Category Archives: Manchester City

Slaven Bilić to be sacked?

Go back to the 10th May 2016 and West Ham were just saying goodbye to Upton Park after beating Manchester United 3-2 which secured a sixth place finish for The Hammers.  Slaven Bilić was regarded as a god who was to be immortalised in the history of the club while bringing great times to East London. It was also the season where Dimitri Payet played the football that got whispers of a Real Madrid move on the horizon.

 

Fast forward just over a year later and life is much different for those at West Ham. Dimitri Payet has left the club for Marseille after refusing to play for The Hammers after initially being refused a move, West Hams move to the Olympic Stadium has been filled with controversy after security fears and a lack of atmosphere, it also doesn’t help that they can’t win a game there. With all that and many more problems Slaven Bilić finds himself facing huge pressure and there has been rumours that he almost faced the sack after the 3-0 loss away at Newcastle. The pressure is justified considering West Ham have lost their opening three games conceding ten goals.

 

Possible replacements?

Rafel Benitez 5/2

Having just beaten West Ham 3-0 Benitez may have sealed Bilić’s fate. Benitez is the joint  favourite to take over the job should Bilić face the sack. It could be seen as an exciting project for Benitez seeing as he is unhappy at Newcastle after receiving little funds for their first Premier League season since being relegated in 2016. The money on offer and the promise of funds may be too good for Benitez to turn down.

 

Roberto Mancini 5/2

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is the joint favourite to come for the West Ham job if they choose to part ways with Slaven Bilić. The current Zenit St Petersburg manager would be a great addition and comes with the history of winning trophies including the Premier League with City. However, Mancini has only just joined Zenit this year and may be reluctant to give up the money he is rumoured to be on at the Russian club and also West Ham with all due respect may be too much of a step down for someone who has won the Premier League.

 

Frank Lampard 33/1

An outsider for the job is Frank Lampard who of course has strong links to The Hammers having been their as a child and also made his professional debut at Upton Park. The former England player has made no secret of his desire to go into management and would be eager to get a job like West Ham. However, with no managerial experience West Ham may be reluctant to take such a gamble on Lampard when their Premier League status is at risk.

 

Let us know who you feel should become the next manager at West Ham or if you feel that Bilić should be given more time in the comments section below.

 

2017/18 Best Premier League XI?

With the summer transfer officially closed we now know the official squads for all the clubs until the window opens again in January. With that in mind we were thinking what is the best eleven in the Premier League at this moment in time based on current form? It’s not an easy task with there being so much talent in the Premier League but hopefully you agree.

 

Formation- 4-2-3-1

 

Goalkeeper- David De Gea, Manchester United

I couldn’t really look any further than the Manchester United shot stopper as I have the same opinion as many others that he is intact the best goalkeeper in the world. Having had a rocky start to life at Old Trafford the Spaniard has evolved into a truly great keeper which is reflected in the fact that Real Madrid have been trying to sign him for years.

 

Right back- Kyle Walker, Manchester City

There we go the fifty million pound man gets the nod from me for the right back position in the squad. Kyle Walker for me has everything you would want from a full back with his pace, strength, crossing and defensive capabilities. Walker has easily been the best right back in the league for a good three years and it’s no wonder City payed a big price for the England man.

 

Centre back- Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur (Captain)

For me we have the best centre back in the Premier League in Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs defender is the definition of consistent as he can always be relied upon and his reading of the game is second to none. The Belgium centre-back has shone since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for £11.5million, helping them finish Premier League runners-up in May.

 

Centre back- Eric Bailly, Manchester United

Bailly was unfortunate last season with injuries just at the time when he made United’s defence look solid. He has started this season with real promise and it was a no brainer to include the Ivory Coast international as he hasn’t conceded a goal with The Reds this so far this season.

 

Left back- Marcos Alonso, Chelsea

Marcos was vital to the Chelsea team that won the title under Conte and he has started this season right where he left off. He fired Chelsea to victory over Spurs with two goals at Wembley and I make him the best left back in the Premier League at this moment in time.

 

Defensive midfielder- Paul Pogba, Manchester United

The man who lit up the footballing world in the summer of 2016 after becoming the then most expensive player of all time for an eighty-nine million pound fee from Juventus to rejoin the club he left for free. With United sorting out their defensive problems Pogba has started this season with an absolute bang and I would’t be surprised if a player of the year nomination comes his way at the end of the season.

 

Defensive midfielder- Emre Can, Liverpool

Can was often the scapegoat for Liverpool’s poor performances last year even though he scored an absolute blinder against Watford last season. This year Can has upped his game and Liverpool look genuine contenders for some silverware this season. With Lallana’s injury Can had to adopt a more energetic role within the team and it has served him well as he has already got an assist this season.

 

Right winger- Sadio Mane, Liverpool

Mane was the saving grace for Liverpool last season and they missed him when he went off to the African Cup Of Nations during last season. This season he sits as the joint top goal scorer in the league for this season with three goals only matched by Romelu Lukaku. If Mane stays fit I have no doubt he could be the top goal scorer for the season.

 

Central Attacking midfielder- Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

No Premier League XI would be complete without the Ginger Prince that is Kevin De Bruyne. Kevin had a great season in 2016/17 as he finished as the assist king with 17 assists. De Bruyne has been integral to Manchester City for the past two seasons and i don’t see that stopping anytime soon. I wonder how hard Chelsea must be kicking themselves for letting him go?

 

Left winger- Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Sterling is often criticised throughout the media for his lifestyle and also that he shouldn’t be in the England team. Raheem had a great season last year as he picked up the August Premier League player of the month for the 2016/17 season and he also ended it with ten goals and twenty one assists in all competitions. He has also cropped up with two very important goals so far this season and so he get’s into my XI.

 

Striker- Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

This was the most difficult category as there are many players that have a case to be in this spot such as Aguero and Lukaku but Kane just edges it for me. Kane scored and impressive thirty five goals last season which includes twenty nine in the Premier League. Kane is up their with the very best and for me is the best Premier League striker at the moment even if he hasn’t scored yet.

 

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur

Without a doubt the best manager in the league for me. He does incredibly well with the budget that he has to work with and has produces some magnificent young talent.

 

A team fit enough to win the Champions League? Hopefully you can see my point of view with my XI let me know what your XI would be in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Summer Transfers – Who’s made the best business?

As the summer transfer window has now come to its penultimate end, the world of football has seen the biggest transfer in history take place with €222 million forward Neymar taking the prize on his move to PSG.

With the value of players sky rocketing over the last couple of seasons, it’s interesting to see which signings will be worth their price tag, and which players will not fill their boots.

Lets start with Manchester City. The Manchester club were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer spending £220 million on a number of assets that Pep Guardiola has hand picked himself.

Firstly, there is the young goal keeper Ederson, the young lad from Benfica has now been handed the label of most expensive goal keeper in the world, being bought for £35 million by the Mancunians. A big gamble again from city with their choice of keeper but the early days of this season have shown that he seems a much more reliable and a stronger figure to have between the sticks. I think every City fan is praying for a world record bargain here with the 23 year old.

Man City have then gone on to add at the back, with Englishman, Kyle Walker coming in from Tottenham, Danilo from Real Madrid and Benjamin Mendy coming in from the French champions, Monaco. These are additions that needed to be made by Guardiola as the ageing back line was being exploited for its flaws at numerous stages last season.

With the new system Guardiola is trying to embroil into the City philosophy, the fresh injection of youth and pace could be exactly what City need to be able to break their poor run of disappointing form in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons – as its been quite obvious that is where the Blues have faltered.

My favourite signing the Catalan manager has brought in for city is Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese play maker is another signing from Monaco who has turned a number of heads so far this season with his impressive ball control and his eye for a pass.

The £43 million midfielder was a player who impressed against City in the Champions League last season, so the many city fans watching in great expectation will be itching to see how much Bernardo delivers – as he so far seems the perfect replacement for the Spaniard, David Silva who may arguably head to a slow decline as he gradually gets older.

Arsenal. I’m not too sure what is going on there. Mr Wenger is staying for another season, which has recieved mixed opinions. The biggest signing the Gunners have made is French forward, Alexander Lacazette, for a club record £52.7 million. This got all Arsenal fans excited after he scored a great header on the opening day of the season.

He seems to have the potential to fill the spot of the big striker they need to be scored 20+ goals a season, a position they’ve arguably needed to fill since Henry. However, what else have Arsenal done? With the poor performance away at Liverpool hovering over their shoulders, Arsene Wenger is under a substantial amount of pressure to deliver a positive season this time around – but can he do it with the squad he’s got? I’m not sure.

Arsenal have not spent enough money in my opinion this summer, and with Alexis Sanchez wanting to leave, it would be thought that it would most definitely cause a stir of upset in the changing rooms. Also, injecting all your trust into such a young lad as Rob Holding at the back, I just can not see the Gunners turning around any success this season.

Moving across London, to Chelsea. I think the uncertainty behind Antonio Conte’s future at the start of the summer has prevented them from making some of the signings that he wanted to make. However, if I was a Chelsea fan I would not be complaining about Alvaro Morata coming into the ranks.

The £75 million man has impressed so far with a goal and assist on his debut, and seems to have the knowledge of a highly experienced centre forward with his impressive link up play and movement with his teammates.  This is a lad I am excited to see make the most of his opportunity at Chelsea this season as it looks like Diego Costa is not playing for Conte’s side again.

The signing of Monaco midfielder Bakayoko is another good singing who highly impressed for the French side last season. A £39.7 million fee sounds reasonable for the young lad, who is bound to slot perfectly into the departed Nemanja Matic’s spot.

The injection of youth and strength is what Conte will need this season, if they want to compete in both the league and the Champions League this season.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have made some excellent business this season (as much as it hurts to say) with Romelu Lukaku signing for £90 million from Everton, he seems a guarantee to score goals this season. The addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another season is also a move I think Mourinho needed to make, to make the more regular games much easier to manage.

The signing that has caused the most turned heads for United this season has been the former Chelsea man, Nemanja Matic. An interesting singing from United as I did not think Chelsea would be open to letting him leave – but football is football.

He has controlled the midfield well when he’s played, and it’s allowed Pogba to have more freedom, which is what I think he’s needed. I think United have made some good business this window, and you cant deny that the front line is looking as strong as ever. It will be interesting to see how United cope with their league form when the Champions League gets into full flow.

My favourite signing in the Premier League that I have been most surprised by is Renato Sanches signing to Swansea from Bayern Munich on loan. The promising centre midfielder has shown great potential for his club when he has been given the opportunity and for his national side of Portugal. It will be interesting to see how well he does this season, but I’m confident he will be a great addition for the Swans.

Finally, how could I finish this post without mentioning Paris Saint Germain. Is it unfair? The French club have spent 220 million Euros on Neymar from Barcelona which has taken every football fan by surprise. He is bound to do well and in my opinion, he’s next to win the prestigious Ballon D’or after Messi and Ronaldo have had their time.

As well as Neymar, the Paris side have managed to sign French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe on loan. The young lad has impressed massively as Monaco and has had every leading side in world football interested.

Are they now good enough to win the Champions League? Who knows. But I’ll definitely be watching in great expectation when watching that forward line.

 

Where will this Chile international be come 11pm tonight?

Alexis Sanchez has been at the heart of the transfer news over the past few days, and his future at Arsenal remains up in the air.

Manchester City tabled a £50m bid for the Chile international earlier this week, but Arsenal turned that down and the Citizens have yet to come back with a second bid, despite reports saying that they are very keen on landing Sanchez.

Rumours earlier in the week were that winger Raheem Sterling was going to be used as part of the deal to lure Sanchez to the Etihad, but those rumours were quickly knocked back by City, saying that he was not going to be leaving the football club.

With over 12 hours of the transfer window left, it remains to be seen where Sanchez will end up come 11pm this evening.

Manchester City fans do you need Alexis Sanchez? If he were to sign where would he fit in? Let us know in the comments section below…

Is Jonny Evans a good fit for Pep Guardiola?

In what I’m sure for some fans is one of the most bizarre transfer rumours of the summer, former Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is being linked with a 30 million pound move to Manchester City from West Brom.

This may be seen as a strange move from Pep Guardiola who must be desperate to add some silverware this season.

The centre back who is now 29 years of age has been a defensive rock for West Brom over the years and does count towards the home grown player quota having come through Manchester United’s academy, which will appeal towards Guardiola as maybe he can afford to lose Raheem Sterling in a swap deal as he chases Arsenals Alexis Sanchez?

Last season it could be seen that defensively City just weren’t at it with the loss of club captain Vincent Kompany for the majority of the season it was down to Otamendi and young 50 million pound centre back John Stones to protect the fragile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. So if something were to happen to Vincent Kompany again this season City would then at least have four centre backs to rely on should they sign Evans and Mangala stays at the club.

No room for youth?

With the impending arrival of a 29 year old centre back for 30 million pounds the question has to be asked why City need to pay all that money to hire a back up defender when young ball playing prodigy Tosin Adarabioyo is waiting for his chance to break into the first team squad. Having impressed during his pre season spells with the club and also during his Champions League debut against Celtic at the Etihad Stadium he must be wondering where his future lies with the Citizens when it seems Guardiola doesn’t trust him to play a part in the teams defence this season.

What will Evans bring to Manchester City?

Jonny Evans does have experience in playing for a top club as he has made 198 appearances for City’s neighbours Manchester United winning 3 Premier League titles in the process. Evans could become a utility player for Guardiola similar to the roll played by new signing Danilo although it amazes me that Danilo will cost less than Evans having won two Champions Leagues in a row for Real Madrid. It has to be said that at West Brom Evans has made a name for himself as a very reliable no thrills defender who can do a job with and without the ball. So should Man City sign the West Brom man they will no doubt be short of central defenders who can play with the ball.  The Northern Irish defender will not be short of offers though with the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City interested in him.

Should Evans choose Man City over these clubs he will no doubt be receiving a hefty wage increase with the guarantee of challenging for trophies under one of the best managers in world football which may be too good to turn down.

 

For me I would’ve liked to have seen youth given a chance but if City win a Champions League and Evans has played his part should he sign i doubt anyone will be complaining about it.

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