A silly question you might think, but one that needs asking. Da Silva is unproven and talented – just as Thierry Henry was when he first came to Arsenal. So do you think Arsene Wenger has unearthed another diamond in the rough, or will Da Silva struggle to make an impact in the Premiership?
Spurs have won the race to sign France U21 captain Younes Kaboul from Auxerre. Kaboul, a 21-year-old central defender, was also linked to Roma and Inter Milan. The fee is reported to be in the region of Â£8m. Spurs definitely need to strengthen their defence of they are to challenge the big four, and this signing is a good start. ‘If you ask people in France who is seen as the hottest prospect in defence they will say Younes Kaboul,’ Spurs boss Martin Jol told the club website.
As spotted on 101GreatGoals. Good to see an Englishman at No.1. Makes us proudâ€¦
Josmer ‘Jozy’ Altidore, a striker for New York Red Bulls, is still only 17 years old but he’s not looked out of his depth in the MLS, scoring twice in New York’s first three games. The Red Bulls are being extremely protetcive of their young star. Since the arrival of Juan Pablo Ãngel in NY, Altidore has started only two matches.
Talk about the gap between the top clubs in England and the rest of the Premiership. Man U’s squad now looks so strong that they could arguably field two teams in the Prem and qualify for Europe twice over:
First XI: Edwin Van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez
Looks like Frank, aka Eric Cartman, has been demolishing his fair share of pies and cream cakes during his summer holidays. Jose Mourinho won’t be happy to see that his star midfielder has developed such an impressive set of man breasts, or moobs as we like to call ‘em. And he could do with a spot of lipo on that wobbly gut. Too much Christmas pudding Frank?
So mighty Brazil eke out a 1-0 win against Ecuador, thanks to a penalty by Robinho. The Brazilians advance to the quarter finals, just, but I still can’t seem them troubling Argentina or Mexico, to whom they have already lost in the group stages. By the way, Brazil’s victory eliminated the USA.
A few seasons ago, Jermain Defoe was being talked about as a future England star. Now he finds himself as fourth-choice striker (behind Dimi Berbatov, Robbie Keane and, arguably, Darren Bent) in a team that can’t win the Premiership. His career has stalled dramatically and I find it hard to put my finger on a specific reason why it’s happened.
Football’s hottest rumour of the day is that Man Utd are closing in on the signing of Carlos Tevez. BBC sports editor Mihir Bose ‘understands talks are underway and says Tevez may move on loan or permanently’.
Rafa’s new goatee has generated some new Shit Lookalikes. Yay! Remember, while Fernando Torres still has to prove he is a quality Premiership player worth Â£20 million he is undoubtedly a better signing than Liza Minelli!
Some really fine goals to enjoy from this entertaining match, which marked the USA out as genuine contenders for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, currently taking place in Canada. Freddy Adu’s first goal of three was a lovely turn and finish. The boy wonder, hyped for so long as the next big thing in American soccer, looks like he’s found his A game at lastâ€¦
A final decision to uphold Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League was made yesterday. An arbitration panel decided that the Premier League was correct to not dock West Ham points over the registration of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. The panel stated: “The tribunal had much sympathy for Sheffield United’s grievances. However, the tribunal had to apply the principles of judicial review and determine whether the decision was irrational or perverse. This is a very strict test and is very difficult to satisfy. It concluded that it was impossible for this tribunal to find that the decision was irrational or perverse.”
Oops, wrong video but you get the idea! Venezuela and Uruguay played out a dull bore draw which saw the hosts top the group and the Uruguayans sneak through as one of the top two third-placed teaks.who
There was a bit of a Premiership connection to this 2-2 draw. Former Middlesbrough player Jaime Moreno gave Bolivia the lead, and new Chelsea signing Claudio Pizarro grabbed a brace for Peru. Peru are now through to the quarter finals.
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has challenged his manager Sir Alex Ferguson to another goalscoring bet which would see one of the pair lose their hair at the end of the season. The Portuguese winger won Â£400 on a bet with Fergie last season after beating a 15-goal target. This season he wants another hair-raising bet and wants to see Fergie parting with his side-parting if he bags more than 20 goals.
If the latest Nike viral ad featuring Wayne Rooney is anything to go by this looks like a season to be fearful for Premiership goalkeepers.
He may be revered as ‘God’ in Scouse circles, but it seems not everyone has as much faith in Robbie Fowler anymore. Liverpool’s favourite prodigal son looks set to start the season homeless after not receiving any offers from another club for the first time in his career. The Liverpool striker has been released after […]
Scotland and Cardiff striker Steven Thompson is facing up to six months on the sidelines after falling off a banana boat while on holiday. The 28-year-old former Rangers striker had an operation yesterday after the incident in the USA.