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Is this Everton’s starting XI next season with Rooney and other signings?

first_img 11 11 Centre midfield: Tom Davies – Perhaps one of the most questionable selections in this XI is the inclusion of 19-year-old Davies who caught the eye as he broke into the first team last season. The throwback midfielder may need to polish some areas of his game but he has shown with his driving runs, and superb goal against Manchester City, that he is more than capable. He faces competition from the also-impressive Idrissa Gueye, Muhamed Besic and Gareth Barry but Davies is a hugely impressive commodity. Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford – The most expensive British goalkeeper looks destined for great things and his arrival from Sunderland for £30million assures his place as Everton’s starter. The 23-year-old keeper matches his excellent shot-stopping ability with fine distribution and he will relish the opportunity to play in a Premier League side that isn’t tumbling towards relegation. Pickford could well be battling it out with Jack Butland to be England number one at the 2018 World Cup. Right-back: Mason Holgate – While the England Under-21 international’s long-term future may be at centre-half, the 20-year-old looks set to continue at right-back with first-choice Seamus Coleman recovering from his horrific broken leg injury. The former Barnsley man has plenty of pedigree and it could turn into a breakthrough season for the defender as he looks set for a run in the team. Time for him to show his undoubted potential. 11 Everyone is impressed with Everton’s summer transfer business so far with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez all incoming.Of course, if reports this week are to be believed, there is no stopping Ronald Koeman as he looks set to add Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to his ranks.The addition of players have left many Everton fans understandably excited for the season ahead as they look set to mix it at the top of the league.So here talkSPORT have taken a look at what could be Everton’s starting XI for the upcoming campaign including their new signings and those who could be incoming later on in the window.Scroll through the gallery above to see their impressive 4-2-3-1 line-up. Left-back: Leighton Baines – Has been Everton’s first-choice left-back for the best part of nine years now and you wouldn’t expect things to change for the one-time England international. Now 32 years of age Baines is still a solid defender but his delivery, free-kick ability and penalty taking skills continue to be valuable for the Toffees. If he stays injury free he could hit the 400 appearance mark for the club in this upcoming season. 11 11 Striker: Olivier Giroud – The final piece in the puzzle? Current striking star Romelu Lukaku looks to be on his way out and, despite the signing of 21-year-old Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, Koeman is thought to be interested in Arsenal’s Giroud. With Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival in North London looking imminent Giroud could be on his way out of the club and he has shown himself to be a highly competent Premier League forward. He can be used as a solid focal point up top for Everton and has an impressive strike-rate at Arsenal – averaging a goal every 157.8 minutes in the league. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre-back: Ashley Williams – A key summer signing last year, the Wales captain looks set to be the man to partner Keane at the heart of the defence next season. It will be a straight fight between Williams, club-captain Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori for the starting spot but you would expect the former Swansea stalwart to get the nod. Despite being 32 he adds a great deal of experience to the Everton side and is still a capable Premier League defender. 11 Attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – The Manchester United legend could be in line for a return to his boyhood club this week as Ronald Koeman looks to sign up the England captain. His stock may have fallen lately, after losing his place in the Manchester United line up under Jose Mourinho, but it should be remembered that Rooney is the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. You need a severe amount of skill to achieve that type of milestone and his experience at the very top can only help the Everton squad – both on the pitch and off it. Right-midfield: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Fresh from scoring the winning goal as the England Under-20s won the World Cup the exciting forward could get set for a run in the team with a spot available out wide. With Yannick Bolasie targeting an injury return before the end of 2017 the ex-Crystal Palace man would likely be first-choice in this position but, in the meantime, the spot is up for grabs. Calvert-Lewin faces competition from Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon but the 20-year-old’s summer exploits could hand him the nod. Left midfield: Davy Klaassen – Brought in from Ajax for around £24million the Dutch midfielder has been added for his creativity. Klaassen played the majority of his time in the centre of the park for his former club but you wouldn’t be surprised to see him line-up on the left – in the same way Christian Eriksen does for Tottenham – allowing him to roam in a fluid attacking system. With Ross Barkley supposedly on the way out Klaassen’s ability on the ball will be paramount if Everton are to threaten the Premier League’s established big boys. Centre-back: Michael Keane – Another statement of intent from Ronald Koeman’s side was the signing of former Manchester United man Keane for £30million. The 24-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season last year as he helped Burnley cement themselves in the Premier League before making his England senior debut in March. Stepping up to Everton will be another key move in the player’s development but his current trajectory suggests it is a wise decision for the Toffees to sign him up. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – The French international was reunited with his former manager at Southampton after Everton signed him for £24million from Manchester United in January. His choice of squad number may be questionable but there is nothing questionable about his ability as a holding midfield player. The 27-year-old’s time at United may have been a struggle but he has shown before at the Saints he can perform at this level. last_img read more

Fernandes savours QPR turnaround after avoiding ‘rash decisions’

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City, declaring that he was proud of the players.The Rangers chairman, who faced calls to sack manager Harry Redknapp following a dismal start to the season, also pointed out that the board did not make “rash decisions” when results were poor.Fernandes tweeted: “Proud of our boys.gave the champions a run for the money should have beaten Liverpool and gave Chelsea a scare. I’m a super proud chairman.“Thought the ref had a poor first half . all credit to the boys. we showed what we can do todayLooking over the last few weeks when backs were against us . we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . …— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) November 8, 2014“Looking over the last few weeks when backs were against us. we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . should have got a point Liverpool and chelsea.”Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Fantastic football match. Unlucky not to get three points. Feels like we’ve turned a corner. So proud of our team. @QPRFC #qpr #uurrrrssss.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “I am so proud to part this club. Performances on and off the pitch outstanding and the support today was of the scale #weRtogether.”Charlie Austin scored QPR’s first goal – his sixth of the season – and set up their second before Sergio Aguero’s late equaliser for City.Austin tweeted: “Big point tonight! So many positives for the team right now. Fans were different class!“Love scoring but would always swap my goal for a win! Team most important. On to the next one!”Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who was one of Rangers’ substitutes, wrote: “Another great performance from the boys today, big point in the end! Great atmosphere.”And R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who returned to action after injury, tweeted: “Great performance again from the lads. Great to be back. Could have been 3 points but for Sergio Aguero. The best striker in the country.”See also:QPR v Man City player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes groin surgery

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent surgery last week to address a groin injury that he suffered this season, the Sharks said in a news release Wednesday.Karlsson underwent the surgery on May 31. The Sharks said the surgery was successful and that Karlsson has started rehabilitation. Karlsson, slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is expected to be ready for the 2019-20 season.Karlsson first suffered the injury in mid-January and missed 27 of the Sharks’ final 33 …last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 22, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today will be a slow transition day over most of Ohio. We still have plenty of cloud cover and light moisture over the eastern half to third of the state through the day, and that will keep a lid on temps. We cant rule out a few hundredths to a tenth or two or moisture through the entire day. This morning most of that action is in NE Ohio, but later this morning and this afternoon, it fills in over the entire eastern part of the state. Now, high pressure will drift across the state tomorrow and will help get the weekend off to a good start, with sunshine holding through most of SundayWe still have clouds starting to increase Sunday evening, and we cant rule out a few showers in SW parts of Ohio after sunset. Good precipitation arrives Monday. The rain reaches 90% of the state and will yield .2”-.8” of total moisture. Everything should be done by Monday night. The map at right shows 24 hour rain totals ending at midnight Monday.Tuesday turns out partly sunny, and then we see sunshine through Wednesday and Thursday. Scattered showers return for next Friday, and then rain continues Saturday and Sunday (the 30th and 31st). Rain totals remain at .5”-1.5” over the 3-4 day period combined. Coverage will be nearly 100% of the state, although on any given day, the 24 hour coverage may be closer to 65-70%.Sunshine will be back to start off April for the 1st through the 3rd.  Clouds begin to build on the fourth, and then we have a chance of rain from overnight the 4th through the 5th of April. Rain totals up to at least half an inch are expected.Overall, no real significant change in our outlook this morning, and the next two days look great. Temps will be pulling back a bit next week and can spend most of the week normal to below normal.last_img read more

Only good performance against England will take sting off charges

first_imgAs Pakistani on Sunday sat down to watch their team’s first Twenty20 match against England in the ongoing series, they were fervently praying for a win.England celebrate the dismissal of Kamran Akmal in Cardiff on Sunday.As claims of spot-fixing tarnished Pakistani cricket, fans were united in their view that only a sterling performance could take away some of the sting from the allegations.But accusations levelled by Test opener Yasir Hameed that almost all of Pakistan’s matches were fixed loomed large over the match in Cardiff.”If what Hameed says is true, then almost every game that Pakistan play is suspect,” Adnan Mehmood, an avid cricket fan in Lahore, said.”This is also what many people have said over the years. But I guess it is hard to fix each game with only one team involved in the process? The situation that Hameed is talking about means that Pakistan is capable of winning and losing games at will, not because other teams have better sporting capability and display it better on a given day. This looks fanciful,” he added.Fans such as Adnan believe that a strong performance by the Pakistani cricketers in the remaining series against England would take some attention away from the allegations. “We are waiting for the players to respond to the allegations against Pakistan cricket with their game,” he said.But regardless of what happens in the remaining series, there is no doubt that enthusiasm about the game in the cricket-crazy nation is on the wane-and not just because of the fixing allegations.advertisement”Even before the allegations, we should have called off all sporting activities in view of the devastating floods. Other teams have done that, leaving foreign tours halfway because of some tragic happenings back home,” a senior official in the Pakistani sports ministry said. This would have allowed the government to focus on the huge disaster without also having to deal with the spot-fixing allegation, which was no small blow, he said.But fans and players, both current and former, said such a measure would have only added to the gloom that the floods had cast. “For an entertainment starved nation, this would have been like resigning to the tragedy of floods. In such disasters, anything that can cheer and ignite hope is of vital importance,” former Pakistani cricketer Amir Sohail said.This is what the team briefly did with their win in the Lords Test-at least until the corruption skeletons came tumbling out of the cricketers’ closets.”This is a very tough period for Pakistan cricket. Fans are losing interest in the game. At such a juncture, it is important that we continue playing. Otherwise, Pakistan cricket will never be able to sustain itself,” a leading commentator on the game working with a media group said.Pundits blamed the sorry state of affairs in Pakistani cricket on an inefficient team management, which is handpicked by equally inept politically bosses. “The current management of the team and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is good for nothing. They are there because they have been able to please those who matter in the corrupt administration of (President Asif Ali) Zardari,” former PCB chief Arif Ali Abbasi said.But former cricketer Imran Khan said: “I agree that the entire Pakistan has to endure low moral standards among political leaders and that explains why we cannot have people with immaculate reputations heading institutions such as the PCB,” he said on Sunday. “But the real problem lies with the ad-hoc structure of the board, not with who heads it or who picks that head.” Imran said the reason why corruption had become so rife in cricket was that the authorities had not taken strong steps to eradicate it after the 1993 match-fixing scandal. “The board feared that taking action against big players would weaken the team and have a negative impact on its performance, thereby, making the PCB officials’ stay in the office untenable,” Imran said. “That’s why action kept getting delayed and now we have fallen into this abyss.” Amir Sohail could not agree more.”There is a lesson here for the ICC and the PCB. If we don’t take care of the bug in the beginning, it is bound to become a monster.”last_img read more