MUELENSTEEN EXCLUDES WES BROWN FROM LINE UP

After not playing the opener of the Indian Super League where his team Kerala Blasters played a scoreless draw, Wes Brown is now not likely to feature for the Yellow army in the second game of their campaign either which is scheduled against Jamshedpur.

Rene Meulensteen, who is in charge of the Kerala Blasters, for the on-going season, said that he didn’t want to rush players to action and risk a long term injury. He reckons it’s better to give them extra time to do some more strengthening work and get match fit.
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Sean Dyche confirms that Danny Ings will probably be leaving Burnley

The coach of Burnley, Sean Dyche has confirmed that Danny Ings is very likely to be making his way out of the relegated club during this summer as there are a number of clubs interested in signing the 22 year old forward.

At the age of 22, Danny Ings made a total of 35 Premier League appearances in this season for Burnley and he managed to find the back of the net on 11 occasions. This has been enough for the young player to attract the attention and interest of big clubs including: Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Sociedad as they all have shown interest in signing Danny Ings during the summer transfer window.

Even the manager of the team believes that it will be very difficult to keep hold of Danny Ings at Burnley beyond the summer transfer window as the interested clubs are ready to offer enticing offers for the player in order to sign him as fast as possible and the player himself wants to face a bigger challenge, this won’t happen if he stays at Burnley as the club has been relegated to the Championship League.

Burnley’s Sean Dyche revealed the current situation surrounding Danny Ings as the English coach said: “Who knows if he’ll stay probably not, just by the nature of his situation. Possibly? Who knows? I just think he wants a fresh challenge and a bigger challenge; He certainly wants to be in the Premier League so does everyone. He has nicked a good goal and I thought he could have had another. He has played a big part over the last couple of years. He gets a lot of the headlines and I understand why but I wouldn’t single him out against the rest of the group.” Continue reading Sean Dyche confirms that Danny Ings will probably be leaving Burnley

SPURS ARE THROUGH

Tottenham Hotspur sealed their ticket into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Europa League after defeating Partizan Belgrade with a narrow 1-0 victory with Benjamin Stambouli scoring the only goal of the entire match at the 49th minute.

The match however, had to be stopped on a few occasions after several individuals made their way into the pitch of the White Hart Lane Stadium and security guards chased them around for some moments before the match could continue rolling on. The referee, Yevhen Aranovskiy had to suspend the game on a few instances due to the fans getting their way into the playing grounds.

On September, Partizan Belgrade was banned due to their fans displaying an anti-Semitic banner and the club received a partial stadium closure but this time around it was Tottenham Hotspur which has been hit with sanctions due to their own fans entering the pitch on occasions.

Due to all the incidents which occurred in the match, UEFA has now opened a case that will force Tottenham on having to step up and face the consequences in what seemed to be a marketing stunt as all 3 pitch invaders were wearing T-shirts that promoted a company that creates official Tottenham merchandise.

All of the pitch invaders were arrested following the incident and the Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur later went on apologizing to fans for the behavior of those people involved in the incident and for all of the problems that it might have caused.

A disciplinary panel is expected to judge which charges will be made towards Tottenham Hotspurs on December 11.

Recently, a series of rather bizarre or unexpected events have been occurring involving Tottenham as this incident with the pitch invaders isn’t the only thing which has popped up lately.

The White Hart Lane Stadium is being redeveloped and a business which is right next to the football building was set on fire. According to the owner of the Archway Sheet Metal factory, the fire was started by fans of Tottenham as he has already been receiving death threats.

The owner of the business is opposing the decision of the authorities of Tottenham on building a new £100m stadium and he has now revealed that things are getting dangerous for him after having received death threats and now a huge fire happened right in the last piece of land which is needed to expand the stadium. The club has tried to buy this site for over 10 years.

Ulloa under too much pressure?

Leicester City appear to be going through their first real test of poor form this campaign. The team has scored only two goals in the last four matches and it seems that they are struggling with the increased spotlight on striker Leonardo Ulloa. The striker was signed in the summer for £ 8 million and he has already started showing signs of being a Premier League top marksman. Despite playing for a team that was expected to struggle in the bottom half of the table, Ulloa has already scored five goals. This league tally is better than the likes of Wayne Rooney have achieved this campaign.

Nigel Pearson accepts that there will be much more focus on Ulloa, as teams try to stop him from scoring. However, he expects the quality of the South American to shine through. Pearson is also aware that the club will not be putting their entire focus on Ulloa further goals. He says that the team will have to share the burden of scoring goals over the course of the campaign since every striker will go through a patch where they find it difficult to score goals. This weekend, Leicester take on Swansea away from home. This is a match where they will definitely look to take at least point.

“I’ve not noticed any shift; he’s a quiet sort of man and a likeable guy and his outlook hasn’t changed. He certainly hasn’t had any extra pressure put on him from within. My view on strikers is goals are what they are about but the way we play, we need forward-thinking players who also understand how the team functions. Leo has settled in very well and has had an outstanding start in terms of goal return. His all-round play has been excellent,” said the Leicester City boss.

Jovetic Happy with first team time

Manchester City have been giving a number of opportunities to Stevan Jovetic this season, which is surprising considering that the former Fiorentina forward was largely a substitute throughout last campaign. Despite brought in for around £ 22 million last summer, he featured in only 16 matches throughout the campaign. Even though his record of six goals in these matches bodes well, Jovetic often found himself on the bench during the presence of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, and Alvaro Negredo. This campaign, however, Jovetic has been a key man for the Premier League champions.

He has featured in two out of the three league matches played by City, while more importantly, he has two goals to his name. The injury concerns surrounding Sergio Aguero have meant that manager Manuel Pellegrini does not have many options up front. On transfer deadline day, the club decided to allow Alvaro Negredo to join Valencia on a season-long loan deal which is set to be made permanent. This leaves Pellegrini with three main strikers in his squad with one of them being Jovetic. The 24-year-old says that he is happy with the regular game think he has been getting this season, which shows that Pellegrini has a lot of faith in him.

“Last season I had so many problems. I was late into preparation and I just could not catch my teammates. And then there were all those injuries. Just as I recovered I would get hurt again. But I guess there were things that I was doing right, because the club wanted me to stay. They believed in me – president, manager, teammates. And it means a lot. They told me they want me to stay for which I’m very grateful. I know what I can do and how much I can give my club,” said Jovetic.

LVG Selection Headache

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 Headache

Robust Chelsea best-placed to deliver title

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 title

Everton Splashing The Cash

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.

Liverpool hoping to thrash out deal for Moreno

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 Moreno