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Monchengladbach offer ‘make or break’ season for Chelsea’s Hazard

In acquiring Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard on a season long loan from Chelsea, Borussia Monchengladbach have acquired a creative midfielder who shone in last years Belgian league and is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea.   During his time with Zulte Waregem, Hazard (21) was deployed largely in the number 10 role, playing behind a lone striker. He also demonstrated his ability to play anywhere across the centre of the park in a more withdrawn central midfield role. Hazard flourished in his native Belgium as part of a system that allowed him to play as the key playmaker.   If Hazard improves on his impressive 2013/14 season with Zulte then Gladbach could conceivably have made one of the shrewdest transfers in the Bundesliga this season. In 53 appearances, Hazard returned 17 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, which suggests that his undoubted raw talent is beginning… Continue reading →

Manchester United Reach Rojo Agreement

Manchester United have reached an agreement for their third deal of the transfer window with the capture of Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo for a fee of £16 million.

The deal also sees Portuguese winger Nani heading in the opposite direction on a season long loan 7 years after leaving Lisbon for Old Trafford.

The Argentine defender, who has seen his stock rise since his impressive World Cup will bolster United manager Louis Van Gaal’s defensive options which look vulnerable during the opening day defeat to Swansea. The defender, who can operate either as a left centre half or as a left full back, is seen as the type of player who is adaptable and will fit into Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation with ease.

The Argentinian, who made 6 appearances during the World Cup, is seen as the first of a few more signings before the end of the window… Continue reading →

Tottenham sign international defender, striker now needed?

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of DeAndre Yedlin from Seattle Sounders for an undisclosed fee.

 

The 21-year-old becomes manager Mauricio Pochettino’s 4th signing of the summer, having already signed two defenders and a goalkeeper. Yedlin has signed a four-year contract and will remain at the MLS club until the start of next season. Former-Spurs goalkeeper Kasey Keller urged the USA international to stay in Seattle to ensure regular football. But the immediate loan-back should solve the problem, allowing Yedlin to develop further before moving to the Premier League.

 

Yedlin, who has played seven times for his country – including three substitute appearances in the World Cup – has spoken of his happiness about the move.

“I’m very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world,” he said.

 

The move appears to show Pochettino’s confidence in… Continue reading →

Evaluating the Transfer Activity of Manchester City

Manchester City celebrate title

Of the teams competeting for the title it can be argued that Manchester City’s squad is the most complete. They have four top quality strikers who are supported by an athletic and creative midfield. Their team is full of goal scorers, Yaya Toure for example from midfield, managed to contribute 20 league goals to City’s total of 102 goals last season. Manchester City may have won the league by 2 points but fans of any team we will always want a bigger margin of victory and in an attempt to achieve that; City have flexed their financial muscle.

Looking at the points dropped last season by Manchester City, part of it was due to lapses in concentration in between the sticks. City will need to keep pressure on Joe Hart to prevent complacency coming into his game and they have signed Willy Caballero from Malaga to… Continue reading →

Lampard’s move to Man City wasn’t a shock. It was predictable

EARLIER this week Manchester City confirmed the signing of Frank Lampard on a short-loan deal from New York City Football Club.
The new Major League Soccer side are currently recruiting players ahead of their debut season in US Soccer in January 2015. Last month they announced that the former Chelsea ace would be their second international signing after Spanish striker David Villa joined earlier in the summer.

However over the past few days there has been much debate as to why Lampard has gone to City, with many questioning his decision and others stating that Chelsea fans will feel betrayed.
That notion is completely ludicrous with many people missing a valuable point: Manchester City owns New York City FC and so can transfer whoever they please to each other thus monitoring the fitness of their own players.

A ‘Shock’ move many newspapers called it. Really? How is it so? Man… Continue reading →

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