Yakubu predicts big future for Everton attacker Richarlisonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton star Yakubu has backed Richarlison to become a top goalscorer.The 21-year-old has been in stellar form since joining from Watford in the summer, having bagged eight Premier League goals.”Richarlison is smart and clever,” says the former Blues frontman. “I have watched him since he was at Watford. If he continues to do what he is doing, you will see the improvement. “He is going to be a top striker. I think he can be right up there in the goalscoring charts.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland fear West Ham utility Rice lost to Englandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland have moved for West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rice recently met with new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Robbie Keane to discuss whether he’d resume his Ireland career but the Irish Independent says it appears he’s veering towards a switch to his homeland of England.England manager Gareth Southgate is believed to be increasingly hopeful of the 19-year-old coming aboard.Unless he applies to FIFA in the next week to switch allegiance, Rice would not have his international transfer completed in time to make his England debut in their Euro 2020 qualification opener against Czech Republic in late March.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Potter insists Balogun fitness important for Brightonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter insists Leon Balogun’s fitness is important to his side. The Nigeria international has been working his way into the Albion fold after competing in the African Cup of Nations this summer.Potter said: “He is probably having a bit of a bad time at the moment because he’s not healthy, and that’s the most important thing.”You cannot do anything about things if you’re not on the pitch so we have to just focus on getting him back training as soon as we can and also as safely as we can.”Then football decides who is out on the pitch.”Hopefully, we can get him back to enjoying football and get him back to playing football, then he’s an important guy in our squad.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Burnley manager Dyche tips Taylor for England futureby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche says Charlie Taylor could become an England international.The left-back has struggled for game-time this season as Erik Pieters has made the left-back spot his own.But Dyche sees enough potential in the 26-year-old for him to become a future member of the Three Lions.”I still think there’s a lot of room and time for Charlie Taylor to go into that thinking, along his development line,” said Dyche speaking ahead of the weekend win over Everton.”Erik’s doing well at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got a lack of belief in Charlie.”He added: “He had such a strong season last season.”And funnily enough I’ve just had a chat with him about it, getting him back to where he was, which he isn’t a million miles from.”But Erik has come in and laid down some really strong performances and he did as soon as he came in.”
Rangers boss Gerrard: I miss Liverpool every dayby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard admits missing Liverpool every day as he represented the club again for a legends match against his current club. Now Gers’ boss, the former midfielder has led his side to the summit of the Scottish Premiership but longs for the days where he could lace up the boots and play competitively. “It does feel great putting the kit back on and being around the lads in the dressing room and I’m looking forward to it,” he told LFCTV.”I miss it every day, I miss representing the club every day, even from the banter level going into Melwood.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham eyeing Real Madrid ace Iscoby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are eyeing Real Madrid ace Isco as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.ESPN says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will target the 27-year-old playmaker if Eriksen decides against renewing his contract.The Denmark international, also 27, has been offered a new five-year deal worth £60million to stay in North London.But Eriksen is believed to be keen on a fresh challenge after entering his seventh season at Spurs.Reports say Spurs have already sought out Sporting Lisbon’s £65million-rated Bruno Fernandes as a replacement.But it has now been claimed Pochettino will instead move for Isco, who has scored 35 goals in 187 games for Madrid, should the Spaniard be available.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is likely going to hang on against Maryland, but once again, the Buckeyes didn’t look as dominant as they did a year ago. Apparently, even some players on the Terrapins aren’t impressed.BTN’s Rick Pizzo told viewers that some players on Maryland’s offensive line called Ohio State “spoiled, entitled, and not No. 1” on the sideline during the game. Ironically, during the play after the comment, the Buckeyes registered a sack.Well then, Maryland pic.twitter.com/NKjiP5HM33— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 10, 2015Maryland did score 21 points and rack up over 300 yards of offense. But you’re supposed to do the talking when you win, not lose by multiple touchdowns. Still, this will make for some interesting commentary during the week.
Jose Mourinho has rejected claims that he mismanaged the talents of a young Mohamed Salah at Chelsea, affirming that he is one of the Liverpool star’s most ardent admirers.Salah was signed by Mourinho’s Chelsea from Basel at the tender age of 21, after impressing as a youngster in the Swiss club.His time at Stamford Bridge, however, failed to live up to expectations, as he received only fleeting first-team opportunities under the manager before leaving the club for Roma just over 18 months later in the summer of 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Salah has since gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s premier strikers, leading Liverpool to the Champions League final in 2017-18 and earning himself sixth place in the Ballon d’Or vote eventually won by Luka Modric.But Mourinho believes it is unfair to accuse him of wasting the Egyptian’s talents.”First of all let’s start with Salah. Because lots of things have been told which are not true,” he explained to BeIN Sports. “For a start people try to identify me as the coach that sold Salah. I am the coach that bought Salah. It’s completely the wrong idea.”I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid at Basel. When I play against a certain team I analyse a team and players for quite a long time.”And I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid.”I pushed the club to buy him and at the time we already had fantastic attacking players – Hazard, Willian, we had top talent there. But I told them to buy that kid. He was more a winger coming inside than a striker.”According to the former Manchester United, Blues and Real Madrid boss, Salah’s difficulties in adapting to his new home, as well as a certain impatience ultimately hurt his Chelsea career.“He was just a lost kid in London. He was a lost kid in a new world,” Mourinho added. “We wanted to work him, to become better and better and better. But he was more of the idea of wanting to play and not wait.”So we decided to put him on loan, in a culture I knew well. Italy. Tactical football. Physical football. A good place to play.”Fiorentina are a good team to play for without the pressure of playing for the title. And we decided that move there.”When the club decided to sell him it was not me. I bought him, I did not sell him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
It hasn’t even been a month since the Mexico national team lifted the Gold Cup at Soldier Field, but El Tri’s players already are getting back into action.With the Premier League set to start this weekend and the first week of the Eredivisie already in the history books, it’s time to take a look at how Mexicans playing outside North America fared in the past week.The most notable moment, however, was perhaps for a player who didn’t play. Hirving Lozano traveled with PSV to face FC Twente but didn’t come off the bench. The club’s manager, Mark van Bommel, claimed he simply felt other players could turn the game around. However, with rumors continuing to swirl that Napoli may pay a more than $40 million fee to bring “Chucky” to Serie A, it’s easy to wonder if there isn’t more at play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mexico midfielder Erick Gutierrez, who missed most of the Gold Cup with an injury, is back fit. Guti played the first 84 minutes in a 1-1 draw. Between that and a 2-1 defeat to FC Basel during the week that ended their Champions League run, it’s not the start to the season that PSV were hoping to have. This week, the club takes on Norwegian side Haugesund in the first leg of a Europa League tie that will determine if PSV are in for more European play this season or if all the focus will be on the league.Edson Alvarez wasn’t in Ajax’s team to take on Vitesse, but perhaps they’ll be eager to get him into the lineup after Saturday’s 2-2 draw. The Club America product’s documents are now in order, and he started training with the club Friday.Also in Europa League action is Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, who scored twice for the Premier League team in Belfast to help secure a 4-1 victory Thursday and a 6-1 aggregate win. Now Wolves head to Armenia for the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round series against Pyunik before opening the league campaign Sunday against a more familiar opponent in Leicester City.Porto begins their Champions League quest this week, with Jesus “Tecatito” Corona now the only Mexican with the club after Hector Herrera’s move to Atletico Madrid. It’s a meeting against FC Krasnodar ahead of Tecatito and friends.The Belgian league already has played two rounds, but the most popular Mexican is yet to see action. Guillermo Ochoa is back in training after getting extra time off following the Gold Cup, but he wasn’t in the team for Standard Liege in either contests thus far. However, midfielder Omar Govea did see action against Ochoa’s Standard, playing the full 90 minutes for Zulte-Waregem. Standard took the honors with a 4-0 drubbing.Plenty of Mexico internationals get back into action this weekend or the next, and Goal will again keep track of everything they’re up to during the season every Monday.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State released a statement on the situation involving assistant coach Zach Smith this morning, saying the program would not be commenting on what is being described as a “personnel matter.”Smith, who’s served on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State since 2012, reportedly had a domestic violence protection order served against him last week, according to court records.The wide receivers coach was charged with a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing last week. He allegedly dropped off his son at his ex-wife’s apartment when he was supposed to drop him off at a prearranged public place.“We are not going to comment at this time on the situation regarding Zach Smith. This is a personnel matter and we don’t typically discuss such matters publicly. We are continuing to monitor,” Ohio State said in a statement.Records have shown that Smith has a history of domestic violence allegations involving his ex-wife.It’s unclear at this point if Smith will be staying on Ohio State’s staff, but a new report suggests that Meyer would prefer to have him elsewhere.Jordan Strack reports that Meyer had Smith interview for other jobs this offseason.“I have a source that tells me Zach Smith interviewed for multiple jobs this offseason at Urban’s request. It would seem that Urban has been trying to get Smith off the staff without firing him,” Strack tweeted.To follow up on Brett McMurphy’s reporting…I have a source that tells me Zach Smith interviewed for multiple jobs this offseason at Urban’s request.It would seem that Urban has been trying to get Smith off the staff without firing him. https://t.co/Vb4XYqxbSK— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 23, 2018Meyer is set to speak at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday. Stay tuned.