At St Mary’s a fellow countrymen could be put to test by the Dutch manager of Southampton in his playing staff. According to reports Dirk Kuyt can go join the Premier league for Southampton in January. 34 years of age Kuyt performed in summer for the Netherlands backing for Oranje. For Saints he can prove to be a good deal.
Koeman’s men are currently at 3rd from five wins and gaining 16 points. From the beginning itself in the 8 games he took over Sunderland after he showcased his phenomenal talent. The position of Kuyt in the Saints is unclear but it creates a lot of confusion as the team is loaded with fresh and young players. The young players would surely get a boost from him joining the squad as he comes in with lot of experience. The potential of signing Kuyt will also be discussed. He is going to be a handy addition as he can be an attacker, a midfielder and defense player. At Liverpool he could be experienced.
During his reign of 6 years he was hugely popular as his home fans continued to shower blessings on him and supported him earnestly throughout. He scored lot of clutch goals which included a strike in the Champions League final of 2006-2007. In 286 appearances he had score of 71. Southamptons have surprised so far but are trying their level best to take it one step ahead. The Southamptons are planning to grab a sixth position in the mean time so that they get a reputable standing as far as their ranking is concerned. Kuyt has to perform according to his tactics to do well for his team and also to inspire his companions. If the manager has entrusted upon him he also has to rise to the occasion every time.
Out of all the opening matches of the Premier League there is little doubt that the most surprising result was Manchester United’s defeat against Swansea City. The pre-season schedule of Louis van Gaal saw the Dutch coach going undefeated with impressive results but when the Premier League kicked off, the squad suffered trying to replicate similar performances.
The squad of guided by Garry Monk could only launch 5 shots throughout the entire match but it was still enough for Swansea City to claim the victory. When the game reached its end, Monk went on praising the work and team effort that his players demonstrated.
Swansea City’s manager, Garry Monk said: “The whole key to it all was us coming together as a group and working together. I made it clear to the players this week to go up here and show exactly what we’re about. We had a game plan to try and work to and to a man they were very, very good. We could have improved in a lot of areas but to come to Old Trafford in the first game of the season with everything going on… it was very good to get that level out of the boys already’’
Even with the surprising triumph from Swansea City over Manchester United, Monk still has plans of signing a few more players before the transfer window ends. According to the 35 years old manager of Swansea City, his squad can be much better than how it currently is and bringing in new players to the team will reinforce help reinforce it further.
Napoli’s Federico Fernandez is one of the summer targets of Garry Monk and a deal is already believed to be on the verge of completion with the Argentine defender only having to complete a series of medical tests before the transfer can be announced and confirmed to the public.
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has stated that he is still in the dark about what the future holds for him especially with regards to becoming the manager at United. Giggs was a surprise appointment after the sacking of David Moyes a few weeks ago. The club also drafted in a number of their older players like Paul Scholes as part of the coaching staff. The tactics appeared to work – for one game – after the club managed a successful 4-0 win over Norwich in which they looked like their old self.
However, the initial euphoria quickly disappeared after United suffered a 1-0 defeat against Sunderland last weekend. This was first defeat of Giggs managerial career, which is only two matches old. Continue reading →
Aston Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner has come out with a statement asking the club supporters to get behind their manager Paul Lambert in a bid to avoid relegation trouble for the second consecutive season. Lambert was brought in as the replacement for Alex McLeish at the start of last season. Since his time at the club, he has come under a lot of criticism for taking Villa backwards. After being a team that competed for European places during the time of Martin O’Neill, Villa are now in a position of fighting against relegation at the end of each campaign.
They narrowly avoided relegation last season and it looks to be the case this time around as well after they are just four points above the drop zone with four matches left. The 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park is the latest in a line of poor form, which is threatening to put the fans against manager Lambert. There have already been voices against the manager, but Faulkner says that this is the time to support the team and the staff. Villa are on a run of four consecutive defeats, which have come after the incredible 1-0 win over Chelsea at Villa Park.
“We have suffered four consecutive defeats and that is hard to take. We are hurting. Fans are hurting, players and the manager are hurting. The frustration is shared by everyone who loves Aston Villa. Now more than ever it’s time for us all to pull together – fans, players, the manager, everyone at the club. Our immediate focus and combined efforts need to be concentrated on our game against Southampton this weekend,” said the chief executive. Villa will next be taking on Southampton, who have little to play for in the remainder of the campaign.
Mesut Ozil’s campaign with Arsenal is not one that the German midfielder would like to remember as he has recently been dropped out from a few matches of the Premier League club and his penalty miss against Bayern Munich is still taking a toll on him.
Some days ago, Joachim Loew announced to all the German players that the clock is ticking and he will only take into consideration bringing into Brazil, the performers that are actually playing well with their respective clubs which means that Ozil’s chance to play for Germany for the 2014 World Cup could be in jeopardy.
Loew said: “We need the best players currently available at the World Cup, and not theoretically the best. I’ve told the players: The clock is ticking. And only ones who hear it will have a fighting chance. This is an appeal to all and a wakeup call to many to work on their training, their routine, and their professionalism as now is the optimal time [to work on those things] before the tournament.”
Germany played a friendly match against Chile at the Mercedez-Benz Arena and a lonely goal from Mario Gotze gave the team of Joachim Loew, the edge they needed in order to claim the victory and even though it was a fairly mediocre match for the Germans, Ozil still managed to stand out in some way or another as he provided the assist for Goetze who scored the only goal of the entire match.
Mesut Ozil stated that his lack of a pre-season with Arsenal is one of the main reasons on why his performances have been under-par.
“Nearly every player who is new to Premier League needs time to settle in. Here, you meet other challenges. It was clear that I would endure a difficult spell because I missed all of Arsenal’s pre-season preparation’’. Ozil admitted.
Joachim Loew might take this into consideration and allow Ozil enough time for him to play with the German team and see if his performances do improve and whether or not decide on letting the Arsenal player represent Germany for the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
Juventus are once more at the top of the Serie A with a comfortable lead of 8 points over their nearest rivals As.Roma. Even though they have a competitive squad and have not shown much weaknesses in this season there still are rumors and reports involving a number of players that on the radar of Antonio Conte while some others might be seeing their way out of the club.
The head chiefs of Juventus are believed to be having talks with Tottenham concerning Erik Lamela and Conte is willing to use some of his own players in exchange of Lamela as it could tempt the Premier League side Tottenham on letting him go.
Erik Lamela has not enjoyed the best of times since making his switch to Tottenham and a move could be the best decision he makes for his career.
Andrea Pirlo’s passing abilities have always been the absolute best that the Serie A has to offer which has attracted the interest of many top European clubs and even at his fairly elevated years of age, Pirlo is wanted by some of the best clubs in the world.
Kwadwo Asamoah spoke about his current situation in Juventus and even though some reports and rumors have been linking him with a move to another club, the Ghanaian player stated that he has never even thought about leaving Juventus.
“It has never occurred to me to leave for another club.” Asamoah said.
Frederik Sorensen of Juventus is a big target of Bologna who will now have to pay at least €10 million if they want to have full ownership of the player as Sorensen currently is playing for Bologna but is co-owned by Juventus.
Manchester United’s Luis Nani has fallen out of the pecking order of David Moyes and Juventus seemed to be the more likely destination of the Portuguese winger but his injury might be an obstacle for the transfer as the Italian club is now taking their time before launching an official bid.