Spurs go marching in
So the January transfer window concluded a couple of days ago and in fairness there were a few surprises. Everton turned down £85 million from Barcelona for their forward player Richarlison. They clearly rate and value him highly but rest assured no one is going to be making that type of bid for Richarlison ever again, so yeah Everton could have and should have cashed in.
Manchester United and Solksjaer looked hella desperate in the market as they sought to explore various options. They managed to secure the services of Fernandes, a player I know little to nothing about but apparently he’s supposed to be the bees knees. I was duly reminded by an optimistic United supporter that their one time great Christiano Ronaldo also came from the Portuguese league….Do me a favour (rolls eyes), I am not entertaining that talk for a second.
With Rashford being out injured, United searched far and wide for an interim solution. No offence but some of the players they were linked with are not really what I’d consider to be of Manchester United pedigree. Names like Danny Ings and Joshua King were brought to the table. The Red Devils decided to sign Odion Ighalo on a six month loan from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua with the option to buy at the end of the loan spell. Many pundits have criticised United’s choice, but Ighalo has proved to be a premier league goal scorer during his spell with Watford. Is he the player to bring United back to the glory days? I think not, however he’ll definitely offer Ole another option in style.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose joined Newcastle on loan to help boost his chances of making the England Euro Championship squad. In all honesty Rose had been wanting to leave Spurs for a while and I cannot see him returning back to London for the foreseeable future. I’m not sure why he chose to go to Newcastle given the calibre of the player. Something tells me the player has dropped in value in recent times hence why none of the bigger clubs took him on. Let’s face it, the premier league is now rich with left backs that are churning in great performances week in week out so it’s no surprise to me.
Another player to leave Tottenham this window was Christian Eriksen who ended his 7 year tenure at Spurs. After 226 appearances for Spurs and 51 goals Eriksen finally left the North London club and joined Italian outfit Inter Millan on a 4 year deal. He had no intention of signing a new deal at Spurs and probably made the right choice for his career. Spurs were in the market for talent also and have done some decent business by making a few signings of their own. Lo Celso signed a permanent contract from Real Betis for an undisclosed fee and Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica.
However, it was Steven Bergwijn who was signed from PSV Eindhoven who made an immediate impact on his debut for Spurs. The dutch international made his debut in the game against Manchester City and contributed to the win. Spurs took on City in the league game and were under pressure from the start of the game. Aguero had some great opportunities to put City forward but failed to take his chances.
City were by far the dominant side as the statistics will support this, but Spurs defended well and managed to keep them at bay. Lloris saved a penalty from Gundogan after a VAR ruling and always looked to counter City at every opportunity. In the second half Zinchenko was sent off for a second bookable offense which gave Tottenham a slight advantage (and boy did they make it count). Bergwijn was picked out delightfully by Moura before the dutch forward coolly controlled the ball with his chest and hammered the ball in the back of the net to give Spurs the lead in the 63rd minute. Son added the second for Spurs in the 71st minute to give the home side a much needed 3 points as they chase the top four.
Liverpool carried on with their dominance in the league with another outstanding performance against Southampton by winning 4-0. The Reds have now won 24 games out of 25 which is simply out of this world. Everton came from behind to win 3-2 against Watford albeit with ten men whilst Manchester United drew 0-0 with Wolves as did Arsenal away to Burnley.
Rest in peace Kobe & Gianna, football remembers you!!!