Category: La Liga

Opinion: Everton must replace Coleman with 6ft 3in ace who starred against Man United

Everton could look for a new right-back at the end of the season, and the Toffees should attempt to sign Cristiano Piccini from Valencia.

What’s the word, then?

Coleman has had some impressive games for Everton this season, but has also had some poor ones, and was widely criticised by his club’s own supporters following the 2-2 draw with Watford at Goodison Park earlier this week.

It seems likely that Everton will spend big again next summer as they look to become challengers for a top-six position.

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And the Merseyside outfit should see whether they can sign Piccini from Valencia.

The 26-year-old was outstanding against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday night, playing a key role in Los Che’s 2-1 success.

Piccini is also a two-time Italy international having made his debut in October, and his head might well be turned by the offer of Premier League football.

What would Piccini bring to Everton?

Standing at 6ft 3in, Piccini is a physically-commanding right-sided defender.

Against Man United earlier this week, the Italian put in an exceptional performance.

Indeed, he showed pace, power and quality against the 20-time English champions, and there is no question that clubs would have been impressed with his display.

Piccini made 40 appearances for Sporting Lisbon last season before joining Valencia, and the former Spanish champions will be desperate to keep hold of him.

Everton have already shown that they are not afraid to splash the cash though, and the Toffees should make a sizeable offer for the right-back at the end of the season.

'Levy wouldn’t pay his wages' – Lots of Tottenham fans react to potential swoop for 6ft 2in ace

According to The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur will battle Everton for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes at the end of the season.

Gomes joined Everton on loan from Barcelona during the summer, and the midfielder has been outstanding for the Toffees since stepping into the first team.

It is currently unclear whether Barcelona are prepared to sell Gomes at the end of the season, but there will certainly be interest in his services.

According to The Telegraph, Tottenham have been impressed with the performances of the Portugal international this term, and will launch a bid next summer.

The Tottenham fans have been on social media reacting to the transfer report, and it would be fair to say that there are some very differing opinions.

Indeed, whilst a number would be happy to take 6ft 2in ace Gomes, there are others who do not believe that the midfielder would be a good fit for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Tottenham supporters can be seen below:

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Mauricio Pochettino will be walking very dangerous tightrope if 26-year-old starts vs Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur face a crucial Champions League tie against Barcelona on Tuesday night, and Mauricio Pochettino may well have a big conundrum to deal with when it comes to selecting his starting XI.

Spurs know that a win at the Camp Nou will guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages, but as long as they match or equal Inter Milan’s result – the Serie A giants face PSV Eindhoven in Italy – then they will also qualify.

The former certainly won’t be easy to achieve however, seeing as the La Liga champions have won 23 and drawn two of their previous 25 home Champions League matches since they were beaten by Bayern Munich in 2013.

On the chalkboard

While Mauricio Pochettino would love to set his team up in an attacking way against the Catalan outfit to get the win that the north London outfit require, in reality whichever side he selects will likely spend the majority of the game defending and in their own half.

Winger Erik Lamela has featured in all five of the club’s European fixtures to date, but perhaps would have been a doubt previously having missed the last three Premier League matches because of injury.

However, he is contention to play against Barca having been part of the travelling party to Spain, and will be competing with Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura to start.

Why shouldn’t Lamela start?

The Argentina international has shown that he can be a liability when it comes to committing fouls for Tottenham in both the English top flight and in Europe this term – he has committed 12 in each competition and three more than any of his teammates despite only featuring for 275 minutes in the Champions League, picking up two yellow cards in the process.

The 26-year-old will likely spend the majority of his time tracking back and defending at the Camp Nou, and with Lionel Messi in brilliant free-kick goalscoring form at the moment Pochettino can’t afford to have someone likely to give silly fouls away too often in and around the penalty area on Tuesday.

Opinion: Mourinho must sell Pogba and bring four-time European Cup winner to Manchester United

Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba at the end of the season and use the money to bring Real Madrid midfielder Isco to the club.

What’s the word, then?

There is absolutely no question that Pogba is an incredibly gifted footballer. In terms of natural talent, there are few better in the Premier League.

The fact of the matter, however, is that the France international has just not been able to show his best form since returning to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old is capable of moments of brilliance, but United’s biggest Premier League win of the season – 4-1 against Fulham on Saturday – arrived with Pogba on the bench.

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The midfielder is technically excellent, but slows United’s play down, and far too often concedes possession in a dangerous position.

Rumours linking Pogba with a return to Juventus at the end of the season are refusing to go away, and the Red Devils should send him back to Turin.

The 20-time English champions must then target Real Madrid midfielder Isco, who is currently not enjoying his time at the Bernabeu under Santiago Solari.

Why should United move for Isco?

Isco has only completed one league game for Real Madrid this season, and was an unused substitute in their 1-0 win over Huesca on Sunday afternoon.

An appendix operation earlier this season harmed the Spaniard’s campaign, but he is currently not first choice under Solari, who is giving minutes to the likes of Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos with Casemiro on the sidelines.

There have been rumours surrounding Isco’s attitude this season, and he has previous when it comes to being unhappy with a lack of first-team football, which could lead to the Spain international considering his future again.

A four-time Champions League winner at the Bernabeu, Isco has made over 250 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 46 times and registering 53 assists.

He scored a stunning goal against Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday afternoon, and his style of football is perfect for the Premier League. Mourinho is known to favour ‘giants’ in midfield, and Isco does not fit the brief with his 5ft 9in frame.

The 26-year-old is the type of player who would thrive alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial though, and Mourinho should be targeting a move for the gifted playmaker at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

'Rather Rabiot' – These Tottenham fans react to rumours of move for Champions League winner

According to AS, Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid during the summer, and the Croatian has made 17 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this term.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are expected to make a bid to sign the Croatian on a permanent deal this summer, but according to AS, Tottenham are hopeful of being able to bring the midfielder to the club.

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The news has not gone down too well with a number of Spurs fans, however, with the majority against a move for the Croatia international.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be in the market for at least one new midfielder at the end of the season, but the Spurs supporters do not want it to be Kovacic, who is a three-time Champions League winner.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the club’s fans can be seen below: