Re footballers as waxworks, This fine article from 2008 has just been brought to my attention. Have to say Michael Owen looks quite realistic …
Southampton have been in tremendous form in recent weeks and now have the opportunity to inflict another defeat on Tottenham this weekend after the 1-0 win on New Year’s Day. Here’s Ralph Hasenhüttl on how his squad is shaping up …
A big day beckons in the Midlands tomorrow as Birmingham make the short trip to Coventry in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Coventry’s Jordan Shipley has been speaking to the media today ahead of the game and he admitted that their local rivalry will be very much on the agenda at the ground they are currently renting from their opponents.
“There will be no love lost on the pitch we’re looking forward to the game and we want to win and get through,” he said.
Should be a great occasion…
Now this would be the mother of all comebacks: Carlos Tevez back at Old Trafford?! Could it happen? Not so sure given he is about to turn 36 but then that’s the Rumour Mill for you …
So it seems that footballers’ waxworks are quite a big thing… There’s even a gallery of them over at Fifa’s website. My favourite has to be Kevin Keegan.
Here’s a few we assembled in 2013:
Tranmere’s return from their spell out of the league has been almost as rapid as their demise a few years back. But could their change in fortune be down to this perhaps?
“Nick Palios, Tranmere Rovers owner reads Rudyard Kipling’s IF every morning,” emails Gordon Roberts.
Fascinating. And it also reminds me of this:
Liverpool fans will be sweating on news on Sadio Mané’s injury after he limped off during the win over Wolves on Thursday. Jürgen Klopp was unsure how long the Senegal forward will be out after the game…
“We don’t know exactly [what the injury is], it’s the muscle. He felt something in the hamstring,” he said. “We don’t know yet, obviously, we have to wait. We will see.”
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has just made an important announcement…
Have to say I’ve always found the whole Madame Tussauds thing a bit odd. Anyway … who is the most unlikely player to have been immortalised in wax?
Steve Bruce has been speaking ahead of Newcastle’s FA Cup tie against Oxford and he has been singing the praises of new signing Nabil Bentaleb. The former Spurs midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Austrian Valentino Lazaro also on his way.
“I’ve seen enough in two training sessions to know he’ll be good for us,” Bruce said of Bentaleb. “He’s in remarkable shape despite having not played in a few months. He’ll make his debut tomorrow.”
Bruce has also confirmed that he is interested in Tottenham’s Danny Rose, with Emil Krath out for six weeks after twisting his ankle at Everton and Florian Lejeune also missing tomorrow’s tie due to an injury sustained in that astonishing comeback.
Meanwhile United have been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players during the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last week.
Here’s our man Jamie Jackson with the latest from Manchester United. Ole is staying strong
It’s not just here where Cup fever is sweeping the nation. Over in the rugby heartland of Pau, the locals are gearing up for the visit of glamour boys PSG next weekend.
We’ve had an email! And it’s an interesting one from Derby fan David Hopkins, who points out that this evening’s clash with Northampton will be the first time the two clubs have met for more than half a century…
“One of the little joys of the earlier cup rounds is games between teams who have rarely played each other in the past, such as tonight’s game between Derby and Northampton. My trusty edition of Derby County – The Complete Record tells me that the teams haven’t met since January 1967, the year before a certain B Clough arrived at the Baseball Ground. It was a 4-3 thriller that day so hopefully some similar fun tonight!”
Prenton Park is a hive of activity this morning as supporters rush to secure tickets for Sunday’s meeting with Manchester United …
There’s been a lot of interest this window in young Canadian forward Jonathan David, who only moved to Belgian side Gent two years ago but has starred in the Jupiler League. Ajax are thought to be leading the race to sign him, although any move is likley to have to wait until the summer. Chelsea and Southampton have also been tracking him but you would have thought a few more English clubs may yet get involved…
A reminder you can keep up with all the transfer news with our lovely interactive. Dejan Kulusevski’s €30m move to Juventus is the biggest deal so far in this wondow but will that beaten in the next few days?
More transfer news! Barnsley’s
Teutonic revolution continues with the arrival of AUSTRIAN Michael Sollbauer.
More from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has taken a trip to Analogy Street to explain why Manchester United have found life so tough since you-know-who left
Ole’s here for the long haul. That’s the message from Carrington this morning as their beleaguered manager faced the press again.
Now then here’s some news. Brighton have confirmed Australian Aaron Mooy has joined permanently having spent the first six months of the season at the Amex on loan from Huddersfield. Good player him…
The future of Christian Eriksen also looks like it’s finally going to be settled with the Dane having accepted a four-and-a-half year contract worth a basic £260,000 a week that could rise to £320,000 with add-ons. Considering he’s been on roughly a third of that at Spurs since 2016, you can see why the man from Middlefart was so keen to join Internazionale’s Premier League throwback side.
More news from Fabrizio, who says that Spurs are yet to meet the asking price for Willian José, with the club “locked in talks” with Real Sociedad over the Brazilian striker.
Looks like Daniel Levy is proving as tough as ever on this one…
One of the standout ties from this weekend is surely going to be Manchester United’s trip to Tranmere on Sunday. Rovers squeezed past a second-string Watford last night but their manager Micky Mellon is not taking anything for granted against the 12-time winners.
This pitch could be something of a leveller however …
To whet your appetite ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup matches, no less than four of our most esteemed scribes have assembled this for your perusal. Enjoy!
Next up some news from Belgium where it’s reported that Crystal Palace have been in discussions with Yannick Carrasco over a potential loan deal. The winger is at Chinese side Dalian Yifang but clearly fancies the idea of life in sunny south London.
First up today we have news from our man in Itay. Surely Fabrizio Romano must be in need of a holiday after the month he’s had so far. Anyway …
“Edinson Cavani is now in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid. They promised him a contract until June 2022. He’s seriously considering this bid as the best he received – Man Utd and Chelsea are interested but at the moment Cavani’s priority is Atletico. Simeone wants him NOW, in January. If Atleti will find agreement with PSG (they ask €20m, first bid from Atleti was €5m and refused…), he can leave now. If not, he’s going to join Atletico as a free agent in January. So difficult for both Chelsea and Man Utd so… they’re trying with his agent. But more Atletico than EPL clubs at the moment, then we’ll see.”
Good morning one and all – it’s time for the FA Cup to take centre stage once more as the fourth round ties get under way with two matches this evening, culminating with Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth on Monday.
We will hear from a plethora of managers ahead of this weekend’s ties so here’s a list of all the fixtures coming up:
Northampton Town v Derby County
Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford v Leicester City
Southampton v Tottenham
Millwall v Sheff Utd
Reading v Cardiff City
West Ham v West Brom
Burnley v Norwich City
Coventry City v Birmingham City
Newcastle United v Oxford United
Portsmouth v Barnsley
Hull City v Chelsea
Manchester City v Fulham
Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United
Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool
Bournemouth v Arsenal
Plus there’s only a week left of the transfer window and I will be endeavouring to keep you across any of the moves that may (or may not) be happening…
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