The Season Edges Closer

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Hope you’re all enjoying the summer break and getting your fair share of some sun, sea and sangria. The season is now edging closer  and I for one am anticipating another year of action and great footballing entertainment. Last season’s chapter ended with Manchester City being crowned the kings of the Premier League whilst closest rivals Liverpool were crowned kings of Europe.

Who knows how this upcoming season will end, I guess only time will tell. We welcome the newly promoted clubs Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa respectively to the premier league (will they all survive relegation this year?). Aston Villa seem to be the most active of the 3 groups in relation to activity within the transfer market having made some significant changes to their squad.

The transfer market does feel a little quite this year and no real major signings have been confirmed although we’ve witnessed some managerial changes in the league. There hasn’t been that many exciting transfers to get your pulse racing.

With that being said Chelsea have appointed all time goal scorer and club legend Frank Lampard as their Manager. Lampard’s appointment comes after he successfully guided Derby to the playoffs final albeit in defeat. He replaces  Maurizio Sarri who is now the new manager of Juvents. He’s status within the Chelsea hierarchy will help him settle down in his new role but he will be aware that the expectations will remain high as ever.

Lampard must achieve success and the pressure will be huge. However he must devise a plan going forward without (arguably) their best player Hazard who left West London for the great heights of Real Madrid having signed for the spanish giants for a sum in the region of £150m. Elsewhere, Manchester United are desperately trying to retain the services of their enigmatic want-away midfielder Paul Pogba. There are reports suggesting the French midfield ace is admired and wanted by Real Madrid.

United fans whether they want to admit or not know they would find it difficult to replace a player of Pogba’s calibre. The addition of Wan-Bissaka to the squad and the pursuit of Harry Maguire are evidence of Solskjaer’s intentions of addressing United’s weaknesses in defence.

Another notable signing is Tottenham’s acquisition of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. The France international joins Spurs on a long term contract and is seen as the replacement to Dembele in centre midfield. Tottenham will hope to build on this signing and will want to stake a stronger claim on the title challenge this term.

hazard mad

Hazard now Galactico!!

5 thoughts on “The Season Edges Closer

  1. Yep I totally agree.
    It will be great to see how Hazard fits in with the Madrid squad. In saying that, rumours – Spurs are lining up a deal for Bale to come back, but cannot afford to pay him 600000k a week. I really don’t like how Zidane is treating Bale. very ungrateful bastard, after the dude has contributed to Madrid winning 4 Championship medals. 1 with Anchelotti and 3 with Zidane. Makes no sense that Zidane and Madrid are treating the dude like that. I hope Spur can negotiate a good deal to bring him back and maybe take his revenge against Madrid in the Champions league. It will be great to see Bale back at spur. I believe the current spurs will only make it to another champions league final, but it takes a special player like Bale to help them win it.

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    1. I absolutely agree. Bale has achieved a lot for Real Madrid and I think he deserves a little bit more respect than that. If the rumours are true and he ends up back at Spurs then that will only strengthen the side. We’ll wait and see what happens.

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  2. It is interesting see to how Real Madrid pulled the plug when an offer from China came in for Bale. Can you imagine ..a footballer earning around £1m a year ..that’s just crazy to me. I think the way Bale is being treated from the club (or should I say Zidane) is completely unacceptable. However, Zidane has made it perfectly clear that Bale is not going to be part of his plans. Anyway, Bale will need to prove a point and avoid any injury that could affect his season ..especially if he wants to continue playing at the highest level. Guess we will have wait and see what happens next…

    P.s you’re right about the transfer market being a little bit quiet but what do you expect when players valuations are SOOOO excessive!

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    1. Indeed M24 the Bale saga is nothing short of ridiculous. A player that has won 4 champions league titles should be treated and afforded more respect than that. But you’re right in your analysis about Zidane, I think it’s more personal than just footballing reasons. I will never understand the valuations of today’s players nor can I fathom a fee of £1 million a week (lord have mercy).

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