After agreeing a fee with Bolton for defender Gary Cahill, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that there is still a long way to go before any deal is complete. (more…)
Arsenal’s all time leading goal scorer Thierry Henry is on the brink of a sensational return to the club.
Henry, currently training with the gunners does not have to return to current club New York Red Bulls until March. Any deal with Arsenal is likely to be a short term loan deal as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his team while Gervinho and Chamakh head off to the African Cup of Nations.
Will Henry be able to emulate the kind of form from his first spell at Arsenal? Only time will tell…
Fortunately for England Fabio Capello will not be the man in charge of the national team after Euro 2012. Capello’s reign has been less a step forward and more a very expensive exercise in stepping backward. While Capello’s team has had no problems in qualifying for the 2 tournaments he has been tasked with winning, England were abysmal at the world cup in 2010.
So who will England turn to when Capello steps down? Here are the contenders… (more…)
Often referred to as one of England’s only true worlds class players, Wayne Rooney is a footballer that regularly divides opinion in pubs, on the terraces, on radio phone-ins and everywhere else that you find people talking about football. But is Rooney truly world class?
Much will depend on the definition of world class. Does it simply mean that a player is good enough to play on the world stage? Or that a player would find his way into a world XI should such a thing exist? The latter seems to make more sense, but would leave only 11 players worthy at any one time, which given the amount of times the phrase can be heard doesn’t seem to fit the bill. (more…)
As we close in on the start of the the January transfer window managers around the country will be looking to unearth a hidden gem. Unfortunately for those managers, transfers made in January very rarely work out the way they’d like. There are of course exceptions but it’s a dangerous game. Here we take a look at some potentially good buys…
Current Premier League Champions Manchester United closed the gap on Manchester City and went level on points after thrashing Wigan 5-0 at Old Trafford. Dimitar Berbatov seizing his opportunity and helping himself to a hat-trick in a rare start for the Bulgarian. (more…)
André Villas Boas came to Chelsea with a fantastic reputation. He’s the youngest manager ever to win a European club title. He also came with a whopping great price tag (€15 million). Unfortunately for Chelsea, Villa Boas hasn’t hit the ground running and Chelsea have been indifferent so far this season.
Manchester United are finding themselves in a very unusual position this season, lower down the league table than Manchester City. City’s millions have bought them a squad that is second to none and seemingly will win the league but here are 5 reasons why United and not City will win the league…
The news that Darren Fletcher will be taking an indefinite break from football due to illness only re-affirmed Manchester United’s need to sign a top quality midfielder. United freshly out of the Champions League have been overrun a number of times in midfield this season and many had expected a marquee signing to arrive in the summer to fill the void left by Paul Scholes retirement.
Ferguson has, as always played the situation down but the gulf in class in midfield between them and noisy neighbours Manchester City is widening week by week.
So who, if anyone will Ferguson be looking to bring to Old Trafford in January? United missed out on Samir Nasri in the summer and Spurs held tight onto prized asset Luka Modric. Many believe that United’s owners the Glazers aren’t making the funds available to Ferguson and he may need to operate on a much tighter budget. United can no longer offer players Champions League football either. Possibilities include Cheik Tiote, Daniele De Rossi and Jack Rodwell.
Alternatively, some have suggested that Ferguson tries to tempt Paul Scholes out of retirement as a short term solution…
Less than a week after their exit from the Champions League Manchester City have lost their first league match of the season.
After a promising start aided by an early Mario Balotelli goal Chelsea fought back to win 2-1. Frank Lampard coming off the bench to score a late penalty after Raul Meireles had cancelled out Balotelli’s early opener.
Some will say that this is the start of Manchester City’s downfall but the reality is it was just one game. City still have a 2 point lead over rivals Manchester United and a goal difference that is far superior. How they respond against and in-form Arsenal this Sunday will be very interesting.
Chelsea meanwhile now find themselves in 3rd place, level on points with Spurs who currently have a game in hand. Andre Villas Boas will be breathing a sigh of relief after a good week, but has he steadied the ship at Chelsea or is it too early to say?