Sunday, November 18, 2018

Why are 90% of you ignoring the best midfielder in the Premier League?

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Why are 90% of you ignoring the best midfielder in the Premier League?

You’re enjoying this break from Premier League football, aren’t you?

No, neither are we.

But while we’re taking a step back from the good stuff this week, we certainly don’t plan on neglecting our Dream Team, especially with the busy festive period coming up.

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Reuters How many of Pep Guardiola’s players have made your fantasy football team?[/caption]

As we reach the middle of November, table-toppers Man City have certainly proven to be the team to beat, which means many of their players have been firm Dream Team favourites this season.

Top goalscorer Sergio Aguero is the most-picked player on the game right now, while over 25% of you have opted for their reliable shot-stopper Ederson.

There’s also been a lot of love for Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker.

Getty - Contributor Kyle Walker and John Stones have proved to be a popular pair[/caption]

But for some reason, their midfield wizard David Silva remains a little overlooked and under-picked at the moment, with only 10% of managers selecting the Spaniard.

That’s all the more strange considering he’s been particularly brilliant recently, picking up 26 points in his last three outings alone.

PA:Press Association Silva was at his very best against United last time out[/caption]

Netting seven goals in all competitions this season – including the opener in their win over Man United last weekend – Silva has proven once again to be City’s creative hub.

In fact, his in-game influence has been all the more important this term as Kevin De Bruyne remains out of the side through injury.

With KDB on the sidelines, we figured Silva – who is valued at £5.7m right now – would be the obvious choice as his fantasy football replacement.

But instead, we’ve seen the likes of Paul Pogba (17.9%), Willian (16.2%) and Bernardo Silva (11.7%) chosen ahead of him, despite Silva’s haul of 91 points being better than all three – and the fourth-best on the game overall.

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We really do think it’s time to start seriously considering Silva for your midfield.

After all, City have already ticked off some of their big fixtures this season, including the away trip to Liverpool in October and the always tricky Manchester derby.

That means their next few fixtures are relatively favourable, including their trip to West Ham next week.

And with City’s great form showing no signs of letting up, it’s definitely time for thousands of you without Silva in your team to transfer the City midfielder in – before his price begins to rise.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Former Arsenal Favourite Ray Parlour Claims Unai Emery Must Decide Where Season Priorities Lie

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Is it time for Memphis Depay to give the Premier League another crack?

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Is it time for Memphis Depay to give the Premier League another crack?

Memphis Depay certainly enjoyed himself last week.

The Dutchman was simply sensational in Lyon’s 4-2 win over Guingamp, scoring two of their goals and setting up the other two.

Now wonder he spent the following morning ‘feeling like Beckham’.

Woke up feeling like Beckham! 💫 pic.twitter.com/IeI99WRtWq

— Memphis (@Memphis) November 11, 2018

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But while we’re sure a few Man United fans were pleased to seeseemingly  their former flame bigging up the Reds on derby day, more will be somewhat frustrated that he’s found his feet in France, having struggled so severely during his brief spell at Old Trafford.

In fact, Depay is easily one of the best players in Ligue 1 at the moment, having been involved in more goals than any other player in the league so far this year.

And while many of you will be scoffing at the thought of a decent player making it ‘in the farmer’s league’, you have to remember that he’s being sized up against the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Dimitri Payet, Falcao and Mario Balotelli, among others.

So having become such a resounding success in France, is it time he gave the Premier League another crack?

AFP or licensors Ligue 1 has become Depay’s playground[/caption]

Since joining Lyon in January 2017, Depay really has turned a corner.

Showcasing his form and fitness, the 24-year-old – yes, that’s right, he’s still only 24 – has helped the club become Ligue 1’s best-of-the-rest after PSG, as well as one of the surprise packages in the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of their shock win over Man City in the competition back in September, Depay spoke about his attitude during his time at United – answering jibes made by former captain Wayne Rooney on his behaviour during their time as teammates.

He said: “It’s in the past and I’m a flamboyant guy and like nice stuff but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t be more smart. I’ve become more mature.”

Memphis Depay that is just outrageous! 😱

An inch-perfect free-kick right out of the top drawer 🔥

Unsaveable! pic.twitter.com/nToyIIywTJ

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 10, 2018

But is it just a change in attitude, or is he simply flourishing in an environment where there’s less pressure?

After all, Depay joined United from PSV in 2015 with the world at his feet.

Named the “Best Young Player” in the world that year by France Football, big things were expected from him at Old Trafford.

Especially when he was handed the club’s famous No 7 shirt – which was previously worn by club legends George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But after netting just seven goals in 53 appearances, the Dutchman was branded as just another expensive flop.

It was clear that he needed to get out of the nuclear reactor.

CarlRecine His time at Old Trafford was nightmarish[/caption]

Perhaps it was all a case of too much, too soon.

That’s the view of former Netherlands Under-21 manager Cor Pot, who believes the move to United happened at the wrong time.

Speaking to voetbalprimeur in a recent interview, he said: “You already saw that it was a very great talent, maybe he went to United a bit too early, and that was all too fast, he was just a basic player in Eindhoven, Lyon was a good step for Memphis. It’s fantastic now.”

“He keeps on developing himself – not only as a player, but also as a person – Memphis gets a bit calmer, does not do any crazy things anymore, but at the time he was a bit shy, of course you had that fuss with that hat extravagant behavior. That seems a bit over now, I think he’s doing fine.”

Reuters Could a return to the Premier League be on the cards?[/caption]

On current form, it’s even been suggested that it’s time he looked to move to a bigger club.

And having featured predominantly in the centre of Lyon’s attack this season – as a support-striker or even in the more traditional No.9 role – United would certainly be interested in having him back in their line-up.

Of course, there’s rumours that United agreed a buy-back option on Depay when they sold him to Lyon in January 2017.

But while buy-back options seemingly aren’t available in Ligue 1, it’s presumed that United will be at the front of the queue – or will at least have a first-refusal arrangement in place – if they fancy giving him another crack at the Premier League.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

There's an arrogance about the All Blacks that is well-earned

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There's an arrogance about the All Blacks that is well-earned
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Wayne Smith’s choice of reading material, when the All Blacks landed in Ireland back in 2005, was instructive.

Reichelt, Azkals create another magical moment at Panaad Stadium

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Joe Cole’s greatest gift for Chelsea came 18 months after leaving Stamford Bridge

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Joe Cole’s greatest gift for Chelsea came 18 months after leaving Stamford Bridge

Joe Cole is still held in the highest regard at Stamford Bridge.

While the former England star never quite hit the heights everyone thought he could, Cole twisted and turned his way into Chelsea hearts, winning Player of the Year in 2008.

But arguably Cole’s largest contribution to the club came 18 months after he left the London side.

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News Group Newspapers Ltd Cole is something of a cult hero at the Bridge[/caption]

While on loan from Liverpool at French club Lille, Cole came across a 20-year-old who he claimed was ‘the best I’ve ever played with.’

High praise from a man who has shared a dressing room with Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, and Steven Gerrard to name a few.

Getty - Contributor Better than these two, Joe?[/caption]

So who was this young man that Cole held in such high regard? It was Eden Hazard.

Imagine the pair in their primeReuters

In a Lille side packed with young talent like Dimitri Payet, Idrissa Gueye and Lucas Digne on the books that season, it was Hazard that stood out to Cole.

At the time Man United, Man City and Chelsea were all desperate to get the Belgian’s signature.

We all know that Hazard chose Chelsea, but it was Joe Cole’s influence which swung the pendulum towards SW6.

.@hazardeden10: 'I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me. He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!' pic.twitter.com/gKV0yN40Ma

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 13, 2018

Cole was convinced of his talent, so when he got the call from Chelsea asking about young Hazard, the Londoner told his former club that he was the most talented he’d ever seen.

Chelsea were struggling during the 2011/2012 season, lingering in sixth place following a torrid first half to the season with Andre Villas-Boas at the helm.

It took a miraculous Champions League triumph to secure entry to the competition the following year – a basic requirement if they wanted Hazard.

I'm signing for the champion's league winner.

— Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) May 28, 2012

So maybe it is Cole and the match winner in the final, Didier Drogba, who are responsible for getting the magician to choose London over Manchester.

Either way, Cole’s role in signing the man who now dons his number 10 jersey cannot be overlooked.

Happy retirement, Joe. Or should we say, bonne retraite.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Real Madrid Confirm Appointment of Santiago Solari as Head Coach Until 2021

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