Soccer is far from being a one-man game. However having instrumental players in-form in key games surely increases the chances of winning any match by any team against any opposition. The following is part one of a four-piece feature where I choose one player from each English Premier League team who I believe will be key in his side's chances achieving their objectives, be it avoiding relegation, reaching the top 4 or winning the title.
Manchester City and Chelsea are the latest Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali. Arsenal had previously been reported to be interested in a double swoop for the 17-year-old and his PSV team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum and were the frontrunners to complete his signing.
Liverpool will rival Spurs in the battle for Brazil international Willian. The Reds are interested in the Â£35m-rated Anzhi midfielder, according to reports in The Sun. The 25-year-old has been transfer-listed along with all his team-mates by the Russian club as they start serious cost-cutting measures.
A host of Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on 17-year-old Santos starlet Victor Andrade, who is touted a 'the new Neymar'. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United are all monitoring the forward, who is yet to sign a new contract with the Brazilian side. His agents, NVA Entertainment Group, confirmed [.
Manchester City are at the front of a queue of Premier League clubs hoping to take advantage of the turmoil at Russian club Anzhi by signing midfielder Willian. All of big-spending Anzhi's players have been transfer-listed as part of cost-cutting measures. ESPN Brazil claims City have already made a Â£34m bid for the 24-year-old.
The 20 Premier league clubs will meet next week to discuss the possible introduction of somevoluntaryspending limits, and for convenience for these meetings, the teams have been split into two groups of 10 teams each on a geographical basis, and we expect Derek LLambias will be representing Newcastle United at this meeting.
The close season isÂ traditionallyÂ a time where clubsÂ jettisonÂ their weak players, replacing
them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify
or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it
would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping
faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.
Which Premier League is the biggest spender in the last decade? You may be surprised by the
results. According to a recent survey by Deloitte,Â Premier League clubs have spent more than
Â£4.4bn on players since the transfer window was introduced...
Reports are now suggesting that Arsenal are trying to broker a loan deal for Chelsea's 29-year old
midfielder Michael Essien, while Rennes now expect Yann M'Vila to still be at the club for the
foreseeable future. The Rennes chairman said last week that there were bids from two Premier league
clubs and from Zenit St.
Expect a very busy day in the transfer market as Premier League clubs try to wrap up deals after a
long week of negotiations. First up this morning is Cesar Azpilicueta who has signed for Chelsea
from Marseille. The young ...
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Burnley are bracing themselves for January transfer bids for star striker Danny Ings. Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland are reported to be among a host of Premier League clubs looking very closely at the Championship forward. The 21-year-old has seven goals in nine games so far this season as Sean Dyche's side find [.
Manchester United are being linked with a Â£10m move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if Everton refuse to sell Leighton Baines to them. The champions' "derisory" Â£12m bid for Baines has not endeared them to Everton. The Toffees could now make a point of refusing to sell the England full-back to former manager David Moyes.
West Brom have agreed a deal to take Udinese's Matej Vydra on a season-long loan. Vydra impressed on-loan at Watford last season, prompting interest from a number of Premier League clubs. But it's the Baggies who have landed the 21-year-old. The Birmingham Mail reports that a deal was struck yesterday and that the clubs are [.
Stoke City have joined the host of Premier League clubs battling for Scott Sinclair's signature. Potters boss Mark Hughes wants to raid his former club Manchester City for the 24-year-old winger. Everton, West Brom and Newcastle have already emerged as potential destinations for the Â£6m-rated former Swansea man.
Tottenham will offer Aston Villa a choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone, plus cash, as they battle for Christian Benteke. Spurs are aiming to take the initiative in the race for the young Belgian striker by dangling one or more proven Premier League player in exchange, according to reports in [.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's slightly irritating goal celebration dance is becoming very well known after his excellent start to the season. In fact, it's so well known that players at other Premier League clubs are now making their own tribute videos. Here is Manchester City defender Micah Richards doing his interpretation of Studge's celebration.
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have â€˜stepped up' their pursuit of French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, according to reports. The Daily Mail claims both Premier League clubs held talks with the player's agents ahead of their clash at White Hart Lane last Wednesday, which Spurs subsequently won 2-1.
Liverpool's interest in Birmingham City's Nathan Redmond has been heightened ahead of the January transfer window, as talks between the player and his club regarding a new deal continues to stall. The Daily Telegraph report that Brendan Rodgers has been targeting the inventive winger for the last 12 months, as he has progressively enhanced his reputation in the Championship after becoming Birmingham's second youngest ever player behind Trevor Francis.
While the club has a proud history, there's no denying that Liverpool Football Club is one of the most disliked Premier League clubs in English football. The amount of people wanting Liverpool to fail is palpable. The club is often the butt of jokes and lazy stereotypes. And it seems that whether it's on social media or the Internet, there's a significant amount of people who take joy in seeing Liverpool lose.
Liverpool's desperate attempts to lure former Fulham star Clint Dempsey to Anfield included
offering Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing to teams around the Premier League in
order to meet Fulham's valuation of the player.
The Daily Mail report that Brendan Rodgers attempted to sanction the sale of the three players
before last Friday's transfer deadline in hope of raising the funds needed to complete a move for
Promo video advert for the 2012-2013 Premier League season. More of the beautiful game of
football/soccer and music by Ludovico Einaudi, the season promo was created by: 'Edit by Filipp
'Ace' Yuzhanin & Fil1922 via YouTube...nice work guys!
English Premier League Clubs: Arsenal FC, Aston Villa, Chelsea FC, Everton FC, Fulham FC,
Liverpool FC,Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Queens Park
Rangers, Reading FC, Southampton FC, Stoke City, Sunderland AFC, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur,
West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Wigan Athletic.
All Premier League matches will use goal-line technology from the start of next season. Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs ratified a decision to implement Hawkeye technology from next season. The Community Shield at Wembley is likely to be the first game in English football to use the technology.
The 20 Premier League clubs are currently discussing how to impose some voluntary financial controls on themselves, so they don't go into huge debts, andvoluntarilyabide by some financial controls, which are in line with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, which are coming into effect over the next few years.
If you pick the responses from certain English Premier League clubs, you get various takes on what
the summer transfer window is supposed to provide. For some, it's a rebuilding effort even if a
team is good enough to already be a competitor. For others, it's trying to figure out the damage
when offers are simply too good to pass on.
Some of you will have noted that our occasional artist Ted Carter put down his crayons in favour
of hunching over a keyboard and reviewed the Premier League clubs team kits for the start of the
2012/13 season. He's not, however, merely satisfied with merely criticising the garish outfits that
these over-indulged buffoons will be running around in over the next nine months.
People have been writing about the modern association of soccer with business for many years now. Soccernomics, that beautiful book that marries football passion with economic realities, helpfully points out that the problem with this association is...
Wenger defends financial fair play Yesterday a meeting was held, where all the 20 Premier League
clubs where various methods of implementing the upcoming financial fair play were suggested.
Although no final decision has been taken, most of the clubs are in favour of these rules. Arsene
Wenger, who is known to be a long [.
Well, it's Thursday and you have to think preparations for this weekend's game against Stoke are
well and truly underway on the training ground. With that in mind, those anxiously awaiting the
arrival of Nuri Sahin, or indeed anyone else, might need to consider the fact that should anything
go through it's happening so late that their participation on Sunday would have to be in doubt.
Free agent Michael Owen is being pursued by both Sunderland and Stoke City. Both Premier League
clubs are trying to land his signature. While his best years are past him, he's still the type of
clinical striker who would be ...
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Some Anglocentric lessons Learned from another bad week for English clubs in the Champions League 1. The European stock of Premier League clubs is falling faster than the BBC's. Nearly. After something of a purple patch for English clubs in Europe which saw two winners, six final appearances and numerous semi-final outings for THE BEST [.
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Proposed spending controls in the Premier League will be discussed at a meeting next week. The 20 clubs have been split into two groups of 10 on a geographical basis, with the southern group to meet on Monday and the northern group on Wednesday. The majority of clubs are in favour of some kind of cost control measure - the sticking points are likely to be which measure is adopted and what the sanctions will be for breaking the rules.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that several Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United, were
tracking 19 year-old Leicester City defender Liam Moore, hut of course we have no ideaÂ ifÂ thatÂ
newsÂ isÂ true. Liam Moore - talented young Leicester defender Liam was born in Loughborough, and
can play at center-back or right back, so he is the kind ofÂ youngÂ versatile defender [.
Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the
football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the
attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness.
At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found.
We've completed Part I, Part II, and Part III of our pre-season Premier League transfer signings
preview articles earlier this weekend so here is our fourth and final installment to round out all
20 Premier League clubs. We're taking ... Continue reading â†’