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Now that the dust has settled on the summer transfer window, the activity of one Premier League club remains in the spotlight. After a winless start to the campaign – including draws at Sunderland and Burnley and a shock home defeat to Swansea City – it was inevitable that Manchester United would move Heaven and Earth to turn their season around, but the sheer size of their outlay in the transfer window will surely have surpassed the expectations of even their most optimistic of fans.
Now, with some of the finest talent in world football at his disposal, the key question for Old Trafford manager Louis Van Gaal is how can he possibly fit everyone in…..and has he gone too far in his recruitment? Continue reading ‘LVG Selection Headachergb’
Chelsea’s swift transfer business, conducted early in the summer window, coupled with their perfect start to the new campaign, has given the impression of a settled club ready to regain their Premier League crown this season.
While Manchester United and Arsenal raced around on transfer deadline day looking for strikers to complete their squads, Chelsea were concentrating on trimming theirs, sending out some promising youngsters and first-team fringe players on loan.
The Blues have received a bit of criticism for allowing some talented youngsters to leave temporarily but, overall, it is safe to say that this transfer window will be viewed as a success at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading ‘Robust Chelsea best-placed to deliver titlergb’
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Everton have been splashing the cash in this transfer window. Just days after completing the £ 28 million club record signing of Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Martinez has been Bosnian international Muhamed Besic come to the club as well. Besic comes from the back of an impressive World Cup 2014 with the Bosnian national team despite the fact that they failed to qualify for the knockout stages. Besic came up against the likes of Messi and Angel di Maria at the World Cup. He performed exceptionally well against these two superstars.
Besic spoke about the joy of keeping Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria quiet and he says that he is ready to apply the skills in the Premier league as well. Many expected Besic to take a while to settle, but the 21-year-old has been looking extremely promising in the pre-season matches. This has led to price from manager Martinez, who says that the £ 4 million signing is the complete footballer he has seen in a long time. Martinez says that the World Cup provided a lot of insight into the player and it seems that he was correct in making the judgement.
Everton finished fifth in the league last season and they are expected to put together a major challenge for a top four place.
“For a player to feel at home so quickly is incredible. It shows you his confidence in himself, his quality and the understanding of the players around him. He has looked like a player who had been at Everton for three years. That’s what I saw at the World Cup – someone who’s not fazed by anything. It doesn’t matter if he needs to man-mark Lionel Messi or he needs to get on the ball and make you play,” said Martinez after the 1-1 draw with Porto.
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Premier League giants Liverpool are pushing ahead with their pursuit of Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno as they look to secure the signing of the Spanish full back as early as possible.
The Merseyside giants have allowed Iago Aspas join Sevilla on loan for the season and are hoping it will be enough to clinch the deal for Moreno.
The 22 year old left back remains the first choice target for manager Brendan Rodgers although the club has not been able to agree a fee for the Spanish international. The UEFA Europa League winners already rejected an offer of around £ 16 million from the Premier League runners up at the end of May and are holding out for a fee well over £ 20 million. Continue reading ‘Liverpool hoping to thrash out deal for Morenorgb’
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has stated that he still wants five more players between now and the end of the transfer window in order to prepare for the new Premier league season. After flirting with relegation for several months before eventually staying in the Premier League last season, West Ham were under a lot of pressure to sack manager Allardyce. Being a club that demands good football due to the rich history, fans have been treated to a very poor spectacle under Allardyce.
Even though the former Bolton manager helped them get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, they are ready to see him go. Despite this, West Ham managed to strike a deal with the fans and Allardyce ended up staying at the club. He is expected to be given the transfer budget of more than £ 20 million in order to strengthen the squad after agreeing to play more attacking football in the coming season. West Ham have brought in former Birmingham striker Zarate. Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate has also been signed to improve the attack of the club.
Despite this, Allardyce says that he is still looking at as much as five players before the transfer window shuts. According to him, transfer negotiations are at an advanced stage for the club’s transfer targets. “We’ve made many bids and there are many negotiations ongoing. We particularly want a left-back, ideally another centre-back, a midfielder and at least two more for the front line,” said Allardyce.
It is expected that if results do not improve straight away, there is a chance that he would leave the club before Christmas. West Ham were bottom of the table during December last year, but they went on a run of several victories during February and March. This helped them stay up.
Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has claimed that he is disappointed not to be part of the World Cup 2014 squad for the England national team. Johnson has been left out of the squad despite an impressive second half of the season. His exploits over the course of the season may have gone unnoticed since Sunderland struggled with relegation for most of the season. However, they managed to stay up largely because of the quality provided by Conner Wickham and Adam Johnson. The 26-year-old was also was named as the Premier League player of the month in January.
Johnson has said that he feels that his form over the course of the season has been extremely good and that he was looking to get included in the England squad for the World Cup. The injuries to players like Walcott who are regarded as his main competitors was expected to help him in this regard. However, Roy Hodgson decided to go in for players from Liverpool like Raheem Sterling. These players have limited international experience when compared with Johnson, who has made 12 appearances for the national team.
However, his last appearance for the national team came in August 2012 and it now looks highly unlikely that he will be recalled to the team anytime soon.
“On the whole, since the new gaffer [Gus Poyet] came in, I’ve been happy with my form. It was then that I started scoring a few goals and getting back to my best form and from January onwards is probably the best I have played in my career. Everyone would be saying that I was playing really well at City when I was getting into England squads, but personally I think this is the best spell I’ve had as a footballer,” said the 26-year-old about his international place.