The Premier League is back tomorrow. EPL viewers braved the international break and it is time to get back to business. Today’s “Daily Ticker” covers Per Mertesacker, the possible sale of Everton, and why David Beckham is suddenly becoming the best thing since sliced bread (again).
Premier League News:
Neil Warnock said he would love to have David Beckham on his team, but Harry Redknapp won’t go down without a fight for Beckham, whose contract runs out with the MLS outfit at the end of November. Beckham trained with Spurs last year, during the MLS off-season. The Spurs manager praised Beckham’s leadership saying, “He’s the best example there is for any young player, how he looks after himself, how he trains and how he’s stayed an ordinary guy despite his extraordinary success.” Redknapp added that the Englishman is “worth his weight in gold.”
Kevin Davies is looking for blood come Bolton’s date with Manchester United at the Reebok. “United at home is one we all look forward to and we fancy our chances against anyone here,” said Davies. The striker also warned David De Gea to expect “a few crosses going in.” Bolton are eager to test the United youngster who has had some trouble in his first three games in the league, but the Spaniard did stop a penalty in the game against Arsenal. Davies is also looking to give Phil Jones a hard time. “He’s a big strong boy, so this is another one I’m looking forward to. I relish these kind of challenges, he’s coming on as a player and still young, so I’ll be trying to give him a going over.”
Per Mertesacker has not played a match yet for Arsenal. The former Werder Bremen defender will be playing in a Gunners shirt this weekend, and he is already looking to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Tony Adams. Mertesacker told the club’s website, “We didn’t get many pictures of him on the television, but Adams was a legend here. He is a special one for me.” Arsenal play Swansea this weekend and each side will be looking to pick up their first win of the new campaign.
Bill Kenwright may be close to getting new investors in Everton. According to ESPNSoccernet, Kenwright held three meetings over the last week, during which he spoke to potential investors. Despite his efforts, the Blue Union supporters group will march outside Goodison Park before the team’s game against Aston Villa, to show their frustration with the way the club has been run. “It is laughable that some fans are demanding that someone comes in to sell the club when Bill is trying so hard to bring in fresh investment,” said a close friend of the Everton chairman, “Let me tell you there is no better salesman, no-one better equipped to sing the praises of Everton and to sell the club.”
Sandro will be in North London until 2016. Signed from Inter Milan for 8 million pounds, the Brazilian who is currently out due to the procedure done on his knee in July, started 17 times last season, and who could forget his memorable long-range effort against Chelsea. The midfielder should be back next month.
The Mario Balotelli Show just does not end. Manchester City’s striker will be a witness in a the trial of a member of the Naples Mafia. The case goes to trial next week and Balotelli will take the stand next Thursday. Mario Iorio, a money launderer, gave the forward a tour of Naples’ crime district, and the prosecution is calling Balotelli’s relationship with the caterer into question. The Italian claims, “There is nothing to worry about. I am calm. I had no idea who the people were showing me around Scampia.” He is sorry about the impact it will have on his family and his reputation. Super Mario, “just wanted to see what the area was like as [he] had seen it in the film Gomorrah,” a film about organized crime in the area. The news that the former Inter man was headed to trial comes days after he supposedly brought an iPad to the bench of Italy’s match on Tuesday.
Irish defender John O’Shea did not head to Sunderland to be on, “Easy Street.” The former Manchester United player has suffered a few setbacks since joining the Black Cats. He suffered a hamstring injury which set his debut for the club back until they played Swansea and now, after suffering a injury while on international duty, he will miss this weekend’s game against Chelsea.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres back to form for the Stamford Bridge club and their respective national teams. “This is one of the top layers in England,” said Villas-Boas of Lampard, “He wants to keep performing club-wise to be performing for the national team.” The ex-Porto manager wants to get “the best” out of Torres. “We try to free them to exploit their talent and we hope to do it with all of them,” said the new Chelsea gaffer.
However, as of this morning Villas-Boas said Torres’ lack of form, “can never compromise the objectives of the team.” He also said that he has “no problem dropping players.” The manager did back his struggling striker by saying, “You didn’t lose your talent because you went 21 games scoring just one goal. It’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about creating opportunities and I think he’s been doing that.”
Real Madrid could be in trouble with football’s governing body. Though the club is willing to pay the buyout fee for Neymar, at 45 million pounds, Real may be in trouble for contacting the player before Santos officially accepted the club‘s offer. It has been rumored that the Brazilian would prefer a move to Madrid, but a friend of the striker says, “Neymar is still making up his mind, there is no decision yet.”
Notts County drew 1-1 with Juventus. The Italian giants invited the club, that inspired them to where black and white stripes, to cut the tape with them at Juventus Arena, the club’s new 41,000 seat stadium. Luca Toni struck first, but three minutes from time, Lee Hughes got the equalizer for the League One side.
FC Sion have appealed their ban from Europa League football according to UEFA.
Article of the Day:
John Brewin takes a look back at how the 9/11 attacks changed European football.