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Stoke forward had a busy day as he scored the goal that pulled Stoke even and was then shown a red card for a high tackle on Alex Tettey.

Jon Walters scored from the spot to spoil Arsenal's trip to the Potteries last weekend and he scored from the same place to take two points away from Norwich City at Carrow Road in Week 29 as well. Not long after his critical goal, Walters went in late and high on a tackle on Alex Tettey that saw the Norwich midfielder taken off and Walters shown the way to the locker room. The match ended 1-1 which leaves both clubs hovering near the relegation zone.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Southampton have struggled for goals this season, especially after Charlie Auston's long term shoulder injury.

The ire of many fantasy managers and fans has fallen on both Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez for failing to notch up more than five goals between them in 20 hours of football this season. However, the criticism can be perceived to be a tad unfair when you consider the heavy rotation that manager Claude Puel uses, which means neither striker is given a chance to gain momentum. JRod has started consecutive games once, after his Bournemouth brace he started against Spurs 10 days later. After failing to score against the league's best defence, he was benched. Long started consecutive games twice early in the season, but when he got his only league goal of the season against West Brom he was rewarded with being dropped. Puel fails to let his strikers build confidence that is crucial for goalscoring strikers, as well as for building chemistry with ball providers in midfield.
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Claude Puel is coming under increasing fire for his team selections since taking the job at St Mary's in the summer.

Puel has made a staggering 179 changes to his starting XI in his 31 games in charge this term. That works out at an average of six per game. While competing on four fronts, Puel has never once named the same team in consecutive matches. The lack of consistency has seen his team struggle for form all season, recently culminating in a disastrous run of four losses in a row. Now, if the Saints triumph over Norwich in their FA Cup replay in midweek, they face five matches in a fortnight. The five games contain a crucial league cup semi-final second leg and must-win league games to stop the rot there. However, Puel's extreme rotation policy means that any momentum gained through a win will be discarded in favour of fresh legs during the period which is bound to frustrate players and fans alike even more.
Jan 18 - 9:12 AM

Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is set to join Championship side Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season.

McGregor, 34, is currently viewed as third choice for the starting XI slot between the sticks at present, behind Jakupovic and Marshall. McGregor arrived at the club in 2013 for £1.5 million, and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Tigers. However, he lost his starting place in the team in May last season as Hull pushed for promotion to the Premier League after picking up a back injury which eventually required surgery and six months on the sidelines. Cardiff, managed by Neil Warnock, have only two clean sheets in 14 matches since October when Warnock took charge. The veteran manager said he expects to announce the signing of a PL goalkeeper on Thursday, which is widely believed to be Hull's Scotsman.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 17 - 11:31 PM

Eldin Jakupovic appears to be new Hull manager Marco Silva's first choice goalkeeper.

There was little surprise when Jakupovic was selected by Silva for his first two games in charge in cup games, first in the FA Cup against Swansea and days later against Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final. However, Jakupovic's start in the Premier League against Bournemouth last weekend signals that he is Silva's first choice 'keeper. Summer signing David Marshall has had a torrid time since he arrived at the club, failing to keep a single clean sheet in 21 appearances and conceding an average of 2.47 goals per game.
Jan 17 - 11:37 PM

Hull City have loaned out striker Johan ter Horst to National League side York City.

Ter Horst signed for the Tigers back in the summer of 2014, signing a 3 year contract which expires in the summer. The 21 year old, who arrived after a prolific season for Folkstone Invicta in the Ryman League where he scored 26 goals in the season, has been featuring for Hull's under-23 side for whom he netted in his past 2 games. Ter Horst has not made an appearance for Hull's senior side.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:43 PM

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a £10 million bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore.

Pulis is in the market for a midfielder with a defensive mentality, having unsuccessfully pursued Morgan Schneiderlin already in this winter transfer window. Livermore was signed by Hull in 2014 from Spurs and has a single cap for England. He started last Saturday's victory against Bournemouth on the bench with Ryan Mason and Tom Huddlestone both being favoured by new boss Marco Silva.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:50 PM

Sheffield United have signed Manchester United's young full-back Joe Riley on loan until the end of the season.

The Blades, who currently sit at the summit of the League One table, had been chasing the 20 year old for a number of weeks but were forced to patiently wait for him to recover from a hamstring problem before swooping in for the youngster. Riley made two appearances for United's senior team last season. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town and started in the 5-1 victory over Midtjylland in the Europa League after Chris Smalling pulled up injured.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 11:56 PM

Manchester United have triggered a clause in the contract of right-back Antonio Valencia to extend his contract until the summer of 2018.

Valencia's contract was due to expire in the summer. Valencia, who is now 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan back in 2009 as a winger. He has since been converted to a wing-back by Louis Van Gaal after being introduced to the role by Alex Ferguson. Valencia has been a stalwart for Jose Mourinho since arriving at the club, figuring 26 times for the side. That total is only exceeded by key men Ibra, De Gea and Pogba.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:01 AM

Southampton are rumoured to be tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's Julian Korb as a potential signing.

The 24 year old is primarily a right-back, who could act as able cover for Cedric as summer signing Pied has been ruled out for the season. His versatility will also appeal to Claude Puel, as he can play as a centre-back. Korb has not been essential for Borussia this term, only starting 12 matches. The Saints are also rumoured to face competition from West Ham to land the signature of the German.
Source: HITC Sport
Jan 18 - 12:08 AM

Birmingham City is rumored to have launched a £1 million bid to sign out-of-favor Middlesbrough defender Emilio Nsue.

According to multiple media outlets Birmingham City have made an initial approach to Middlesbrough for Nsue, with the Blues rumored to be leading the chase says ESPN FC. Nsue joined Middlesbrough in the summer of 2014 and was a core member for Aitor Karanka during last season's promotion-winning campaign. However, he has managed just four Premier League appearances this season and hasn't played since Middlesbrough's in 3-1 defeat at Everton on September 17. Nsue, whose contract at the Riverside Stadium is set to expire this summer, has also been subject to interest from Derby County and Cardiff City.
Source: ESPN FC
Jan 18 - 4:03 AM

Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham has rejected an improved second bid from Ligue 1 side Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet.

Payet is keen to leave West Ham and return to Marseille because of family reasons. However, West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan is not willing to consider an offer for less than £30m after the club rejected a £19.1m for the French star from Marseille last week. Payet, who is refusing to play for the club, is not training with the first-team and will continue to work with the Under-23s while his future is sorted out.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 18 - 5:50 AM





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