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Tottenham have secured a major addition to their backroom staff after recruiting Paul Mitchell as the club’s new head of recruitment and analysis. Mitchell joins the club from Southampton.
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In an official statement on their club website, Spurs announced the deal along with a brief overview of Mitchell’s career, which most recently included a successful spell with the Saints, whom he joined in January 2012 to manage their Scouting and Recruitment department.
Prior to his spell on the South Coast, Mitchell enjoyed a playing career with Wigan Athletic and MK Dons. He initially took up the role of Community Ambassador with the Dons when he retired from playing in 2009 at the age of 27.
The source adds that, following the appointment of Karl Robinson as Dons manager in 2010, Paul was assigned to his back room staff as Head of Recruitment, recognising his aptitude for identifying player talent.
Mitchell, now 33, played 64 league games for Wigan between 2000 and 2005, and a further 59 with the Dons. He also had loan spells at Halifax, Swindon, Wrexham and Barnet.
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Wednesday’s biggest stories.
Wesley Sneijder edges closer to Manchester United transfer after being shunned by Galatasaray (Daily Star).
Carlo Ancelotti refusing to sign new contract with Real Madrid as he eyes Premier League return (Daily Star).
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech prepared to wait until next summer to find the right club (London Evening Standard).
Southampton want to sign £2.5m rated Jesus Corona from FC Twente (Mirror).
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Tottenham Hotspur join Blues and Liverpool in the race to sign Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi (Daily Express).
Red Devils interested in wantaway Lille midfielder Rio Mavuba (Daily Express).
Darren Bent to join Brighton & Hove Albion on-loan from Aston Villa (Daily Express).
Napoli loanee Michu set to return to Swansea City in January (talkSPORT).
Reds target Xherdan Shaqiri can leave Bayern Munich in January says Franz Beckenbauer (Mirror).
Arsenal and Man United no longer interested in taking FC Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen on-loan (Daily Express).
Hull City looking to sign another Tottenham star in the shape of Aaron Lennon (Mirror).
QPR keen to sign Mauricio Isla from Juventus on a permanent deal (Football Italia).
Louis van Gaal admits to secret meetings with Bayern winger Arjen Robben (ESPN).
Manchester City targeting AS Monaco left-back Layvin Kurzawa (L’Equipe).
Vicente del Bosque praises Jose Mourinho in bid to end feud (Daily Star).
Brendan Rodgers to play Steven Gerrard in advanced role against Ludogorets in the Champions League (Independent).
Liverpool to complete £47m triple swoop for Chelsea’s Petr Cech, FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Nathan Redmond of Norwich City (Metro). 1
Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere could be out for as long as three months with ankle injury (Guardian). 2
Boost for United as Jonny Evans and Ander Herrera approach full fitness (Daily Mail). 3
Leicester City in the hunt to sign Celtic midfielder Kris Commons (Daily Express). 4
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Arsenal and Chelsea also feature highly…
The Daily Mail has released a list of the loudest Premier League fans based on this season.
Surprisingly, the renowned Anfield crowd have been one of the quiet in the entire top flight this term – which given performances, is arguably not even that surprising.
=19) Aston Villa – 152 decibels
=19) West Ham – 152 decibels
18) Liverpool – 153 decibels.
=13) Southampton – 156 decibels
=13) Everton – 156 decibels
=13) Leicester – 156 decibels
=13) Sunderland – 156 decibels
=13) QPR – 156 decibels
=8) Burnley – 156 decibels
=8) Hull – 156 decibels
=8) Manchester City – 157 decibels
=8) Swansea City – 157 decibels
7) Newcastle – 158 decibels
6) Arsenal – 159 decibels
=5) Crystal Palace – 160 decibels
=5) Chelsea – 160 decibels
=2) West Brom – 161 decibels
=2) Tottenham – 161 decibels
=2) Stoke City – 161 decibels
1) Manchester United – 167 decibels
Predicted Premier League Table 2014/15 – Usual Suspects Lift Title Whilst Arsenal And Liverpool Fight For Fourth Spot
Liverpool are fifth, while Southampton will apparently drop off to eighth
Bloomberg Sports have created a projection for the Premier League, and they have a couple of surprising results.
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Predictably Chelsea win the title, but the fight for fourth is one that is expected to take some twists and turns. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur are expected to be scrapping for it. There are only only seven points between the five.
Meanwhile, Southampton are expected to drop off as the season progresses.
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20) Burnley, predicted 32.9 points
It could be a long season for Sean Dyche’s side.
19) QPR, predicted 34.2 points
Harry Redknapp apparently won’t do enough to turn around QPR’s campaign.
18) Leicester City, predicted 34.8 points
The Foxes round off all the promoted teams getting relegated.
17) Hull City, predicted 37.4 points
The Tigers could be finding it hard to repeat their mid table finish from last season.
16) Crystal Palace, predicted 38.1 points
The Eagles will apparently succeed in another plucky survival.
15) Aston Villa, predicted 39.1 points
Paul Lambert may be having trouble at the moment, but Villa should still survive.
14) Sunderland, predicted 39.8 points
The Black Cats may end up with less than 40 points, but apparently that will be enough for 14th.
13) West Bromwich Albion, predicted 40.8 points
Alan Irvine’s first season at the Baggies is supposed to be a relatively successful one.
12) Stoke City, predicted 44.0 points
The Potters are thought to be safe in mid-table.
11) West Ham United, predicted 46.9 points
The Hammers are expected to drop off after a great start.
10) Newcastle United, predicted 48.5 points
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9) Swansea City, predicted 49.7 points
The Swans are another who aren’t supposed to build on their promising start.
8) Southampton, predicted 55.2 points
Ronald Koeman’s men are meant to drop off sharply after an unbelievable beginning to the campaign.
7) Everton, predicted 60.6 points
The Toffees will apparently not be able to match last season’s fifth place.
6) Tottenham Hotspur, predicted 62.9 points
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will improve from a troubled start.
5) Liverpool predicted 63.6 points
The Reds will recover to challenge for the top four.
4) Arsenal, predicted 67.8 points
Arsene Wenger will guide them to fourth, as always.
3) Manchester United, predicted 70.5 points
Louis van Gaal’s first season will be pretty successful if this prediction becomes true.
2) Manchester City, predicted 81.8 points
Yet another team who will need to come back well from a bad start.
1) Chelsea, predicted 90.1 points
The Blues are already nailed on favourites for the title so this is no surprise.
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Tuesday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.
Mario Balotelli’s agent says that the Liverpool striker, 24, will not be making a return to Italy – (Daily Mail)
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24, who has been a target of Manchester United is open to a move to the Premier League after recovering from injury – (London Evening Standard)
Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are the trio of clubs who now want to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 25, after Chelsea pulled out of the race – (Metro)
Real Madrid are stepping up interest in Liverpool midfield prospect and Spain Under-18 captain Pedro Chirivella, 17, who has been training with the Reds first team this season – (Daily Mail)
Dinamo Zagreb have told Arsenal and Tottenham that they will have to spend big if they want to sign their defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 22 – (Daily Star)
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Liverpool’s recent slump in form is a result of the squad’s mental and physical shape – (Daily Express)
Crystal Palace are to travel to Indian sides Mumbai City FC and Star Sports to look for the best 16-19 year-olds, one of whom will get the chance to train at the club’s academy – (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United have decided against lodging a complaint over an incident at Emirates Stadium on Saturday in which a supporter threw red wine at the visiting team’s bench during the Premier League match – (London Evening Standard)
Former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, 36, will bid to play his way back into a shock comeback for the Trotters when he takes part in a private match on Tuesday – (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has followed in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham by unveiling his own range of underwear which will be branded J10 – (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal target Joao Moutinho has reportedly given the Gunners a boost ahead of the January window by handing in a transfer request at Monaco – (Metro)
Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed reports claiming Manchester City could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi – (Sky Sports)
However, Samir Nasri has admitted Manchester City’s highly-paid stars face the chop if they go out of the Champions League this week – (Daily Mirror)
Ryan Giggs is enjoying being handed big responsibilities by Louis van Gaal – (Daily Star)
Christian Eriksen admitted it was down to the players to cure Tottenham’s dreadful home record after another great escape on the road – (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho stalked into Roberto Di Matteo’s territory last night and told his predecessor he was lucky to have won the Champions League for Chelsea – (Daily Express)
Celtic claim a fee was agreed with Manchester City for John Guidetti prior to them taking the striker on loan – (Sky Sports)
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert praised the resilience of his side after battling to a 1-1 draw with second-placed Southampton in his 100th game in charge, despite feeling the absence of a number of key stars – (talkSPORT)
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is determined to come back from his injury hell stronger than ever – (Daily Mirror)
Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, but only if Financial Fair Play sanctions are eased – (Daily Express)
Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Basel defender Fabian Schar in a £9.5million transfer deal – (Metro)
Real Madrid are keen to keep Arsenal reported target Sami Khedira after next season, according to club coach Carlo Ancelotti – (Sky Sports)
Adam Lallana admits Liverpool will only find a way out of their crisis if they stick together – (Daily Star)
Liverpool have stepped up their bid to sign Porto front man Jackson Martinez – (Daily Mirror)
Paul McGrath believes Manchester United MUST sign an experienced centre-back in the January transfer window – (talkSPORT)
Sanchez 9th, Liverpool New Boy 8th And Di Maria 3rd – Top Statisticians Name Premier League’s Most Creative Players With Interesting Results
Predicted assists per game reveal some interesting names.
Sports statisticians Opta have teamed up with the Premier League to analyse the amount of assists in the English top tier and where they come from.
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This has led to a prediction of which players will provide the most assists each game and therefore who will prove to be the most creative stars this season.
Here are the top 10, with some unexpected names joining the usual suspects.
10=. Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City – 0.188 assists expected per 90 minutes
Despite being a defender this right-back loves to get forward and this is proven by the fact Zabaleta is the only player on the list who plays at the back.
10=. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal – 0.188 assists
The inclusion of Ramsey may see some raise an eyebrow, but he’s here because the stats have been taken from the start of the 2013/14 campaign and the Welshman was in fine form then.
9. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal – 0.198 assists
Despite being deemed surplus to requirements by FC Barcelona this Chile international was still a useful asset and his performances for the Gunners so far have also greatly contributed to this prediction.
8. Rickie Lambert, Liverpool – 0.199 assists
The England international has not been in sparkling form since joining his boyhood club over the summer, but last term Lambert was one of the few players in Europe to score and assist more than 10 in the league.
7. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool – 0.203 assists
Another Reds ace now and Sterling has also struggled to recreate his form of 12 months ago this time around, but at 19-years-old the forward has plenty of time to rediscover it.
6. Morgan Amalfitano, West Ham United – 0.206 assists
This Frenchman has been quietly solid since first arriving in England on-loan with West Bromwich Albion last season and Amalfitano is also contributing to the Hammers’ strong start.
5. Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur – 0.214 assists
This one will probably surprise many with Soldado having been widely considered a flop since joining Spurs in 2013, but according to the stats the 29-year-old has actually been a useful addition.
4. Jesus Navas, Manchester City – 0.220 assists
Amazingly this Spaniard gets in ahead of fellow countryman and City star David Silva and although behind the attacking midfielder and Samir Nasri currently, Navas is clearly a useful option.
3. Angel di Maria, Manchester United – 0.295 assists
Since becoming the British record transfer over the summer at £59.7m this Argentine has been good, but it is his impressive form for previous side Real Madrid that really sees di Maria in third.
2. Dusan Tadic, Southampton – 0.359 assists
Replacing captain Adam Lallana was always going to be tough, but the Saints have achieved it by signing this winger from FC Twente and Tadic has immediately taken to English football.
1. Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea – 0.369 assists
Leading the way though is a midfielder who has been brilliant since coming back to London and Fabregas already has 10 assists for the Blues in just 12 appearances.
St Mary’s boss chases White Hart Lane duo.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is set to be handed a £20m transfer kitty as he seeks to keep his south-coast side in the top four according to The Sun.
The St Mary’s side were expected to struggle due to the sales of a number of star performers and the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino but have begun the season in sensational form and currently sit second in the table.
Koeman will look to tie down England internationals Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez to lucrative new contracts and has set his sights on Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Andros Townsend.
One imagines that in form youngster Kane is going nowhere, the English forward being one of Pochettino’s only effective attackers this term having already racked up ten goals in all competitions, though there is a chance that a good offer for winger Townsend could be considered.
The 23 year old was at times superb for club and country last term but was on the whole hugely inconsistent and as such it’s not surprising that he’s been handed just one Premier League start this season.
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Will They Go? January’s 15 Biggest Potential Transfer Targets And Their Likely Destinations, Including Arturo Vidal To Man United And Jackson Martinez To Liverpool?
They have been circled by rumours, but will these players be on the move in January…
Aren’t we sick of the same old transfer rumours circulating again and again? Well for you pleasure here they all are one last time. In a comprehensive list, we predict whether or not some of the summer’s failed movers could finally be switching clubs in the New Year.
15) Isco (Real Madrid)
Proved his worth to the Spanish giants over the course of Gareth Bale’s injury earlier this season, and will now surely stay put long-term despite interest from Manchester City.
14) Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco)
Talented midfielder who could realistically be the latest man to leave the Monaco exodus. Has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea, but would perhaps struggled to get in either of those teams. We’ll predict a late move from Tottenham will succeed.
13) Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)
Has been at the heart of everything good about Southampton so far this season. He would be a fool not to see out the season at St. Mary’s and see if he could be part of something special, but Arsenal should get their man next summer.
12) Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
A big part of Dortmund’s recent history, loyalty will ensure he stays put this winter, but if Dortmund fail to make the Champions League, a move to Manchester United next summer could be entirely possible.
11) Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina)
Attracted interest from Barcelona and Manchester United last summer, but both of those teams would struggle to fit the Colombian into their current sides. Manchester City, who have grown frustrated with Jesus Navas, could be the surprise winners here.
10) Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain)
A definite mover for us in the January transfer window, with Arsenal the most likely destination for the Frenchman, who could be the ideal replacement for Jack Wilshere, should the injury he picked up against Manchester United on Saturday prove to be serious.
9) Jackson Martinez (FC Porto)
Has most recently attracted interest from Liverpool who, as well all know, are in desperate need of a new centre forward following the departure of Luis Suarez, the poor form of Mario Balotelli and the injury to Daniel Sturridge. But we think the Colombian will stay put until at least the start of next season.
8) Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
This one again? Yes the Arturo Vidal to Manchester United saga is still ongoing, and we just don’t see this one happening. Vidal has struggled with form and fitness this season, and those factors should be enough to dissuade United and keep him in Turin for the time being.
7) Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain)
We all know that Cavani is frustrated with playing second fiddle as PSG to the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but will he leave as early as January? In terms of a move to the Premier League, only Liverpool are on the lookout for a first choice centre forward, and there would be question marks over whether they could afford him after their summer splurge.
6) Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
Missed out on the Champions League this season, but despite links with Liverpool there have not been too many murmurs of discontent. The Argentine looks most likely to see out the season and then re-evaluate from there.
5) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
His latest injury has surely ended any slim chance of a move coming in January for the German international. A move next summer looks a forgone conclusion however, and it’s just a matter of who will win the battle for his signature. We wouldn’t want to call that one.
4) Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)
Arsenal and Chelsea chased the German World Cup winner throughout the summer, but it seems as if Bayern Munich would perhaps be the best fit for Khedira, either in January, or on a free transfer next summer – which probably seems the more likely option.
3) Ross Barkley (Everton)
Everton have said publicly that they are not under pressure to sell their prize asset, and they are dead right, the question marks will come if the club fail to live up to the player’s ambitions, and that shouldn’t come until at least the end of the season when the Toffee’s know their finishing position.
2) William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)
Another Arsenal target, and we’re going to go ahead and say that Arsene Wenger will pull this one off in January. So that’s Carvalho and Cabaye in a new-look midfield, as the likes of Arteta and Rosicky get fazed out. Lisbon will definitely sell at the right price, and the deal works for everyone.
1) Kevin Strootman (AS Roma)
Another deal we expect to happen is Strootman to Manchester United. Louis van Gaal has been open with the fact that there will be no repeat of this summer’s spending splurge, but we fully expect United to bolster in midfield and at the back, with several players heading out to raise the funds.
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We have ranked all 20 Prem teams based on the costume and personality of their mascots. They have been are ordered best to worst…
1. Filbert Fox – Leicester City
2. Gunnersaurus Rex – Arsenal
3. Monty Magpie – Newcastle United
4. Stamford The Lion – Chelsea
5. Pottermus Hippo – Stoke City
6. Bertie Bee – Burnley
7. Roary the Tiger – Hull City
8. Baggie Bird – West Bromwich Albion
9. Hercules the Lion – Aston Villa
10. Chirpy Cockerel – Tottenham Hotspur
11. Bubbles the Bear and Hammerhead – West Ham United
12. Changy the Elephant – Everton
13. Alice the Eagle and Pete the Eagle – Crystal Palace
14. Cyril and Cybil the Swans – Swansea City
15. Sammy Saint – Southampton
16. Jude the Cat – Queens Park Rangers
17. Moonchester and Moonbeam – Manchester City
18. Black Cats Samson and Delilah – Sunderland
19. Mighty Red – Liverpool
20.Fred the Red – Manchester United
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Today’s biggest transfer stories, featuring Messi, Hummels, Strootman and more.
Manchester City are serious about pursuing a deal to sign £200m-rated Barcelona star Lionel Messi next summer or in the near future.
Full story: Daily Mail.
Manchester United look the favourites to beat Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels in a £47m deal.
Full story: Daily Mail.
The Red Devils could also be in a good position to sign Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, who is available for just £20m this January.
Full story: Daily Star.
Chelsea are planning to make a £20m raid on Premier League rivals Everton next summer as they look to sign Seamus Coleman.
Full story: Daily Mail.
Liverpool may already be getting rid of failed summer signing Rickie Lambert and send him on loan to old club Southampton.
Full story: Daily Express.
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Manchester United and Bayern Munich could be set to do a swap deal involving Ander Herrera and Xherdan Shaqiri this January.
Full story: Daily Express.
Liverpool could make a £10m bid for exciting Norwich City youngster Nathan Redmond, 20, in the January transfer window.
Full story: Daily Star.
Arsenal and Manchester United are pondering a bid to sign Hull City’s £12m-rated youngster Andy Robertson this winter.
Full story: Daily Express.
Chelsea could rival Arsenal for the signing of AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho as an alternative to Sami Khedira.
Full story: Daily Mail.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela for Inter Milan.
Full story: Fichajes.net.
Liverpool will rival Arsenal for the signing of out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeper Petr Cech this January.
Full story: Daily Mail.
The Reds are also keen on signing West Bromwich Albion’s £30m-rated young striker Saido Berahino to improve their options upfront.
Full story: Daily Mail.
Athletic Bilbao are weighing up a January bid for struggling Arsenal utility man Nacho Monreal.
Full story: Fichajes.net.
Arsenal could be set to hand a new bumper contract to midfielder Jack Wilshere, with a five-year deal worth £150,000 per week.
Full story: Daily Mirror.
Liverpool players are reportedly unhappy about manager Brendan Rodgers showing favouritism towards Mario Balotelli.
Full story: Daily Mirror.
Arsenal and Liverpool are supposedly on alert after Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of his desire to coach in England.
Full story: Daily Mail.
Arsenal are weighing up a move to sign FC Basel’s promising young defender Fabian Schar to solve their problems at the back.
Full story: Daily Mirror.
Arsenal are also said to be stepping up their interest in signing in-form Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak this January.
Full story: Fichajes.net.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes summer signing Emre Can can make an impact at Anfield this season.
Full story: Guardian.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is under the spotlight after a shocking performance against old club Arsenal, completing fewer passes than goalkeeper David de Gea!
Full story: Metro.
Check out this Premier Leagues XI made up of the worst summer signings this season. Liverpool trio and former Arsenal man included…
There were some fantastic signings in the Premier League this summer, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa joining Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
Conversely however, there have also been a number of ghastly transfers that the players and clubs are now sincerely regretting.
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Here is the Premier League worst XI made up of summer signings:
GK) Michel Vorm – Swansea City to Tottenham Hotspur
The Dutch international goalkeeper went from being the first choice in a mid-table team, to sitting on the bench behind one of the best shot-stoppers in the world at the moment in Hugo Lloris.
RB) Bacary Sagna – Arsenal to Manchester City
Gunners fans loved Bacary Sagna, and despite the disappointment many understood that he felt it was time to move on. To move to City to sit on the bench behind arguably the best right-back in the league however, seems like a bizarre move for the Frenchman.
CB) Dejan Lovren – Southampton to Liverpool
The Croatian was presumed to be the reason the Saints’ defence was so solid last season. But with the Hampshire side’s back line looking better than ever, and Lovren struggling for form, it seems like Liverpool backed the wrong horse.
CB) Federico Fazio – Sevilla to Tottenham Hotspur
Two red cards in his Tottenham career already, and yet somehow he is keeping Jan Vertonghen out of the team. Fazio has been guilty of a number of costly mistakes this season, and needs to adapt to the Premier League fast if he wants to succeed.
LB) Ben Davies – Swansea City to Tottenham Hotspur
The youngster was just making a name for himself at Swansea, and was looking like one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League. His move to North London has seen him planted firmly on the bench however, his career already taking something of a nosedive.
CM) Saphir Taider – Inter Milan to Southampton
Possibly the worst signing on the list, Taider joined the Saints on-loan from Inter in a deal that saw Dani Osvaldo go the other way. He made just one substitute appearance for the club though, before Ronald Koeman terminated the loan agreement and sent him straight back to Italy. The player allegedly showed poor work ethic and “failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players”.
RAM) Remy Cabella – Montpellier to Newcastle United
Newcastle may be on the up at the moment, but Cabella has not made the impact that was expected of him. He looked like a fantastic acquisition after his first game against the Citizens, but since then he has been all flair with no end product.
CAM) Joe Cole – West Ham United to Aston Villa
Why Villa thought it was a good idea to sign a 33-year-old Joe Cole down to a two-year contract is anyone’s guess. The midfielder has made just two substitute appearances for the club this season totalling a little over half an hour of game time.
LAM) Robert Snodgrass – Norwich City to Hull City
Admittedly this one isn’t really the fault of Hull or Robert Snodgrass, but the signing has still been a disaster. Hull spent a sizeable amount to prise Snodgrass away from Norwich, but after making just a single appearance the Scottish international dislocated his kneecap and is expected to be out for at least six months.
ST) Mario Balotelli – AC Milan to Liverpool
There is no question about it, Balotelli has been one of the worst signings of the season so far. He has played in almost every game for Liverpool, but has still failed to find the net in a single Premier League match. If he was the kind of player who ran around and sacrificed himself for the team this may be a little more excusable, but a selfless team player Mario Balotelli certainly is not.
ST) Rickie Lambert – Southampton to Liverpool
Is it more of a failure not to score a single Premier League goal after 11 games, or to be benched behind the player who can’t seem to score? Despite Balotelli failing epically since his move to Liverpool, Lambert can’t seem to get on the pitch ahead of him; and when he has done he hasn’t fared much better.
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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is on the verge of committing his long-term future to the Anfield club. The Reds are desperate to tie down the teenager to a new deal, in the knowledge that the youngster will be crucial to their prospects moving forward.
Brendan Rodgers could base his team around Sterling for the next decade, and this is a scenario that will be playing out at every club in the country as the January transfer window approaches, and clubs look to protect their top stars.
So here is the question? Who is the most important player in each Premier League team? We’re not necessarily looking for the best player of each club, but the player that each side could not exist without, and a player who will continue to play a vital role over the coming years.
Here is our countdown:
Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez
The 25-year-old Chilean has made an instant impact in North London and could become one of the best players at the club in a decade.
Aston Villa – Fabian Delph
The young England midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, and securing his future could be vital to Villa’s future.
Burnley – Danny Ings
The relegation-battlers don’t have a huge number of stand-out players, but the top prospect is surely young striker Danny Ings, who was crucial to last season’s promotion.
Chelsea – Eden Hazard
The Belgian has the ability to become one of the best players on the planet – and he’s already among the contenders. The exceptional midfielder has many years left in him.
Crystal Palace – Mile Jedinak
Not a name for the future admittedly, at 30 the Australian is in the twilight years of his career, but he has been excellent over the last 18 months.
Everton – Ross Barkley
Already one of the best young midfielders in the world and an England international who has featured at a World Cup. He will be key to Everton’s success for years to come.
Hull City – Andrew Robertson
Proved on international duty with Scotland last week why he’s a big name for the future. The left-back is young and could be an exceptional player.
Leicester City – Kasper Schmeichel
The former Manchester City goalkeeper has been key to helping Leicester reach the Premier League, and it comes as a surprise to many that a so-called ‘big’ team has not come in for him.
Liverpool – Raheem Sterling
The exception young winger burst onto the scene several years ago now, and has quickly become an integral part of Liverpool’s team, hence the interest from Real Madrid mentioned in the source above.
Manchester City – Sergio Aguero
Yaya Toure’s decline this season has not been matched by City’s other star man, as the Argentine has continued to score goals for fun, even in an under-performing side.
Manchester United – Wayne Rooney
A surprise choice perhaps, but a decade of service, an outstanding number of goals and the club captaincy has made Rooney the man club and country look to in a time of crisis. He’s not Ronaldo or Messi, but he’ll work his socks off for the cause.
Newcastle United – Ayoze Perez
The young Newcastle striker’s recent goal scoring form has elevated him to the status of ‘crucial player’ in a Newcastle squad short on big names. At 21 he could be the top striker United’s fans have been craving.
Queens Park Rangers – Steven Caulker
The young England international defender has struggled to live-up to his potential since leaving Tottenham 18 months ago, and needs to push on and help Rangers survive the drop.
Southampton – Morgan Schneiderlin
The much-admired French midfielder has been excellent this season, leading the Saints to second place in the Premier League table, despite their host of summer departures.
Stoke City – Ryan Shawcross
The long-serving but still youthful defender has been a key man for Stoke since their promotion to the Premier League, and perhaps deserved more recognition on the international stage.
Sunderland – Lee Cattermole
The Black Cats leader and inspiration in midfield, he has matured since his youthful days, which were littered with red cards.
Swansea City – Wilfried Bony
The giant Ivorian forward has been vital to the Swans continued success over the last 18 months, and has regularly scored vital goals for Gary Monk’s side.
Tottenham Hotspur – Christian Eriksen
The talented Danish midfielder has shown his quality since his arrival in the summer of 2013, particularly with the dead ball. The consistency will come in time.
West Bromwich Albion – Saido Berahino
The highly rated young striker, who remains the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League so far this season, will surely be a full England international in the near future.
West Ham United – Aaron Cresswell
West Ham have been very impressive this season, and perhaps the young left-back has been the most consistent performer, despite not grabbing the headlines.
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has given a huge boost to admirers of star midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, by admitting that the player could leave the club in January.
Reports in the Daily Express claim that Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United are all interested in the Frenchman, who has become one of the most sought-after stars in the Premier League following several year’s of impressive performances at St Mary’s.
Schneiderlin publicly expressed his anger after being denied a move away from the club during the summer transfer window, despite the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw all moving on.
However, the 25-year-old eventually stayed under new boss Ronald Koeman and has continued to churn out impressive performances, helping inspire the Saints to a surprising second in the table.
But speaking ahead of his side’s Monday night clash away to Aston Villa, Koeman revealed that it was unlikely that the playmaker will remain at the south-coast club past the end of the season, saying: said: “Keeping Morgan here will not be easy. We will have to see what happens.”
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16) Matt Targett (Southampton)
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15) Diego Poyet (West Ham United)
14) Harrison Reed (Southampton)
13) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
12) James Wilson (Manchester United)
11) James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
10) Patrick McNair (Manchester United)
9) Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur)
8) Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley, on loan from Chelsea)
7) Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
6) Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United)
5) Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
4) Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
3) Calum Chambers (Arsenal)
2) Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
1) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)