Posts Tagged ‘Toby Alderweireld’

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Despite Sky Sports News’ best efforts, the transfer window deadline day was a wet blanket as far as the top six were concerned. Their reporters did their best to exaggerate, build the highest of mountains out of the tiniest of molehills, get excited about absolutely nothing and, short of downright lying, inject some life into a thoroughly boring and uninteresting final day.

The top six managed just ONE signing between them and that was a loan deal when Mateo Kovačić joined Chelsea from Real Madrid.

That means Manchester United who, defensively, were second best to Manchester City last season, didn’t manage to add to their current FIVE international centre-backs. (more…)

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The best recent centre-back pairing at Old Trafford has been Rio Ferdinand alongside Nemanja Vidić.

Since then there have been numerous partnerships tried, millions of pounds wasted and José Mourinho is STILL moaning about needing a new centre half!

Currently at the club, not including the younger players, are Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Rocket scientists may choose to disagree but we don’t think that ALL the managers who have been involved in these purchases were bad managers. They certainly made some bad choices at times but to continually get the centre-backs wrong is just plain careless. (more…)

FA Community Shield - Manchester City v Chelsea

Not too long after Manchester City’s convincing 2 – 0 win over Chelsea at Wembley, Manchester United were toiling to a 1- 0 defeat in Bavaria.

Pep Guardiola’s chalk had strolled to victory, collecting the first trophy of the season on the way, without Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

Likewise, José Mourinho’s cheese took on Bayern Münich without Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matić, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. This is not to suggest that the last two would have made any difference whatsoever but others may have done.

By the end of the game in Germany, United had most of their youngsters on the pitch and the team, in age if nothing else, resembled the City team which BEAT Bayern in America. (more…)

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Where is Paul Pogba going to be playing his football next season? Well, it depends upon your rag of choice. According to The London Evening Standard he is going to Turin where he will find Juventus waiting for him. This deal would see Miralem Pjanić go the other way.

But wait a minute! The Daily Express say that he is going to Barcelona and, not only that, but they know the real reason why! He wants to play with Lionel Messi, so there!

So, reading between the lines, Paul Pogba will be going nowhere and will line up alongside Fred and Nemanja Matić in United’s midfield in the coming season. (more…)

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It seems as though Manchester United have finally forced Daniel Levy to reveal his hand. Not only has their reported attempt to sign Yerry Mina from Barcelona got him all jittery, but it has made him throw all of his cards on the table. Very un-Levy like!

He is now admitting that he is prepared to sell Mousa Dembélé and Danny Rose as well as United target Toby Alderweireld. This will all be music to Mauricio Pochettino’s ears coming, as it does, just a week before the transfer window closes and leaving very little time, if any, to replace them.

Remember, those players can be sold in Europe right up until the end of August due to the Premier League having the only transfer window which shuts early. (more…)

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Daniel Levy, from underneath his desk in the boardroom at White Hart Lane, (the new one, that is), has dictated a memo to his secretary which has now been circulated to everyone he deems important with, as a courtesy, a copy being sent to Mauricio Pochettino .

In this memo he details how Spurs need to recoup some of the money he has spent building them a nice new stadium which, when he has a decent team with some new players, he hopes will be filled to it’s 60,000 capacity. (more…)

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It depends. If the question relates to the top six being the same six as usual then there is unlikely to be any difference. If, however, it is questioning whether the finishing order will be the same as this season, then that is more debatable.

On the first point, clubs who would think they may have a chance, however slight, of breaking the hexopoly, include Everton if/when they employ Marco Silva, West Ham United now that they have managed to appoint a top manager and Newcastle if they can get rid of Mike Ashley and replace him with somebody considerably richer.

These are all pretty big “ifs” and, in truth, it is unlikely that any of them will be ready to challenge for the top six places as soon as next season. (more…)

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Apparently Manchester United are going to buy almost every player who is rumoured to be for sale. In an attempt to separate the “possibly true” from the “absolutely not” we look at deals which could happen.

Dastardly Daniel Levy decided, a while ago, that Toby Alderweireld was surplus to requirements at Tottenham Hotspur because he had the audacity to think he should be paid more than the minimum wage.

This alerted Manchester United manager José Mourinho and had Ed Woodward reaching for the nail-biting repellant at the very thought of having to negotiate with London football’s answer to Shylock. (more…)

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As promised yesterday, here is the continuation and conclusion of our look at the central defenders who feature the most for the top six Premier League clubs.

We haven’t looked at all the different permutations which are available at the big clubs where they will usually have four centre backs competing for the two places in the team, we have just looked at the two who have started the most games this season for whatever reason.

It should also be remembered that many good centre-backs nowadays can play in more than one position which greatly enhances their value to the team and gives them a better chance of playing. (more…)