Former Man City boss urges Phil Foden to consider January loan move

Stuart Pearce has today revealed his opinion that Manchester City youngster Phil Foden would benefit from a temporary spell away from the club following the turn of the year.

City prodigy

19-year-old midfielder Foden is widely-viewed as one of the finest young talents in England.

The City starlet possesses a rare combination of touch, vision, dribbling ability and eye for goal, attributes which come together to suggest that he could yet go on to become English football’s next great midfielder.

However, despite his immense talent, the Three Lions youth international has found game-time hard to come by at senior level to this point in his career.

After appearing 5 times off the bench in the Premier League in 2017/18, Foden added a further 13 appearances (3 starts) to his tally last season.

It was when given the chance to impress as a starter in cup competitions, though, that the teen thrived.

Across 8 appearances (6 starts) between the FA Cup and League Cup in 2018/19, Foden directly-contributed to a hugely-impressive 6 goals.

Manchester City Burton

Phil Foden celebrates after scoring during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First-Leg between Manchester City and Burton Albion. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

‘You’ve got to play’

As such, it must no doubt come as a major source of frustration for Foden that the early weeks of the new campaign have seen him again struggle for time on the pitch.

To this point in City’s underwhelming Premier League season, the midfielder has been afforded a paltry 10 minutes of game-time.

And one individual who is of the opinion that, if this situation doesn’t change over the coming months, then Foden needs to take into serious consideration a loan move in January, is Stuart Pearce.

Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, former Citizens boss Pearce explained:

‘In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment.’

‘Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.’

‘He’s coming to that age where he needs to play some games. I think six months out on loan, if he hasn’t broken into the team, would do him the world of good.’

‘Guardiola loves the kid to bits. But the bottom line is, you’ve got to play.’

Pearce then went on to highlight how the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have thrived at Chelsea over the early weeks of the season:

‘Frank’s chucked a few of the youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time.’

‘You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.’

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Arsenal & Barcelona tipped to swoop for PSV standout Donyell Malen

Reports across the European media suggest that Arsenal have been joined by Spanish giants Barcelona in the race for the signature of PSV prodigy Donyell Malen.

PSV goalscorer

Malen, a 20-year-old forward who can also play on the wing, was actually on Arsenal’s books for two years, between 2015 and 2017.

After coming up through the youth ranks of Ajax in his home country, the starlet made the move to north London at the age of 16.

As such, after proving himself to be one of the most promising young talents on the books of the Gunners, and even earning a place in the club’s preseason squad in 2017, it came as a huge surprise when the board at the Emirates decided to part with Malen for a paltry £200,000 in the summer of 2017.

And to say that Arsenal’s decision, in hindsight, has since proven a poor one, would be putting it lightly.

Since returning to the Netherlands with PSV, Malen has gone on to develop into one of European football’s most highly-regarded youngsters.

The pacy attacker directly contributed to 15 goals in 31 Eredivisie appearances in his debut campaign as part of the first-team setup at the Philips Stadium last season.

It has been the early months of the new campaign, though, which have seen Malen begin to turn heads.

To this point, despite it only being October, the 20-year-old has racked up 16 goals and 6 assists across all competitions.

Malen was also handed his international debut versus Germany last month, during which he notched the Oranje’s crucial 3rd goal en route to a 4-2 victory.

Malen in-demand

As such, news that a number of European football’s heavyweights are already eyeing the starlet’s signature has come as little surprise.

Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal are searching for a way to coax Malen back to London.

The Gunners, though, are far from the Dutchman’s only high-profile suitors.

AC Milan are also said to be extremely keen on Malen’s signature, on the back of the Rossoneri’s disappointing start to the season.

And, as per the latest updates stemming from Spain over the last 24 hours, Barcelona are the latest outfit to have joined the hunt for the PSV star’s services.

As per AS, Malen is a leading candidate to act as the long-term replacement for Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou.

Alternative potential additions to Ernesto Valverde’s squad, meanwhile, include Rafael Leao and Lautaro Martinez.

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Barcelona’s Ansu Fati called up to Spain’s under-21 squad

Ansu impresses for Barcelona

Ansu Fati burst onto the Barcelona first-team picture this season.

Despite being just 16 years of age, Ansu is already exhibiting signs he can become a top-class player.

Ansu made his senior debut for the Catalonian giants earlier this season when Barcelona took on Real Betis.

Ansu would then bag his first goal for Barcelona’s first-team in the proceeding La Liga clash vs CA Osasuna.

The wonderkid continued his solid form when he started vs Valencia, scoring one and assisting one as Barca cruised to an emphatic 5-2 victory.

According to BBC Sport, Fati’s goal contributions vs Valencia meant he became the youngest player in La Liga history to register a goal and an assist in the same game.

Ansu also made his Champions League debut with Barcelona earlier this campaign, completing 59 minutes in Barca’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Ernesto Valverde

Head coach Ernesto Valverde of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on May 13, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Ansu earns Spain call-up

Ansu has now been rewarded for his fine start to the 2019/20 season.

Spain’s under-21s are set to take on Montenegro’s under-21s on Tuesday the 15th of October in a UEFA Euro under-21 qualifying match.

Ansu was not named in the original Spain under-21 squad to face off against Montenegro. But as confirmed by Spain’s official website, Fati has been called up to replace Carles Pérez.

The 16-year-old who was born in Guinea-Bissau has yet to feature for Spain at any level.

And as reported by Goal, he only became a Spanish resident last month but FIFA have since cleared him to represent Spain.

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Roy Keane: England ‘got what they deserved’ vs Czech Republic

England beaten in Prague

England traveled to Prague on Friday evening for their first qualifier of the break.

The Three Lions smashed the Czech Republic 5-0 in their last outing so Gareth Southgate’s side were probably oozing confidence heading into this match.

However, instead of another 5-0 thrashing, England were presented with a much more difficult evening of football, in which they never really found their stride.

England would eventually go on to lose the match 2-1.

That was England’s first loss in a European Championship/World Cup qualifier since October of 2009.

Highlights: Czech Republic 2-England 1

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: England manager Gareth Southgate is pictured during an England Squad Announcement and Press Conference at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Keane on England

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was a pundit for British broadcaster ITV during the England tie.

After the clash, Keane gave his thoughts on England’s display.

Keane stated that England started slowly, got what they deserved and mentioned self-inflicted goals:

“I think there was a lot of frustration.

“They got what they deserved. Started slowly, never quite recovered.

“No intensity, no fight in parts of the game. When you start the game slowly it’s a long way back.

“And a lot of those problems, particularly when you look at the winning goal. So it is self-inflicted, we’ve seen that in the previous couple of games, and they’ve got nobody to blame but themselves.” As quoted by the Mirror.

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France boss provides update on Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante

France see off Iceland

France faced off against Iceland on Friday evening as they looked to cement a place atop of Group H.

France started the day level on points with Turkey who went head-to-head with Albania.

However, neither side did themselves any real favours on Friday with both outfits coming away with a 1-0 victory.

Olivier Giroud would be the man to give France all three points vs Iceland.

Highlights: Iceland 0-France 1

Kante pulled from warm-up

While one Chelsea man was scoring for France, N’Golo Kante was unfortunately pulled from the squad just before kick-off.

France would announce via Twitter that Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko would replace Kante in the team to face Iceland.

Kante update

France boss Didier Deschamps has since provided an update on the Chelsea midfielder.

Deschamps, speaking after the Iceland victory, claimed Kante felt pain in the adductor muscle:

“He felt a pain in the adductor muscle.

“He had a feeling where he did not feel comfortable to play.

“I made the decision [to pull him from the squad], because maybe it could get even worse. I knew Moussa would be ready.” As quoted by the Mirror.

When asked if Kante could play vs Turkey, the France boss responded:

“I do not think it’s too serious for NG [Kante], but I do not have an answer tonight.” As quoted by the Mirror.

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Christian Eriksen makes it clear he wants to leave Spurs – Marca

No going back for Eriksen

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave the club with his contract set to expire next summer.

Eriksen’s future has been a top conversation for many months now.

With the Danish playmaker’s contract set to expire next summer, there’s been plenty of transfer links.

During the summer transfer window, it was Real Madrid who were heavily linked with a move.

Though, nothing materialised and Eriksen remained at Spurs.

His situation has only worsened since the summer too.

Eriksen has not been playing as much as he would like during Tottenham’s poor start to the season.

Now, it looks as though he’s leaving one way or another.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Real Madrid bound?

According to Marca, Eriksen has already made it clear that he wants to leave, despite ‘three different proposals’.

Their report explains: ‘He knows what he wants to do, and that’s leave. Whether in January or next summer, he will get what he wants – to leave Tottenham’.

Interestingly, Marca also reveal that Daniel Levy attempted to sell Eriksen late in the summer window.

They claim: ‘Daniel Levy even tried to sell the midfielder during the final days of the transfer window once he realised the Dane wasn’t going to sign. Real Madrid weren’t interested in signing him then, they were working off Zinedine Zidane’s orders to pursue Paul Pogba’.

As a result, Tottenham could easily lose Eriksen for free if he signs a pre-agreement with any club in January.

Though, Spurs will likely try and sell him to interested clubs for a cut-price fee in the winter window. 

 

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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante suffers injury on international duty

Potentially big blow for Chelsea

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was forced to withdraw from the France team against Iceland after picking up an injury during the warm-up.

Since joining from Leicester back in 2016, Kante has grown into one of the best midfielders in world football.

The Frenchman is incredibly important for Chelsea but hasn’t had the greatest start to the season.

Kante picked up an injury during pre-season, which has caused several issues.

Despite making the season opener against Manchester United, Kante then needed to be rested again.

Since then, the Frenchman has practically been featuring once every two games due to injury problems.

However, he returned to full fitness recently and scored in the clashes with Liverpool and Southampton.

Now, in another unfortunate twist, he could be set to miss even more games after suffering an injury during the international break.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 14: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool and Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the UEFA Super Cup Final fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Will Kante be available for Newcastle?

As confirmed by the France national team, Kante was forced to pull out of the starting eleven against Iceland.

Kante had been chosen to start, but was replaced by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko before kick-off.

It was then revealed that Kante had picked up a muscular injury during the warm-up.

While details regarding the injury are scarce, it will be an unwelcome problem for Chelsea.

The Blues already have several players out injured, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and Emerson Palmieri.

However, with no news yet on the seriousness of Kante’s injury, Chelsea and their fans will hope the Frenchman will be available for their clash with Newcastle next Saturday.

 

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The latest on Reece James as Chelsea defender leaves England U21 camp with injury

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Tottenham’s Serge Aurier opens up on his attempts to leave in the summer

Aurier admits he wanted to leave in the summer

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier has admitted he wanted to leave in the summer transfer window after a lack of time on the pitch.

Aurier joined Spurs back in 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee in the region of £23million. 

Despite the expectation that he would be Tottenham’s number one right back, Kieran Trippier actually solidified his spot.

That has limited Aurier to just 45 appearances during his time at Spurs.

However, now that Trippier has joined Atletico Madrid, Aurier has found himself back in the team.

While he’s not featured every game, he’s made four appearances so far this season.

Now, the defender has opened up on his attempts to leave Tottenham over the summer and made it clear he needs to play regularly.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

‘I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy’

Speaking to the Mail, Aurier confirmed he didn’t play at times last season because he was looking to leave.

Aurier also made it clear that ‘I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy’.

‘I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything,’ he explained.

‘I wanted to leave so it was normal for me to not be on the pitch. Beyond that, it’s the manager’s decision. He’s the one who decides what’s best for the group.

‘Like I’ve said, the season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next. That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy.

‘There are situations that mean you need to make a decision. I’m a big boy and a dad, so there are choices that are good for me and my family.’



 

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Man United & Real Madrid target Erling Braut Haaland – AS

Europe’s next big thing?

Both Manchester United and Real Madrid are reportedly keeping tabs on Red Bull Salzburg’s Norweigian starlet Erling Braut Haaland.

Haaland has made a fantastic start to the season.

The forward has scored an impressive 11 goals and assisted five in just eight Austrian Bundesliga appearances.

Though, it’s his performances in the Champions League which have made people stand up and take note.

In his Champions League debut, Haaland scored a hat-trick for Salzburg against Genk.

While that was impressive enough, the forward then followed that up by scoring just minutes after coming on at Anfield against Liverpool.

Salzburg did go on to lose the game, but Haaland’s stock still rose.

Now, it looks as though both Manchester United and Real Madrid are keeping their eye on him.

 

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Real Madrid & Man United could battle for Norweigian starlet

In a report from AS, it’s suggested that Real Madrid are ‘set on’ Haaland.

They claim ‘Real Madrid has the name of Haaland firmly on their list, despite already having invested in Luka Jovic in the summer, (22 in December)’.

Despite already having talent on their books such as Vinicius, Rodrygo and Martin Ødegaard, AS suggest ‘Erling Haaland is seen as the goals of the future.’

Though, Real Madrid will also face competition from Manchester United.

AS suggest Haaland ‘could very well be a major target for Manchester United’.

That’s because: ‘the club has shown an interest in the player and the Norwegian coach knows him better than anyone after managing him at Molde, giving him a chance to shine at just 16 years of age.’

If AS are correct, Red Bull Salzburg may have to fight tooth and nail to keep Haaland next summer.

 

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