Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ready move for Wilfried Zaha alternative Ryan Fraser

7 Jul

Arsenal are set to go back in for Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser this summer.

The Gunners are desperate to sign a winger as they look to improve their squad ahead of a tough Premier League campaign.

Fraser has been linked to Arsenal after a stellar campaign in 2018/19
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Wilfried Zaha is top of their list, and remains so, but it appears their hopes of landing the Ivorian from Crystal Palace are rapidly fading.

A bid for the 26-year-old, worth £40million, has already been rejected and it’s believed the Eagles, who have already sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50million, want up to £100million for their best player.

Arsenal, though, reportedly only have an initial budget of around £40million before player sales, scuppering their hopes for the time being.

And as the Gunners prepare for disappointment, the Mirror report they are renewing their interest in Scottish ace Fraser, who enjoyed a stunning campaign in 2018/19.

The 25-year-old scored seven goals and assisted 14 in the Premier League but is now about to enter the final year of his contract with the Cherries.

Fraser scored seven goals and supplied 14 assists in the Premier League last season
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This could allow Emery to swoop with a £20million fee a possibility as Bournemouth ready themselves to cash in rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer.

 

Fantasy Premier League prices: Liverpool star has shock drop as aces have fees revealed

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League is back! Well, almost.

Just days ahead of the full launch of the 2019/20 season we’re seeing FPL price reveals happening on Twitter.

FPL bosses with Fraser were happy with his production last season as one of the best buys around
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These teasers have got fans salivating at the thought of the new squads and just how they might spend the £100million given to each manager.

Last year we saw Ryan Fraser emerge as one of the season’s biggest bargains.

The Bournemouth ace initially cost £5.5million but his seven goals and 14 assists saw him used by most players at least once across the campaign, so excellent was his form.

And Scottish winger Fraser, linked with a summer switch to Arsenal, was one of the first men to have his price revealed for the new campaign.

He, along with four others, had theirs announced on June 26, while even more are having them announced.

You can see the first price reveals below, including a Liverpool player with a surprising drop in value.

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)

2019/20: £5m

2018/19: £4.5m

Fabianski has been a revelation at the London Stadium
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Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

2019/20: £7m

2018/19: £6m

Robertson is one of the world’s best full-backs
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Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – Now a defender

2019/20: £5.5m

2018/19: £6m

Matt Ritchie was played at left-back for Newcastle last season
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Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £7.5m

2018/19: £5.5m

Fraser has been linked to Arsenal after a stellar campaign in 2018/19
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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: £5m

Ricardo Pereira performances have repaid his £25million fee
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Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

2019/20: £6m

2018/19: N/A

Jack Grealish was rewarded for remaining with Villa by promotion to the Premier League
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Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

2019/20: £8m

2018/19: £6m

Now an England international Callum Wilson has put his injury woes behind him
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Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

2019/20: £12.5m

2018/19: £13m

Salah helped Liverpool lift their sixth major European trophy in Madrid but has seen his FPL price drop
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Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

2019/20: £6.5m

2018/19: N/A

Pukki was the Championship’s top scorer
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Arsenal transfer news: Bournemouth insists Gunners target Ryan Fraser will NOT be sold this summer

15 Jun

Arsenal have been told top summer target Ryan Fraser will NOT be leaving Bournemouth and may even sign a new long-term deal with the club.

The Scotland international winger Fraser has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates after a brilliant season for the Cherries, scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists.

Ryan Fraser has been a key player for Bournemouth this season – and a big hit for fantasy football managers
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Unai Emery is said to be a big fan of the 25-year-old and rumours have persisted since the end of the Premier League campaign that the Gunners were plotting a £30million swoop.

Fraser addressed the speculation this week, saying that he was still preparing for pre-season at Bournemouth despite the links with a move to north London.

But the Cherries have come out and publicly poured cold water over the rumours, insisting the Scot will still be their player next season.

The statement from club chief executive Neill Blake read: “Much has been written and spoken about the future of Ryan Fraser, as his contract with AFC Bournemouth heads into its final 12 months.

“As is the club’s policy, details regarding contract negotiations or transfer activity are kept confidential and do not enter the public domain.

“However, following some recent reports I felt it was imperative to speak publicly and provide balanced clarity on the situation.

“The offer of a new long-term contract has been on the table for Ryan for some time.

“In September 2018, at the request of Ryan’s representative, negotiations were paused to allow the player to focus entirely on his football.

“He went on to have an outstanding season, with seven goals and 13 assists helping the club secure a fifth successive season of Premier League football.

Fraser has been in fine form for Bournemouth this season
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“During that time, I have been – and continue to be – in regular dialogue with Ryan’s representative, and have made it clear to both him and the player that our contract offer remains on the table.

“Quite simply, Ryan is a fantastic player and an integral part of our squad.

“We look forward to welcoming Ryan back to us next month after a well-earned break, upon which he can focus on having another standout season for AFC Bournemouth.”

Transfer news: Possible bargain buys for Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth, Liverpool, and Newcastle stars

10 Jun

Certain Premier League clubs will be looking for bargains in the summer transfer window.

Newly-promoted trio Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa, along with other clubs, will need to do smart business in order to preserve their top-flight status.

Jonjo Shelvey barely featured for Newcastle in the second half of last season
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Fulham’s £100million-plus spending spree last summer backfired as their first season back in the Premier League ended in relegation.

Huddersfield and Cardiff joined the Cottagers in a return to the Championship after failing to financially compete with their rivals.

So, what players could be snapped up for a bargain deal this summer? talkSPORT take a look.

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth)

Jordon Ibe burst on to the football scene as a youngster at Wycombe
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Ibe was restricted to just nine Premier League starts last season due to the form of Wales star David Brooks.

So far, the former Liverpool winger, who turns 23 in December, has failed to fulfil his potential.

With just one year left on his contract, Ibe could be bought on the cheap.

He has been linked with a move to Leicester, who are managed by Brendan Rodgers, Ibe’s former manager at Liverpool.

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Bournemouth and Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Mignolet.

The Belgium international made just two appearances last season following the £67million arrival of Alisson, who won the Premier League Golden Boot with 21 clean sheets in an impressive debut campaign in England.

It is believed that Mignolet wants to be a No.1 again – and should the goalkeeper end his six-year spell at Anfield – he is bound to have Premier League suitors.

Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)

Chalobah suffered a serious knee injury in September 2017 and only returned to first-team action last August.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue were Watford boss Javi Gracia’s first-choice midfield pairing last season as Chalobah watched on from the bench.

He is highly-rated by England boss Gareth Southgate, who gave him his senior Three Lions debut last October.

The ex-Chelsea midfielder would be an asset to most mid-table clubs.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)

Wanyama boasts six years of Premier League experience with Southampton and Tottenham – and having seasoned pros in a relatively inexperienced side could increase a club’s chances of staying up.

The Kenya midfielder, who is behind Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier in the pecking order at Spurs, made only ten starts in all competitions last term.

He came into the team late into the season and performed admirably but looked off the pace in the Champions League.

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle)

Shelvey has thrived in the Premier League with Liverpool, Swansea and Newcastle, but is arguably going through the toughest time of his career.

Injuries and form have seen the midfielder start just two top-flight games since October.

West Ham have been keen on Shelvey in the past, while other Premier League games could test Newcastle’s resolve this summer.

Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Origi, who scored crucial goals in the semi-final and final of the Champions League as Liverpool clinched a sixth European title, is out of contract next year.

His Anfield future looked bleak 12 months ago before starring for Jurgen Klopp’s side at the back-end of the season.

But he is unlikely to nail down a regular starting place with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ahead of him.

The Belgium striker is hoping for ‘positive’ contract talks with Liverpool chiefs, but other Premier League clubs would be wise for enquiring about his availability.

Ben Gibson (Burnley)

Gibson joined Burnley in a joint-club record £15million deal from Middlesbrough last summer, but the defender has not played a Premier League game since Boxing Day.

The Clarets conceded five goals at home to Everton on that day.

Gibson has failed to dislodge Ben Mee and James Tarkowski from the starting XI and could play regular first-team football elsewhere next season.

Despite having three years left on his Burnley deal, the 26-year-old would be worth much less than £15million.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Only Eden Hazard (15) assisted more goals than Fraser (14) last term. The Bournemouth star also chipped in with eight goals.

The Scot has been linked with a £20million move to Arsenal, but if he can replicate last season’s form it’ll be a good investment for Unai Emery’s side.

Transfer EXCLUSIVE: Callum Wilson will ‘make sure’ Arsenal target Ryan Fraser does not leave Bournemouth this summer

29 May

Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson has told talkSPORT he will ‘make sure’ Arsenal target Ryan Fraser doesn’t leave the south coast club this summer.

The Scotland winger has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium after an impressive campaign with the Cherries.

Ryan Fraser has enjoyed his best Premier League season for Bournemouth, and he has attracted plenty of interest
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The Gunners are big fans of the 25-year-old and are said to be ready to make a £20million bid after their Europa League final with Chelsea.

But Wilson is desperate not to lose his good friend and assist king to the Gunners and has vowed to ensure he stays at Bournemouth.

Wilson and Fraser made history in the Premier League together this season.

The Cherries duo eclipsed a host of legendary striker partners by combining for 12 goals – the most ever in a 38-game season and only one behind Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s overall record of 13 in 1994/95, when there were 42 games in a campaign.

Ryan Fraser provided seven assists to Callum Wilson this season, while Wilson set up Fraser for five of his seven Premier League goals
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Wilson says he loves playing alongside the Scot and wants their partnership to continue into next season.

Speaking to Drivetime from England’s St George’s Park training camp, the striker said: “He’s been top draw.

“For me, working with him, he gets to the byline and you know where he’s going to put the ball, I make the same run and it just seems to be finding me more times than not.

“And vice versa with him – I get to a position on the pitch and know if I cut the ball back into a certain area he’ll be hanging around there.

“We didn’t actually even work on that partnership in training, the manager hasn’t done anything with us, it just seems to have forged on the pitch.

“It’s my delight and I’ll be making sure he doesn’t go anywhere this summer.

“He was a big supply for me, he assisted half of my goals!

“But he’s not going anywhere, I’ll make sure. I’ll padlock him, I’ll get him in a headlock!”

Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool chase James Rodriguez, Man United ‘hopeful’ of Matthijs de Ligt deal, Arsenal target £30m Ryan Fraser

24 May

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all interested in signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, when he returns from his loan spell at Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are hopeful Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt will sign for them, having improved their £12m-a-year deal offered to the19-year-old Dutchman. (Sport)

Romelu Lukaku is a reported target for Inter Milan, with the Italian club set to offer £30m plus Croatia winger Ivan Perisic to sign the Red Devils striker. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Other reports claim Lukaku fears United’s £70m asking price for him will scupper a move to Serie A, with Inter only are prepared to pay a maximum of £50m. (Daily Mirror)

As well as Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo are also likely to leave Old Trafford this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed the Bundesliga champions’ interest in Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. (Suddeutsche Zeitung)

Arsenal want to sign winger Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final, with Bournemouth quoting £30m for the Scotland international. (The Independent)

Tottenham have made contact with Real Madrid in an attempt to start negotiations to sign Marco Asensio, but have been told 23-year-old midfielder is not for sale. (AS)

Manchester United remain interested in France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham will allow right-back Kieran Trippier to leave the club this summer for the right offer, with Napoli favourites to sign him. (The Independent)

Manchester City want £15m for Fabian Delph, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 29-year-old midfielder. (The Sun)

Leeds United are also interested in bringing England international Delph back to the club where he began his professional career. (Daily Star)

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani says he is in talks with Marcelo Bielsa about the manager staying on at the Elland Road club after they missed out on promotion to the Premier League – FULL STORY

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is plotting a move for English winger Patrick Roberts, who he managed during the 22-year-old’s loan spell at Celtic and is available for a cut-price £4m from Manchester City. (The Sun)

Fulham want to sign Dwight Gayle or Britt Assombalonga as a replacement for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, if the 24-year-old Serb leaves Craven Cottage this summer. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told Marseille and Roma that his main priority is agreeing a new contract at St James’ Park, after being approached about their managerial vacancies. (Chronicle)

 

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners to make bid for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser AFTER Europa League final

24 May

Arsenal plan to step up their pursuit of Bournemouth forward Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final next week.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with Fraser, 25, and appear to be ready to make a £20million bid for him.

Fraser scored seven goals and supplied 14 assists in the Premier League last season
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But according to The Independent, Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to solely focus on their final in Baku against Chelsea on May 29 – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – before sorting out any transfers as a win will be the difference between playing Champions League or Europa League football next season.

Fraser was also linked with Manchester United but as the Red Devils are closing in on Swansea’s Daniel James, the pathway for Arsenal to get the Scotland international looks clear.

The Cherries player recently played down talk of a move to London.

“I’ve got a year left [on my contract]. There’s a very good chance I’ll be here next season,” he said. “If that’s that then I’m going to try my best as I always do and I’ll enjoy it.

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“I love the group here and the fans. There’s no bad side to what’s happening.

“There’s a good chance I’ll be here next season and I’ll try and beat my assists record next season as well.”



However, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has previously suggested Fraser could leave.

Eddie Howe seems prettu resigned to losing Fraser
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Howe said: “We have spoken to Ryan and his representatives about his contract. It is one where we will see what happens.

“There is no doubting Ryan’s quality and how highly we think of him. He is an outstanding talent but it is a two-way prospect to sign a contract, so let’s wait and see.

“Ryan has contributed to the team this season but it’s not the time to talk about speculation.

“Who knows in the summer? It is that time of year when things change and us ourselves will be looking to sign players.”

One player from every Premier League club who deserves a new contract

17 May

Premier League clubs will be looking to tie down players who starred in the 2018/19 season.

From Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser to Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, despite his unfortunate injury, there will be players who feel they have done enough to warrant a new contract.

Joel Matip could be in line for a new contract after his form this season
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Reports claim Matteo Guendouzi is set to sign a new £75,000-a-week deal at Arsenal after a superb breakthrough season in England, less than a year after signing from Lorient.

The Frenchman has played 47 times for the Gunners, but is believed to be one of the lowest-paid players at the club.

talkSPORT look at other players who deserve fresh terms for their performances during the 2018/19 season.

Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi has been a huge hit for Arsenal this season
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No one is more deserving of a new contract than Guendouzi. The Frenchman was thrown into the deep end by manager Unai Emery against Manchester City on the opening day of the season and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

He has also featured regularly in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign and could start against Chelsea in the May 29 final.

Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

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Not many football fans would have expected Fraser to end the season with 14 assists, and just one behind leading provider Eden Hazard.

He excelled playing on the left wing and also chipped in with seven league goals. His stats read even better given Bournemouth finished the season with just three wins from 14 games. With just one year left on Fraser’s contract, the Cherries will be desperate to extend his stay.

Brighton – Anthony Knockaert

Anthony Knockaert is one of Brighton’s star players
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Knockaert signed a new four-year deal in 2017 after helping Brighton win promotion to the Premier League. He has helped preserve their top-flight status over the past two seasons.

Starting 18 games in the 2018/19 campaign, the winger chipped in with six assists in a side which struggled for goals. He brings that extra quality that Brighton will need if they are to avoid another relegation battle.

Burnley – Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton won his No.1 spot back from Joe Hart
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Heaton’s deal expires next year and it would be a shock if he wasn’t offered a new one. The 33-year-old dislodged Joe Hart as Sean Dyche’s No.1 in December, and subsequently, Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone and finished the season in 15th place. He is a leader for Burnley.

Cardiff City – Bruno Manga

Bruno Manga has been a consistent presence in Cardiff’s backline
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The defender started 37 of Cardiff’s 38 Premier League games as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on survival. Last month, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to keep Manga, whose contract expires this summer. He showed his versatility this season, too, playing as a centre-half and makeshift right-back.

Chelsea – Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge, scoring ten goals and registering five assists. Initially, he struggled to get into Maurizio Sarri’s side, but has proven himself in the second half of the season, particularly in the Europa League.

His four goals have helped the Blues to the final where they will play Arsenal.

His contract expires next year with the midfielder reportedly wanting assurances of his playing time, while the process has also been complicated by his injury in the club’s post-season friendly with New England Revolution.

Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic makes Palace tick from midfield
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Milivojevic was one of three outfield players to feature in every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League season along with Burnley’s Ben Mee and Wolves’ Conor Coady.

The midfielder’s 12 goals, mostly from the penalty spot, ensured Palace stayed clear of the bottom three. The Eagles skipper has just one year left on his deal.

Everton – Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin has been booed by the Goodison Park faithful in the past
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Schneiderlin was failing to make Marco Silva’s matchday squads in the first half of the season. But since February, he established himself as a regular in the Everton midfield, edging out Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes. With the Toffees likely to lose Idrissa Gueye, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and Gomes rumoured to be joining Tottenham, Schneiderlin could have a big role to play next season.

Fulham – Tim Ream

Tim Ream could stay on at Fulham
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Fulham will need leaders if they are to mount a promotion push from the Championship next season – and Ream is one of them.

He was an ever-present in their promotion-winning season last year and also played 25 times in their Premier League campaign.

Huddersfield Town – Christopher Schindler

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There is expected to be an overhaul at Huddersfield following relegation.

Schindler missed just one Premier League game all season and could stay with the club in the Championship. His second-tier experience could also be invaluable.

Leicester – James Maddison

James Maddison is in-demand
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Despite only joining Leicester on a five-year deal last summer, Maddison is understood to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

His seven goals and seven assists was a healthy return for a debut season in the top-flight.

He has reportedly been touted as a replacement for Spurs star Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

Liverpool – Joel Matip

Joel Matip has been a rock at the back for Liverpool
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Matip has superbly stepped up to partner Virgil van Dijk in the absence of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren. He has featured in five of Liverpool’s six Champions League knockout games and is likely to keep his place when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the final on June 1. With his contract expiring next year, the defender has surely done enough to extend his stay at Anfield.

Manchester City – Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany’s wonder goal reminded everyone of his legendary status at the Etihad Stadium
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Kompany could end his 11-year spell with City when his contract expires this summer.

The 33-year-old’s 25-yard screamer in a 1-0 win over Leicester proved decisive in the Premier League title race as Pep Guardiola’s men retained their crown last weekend.

Playing 24 times in the 2018/19 season, he still has a lot to offer on and off the pitch.

Manchester United – Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford was in blistering form at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign
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After scoring an injury-time penalty against Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, Rashford’s form nosedived. Despite going eight games without scoring, the England youngster showed that he can be United’s first-choice striker with 13 goals in a challenging campaign.

With Real Madrid reportedly monitoring his situation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to tie down Rashford sooner rather than later.

Newcastle United – Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez has been prolific for Newcastle this season
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Perez has had his best scoring season (13) since joining the club in 2014. Since the turn of the year, he netted ten goals to help Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone and into 13th place.

He is a regular in Rafa Benitez’s side and a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park. Perez struck up a good understanding with striker Salomon Rondon, a player the Magpies will hope to sign on a permanent deal in the summer.

Southampton – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond was one of Southampton’s best players in the 2018/19 season
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Redmond found his shooting boots under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, scoring nine goals.

The winger was played as a striker by Hasenhuttl in a tactical switch that paid dividends. Redmond’s form was so good that he won the club’s Player of the Year award.

Tottenham – Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko is vital to Tottenham’s Champions League hopes
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Sissoko’s turnaround in form has been remarkable. After two tough seasons at Tottenham, the France midfielder has become one of the first names on the team sheet.

Sissoko brings so much energy to Spurs’ midfield and will expect to start in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Watford – Jose Holebas

Jose Holebas has six assists to his name this season
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At the age of 34, Holebas had a consistent season as Watford’s first-choice left-back.

Three goals and six assists helped Watford to an 11th-placed finish. He has been with the club since 2015 and another fine campaign next year will only make his case for a new contract stronger.

West Ham – Michail Antonio

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When Manuel Pellegrini took over at the London Stadium last summer, Antonio was being linked with a move away from the club.

However, he has proven to be a key asset to Pellegrini’s side and most notably scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last month.

Wolves – Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho has been a revelation for Wolves
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The 32-year-old’s dead-ball deliveries made Wolves a huge threat for any opposition as they finished the season in seventh place.

Eight assists is a decent return in a maiden Premier League campaign and  his experience at international and club level will only help the likes of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White.

Every Premier League club’s Player of the Year award winner, so far

14 May

The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.

Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.

No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.

Luke Shaw has been an ever-present in Man United’s defence this season
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The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.

It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.

But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.

AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

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Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.

Only Eden Hazard (15) has supplied more goals for his team-mates than the winger. Fraser, who has just one year left on his contract, has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

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Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.

The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.

Brighton – Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy has helped Brighton secure their Premier League status for a second successive season
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In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.

Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.

Burnley – Ashley Westwood

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Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.

He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

Cardiff – Neil Etheridge

Neil Etheridge has saved three penalties this season
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A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.

Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.

He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is unlikely to be a Chelsea player next season
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Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?

The Belgium captain, whose last Chelsea game could be against Arsenal in the Europa League final on May on May 29 before sealing a big-money move to Real Madrid, has been in scintillating form this term.

He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.

Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.

He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

At just 21, he will get even better with time.

Everton – Lucas Digne

The left-back has excelled and it’s no mean feat given his predecessor was Toffees hero Leighton Baines. His set-pieces look set to trouble the Premier League for some time.
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Fulham – Yet to be announced

Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler

Christopher Schindler has been a shining light in Huddersfield’s poor season
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It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.

They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.

Leicester – Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira performances are repaying his £25million fee
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The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.

In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.

Liverpool – Yet to be announced

Manchester City – Bernardo Silva

In a phenomenal campaign, Silva was the man voted as CIty’s best across the season by supporters. His stunning form in their final few games showed incredible heart and hunger, while also showcasing his fantastic attributes with the ball at his feet.

Manchester United – Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw won the Players’ Player of the Year and the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards
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In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.

He was a regular under Jose Mourinho, who had criticised him in the past, and kept his place when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December.

The England left-back made 40 appearances, a season-best since joining the club in 2014.

Newcastle United – Salomon Rondon

Newcastle will be desperate to keep Salomon Rondon beyond this season
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It is unusual for a loan player to win a Player of the Year award, but it shows just how vital Rondon has been to Newcastle this season.

His 11 goals and seven assists helped the Magpies retain their Premier League status for a second successive year.

The club will surely try to sign him permanently from West Brom this summer.

Southampton – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has been a key player for Southampton this season
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Redmond’s season sparked into life following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment as manager in December.

The winger was deployed as a makeshift striker which worked wonders for his form.

Six goals and four assists for the former Norwich man showed just how much he thrived under Hasenhuttl.

Tottenham – Heung-Min Son

Heung-min Son has stepped up for Tottenham in the absence of Harry Kane
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Son has filled the void left by Harry Kane, who has been plagued by ankle injuries in 2019.

Playing as a winger or striker, the South Korea attacker was Spurs’ most dangerous player. Son scored 20 goals and had seven assists to his name in an extremely productive season.

Watford – Etienne Capoue

Etienne Capoue has scored four goals this season
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Capoue had a point to prove after leaving Tottenham for Watford in 2015. He was used sparingly in his two seasons with Spurs and the Hornets gave him a Premier League lifeline.

He has been a consistent presence in the Watford midfield and this season was no different.

The Frenchman has an FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City on May 18, which is live on talkSPORT.

West Ham – Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski has endeared himself to West Ham fans
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Fabianski was always going to stay in the Premier League following Swansea’s relegation in the 2017/18 season.

He was snapped up by West Ham for just £7million and played every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

He was also the busiest goalkeeper, making 148 saves.

Wolves – Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho has been a revelation for Wolves and proved he is able to fire in the Premier League after a transfer to Tottenham failed to materialise back in 2012. He’s been key for the club and their Europa League qualification.
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The 20 most creative players in the Premier League this season, according to stats

13 May

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was crowned the Premier League’s assist king for the 2018/19 season.

The Belgian superstar may have an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge but he’s put on a show this campaign with 15 assists.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea poses for a photo with the Playmaker award trophy

It was an impressive total, one ahead of Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, and earned him the Playmaker award, which will no doubt be front and centre on his mantelpiece.

Hazard has plenty of competition in the English top-flight when it comes to incredible creative talents, with Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne amongst them. But was he really the best, according to advanced statistics?

Here at talkSPORT we’ve used UnderStat.com to check out which Premier League stars had the highest ‘Expected Assists’ for the campaign.

Expected assists (xA) definition

According to Opta, xA measures the likelihood that a given pass will become a goal assist.

It considers several factors including the type of pass, pass end-point and length of pass.

Adding up a player or team’s expected assists gives us an indication of how many assists a player of team should have had based on their build up and attacking play.

20. Willian (Chelsea)

Expected assists – 6.52

Assists – Six

19. Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Expected assists – 6.53

Assists – Eight

18. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Expected assists – 6.65

Assists – Two

17. Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)

Expected assists – 6.74

Assists – Five

Arsenal’s left wing-back Kolasinac has weighed in with his fair share this campaign

16. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United)

Expected assists – 6.78

Assists –  Four

15. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

Expected assists – 6.79

Assists – Six

14. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Expected assists – 6.99

Assists – Seven

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Expected assists – 7.22

Assists – 12

The young English ace has over-performed in terms of assists this season

12. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Expected assists – 7.64

Assists – Six

11. Lucas Digne (Everton)

Expected assists – 7.71

Assists – Six

10. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Expected assists – 7.88

Assists – 12

Eriksen has done far better than statistics believe he should have

9. James Maddison (Leicester City)

Expected assists – 7.94

Assists – Seven

8. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Expected assists – 8.06

Assists – 11

Robertson, like Alexander-Arnold, has been a star for the Reds creatively

7. Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Expected assists – 8.10

Assists – 10

6. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Expected assists – 8.63

Assists – Seven

5. David Silva (Manchester City)

Expected assists – 10.11

Assists – Eight

Silva remains one of the most creative Premier League players around

4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Expected assists – 10.47

Assists – Eight

Salah hasn’t been as good as last year but his statistics are still impressive

3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Expected assists – 10.79

Assists – 10

It’s no wonder Sterling was named PFA Player of the Year

2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Expected assists – 11.57

Assists – 15

Hazard, according to stats, wasn’t the most creative player this season

1. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Expected assists – 16.18

Assists – 14

Fraser has excelled for the Cherries this season and could now be on the move