno Espirito Santo’s side the chance to climb into the top four, while the Magpies remain well clear of any early trouble in 14th. Newcastle were on the back foot for much of the game and the hosts were slicker throughout. They underlined their intentions when goalkeeper Karl Darlow, a major...
Bruce notes key Newcastle problem; Nuno bemoans crucial Wolves fault
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Bruce notes key Newcastle problem; Nuno bemoans crucial Wolves fault

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2020 7:02 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce highlighted a key deficiency in his forward options, while Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo simply stated that Jacob Murphy’s late equaliser “cannot” happen. Wolves appeared on course for victory after Raul Jimenez’s superb volley put his side in front with 10 minutes remaining. The Magpies were not to be denied, however, and snatched a late equaliser through Jacob Murphy. The winger’s free-kick was perfectly bent round the side of the wall and caught Rui Patricio napping at the near post. Speaking to Sky Sports following the contest, Newcastle boss Bruce said: “There wasn’t much in it. We are delighted to take a point in difficult circumstances and very...
Troublesome: “Childish” Glasgow Rangers ace is causing Gerrard all sorts of problems – opinion
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Troublesome: “Childish” Glasgow Rangers ace is causing Gerrard all sorts of problems – opinion

2 minute read 25/10/2020 | 06:10pm Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is giving Steven Gerrard a huge headache, if recent reports are to be believed… What’s the word? According to The Daily Record, the Rangers boss is finding it difficult to work out why the 6-cap Colombia international is struggling to score goals this season, he said: “I don’t know what goes on in his head – I wish I did. I think you have to appreciate what Alfredo brings to the team. “You guys in the media judge him on goals, numbers and records, which is fine. You are doing your job. “But I judge Alfredo on what he gives the team in and out of possession. Do the players want him in the team? “Do they feel like they need him? Does he ...
Leeds outcast with a “golden left foot” could’ve played a part amidst injury crisis – opinion
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Leeds outcast with a “golden left foot” could’ve played a part amidst injury crisis – opinion

2 minute read 25/10/2020 | 06:15pm It’s been an interesting week to follow Leeds United. The club are in the midst of an injury crisis, but that didn’t stop them from getting their best result of the season on Friday as they beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park. However, one issue that was apparent at Villa Park was the fact that the Whites missed Kalvin Phillips quite a lot. Indeed, Bielsa’s replacement for Phillips was subbed off after just 20 minutes of action and going forward he may have to find another alternative as Pascal Struijk showed he wasn’t up to scratch on Friday. In the same week that it was reported that Leeds were planning talks with Ouasim Bouy to terminate his contract, it’s hard to not...
Dowling could walk West Brom into an unforgivable nightmare over £7m weak link – opinion
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Dowling could walk West Brom into an unforgivable nightmare over £7m weak link – opinion

2 minute read 25/10/2020 | 06:30pm The West Bromwich Albion hierarchy will have some interesting decisions to make as the season draws on with no fewer than 11 players out of contract at the end of the campaign. One of which is Baggies stalwart Kyle Bartley, who has often been a favourite and first-choice under Slaven Bilic since his appointment last summer. Upon his £7m arrival from Swansea City in 2018, the 29-year-old penned a three-year deal on wages thought to be around £28k-per-week, as per Salary Sport, which is £13k more each week on what he was earning at the Welsh outfit. Bartley started 37 of Albion’s 46 matches on their way to promotion last season, where he averaged 4.9 aerials won, 4.5 clearance...
70% duels won, 4 dribbles: “Top-four quality” Saints star completely outshone Redmond – opinion
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70% duels won, 4 dribbles: “Top-four quality” Saints star completely outshone Redmond – opinion

2 minute read 25/10/2020 | 06:45pm Everton were unable to learn from their past mistakes as they failed to deal with the threat of Danny Ings in attack. Southampton delivered the league leaders their first loss of the season after brushing them aside at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon. Whilst the former Liverpool man didn’t get on the scoresheet himself, he did well to set up both goals for the Saints. His efforts take his tally for the season to an impressive four goals and two assists in six Premier League appearances, via Transfermarkt. Could Danny Ings win Golden Boot this season? Yes ...
Irresistible: £10.8m-rated “hard-working” Crystal Palace ace silences his critics – opinion
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Irresistible: £10.8m-rated “hard-working” Crystal Palace ace silences his critics – opinion

3 minute read 25/10/2020 | 07:00pm Crystal Palace cruised to a comfortable 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Roy Hodgson’s side took the lead after Jairo Riedewald slotted home a sublime pass from Wilfried Zaha. But the best was yet to come, as Michy Batshuayi picked out a near-perfect pass for Zaha to pick up the vital three points, which means that Fulham are still waiting for their first win of the 2020/21 Premier League season. Batshuayi could have scored himself before he saw another goal ruled out for offside for the second time in two weeks, but he quickly made amends shortly afterwards with a match-winning contribution. Is Michy Batshuayi the bargain of the summer for Crystal Palace? ...
Çalhanoğlu has reportedly recovered and is set to start against Roma, Rebić could return against Sparta Prague
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Çalhanoğlu has reportedly recovered and is set to start against Roma, Rebić could return against Sparta Prague

Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ante Rebić celebrating during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on July 18, 2020. (Spada LaPresse)Hakan Çalhanoğlu has recovered earlier than expected, while the return of Ante Rebić may be on Thursday.Milan have a very difficult match coming up tomorrow night as they take on Roma at Stadio San Siro (20:45 CET).In the training session on the eve of the game, Coach Stefano Pioli has however received some excellent news.As reported by Sky Italia, Çalhanoğlu, who was supposed to miss three games through an ankle injury, has in fact recovered and is 100% and fit to start. In fact, Sky tips the Turkish to start against Roma alongside Alexis Saelemaekers and Rafael Leão behind Zlatan Ibrahimović.Hakan, therefore, only missed one game through injury, recovering much quicker...