Bilic banks on emotion to spur West Ham to FA Cup semis

first_imgWest Ham United are hoping to ride a wave of emotion all the way to the FA Cup semi-finals when they host Manchester United on Wednesday in the last Cup tie to be held at their historic Boleyn Ground.Manager Slaven Bilic felt the atmosphere, at the east London stadium that has been home to some of the greats of English soccer, would give his players an extra boost for the quarter-final replay.The Hammers will be moving to the Olympic Stadium next season after more than a century at the Boleyn and still harbour hopes of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.“We are fully motivated and it is a massive game of course. It is massive for us and it is massive for them,” he told reporters on Tuesday.“It’s the final FA Cup tie at the Boleyn Ground, it’s Manchester United and it’s the quarter-finals. It can’t be bigger.”West Ham are sixth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and one point behind United.Bilic said, however, that the sole focus was on booking a trip to Wembley to face Everton on April 23 in the semi-final.With the first tie ending 1-1 at Old Trafford, the Croatian sympathised with his Dutch counterpart Louis van Gaal, who has come under intense scrutiny this season.“It’s the stature of the club that they’re not happy with losing games, with being fifth in the table. They are Manchester United and they have not been as consistent this season,” Bilic said.“But they are very capable of beating any team. It’s hard to be a manager. It’s the greatest job in the world, but at those massive clubs you’re expected to win every game.”Bilic also heaped praise on striker Andy Carroll, who scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-3 league draw with London rivals Arsenal.“Carroll, when he is fit and in form, is a very special kind of player. He is different…He doesn’t have to score, but his presence on the pitch gives us another dimension,” said the 47-year-old. Van Gaal meanwhile has warned his players to prepare for the “Andy Carroll show” when they confront West Ham and their marauding striker.Carroll scored a six-minute hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend and Van Gaal knows that his last chance to win a title with United may well hinge on how his side cope with him.United’s defence fell apart in a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, conceding three times – also in six minutes – and all but scuppering their hopes of Champions League qualification as well as raising more questions about Van Gaal’s future.Any repeat of that at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday and United’s FA Cup ambitions will vanish and the odds on Van Gaal failing to see out his three-year contract will shorten.“I saw the Andy Carroll show (against Arsenal),” the Dutchman told reporters. “Carroll has special qualities and we have seen that in the match at Arsenal.“Arsenal have great central defenders but still he could do that. We have to cope with Andy Carroll.”Van Gaal accused his defenders of failing to communicate properly at Tottenham and says they must quickly recover from that beating.“I hope we improve because this game is very important for us, it’s the last chance for a title, very important for the players, the club, the manager and the fans.“We have to recover mentally because Spurs was a blow. Everyone knows this is the last chance.”West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be tempted to start with the injury-prone Carroll against a vulnerable United side who may have forward and skipper Wayne Rooney on the bench after his recovery from a knee problem.But United must not be pre-occupied with the player Bilic describes as probably the best header of a ball in the world, according to Van Gaal, whose side still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League.“It’s not just Carroll, they have other players and a certain player called Dimitri Payet, and Manuel Lanzini who can score goals,” he said. “It’s always difficult to cope with these kind of players.”Payet scored a magnificent free-kick in the original tie at Old Trafford last month before Anthony Martial equalised late on to earn United a replay.last_img read more

A financial analysis of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s financials, extrapolated from its Annual Report…

first_img– in the context of the $30 billion syndicated bondAppearing in the print media during the course of last week were a series of articles in relation to the $30 billion syndicated bond and some other issues relating to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). In particular, in the September 27, 2018 edition of this newspaper, the GuySuCo Chairman was reported as stating that the entity is “starved for capital”.Readers might recall that, back in April-May, 2017, a series of articles were featured under this column, dedicated to the economic and social impacts of the Government’s move to downsize the sugar industry. In that series, two articles were dedicated towards critiquing the State White Paper that was presented in the National Assembly by the Agriculture Minister in this regard.It was recently reported in sections of the media that Republic Bank had halted GuySuCo’s bond financing over misuse of the proceeds from that financial instrument. In response, it was subsequently reported that the top management of GuySuCo claimed to have little or no knowledge of the terms and conditions of that bond instrument. This could be described as undoubtedly a confusing and worrying development.Key Financial Data FY 2016 FY 2015Guy$ billions Guy$ billionsAssetsTotal non-current assets 117,549 121,940Total current assets 19,352 18,224Total Assets 136,901 140,164Liabilities & EquityCurrent liability 44,670 37,713Non-current liability 70,860 81,921Total Liability 115,530 119,634Total Shareholders’ equity 21,371 20,530Total liabilities and equity 136901 140,164————————————————————————————Total Revenue 31,903 38,360Accumulated deficit (40,571) (41,476)Comprehensive profit/loss after tax: 841 (1,868)————————————————————————————Key Financial Risk (Leverage) Ratios*[Net Debt 32,336 35,033]Net debt to equity ratio 1.51:1 1.70:1Long-term debt-to-equity ratio 1.67:1 2.27:1Total debt-to-total-assets ratio 0.56:1 0.52:1Ratios adjusted to reflect $30 billion [FY2018] Syndicated Bond using balance sheet figures as at 2016, assuming that the changes to date are relatively marginal:Net debt-to-equity ratio 2.92:1Long-term debt-to-equity ratio 3.65:1Total debt-to-total-asset Ratio 0.78:1——————————————————————————-The financial analysis presented in this article focuses exclusively on the financial risks or leverage ratios of GuySuCo – because this is where the fundamental problem lies, coupled with arguably a complex set of other issues. Financial leverage ratios are used to measure how much financial risk a firm has taken on. Typically, a company can finance its assets with either debt or equity – often times a combination of both. Equity finance does not necessarily obligate a company to pay interest and repay principal – dividends are paid at the discretion of the Board of Directors.There is always some degree of risk inherent in any operating segment of a business, but how a company chooses to finance its operations – the particular mix of debt and equity – may add financial risk in addition to the business risks.Thus financial risk is the extent to which a firm uses debt financing relative to equity – that constitutes the capital or financing structure of a company.(This analysis shall be continued next week, with some recommendations for consideration).last_img read more

Robins-Hardy shines as Cignal gets back at Foton

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With hardwork on defense and a well-distributed offense, the HD Spikers neutralized the Tornadoes’ height advantage built on sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, and thus avenged their first-round loss.Six-foot-2 setter Alohi Robins-Hardy refused to merely open up scoring alleys for Mylene Paat and Rachel Anne Daquis, and became a hitter herself to key the HD Spikers’ sixth win in 11 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCignal also got a lot of help from Foton’s unusually erratic service games as the Tornadoes committed eight service errors, five of them in the opening set alone.After leveling the match at one set all, the Tornadoes suddenly dissipated, allowing the HD Spikers to score six kill-blocks and three aces in the lopsided third set. Bambol’s election not cycling’s biggest news At that frame, Cignal coach Edgar Barroga felt they got Foton’s number.“That’s when the players’ confidence went up,” Barroga said.Daquis topscored with 18 points, while Paat had 17 and Robins-Hardy 15 aside from tossing 24 excellent sets.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsManabat scored 25 points, while Santiago had 10 but their efforts weren’t in sync with the rest of the Tornadoes, who now dropped two successive matches.Foton, which missed the services of injured veteran Maika Ortiz, slid to 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summercenter_img MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Cignal HD minimized the damage wrought by Foton’s formidable twin engines to score a 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21 victory on Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solonlast_img read more

All schools reopened without hiccups – CEO

first_imgAll schools reopened on Monday across the country as the new academic year 22016/2017 commences, said acting Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson.Hutson stated that the schools reopened in full-swing with an exceptional turn-out of students. He noted that the Education Ministry has not received any reports from a Regional Educational Officers that schools in their region could not open for the academic year.He added that the turn-out was particularly exceptional for Georgetown based on reports he received from educational officers in the city. Cadet Officers and educational officers, as a custom, will continue to visit the schools around the city and the coastland to monitor the turn-out of pupils.A mother picks her daughter up from her first day at primary schoolA group of children on the first day of schoolWhen Guyana Times visited some of the schools in Georgetown most of the children said they were happy to be back in school and that their work had begun: “The first day was good…we did mathematics, Grammar and Science and I made a few friends. So it was fun,” said a student of the St Margaret Primary.However students from two secondary schools in the city stated that they were taught little and had a lot of “spare time”.Last week the Education Ministry launched Education Month 2016 under the theme: “Each Child Matters: Stakeholders Unite for the Enhancement of Education.” Minister Rupert Roopnaraine called on local education stakeholders to work together toward the enhancement of Guyana’s education programmes so as to provide quality academic to students.“I truly believe that if we are to inspire our children, if we are to provide them with the necessary energy and the necessary skills to make themselves productive and whole human beings, we have a lot of work to do, and this work is going to be best done if we forge an active partnership between the schools and the homes,” he had said.UNICEF’s Representative Marianne Flach had stated that students need knowledge in order to succeed, and so laying the foundation for their future will guarantee that they accomplish their full potential.last_img read more

This is not how to lift a Championship trophy!!

first_imgFootball Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy shrugged off an alarming fall from a stage where he was about to present Melbourne Victory with the A-League trophy.The 84-year-old stumbled on the raised, temporary structure on the field and fell near a metre-and-a-half, head-first, into the turf at the end of the match. Medics tended to him as celebrations in the 29,000-strong crowd, predominantly Victory fans, were cut short.After a few minutes, Lowy was able to sit up, prompting applause from the stands, before he stood up, smiled and waved, and went on to present the trophy to the winning team. He left the pitch unassisted afterwards.FFA later confirmed that Lowy was suffering from soreness in his shoulder, but was not seriously injured. 1 Frank Lowy falls last_img

Chelsea star recalled to Spain squad for England friendly

first_img Diego Costa Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been recalled by Spain for the upcoming friendlies against England and Belgium.Costa was omitted from Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Ukraine last month as the defending European champions sealed their berth in France.Costa was suspended for the Luxembourg match but, even though he would have been available to face Ukraine, Del Bosque opted not to call him up – with the coach denying any suggestion Costa was left out because he was serving a three-game domestic ban with Chelsea for violent conduct.The 27-year-old forward has now been brought back into the fold, with Del Bosque including him in a 24-man squad to face England in Alicante on November 13 and Belgium four days later in Brussels.The only uncapped player in the group is Sevilla’s Sergio Rico, who takes one of the three goalkeeping slots alongside Porto veteran Iker Casillas and Manchester United’s David de Gea. 1last_img read more

The players Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and every PL club can’t live without

first_img Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 20 20 Man United: David De Gea – Click right to see the one player each of the other 19 Premier League clubs cannot live without Chelsea: N’Golo Kante Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Leicester: Jamie Vardy 20 20 Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha Watford: Abdoulaye Doucoure Burnley: Chris Wood 20 20 Where would Man City be without David Silva? Sergio Aguero’s goals have been vital, but the little fella pulling the strings behind him is more important, isn’t he?Who else would be sorely missed if they were out of their respective Premier League side? Wilfried Zaha hasn’t played for Crystal Palace since the opening game of the season and look what has happened there. West Ham, meanwhile, are surely missing the creative talent of Manuel Lanzini.Is David De Gea Man United’s key man? Tottenham would be lost without Harry Kane’s goals, right?Have a look at the players in the gallery above and let us know which player you think should be in there instead.VOTE: Which Premier League creator would you rather have in your team? Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski 20 20 Newcastle: Mikel Merino West Ham: Manuel Lanzini 20 Everton: Idrissa Gueye 20 Liverpool: Sadio Mane 20 20 Brighton: Pascal Gross 20 Stoke: Xherdan Shaqiri 20 Tottenham: Harry Kane 20 20 Man City: David Silva 20 20 Bournemouth: Charlie Daniels 20 Southampton: Oriol Romeu 20 West Brom: Jonny Evanslast_img read more

Aston Villa fan claims Tyrone Mings is ‘on par with Van Dijk’ after Wembley win

first_img“I think Villa could be a top four team next season.” 🔥“Tyrone Mings is on a par with Van Dijk, let me tell you that right now.”“Why would Tammy want to stay at Chelsea? They’re not a top 4 team.”#AVFC fan Nick called up with some bold claims after play-off win. 👀 pic.twitter.com/KzG9IlmwIH— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 27, 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Is Bournemouth loanee Tyrone Mings on the same level as Champions League finalist Virgil van Dijk? ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “I think we could be a top four club next season. We’ve got owners who have got big money.“Why would Tammy Abraham want to stay at Chelsea? They’re not a top four team anymore!“I can’t see Tammy leaving us and would Jack Grealish go? Don’t be silly!” huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A euphoric Aston Villa fan called into talkSPORT on Monday night claiming Tyrone Mings is ‘on par’ with Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.Nick the Villan was obviously in a good mood after watching his beloved club’s Championship play-off final victory over Derby County at Wembley Stadium. 1 shining tense REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS And he made a series of bold claims on Kick Off, saying Mings – on loan from Bournemouth – is better than PFA Player of the Year and Champions League finalist Van Dijk.He also believes the promoted side could beat Chelsea to a top four finish in the Premier League next season.We’ll have what Nick’s having, please!The Villa fan said on Monday’s Kick Off: “You look at Tyrone Mings – a lot of people slagged off Van Dijk before he joined Liverpool and became the best defender in the world, apparently.“But Mings has been immense since January when he joined us.“I’d say he’s on a par with Van Dijk now. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED last_img read more

Arsenal pre-season fixtures: Showpiece friendlies against Lyon and Barcelona

first_img TROPHY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boss Unai Emery has certainly had some doubters in his first year at the helm and now faces a major summer of changes.Arsenal have got a string of huge-profile fixtures booked for their pre-season plans ahead of the new campaign.The north Londoners will be in America for their preparations to take on some of Europe’s best. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS update FAREWELL Getty Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January appointed rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 2 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Last season ended in disappointment for Arsenal as they suffered a humiliating defeat to rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final.The Gunners lost 4-1 to their Premier League foes in Baku, scuppering any hopes of making it into next season’s Champions League. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son BIG PRESENTS UP TOP statement OFF deals Getty Arsenal will face Gareth Bale and Real Madrid this summer Unai Emery’s Arsenal are already making plans for next season latest Arsenal will begin their pre-season tour with a match against MLS outfit Colorado Rapids.They then face three International Champions Cup matches around the USA.Emery’s side will take on Bundesliga big guns Bayern Munich, Serie A side Roma and La Liga giants Real Madrid during July.They will also face Lyon in the Emirates Cup and Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Fixtures confirmed so far:July 6: Boreham Wood, Meadow Park (Hertfordshire) – kick-off at 3pm UK timeJuly 16: Colorado Rapids, DICK’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City, Colorado) – kick-off at 1am UK timeJuly 18: International Champions Cup, Bayern Munich, Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, California) – kick-off at 4am UK timeJuly 20: International Champions Cup, Fiorentina, Back of American Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina) – kick-off at 11pm UK timeJuly 24: International Champions Cup, Real Madrid, FedExField (Landover, Maryland) – kick-off at 12am UK timeJuly 24: Barnet, The Hive (London) – kick-off at 7:45pm UK time (an Arsenal XI side will play)July 28: Emirates Cup, Lyon, Emirates Stadium (London) – kick-off at 3:15pm UK timeJuly 31: Angers, Stade Raymond Kopa (Angers) – kick-off at 7:30pm UK timeAugust 4: Joan Gamper Trophy, Barcelona, Nou Camp (Barcelona) – kick-off at 7pm UK timelast_img read more

One player at every Premier League club with a point to prove

first_img Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty 21 Getty Images – Getty PEP TALK LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Zinchenko performed admirably out of position in two title wins Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 16.16%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest 21 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Trezeguet in action against Everton AFP or licensors on target appointed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 21 Mesut Ozil has been frozen out at Arsenal under Emery Bissouma came off the bench to help Brighton see out their win over Spurs 21 West Ham United – Pablo FornalsHe arrived in east London on the back of a highly successful European Championship performance for Spain’s Under-21 side.The midfielder showcased his tricky feet, eye for goal and an ability to pick a pass to leave Hammers fans salivating at the prospect of seeing him in the famous Claret and Blue.But the former Villarreal midfielder looks a tad lost in the Premier League and it seems as though Manuel Pellegrini is yet to find his best position.Of course, this will not be of huge concern to Hammers fans as both Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko took time to settle before becoming integral members of the squad.Had Fornals not been so impressive in the summer, perhaps the expectations of the 23-year-old would be somewhat lower. But Hammers fans will be hoping to see a positive response away to Everton on Saturday afternoon after what can only be described as a slow start. Marcus Rashford struggled against Newcastle’s defence before the break LATEST Cook is coming back off a long-term injury Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty stalemate Torreira was linked with a move away from Arsenal in the summer Adams has been unlucky in his quest for Premier League goals Southampton – Che AdamsJust like McGoldrick, he should have at least 2.57 goals for the Saints following his step up from the Championship, according to statistics.Instead, he’s failed to hit the back of the net and found himself dropped from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.If given another chance, he could prove pivotal for Southampton. Across the division, though, there are other players who are about to step up and fight to show what they can offer, whether domestically or internationally with Euro 2020 on the horizon.We’re sure Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish will want to give Gareth Southgate a big squad selection headache ahead of the tournament.But who are the other stars looking to prove a point? We’ve picked on player from every Premier League club who has an important few months ahead of them. Manchester United – Marcus RashfordRed Devils fan and football writer Marwan Harraz told talkSPORT: “It’s tough to pick who has the most to prove since the majority of the Manchester United players have a lot to prove but the one standout for me is probably Marcus Rashford.“Paul Pogba is probably everyone’s go to man but we know he’s got talent but with Rashford it’s a little different. Before he was United’s wonderkid, now that doesn’t seem so certain.“The inconsistencies with youth and being thrown around from manager to manager and position to position has left Rashford in a mess that’s seen him criticised with good reason this season.“To be fair to him everyone has been poor but really the past few weeks were his best chance to show he can be Manchester United’s top striker as it’s believed he’d like to be.“Unfortunately he’s fallen short and after the international break, if Anthony Martial is fit, he’ll lose his position up front.“Daniel James has also impressed from left-wing so Rashford’s probably lost that spot too. He’s falling down the pecking order fast and needs to save his career quickly before he becomes another lost United talent.” Bournemouth – Lewis CookJust as things were looking great for the ex-Leeds United man, a cruel injury robbed him of nine months of football.Now he must work his way back into the reckoning for both the Cherries and England.A real talent on his day, there can’t be a soul out there who would begrudge him a huge comeback. Rodriguez returned to Turf Moor in the summer McGoldrick must begin taking his chances in front of goal Getty Images – Getty Everton – Alex IwobiOne of the most frustrating players in the Premier League, Iwobi is clearly a talented individual but he’s not quite fired for Arsenal or his new side.If he can find the right role at Goodison Park, we could see a weight off his shoulder and some scintillating form. 21 21 update In the Premier League, a player doesn’t have to be too out of form to have their position at their club questioned.For the last year Mesut Ozil’s performances, no-shows, and attitude have been under scrutiny, but as yet he’s failed to prove he’s worthy of a regular place in Unai Emery’s starting XI. 21 21 Brighton and Hove Albion – Yves BissoumaThe midfielder has undeniable talent but has yet to fully showcase it consistently and over a length of time.Graham Potter is clearly an excellent coach and you wouldn’t put it past him helping the Malian find his rhythm.At 23-years old he’s still got time to get things right with the Seagulls. Getty Images – Getty Manchester City – Oleksandr ZinchenkoCity fan Phil Slater told talkSPORT: “Left-back has often been the fall guy at Manchester City. From Willie Donachie to Aleksandar Kolarov, men who dare to play this position often find themselves under intense scrutiny. With this comes expectation; and (hopefully) a desire to improve.“One man who will have something to prove after the international break should be Zinchenko. Having won back-to back titles he is watching Benjamin Mendy come back to fitness; seen Angeliño return to the club, and perhaps most worryingly watched new signing João Cancelo start against Wolves in a role Zinchenko had made his own, despite it not being natural to him.“Widely regarded as the brightest talent of his generation in his native Ukraine, he is the most highly decorated Ukrainian to play in the Premier League and has committed his future to the club until 2024.“He will want a third Premier League medal this season but must win back his starting job.” Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Batshuayi scored against Southampton before the international break 21 Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend holds off a challenge 21 21 AFP Arsenal – Lucas TorreiraThis time last year, the Uruguayan was on his way to becoming the Gunners fans’ darling. A goal in the 4-2 win over Tottenham in December sealed it in style.Now he’s barely making an impact on the pitch and has made just two league starts this season.He knows his situation too, saying during the international break: “It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.” Sheffield United – David McGoldrickThe Irishman seems to be getting in the right places but things aren’t quite falling for him at the moment.Oli McBurnie has emerged as the primary source of goals at Bramall Lane following his arrival in the summer, and McGoldrick will be keen to re-establish himself as the main man up.However, an injury sustained ahead of Republic of Ireland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers will not help his case. Dele Alli has struggled with form and fitness Leicester City – Hamza ChoudhuryAnother player who exasperates, the Foxes midfielder can become a fine midfielder but he needs to cut out his recklessness.Even before the incident with Mohamed Salah, which Jurgen Klopp perhaps blew out of proportion, he’s shown a tendency to dive in.If he can work on this and cut it out, he can help Leicester in their quest to finish in the top six, or perhaps even higher. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman statement Almiron has so much potential but things aren’t quite clicking still 21 Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Norwich City – The defenceGiven the injury problems at Carrow Road currently, it’s hard to fully assess the situation under Daniel Farke.They’ve been one of the most exciting teams around with their attacking strategy but the defence has been a real worry.If the backline can hold out for clean sheet in a couple of games it will give them a real chance of registering some vital victories. Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Newcastle United – Miguel AlmironMagpies fan David Lowe told talkSPORT: “Almiron probably has the biggest point to prove for Newcastle after the international break. He arrived with a hefty price tag and has yet to score after nearly nine months on Tyneside.“This season has been fairly unremarkable for the Paraguayan, and the break probably comes at a good time for him to reset after a decent performance against Manchester United.“Newcastle fans will be hoping he gets amongst the goals quickly as they struggle to find a creative outlet in most performances.” Watford – Gerard DeulofeuDeulofeu was widely lauded for his performances last season, ending the campaign as Watford’s leading Premier League goalscorer. His moments of brilliance could turn a game on its head – see the FA Cup semi-final defeat of Wolves – and it’s not obscene to suggest he is the club’s most talented player for decades.However, Deulofeu has shown nothing of his usual excellence this term, failing to score in any of his nine appearances so far – and only adding a single assist. Admittedly, he is not being helped by the lack of quality behind him with Watford struggling all across the pitch, but Deulofeu is not taking games by the scruff of the neck as he proved he could do last season. Choudhury’s challenge injured Salah Getty Images – Getty Wolverhampton Wanderers – Adama TraoreTwo goals against Manchester City felt like a real breakout moment for the dribbling demi-God.Whether he’s used as a forward or as a wing-back, he can be a real weapon for Nuno Espirito Santo this season, he just need to be consistent.If he can find this, the Premier League should be very worried. 21 21 21 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 21 Getty Images – Getty 21 21 21 Getty Images – Getty Aston Villa – TrezeguetSigned for £8.75million in the summer, the Egyptian has found it hard going in the Premier League.Having notched 22 goals and 15 assists in two seasons with Kasimpasa, he’s now struggling to replicate anything like that creativity and a red card hasn’t helped his case.With more time to adapt he can get into the groove at Villa Park but it’s up to him to prove it. targets 21 AFP or licensors Chelsea – Michy BatshuayiHe’s back in the fold at Chelsea, despite being ostracised for the past 18 months.The Belgian was always the Blues’ second-choice striker behind Diego Costa or Alvaro Morata, but seemingly had fresh hope at the club after scoring the title-winning goal in 2017.This was soon dashed as six months later the £33million man went out on loan to Borussia Dortmund, then to Valencia, then to Crystal Palace.Despite none of these spells being hugely successful, Batshuayi has found himself benefiting from the Blues’ lack of strikers and current transfer ban which has forced Frank Lampard to give him one last chance in the side.Now 26, Michy must show he deserves to be at Stamford Bridge this year, or he’ll surely get the boot once Chelsea are allowed to spend again next summer. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tottenham Hotspur – Dele AlliForget most of the talk surrounding the England international, he’s had a horrible stop-start year due to hamstring injuries and also been forced to play in a number of positions to help Mauricio Pochettino patch up his injury-hit teams.He’s missed 24 games with his various issues but in the first half against Bayern Munich looked like his old self, before things quickly went south for both him and Spurs.With an international break at Spurs under his belt and his fitness likely heavily worked on, now he can go out and prove his doubters wrong. Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new Liverpool contract this year but needs to step up his performances Getty Images – Getty 21 rookie error Getty Images Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Burnley – Jay RodriguezSigned to add to depth and a little something different up top for the Clarets, he’s been limited to a substitute’s role so far.He needs to give Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood something to think about with a goal or two. Crystal Palace – Andros TownsendThis time six years ago, the winger was helping England qualify for the 2014 World Cup but now he’s battling for game time at Selhurst Park.Even manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he isn’t in his best form right now, but hopes his winger can fight back sooner rather than later. AFP Getty Images – Getty Fornals in action against Manchester United Alex Iwobi has not been a regular starter since joining Everton ‘He’s not finished, he’s only 28!’ – talkSPORT’s funniest ever callLiverpool – Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainThe English midfielder definitely made the right decision to leave Arsenal but injuries have really left him on the fringes with the Reds.At some point this season, Klopp will have to call on him and Oxlade-Chamberlain has to deliver, if he doesn’t he may find himself forced to step down a level with a transfer away from Anfield. Farke’s side is plagued with injury Traore’s late goals stunned Citylast_img read more