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The four most influential players in the Premier League this season


Here is a list of my choice of the four most influential players so far this season. The contributions of these four players has resulted in each of their team’s taking a top four place after six games played.


Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool


The ex-Chelsea man has endured a superb start to the new season scoring in the club’s first four Premier League fixtures, emulating a certain Robbie Fowler and heading the top scorers list with five goals after six games. The most memorable of these for the Liverpool fans and certainly most crucial being the winner against Manchester United in the 1-0 victory at Anfield. He has been the league’s most improved player this season and is currently the in-form striker.


The England forward has successfully taken on the mantle of the absent Luis Suarez for the first five matches, in which time he has… Continue reading →

Gala Want Mancini

Premier League winner Roberto Mancini is in talks over the possibility of taking over from axed head coach Fatih Terim at Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The 48-year-old was jettisoned by Manchester City in May, despite leading the club to the league title only one year previous to his sacking. However, his impressive CV in both Italian and English football has catapulted him to the top of the wanted list in Istanbul.

Talks were officially announced on Twitter by the Turkish club yesterday, with Mancini pictured alongside Gala chief executive Lufti Aribogan.

It had been rumoured initially the former Lazio and Inter boss had no interest in the role, but that notion was swiftly dismissed by recent developments.

Mancini would assume control of a side demoralised by a 6-1 reverse in front of their own fans against Real Madrid in the Champions League and also still reeling from the dismissal of a… Continue reading →

Paper Talk 30th September

West Brom are to make on-loan Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, 28, a permanent signing after he scored in the 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mirror 


Newcastle United will need to pay £7 million if they want to sign PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, 22, in January.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle 


QPR boss Harry Redknapp is close to signing former Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas, with the 29-year-old Lithuanian training with the Loftus Road club.

Full story: Daily Mirror


Manchester United manager David Moyes ignored pleas from predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson to retain his backroom staff at Old Trafford.

Full story: the Sun 


Moyes has called on his United players to respond after their worst start to a season in 24 years.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 


The United boss is concerned about each area of his team’s play following their early-season struggles.… Continue reading →

David Moyes doubts United’s Champions League chances

David Moyes has admitted that his Manchester United side lack the quality needed to win the Champions League but claims they will soon be at that level.

After Manchester United make their worst start to a season in 24 years, all eyes will be on Moyes’ men as they head into their first Champions League away draw to Shaktar Donestk on Wednesday.

After suffering away defeats to Premier League rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City, alongside losing their last home game to West Brom, David Moyes has insisted the team must be “judged on how they bounce back.”

The Premier League champions were unsuccessful in their pursuit of targets over the summer, with interest in Leighton Baines, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera all amounting to nothing. The Red’s boss is concerned that his squad may lack the quality to challenge the strong contenders, such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

“To win the Champions… Continue reading →

Lamela: Spurs can win Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur record signing Erik Lamela believes his new team can win the Europa League this season.


Talking ahead of Spurs’ trip to Moscow on Thursday Lamela told the Sunday People,

“The trips to Russia can be complicated but we are professional players and the minimum requirement is to give your best performance in any game.”


The Europa League is seen as a burden to most teams fighting on a national front but the Argentina international believes manager Andre Villa Boas has built a squad capable of battle in more than one competition.

“The squad is big and we are able to fight in both the Europa League and Premier League,” he said.

“The Europa League is the second-most important trophy for clubs in Europe and many players want to win it in their careers. Nobody in Spurs would snub this trophy and our minimum challenge is… Continue reading →

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