Premier League Team of the Weekend: Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars included

18 Aug

The weekend is done and dusted with nine Premier League games now in the record books.

It was a fantastic second gameweek 2 as we learn a lot more about the new players, managers, and clubs in the top flight.

Mason Mount celebrates his goal at Stamford Bridge
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Champions Manchester City dropped their first points of the season in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, while Adrian dropped a clanger for Liverpool but helped them hold on for a win over Southampton.

Arsenal – live on talkSPORT – beat a tough Burnley side 2-1, while Chelsea …………

Teemu Pukki’s hat-trick gave Norwich City all three points against struggling Newcastle United, meanwhile John Lundstram’s strike made it a goal in all four tiers of top level football in England and a vital victory over the woeful Crystal Palace.

But who were the heroes of the action? talkSPORT.com have assessed the contenders and named our Team of the Weekend.

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)

The Cherries shot-stopper was a shock starter for some this season but he’s already looking assured between the sticks.

He made six saves and couldn’t do anything about Aston Villa’s goal in the 2-1 win.

Centre-back: Grant Hanley (Norwich City)

For the fourth-choice to step up and perform so admirable just a week after a costly own goal has to be credited.

Throw into the mix he helped keep quiet Newcastle’s new £40million striker Joelinton and you get a place in the Team of the Weekend.

Centre-back: Yerry Mina (Everton)

Everything that came near the Colombian was repelled, by hook or by crook, as the Toffees kept a clean sheet.

He’s very tough to beat in the air and makes a formidable partner for Michael Keane at the heart of their defence.

Mina was terrific for the Toffees
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Centre-back: Dan Burn (Brighton)

New £20million signing Adam Webster has another thing coming if he reckons he’s getting past Burn and into the starting XI any time soon.

Once again he was excellent for the Seagulls at both ends of the pitch and also had an assist chalked off by VAR.

Burn is having a fine start to the campaign for Brighton
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Central midfield: Dani Ceballosbourne (Arsenal)

It’s a shame the Spaniard is just on loan for one campaign with no option to buy – big mistake from the Gunners.

Luckily he’s clearly going to be absolutely exceptional for them this season.

His press resistance and close control will be a wonderful asset.

Ceballos was particularly impressive for Arsenal
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Central midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

The Belgian is no doubt fuming his side didn’t get all three points on Saturday night but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

His deliveries for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were superb and he ran things in midfield as Spurs struggled to cope.

Kevin De Bruyne captained Manchester City against Tottenham
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Central midfield: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City)

If you wondered how the Canaries would fare with their attacking philosophy in the Premier League, they’re proving more than capable of holding their own.

With Onel Hernandez out injured, Cantwell needed to step up and he’s been impressive in their opening two games now.

Attacking midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Dangerous throughout, his pressing was exemplary and resulted in his goal as he robbed Wilfred Ndidi of possession on the edge of the penalty area.

He could have had a couple more goals such were the positions he was moving into.

Mount scored on his home Premier League debut
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Winger: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

The question surely will soon be asked whether the Senegalese is now the Reds’ main superstar in place of Mohamed Salah.

He shows no sign of easing off, even against former club at Southampton, as he rattled home the opener and laid on the second for Roberto Firmino.

Winger: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Even with Moussa Sissoko helping him out Kyle Walker-Peters will be glad he doesn’t have to see the England superstar for sometime.

His header for City’s opening goal was excellent while he was always a threat running at Spurs’ backline.

Sterling’s fourth goal in two games was not enough for City
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Striker: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

Who else? It has never really worked out for the Finnish ace elsewhere but at Carrow Road he has found a home.

He’s also linking up superbly with teammates and firing the ball home with tremendous accuracy.

Newcastle had no answers for Pukki, who now has four goals this season
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Everton news: Yerry Mina charged with misconduct in relation to Football Association’s betting regulations

24 Jul

Everton centre-back Yerry Mina has been given a misconduct charge in relation to a breach of the Football Association’s betting regulations.

English football’s governing body says Mina has been charged with breaching FA Rule E8 (3) by “participating in an advertisement for betting activity which is prohibited from engaging in”.

Mina is in trouble for an advert he appeared in his home country of Colombia
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It is understood the charge relates to an advert in which Mina – who has until Friday to provide a response – appeared in for Betjuego in his home country of Colombia earlier this year.

Stringent rules are in place with regard to sports betting in order to prevent, among other things, match-fixing and spot-betting.

The relevant section from the 2018-19 FA Handbook states: “An individual participant, when acting in a personal capacity, shall not be permitted to advertise or promote any betting activity that the participant is prohibited from engaging in by Rule E8(1) or E8(2).”

Last week, Daniel Sturridge was fined £75,000 and handed a six-week suspension after being found guilty of breaching different betting rules.

Premier League’s most overrated players: Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil and Mo Salah among stars named in fan survey

30 Mar

Football fans have named Paul Pogba as the most overrated player in the Premier League.

The Sun’s survey gave readers a ten-man shortlist of top-flight superstars and they picked out the Manchester United midfielder as the man who doesn’t live up to the hype.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

The French World Cup winner, 26, was a world-record £89million signing for the Red Devils in 2016 but hadn’t quite lived up to the billing in his first two years back at Old Trafford.

Recent months have seen the player reach new heights though, excelling under OIe Gunnar Solskjaer, who is now the club’s permanent manager, replacing Jose Mourinho.

In the Premier League alone he has 11 goals and nine assists already this campaign so is on course for one of his best ever seasons, in terms of goal contributions.

This, though, hasn’t stopped supporters labelling him overrated.

Mohamed Salah, despite his battle for a second consecutive Golden Boot, didn’t escape either with fans in the survey rating him as the second most overrated from the list provided by SunSport.

There are also positions on the list for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and another French World Cup winner in Hugo Lloris.

You can see how fans voted below.

How SunSport readers ranked the 10 ‘overrated’ players
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Marco Silva refuses to criticise Colombia boss Carlos Queiroz after Everton’s Yerry Mina suffers ‘serious’ injury

28 Mar

Marco Silva refused to criticise Colombia boss Carlos Queiroz after Yerry Mina suffered a ‘serious’ hamstring injury while on international duty.

The Everton defender, who has been plagued by injury and fitness problems this season, hobbled off in the 43rd minute of Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to South Korea on Tuesday, having also played in Friday’s 1-0 win over Japan.

Yerry Mina has had another injury setback

Toffees boss Silva revealed he had told Queiroz that Mina was not fit enough to feature in both international games.

He said: “We knew it could be a risk for him to play the two matches, it was something in our communication with the national team.

“We cannot control it, it’s their decision of course but we tried to advise them.

“It was always a risk for him to play two games in a short period. They decided and unfortunately for us and for Yerry he took the injury.”

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Mina has made just 14 appearances since joining Everton in a £28.5million deal from Barcelona last summer.

Michael Keane and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma have been Silva’s preferred pairing in defence.

When asked if he was angry or unhappy with Queiroz’s decision to play Mina in both friendly games, Silva said: “It’s not a matter of being unhappy.

Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma are ahead of Yerry Mina in the Goodison Park pecking order

“My colleague is also Portuguese and we had this communication, but of course he decided the best thing for the national team was to always have the best players.

“Unfortunately for us and for Mina he has to stop again.”

Silva is confident that Mina will play for Everton before the end of the season.

He added: “It’s not for the season. Let’s see how many weeks he will be.

“Now is not the right moment to say how long but we expect to see Mina again here soon training and playing in our blue shirt.”

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice including Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial and Mesut Ozil

4 Dec

The quick turnarounds begin in the Fantasy Premier League as we enter the beginning of the festive season – and your deadline is 6:45pm on Tuesday night.
We’ve got gameweek 15 here already just hours after the dust has settled on the last one so you don’t have much time to get your transfers done.

Will any of these stars be in your Fantasy Premier League team?

Now more than ever you need to keep abreast of the latest information and we’re here to help.

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

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe we’ve got the best transfer tips around…

Out: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.4m

As an Aguero owner, you’ve already had your fingers burned this week. Don’t let it happen again and make sure you transfer out the City striker. Even if it’s just a one-match swap, it’s the right decision.

In: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £12.4m

If you have the spare cash, it could be well worth a punt on the England and Spurs hotshot. In eight games against the Saints, Kane has netted six times and made three assists and, despite the possibility of their opponents putting on a show for likely new boss Ralph Hassenhuttl, it seems a safe bet he’ll add to his current hot streak of three goals and an assist in four games.

Out: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – £4.8m

The Saints star has already missed two matches through injury and seems set for a little more time on the sideline. Add to this Southampton’s poor form, lack of clean sheets, and assists and he’s ripe for the chop.

In: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £4.2m

Yes, that’s right. It’s time to jump back on this hype train. Two clean sheets in two games plus a favourable run of matches against Brighton, West Ham, and Leicester City, he’s the perfect cheap option.

Out: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £8.2m

Well, would you look at that, another Ozil absence and it’s another impressive Arsenal win. This transfer out should have been done a lot earlier but a goal and an assist against Leicester dragged quite a few people back in.

In: Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) – £7.1m

In case you missed it, we tipped up the Hammers midfielder as one of the best long-term options around right now. We hate to say we told you so, but… Don’t miss out this week as his price is already soaring.

Out: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.6m

The streak is over and with Arsenal and Liverpool two of his next three games he’s worth selling for three weeks, at least. Prepare to bring him back for the Red Devils’ favourable festive period.

In: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.3m

If you have cash to spare, it might be worth a risk to land Son. Okay, he’s got some risk of rotation with Lucas Moura even likely to start against Southampton but the South Korean has proven in the past he’s deadly from the bench too. He appears to be hitting form and it’s worth getting on this, especially as Spurs have a good run of Premier League fixtures up next.

Out: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £5.9m

Not only is the Belgian out for one game due to his north London derby red card, Spurs are currently looking a little leaky having conceded seven goals in four games. It’s not the form you want from a pricey set of defender so even in the long-term it’s wise to drop him.

In: Michael Keane/Yerry Mina (Everton) – £5.3m/£5.4m

The two centre-backs are set for a busy festive season but bar games with Manchester City and Tottenham, the duo have a good set of fixtures until early February. Keane has won 11 bonus points this season, which makes us lean in his favour but Mina’s World Cup goal record and minimal ownership has got us dreaming about huge point-hauls.

Everton team news: Confirmed Toffees XI to face Liverpool as Yerry Mina starts

2 Dec

Everton travel to Liverpool in fine form as they look to seal a first victory at Anfield for 19 years.

The Toffees currently sit sixth after winning five of their last seven league games.

Yerry Mina starts at Anfield

And although their opponents suffered a disappointing Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, the Reds have not lost in the Premier League this season.

Summer signings Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard all make their Merseyside derby debuts.

Confirmed Everton XI

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison.

Subs: Baines, Zouma, Tosun, Stekelenburg, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman.

Barcelona have £54m buy-back clause to re-sign Yerry Mina from Everton

10 Aug

Barcelona will reportedly be able to re-sign Everton’s Yerry Mina for €60m (£54m).

The Catalan club sold their young, Colombian centre-back to the Toffees on Thursday, but confirmed that they would be able to bring him back to the club, should they ever want to.

Mina starred for Colombia at the World Cup

“FC Barcelona and Everton have reached an agreement over the transfer of the player Yerry Mina,” they stated on their website.

“The English club will pay FC Barcelona €30.25m (£27m) plus €1.5m (£1.3m) in variables. The club reserves the right to buy back the player.”

Now, Marca are reporting that that this buy-back clause would cost the club €60m (£54m).

Barcelona initially bought Mina from Palmeiras for just €11.8m (£10.5m) in January.

His stock raised significantly after exceptional performances with Colombia at the 2018 World Cup.

Everton also signed free agent Bernard and Barcelona’s Andre Gomes on deadline day.

They are close to adding Kurt Zouma on loan as well, with the deal expected to be completed today.

Everton agree deals for Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes and complete free transfer of Bernard on deadline day

9 Aug

Everton have left their deadline day dealings to the last possible moment after agreeing deals for THREE new players in the final half an hour.

Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are on the verge of signing for the Toffees while Brazilian free agent Bernard completed his move to the club.

The Merseyside club announced the signing of the former Shakhtar Donetsk player just 21 minutes before the 5pm deadline.

And just minutes before the close of the summer window, Barca announced that a £28.5m deal for Mina as well as a loan deal for midfielder Andre Gomes has been agreed with the Toffees.

Mina, who starred for Colombia at the 2018 World Cup, was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but Marco Silva’s side swooped in following a breakdown in negotiations.

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Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils make £35m bid for Yerry Mina, but need quick answer

7 Aug

Manchester United have made a £35 million bid for Yerry Mina and want a yes from the Barcelona and Colombia defender today.

United’s official offer comes in an attempt to fight off the advances of Everton and French side Lyon, who are both understood to be very interested in the 23-year-old.

The fee is a significant increase on the £10.5m Barca paid Palmeiras for Mina in January, and the Premier League giants expect him to pick them despite a hold up when they pulled out of a deal over a dispute with his agent at the weekend.

Mina returned from his post-World Cup holiday and thought he was signing for United on Sunday. However, he found out that there was a snag and sought talks with his bosses in Barcelona.

United have been linked with a new centre-half all summer, with Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire all reported targets, but have so far been unsuccessful and have now apparently turned up the heat and made one last, and probably decisive, play for Mina.

According to SunSport, the young centre half, who scored three goals at the World Cup, will be offered a five year contract worth around £6 million and has a chance to go into Jose Mourinho’s side.

Yerry Mina top scored for Colombia at the World Cup with three goals

United need a commitment quickly as they have an offer from Everton for Marcos Rojo on the table and will let him leave if a replacement comes in.

Over in France, Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas believes Mina is also interested in moving to Ligue 1 and posted as much on Twitter. “Yeri is still very interested in OL. We all wish it to be Lyonnais also to play the champion League at the GS.”

Everton reportedly agree £28.5m deal to sign Manchester United target Yerry Mina from Barcelona

5 Aug

Everton have reportedly agreed a €32m (£28.5m) deal to sign Yerry Mina.

The Barcelona centre-back has been strongly linked with Manchester United this summer, however it was reported on Sunday morning that their deal was in jeopardy.

Mina scored Colombia’s goal against England in the World Cup last 16

Now, according to Sport, Everton have pounced and snatched the Colombian defender for themselves.

Mina, 23, is reportedly set to sign a five-year deal at Goodison Park after concluding swift negotiations with the Blaugrana.

The Toffees are understood to have been interested in Mina since his star performances for Colombia at the World Cup.

They were always seemingly behind United in the race for his signature, but have ultimately come up trumps and Marco Silva has seemingly got his man.