Richarlison double helps Everton edge five-goal thriller against Wolves

1 Sep

Richarlison rediscovered his goalscoring form as Everton beat Wolves 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

Despite twice being pegged back by the visitors, the Brazilian had the final say with a superb header to add to his early opener.

Richarlison climbed highest to net the winner
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His first strike came in the fifth minute courtesy of a mix-up between Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and captain Conor Coady.

That set the tone for a frantic opening 12 minutes, which saw Wolves equalise through Romain Saiss only to find themselves behind again moments later.

Former Arsenal star Alex Iwobi restored the hosts’ lead with a bullet header, and despite plenty of goalmouth action, the game remained at 2-1 for the ensuing hour.

Then Raul Jimenez levelled things up in the 75th minute with a brave header, only to see Richarlison climb highest to net the winner five minutes later and condemn Wolves to their first defeat of the season.

To make matters worse, Wily Boly, who was outjumped for the winner, saw red after receiving a second yellow with seconds of the game remaining.

Meanwhile, the Toffees climb up to fifth and seize the early initiative in the race for Europa League spots.

More to follow…

The best value for money Premier League goalscorer, including Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba

20 Aug

It’s no secret just how lucrative football can be but by the same token it’s a very costly business too.

Clubs are expected to break the bank in order to show they have ambition these days and even then success is not guaranteed.

Manchester United spent £86million to re-sign Paul Pogba but he’s still not won over all fans
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The best players get the best wages but what they do on the pitch pays for itself, right?

Well talkSPORT.com has been given access to brilliant data from livefootballtickets.com to reveal which players are the best value for money in terms of the goals they scored last season.

But before we see how much the top 15 Premier League scorers’ goals in 2018/19 are worth, let’s take a look at the top 15 scorers from last season, how many league goals they scored last season as well as their estimated annual salary using data from spotrac.com.

Premier League's top 15 scorers 2018/19

=10. Gylfi Sigurdsson (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £5.2m

=10. Paul Pogba (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £15.08m

=10. Glenn Murray (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £1.56m

=10. Alexandre Lacazette (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £9.47m

=10. Raul Jimenez (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £2.13m

=10. Richarlison (13 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £4.68m

9. Callum Wilson (14 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £2.08m

8. Eden Hazard (16 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £11.7m

=6. Raheem Sterling (17 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £9.36m

=6. Harry Kane (17 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £10.4m

5. Jamie Vardy (18 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £7.28m

4. Sergio Aguero (21 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £13m

=1. Mohamed Salah (22 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £10.4m

=1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £10.4m

=1. Sadio Mane (22 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £5.2m

So now we know how much the English top flight’s top 15 scorers from last season are being paid, let’s take a look at how much each player’s goal is worth by dividing their estimated annual salaries by the number of goals they scored.

And these certainly made for some interesting results.

15. Paul Pogba – Each goal worth: £1,160,000

Paul Pogba’s goals came at the biggest cost of the top 15 scorers last season
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14. Eden Hazard – Each goal worth: £731,250

13. Alexandre Lacazette – Each goal worth: £728,252

12. Sergio Aguero – Each goal worth: £619,048

11. Harry Kane – Each goal worth: £611, 765

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10. Raheem Sterling – Each goal worth: £550,588

=8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Each goal worth: £472,727

=8. Mohamed Salah – Each goal worth: £472,727

7. Jamie Vardy – Each goal worth: £404,444

6. Gylfi Sigurdsson – Each goal worth: £400,000

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored 13 league goals last season but each strike is reasonably good value for money
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5. Richarlison – Each goal worth: £360,000

4. Sadio Mane – Each goal worth: £236,364

3. Raul Jimenez – Each goal worth: £164,000

2. Callum Wilson – Each goal worth: £148,571

1. Glenn Murray – Each goal worth: £120,000

Veteran striker Glenn Murray, 35, had the best goal value last season
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Premier League Fantasy Football tips: 10 best new signings to pick ahead of Gameweek One on Dream Team

7 Aug

Fantasy Football finally returns this week after a summer absence and there’s still time to sign up and create your Dream Team here.

Managers across the globe will be frantically logging on to make last minute changes to ensure they get bragging rights over their mates.

Who will you transfer in and out of your Fantasy Premier League team?

While everyone will want to ensure they get some of the best-performing stars from last year into their team, there is an influx of new players available.

Not only do Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United possess a wealth of talent, but there have also been a host of new signings made across the division.

There are also players from last year who are expected to kick on after exceptional previous campaigns, even surpassing the score they racked up last time out.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £50m budget and, depending on your game plan, you might need a few.

So who should you be looking to sign before the start of the season? Below, talkSPORT.com has identified 10 stars you should definitely consider putting into your team before the transfer deadline.

Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison enjoyed a terrific debut season at Goodison Park
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Everton have a very welcoming set of fixtures back into Premier League action, meaning Richarlison should definitely be in your team. No other side has managed to avoid all of last season’s big six in their opening six games.

In fact, it is not until Game week 7 when the Toffees face champions Manchester City that we will see Marco Silva’s side really tested.

At just £8.0m, the Brazil international is certainly worth a punt, considering he produced three goals in his first two matches of 2018/19, including a 14-point haul away against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 1.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Sterling has already scored in one final this season
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One of the hardest decisions in the game is deciding where to spend your money. When you go big, you want it to be worth it.

Spending your transfer budget on three players will leave your bench too sparse, so pick Sterling and save yourself the trouble.

The England international racked up 234 points last season and has been deployed as a central striker by Pep Guardiola throughout pre-season – meaning the £12.0m is a sound investment.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The England international is a creative influence for the Reds
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Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed a remarkable season in 2018/19, culminating in a Champions League winner’s medal. He want’s bad in the Premier League either, scoring once and making 13 assists.

That helped him to 6.4 points per match (ppm), the third-highest average among regular starters in FPL, as well as his 16 clean sheets.

The £7.0m man also had 20 shots at Anfield last season, surpassed only by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Jota was one of the surprise stars of the season last time out
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After a slow start to last season, Jota switched from a left-wing role and began to reap the benefits from a central position.

Alongside Raul Jimenez, the 22-year-old from Portugal scored nine goals and supplying seven assists in 20 subsequent appearances.

At £6.5m, he is cheaper than his club teammate, but equally as vital to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Villa will be relying on their talisman this season
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The Villa captain was vital for Dean Smith, helping the former European champions achieve promotion via the play-offs and even more will be expected of the midfielder.

Despite missing many games through injury, Grealish still managed six goals and seven assists last season.

At £6.0m and with a relatively easy schedule for Villa for their Premier League return, the 23-year-old is definitely worth considering for your team.

Alisson (Liverpool)

Alisson was superb for the Reds last season
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After a record-breaking move to Anfield, Alisson outlined his importance to the Reds by keeping 21 clean sheets and earning the Premier League Golden Glove.

Investing in a solid goalkeeper is crucial for success and, although Alisson is still costly at £6.0m, he justified his price with 176 points last season, finishing as the top-scoring custodian in FPL.

After finishing so close to Manchester City last season, the Brazil international will be as hungry as his teammates to ensure the trophy is finally adorned with the red ribbons of Liverpool come May.

James Maddison (Leicester City)

No player created more chances than the Leicester City star last season
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When it comes to set-piece specialists in the Premier League, few would argue Maddison’s position as no.1. At Leicester, he takes all the corners, is second to Jamie Vardy for penalty duty and also scored three direct free-kicks.

Maddison created 100 chances in his debut season in the Premier League and he was rather unfortunate to get just seven assists.

At £7.0m, expect to see the England Under-21 international carry on where he left off and continue to be a driving force for the Foxes alongside Youri Tielemans.

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur)

Moura is even more important for Spurs after Dele Alli‘s injury
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Dele Alli is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, meaning Lucas Moura will be given a starting berth after a terrific pre-season campaign.

Although classed as a midfielder in the game, Moura is likely to start in a more advanced role for Spurs and he scored ten goals and got two assists last time out.

At £7.5m, it is certainly a gamble to put him into your side, but the Brazilian popped up with vital goals in the Premier League and in Europe last season.

Che Adams (Southampton)

The former Birmingham City striker could be a surprise package in the Premier League
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After 22 goals and four assists in the Championship last season, critics doubted whether or not the 23-year-old could replicate the feat in the Premier League.

But Adams less than two minutes into his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Austrian outfit SCR Altach in mid-July.He then took less than 60 seconds to find the net in his next appearance and he needed only six minutes to fire in his third goal in as many starts in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord last weekend.

He can prove to be a huge difference for the start of the season at just £6.0m.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha will be desperate to prove he is worthy of a move to a big club
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The Ivory Coast international failed to get a move away so far this summer, despite bids from Arsenal and Everton.

Zaha has been put back into his original position of midfielder for his season and has a point to prove after declaring his desire to play in the Champions League.

The £7.0m forward produced 10 goals and 11 assists in the previous campaign, the first time he has recorded double figures for both statistics.

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Premier League fantasy football tips: 10 bargain strikers you should sign for your Dream Team

22 Jul

The Premier League has returned and managers across the globe are signing up for Dream Team’s free fantasy football game.

Get your XIs in now and you could win you some of the £100,000 prize pot.

If you’re going to get near the money though, you’re going to have to be savvy in the transfer market and even more so when it comes to forwards.

It’s fine picking up expensive star men like Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane – but you might need the odd cheap player so you don’t go over your limit.

Some coaches can find it tricky discovering the best bargains, but never fear, we’re here to help you and have done the research on some of the perfect players for you to pick up.

So which strikers should you be looking at if you need to save some pennies? Find out our top Dream Team tips below and sign up here for a chance to win.



Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £3.5m

He’s not going to usurp Sergio Aguero any time soon but he will still get plenty of goals.

He got 17 in all competitions last season, not bad going at all.

Gabriel Jesus enjoyed a prolific season for Manchester City
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Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £3.5m

The Red Devils could have another tough campaign in the Premier League, or they could bounce back.

If they do the latter then Rashford, their current main striker, is likely to get the goals for them

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Richarlison (Everton) – £3.0m

He got a fine 13-goal haul last season but was never truly consistent, netting in fits and starts.

Now he could be in for an even better campaign, particularly if the Toffees finally get themselves a centre forward who can score goals, whether it’s a new player of Dominic Calvert-Lewin steps up.

Richarlison celebrates with his medal for winning the Copa America
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Sebastien Haller (West Ham) – £3.0m

Already looking one of the best signings of the summer, Haller could be an exceptional signing.

His haul of 15 goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga showed his all-round talent alongside Luka Jovic, and with help from Ante Rebic at Eintracht Frankfurt.

If he has a similar relationship with Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals, the Hammers fans may be laughing all the way into Europe.

Sebastien Haller has become West Ham’s record signing after his move from Eintracht Frankfurt
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Wesley (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

It’s a touch risky spending £22million on a striker from the Belgian top division but he might just do the business.

The Villans seem to reckon he’ll be Christian Benteke 2.0 but can he live up to that?

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £2.5m

The English star is now 22-years-old so it’s time he steps up to the plate and starts scoring more goals.

He’s already a handful for defenders but he just needs to add more to his game in terms of hitting the back of the net.

If he does, he’s a steal at £2.5m.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs to up his performance in front of goal
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Michy Batshuayi/Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – £2.0m

It’s best to analyse this as pre-season moves further down the line but whoever looks like getting the staring role is an almost must-have for your XI.

Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard but they still have quality elsewhere to provide them with ammo.

Batshuayi is getting game time in pre-season
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Che Adams (Southampton) – £1.5m

The 23-year-old hit 22 goals and got four assists in the Championship last season.

He really troubled defences in the second tier and you wouldn’t put it past him doing the same in the Premier League too.

Che Adams was in fine form for Birmingham City last campaign
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Lys Mousset (Sheffield United) – £1.0m

At the time of writing, the Frenchman is a club-record signing from Bournemouth.

Three years in the shadows at the Vitality Stadium make you question the deal but was picked up by the Cherries following a nice Ligue 2 campaign with Le Havre.

He’s one for an emergency, or your watchlist.

Mousset has ended his three-year spell with Bournemouth
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Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £1.0m

After his goal against Inter Milan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated he will not loan out the 17-year-old striker.

He won’t be a regular starter but could poach from the bench, especially if Romelu Lukaku leaves.

At the weekend, Solskjaer said: “You can’t send him on loan. He’s ready to be in this squad.

“He’s a natural finisher. He just knows where the ball’s going to end up and land. He’s only 17, but then again why not enjoy it. He’ll get a few to be fair.

“He’s practicing of course but he just knows where the goal is. Sometimes you get players like this and he’s a natural scorer.”

Mason Greenwood scored for Man United against Inter Milan
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Richarlison dedicates Copa America Brazil goal to great-grandmother, but Everton man forgets her name

8 Jul

Brazil star Richarlison dedicated his goal in the Copa America final win over Peru to his great-grandmother, but his emotions got the better of him and he could not remember her name!

The Everton striker replaced Roberto Firmino and scored a 90th minute penalty to make it 3-1 and secure the host’s first tournament win since 2007.

Richarlison made it 3-1 from the penalty spot
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Gabriel Jesus set up Everton’s opener and then scored himself before being sent off, but Richarlison made sure of the win.

After the match, he gave an interview to Brazilian station, SporTV, and said his strike was for his great-grandma.

However, when asked by the reporter, Richarlison was hilariously unable to recall her name.

“I can’t remember! I’ve forgotten! I don’t know, it’s just so much emotion,” he said.

“I can’t recall it. It’s time to celebrate now, but I’ll tell you if I remember.”

Before the match, Richarlison said he was using Ronaldo’s 2002 World Cup final performance against Germany as inspiration.

Richarlison celebrates with his medal
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“It’s interesting to learn the history of this famous ground (Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro) and to know that the great names of Pele and Ronaldo have also played before me here,” he said.

“It makes me want to continue to represent Brazil here.”

“Ronaldo, especially. I grew up watching his goals on YouTube.

“The two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final bring back a lot of joy for me.

“It was a big moment of inspiration to go outside and emulate him.”

Everton 2019/20 home kit: Toffees pay homage to Goodison Park designer Archibald Leitch with new strip

4 Jul

Everton have revealed their new home kit for the 2019/20 season.

The Premier League side posted images of the new shirts on Twitter on Thursday morning along with the story behind the design.

The traditional blue kit, made by Umbro, features a criss-cross design on the front and there is good reason why they are there.

The steel girders from the upper tier of the Bullens Road stand, designed by Archibald Leitch, has been used as the influence for the graphic on the chest of the new home top.

It will be worn with their traditional white shorts and white socks and will be worn for the first time when Everton play Kariobangi Sharks in the SportPesa Trophy on Sunday.

Speaking about the design, Everton’s Tom Davies said: “I really like how Umbro have blended a retro feel into a modern kit, and I think the fans will like it too.

“The Archibald Leitch design is synonymous with matchdays at Goodison.”

Umbro have designed Everton’s shirts since 2014 and a new deal was announced in March.

The club’s new goalkeeper jersey for next season also appears to have been leaked online ahead of the official launch.

Jordan Pickford modelling Everton’s new goalkeeper jersey
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Jordan Pickford has been pictured modelling the green kit, which features a similar pattern across the chest, in a photo uploaded by FootyHeadlines.com.

Everton transfer news: How Toffees could line up with Juventus starlet Moise Kean next season 

28 Jun

Everton have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Moise Kean.

The Toffees have struggled for goals from their forwards since Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United in a £75million deal in 2017.

Moise Kean is one for the future
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Lukaku scored 87 goals in his four seasons at Goodison Park.

And Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Sandro Ramirez have failed to fill the void left by the Belgium international.

Kean enjoyed a fine breakthrough season with Juventus last term, netting seven goals in 17 appearances.

And reports in Italy claim Everton are plotting a €30million (£26.8million) move for the 19-year-old.

Toffees star Richarlison played as a makeshift striker at times last season after Everton boss Marco Silva lost faith in Tosun.

And despite Calvert-Lewin ending the 2018/19 campaign as Silva’s first-choice striker, the England Under-21 international has not scored since the beginning of March.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin starting place could be under threat if Moise Kean joins Everton
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Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished the season as the club’s joint top scorers with 14 goals, while Calvert-Lewin and Tosun managed a combined total of 12.

Everton kicked off their summer spending by making Andre Gomes’ loan move from Barcelona permanent last week.

The Portugal international, who was also chased by West Ham, signed for £22million on a five-year deal.

Only Liverpool (21), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (16) kept more clean sheets than Everton (14) in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

And so with a solid defence, Silva is believed to be on the lookout for more attacking options.

Kean, who was the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, would have hugely benefitted by playing with Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

The Italy Under-21 star could seamlessly fit into an Everton side that will be pushing for a top six spot next term.

4-2-3-1

This was Silva’s preferred formation as Everton finished eighth after a horrendous start last season.

Kean could play the lone striker role and bring Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison into the game with his hold-up play.

Moise Kean’s goals could aid Everton’s top-six push

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This formation could see Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison, depending on the opponent, offer Kean more support up front, while allowing attacking full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne more opportunities to roam forward.

Sigurdsson, playing slightly further back than usual, could be the team’s deep-lying playmaker.

Kurt Zouma would be Everton’s third centre-half if they are able to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

Marco Silva used a back-three formation at times last season

Copa America 2019 Golden Boot odds: Barcelona, Liverpool, and Manchester United forwards among the favourites

14 Jun

The Copa America kicks off when Brazil take on Bolivia on Saturday.

The hosts will be without Neymar, who has been ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, but will have the attacking quality of Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho to lean on.

Lionel Messi will be hoping to lead Argentina to international glory in Brazil
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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the Copa America Golden Boot.

The 31-year-old has reached the last two Copa America finals, but has lost on penalties to Chile on both occasions.

Sky Bet have given Messi odds at 3/1 to take home the prize with Jesus at 6/1 and Luis Suarez at 15/2.

Edinson Cavani and Roberto Firmino follow closely behind at 8/1 and 9/1, respectively.

Copa America Golden Boot winner odds

Lionel Messi – 3/1

Gabriel Jesus – 6/1

Luis Suarez – 15/2

Edinson Cavani – 8/1

Roberto Firmino – 9/1

Lautaro Martinez – 10/1

Sergio Aguero – 10/1

Duvan Zapata – 14/1

Richarlison – 14/1

Philippe Coutinho – 16/1

James Rodriguez – 16/1

Paolo Guerrero – 16/1

Radamel Falcao – 16/1

Alexis Sanchez – 18/1

Paolo Dybala – 18/1

Angel Di Maria – 22/1

Salomon Rondon – 22/1

And Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero are both at 10/1.

Barcelona and Uruguay striker Suarez has made a speedy recovery since suffering a knee injury against Liverpool last month.

Despite undergoing surgery towards the end of the season, the 32-year-old returned for Uruguay and scored in a 3-0 friendly win over Panama last weekend.

He said: “I felt very good, I am very happy.

Luis Suarez helped Uruguay to the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals.
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“I knew that, with time and hard work, I was going to arrive just in time, because there are almost ten days left for the first match [of the tournament].

“I am happy to play again and to feel physically good again,”

The players Premier League clubs wish they could have back as Gareth Bale looks set to snub return to Tottenham

16 May

Gareth Bale is reportedly in no rush to re-join Tottenham in the summer despite being unwanted at Real Madrid.

Spurs could potentially give the Wales international a way out but he appears in no hurry to go back to his former club.

Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid in the summer
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Fans of the north London club would no doubt want to see one of their best former players return, even if it is only on loan with a £10million fee.

A first XI with Bale, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son could help fire them towards that Premier League title race next season, even if Christian Eriksen were to move the other way to Madrid.

But what about the rest of the teams in the Premier League – who are the players they wish they could have back.

Arsenal – Serge Gnabry

The Gunners sold the midfielder to Werder Bremen for just £5million in 2016 because he found first-team opportunities limited.

Bayern Munich signed him just a year later and he has gone on to be one of their best players this season as they won the Bundesliga.

Serge Gnaby has emerged as a key player for Bayern Munich
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The German club look likely to make a number of changes during the summer with the midfield set to be built around the likes of Gnabry and Thiago.

Bournemouth – Matt Ritchie

The Cherries sold Ritchie to Newcastle in 2016 for around £10million as he dropped back down to the Championship.

He won promotion back to the Premier League with the Magpies and has gone on to be one of their key players.

This season he has found himself at left-back because of injuries and performed well.

Matt Ritchie has been played at left-back for Newcastle this season

Brighton – Oliver Norwood

The midfielder has been promoted from the Championship for the last three seasons with Brighton, Fulham and Sheffield United respectively.

His permanent move to the Blades was only made in January but has been an impressive figure in their midfield.

The 28-year-old was also named in the PFA Championship team of the year.

Oliver Norwood was named in the Championship team of the season
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Burnley – Michael Keane

Burnley signed the central defender for around £2million in 2015 following a season long loan. He helped them get promoted back to the Premier League in his first season as a permanent player.

Everton were able to prise Keane away from Turf Moor for around £30million and has the potential to be one of the best central defenders in the league.

Michael Keane was signed by Everton for £30million
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Cardiff – Aaron Ramsey

The midfielder came through the youth system at the Welsh club but played just 22 times before being sold to Arsenal for £4.8million in 2008.

The 28-year-old spent 11 seasons with the Gunners racking up 369 appearances and three FA Cups before being let go on a free transfer this summer.

Aaron Ramsey has left Arsenal to join Juventus on a free transfer

He will join Serie A giants Juventus ahead of next season and will become one of the highest paid British players ever.

Chelsea – Mohamed Salah

Take your pick with the players Chelsea who have gone on to thrive after being sold by the Blues.

The one who has made the most impact over the last two seasons is Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Mo Salah has been one of the best players in the world over the last two seasons

The 26-year-old was sold to Roma in 2016 for just £13.5million but just a year later moved to the Reds.

Two consecutive Premier League golden boots and back-to-back Champions League finals show it was a bit of a mistake letting him go.

Crystal Palace – Glenn Murray

He may be 35-years-old but Murray has shown he can still score goals in the Premier League.

The striker struggled in the top flight with Palace as he managed just eight Premier League goals in 33 games.

Glenn Murray has scored 25 Premier League goals over the last two seasons
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Murray has managed 12 and 13 goals in the last two seasons and with that return he would have been Roy Hodgson’s top goalscorer.

Everton – Gerard Deulofeu

The Toffees paid around £4.2million for the forward in 2015 but returned to Barcelona two years later when they activated a buy-back clause.

Watford signed the 25-year-old on a permanent deal  at the start of this season and he has thrived with the Premier League club scoring 10 league goals.

Gerard Deulofeu helped Watford reach the FA Cup final
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Fulham – Moussa Dembele

The striker netted 15 times in the 2015/16 Championship season before getting a move to Celtic.

Two years at the Scottish club, with 51 goals in 94 games, saw him win back-to-back domestic trebles.

The 22-year-old signed for Lyon at the start of this season and netted 17 times in 40 games and he’s now being linked with Manchester United.

He surely would have fired the Cottagers to safety this season.

Moussa Dembele has scored 17 times for Lyon this season
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Huddersfield – Tom Ince

The winger played just one season at Huddersfield before being sold to Stoke City for £10million.

With their relegation back to the Championship for next season, they may wish to have a player like Ince to call upon.

Tom Ince was signed by Stoke for £10million
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Leicester – N’Golo Kante

The midfielder was signed from Caen for just £5.6million and he was instrumental in leading them to the Premier League title in 2016.

Chelsea bought the 28-year-old for around £32million and won the league in his first season with the Blues.

N’Golo Kante helped Leicester win the Premier League title
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Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian was a key member of Liverpool’s squad and was twice voted as the club’s player of the year.

He was sold for a deal worth up to £142million in January 2018 but has struggled to settle at Barcelona since the transfer.

Coutinho would give the Reds extra depth to their frontline if he returned.

The Brazil international made a £145m move to Spain with huge expectations
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Manchester City – Jadon Sancho

The highly-talented teenager is regarded as one of the best prospects in world football and has shined at Borussia Dortmund this season.

The German club signed Sancho from City in 2017 for just £8million because of the lack of first team opportunities.

Transfer fees of around £100million have been reported for the winger this summer.

Jadon Sancho signed for Borussia Dortmund for just £8million
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Manchester United – Wilfried Zaha

United have spent hundreds of millions on transfers over the past few seasons and there are few players they would like to have back.

One who fans may want to see get a second chance is Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Wilfried Zaha has consistently been one of Crystal Palace’s best players
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He was signed for around £10million in January 2013 but only made four appearances before being sold back to the South London club.

Newcastle United – Georgino Wijnaldum

Newcastle sold the midfielder for around £23million in 2016 following their relegation.

He has since been a key member of Liverpool’s squad under Jurgen Klopp and most recently scored twice in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in Liverpool’s Champions League win over Barcelona
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Southampton – Gareth Bale

Southampton’s revered academy has produced some top Premier League talent including Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

One player who tops the lot is Gareth Bale who has gone on to be a star with Real Madrid and helped them win four Champions League titles.

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Tottenham – Gareth Bale

Likewise with Southampton, Spurs may wish they could have kept hold of Bale for a little longer.

His 2012/13 season for them was sensational with 21 goals in 33 league games. The 28-year-old picked up the player of the season award and a world record transfer fee of £85.3million.

Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid has turned sour
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Watford – Richarlison

The forward impressed in his lone season for Watford last year scoring five times while adapting to the Premier League.

Everton tempted him away with a deal worth up to £50million and netted 13 goals this season.

Richarlison is a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park
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West Ham – Dimitri Payet

The attacking midfielder was a popular figure with the Hammers during his two seasons at the club but angered some fans with the way he left.

He was sold for £25million in January 2017 to Marseille and last season finished runner-up in the Europa League.

Dimitri Payet left West Ham on a sour note

Wolves – Wayne Hennessey

It is hard to pick a player who Wolves would want back, especially after their incredible season. They seem to be signing quality players without losing any.

One who could still do a job for them in the Premier League is goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who played 166 times for the club.

Wayne Hennessey played 166 times for Wolves

Now at Crystal Palace, he has the experience that would provide competition for Rui Patricio and John Ruddy.

Best Premier League XI outside top six, including Wilfired Zaha and James Maddison

7 May

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his Manchester United players other clubs will be looking to chase them next season.

The Red Devils will finish sixth if they fail to better Arsenal’s result on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been solid for Crystal Palace this season

Solskjaer said: “You’ve got Leicester, Everton, Watford, probably Newcastle, you’ve got clubs that want to chase us. We have to make sure that we are the ones who chase those ahead of us.

“We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six.”

So, who are the best players outside of the top six? talkSPORT take a look…

Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham)

Lukasz Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium

Fabianski has been an ever-present in Manuel Pellegrini’s side since signing from Swansea last summer. The 34-year-old has been the busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, making 140 saves. He has proven himself as a reliable top-flight No.1 since leaving Arsenal in 2014.

Right-back – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is becoming a Premier League star

Wan-Bissaka, who won Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year award, has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League this season.

Not many people would have blamed him for counting himself unlucky after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in March.

His form has alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, however, the 21-year-old recently revealed he will be a Crystal Palace player next term.

Centre-back – Harry Maguire (Leicester)

Harry Maguire has had another fine season for Leicester

Maguire was one of former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets last summer.

The towering defender was able to take his 2018 World Cup form with England into this season – and has been a regular fixture at the back for Leicester. Maguire will be crucial to the Foxes’ chances of mounting a top-six push next season.

Centre-back – Conor Coady (Wolves)

Conor Coady has been an ever-present in Wolves’ defence

The former Liverpool trainee has been one of Wolves’ standout players in their first season back in the Premier League.

Playing every single minute of the Premier League season so far, Coady has helped them to an impressive seventh-placed finish.

The club captain will be playing Europa League football next season if Manchester City beat Watford in this month’s FA Cup final. Surely an England call-up is on the horizon?

Left-back – Lucas Digne (Everton)

Lucas Digne has a wicked cross on him

Digne has enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League, chipping in with four goals and assists each.

He has been part of a watertight Everton defence, which has kept eight clean sheets in ten games.

Only Liverpool (20), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (15) have had more shutouts than Everton (14) this term.

Right-wing – Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison is a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park

Similarly to his team-mate Digne, Richarlison has been one of Everton’s best players this term.

He has scored 14 goals since joining in a £50million deal from Watford last summer. The Brazil international has even been linked with a move to Barcelona following his goalscoring form. The 21-year-old will only get better with years to come.

Central midfield – Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)

Abdoulaye Doucoure is a workhorse in Watford’s midfield

Watford could find it hard to keep Doucoure this summer, especially after the Paris Saint-Germain target admitted he would leave Vicarage Road if the right club came calling.

He has had yet another fine season in the Premier League and is on course to help Watford finish in the top ten.

Central midfield – James Maddison (Leicester)

James Maddison will only get better with time

Signed for £22.5million from Norwich last year, that transfer fee seems like a bargain now. In his first season in the Premier League, Maddison has been directly involved in 14 goals, scoring and assisting seven each.

He has been deployed slightly deeper in midfield since Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel in March, but has still been able to shine. He has been touted as a replacement for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who will join Juventus on July 1.

Left-wing – Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha is constantly linked with a move away from Selhurst Park

Zaha is having his most lethal top-flight season, netting ten goals for Roy Hodgson’s men.

He has been so crucial to Palace preserving their Premier League status over the past five years. Despite signing a new five-year contract last August, reports claim Arsenal are interested in the winger.

Striker – Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Raul Jimenez has endeared himself to Wolves fans

Wolves paid Benfica £30million to make Jimenez’s loan move permanent last month.

The Mexico international has scored 17 goals and registered seven assists in all competitions. He has arguably been one of the signings of the season. Jimenez has also struck up a deadly strike partnership with Diogo Jota.

Striker – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Jamie Vardy is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best strikers

Vardy has scored 18 goals in another prolific top-flight season for Leicester. At the age of 32, he is showing no signs of slowing down. He has netted 11 goals in his last 12 games in what has been an excellent end to the campaign.

Is this the best Premier League XI outside of the top six?