Everton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Leighton Baines’ future could be in midfield.Everton experimented with Baines in a new position during Roberto Martinez’s time as manager but the plan was shelved soon after.However, Silva says: “It is possible.“When Roberto told you that, what I can tell you is that you are talking about a player with fantastic individual qualities.“His passing, his last decision, his crossing is amazing and it could be. To be honest, it is not something I have spoken to him about but it could be something that happens in the future.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teenager Angel Gomes says he was deafened by the Old Trafford crowd during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, 18, made his third appearance for the club when he replaced Juan Mata in the 80th minute.There could be more game time under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has brought a sense of optimism to the club, which Gomes says was audible.”Yes, it’s always nice to come on, especially when you are a young lad, following in the footsteps of the other players who are progressing and doing well,” Gomes told MUTV. “To come on and hear the crowd cheering you on was a great feeling for me.”My ears actually blocked! I couldn’t really hear, but, as soon as I got on, I felt at ease. The players helped me, they spoke to me and gave me instructions and I was fine from then on.”
Ex-Arsenal chief Jonker warns Dutch teens against England moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTelstar coach Andries Jonker has warned Dutch teens against moving to England.The former Arsenal academy chief is critical of the system in place in England.Jonker told FOX Sport: “The road through England is not the road. In the interest of their development, youth players should not do that. You go there in an Under-18 competition, which is divided into Northern and Southern England. “In the north, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool play against each other. In the south Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. So you don’t play with and against the best clubs, that’s a problem. In addition, the best talents go with the Under-23s. But a 16-year-old boy who plays against 22-year-old guys with Premier League experience is not the solution either. “So those competitions there, they don’t function for those guys to develop.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 8: General view of Syracuse Orange basketball game against Cornell Big Red on November 8, 2013 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.With 6:33 left in the game, a Justin Bibbs jumped gave Virginia Tech a 63-50 lead. After that play, Syracuse outscored Virginia Tech 22-7 to end the game, with Michael Gbinije scoring seven points in that stretch. Gbinije, who has struggled from the free throw line all season (46.7%), hit both shots from the line to tie the game at 70 with 19 seconds left. After Trevor Cooney baited Tech into a turnover on the ensuing inbound, Gbinije hit a floater to give SU a two point lead, leaving just 0.1 seconds on the clock. At 15-7, with one of the hardest stretches of games in the country approaching, Syracuse needs to finish strong to go dancing this March, but the Orange will live to fight another day after Gbinije’s shot.[Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician]
Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dA6M7xCev8— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.
Real Madrid’s goalkeeping stocks have taken another ill-timed hit with Keylor Navas confirmed to have sustained an adductor injury.The Costa Rica international played a full 90 minutes in the Copa del Rey defeat to Leganes but is now set to miss this weekend’s crunch LaLiga clash against third-placed Sevilla, with whom Madrid are level on points.His absence will likely force Santiago Solari to gamble on the fitness of Thibaut Courtois, who has only just returned to training after missing three matches because of a hip problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid allowed third-choice stopper Kiko Casilla to join Leeds United earlier this week, meaning the inexperienced Luca Zidane should retain his place in the matchday squad on Saturday. @SevillaFC_ENG are the visitors to the Bernabéu on Saturday. How many of these goals against the Andalusian club do YOU remember? #RMHistory pic.twitter.com/E7o8nwr8rf— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 18, 2019The club did not set a timescale on Navas’ recovery.A statement from the European champions read: “Following the tests carried out on our player Keylor Navas by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor longus muscle.”His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente are among the first-team players already on Madrid’s lengthy injury list.The club currently trail league-leaders Barcelona by 15 as Real Madrid returned to their winning ways against Real Betis last time out ofter collecting one point from their prior two matches.
Twitter/@AtrainlinerSamaje Perine injury update: the Sooners star back has returned to the game after leaving with an apparent shoulder injury.Oklahoma got a bit of a scare early in today’s hotly contested game against Houston at NRG Stadium, after running back Samaje Perine was forced to head to the locker room.The Sooners superstar back took a massive shot from Cougars sophomore safety Garrett Davis on a screen pass.Wow Garrett Davis for Houston just leveled Samaje Perine. That’s impressive. pic.twitter.com/pdL0zfzCMO— Andy Liner (@Atrainliner) September 3, 2016He went to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury, but eventually returned, and in very Samaje Perine-fashion, was spotted doing push-ups on the sideline.ABC says Samaje Perine went to locker room. He left earlier with apparent shoulder injury.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 3, 2016Perine is doing pushups on the sideline. #Sooners— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) September 3, 2016Perine returned to the field during Oklahoma’s most recent drive, which just stalled out at the 2:32 mark in the second quarter. He currently has four rushes for 33 yards, and two catches for 13 yards.Luckily for Oklahoma, it has two bona fide superstars in the backfield. Joe Mixon opened scoring this afternoon with a monster 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and showed off his impressive receiver skills with this phenomenal one-handed grab later on in the game.Mixon has four carries for 36 yards and a touchdown, and 60 additional yards from the aforementioned catch.Houston isn’t backing down, however. The AAC power has to be impressing Big 12 fans watching this one, which they trail by just one late in the first half, 17-16. Star quarterback Greg Ward Jr. has 219 yards and a touchdown through the air, while receiver Steven Dunbar has been incredibly impressive as well, with five grabs for 99 yards.
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos says he will make a final decision on his future after the European Under-21 Championship, with Tottenham reportedly interested in his services.The 22-year-old moved to the Spanish capital from Real Betis in 2017 for €17 million (£15m/$19m) and he has since racked up 56 appearances for the Blancos across all competitions.During the 2018-19 campaign, he featured 34 times, starting on 19 occasions, but Madrid endured a nightmare season which ended in abject failure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ten months after leaving his managerial post covered in glory following a third successive Champions League win, Zinedine Zidane returned to the club to steady the ship and he has already begun to implement a number of changes.Ceballos is thought to be one of several first-team stars deemed surplus to requirements by the Frenchman and he has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham in recent weeks.The ex-Betis playmaker is currently away on international duty with Spain’s U-21 squad ahead of their European Championship campaign, which kicks off on June 16.Ahead of the tournament, Ceballos has conceded he could leave Madrid during the current transfer window.”I started well under [former Real Madrid coach Julen] Lopetegui, but once he was fired, I, unfortunately, became secondary,” he told Onda Cero Radio.”I’m not going to say what was said regarding my talk with Zidane but what I can say is that he was clear with me and once the Euro U21 is over, I will decide my future.”My aim is to play wherever I go and prove that I can compete in any team in Europe. I hope to succeed because nothing is going to defeat me.”Zidane has been very busy in the market, having already managed to lure Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo to the Bernabeu.Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy is also expected to complete a move to Madrid in the coming days and the French boss is prepared to target Manchester United’s Paul Pogba thereafter.Ceballos is unlikely to see regular football for the Blancos next year and so his career development might be better served elsewhere.It remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham will launch a formal bid, but the Premier League outfit are expected to be active in the window after not signing any new players for over a year.
Ross Barkley has called on his Chelsea team-mates to chip in with goals to replace those lost following the summer departure of the “exceptional” Eden Hazard.Belgium international Hazard scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists in his final season at Stamford Bridge before his big-money move to Real Madrid over the summer.New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have to figure out how to replace that contribution given he is operating under a transfer ban, with only January signing Christian Pulisic and the returning loan players added to last season’s squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Barkley is one of the players who could be looked upon to step up after Hazard’s exit and the England international scored a first-half free-kick in Sunday’s 4-3 away win over Reading.The former Everton midfielder believes it is incumbent on the whole squad, and not just Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic, to compensate for the goals lost by Hazard’s sale.”You have to fill in,” Barkley said at the Madejski Stadium. “Everyone in the squad understands that he (Hazard) was a great player, but he is gone. He has new challenges now and we have to replace his goals and create the chances. We have that much quality in the squad we will all step up to the plate.”Last season when Eden wasn’t playing we still won games, we still created chances. We know he is an exceptional player, but we have exceptional players in the squad. We have young ones that will step up and produce the goods as well.”We have Callum coming back from injury and we have signed Christian Pulisic, he is an exceptional talent. We have wingers who can create from tight positions, players who can shoot from distance and strikers – young and experienced – who are hungry for goals.”We have all come back from pre-season hungry, especially under the new manager. We are all working hard every day in training and doing double sessions all the time, getting ready for the new season.”There is a lot we can improve on – you could see that against Reading as we conceded three goals. We scored four so there were positives, too, and I am looking forward to the season.”Chelsea’s win at Reading saw them score four for the second time in pre-season, while Barkley was netting his second goal in two games after scoring a fine effort in the 2-1 win over Barcelona in Japan.Barkley is now 18 months into his spell at Chelsea and wears the same No. 8 shirt which Lampard wore with distinction during his own time at Stamford Bridge when he scored a club-record 211 goals. Barkley played with Lampard for England and acknowledge that his new boss was one of his idols as he came through the Everton academy.”Yes, he was one of my idols as a kid,” Barkley added. “I was always watching Match of the Day as a kid, you always saw him every week scoring goals. That’s what you like to see and now he is our manager, it is brilliant for all the players in the squad.”He’s got all the respect from the players for the player he was and the person he is. Every day, whether it be around the building or on the training pitch, he is speaking to everyone trying to give them tips on how to improve.”He will help all the midfielders. He is a legend of the game, the highest goal-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, so we are going to take all he has to give us and the experience he has from the past on board.”We will keep improving and he will help us. It is a new manager and a new formation – we’ve had to adapt to the different systems we are going to play. [It’s about being] hungry for goals, just have the desire to get in the box.”At the minute I have been playing a bit further forward, to think like a striker, especially as a No. 10, but try to help out defensively and work hard off the ball.”Chelsea now face Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach in their final two pre-season games ahead of their opening Premier League fixture away to Manchester United on August 11.Lampard has afforded extra playing time to youth and loan players ahead of the new season as the club contend with a transfer ban. Often ignored or loaned out, homegrown academy players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are getting a chance under Lampard’s coaching team.Barkley says that the new direction under the Chelsea legend has increased competition for places during pre-season and is impressed with the club’s young talent.”The likes of Tammy, Mason have scored goals in pre-season and you can see the hunger in them. I was the same,” Barkley concluded. “I went out on loan and then I got my chance at Everton.”When you get your chance, you just have to be ready and believe that chances will come, that you are going to step forward and produce. When you have that extra bit of quality, you can see the belief. The players that are getting a chance now are really confident lads.”They believe that they’re meant to be here. You can see that in the training sessions and the games. I’m sure they will get opportunities during the season and will show what they’re capable of.”It’s Chelsea and you will always have competition for places here. You have to work hard and your chances will come.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.