Good morning, reader – it’s all going on this morning. The Premier League is back, again, following our brief flirtation with cup romance and 8th division teams hitting Premier League crossbars and, of course, there’s still all those unlikely transfer deals that Sky Sports are praying will happen – otherwise Deadline Day is going to be even more rubbish than the last one they forced down our throats.
Now, I am no sports scientist – this fact may surprise you, but deal with it – but I would have thought it is easier to cope with a match being cancelled with two hours notice than it is to have a match thrust upon you with 48 hours notice. Maybe I am wrong, but I think Scott Parker has a point – Spurs knew they had a fixture in this slow, albeit against another team, so some kind of ‘loading’ (I think that’s what they call it nowadays) will have been taken into account. Fulham, however, will have been training with a weekend match in mind. So, yeah – I’m with Scott Parker on this one even if Jose thinks he is moaning about nothing. Because Jose would never be caught doing that, right?
January 12th 2021 will go down in history – especially if you are of the Sheffield United persuasion. The Blades won a Premier League match for the first time this season, even if they did get a helping hand from Newcastle and VAR. Personally, I don’t think it was even close to being a penalty given that Billy Sharp was all over his opponent but it was given and boy was it scored. Could this be the beginning of the greatest escape ever seen?
Wolves need to sort out the centre forward issue and fast, otherwise they’ll keep losing matches like the one they lost to Everton last night. Carlo Ancelotti has done many an impressive thing in football but making Michael Keane look like a complete central defender is right up there for me. Keane scored the winner that keeps Everton on course for being named ‘most unlikely league finish of the season’.
Does scoring the winner away from home at Burnley mean that Paul Pogba is finally trying? Well, if you look at the type of goal it was you’re going to need to do more than that to convince me, Paul. Sure, it was technically perfect – but we know you can do that. Had you mud wrestled Ben Mee to the floor, tackled three players and then scuffed it in from a yard then I know you mean it.
And over to the transfer brumour mill – here’s one to get you going. Spurs have rejected two bids from Valencia, yes Valencia, for Harry Winks. That’s one right out of the Vinny Samways playbook.
Jose is loving his South Americans after Carlos Vinicius scored three against Marine and is after both Real Madrid’s Eder Militao and Stuttgart’s Nicolas Gonzalez.
Monaco seem to have dropped a ricket by selling Romain Favre to Brest for just £450,000 in the summer because now Manchester United and PSG fancy paying way more than that for his services.
Yesterday we said Brendan was keen to rid himself of Islam Slimani, finally. And low and behold, Lyon of Ligue 1 are prepared to look past the imminent financial doom of French football and bring him in.
He’s replacing Moussa Dembele who’d rather ply his goalscoring trade for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. Has he not seen the snow?
Now Sean Dyche has buckets of money to spend he can go beyond his wildest dreams with targets. First taxi off the rank? Yep, Jonjoe Kenny of Everton. Calm yourselves Clarets, calm yourselves.