Category: La Liga

'Will never play another game', 'In trouble' … These Chelsea fans rip ex-player apart

Thibaut Courtois earned his dream move to Real Madrid in the summer, but at the moment the former Chelsea goalkeeper is having a miserable time.

In eight La Liga matches, the Belgian has conceded 13 goals and kept just two clean sheets.

Madrid as a whole are struggling on the pitch and head coach Julen Lopetegui is under pressure as Los Blancos sit ninth in the table, seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

On Sunday, Courtois started his first El Clasico against Madrid’s Catalan rivals, and it was a dismal 90 minutes for the shot-stopper.

He let five goals past him as Barca earned a 5-1 triumph at the Camp Nou.

Plenty of Chelsea fans were angered by Courtois’s decision to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, so on a day when he conceded five goals and Maurizio Sarri’s team thrashed Burnley 4-0, supporters were delighted.

Many took to Twitter to rub salt into Courtois’s wounds and some praised their current keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was bought in the summer.

Opinion: Tottenham must hope key figure ignores comments from global legend

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to move to Real Madrid but needs to seal a deal quickly, Lothar Matthaus told The Sun.

What’s the word?

England’s shining light at the World Cup, guiding the Three Lions to the semi-finals and winning the golden boot in the process, Harry Kane has remained the gem in Tottenham’s crown so far this season after scoring five goals in nine Premier League matches.

He continues to attract plaudits from across Europe, with Real Madrid regularly stated to be suitors for the 25-year-old, and Lothar Matthuas has advised the striker he will need to make a move soon if he is to switch the Premier League for La Liga.

Writing for The Sun, he said Kane is ready to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu but time is running out for him to seal a lucrative switch to join the European champions.

What was said?

“I know he loves Spurs. You can tell by the way he talks about the club. He might want to stay there for his whole career, breaking all the scoring records, being there for the first 10 years of the new stadium, being a Tottenham legend.

“It would have to be something special for him to leave the club. But if it’s going to happen, it will have to be soon. He’s 25 now. If he does not go in the next two years, by the time he is 27, he will never leave.

“If he did, Real are the only club that would be right for him. Real shine brighter than any other club in the world.”

Is he right?

With Real Madrid struggling for form in the initial few months of their first campaign without Cristiano Ronaldo, Tottenham fans will be fearful that Los Blancos could go all-out in January to snatch Kane from their clutches.

An exit when the window opens, however, is unlikely and a transfer would have more chance of taking place at the end of the season – particularly if Tottenham fail to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League and do not win any honours.

It increases the pressure upon Spurs in a crucial transitional period for the club and they would love to have Kane lead the line for the first few years at their new stadium. However, time is running out for Spurs to show they are capable of regularly fighting the best in Europe.

Opinion: Everton must sign 6ft 2in ace who would help them become top-four challengers

Andre Gomes is currently on loan at Everton from Barcelona, but the Toffees should be looking to secure a permanent deal for the midfielder at the start of 2019.

What’s the word, then?

Gomes joined Everton on loan from Barcelona towards the start of August, with the midfielder being deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

Gomes made 31 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish champions 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.

A number of English clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, were linked with the Portugal international, but it was Everton that secured his signature.

Injury meant that Gomes only made his debut for the Toffees last weekend, but the midfielder was class personified against Crystal Palace.

Gomes is due to spend the entire 2018-19 campaign with Everton, but the Merseyside outfit, who have ambitions of becoming a top-four team, really should be looking to tie up a permanent deal in January.

Would Gomes be worth the outlay?

Gomes was outstanding during his two seasons at Valencia, scoring nine times in 78 appearances for Los Che between 2014 and 2016.

Barcelona signed him in the summer of 2016, and he made 47 appearances during his first campaign at Camp Nou.

Gomes went public in admitting his struggles at Barcelona, and it was not a surprise when the Portuguese left ahead of the new season.

There is a serious, serious footballer in there somewhere, however, and a strong couple of months in an Everton shirt could lead to a number of clubs – bigger than the Toffees – making a move.

It remains to be seen whether Everton could convince Gomes to sign on a permanent deal, but the Merseyside outfit really should make a strong play for the 6ft 2in ace in January, as they might not get the chance this summer.

'Similar on the ball to Arteta' – Lots of Everton fans urge Brands to sign £13.5m-rated ace

Everton signed Andre Gomes on loan from Barcelona during the summer.

Injury meant that Gomes missed the early weeks of the 2018-19 campaign, before finally making his debut for the Toffees in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

There will, of course, be tougher tests for Gomes, but the Portugal international was class personified in the middle of the park.

It might not have happened for Gomes at Barcelona, but there is no question that he is a super footballer, and Everton will be hoping to get the best out of him.

It would be fair to say that the Everton fans were impressed with Gomes’ debut, and now many have taken to Twitter to call on the club’s director of football Marcel Brands to sort out a permanent deal.

Gomes is surplus to requirements at Barcelona, and valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, would not break the bank for Everton.

Gomes will be looking to build on his display against Palace when Everton travel to Manchester United this weekend, and it will be very interesting to see how the midfielder performs, if he is indeed selected.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Everton fans can be seen below:

Opinion: European giants' stance on Tottenham swoop is great for long-term Levy plan

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is unlikely to move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as he is ‘scared’ of Daniel Levy, according to AS via SportWitness.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive displays at Tottenham have led to plenty of interest in his services and Real Madrid are consistently named as potential suitors for the former Espanyol boss, with links intensifying amidst Los Blancos’ woeful start to the season.

Julen Lopetegui’s time in the Santiago Bernabeu looks set to come to a close imminently and that will leave Real Madrid in the hunt for a replacement. However, according to AS via SportWitness, Florentino Perez ‘does not dare’ to move for the Spurs boss.

Still scarred by the battle to secure Gareth Bale five years ago, Perez does not want to jeopardise his relationship with Daniel Levy – who has established himself as a shrewd negotiator in recent years.

Will he stay?

While the stance from Real Madrid is positive from a Tottenham perspective, it does not mean that Pochettino will remain in North London for the long-term as Spurs could find themselves helpless if he decides he wants to walk.

Tottenham are on the brink of a major transition as they eagerly await their move to a new stadium and the club could be financially restricted after completing the switch, which may lead to frustrations on Pochettino’s behalf.

The former Southampton boss is also approaching his five-year anniversary at the club and may feel it is time to seek a new challenge.