Michy Batshuayi Would Be Strong Signing For Everton

Everton have still have issues with their forward line.

Marco Silva will want to improve his options for the centre forward role. Richarlison looks decent in the middle but he’s not known as being a prolific striker.

Now it’s not been a bad scoring season for The Toffees so far, they’ve scored thirty-one goals in twenty-one Premier League games. Only the league’s top six sides have scored more. The problem is that Everton are still dropping points and a main striker could help by scoring regularly and holding the ball up in the final third.

The truth of the matter is that Everton failed to replace Romelu Lukaku, who they had sold last summer to Manchester United in a £75m deal.

Maybe Silva can take inspiration from how the Toffees signed Lukaku in 2013.

They signed the Belgian forward on loan after Chelsea had spent big on him but he couldn’t break into their first team. He made an impact at Goodison and he signed on in a permanent move in the summer of 2014.

He’d leave after scoring 87 goals in 166 appearances.

Looking at the current Chelsea squad and they’ve currently got another frustrated young Belgian in their ranks that has struggled to break into the starting line-up and has now endured a tough loan spell at Valencia.

Michy Batshuayi arrived at The Blues after being a prolific goalscorer in Ligue 1 in France for Olympique Marseille. With the Premier League side, he’s been used mostly as a substitute and he’s still managed to score but maybe not as regularly as he’d want.

He then left London in January 2018, as he joined Borussia Dortmund on a six month loan spell. He impressed in the Bundesliga and ended the campaign with seven strikes in ten league games in Germany.

He followed that up by going to the World Cup with Belgium, playing second fiddle to Lukaku. He managed to grab a goal in the group game against Tunisia as he helped his nation to a third place finish.

His future at Stamford Bridge isn’t assured and La Liga cracks Valencia have just announced (via BBC) that the striker’s loan is being terminated early:

“His situation is very clear. I expect he will leave in the coming hours or days,” 

“We hope that, for his sake, this can be resolved as soon as possible. He is leaving and it’s now a matter of negotiation.”

Chelsea still have strikers like Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata in their ranks and The Telegraph has linked them with a move for Juventus hitman Gonzalo Higuian, who is currently on loan at AC Milan.

Recent Sky Sports reports have linked The Toffees with permanent swoop for Michy.

It would certainly make sense to bring another Belgian goalscorer up to Merseyside.

Everton gave Lukaku an opportunity and he more than proved himself up there. Silva could hope for similar things with Batshuayi. He could use a move (even a short term one) to Goodison as a springboard to prove himself ready to start week in and week out in the English top flight.

If he grabs the goals for Everton, then Chelsea could bring him back to the Bridge (if they were to insert a buy-back clause) knowing he can do it regularly in the Premier League.

For Everton, they could finally find a Lukaku replacement.

Michy is a deadly finisher, his eye for goal is a real joy. He’s good with the ball at his feet and running at defenders. The attacker has electric pace to get in behind defences. Plus he possesses strong upper-body strength and that helps him win physical battles with opposition defenders.

A move that sees them getting a striker with a great scoring pedigree could be too good a move not to pursue during this transfer window.

Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri haven’t really given Michy Batshuayi  a chance but maybe he can finally prove himself in the Premier League somewhere else!

Man United Should Do Everything To Beat Man City And Sign Paulo Dybala

The Manchester Evening News have reported that Manchester City could be about to pounce for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, with the Serie A giants ready to sell the Argentine forward next summer if they get an offer of over £90m.

Personally, I think City’s neighbours Manchester United need to swoop in and try and steal Dybala from under the noses of their rivals.

Man United have started to make big improvements under new interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the team’s morale is now in a much better place.

The Premier League side have some great attacking talent but they can still do with a creative genius who can unlock defences and who can bang in goals from anywhere in the final third.

Dybala hasn’t been at his best for Juve this season but that’s mainly due to playing in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow.

The Argentine attacker can play as a number ten, as a centre-forward or as a right winger.

With Ronaldo in the Juventus team, Paulo usually plays through the middle or on the left in a 4-3-3 formation. That has meant that Dybala has had to fight with Federico Bernardeschi for the right wing role.

Now while Paulo Dybala has won that particular battle, his scoring and assist stats on the wing haven’t been as good as they were when he’d play in the centre.

This term Dybala has scored seven times in his twenty two league and Champions League appearances. Interestingly he’s started ten games through the middle and scored five times. Yet he hasn’t struck once in his nine outings on the right wing. He has been extremely impressive with his passing stats, having an average passing success rate of 89% (via Whoscored)

Last term, as Juve’s main attacker Dybala scored twenty-two league goals in twenty-six Serie A starts.

The twenty-five year old is a terrific, world class forward and that’s what Man United need within their squad.

Alexis Sanchez was meant to be that wild card, match winner but it hasn’t panned out that way for the Chilean. Ironically The Red Devils pipped Manchester City to sign Alexis.

But he hasn’t been the creative spark that United were hoping for. During his first twelve months at Old Trafford, Sanchez has looked disinterested and even over the hill. It could be for the best if Man Utd ditch the thirty year old.

Juan Mata is another creative talent in the Man United squad but the Spaniard is another player at the wrong side of thirty. The attacking midfielder is out of contract in the summer and United could be better served served by releasing Mata in the summer.

Dybala would give Man Utd a fresh impetus and he’d be hungry to prove himself away from Ronaldo’s shadow.

The Argentine international loves to spot a fantastic through ball, he’s exciting from set-pieces, can expertly dribble beyond opponents and he also has a keen eye for goal.

In United’s recent win over Newcastle United, Ole started with a 4-2-3-1 formation and Dybala would be ideal as the number ten. He’d also thrive under Solskjaer’s new attacking philosophy.

Dybala also shone in the same Juventus team as Paul Pogba, by bringing Paulo to Old Trafford that could secure a happy Pogba swaggering around in a Red Devils jersey.

After Juve and Man United met in the Champions League earlier in the season, Dybala stated he’s still good friends with the French World Cup winner:

“The first match was amazing for me, the second amazing for him. We have remained in touch since he left. We’re still very close and who knows, maybe in the future we can play together again.”

Manchester United need to make a few impact signings in the summer as they look to build a squad capable of challenging for top trophies again. In my opinion, Paulo Dybala would certainly be an impact signing!

Alfredo Morelos Needs To Learn From New Rangers Signing Jermain Defoe

Rangers have made a big statement this month by bringing in England international striker Jermain Defoe on an 18 month loan deal.

Many felt The Gers didn’t have enough fire power or strength in depth in attack to seriously mount a title challenge. They’ve got a great finisher in Colombian hitman Alfredo Morelos but when he wasn’t available things seemed to dry up.

Kyle Lafferty does offer a different option up top but he’s more a foil for a goalscorer rather than be that free-scoring forward.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard clearly felt that he needed to bring in another prolific hitman and he’s brought in an attacker with plenty of pedigree in Defoe.

Jermain is the seventh all-time leading goalscorer in the English Premier League. He’s banged in 202 league goals in 563 appearances and he has also struck 20 times in 57 caps for England.

Defoe is a natural finisher, who just needs a tiny bit of space and a second to score a goal. He might be thirty-six years of age but he has never lost that goalscoring instinct, just two seasons ago he was getting fifteen goals for Sunderland when they suffered from relegation.

The striker has already shown us on Twitter that he’s coming to Scotland to be a success and to win trophies. He’s not coming to the Scottish Premiership to have a holiday:

As well as his on-field contributions, Jermain Defoe could be vital in getting more from the young forwards at Ibrox.

Morelos has been linked with a move away from Govan this month, as he does during every transfer window, but both Gerrard and Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen have stated the Colombian international won’t be sold this month.

Talking to Jim Whyte on Talksport, Allen would state that Morelos will probably end up leaving at some point just not yet:

“Ultimately Alfredo will want to play at a different level, our job is to hold onto him for as long as we can,”

“There’s no intention of letting him go right now and we’ll see where the future takes him.”

Staying at Rangers, even if it’s just for another six months, could be extremely beneficial for Alfredo.

Back in the day when Jermain was starting out as a professional he had a mentor in legendary striker Ian Wright.

Wright would take time out as a veteran at West Ham United to give a young Defoe advice.

In an interview with The Guardian, Jermain would state that his talks with Wright never left him and he was keen to pass on his knowledge to younger forwards now that he’s the experience hitman:

“I still love football, even when I’m at home I watch every game, and these days I take an extra interest in the younger lads around the club because that’s what Wrighty did with me,”

I’d urge Morelos and the recently recalled Ryan Hardie to watch on, study Defoe in training and seek his advice with any attacking issues that come up.

Defoe makes excellent runs, he remains calm under pressure and he knows how to take a chance early. Morelos and Hardie can learn a lot from him and if they do, they’ll become better strikers.

If Jermain Defoe can score goals for Rangers, then that’s great. If he can come up here and make Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Hardie better players then that could be invaluable!

 

The Oliver Burke/Celtic Loan Deal Looks A Bit Odd

Celtic have brought in their first signing of the winter transfer window, with the club’s website confirming that they’d agreed a deal to bring Scotland international Oliver Burke on a six month loan deal.

While I don’t believe the move is a particularly bad one, I am not sure it makes a lot of sense either.

Burke has been used just three times (all from the bench) in The English Championship this season. All of those appearances have seen him being used on the right wing.

The forward can also play on the other wing or as a number ten, but in all honesty do the Scottish Premiership champions need another winger in their squad or an attacking midfielder?

Burke’s been mainly used as a right winger during his short career and that’s where James Forrest has been used to great effect this term. In the last month or so, Scott Sinclair has hit form on the left flank.

Celtic also have other wingers within their ranks like Jonny Hayes, Lewis Morgan and young Mikey Johnston. Central midfielders Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie can also be used as makeshift wide-men if needed.

McGregor and Christie also have the ability to play as number tens as can Tom Rogic and forgotten man Scott Allan.

If I was Oliver Burke I’d only move out on loan if I were guaranteed proper game time. I’m pretty sure Celtic haven’t offered him any guarantees, especially not in his favoured position.

Now some might argue that Burke is made of better stuff than some of those already at Parkhead. But is that really the case?

Yes Oliver had plenty of potential when he broke through at Nottingham Forest back in 2014 but he’s never managed to realise that potential.

Big moves followed as he first joined RB Leipzig and then West Bromwich Albion but he didn’t flourish at either club. His last league goal came in 2016 for Die Bullen.

Much was expected of him after his £15m move back to England, but he struggled to be anything other than ordinary in the Premier League. He had three bosses at West Brom, yet none of them felt he had what it took to get them out of trouble. Burke would only make two Premier League starts last term.

It was then believed that the winger would relish playing back in the English Championship but opportunities were extremely limited. I think there’s got to be a reason for that. What that is you’d have to ask his previous gaffers.

Now Celtic do have a manager that can get more out of a player in Brendan Rodgers but why can’t he get that from a Lewis Morgan?

Morgan’s career trajectory was on the up and up when he joined Celtic in the summer and he looked very decent in preseason. While Burke on the other hand has watched as his career has stalled.

Yet Lewis hasn’t managed to get a start for The Hoops in the league.

The Scottish Sun have stated that Rodgers could be willing to loan Morgan out during this month:

“They need to get games and need to play. We’ve had a number of loan enquiries. We’ve had conversations with guys we feel it would benefit to go out and play.”

“Lewis and I have had a good conversation. Even though he hasn’t been playing so much he feels he’s really developing in the culture here.”

“He’s getting to grips with the mentality of Celtic and what that entails. Again, we will see.”

 

 

Why Manchester United Should Keep Hold Of Veteran Ashley Young

Manchester United have got quite a few players nearing the end of their contracts.

While I understand why the Red Devils would want to prioritise top class talent like David de Gea, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford when it comes down to renewing deals, I also believe they should be discussing a new contract with veteran versatile star Ashley Young.

Some players time at Old Trafford might have ran it’s course; I’m thinking Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian. I honestly think Young deserves at least another year at the club.

The winger turned full-back always offers 100% when he wears a United jersey. He might be thirty-three years of age but some players use their experience to their advantage and I think Young is one of those players.

Only smart footballers can move positions towards the end of their careers. As a former winger, Ashley thinks like a winger when he’s defending. That means he has a fair idea what his opponent wants to do because it’s what he’d have done in the past. That allows Young to be aware positionally where to be when defending and where to run to when it comes to making challenges and interceptions.

Ashley Young has made fifteen Premier League appearances so far this term, predominantly as a full-back.

According to stats from Whoscored; he’s averaging 1.5 tackles per game, 1.9 interceptions, 2.1 clearances and he leads on crosses averaging a.3 per league appearance. He’s a defender known for his high concentration levels.

He gives his manager options, as Young can play on either flank and he could probably fill-in as a deep-laying playmaking holding midfielder if needed. He’s scored once this term and he’s also created two assists. He possess a great crossing ability and is good from set-pieces too.

The England international is also a player that gives the current squad a bridge going back to the successful days of Sir Alex Ferguson. His experience could be invaluable as United try and build for a successful future.

During the turbulent time at Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho was sacked as the manager to be replaced by interim boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, it was Ashley who reminded the players via ManUtd.com what it means to play for United:

You go out there as a player and you want to win, play for the badge, play for this fantastic club, the best club in the world and for us now it’s about looking ahead and looking at the next couple of games we’ve got coming up.”

It’s a busy Christmas period and we want to get points on the board and start getting ourselves back up the table.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Ashley Young should get a longterm contract keeping him at The Red Devils for another five years. Nor do I believe he should be an automatic first choice ahead of younger talent like Luke Shaw or Diogo Dalot.

I just believe Young still has enough in the engine to be a superb squad player and a mentor for the younger lads at Old Trafford.

The Mirror have linked the full-back with a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, that shows you that he’s still well thought of. Manchester United should be doing their upmost to keep such an experienced pro at their club, in my opinion.

 

Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Needs To Rethink Playing Liability Lovren

Liverpool suffered their first league defeat of the season last night as Premier League champions Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the table.

It was a highly entertaining game with both sides trying their upmost to outdo the other.

In the end, it was Pep Guardiola’s men that claimed the important victory.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has to realise that for all his team’s hardwork, they were ultimately left undone because their own defender Dejan Lovren wasn’t up to speed.

The twenty-nine year old centre back was too slow and was at fault for both goals conceded.

For first goal, Dejan struggled to get close enough to City striker Sergio Aguero inside the penalty area and that was time enough for the Argentine international to smash the ball into the back of the net!

The second strike came about after Lovren stayed a yard back from the rest of his defence. Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson all managed to keep a higher line but the Croat didn’t step up and that allowed winger Raheem Sterling to break the offside trap and assist Leroy Sane for the game’s winner.

Now the Croatian defender can be very accomplished and on his day he can be terrific but unfortunately he suffers from meltdowns and that can sometimes happen in the bigger occasions.

While Liverpool are still four points ahead in the title race, the club haven’t won a top flight title since 1990 and that causes nervous for all within Anfield.

Can they really rely on Dejan Lovren for the huge occasions? 

For me, Liverpool’s defence looks a lot stronger having Joe Gomez as Virgil’s centre-half partner.

Now with Gomez out injured, as he is at the moment, the Reds boss needs to then pick another pairing.

Lovren is usually the man to step up. That works for some of the time but not all of the time as last night proved. Oh and yesterday wasn’t the first time Lovren has suffered from a woeful performance in a game like that, we all remember his disastrous outing against Tottenham Hotspur last season.

The former Lyon and Southampton defender isn’t mobile enough and he suffers from lapses in concentration. Those aren’t traits you want in your players if you’re chasing for a league title.

Last month Dejan said this to The BBC:

“Hopefully we can be unbeaten until the end of the season,”  

“That is why we came to Liverpool.”

“Arsenal did it before so why not?”

That statement goes against all the others that have been coming out of Liverpool in recent weeks. Players and the manager have been discussing taking one game at a time, then Lovren discusses finishing the term unbeaten, adding pressure onto his teammates and raising expectation from the fans.

The problem is lack of options for Klopp. We know Gomez is out with a fractured leg. Also out is his fellow centre back Joel Matip, who has a broken collarbone.

Since joining The Reds in 2016, Matip has missed forty games due to injuries. With that in mind, I don’t think Jurgen can rely on the twenty-seven year old either.

That leads me to think that Klopp might need to bring in another defensive recruit this January, to give his side the best possible opportunity of securing that first Premier League title.

Someone like Nathan Ake, who has partnered Van Dijk with The Netherlands, could be an option. According to Goal.com, AS Roma’s Greek central defender Kostas Manolas has a €36m release clause in his contract.

Those are just two names that would bolster The Reds backline.

I know Jurgen Klopp won’t publicly slate Dejan Lovren but he was ruthless when it came to replacing Loris Karius, maybe the German boss needs to show that cold streak again and bring in a Lovren replacement to shore up his club’s title challenge.

Rangers Should Bring Back Steven Davis And Forget Charlie Adam

Scottish Premiership side Rangers could be busy during this transfer window as they try and sustain a title challenge.

BBC Sport are reporting that veteran England striker Jermain Defoe is set to sign on at Ibrox in an 18 month loan deal. Defoe would add much needed fire power to the Gers frontline as it’s a position that Rangers haven’t got much in the way of strength in depth.

It’s also thought that Gers manager Steven Gerrard is also on the lookout for new midfield recruits with two former Rangers stars being linked with a return to Govan.

Scottish newspaper The Daily Record believe that Gerrard could be poised to bring back former club captain Steven Davis.

Davis’ current boss at Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has stated he could allow the midfielder to leave this month:

“The fact is that he has a contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is a chance to make the next step. If it is a possibility then we will help him to do so. I think he has done a lot for this club and we want to find a good solution where we have a win-win situation for both sides.”

Another central midfielder who has been linked with a comeback is Stoke City’s Charlie Adam.

The Scottish international stated this recently regarding a potential move this winter (Via The Scotsman):

“Listen, everybody is going to presume that Rangers is the one for me but I’ve had no contact,”

 “Everybody knows that if it came around it would interest me because it’s a big club, I’ve been there before, I understand what it is to play for a club of that size.”

I believe that Gerrard and his recruitment team at Rangers would be getting a superb talent if they were to re-sign Steven Davis but I’d urge them to get that deal done and not pursue Adam.

Davis was always a consistent performer at Ibrox and lead by example. He might be thirty-four years of age but age doesn’t dampen your spirit or your footballing intelligence. Up until this season Steven has still been producing for Southampton on a regular basis.

Last term he created three goals as his team managed to avoid relegation.

Unfortunately this term has seen the Northern Ireland international being used as a bit part player. He’s only started one league match thus far.

In fairness though, he impressed in that game against Tottenham earlier this month; he created his side’s goal for Charlie Austin and he had a 95% passing success rate. Three of his passes were key passes and no Saints player made more passes than Steven’s sixty-four. He also made two tackles and won them both!

Davis would add drive to the Gers midfield and he knows what it feels like to win wearing a Rangers jersey.

For me, Adam is a different kettle of fish.

Steven works better in deeper positions but he still has an engine capable of getting around the pitch. Charlie isn’t as mobile.

While he too has experience, Charlie Adam hasn’t been as reliable as Davis in recent seasons.

Stoke have been having a mediocre season in The English Championship yet the veteran midfielder has only made three substitute appearances, totalling just fifty-five minutes on the pitch.

The middle-man isn’t a great tackler and according to Whoscored his passing success rate has been averaging in the 60s in recent years.

Adam was inconsistent during his days at Rangers and I’m not sure he’s any better now. He was better in the middle part of his career but his best has been and gone.

Now you could probably say the same about Steven Davis but I think the international star still has more petrol in his tank.

Steven Gerrard likes to see his team playing with spirit, determination and consistency. For me, Davis would fit that criteria and Charlie Adam wouldn’t and it’s as simple as that!

Football Managers Should Never Swap Rivals In Search Of Glory

There was much concern in Bristol in December, when Bristol Rovers opted to dispense with the services of manager Darrell Clarke.

Clarke was a victim of his own success, taking The Gas from the National League to League One and twice keeping them in the third tier despite a low budget. Sadly, four months of having a decent budget cost him his job.

The rumours circulating (The Bristol Post) the club were that Steve Cotterill was in the frame, a manager who had previously earned promotion from the division and managed at a higher level. It was widely unpopular, mainly because Cotterill’s success had been achieved with city rivals Bristol City.

He was later pictured watching The Robins, perhaps a defiant message to the Rovers’ owners that even he thought it a silly move, but he wouldn’t have been the first manager to cross a forbidden divide.

In The Championship, one man has made that jump this season.

Paul Lambert has been everywhere in football; the Premier League, Champions League and of course, Celtic. He’s managed Aston Villa, Stoke City and now Ipswich Town. He got the job at Portman Road after Paul Hurst’s short reign was deemed a failure, but what owner Marcus Evans might not have grasped is the task is far bigger for Lambert than any other manager he might have picked.

Why? Because he’s a former Norwich City manager.

The fierce East Anglian divide isn’t one a manager, nor player, should cross. The national media might not see the vitriol and hate with which it is contested, but it’s as passionate as any other clash you can name.

That’s why Lambert is on a hiding to nothing, just as Cotterill would have been. If he keeps Ipswich up, where does he go from there? They’re a small club in Championship terms and would struggle to kick on without investment, which is something the owner isn’t able to inject. Lambert is a stop gap, but he’ll never be welcomed at Ipswich as one of their own.

Ipswich are still favourites for the drop in the latest football betting, but even if he does pull off an escape, it will only be a temporary reprieve for him. It’s tough on Lambert because he might have the attributes to do well, but he’ll be given far less time by the fans because of his Canaries connections.

It isn’t always true of course, sometimes a manager can cross the forbidden line and do well. Brian Clough, for instance, was hugely popular at Derby County, winning the First Division title before a bust-up with their chairman at the time. When he left there in 1972, few would have thought it possible he could turn up at Nottingham Forest.

That is exactly what he did, again winning the First Division and then back-to-back European titles. He’s revered on both sides of the divide, so much so the road between the two cities is called Brian Clough way (via BBC).

Unless there’s a serious change in circumstance over the next six months, it’s unlikely the road between Norwich and Ipswich will be called anything other than the A140.

Chelsea Need To Act Now And Bring In A Goalscoring Striker

 

In English football you get a glut of fixtures over the festive period and New Year.

The fixture pile up is fascinating for betting fans and if you enjoy a flutter then you should try betting on sports here.

The hectic schedule can be vital to a football team as the results could help to make or break their season. A manager can assess his squad and see if they need to be improved upon or can handle the strain.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will have watched on in the last month and have decided that he needs a new striker to add more goals to his squad.

The Blues have scored just thirty-eight goals so far this term and that’s the worst scoring record in the Premier League’s top six.

In the last month, Chelsea have played eight league games. While they managed to beat Premier League champions Manchester City, The Blues have also dropped points in three of those fixtures.

Last night they failed to score in a 0-0 draw at home with Southampton. Sarri’s men bossed the game, enjoying 72% of the game’s possession. They also dominated on shots and shots on target but they simply couldn’t find a goal.

Yesterday’s result moves them further away from third placed Tottenham Hotspur and has meant that both Arsenal and Manchester United have moved closer to Chelsea in the league table.

Sarri has two main strikers and neither of them are consistent goalscorers.

Olivier Giroud gives you plenty of endeavour and his work-rate for the team is phenomenal. He is a terrific link-up man and can help bring Eden Hazard into the game in very dangerous positions. But ultimately he’s a centre forward and he’s only scored once in sixteen Premier League games.

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was meant to be the prolific hitman that Chelsea were looking for. But the former Real Madrid man has failed to deliver on a consistent basis and he seems to struggle in the big games. His scoring record is better than Giroud’s but Maurizio would have wanted more than Alvaro’s five strikes in sixteen league outings.

Sarri has been a bit cagey when discussing a need for a new forward but after last night’s stalemate the Italian told BBC Sport that he wants someone else to help in the final third:

“I think we played a very good match for 80 metres of the pitch, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres,” 

“We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15, 20 metres. The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics.”

Personally I think that’s a clear message that Maurizio Sarri desires a new free scoring forward.

Creative attacker Christian Pulisic has already been confirmed by the club but the young American won’t join until next season and he’s a creator not a prolific scorer.

The Sun have a story suggesting that Gonzalo Higuain could be the club’s new main hitman. The Metro believe West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic could be an alternative if the Higuain move falls through. While The Daily Mail have stated that The Blues could make a £35m move for England international Callum Wilson.

I fully expect Chelsea to go out and bring in a new striker during this transfer window. Any transfer is a gamble but I believe The Blues will need to make that gamble to ensure they stay on course and keep their place in the Premier League’s top four!

Should Man United Go Back In For Diego Godin?

It was widely reported that Manchester United wanted Uruguayan defender Diego Godin during the last few days of the summer transfer window, The Guardian even suggested a €25m bid was lodged by the Premier League giants.

As soon as United’s interest was declared Atletico Madrid stepped up their efforts to tie veteran Godin to a longer term deal. That kept him there for the start of this campaign.

Yet as we enter 2019, Atletico still haven’t agreed that new contract with their stalwart centre back. That means Diego is now entering the last six months of his current deal.

With that in mind should Man United renew their interest in the old school defender?

The player still has that €25m release clause, which in today’s market isn’t actually that high a price. Now some might say that The Red Devils could wait and pick the player up in the summer and tie him down to a pre-contract but I’d argue that United’s need is immediate not in six months.

In an ideal world, for me, if I were head of Man Utd’s recruitment programme I would try and bring in Godin now along with a younger defender like Nikola Milenkovic. According to The Manchester Evening News, United are still very interested in the Fiorentina defender. The good thing about Milenkovic is that he’s versatile enough to play as a centre-half or as a right back. He’d  also learn so much from Diego Godin.

The player is now thirty-two years of age, which isn’t the ideal age for a new signing but his experience is actually a huge plus as he uses it so well. United have conceded a great deal already this term and need a combative centre back to come in and shore things up.

Atleti have only conceded twelves times in seventeen La Liga games so far this term, and that’s the best defensive record in Spain’s top flight. Diego has played in thirteen of those fixtures.

When browsing through Whoscored you’ll notice that Godin on average makes around 1.7 tackles per games, wins 2.5 aerial duels per encounter, makes 1.2 interceptions and an impressive 3.1 clearances.

Godin is the heartbeat that gives Atletico Madrid and Uruguay’s backline strength, determination and consistency.

The wily defender isn’t scared to show off his dirty side but that dark side usually gives his team a winning edge.

Godin isn’t getting any younger but it’s his passion, brains and his attitude that has seen him have a great defensive career.

United have too many cagey central defenders that don’t give their all for the cause. In Diego Godin (if they were to sign him), they’d get a centre-back that would give his absolute all for The Red Devils!

He might not be seen as a longterm project but having Godin in for, say,  two and a half years could really help lay strong defensive foundations as younger defenders would learn valuable lessons from thirty-two year old.