Gareth Bale would be a fantastic signing for Tottenham and would make a massive difference for Spurs, Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT

17 Jul

Gareth Bale would be a fantastic signing for Tottenham and would make a massive difference for Mauricio Pochettino’s side next season, former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp believes.

The Welshman’s future at the Bernebeu has been in doubt ever since the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager.

The winger, 30, has failed to win over the Los Blancos support in his six-year stint with the club, despite playing in an instrumental role in helping them win four European Cups and a LaLiga title.

He was booed off on multiple occasions by his own supporters throughout last season, while former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon launched a scathing attack on Bale to accuse him of ‘not living up to expectations’ since his 2013 arrival from Tottenham for a then world-record fee.

Zidane reportedly wants to axe Bale this summer as he has no plans to use him moving forward
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And according to Marca, Tottenham are now considering a stunning move for their former star, with the Spanish publication reporting that Spurs are willing to pay between £45million and £54million to bring him back to north London.

The reported deal would be even better for Tottenham as they only want to pay half Bale’s current wage, which means Real would have to cover his salary for the next three seasons as well.

But Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has dismissed the story as fabricated nonsense, telling talkSPORT, ‘I don’t comment on rubbish’.

Nonetheless, Redknapp, who coached Bale for four years at White Hart Lane, insists signing the Wales superstar would be fantastic for Tottenham – especially if chairman Daniel Levy can work his transfer magic to secure a cut-price deal for the forward.

“I don’t know if there’s any truth in the rumour if Jonathon Barnett’s denied it – but I think it would be a great move for Tottenham,” Redknapp told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“It seems a typical Daniel [Levy] deal, [with Real Madrid] paying half the wages. When Daniel’s got you in a corner he’s not going to let you out, and so he’s going to go in and make a very low offer – which is go in with half his wages and a third of the offer they paid for him.

“I think he’d be a fantastic signing, he’s an amazing talent and could come back and push higher next year and make a massive difference.”

Bale played the full 90 minutes in just nine matches last campaign but still managed to score 14 goals in 41 appearances.

And Redknapp has dismissed the notion that he has failed to live up to his price tag in the Spanish capital.

He continued: “When you look at some of his goals: a Champions League winning goal, some of the amazing goals against Barcelona, the overhead kick in the final…

“I mean, he’s a special talent there’s no doubt about that.

Bale’s Real Madrid days appear to be numbered
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“I heard rumours of people saying I was going to loan him out [at Tottenham]. Never in a million years.

“I’d love to see him come back to England. I know he’s earning a fortune there and he won’t walk away from that.

“But whoever takes him, if they pay half his wages Real Madrid will have to pay the other half – that’s for sure.”

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny ‘very hurt’ by row with club, claims Chelsea striker and former teammate Olivier Giroud

16 Jul

Laurent Koscielny has been left ‘very hurt’ by his row with Arsenal over leaving the club this summer, Olivier Giroud has claimed.

The Gunners captain’s future is in doubt after he refused to go on the club’s tour of the US in order in an attempt to force through a return to his native France.

Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered
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Koscielny is believed to be upset at a supposed broken promise from Arsenal that would he would be allowed to return to Ligue 1 ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon are all reportedly interested in signing the ex-France international – and former Arsenal forward Giroud has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot

“Lolo is a good friend of mine,’ Giroud, now at Chelsea, told BBC Sport. “I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].

“He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.

“The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League.

“I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.

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Giroud and Koscielny are good mates

“I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.

“I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.’

Giroud added: “You cannot make a judgement when you don’t have all the clues.

“I’m pretty sure we don’t know everything in this situation. I hope both sides will find the best agreement.”

Jamie O’Hara predicts 2019/20 Premier League top four – and tips Arsenal to continue their Champions League hiatus

16 Jul

Jamie O’Hara has named his top four for the 2019/20 Premier League season – tipping Arsenal to stretch their Champions League hiatus to four years.

The talkSPORT pundit admitted he believed next season’s campaign will follow a similar pattern to last season, with two teams once again going head-to-head for the Premier League crown.

With the transfer window up and running, the new season’s fixtures released, and the teams back for pre-season training, our thoughts are on the start of the new campaign – with talkSPORT to bring you more live games than ever before.

Unai Emery and Arsenal have been backed to endure another tough season
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Last season, Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the crown by just a single point to retain their title in one of the most thrilling campaigns in years.

The race for third and fourth was no less exciting, either, with Chelsea and Tottenham just sneaking ahead of fifth placed Arsenal by two points and one point respectively.

The competition at the top has never been closer, especially now that all the ‘big six’ are fighting to finish in just four places – all of which guarantee Champions League qualification.

So who will make the coveted top four? Former Spurs midfielder O’Hara had his say on the Final Word on talkSPORT.

“I think it’s pretty easy; it’s quite cemented for me,” he said.

“Liverpool and Man City are going to run away with it again, and I think Tottenham are going to progress [to third].”

Frank Lampard will hope to guide Chelsea to a top four finish in his first season as Blues manager
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And when asked who would finish fourth, O’Hara replied: “Chelsea.

“Arsenal are nowhere near it.

“And the problem Man United have got is they’ve still got this whole saga going on with [Paul] Pogba and with the football club about who is going and who is staying. That can really affect a pre-season.

“They need to get it done and get down to business.”

Newcastle United EXCLUSIVE: Michael Chopra says ‘mediocre’ Steve Bruce not good enough to replace Rafa Benitez

16 Jul

Steve Bruce is a ‘mediocre’ manager and he could completely lose the Newcastle United after THREE games, Michael Chopra has told talkSPORT.

The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss, who resigned from his post with the Owls on Monday, is set to be appointed as the new manager at St James’ Park.

Bruce is due to take charge of Newcastle and become the lowest-paid manager in the Premier League
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The decision to appoint the 58-year-old is seen by many as another cost-cutting exercise by Ashley, especially as the former Sunderland manager is set to become the lowest-paid head coach in the Premier League with a salary reportedly worth £1million-a-year.

And Chopra, a Newcastle local who came through the club’s academy and spent six years in the first-team, has slammed the decision to appoint Bruce, insisting his coaching isn’t at a level fit for the Premier League.

“If you are in Steve Bruce’s shoes, as a Newcastle fan and Newcastle come calling, you are going to take the job, ” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“On the other hand, the fans don’t want him.

“It’s hard because they’ve gone from Rafa Benitez, a world class manager who is one of the best in Europe, to, no disrespect to Bruce, but he’s a mediocre Championship manager now.

“He’s not good enough for the Premier League any more – especially Newcastle United.

Chopra has slammed Mike Ashley for the decision to appoint Bruce
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“That’s what has disappointed the fans most; there has been talk of [Jose] Mourinho, [Patrick] Vieira and [Steven] Gerrard, all these big names, and even Bruce wasn’t their first choice. Sam Allardyce turned it down so they’ve had to go to Brucey.


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“The owner HAS to give him the money. He’s got to spend £100million plus.

“Ashley has got to say he’s backing Bruce and bring the players in, and then get the fans back on side.

“If he is not going to spend the money the fans are not going to take to Steve Bruce.

“Their first three games are tough, and if they don’t pick up points in those three games the Newcastle fans will turn – and once they’ve turned you won’t be able to win them back.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard not worried about transfer ban with confidence in current squad

16 Jul

Frank Lampard has no worries about Chelsea’s transfer ban as he believes his squad is good enough to not need strengthening before the new Premier League season.

The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two windows until the end of January 2020, but Lampard said on his side’s pre-season tour in Japan that he is happy with the squad he has got.

Lampard believes he does not need to sign any players
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“I think I’ve inherited very good players,” the former Derby manager said. “We can’t bring any players in, we know that – this year – but I don’t need new players.

“I’m very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful.”

Chelsea’s appeal against a transfer embargo for breaching rules in relation to signing youth players was turned down by FIFA in May, but Lampard is focused solely on preparing the squad he has at his disposal.

“I know the club very well, I know the players very well. I have my own way that I want to work with the players,” he added.

“I have to say, in the one week that we’ve been training, I’ve been very happy with the attitude and the qualities of the players.

“So my job now is to work hard in pre-season with them.

“I like my teams to play with a lot of energy, a lot of speed – with and without the ball, so if we lose the ball I want to win it back as quickly as we can.

“When we have the ball I want to move it quickly and create chances to win games and feel like we’re playing football we enjoy.”

Lampard spoke to the press following Chelsea’s arrival in Japan
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Lampard said it was a ‘blessing in disguise’ that the club would not be involved in the transfer window and that he is excited by the young talent at his disposal.

“Everybody knows I have a keen eye for the younger players that the academy has produced and we now have a batch of them who are fighting to get in the first team,” he said.

“But to be absolutely clear, they now have to make the difference. It’s a pathway that’s given to them and now they have to be the ones who play well enough to get into the team.

“I don’t care about age, I just care about performance and how people train. It’s up to those young players to show what they can do.”

Lampard confirmed he was keen to work with Callum Hudson-Odoi and was hopeful the England forward would sign a new deal, while defender Ethan Ampadu had not made the trip to Japan as he is likely to head out on loan.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante – recovering from a knee injury sustained at the end of last season – had been pencilled in to feature in one of Chelsea’s games in Japan, Lampard added.

Lampard has a truly world class player at his disposal in Kante
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Chelsea play J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama on Friday and then face Barcelona in Saitama next Tuesday.

Harry Maguire is one of the ‘best defenders’ and will improve Man United and Man City, Danny Simpson tells talkSPORT

16 Jul

Leicester and England star Harry Maguire is one of the ‘best defenders’ in the game and will improve any side he joins, former Foxes team-mate Danny Simpson has told talkSPORT.

Maguire has been at the centre of a tug of war between Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, with the latter reportedly submitting an £80million bid for the Three Lions international.

However, talkSPORT told you last week that Leicester are holding out for £90million for their superstar, as Maguire has four years left on his current deal at the King Power Stadium and the Foxes have no desire to sell.

United and City will have to break the bank to sign Maguire before the end of the transfer window
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And Simpson, who played alongside Maguire for two years at Leicester but is currently without a club, admitted he expected a top club to come in for the centre-back.

“I’m not surprised that [Manchester] United and [Manchester] City are in for him,” Simpson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“For me he’s one of the best defenders.

“He’s a top lad and he’s only going to get better. He’s improving, he’s a leader and he can be wherever he wants to be.

“The way he brings the ball out from the back and organises everyone is quality.

“He wants to go all the way to the top and I think if he does go to one of those two teams, he’ll kick on straight away and take it in his stride.”

Simpson was pressed on where he thought Maguire should go – but was reluctant to choose a club for his former team-mate.

“I’m a United fan so I’m a bit biased,” he replied, “but United want to get back to the top and City have lost [Vincent] Kompany.

Danny Simpson left Leicester at the end of last season after five successful years with the club
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“Wherever he is this season he’s going to improve that team.”

According to The Sun, Maguire is ‘fuming’ that Leicester are pricing him out of a move away, breaking the gentleman’s agreement made between him and the club last year amid links with the Red Devils.

The club reportedly promised to let Maguire go for a reasonable offer if he stayed for an extra season following his superb performances at the 2018 World Cup.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery opens up over Laurent Koscielny pre-season tour snub

16 Jul

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed he spoke to Laurent Koscielny three times to try and stop him from going on strike.

The Gunners captain’s future is in serious doubt after he refused to go on the club’s tour of the US in order to force through a return to France.

Emery has spoken to Koscielny over his pre-season snub
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Emery, 47, revealed it was now down to the club and the player to find a resolution.

He said: “He started training with us this pre-season and I spoke with him three times for his situation.

“We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he decided to stay. Now it is a matter for the club and for the player.”

Emery was further pressed on whether Koscielny had a future with the Gunners.

He added: “He has one year left on his contract. For me as a coach he’s an important player.

“Now it’s one matter for him and the club. The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation. I cannot say more than that.”

On Monday, disgruntled Arsenal fans joined forces and lashed out at Stan Kroenke’s ‘passive ownership’ of the club.

A collection of influential supporters’ organisations, fanzines, blogs and streamers have called for ‘better leadership’ of the club in a strongly worded statement.

Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered
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One of their concerns was their lack of transfer funding at Emery’s disposal – but the Spaniard has reassured fans he is waiting ‘patiently’ to bolster the squad.

“The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu,” he explained.

“I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.

“We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that. ”

We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.’

Transfers: Five top players still available to sign for free this summer, including ex-Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal stars

16 Jul

The transfer window is in full flow and some big-money moves are being mooted ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Speculation is rife about several superstars, including Philippe Coutinho, with a potential return to Liverpool on the cards to put an end to his disastrous time at Barcelona.

Coutinho has been at the centre of transfer speculation this summer
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While the divisive Paul Pogba is also doing the rounds in the transfer rumour mill, with Real Madrid and Juventus expressing interest in the Frenchman but Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unwilling to sell.

Both could move for big sums of cash if permanent deals are organised.

However, there are some players with great quality who can still be snapped up for free and may be worth taking a gamble on.

talkSPORT.com has identified five quality players who are currently out of contract and available for free this summer.


Yacine Brahimi

A move to the Premier League has long been expected for Brahimi

The Algerian midfielder is hot property in Europe this summer having revealed he would be leaving Porto after five years.

The playmaker will have many takers, too, having scored 53 goals in 213 appearances for the Portuguese side.

Brahimi has proven himself time and time again in the Primeira Liga but is yet to be snapped up by any club and it would interesting to see if he can cut it in the Premier League.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is still a free agent
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It is remarkable to think Sturridge, who has netted 50 goals in 116 appearances for Liverpool, is still without a club going into the 2019/20 season.

The ex-England international is still just 29-years-old and everyone knows the quality he possesses. – but his injury problems are the main concern for any potential suitor.

He has made 20 league appearances just once in the past five seasons but he could represent a bargain deal for any side looking to strengthen up front – perhaps one outside of the top six.

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck broke his ankle back in November

Welbeck was released by Arsenal after an injury-plagued five years at the Emirates.

Despite his fitness concerns, the striker remains a great talent when fit and could excel at another Premier League club.

He is a proven goalscorer and his 16 goals in 42 caps for England serve as evidence for that.

The ex-Man United man has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs, but as he reaches the latter stages of his career he will want to ensure he gets as much game time as possible.

Mario Balotelli

Balotelli has been offered to West Ham on a free transfer as they hunt for a new striker
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On the hunt for a new club despite enjoying a successful spell in Ligue 1 with Marseille, Balotelli’s time at both Milan clubs, Manchester City and Liverpool have fluctuated from brilliant to disastrous.

There is no doubting he is a great marksman on his day but it would unquestionably be a massive risk moving for the Italian, who often finds himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Balotelli netted 41 goals in just 73 league appearances during his time in France – a great return rate for any forward – but the risk may outweigh the reward when signing him.

West Ham have been linked with a move for Balotelli and a return to Premier League would certainly go down well for the neutral, as he is box office and hugely entertaining to watch.

Gary Cahill

Cahill enjoyed a glorious career with Chelsea but found himself out the first-team last season
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Ex-Chelsea captain Cahill is currently weighing up his options after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

The 33-year-old, who spent six-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, would add quality and experience to any back line in the top flight.

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa have been linked, and Cahill could prove a useful addition to the side who will be tested consistently at the back by top opposition.

Cahill remains capable at Premier League level and he could return to his best form with assistant John Terry helping him at Villa.

Billy Gilmour: Six things you didn’t know about the Chelsea wonderkid dazzling in pre-season

15 Jul

Frank Lampard has hailed the impact of Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour during the early stages of the Blues’ pre-season tour.

Gilmour, who joined from Rangers for a fee of around £500,000 back in 2017, has dazzled in Chelsea’s opening two fixtures against Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic – and has caught the eye of his boss for his displays.

Gilmour has dazzled for Chelsea in pre-season

“In the second half: Billy Gilmour. He’s had a brilliant trip and has shown real personality at the level that he’s played for a young lad in these two games,” Lampard told Chelsea TV.

“He’s been great. I just hope Billy keeps pushing on with that this season.”

The emergence of Gilmour could be symbolic of a new dawn at Chelsea, with a manager who isn’t reluctant to take a chance on the talent youth stars at his disposal.

But what do we know about him? talkSPORT.com has identified six things you may not know about the teenage sensation.


1. He has attracted interest from the big boys

Back in 2016, many of the elite sides around Europe took notice of Gilmour, who was shining at youth level as a 16-year-old.

It is believed ​Manchester United, ​Man City, ​Real Madrid and ​Barcelona were all tracking the progress of the youngster, but a trip to Chelsea’s Cobham training complex persuaded him to join the west London club.

Chelsea will now have to nurture him to make sure he lives up his potential.

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2. He often plays above his age group

Gimour was promoted to Rangers’ Under-20s side when he was just 15-years-old and after his talent became apparent, he was soon fast-tracked to the senior side.

He featured in provisional matchday squads for Rangers and also featured regularly for Scotland’s Under-21s.

At ​Chelsea, Gilmour has enjoyed plenty of playing time with the Under-23s setup, so he will embrace the challenge of making his mark with the first-team should he be given the opportunity.

3. He is a creative diamond

Gilmour is very versatile and that will appeal to Lampard greatly. He is comfortable in both a deep-lying role, as a box-to-box midfelder, or in the no.10 slot.

One of the most impressive features of the midfielder is his composure on the ball. He has the ability to pick out the right passes under pressure, while dictating the tempo of the game.

He could become a useful member of Lampard’s squad, should any of Chelsea’s other options fail to impress in midfield.

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4. He’s not just a playmaker

Although Gilmour will certainly need to bulk up if he is to shine in the Premier League, the youngster isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to recover possession.

He is by no means N’Golo Kante, but he will never shirk from the physical side of the game and will do his utmost to win the ball back for his team.

His willingness to have the ball at his feet can see his temper get the better of him from time to time, but the Stamford Bridge faithful will relish a player who gives his all for the team and isn’t afraid to show passion on the pitch.

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5. He has one aim in football

Breaking through to the first team is often a rarity for youngsters at Chelsea, but Gilmour possesses the ambition and drive to make it to the top – just like his new boss did.

The Scot once told ​BBC Sport that he only has one goal in football; to become the best player in the world.

It is clear that Gilmour isn’t just content with winning matches. He wants to perform on the pitch and achieve things that truly stand out to the crowd at Stamford Bridge.

6. He rates Lampard over Steven Gerrard

Gilmour unsurprisingly prefers Lampard to Gerrard
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Gilmour wasted little time to choose Lampard as his favourite player, and he did so well before the Englishman was even close to being named the new manager at Stamford Bridge.

And although it is no surprise he told BBC Sport he believes Lampard is a better player than Liverpool legend Gerrard, it will no doubt delight Blues fans.

He now has the chance to work alongside his hero Lampard, who will undoubtedly be able to pass on some of his vast football knowledge.

Joao Felix transfer: Seven other wonderkids who shot to stardom overnight, including Manchester United and Liverpool aces

14 Jul

Joao Felix has enjoyed an extraordinary rise to the top of football.

The Portuguese teenager has shot to stardom in just five months of action in the Primeira Liga, netting an incredible 15 goals in 21 appearances.

Felix has joined Atletico Madrid for an astronomical fee

The attacker has now signed for Atletico Madrid in a jaw-dropping £113million deal, with just Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele moving for more cash.

In light of his meteoric rise to the top of the beautiful game, we at talkSPORT.com wanted to identify six other superstars who enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of football.


Sir Bobby Charlton

Charlton entered the setup at Old Trafford as a 15-year-old and had an immediate impact after showing strong goalscoring form in the youth teams.

His name was beginning to do the rounds on the training ground and after he scored a brilliant brace against Charlton on his debut in one of the academy teams, his form was noticed by the manager, Sir Matt Busby.

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Sir Bobby Charlton shot to fame at Man United

Busby took an immediate liking to what he saw and fast-tracked the starlet into the senior side. He would go on to score ten more times in 13 appearances that year to establish himself as key member of the squad.

Charlton would achieve extraordinary things in the game, winning both the Ballon d’Or and the World Cup in a glittering career spanning 24 years.

Robbie Fowler

Liverpool’s League Cup clash against ​Fulham in 1993 looked like nothing but a formality, with the Reds expected to progress to the next round with ease.

And it proved to be just that as they hammered their opponents 8-1 over two legs.

However, the tie would prove significant due to the unearthing of the gem that was Fowler.

Fowler was the ultimate finisher at Liverpool

On his debut, Fowler bagged his first goal for the club, but the return fixture was nothing short of a fairytale for the teenager.

Fowler scored five times in front of a packed home crowd to cement himself as an Anfield favourite after just 90 minutes.

The marksman then smashed in a hat-trick shortly afterwards in a league game against ​Southampton and he would go onto become one of the club’s best ever strikers.

Gianluigi Buffon

The Italian has been at the top of the game since the moment he set foot on the football pitch.

The veteran stopper, who has now returned to Juventus for the final season of his career, immediately shot to fame with a string of stunning performances for Parma as a 17-year-old in 1995.

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Buffon impressed with Parma before moving to Juventus

Up against the best team in Europe at the time, AC Milan, Buffon put in an inspired performance to keep the Rossoneri at bay – almost single-handedly earning his side a 0-0 draw.

He became a star of the Parma team and six years later moved to Juventus, where he would go onto make an astonishing 509 Serie A appearances. He is now looking to beat Paolo Maldini’s all time appearance record in Italian football.

Wayne Rooney

Sometimes great performances can propel you into stardom, other times it can simply be an incredible goal.

With Rooney, it was just that. The Everton youngster thundered an absolute stunner past David Seaman in 2002 to end Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten streak.

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A young Rooney celebrates his stunning winning goal against Arsenal in 2002

Rooney became the youngest Premier League goalscorer of all-time with the strike and the commentator’s unforgettable remark to ‘remember the name’ couldn’t have proved more true.

Rooney, as we all know, would later captain Manchester United and England and become the all-time top scorer for both sides.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Admittedly, Ronaldo had dazzled for Sporting Lisbon in the Primeira Liga for a short period but it was when the winger was handed an opportunity to play in a friendly against Manchester United that he really caught the eye.

He terrorised Sir Alex Ferguson’s side all day and the legendary manager was so impressed by his mercurial efforts that he ordered the club to sign him instantly.

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His devastating skills were a revelation in the Premier League and he quickly established himself as one of the most entertaining players in the league.

After just one season as a Red Devil, Ronaldo had already become one of the most feared players in the world.

Danny Rose

Rose could not have imagined a better debut for Tottenham.

He scored the goal of the season in a hard-fought victory over his side’s bitter rivals Arsenal.

The goal was subsequently described as ‘a volley so thunderous that you could hear the whack of his boot above the din of the raucous crowd’.

Rose scored an incredible goal on his Spurs debut

Apart from perhaps Rooney’s against Arsenal, you’d be hard tasked to find a more memorable debut goal.

The papers the next day had already branded him as a future star of English football and he has proved to be a very capable defender ever since.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford began his United career like a house on fire, astonishingly scoring on his European, Premier League and Manchester derby debuts.

Following his incredible start to life at Old Trafford, the forward was heralded as the next best thing at the club.

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Rashford netted the winner against Manchester City to propel himself into stardom

In February 2016, the youngster was just another academy player looking to breakthrough the ranks at Man United. Less than a month later, he was a Stretford End hero and an outsider for Euro 2016 selection.

Remarkably, he made the cut for the Championships in France that summer – although he did not have the best of tournaments.

He will be hoping to become a talismanic figure for the club next season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.