January’s transfer window has not been open a week and already some serious business has been done.
Now I’ll admit that these first few days of the year I’ve had my eye off the ball – but my god, some amazing transfers have not only been done already, but already seen rewards on the pitch.
Chief among these must be the scooping up of Demba Ba by Chelsea, he’s already netted a brace on his debut!
In addition, Joe Cole looked the business once again for West Ham, who also have added Marouane Chamakh to their stable of strikers, Wigan have bagged Roger Espinoza, Chelsea’s Danuiel Sturridge has joined Liverpool, while English fans will be keen to see how the dual-heritage German performs for Spurs after his switch from Schalke.
And the surprise star signing of the window could yet be the awesome marauding French full-back Mathieu Debuchy, whose signiature could revitalise Newcastle’s season yet.
That’s all in less than a week! If things carry on this way, an already explosive Premier League season could be braced to get even better – teams and players may not like them, but from a fan’s perspective, god bless the transfer window.
FIVE Welsh and 13 English players have been selected for Great Britain’s men’s Olympic squad for London 2012.
Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not picked any Scottish or Northern Irish players for the tournament.
The announcement of the squad confirmed that David Beckham has missed out with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards named as the three over-age players allowed – all the others have to be under-23.
Swansea have three players named, the most of any club – Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.
Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge is also chosen, as is Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom Cleverley. Tottenham’s Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been ruled out due to injury.
Pearce said: “It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.”
The squad in full – Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).
GOALTASTIC is hearing rumblings today – and I must stress these are murmers, not big wobbly tremors at this point – that Bolton could be set to lose their club captain Kevin Davies.
It’s rumoured that a number of MLS sides are looking at the possibilty of signing the England striker – with DC United seeming to be frontrunners at this stage.
It would surely be a blow should the Trotters be left Davies-less, after losing the services Johan Elmander and Chelsea loanee Daniel Sturridge – surely that leaves just Ivan Klasnic to lead the Wanderers’ line?