Category: La Liga

Opinion: Levy must bring exciting 24-goal striker to Tottenham to ease pressure on Kane

According to El Pais, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, who has impressed in the early stages of this season.

What’s the story?

It is no secret that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants a new centre-forward, with Harry Kane’s back-up, Fernando Llorente, expected to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Spurs are desperately short of options when it comes to the central striker role, and according to El Pais, Gomez has been identified as a potential arrival.

Gomez arrived at Celta from Uruguayan outfit Defensor Sporting in the summer of 2017, and the centre-forward has proved to be a fine addition.

Indeed, the South American has managed 24 goals and nine assists in 49 appearances for Celta, including six goals in 10 La Liga appearances this term.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would have to put his hand in his pocket considering Gomez’s form since arriving at Celta, but the Uruguay international could turn out to be an excellent signing for the Premier League club.

Should Tottenham make a move?

Well, much will depend on the finances. Celta are believed to have paid just £3.5m for Gomez in May 2017, but it would be fair to say that his value has increased.

A 6ft 1in centre-forward with a serious eye for goal, there is no question that Gomez would ease the pressure on Kane, and Premier League defences would not relish coming up against the powerful striker.

Gomez has already been involved in 10 goals for Celta in La Liga this season, and there is every reason to believe that he will continue to improve.

It is not a surprise that Tottenham are having a look at the South American, and he could turn out to be a super signing for Spurs if the finances make sense.

'Completely unfair' – Many Liverpool fans react to ridiculous statement about 2018 Klopp signing

More often than not, when a player is in top form they are compared to football’s elite.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been the yardsticks for some time, and now Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri is drawing comparisons to one of them.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Thorsten Fink has claimed that the Switzerland international possesses a natural ability, just like Messi.

While speaking to ESPN, he said:

“Cristiano Ronaldo, he worked for what he achieved, but Messi, he had it. He didn’t have to work for this talent. Ronaldo must work for this — work with this body, work with everything. For me, Messi has this talent. That’s also for Shaqiri.

“He has this talent to play. If he works very professionally, he can be the best player for Liverpool.”

Shaqiri’s arrival at Liverpool in the summer was met with uncertainty from the fans given that the attack-minded player was relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City.

Since becoming part of Jurgen Klopp’s team, though, the 27-year-old has hugely impressed the club’s following.

For the most part, Shaqiri has had to settle for cameo appearances, but he started and scored against Fulham on Sunday.

In total, the winger has made 10 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and registering two assists.

Shaqiri will be hoping to secure a starting role when Liverpool take on Watford away after the international break on November 24.

After reading Fink’s comparisons between the Swiss pro and Messi, plenty of Liverpool fans posted tongue-in-cheek comments on Reddit.

An exceptional signing for Everton: How 29-time international has transformed Silva's team

Andre Gomes has now made four Premier League appearances for Everton following a loan move from Barcelona, and it would be fair to say that the midfielder has made a positive impression on the English club’s supporters.

The 25-year-old has shown his class at Goodison Park, improving Marco Silva’s side in more ways than one, which has been reflected by their results.

The Chalkboard

Everton have won two of their four Premier League matches since Gomes stepped into the first team, with their only defeat occurring away at Manchester United.

The Toffees held an impressive Chelsea side to a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon, and Gomes was once again impressive in the middle of the park.

Gomes made 31 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last term, but largely struggled to make his mark, and it soon became clear that he would not be part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans for the 2018-19 campaign.

Everton were fortunate to sign a player who was outstanding during his two seasons at Valencia between 2014 and 2016, and one who could yet become a first-team star for Barcelona.

Gomes went public in admitting his struggles at Barcelona, and it was not a surprise when the Portuguese left ahead of the new season. The midfielder is enjoying his time at Everton, however, and has made a huge difference to their team.

Simplicity key to Gomes’ success

Gomes keeps the ball. He receives it under pressure, and moves it on. It sounds simple, but that is what Everton lacked in the early stages of the campaign.

There is nothing overly complicated about Gomes’ work, and that was the case against Chelsea. There were no standout moments, but with a pass success rate of 87.8% (WhoScored) in his four Everton appearances, that tells the story.

Gomes scored nine times during his time at Valencia, and managed three for Barcelona last term. Those statistics suggest that he will pop up with the odd goal or two for Everton, but it is his midfield work that will improve the Toffees.

There is a serious, serious footballer in there somewhere, and it has not taken too long for the Everton fans to realise why Barcelona brought the 29-time Portugal international to Camp Nou.

Watch: Spurs 2-1 PSV – Thogden Reacts To Dramatic Second Half

Two late goals from Harry Kane kept Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout round alive against PSV Eindhoven last night.

However, a 1-1 draw between Inter and Barcelona in the other Group B clash means Mauricio Pochettino’s men have it all to do with the Italian giants still to visit London and a daunting trip to the Nou Camp looming large.

Playmaker FC’s Theo Ogden was at Wembley to witness the dramatic second half comeback against the Dutch champions and believes it is in big European outings like this where Daniel Levy may regret not doing more to temp Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa this summer.

Pochettino’s squad is being pushed to the limit whilst currently attempting to compete on three fronts and with fatigue clearly evident in the dying embers of the game, the stage was set for a fresh pair of legs. Kane delivered the goods this time round but they may not be so lucky against a more formidable opponent.

You can check out more of Thogden’s reactions, vlogs and more here.

'I’ve seen milk turn quicker' – Lots of West Ham fans simply cannot believe transfer report

It is not exactly a secret that Barcelona want to sign a new centre-back when the January transfer window opens for business.

Indeed, injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti have left the Spanish champions light in that area of the field over the last few weeks.

A number of defenders have been linked with a move to Camp Nou, and according to Mundo Deportivo, 34-year-old Jose Fonte is now under consideration.

The Portugal international certainly fits the brief in terms of an experienced and cheap option.

Fonte struggled during his time at West Ham United before joining Dalian Yifang. He then spent less than five months with the Chinese outfit before joining Lille on a two-year contract back in July.

The West Ham fans have been reacting to the speculation linking their former player with a move to the Spanish champions, and it would be fair to say that it has come as a bit of a surprise.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: