We take a look at Wayne Rooney's development and growth over his magnanimous Manchester United career as the player returns to Everton.
Britain’s decision to leave Europe has sent shock waves around the world. While the economy stagnates and the pound falls, the move to ‘leave’ the EU could cause massive changes in the Premier League. Despite their multi-million wages and fancy cars, Premier League footballers are first and foremost employees of their respective clubs. Those who originate from outside Britain were previously allowed free movement into England’s top flight. With the decision to cede from the union, clubs will now have to attain work permits and constantly renew contracts to keep their top European stars. FA Chairman Greg Dyke told BBC Sport, “Clubs could suddenly find players are much more expensive because the pound is worth less.” The effect of this has already been noted in Manchester United’s pursuit for Henrikh Mkhitariyan, as Dortmund initial valuation has risen in terms of pounds, while remaining the same in Euros. Until the pound climbs back to a position of stability and security, net values of top Premiership clubs […]
Much has been made about Pierre Emrick Aubameyang's swashbuckling start to the new campaign. Hype has been raised to a fever pitch whenever Marco Reus returns from injury.
Manchester United will aim to improve on their opening loss to PSV Eindhoven, as they prepare to face new German giants VfL Wolfsburg. Dieter Hecking's men have been unable to conjure the same magic that made them play some breath-taking football last season, however, they can prove a stern task for any side.
Ryan Mason's goal gives a lacklustre Tottenham side it's first victory of the season, lifting them clear of the relegation zone. Dick Advocaat's Sunderland continued their woefully start to the new campaign, lacking all the fire that helped them stay in the Premier League last season
They say a great team is judged by how good it's weakest players are. At Manchester City, it's hard to call any of their players 'weak'. After losing Sergio Aguero to injury, early in the first half, Manchester City were starved for creativity without the services of Silva and Sterling. In response to their oppositions shortcomings, Crystal Palace played with real purpose, however they lacked the killer finishing product, which their opposition had.
Manchester City head in to the top-of-the-table clash, without star playmaker David Silva and midfielder Fabian Delph. Pellegrini allayed the doubts surrounding Bacary Sagna and Aleksander Kolarov, by confirm that both will be fit and ready for the clash against Crystal Palace. For Palace, Alan Pardew will be without star full-back Joel Ward, as Mile Jedinak and Frazier Campbell continue on the sidelines with injury. Yohan Cabaye has been cleared to play despite picking up a knock for his national side.
Manuel Pellegrini was unsurprisingly awarded the Barclays Manager of the Month after four wins in four games at the helm of Manchester City. City have been doing brilliantly without most of their summer signings featuring prominently, leaving the manager with a peculiar problem as he selects his starting XI. Pellegrini shed light on the status of his team and his thoughts on the opposition in the pre match press conference.
After an emphatic second place finish in the 2010 World Cup, the Oranje didn't make it past the group stages of the subsequent European Championships. This time around, a surprise third place finish in Brazil, has been followed by an even more dire fallout. Qualifying for next years' European Championships went from a predicted to a pipe dream in a matter of a year.
Gerard Pique has drawn the collective ire of the Spanish public, with his somewhat controversial words on Catalan independence. A product of botth La Masia and Catalunya, nationalism, for the Catalan state, is somwehing that the defender identifies strongly with. Of late, his antics on the field (most notably a red card for berating an official) as well as off the field, have turned the spotlight back on him. Instead of assuming a diplomatic stance however, the 26 year-old has gone on the defensive, attacking his rivals in a press conference.