With regard to Chelsea’s pursuit of the Everton forward Anthony Gordon – Frank Lampard wants to keep him, but admits that he may not still be at Goodison Park come the end of the transfer window:
Harry Kane has just headed Spurs into the lead against Wolves, thanks largely to a crafty flick-on at the near post by Ivan Perisic. That’s 250 Tottenham goals for Kane.
Barcelona have still not been authorised to register French defender Jules Koundé as a player, one of their marquee summer signings, as the club works to comply with LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, manager Xavi said on Saturday.
“At the moment, we don’t know anything. We are on stand-by,” Xavi saidtheir trip to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad on Sunday. Barça need to comply with La Liga’s salary cap rules to register Koundé, and the potential sales of strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay could make this possible.
“We are waiting. Koundé is a great leader and a great player. Hopefully he shows it soon – tomorrow, if he can play. He has trained very well, I see him in good spirits, but we need to sell players to be able to register him.”
Koundé missed out on Barça’s season debut against Rayo Vallecano after La Liga prevented the club from registering him alongside his fellow summer signings Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.
“The transfer market ends on August 31 and we don’t know what will happen,” Xavi said. “Auba and Memphis are still here, so tomorrow we will use them. But the priority is to register Koundé.” (Reuters)
And here is Will Unwin on Erik ten Hag and the fire-fighting he is having to do so early in his reign at Manchester United – with Liverpool looming large on Monday night:
“Trying to adjust to a new set of tactical and stylistic rules is hard enough for footballers at the best of times but when low on confidence it is almost impossible.”
As it stands, the highly underwhelming encounter between Tottenham and Wolves is scoreless at half time. The second half, in fact, has just this second kicked off.
While we await team news for the 3pm kick-offs, why not read Barney Ronay on the kerfuffle surrounding Graeme Souness and his ‘man’s game’ comments last week?
“I think what he was trying to express, poorly, was his enthusiasm for letting the game flow, a lust for extreme physicality, and his own obvious nostalgia for the world of his youth, a place where Wulfstan is always the noblest and bravest of all warriors, still out there defending the bridge from the Vikings.”
Is there much point in paying attention to the Premier League table after two matches? Probably not, but let’s do it anyway: promoted Nottingham Forest are currently 10th following a morale-boosting win against West Ham last weekend, while Everton are nought from two and languishing in 18th place with defeats by Chelsea and Aston Villa on the books.
The story for Steve Cooper’s Forest has been about multiple arrivals: Morgan Gibbs-White became their 16th summer signing on Thursday, while for Everton the recent focus has largely been on resisting Chelsea’s attempt to lure Anthony Gordon to Stamford Bridge. Whatever the future holds for Gordon, Frank Lampard will certainly be grappling with a full-blown crisis and widespread wailing from the fans should Everton lose again today.
The other three 3pm kick-offs, no less importantly, are Leicester v Southampton, Fulham v Brentford and Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, with the managerial match-up between two former midfield generals, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, providing a tasty sub-plot at Selhurst Park.
Team news and more coming right up for all four 3pm kick-offs, but meanwhile, Barry Glendenning has Tottenham v Wolves – live! – right here: