Jan Bednarek EXCLUSIVE: Southampton superstar on fashion icon Nathan Redmond, Ryan Bertrand’s connections, and Jan Valery’s obsession

30 Aug

talkSPORT brings you THREE live commentaries this Saturday with Southampton vs Manchester United kick-starting our GameDay coverage.

The Saints host the Red Devils on the back of a solid 2-0 victory against south coast rivals Brighton, while their opponents visit St Mary’s after suffering a disappointing home loss to Crystal Palace.

Bednarek has spoken to talkSPORT ahead of GameDay
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Both sides will be hoping to pick up points and climb up the table in this match, and you can listen to all the drama LIVE on talkSPORT at 12.30pm.

Ahead of GameDay, Southampton defender Jan Bednarek joined talkSPORT for the latest edition of ‘Teammates’ to give a little insight into some of the personalities at Southampton.

The 23-year-old, who moved to the Saints two years ago and has become a key member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad, was quizzed on a number of his colleagues  – and you can see his answers below…

Best dressed?

JB: “It has to be Nathan Redmond. I just like his style and the way he combines his clothes.

“It’s a cool style and really different to the way other people like it.”

Redmond is said to be a style guru
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Worst dressed?

JB: “I have two players and I think they could be equal. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oriel Romeu.

“The mix of the clothes – some were smart mixed with casual – it doesn’t match the best for me.

“I think they can have some lessons with stylists in the future.”

Which team-mate would you trust to cook you dinner?

JB: “Hojbjerg. He’s aware of having a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food – and sometimes we share recipes on what to cook and how to cook it.

“We definitely spend time in the kitchen.”

Hojbjerg is a great cook according to Bednarek

Which team-mate would you put in charge of a night out?

JB: “Ryan Bertrand. He’s got some good connections in London and could organise a good dinner and night out.

“There is always good fun with him.”

Which team-mate would you turn to in a domestic crisis?

JB: “I wouldn’t call any football player!

“I would probably call Dean – our player’s officer.”

Which player’s most likely to be up to date with the news?

JB: “That has to be a player who reads Twitter. I think Jan Valery.

“When I sit next to him he’s always on Twitter. I don’t know if he knows anything in the news, but he knows everything about himself!”

Valery is always on his phone, according to Bednarek

Which team-mate would you like to be stuck with on a desert island?

JB: “I think Cedric Soares because he knows a lot of things about life and different kind of things.

“He could find good solutions to any problems.”

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Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.

Goalkeepers

Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.

Forwards

Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham stars

29 Jan

Now the FA Cup fourth round games are done and dusted we’re diving back into the world of Fantasy Premier League.

We’ve got a full round of midweek fixtures and you will need to be aware the transfer deadline is at 18:45 tonight.

Will you pick up any of these stars for the next Fantasy Premier League gameweek?

It’s been two weeks since the last Premier League action so we’re here to help you freshen up your squad.

Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, one who loves a bargain, or prefer to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around…

Out: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – £8.4m

Let’s face it, this one should be obvious but we’re not taking any chances. The Chelsea striker has now joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan, so he won’t be scoring any points in the FPL any time soon.

In: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £7.7m

Undoubtedly one of the most in-form Premier League players now, Rashford is a must-buy. His next three Premier League fixtures are Burnley, Leicester City, and Fulham and you can only imagine the damage he might do.

Out: Cedric Soares (Southampton) – £4.2m

A former FPL favourite, the Portugal international has now fled the south coast and joined Inter. Not a bad deal for the player, if you ask us but the 3.7 per cent of managers who have him in their teams will need to sell up.

In: Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £5.2m

Without wishing to sound smug, we tipped the Polish defender a couple of weeks ago and he remains an excellent cheap pick-up. Southampton face Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Cardiff City in their next three games too so he might nab a clean sheet as well.

Out: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.9m

With the FA Cup break stopping the Fantasy Premier League season, you might not have had a chance to sell the England ace. Like team-mate Harry Kane he’s likely to be out until early March.

In: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.6m

We advise a bit of caution with this, purely down to the fact the South Korean has admitted he felt tired at the Asian Cup but – set to start as a striker for Spurs – he’s looking irresistible. Games against Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Burnley are winnable and present him a good chance of goals.

Out: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £5.4m

Similarly to Alli, you may have been distracted with the FA Cup but the Spaniard’s season-ending injury will mean you need to sell him at the earliest opportunity.

In: Victor Lindelof (Manchester United) – £4.9m

Growing into his role with the Red Devils, the Swede is really beginning to show his talents and is going cheap. This represents quite the bargain at this time of year, although he could get rotated as the Champions League comes into play.

Out: Richarlison (Everton) – £6.8m

With no goals or assists in his last four games, this is the perfect time to do some squad rotation. The Brazilian does play Huddersfield next, so exercise some caution, but long-term Everton are heading into a tricky run of games.

In: Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £6.0m

Surprisingly, at the time of writing, Jota is still owned by just 2.3 per cent of managers in the FPL. After a spell out, the Portuguese ace bounced back with a hat-trick in his second game after returning. Plus, he had two his last three matches before injury and is playing as more of a forward too, which helps given he’s listed as a midfielder.

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice including Manchester City, Man United and Southampton stars

31 Dec

We’ve got one last festive gameweek before an FA Cup break so it’s time to get your Fantasy Premier League teams ready.

The games have been coming thick and fast and while injuries haven’t hit too hard we may still see some rotation, or just players in bad form.

Will Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick tempt you to sign him?

So, with a deadline on New Year’s Day of 11:30am – we’re not sure how many people will be awake for that – it’s best to get your transfers done and dusted early.

Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, loves a bargain, or one who looks to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around…

Out: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £6.7m

The Eagles ace just isn’t providing value right now as a forward with just three goals and three assists all season. Against Chelsea the whole team looked so toothless it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from and their next three fixtures are against Wolves, Watford, and Liverpool.

In: Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – £6.3m

If you’re operating a system with a cheap forward, the Portuguese man might well be your best bet right now as he’s worth less than both Callum Wilson and Aleksandar Mitrovic. He grabbed a goal against Tottenham and looks to have found his feet in the Premier League.

Out: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – £6.3m

Last season the Spaniard had a telepathic understanding with Alvaro Morata leading to a hefty amount of assists but with his compatriot on the bench he’s been limited and is not worth the price tag right now.

In: James Tarkowski (Burnley) – £4.7m

In need of a quick fix in defence? It might just be worth considering the England international. Games against Huddersfield, Fulham, and Watford are up next and it’s likely the clean sheet against West Ham, and assist against Everton and a goal against Brighton in the last five matches will buoy him.

Out: Harry Maguire (Leicester City) – £5.4m

England’s World Cup hero is selected by 9.2 per cent of bosses but after an injury lay off isn’t justifying himself right now with just one clean sheet in his last four, albeit in tough games, the goals have dried up too. He’s one to keep an eye on but a run of matches across January and February which included Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham makes us wary of his long-term value.

In: Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £3.9m

Is this the Holy Grail? A regular starting defender valued at £3.9m is worth getting while he’s hot so you can spend your money elsewhere. Even if he’s a short term solution, you should gain a bit of money at the worst.

Out: Joe Hart (Burnley) – £4.5m

Dropped for Tom Heaton against West Ham where Burnley managed to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win. It’s safe to say Hart may be on the bench in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

In: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – £4.2m

We tipped the Spaniard as a replacement for Mat Ryan and we’ll tip him again. He’s garnered 18 points in four games and was superb against Chelsea, earning a bonus point. Now the fixtures ease up a bit he could get even more.

Out: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £6.0m

As we told you last gameweek, the City defence is creaking right now and they’ve conceded in ten consecutive games – the longest run in England. They don’t have an easy set of upcoming fixtures and it’s doubtful they will stem the tide against Liverpool. And one last thing, Laporte lost another £0.1 and his price could further diminish.

In: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £4.9m

Firmly the no.1 left-back now, Shaw is set for games and soon the clean sheets will come too. We don’t doubt there will be the odd assist or goal either so it might be time to snap him up before a price rise.