Bournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Lys Mousset and Artur Boruc after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Eden Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “One of the positives is our squad, there were players who hadn’t played regularly who did really well and it shows the strength in the squad.”I thought Lys Mousset did very well and that was his best performance for the club. Technically he reached a very high level and he’s a big part of our future.”Artur Boruc was outstanding, it doesn’t surprise me as he’s a player who always rises to the occasion and he thrives on the sternest tests.”He made a number of great saves and I don’t know how he saved the effort at the end [from Olivier Giroud].”He’s been a real professional off the pitch and has been a real support for Asmir.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PSG ready to beat Man Utd to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are eyeing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.Despite Spurs recently taking up a 12-month option in the player’s contract, PSG remain keen on Alderweireld.The Belgium international’s deal carries a €28m buyout clause – which suits PSG.Alderweireld is also being linked with Manchester United this season.However, United’s transfer plans are in flux after the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho.The Telegraph says PSG could seek to immediately trigger Alderweireld’s clause this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ki-Jana Hoever becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever to play in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKi-Jana Hoever has made his debut for Liverpool in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.The 16-year-old defender becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup after Dejan Lovren went down holding his hamstring within five minutes of the first half.The Dutchman has impressed at youth level for Liverpool and was recently promoted to train with the first team at Melwood by Jurgen Klopp.Hoever joined fellow teenage debutants Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho in the team at Wolves.Klopp sang Hoever praises in his pre-match press conference, saying the youngster is “incredible”. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Haaland Snr breaks silence on Man Utd link for son Erlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlf Inge Haaland would be happy if his son signed for Manchester United.Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick in the first half of RB Salzburg’s 6-2 hammering of Genk on his Champions League debut on Tuesday.Haaland’s dad Alf Inge represented both Leeds and Manchester City – two clubs that consider Man United to be bitter rivals – during his career in football. “It would be nice,” the Norwegian told TV2 when asked about the United interest. “It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.”So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.”He added: “Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another. It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams.”There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”
Chelsea defender Zouma: Keep an eye on Yoan at Boltonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Kurt Zouma is delighted seeing his kid brother making it at Bolton Wanderers.Yoan Zouma joined Bolton in August 2018 and was made to feel at home by his elder sibling, who was on loan in the North-West at Everton last season.”We lived 20 minutes away from each other so he used to be at my house every day, always having dinner together,” Kurt told chelseafc.com.”He played in the Under-23s last season and now he’s played a few games for the first team. He has done well. He’s the same kind of player as me: big, strong and quick. He deserves what happens to him.”He has been working hard in France, where he went through a lot. Now he is here, not far from me in England. We are always on the phone; I try to give him some advice. Hopefully he gets through into bigger leagues. He’s my little brother, I love him so much and I’m very happy for him. I hope he keeps going, keeps working hard and keeps pushing in the first team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say James delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelseaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James is delighted playing with Mason Mount at Chelsea.Growing up the year group below Mount, the two would often train and play together, a bond that has remained from Under-9s to the Champions League.”I’ve known Mason since he was nine years old so it’s great to be playing with him now in a Champions League game,” James told chelsea.com.”It’s a dream come true. When I was nine or 10, he was in the year above but when we played at tournaments, we were in the same [year-born] age group so we’d play together then. We were good friends and we still are now.”It’s fantastic to see the young players coming through together and it just reflects on how good the Academy actually is. Frank helps us a lot, he wants as many young players as possible to play and he’s there to give you opportunities if he feels you deserve it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in Januaryby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects to buy again in January.United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford.The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.”I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.”I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager that has the final say.”I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals – me and Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.”The resources are there if the right players are available.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is usually quiet and reserved – and prefers to let his play on the field do the talking. Wednesday, however, he apparently couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get in on the trolling of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh after the Wolverines head coach blasted Ohio State’s AD on Twitter.Miller took to Twitter Wednesday to re-post a ridiculous meme that was put together last offseason after Harbaugh took his shirt off during a satellite camp. Check it out:‘ what a time.. Who made this? pic.twitter.com/3buDE1nnN2— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) March 23, 2016Between Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Thomas and now Braxton Miller, it’s clear that Ohio State’s former players have no problem taking shots at their former rival. We’ll see if Harbaugh strikes back.
The Football Association is asking for people to come forward with information over allegations that an unnamed England player was thrown out of a nightclub for taking cocaine.In claims made by the Sun newspaper, the player allegedly snorted the drug during a pre-Christmas team get-together after an away game.The club’s manager is then alleged to have put the player in a taxi and sent him home, with the report claiming he mistakenly believed he was drunk. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? And in response to the Sun’s story, the FA have appealed for further information from anyone that may have witnessed the alleged incident.In a statement they told Goal: “The FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping programmes in the world. In partnership with UK Anti-Doping, we have a targeted research and intelligence-led programme in place to identify potential doping risks in the game.”Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.”We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA, via firstname.lastname@example.org, or to UK Anti-Doping by visiting: www.reportdoping.com.”The FA have the power to issue suspensions to any player found guilty of breaching its social drugs policy.Punishments range from a zero to three-month suspension for a first offence up to a lifetime ban for multiple offences.The FA conduct drugs tests after matches as well as at training sessions and player’s home addresses as part of its anti-doping programme.Players can be selected for a drug test in either a random or a targeted basis.Latest figures show more than 5,000 players were tested during the 2017-18 season. Six players were found to have been in breach of social drugs policy regulations while there were two breaches of club whereabouts regulations.As well as testing, the FA’s anti-doping programme also combines research and education to ensure players are “sufficiently educated about both the regulations relating to anti-doping, the risks of doping and that it is effective in detecting and deterring drug use within the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Phil Jagielka has become a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at Everton, but Steven Naismith is not expecting anything to come of talk regarding a possible switch to Celtic.A move to the Scottish champions has been mooted for the vastly-experienced defender.He is now 36 years of age, but is considered to still have something to offer at the top level in domestic football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Neil Lennon would welcome the opportunity to add the former England international to his ranks but Naismith, who spent four years alongside Jagielka at Goodison Park between 2012 and 2016, cannot see a deal being done.He told the Herald: “I saw Jags in January when I went down during the winter break.“He’s a top player, he’s more of a footballing defender if you like. He maybe doesn’t look like that a lot of times in games but he is a very good footballer who could easily play in midfield.“As he’s got older he’s played less, but I think he’s still got loads of qualities. When I saw he was leaving Everton my first thought was where he’ll go. I can’t see him finishing because he has a lot to offer and loves football.“Will that be in Scotland? I would be surprised if he came up here.“He’s got more association with different clubs down south, like Sheffield United where he came through, and he has a family with kids who are going through school. So with all those thoughts to consider I’d be surprised if he comes to Scotland.”Naismith added: “But I’m sure he’ll play on at a good level.“He’s a very good pro and over the last year or year-and-a-half at Everton it has been tough for him because he was a mainstay and would have wanted to play all the time.“But from talking to him and other boys at Everton he has had the mental strength to adapt to that. He’s the club captain and has to have a level of professionalism and he would carry that off easily.”Jagielka has spent the last 12 years with Everton, six of them as captain, and will be moving on after making 385 appearances for the Premier League club.