World Cup Chat: Round Two

World Cup Chat: Round Two
Sean, Anthony and I are back with our captaincy and budget picks for round two of World Cup Fantasy.
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Huddersfield Town announced the signing of midfielder Juninho Bacuna from Dutch outfit FC Groningen for an undisclosed fee.

Bacuna joins Town on a three-year contract, with the Terriers having the choice for a further season. The 20-year-old, who can operate as an attacking or central midfielder, arrives having made 94 appearances in the Dutch top-flight since his debut in 2014. This past season, he scored three goals and provided five assists across 35 appearances in all competitions. Said manager David Wagner: "I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring Juninho in, especially before we report back as it allows him to have a full pre-season with the team. He’s an exciting midfielder that offers all the aggression of a defensive midfielder and the technical skills and mobility of an offensive midfielder."
Jun 20 - 5:27 PM

Leicester City officially announced the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison in a £22 million move that could rise to £24m with add-ons.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder joins Leicester on a five-year contract and becomes manager Claude Puel's third signing of the summer. Maddison arrives at King Power Stadium after a strong 2017/18 season at Norwich during which he scored 15 goals and tallied 11 assists in all competitions and earned a place in the PFA's Championship Team of the Year. In the England U-21 international, a natural no.10, the Foxes hope to have found the new man to operate in support of Jamie Vardy. Said Maddison: "Leicester just seems like the right fit for me. I’ve got a good feel about the Club and I can’t ignore that, in my head and my heart. I felt like this was the right place for me to be, so I’m delighted and can’t wait to get started."
Jun 20 - 4:35 PM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is at risk of missing the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a "torn muscle" during Iceland’s historic 1-1 draw with Argentina on Saturday.

Assistant coach Helgi Koldvidsson told a news conference on Wednesday that the Burnley winger is rated as a major doubt for the upcoming Group D clash with Nigeria, although a final decision on his availability would not be made until Friday: "It remains a question whether he will be fit but we’ll see on match-day." The update suggests the problem is not too serious and offers some hope that Gudmundsson can still play a part in Russia, however, Iceland may need to reach the last-16 for him to do so. The 27-year-old suffered a similar injury back in April which resulted in him spending a fortnight on the sidelines.
Jun 20 - 9:38 AM

Nordin Amrabat was a surprise starter on Wednesday as Morocco went in search of their first Group B win against European champions Portugal.

The Watford winger fell heavily to the ground [versus Iran] banging his head which appeared to render him unconscious. The incident attracted the attention of the worlds media following the odd-method of treatment administered by the Moroccan medical team which involved spraying water in the face of Amrabat and slapping him around the cheeks. He later spent a night in hospital after team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti – revealed: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion." Their actions prompted FIFA to write a strong letter to the football federation expressing their ‘shock’ at the handling of the situation but they deny any wrongdoing: "We never make a decision that would put a player’s health at risk." FIFA concussion protocol clearly states that players must wait a minimum of six days before a return to competitive play, so just how Amrabat was declared fit is cause for concern.
Jun 20 - 9:10 AM

Dele Alli is rated as a major doubt for England’s second Group G game against Panama on Sunday.

The Tottenham midfielder suffered a thigh injury during the first half of the win over Tunisia, and even though Fabian Delph was readied as his replacement, Alli managed to see out 80 minutes. "Hopefully I am okay," he said post-match. "It's my quad." Meanwhile, the Football Association confirmed that the 22-year-old was sent for a precautionary scan which revealed a "slight thigh strain," and with such a short turnaround between games, Gareth Southgate is not prepared to take any unnecessary risks. That could open the door for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who impressed during his 10-minute cameo. Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford will also come into the manager’s thinking having helped change the course of Monday’s game. The Manchester United attacker replaced a disappointing Raheem Sterling, who faded badly in the second half, and he looks poised for a starting berthing against the team ranked at 55 in the world by FIFA.
Jun 20 - 7:02 AM

Toulouse defender Issa Diop completed a club-record move to West Ham as Manuel Pellegrini's second signing.

The 21-year-old joins the Hammers in a £21.9 million move on a five-year contract despite interest from Marseille and Sevilla among other clubs. Said the center-back: "I am very happy to sign for such a historic English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we've seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy." Pellegrini has made defense a focal point of his squad with all three signings so far fortifying the club's leaky defense with Fulham full-back Ryan Fredericks and Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also joining the side.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 20 - 5:54 AM

West Ham officially announced the signing of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City in a £7 million move.

The goalkeeper arrives in East London on a three-year contract and looks to be the bona fide No. 1 with Joe Hart set to return to Manchester City from his loan and amid Adrian's struggles for the side in recent years. Over the past four seasons, Fabianski has only missed three Premier League matches for recently relegated Swansea City, where he established himself into one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the league. Said the Polish international: "West Ham is a massive club so I’m really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here. I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can’t wait to start this new chapter of my career."
Jun 20 - 5:49 AM

Jack Wilshere announced his imminent departure from Arsenal via Instagram today.

While the Arsenal youth product didn't make any announcement about where he will play next season, he did say where he wouldn't be playing...at Arsenal. With Lucas Torriera set to be announced as soon as Uruguay is finished with their World Cup run, Wilshere has decided to move on. He has been linked with a variety of clubs in the Premier League and abroad. Stay tuned.
Source: Espn.com
Jun 19 - 7:06 PM
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