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How to solve a problem like Lukaku

Cut back to August 2011 and cue the arrival of 18 year old Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, or as many called him at the time ‘Mini Drogba’. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge from R.S.C Anderlecht for a reported fee of around £20million he has proven to be much more than just a young prodigy of the former Chelsea favourite, and has created his own path of premier league destruction, though not with the Blues.

 

In the Premier League season 2011/2012 the Belgian powerhouse made only 8 appearances for the club he signed for, with 7 of those appearances coming from the bench. Clearly, the star studded first team of that years Champions League winners was not the right place for Lukaku’s development.

 

The following season saw Lukaku move to the Hawthorns and under the guidance of new boss Steve Clarke he bagged 17 goals in 35 appearances, helping… Continue reading →

Two men and a single tale

Andre Villas-Boas, Paulo Fonseca (FC Porto) and Jorge Jesus (SL Benfica)

André Villas-Boas and Paulo Fonseca could simply be two people with nothing in common. One was born in Portugal, the other in Mozambique; one has red hair and blue eyes, the other has the typical southern-european look; AVB is known to be a keen FC Porto fan, Fonseca never confessed in public but is said to support Benfica.

What link is there to be found between them, then? The answer is simple and many will have guessed by now: Fonseca is managing AVB’s childhood team this season and, much like the Spurs’ coach, is having a hard time convincing fans and the board that he is the right man for the job. There is, of course, one more thing: AVB is now number one in Fonseca’s line of succession at the helm of FC Porto.

Winning in Tromso doesn’t… Continue reading →

Paper Talk 30th November

West Ham are planning a fresh bid for their former striker Demba Ba, 28, who is out of favour at Chelsea. The Hammers tried to re-sign Ba in January.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required) 

 

Chelsea are willing to allow defender David Luiz, 26, to leave for Barcelona in January.

Full story: Daily Star 

 

Meanwhile, Chelsea, along with Manchester City, have been alerted to the possibility that Sergio Ramos could leave Real Madrid after the 27-year-old defender was criticised by Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

 

Everton are considering a move to bring Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan, 31, back to Goodison Park for a third loan spell in the new year.

Full story: Daily Express 

 

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, who is in the final year of his contract, claims he is not being given a chance by Manuel Pellegrini and… Continue reading →

Ryan Giggs turns 40

Don’t stop me now: Giggs is keen to kick-on after 40

The Premier League’s longest-serving player turns 40 years old today, and has no intent to hang up the boots just yet.

“It can be hard sometimes but I am still enjoying it. As long as that is the case I will carry on,” said the ever-green Welshman, who has appeared 952 times and scored 168 goals for Manchester United.

“I look after myself and try to train every day in order to make myself available for selection,” added Giggs; who is still often labelled as one of the fittest players in the United squad.

“He is unreal. He is still one of the quickest and fittest players in the world,” said former team-mate Paul Scholes.

“When Gary [Neville], Nicky [Butt], me and David [Beckham] came into the setup, we idolised him. In some ways, I still do. He could… Continue reading →

Paper Talk 29th November

Liverpool are closing on a deal for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. The 22-year-old Spaniard’s contract expires in the summer but managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain on Thursday in an attempt to push a deal through in January.

Full story: Daily Express 

 

Chelsea are considering a loan move for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao, 25, with Jose Mourinho wanting the option to buy permanently in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail 

 

Tottenham want to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international, 21, was watched by Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini in the Swiss side’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.

Full story: Daily Star 

 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is certain that Leighton Baines has not played his final game for the club. The 28-year-old England left-back, who is out until the new year after suffering a foot injury, is wanted by… Continue reading →

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