Chelsea news: ‘Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount wouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team without transfer ban’, says Tony Cascarino

15 Sep

Chelsea have their transfer ban to thank for the impressive form of academy trio Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

That’s according to former Blues striker Tony Cascarino, who is delighted the club are finally putting faith in their supremely talented youth but admits they wouldn’t be anywhere near the first team if it weren’t for their inability to sign any new players over the summer.

Frank Lampard came into tricky circumstances when he was appointed as manager in July, knowing that he was unable to strengthen his squad in the transfer window.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have just two wins from their opening five games this season, but their starlets have impressed
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Instead he worked with what he had and has promoted a number of Chelsea’s talented young players to the senior team – and to say the move has paid off is an understatement.

The Blues thumped Wolves 5-3 on Saturday, with Abraham netting a hat-trick, Tomori hitting a 35-yard screamer and Mount also scoring with a fine finish.

All 11 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by those same three players, all academy graduates, all under the age of 21 and all sent out on loan by the club last term.

Their form will not have surprised their boss, who worked with Mount and Tomori at Derby County last season while he kept a close eye on Abraham as he scored 26 goals for Championship rivals Aston Villa.

But even though Lampard’s arrival would have boosted their chances of finally getting game time in a Blues shirt, Cascarino believes they wouldn’t be playing this big a role in the team if they had been able to bring players in.

“When we had the ‘Class of 92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through,” he said on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast. “Fergie was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.

“I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team.

“Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have taken their chance in the Chelsea first-team

“So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward yesterday.

“At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.

“Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.

“I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.”

Listen back to a clip of Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast above

Kyle Walker is finished for Manchester City, says Tony Cascarino after Premier League champions’ stunning defeat at Norwich

15 Sep

Tony Cascarino believes Kyle Walker’s days are numbered in Manchester City’s first-team following the Premier League champions’ shock defeat at Norwich.

Pep Guardiola’s side were stunned in a 3-2 defeat to the injury-hit Canaries on Saturday, which saw them fall five points behind title rivals and table toppers Liverpool.

Without the calming influence of key defender Aymeric Laporte – set to be out for six months with a knee injury – City were all over the place at the back, with defensive errors leading directly to two Norwich goals.

John Stones reacts toward Nicolas Otamendi after a mistake in defence allows Teemu Pukki to score Norwich’s third goal
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John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi did not look settled alongside each other at Carrow Road, but it was England right-back Walker who was singled out as one of the worst performers.

His poor positioning allowed Norwich to pass their way through the City back-four and score their second goal on the breakaway.

Cascarino told talkSPORT the 29-year-old has not been playing at his best for some time, and predicts summer signing Joao Cancelo to take his place soon.

The Portuguese defender has played just one minute of football since arriving from Juventus for £60million and remained on the bench against Norwich.

Speaking on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, ex-Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino said: “Manchester City were defensively awful yesterday.

“John Stones didn’t play well and got caught on the ball a couple of times and obviously it was dreadful defending from Nicolas Otamendi for the third goal.

“I wouldn’t have played them together, I would have played Fernandinho in that position instead.

“They don’t look like a partnership, they don’t look comfortable and there were many times they were in trouble during the game.

“But the one who has got away with it is Kyle Walker, he was poor.

Kyle Walker struggled throughout Saturday’s surprise defeat at Norwich
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Joao Cancelo has played just one minute of Premier League football since his £60million arrival from Juventus in the summer
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“I just don’t think he is the player he was. I think he’s way off. He had a difficult time last year and that’s why they bought a right back.

“I think Kyle Walker is going to lose his place, he will be out of the team.

“Joao Concelo will come in, they spent a lot of money on him from Juve and he will come in at right-back now, I’m totally convinced.

“For the second goal He’s tried to play offside and realised where he is and then dropped off, and that allowed Norwich about ten yards of space for them to score.

“You can’t do that.”

Listen back to a clip of Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast above

Roy Keane is turning punditry into the Jeremy Kyle show and becoming a laughing stock, claims former team-mate Tony Cascarino

7 Sep

Tony Cascarino has launched a brutal character assassination of Roy Keane, labelling his former Republic of Ireland team-mate a ‘bully’ and a ‘laughing stock’.

Keane hit the headlines in recent days after a string of shocking outbursts at a Cadbury event in Dublin.

The Manchester United icon reignited his feud with Sir Alex Ferguson, taking a swipe at the legendary manager’s family, and also dug out Irish trip Jonathan Walters, Harry Arter, and Stephen Ward.

Cascarino described Keane as ‘spiteful’ and ‘cynical’
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And Cascarino, who spent eight years alongside the former midfielder for his country, suggests there has always been an unpleasant side to Keane’s personality.

“There’s a lot of stuff I can’t say that happened in the Ireland team,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. “There were things that happened that have never been said.

“There’s a lot of frustration, anger, bitterness, and that’s why he can be very spiteful and cynical in what he says.

“He can be jovial and funny, but you rarely see that. He studies you and you’ll say something which he will hang onto, then it can go a year, and it will come out.

“It’s like a machine gun of verbals towards you. He looks for confrontation and he likes to intimidate and bully.

“He used to love testing you in training. Instead of feeding a pass, he would ping it at you and as if to say, ‘Control that, if you can’.”

During the event in Dublin, Keane reserved a particularly personal attack for Walters following their fall-out with the national team earlier this year.

The 35-year-old revealed in a May television interview his heartache of losing his mother when he was just 11, along with his brother last year.

Cascarino spent eight years with Keane at international level between 1991 and 1999
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And Keane mentioned that interview, saying: “He talks a good game.

“Imagine if he’d won a trophy. He goes on the TV about how he was harshly treated by me. He’s crying on the TV about his family situation.”

And Cascarino says Keane’s punditry is beginning to feel like the Jeremy Kyle Show.

“I just don’t get Roy on all this,” the talkSPORT host added. “He loves to point the finger and I just wish he’d take his foot off the pedal with everything he’s saying.

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“He’s become a bit of a laughing stock in football. We’re all looking at Roy and thinking, ‘Really? Why are you so vocal on so much stuff about everyone else?’

“He’s turning punditry into the Jeremy Kyle show.

“When you see him on TV, he’s not analysing games, he’s just dishing people.”

At least Michael Owen didn’t end up in hospital when he fell out with Alan Shearer, like Keith Gillespie did at Newcastle United

5 Sep

Michael Owen’s book has caused a stir in the football world.

Among the topics discussed in Reboot – My Life, My Time, the former England striker took aim at Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, his manager at St James’ Park when the club were relegated from the Premier League.

Shearer, the Premier League and Newcastle’s record scorer, and Owen played alongside each other at St James’ Park during the former’s final season as a footballer
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Shearer wasn’t impressed and had a swipe back, using Twitter to make his point.

Thankfully nobody was physically hurt, unlike Keith Gillespie when he took on top scoring Shearer after a row in a pub.

The former Newcastle winger, speaking to talkSPORT in 2016, explained how a fight between him and his team-mate saw him admitted to hospital.

Gillespie spent three years at the club, arriving on Tyneside from Manchester United the year before Shearer was signed from Blackburn in a £15m transfer in 1996.

“We were away on a mid-season break, and I knocked some cutlery off the table accidentally,” he said.

“[Shearer] looked over to say ‘pick that up’, and I just didn’t like the way he was talking to me.

“I just turned round and said: ‘Right. Outside now!’ And he took me up on the offer.

“I didn’t think he would, but I was a bit too proud to back down. We ended up going outside, and I took one swing and missed, and he hit me – and that was goodnight.”

Gillespie joined Newcastle from Man United in 1995 and once felt the power of a Shearer haymaker
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Gillespie came off much worse than Magpies’ legend Shearer, with the striker’s punch laying him down and forcing him to spend the night in A&E.

“I did actually spend a night in hospital,” he continued. “Because when he hit me I fell and hit my head on a plant pot. I was unconscious.

“He came and saw me the next day, and we had a laugh about it.”

It seems unlikely Shearer will be inviting Owen over for a cuppa anytime soon, however.

‘Manchester United are still a side to be feared’ – Tony Cascarino’s warning to Premier League big guns

31 Aug

Tony Cascarino has sent a warning to the Premier League big guns not to underestimate Manchester United this season, insisting they ‘are still a side to be feared’.

United got their campaign underway with a fine 4-0 victory over Chelsea, but that scoreline flattered their performance and their next results, a 1-1 draw with Wolves and a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, were perhaps a more accurate reflection on where Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s team currently stand.

Manchester United had an afternoon to forget against Crystal Palace last weekend
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Many are already writing the Red Devils off in the race for the top four this season, especially following their sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term.

But Cascarino insists there is still life in this Man United team, especially after a number of decent buys over the summer transfer window.

Speaking on Saturday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Casc said: “Ole Gunner Solskjaer has brought in three players this summer who have all done really well – Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“They didn’t play particularly well last week ,and that’s why they got beat by Crystal Palace. They didn’t play well enough and De Gea makes a mistake.

“But Manchester United are still a side to be feared.”

Solskjaer’s men will be looking to bounce back from that surprise loss to Palace when they take on Southampton in Saturday’s 12:30pm kick off – which is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT!

But, ahead of the match, the boss admitted they are a player short up front – and could do with a ‘young Ole’ in the box.

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United cut their attacking roster this summer by allowing Romelu Lukaku, and then also Alexis Sanchez, to leave to Inter Milan and Solskjaer couldn’t find the right replacement for the big Belgian.

“As I said on the way back from [pre-season] tour, we were still looking for one replacement for Romelu if he went,” said the Norwegian. “We are one down, to be fair, but we just didn’t find the right one, we didn’t find the answer that we wanted.”

United were linked with a number of frontmen during the end of the English transfer window, including former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente who was available on a free, while former hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic also insisted he could ‘easily’ play in the Premier League again and said, albeit jokingly: ‘If United need me, I’m here’.

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And Cascarino believes United have dropped the ball massively by not replacing Lukaku this summer.

“I’m surprised they didn’t replace Lukaku with another striker if I’m honest.

“They don’t have an Aguero, a Kane, an Aubameyang, they don’t have that type of player.”

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Tony Cascarino praises ‘miracle’ worker Sol Campbell following exit from Macclesfield Town

17 Aug

Tony Cascarino has praised Sol Campbell following his Macclesfield Town exit.

The Arsenal legend left the League Two club by mutual consent after eight months in charge on Thursday.

Campbell will not struggle to get a new managerial job, believes Cascarino
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Campbell, who won two Premier League titles with the Gunners, saved Macclesfield from relegation last season after taking over with the strugglers bottom of the fourth tier.

Despite his on-field success, Macclesfield players have been fighting against unpaid wages over the summer.

Ex-Chelsea ace Cascarino told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast: “Sol could probably do a book on what’s happened in the last year as being manager and going to Macclesfield Town.

“Going down to that level, I’ve always said if you go to that level, be prepared to know as much as you can and employ people around you that know that level brilliantly – that gives you a chance.

“Sol, he was never onto a winner going to Macclesfield Town, especially with their circumstances off the field.

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“To keep them up was pretty much a minor miracle. I’ve lauded Phil Parkinson at Bolton when he got promoted when he was under a [transfer] embargo.

“He went down and he’s still their manager. He’s in a similar situation [to Campbell], imagine coming in here and none of us have been paid and we’re having to do a show.”

A run of just two defeats from Macclesfield’s final 10 games saw the club avoid relegation under Campbell’s guidance.

And his departure could once again threaten the Silkmen’s Football League status.

Cascarino added: “Sol had only lost two of his last 10 games. So when I heard the news midweek, and it was apparently by both parties mutual consent, I was stunned with the circumstances that Sol had thrown himself into.

“He’s a wealthy boy, he would have made a lot of money, he’s given himself a chance to be a manager.

“I can’t imagine going into training every day, keeping the team, trying to bring in new people in the summer, not getting paid and having players at that level, because I’ve been there, players that can’t afford to pay their mortgages, having to deal with no wages.

“Okay, the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association] will step in, [but] I was thinking how tough Sol’s job would have been off the field.”

Ray Houghton surprised Jurgen Klopp has not added to his ‘depleted’ Liverpool squad during the transfer window

4 Aug

Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton has admitted he is surprised Jurgen Klopp has not added at least one star name to his squad this summer.

After bringing Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho to Anfield in 2018, the German has signed taken a more measured approach in the transfer market this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has not made the blockbuster signings Liverpool fans have become accustomed to
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Harvey Elliott and Sepp van der Berg both moved to Merseyside, but are hardly the blockbuster signings Liverpool fans were hoping for.

After lifting the Champions League trophy and falling agonisingly short to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, it seemed another summer of investment was required.

But it seems as though the Reds are content with what they have, to the surprise of Houghton.

“Yeah I think so, I don’t know the reason behind it,” Houghton said on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

Mohamed Salah arrived at Anfield in 2017 from Roma
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“I think the manager has been brilliant in previous seasons because he has got them in really early.

“I remember when Mane first came in from Southampton – I did one of the pre-season games and the manager was constantly on the sidelines getting back into position and he did it two seasons ago with Salah and he didn’t really know what was going on.

“Coming from Roma and being at Chelsea, I think he was given bit more of a license to go and express himself whereas at Liverpool the manager was constantly on him trying to get him back into position and the same last season with Fabinho and Alisson.

“So he’s always went out there and brought in the right player at the right time, just this time around I’m slightly surprised Liverpool haven’t gone out there and brought in one or two more additions just to improve the squad.

“Because don’t forget, there’s a few who have left. Moreno has gone, Sturridge has gone amongst others, so you have depleted the squad and I think you have to add to that.

“But if you’re going to be competing to win the league again this season, you’ve got to show that consistency.”

Tony Cascarino explains why Arsenal fans should be worried about Benrd Leno in goal next season

3 Aug

Tony Cascarino has identified Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a potential weak spot for the Gunners heading into the new Premier League season.

Arsenal have pulled off some impressive business this summer as they bid to improve on their disappointing fifth-place finish last term.

Leno will be Arsenal’s No. 1 next season following the retirement of Petr Cech
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Nicolas Pepe has arrived from Lille for a club-record £72million and Dani Ceballos also joins on loan from Real Madrid.

However, the Gunners have not strengthened in defence, with William Saliba being loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season after signing for the north Londoners.

Many fans consider the back four to be Arsenal’s main cause for concern, particularly with mistake-prone centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

But Cascarino believes they should focus their attention elsewhere.

“The one position I’m a little bit concerned about with Arsenal, and it worried me watching them last season, is the keeper,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think Leno is a big player for them this year, he’s got to be better.

“Last season, he was punching balls that were quite easily catchable and I was thinking, ‘Wow, you’ve got to be better than that, you’ve got to be more commanding’.”

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Everton transfer news: Wilfried Zaha transfer is ‘NOT going to happen’ according to leading journalist

28 Jul

Wilfried Zaha is NOT going to move to Everton in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to Dominic King, the North-West correspondent for the Daily Mail, who told talkSPORT ‘a deal is not going to happen’.

The Crystal Palace winger stunned Eagles supporters at the end of last season by revealing his desire to leave Selhurst Park and ply his trade for a Champions League side.

Wilfried Zaha may well be staying at Crystal Palace this season
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However, no bids were received from clubs in Europe’s elite competition, with Arsenal the only side to show a serious interest.

After Unai Emery saw a £40million offer for the Ivory Coast international rebuffed, rumours began to gather momentum suggesting the Toffees would be making a £60m move for Zaha.

However, King revealed on the Weekend Sports Breakfast just how far the deal is from being completed.

“With Zaha, I’ve got to be truthful and tell you what I’ve heard,” he said. “I’ve heard that it’s not a deal that is going to happen.

Wilfried Zaha scored against Arsenal in a 3-2 win late last season
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“I think Zaha would be a huge outlay for Everton, never mind the transfer fee, the wages and agent fees and whatever.

“I think that would take it close to £100m, it just isn’t the transfer fee you know.

“And I’m not sure, if they need five players, they’re not going to use all of it on one.”

Zaha’s move to the Gunners also seems unlikely given how quickly a deal for Nicolas Pepe has progressed.

According to reports, the Lille winger is preparing to undergo a medical ahead of a £72m move to the Emirates.

Napoli had agreed a deal with Lille in order to bring the Ivory Coast international to Serie A, but Arsenal hijacked the deal on Saturday morning.

Reports suggest the 23-year-old will pocket £105,000-a-week in north London, joining Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba in putting pen to paper at the Emirates this summer.

Everton transfer news: Wilfried Zaha move is ‘NOT going to happen’ according to leading journalist

28 Jul

Wilfried Zaha is NOT going to move to Everton in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to Dominic King, the North-West correspondent for the Daily Mail, who told talkSPORT ‘a deal is not going to happen’.

The Crystal Palace winger stunned Eagles supporters at the end of last season by revealing his desire to leave Selhurst Park and ply his trade for a Champions League side.

Wilfried Zaha may well be staying at Crystal Palace this season
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However, no bids were received from clubs in Europe’s elite competition, with Arsenal the only side to show a serious interest.

After Unai Emery saw a £40million offer for the Ivory Coast international rebuffed, Sky Sports News claimed on Sunday morning Everton made a bid of £55million for the winger.

But King revealed on the Weekend Sports Breakfast just how far the deal is from being completed.

“With Zaha, I’ve got to be truthful and tell you what I’ve heard,” he said. “I’ve heard that it’s not a deal that is going to happen.

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“I think Zaha would be a huge outlay for Everton, never mind the transfer fee, the wages and agent fees and whatever.

“I think that would take it close to £100m, it just isn’t the transfer fee you know.

“And I’m not sure, if they need five players, they’re not going to use all of it on one.”

Zaha’s move to the Gunners also seems unlikely given how quickly a deal for Nicolas Pepe has progressed.

According to reports, the Lille winger is preparing to undergo a medical ahead of a £72m move to the Emirates.

Napoli had agreed a deal with Lille in order to bring the Ivory Coast international to Serie A, but Arsenal hijacked the deal on Saturday morning.

Reports suggest the 23-year-old will pocket £105,000-a-week in north London, joining Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba in putting pen to paper at the Emirates this summer.