Jan the Ram?

With the transfer window behind us, one thing we can expect to see before the turn of the year is free agents being linked and moved around to clubs. Free agents can become the most crucial signings, as seen with Jay-Jay Okocha to Bolton Wanderers, Gary McAllister to Anfield and Sol Campbell’s controversial North London switch.

A lot of free agents now are coming to the back end of their career, such as Rickie Lambert, Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott. However, one 26 year old free agent who would be an unbelievable purchase for a number of clubs is former Bayern Munich and Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff.

A club that would really benefit from Kirchhoff’s presence is Championship side Derby County. The Rams are extremely low on players for the central midfield area. The arrival of Tom Huddlestone and Tom Lawrence, both north of thirty, has added numbers to that area but this is outweighed by the loss of starlet Will Hughes to Watford and the sending of Chris Bryson on loan to Cardiff City, sitting currently in 3rd compared to Derby in 15th.

But why Kirchhoff? The German has Premier League experience, playing a crucial role in Sunderland’s 2015/16 escape, winning two Man of the Match awards and PFA Fans’ Player of the Month. He was praised for his tackling and passing, something Gary Rowett’s men could do with to break down opposing midfields and support the attack of Vydra, Nugent and Weimann. Along with Kirchhoff in a holding defensive midfield role, Derby County would have a much bigger chance in fighting for the Play-Offs and more importantly, the Premier League.

 

Do you think its a good move for both parties? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

2 reasons Bury should stick with Lee Clark

The pressure increased on Bury manager Lee Clark following the clubs 4-0 drubbing at the hands of local rivals Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy last night. 

The ‘Shakers’ put out a young team for the fixture but found themselves 3-0 down at halftime with manager Clark, making 3 changes ahead of the second forty-five. Greg Leigh, Callum Reilly and Harry Bunn all coming on to offer some experience, but despite their introductions Bury fell further behind on 51 minutes when Rochdale’s Ian Henderson got on the score sheet to crank up the pressure on Clark.

With Bury heading to Charlton this weekend, a club who currently sit just outside the play-off places, Clark will be looking for a positive response to what has been a tough start to the season.

With that in mind I will take a look at 2 reasons why Bury should stick with Lee Clark despite results not been brilliant.

Past experience

Lee Clark has had experience of managing at this level in the past, having been giving his  first managerial opportunity by Huddersfield Town. In his first season he managed to guide the Terriers to ninth place in the league before going onto make the play-off semi finals in the 2009-2010 season and then went one step further the following season reaching the final but he lost out to Peterborough United.

From this it clearly shows that at this level Clark has the ability and knows what it takes to get a team competing towards the top end of the league table, and given time he could certainly do this with Bury.

Summer window

Clark was given the backing of owner Stewart Day this summer, as he managed to pull off some terrific signings. Bringing in the likes of Harry Bunn, Jermaine Beckford, Tom Aldred and Joe Murphy to name a few, the Shakers fans were optimistic ahead of the new season with the names that had arrived at Gigg Lane.

With those names coming in along with a lot of other players, it is going to take time for the squad to gel and having backed his manager in the window, the owner shouldn’t push the panic button just yet as we are still so early on in the season.

Bury fans do you agree your club should stand by manager Lee Clark? Let us know in the comment section…

 

Why has the Carabao Cup got such a bad reputation?

Last season Manchester United won the ten name EFL Cup thanks to a header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic which ultimately turned their season around. United loved that win and it seemed that the love for the League Cup was back as something that the big teams even wanted to win.

 

This season the cup has changed it’s name to the Carabao Cup following a deal the EFL struck with a Thai energy drinks company. The move was seen by many as an attempt to take the competition into Asia in an effort to gain more brand exposure in that part of the world.

 

In turn, this led to the first draw being drawn live on Facebook and the second round draw being broadcast in a different country much to the frustration of British fans. The first round draw which was drawn live on Facebook was a complete and utter farce. The draw was the launch of the cups association with Carabao and it started with no sound and then when the sound was returned the picture went dead with no explanation. To top it all off Charlton were drawn twice in the same draw in what has to be the worst brand launch draw in history.

 

If the first round draw wasn’t bad enough the third round draw was conducted in China at 4:15 AM BST meaning that most British fans were asleep at the time the draw was made. Surely they have just alienated themselves for the fans at home who follow their teams in the competition.

 

On top of this, the big teams are seeing this competition as a burden and something that they have no desire to win. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says to prioritise the EFL Cup or FA Cup over the Premier League or Champions League would be a “big mistake”. Pochettino stated that he has no interest in the Carabao Cup and that he would much rather focus on The Premier League and Champions League competitions. Big clubs tend to play young sides in the competition so why would their fans spend their hard earned money to go to these games?

So with all these issues surrounding the competition does anybody want it anymore?

 

Is the Carabao Cup everything that is wrong in football? Would you like your team to win it? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

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Are Derby County set to sign this Welsh International?

Derby County’s start to the Championship season has surprised many. Before a ball was kicked the ‘Rams’ were expected to be competing towards the top end of the league table, but instead find themselves in 15th place, having won just 3 of their opening 7 fixtures. 

Since destroying Hull City at the start of September 5-0, the club have gone on to lose their next two fixtures against Barnsley and Bristol City respectively, and manager Gary Rowett may have to look to the free market to bring in re-inforcements to bolster his squad.

Having failed in a deadline day move for Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbald  and having let the likes of Will Hughes, Craig Bryson and Jacob Butterfield leave Pride Park over the summer, the club are left short of numbers in midfield and could turn their attentions to free agent Joe Ledley.

Joe Ledley – Having been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace, many tipped Ledley to find a new club over the summer, but as that hasn’t happened he could be the perfect player for Derby County.

Being a player who can operate different roles throughout the midfield, Ledley would give Derby versatility and also as a goal scoring midfielder he could take some of the burden off the strikers.

Derby County fans would you like to see Joe Ledley at Pride Park? Will he bring useful experience to the team? Let us know in the comments section…

 

Kick It Out ask Premier League club to stop singing ‘racist chant’

Within football many fans sing songs that reflect their feelings towards their players and within the Premier League it’s no exception. There have been some absolute blinders in the past including the ever present song that Wigan fans created for striker Will Grigg.

 

However there may have been a case of some fans taking those songs over the edge of what is acceptable. Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted Manchester United to ask them to stop the club’s fans singing a “racist” chant about Romelu Lukaku.

 

The alleged ‘racist’ chant features United fans singing about the length of Lukaku’s penis which reflects a certain stereotype. It says the lyrics, about the size of the 24-year-old striker’s penis, are “offensive and discriminatory”.

“Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player,” said Kick It Out.

 

“We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and the Football Association to ensure that it is addressed swiftly,” said a Kick It Out spokesperson.

 

Now, I’m not sure whether the Old Trafford faithful were meant in any racist way and i honestly thought it was just a joke towards Lukaku being an absolute unit. But if that song is racist then surely there are plenty of others that should’ve been singled out aswell such as another United one about JI Sung Park and Liverpools toward Luis Garcia.

 

Do you think the song is racist and should be stopped? or are people over reacting too much? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

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