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Andre Villas-Boas has told Jan Vertonghen he will have to continue playing at left-back until Danny Rose is available again.

You get the feeling Vertonghen could play in any position, and he's doing a great job for Tottenham at left-back. The Belgium international has stated on many occasions that he would rather be playing in the centre of defence, but Villas-Boas is well covered with Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul all available, so this will continue until Rose returns. It doesn't seem to be affecting Vertonghen's fantasy points production, and may even improve it as he gets more chances to move forward down the left wing.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 05:42:00 AM

Jordon Ibe is not fit enough to represent England at the prestigious under-20s tournament in Toulon after the winger was ordered to rest following a persistent knee complaint.

Ibe had surgery after damaging his lateral collateral knee ligament while on Europa League duty in Turkey for Liverpool back in February. Despite early reports suggesting his season was over Ibe did return ahead of schedule although his involvement has been sporadic since April having failed to complete 90 minutes. This latest decision was taken to ensure Ibe will be fully fit and ready for pre-season as Rodgers’ aims to forget a disappointing end to this campaign. With Steven Gerrard moving to LA Galaxy and Daniel Sturridge out until October - in the first instance - Rodgers' will need all hands on deck at the beginning of the new campaign.
Source: Clubcall.com
May 26 - 11:59 AM

Artur Boruc has made last season's loan deal with the Cherries permanent after helping them win promotion to the Premier League.

Boruc, whose Southampton contract expired at the end of the season, was available to Bournemouth on a free and both the player and club elected to extend their relationship. The keeper came to the club as an emergency loan in September of last season and ended up staying for the entire promotion campaign. He picked up 18 clean sheets as the Cherries won the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:22 AM

Antonio Valencia took to social media to confirm the success of an unspecified surgical procedure with the Manchester United full-back now facing a race against time to feature in the upcoming Copa America tournament.

Valencia went under the knife on Monday less than 24 hours after the final whistle at the KC Stadium but whether the operation was planned to ensure his availability for Ecuador in June or to safeguard pre-season fitness remains to be seen. Ashley Young is another United player set for surgery after Roy Hodgson revealed the winger would not be fit for the end of season internationals against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia; again due to an unspecified procedure. Louis van Gaal confirmed that Angel di Maria made the decision to come off against Hull during the final game due to hamstring tightness, although the problem does not look to be "heavy" the player will have a precautionary scan.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 10:34 AM

Stoke City number one Asmir Begovic is rumored to be willing to push hard for a move if a top six club comes calling.

Liverpool are the top six club most frequently linked with Begovic and they could certainly be looking for a goalkeeper (although they do have a lot of other things to address as well). Manchester United could also be a longshot to have interest in Begovic if David De Gea decides he wants to head back to Spain this summer. Begovic will probably not be at the top of United's list but he could be a solid stop-gap if they can't land a permanent replacement for De Gea.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:44 AM

Boaz Myhill and Claudio Yacob have both been retained by West Brom for the 2015-16 season when the club exercised one year options on each player.

Myhill may be a critical player early next season as Ben Foster is unlikely to be ready to return to action until late-September or early-October. Myhill played well down the stretch this season deputizing for Foster after his injury and earned the extension. Yacob didn't start a lot early in the season but he was far more prominent under Tony Pulis and should be in the midst of his prime at age 27. Both moves seemed fairly obvious given how important both players were late in the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:57 AM

Tomas Rosicky will add veteran depth to the Arsenal bench next season after signing a one-year extension at the Emirates.

The Czech Republic midfielder had a strong run of performances in the middle of the season when injuries decimated Arsenal's central midfield. When the squad enjoyed better health, Rosicky was the definition of a squad player. Entering the season when he will turn 35, apparently being a squad player on a Champions League participant is more attractive than taking a step down in competitiveness to play more. If injuries again hit Arsenal in bulk then he will be a valuable player to have available.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:02 AM

Javier Hernandez has seen Real Madrid choose not to exercise the option they held to sign him permanently after his year on loan from Manchester United.

Chicharito returns to Old Trafford facing the same quandary that he faced last summer. The biggest clubs in the world - Manchester United, Real Madrid, etc. - don't seem to rate him enough for him to play regularly. So, where next? Will he accept a step down to a mid-table club in England or elsewhere in an attempt to show what he can do when he gets to play every week? Will such a club be able to afford the fee United will want and/or the wages the player will demand? There are lots of ways that this could play out over the summer and there is no obvious conclusion that has yet presented itself.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:08 AM

With Christian Benteke a hot commodity once again, Aston Villa have been linked with a number of potential replacements including Emmanuel Adebayor.

It worked with Tim Sherwood and Emmanuel Adebayor once before so it should come as no surprise that the two are being linked as the summer transfer rumor mill picks up. Sherwood oversaw a brief revival in Adebayor's fortunes when he was in charge at Spurs last season and the forward has reverted to his previous poor form under Mauricio Pochettino. Combine that with high wages and Spurs will likely be happy to help pay for the forward to ply his trade at Villa Park next season. This one makes sense if Benteke goes and likely even if he stays.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:13 AM

Wes Morgan finished the season strong and ended up as the third best fantasy defender in the Yahoo! Premier League fantasy game.

Morgan was spectacular down the stretch, leading Leicester City to a number of important victories to avoid relegation. He finishes the season with 10 clean sheets, 97 passes intercepted, and 46 blocked shots on the way to 316 fantasy points. Morgan will be fairly cheap next season as expectations of a Leicester City defender will always be low, but he can be a top five defender in formats that reward phantom points. Draft him with confidence next season.
May 25 - 3:59 PM

Cesc Fabregas was impressive in his first season with Chelsea and was a solid fantasy pick for most of the season.

Fabregas finished seventh in scoring amongst midfielders in the Yahoo! fantasy game. He played in 34 matches and had 18 assists amongst a number of other stats that added up to 306 fantasy points. Fabregas should be expected to continue his solid performance into next season and he has every chance at finishing in the top five amongst midfielders if he can play in all 38 matches next season. It's worth noting his three-match ban was reduced to one match and he'll be available to start the season in gameweek 1.
May 25 - 4:09 PM

Eden Hazard finished the Premier League season as the highest scoring midfielder in the Yahoo! fantasy game.

Hazard was spectacular the entire season, playing in every single match. He was expensive for most of the year but was well worth his price week in and week out. On top of 14 goals and 9 assists, Hazard won 113 fouls and had 33 shots on target, leading his way to 439 fantasy points on the season. The Belgian midfielder will be a top three fantasy pick next year in almost any format.
May 25 - 3:34 PM




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