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Gerrard Punches Lad in Holland… We Got Nothing…


Gerrard after a previous sending off against Everton, was lucky to only get a yellow against Feyenoord. 

Oh the excitement! West Ham and Newcastle have fallen foul of eachother in a mysterious, behind the scenes ‘bust-up’. Steven Gerrard rattles Feyenoord’s Lucius in a manner befitting an inner-city nightclub and United and Chelsea deliver a Community Shield match low on football but high on entertainment with spotters and Wayne Rooney and Tal Haim rekindling old rivalries. We also have Baines to Everton, Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz (from now on to be known as Ted) to Big Sam’s Newcastle and In demand ‘Keeper, Craig Gordon, to make a choice of Premiership clubs. 

Firstly to this puzzler concerning a curious love triangle involving Keiron Dyer, Newcsatle United and West Ham United. Firstly Dyer announces that, for family reasons, he has become unsettled in the North and would welcome a move South to the London area. Cue interest from West Ham (whom we firmly believe would sign anything that moves this summer). All seemed rosy between the two camps after the Hammers had met the Geordies asking price believed to be around £6 million  mark. Then, disaster struck. Late yesterday evening West Ham manager, Alan Curbishley announced that the deal had fallen through after Newcastle had “blocked” the move at the 11th hour. It was reported that Newcastle had asked for more money and this was confirmed by Allardyce earlier today when he said that they readjusted their valuation of the player and if West Ham didn’t adjust theirs no deal would happen. To add a sprinkle of mystery to the whole affair, big Sam also said :

“If Curbs started it, then we are more upset than they are, that is a fact. Why? That is confidential. He is not as upset as we are about West Ham.” 

Oohhhhh… So know it looks as if Kieron, the perrenial pessimist, must struggle through with his contract at St. Jame’s Park and his outlandish salary and try to wear a brave face as he shoulders his burden. Nobody knows his pain! Surely it would have been way better at West Ham… The truth is, £6 nillion for Dyer is just about right at the moment but Newcastle can be justified in their actions. Considering the inflated price of English players at the moment (see Reo-Coker £8.5 million and Bent £stupid million) and the fact that either Curbishley or West Ham obviously offended Big Sam’s sensibilities then upping the price is something Newcastle were well within their rights to do. They are no longer a club which can be played around with and at the end of the day, Dyer has a contract there and if the deal isn’t good for the club then he shouldn’t expect to be allowed leave.

Liverpool V Feyenoord in the Rotterdam tournament produced a bit of a heated affair as the game finished in a 1-1 draw. Two fine goals, scored by the two protagonists in the melee which followed, were overshadowed towards the end of the game as match as Drenthe caught Gerrard late with a rather hairy challenge. The Red’s skipper was less than impressed and as a fracas ensued he seemed to come across and catch Lucius in the face with a punch. He was cautioned by the referee and taken off immediately by Benitez. Gerrard was extremely lucky not to see red for his actions and many United fans must feel aggrieved following an incident in a pre-season friendly last season where Scholes and Rooney both saw red cards against Porto and received 3 match bans at the beginning of the competitive season. In comparrison to those incidents, this looked much worse and, while nobody likes to see cards dished out during friendlies, you have to question why there was a referee there at all if he was going to let something as blatant as that go. Gerrard is a lucky boy and Liverpool are lucky to have him for Saturday’s opener against Aston Villa. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiHu3UbPkVg

Yesterday also saw the return to battle in competitive action as United took on Chelsea in the FA Community Shield. What was a rather dull affair was sparked into life by veteran and Captain for the day, Ryan Giggs, with a well taken goal on 35 mins. The following ten minutes were lively and culminated with Chelsea new boy, Malouda finishing after a great run down the left. He definitely looks a player who will be shaking things up this season. The second half was a return to the norm and was as quiet as a priest on a Wednesday and the crowd prayed for spotters. They were duly appeased and Alex Ferguson must have felt like calling it a day there and then considering United’s record in penalty shoot-outs. But lo and behold, Van der Sar proved to be the hero as he saved from Lampard, SWP and Pizzaro leaving Rooney to score the winner after Ferdinand and Carrick had converted. Rooney himself acknowledged the tame nature of the game in an interview afterwards but conceded that it was nice to draw first blood. Himself and Chelseas acquistition from Bolton also came close to drawing blood after a few hefty challenges as they re-ignited tensions laid down after Rooney was sent off for pushing Ben Haim in the face last season. All in all one of the most entertaining aspects of the afternoon was the way neither side held back with tackles and there was a genuine competitive edge in the clash.

Even though the transfer window deadline is fast approaching the players are still arriving. The departure of Wigan’s talismanic defender Leighton Baines to Everton for £5 million heralds the demise of Wigan Athletic. Manager Chris Hutchings was never going to be able to hold onto his prized asset but to sell him without already landing a replacement is dangerous business. things aren’t looking good for Wigan Athletic and this season will undoubtedly be their biggest test. Avoiding the drop could be as good as it gets for those at the JJB this year.

While Wigan seem to be on a slippery slope and heading down, the arrival of Allardyce at Newcastle has turned their fortunes around. Having already brought in a host of top players, he has secured the signature of a reported Liverpool and Man City target. Villareal’s Enrique (who will be called Ted, see above) is likely to arrive for £4.2 million after talks over the past 24 hours have proved fruitful. Sam is excited about the capture and described Ted as a player with huge potential and at a good age. He has been described on some Spanish websites as the best left-back in Spain so surely Newcastles defensive frailties are a thing of the past.

Also on the move is Hearts ‘Keeper, Craig Gordon. He is reported to be weighing up offers from both Aston Villa and Sunderland. Thefc100 tipped Villa to sign the keeper over the summer a few months back: (https://thefc100.wordpress.com/2007/05/27/new-horizons-at-villa-park/) While Sunderland are the club who have been courting Gordon all summer. It looks set to come down to a decision between mild and gentle Martin O’ Neill or Fire and Brimstone Roy Keane. The question remains, does Craig Gordon prefer Fairy Liquid or Hell? Sunderland are also rumoured to be attempting to lure Spurs misfit Mido to the Stadium of Light with a £9 million bid. This could prove another dangerous signing for Keano as most of his signings this summer and his Championship squad look to be severely tested by seasoned veterans of England’s top-flight.


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