Player News - Fulham

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Man City confirm the signing of their third Englishman in a week, 18-year-old Fulham midfielder Patrick Roberts…

City’s injection of homegrown youth continues at a pace. In midfield, anyway. Following on from the £49 million capture of Raheem Sterling and the on-off-on again £8m deal for Fabian Delph, City have confirmed the signing of Fulham’s Patrick Roberts. The England youth international made 17 appearances in the Championship last season and is no stranger to the Etihad, making his debut there in 2014. Roberts is an attacking midfield player who can operate behind the main striker and has also featured wide on the right. The fee is thought to be in the region of £12m and Roberts is expected to be loaned out straight away.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 19 - 6:22 AM

Clint Dempsey scored a brace as the US beat a physical Honduras team in their Group A opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

It was a brutal match featuring a lot of high pressure defense and hard fouls in both directions. The US were on the receiving end of the physical play early and it was against the run of play that Dempsey scored his first goal from scramble after a Michael Bradley corner kick. Jozy Altidore claimed a loose ball in the box and the rebound from his shot found it's way to Dempsey who reacted quickly to head it in. The second goal was cleaner with Dempsey virtually unmarked on the end of a Bradley free kick in the 64th minute. Five minutes later Honduras pulled back a goal through substitute Carlos Discua but the US held on for the victory in Frisco, TX.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 8 - 9:25 AM

Clint Dempsey, playing despite being suspended in MLS, scored a penalty as the US routed Guatemala 4-0 in their last tune-up before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The US has been scoring freely regardless of the opponent with an emphasis on late goals and the same was true again in this friendly. After scoring late goals to be Holland and Germany in friendlies the US turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 romp. It could have been more as Jozy Altidore missed an 18th minute penalty just before Carlos Castrillo scored an own goal to open the scoring for the USA. Slumping defender Timothy Chandler and San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski joined Dempsey on the score sheet. Next up for the US is Honduras at 9:30 PM Eastern in Frisco, TX on July 7 for their Gold Cup group stage opener.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 4 - 2:21 PM

Jazz Richards has moved from the Liberty Stadium to Craven Cottage as Fulham look to strengthen for another run at promotion to the Premier League.

Richards has been a frequent loanee over the past three seasons having been in the Championship with Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and then Fulham last season. During that time he has started only seven Premier League matches. With the player reaching 24-years-old, Swansea have clearly decided that his ceiling is as a Championship player and made a move to put the player in a position to succeed at that level permanently while freeing up a roster spot.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 2 - 10:41 AM

Norwich City have enquired about Swansea right-back Jazz Richards who might be surplus to requirements at the Liberty…

The 24-year-old Richards looks to be third in the pecking order at Swansea, following the arrival of Kyle Naughton from Tottenham to challenge incumbent right-back Angel Rangel. The Welsh international spent a successful season on loan at Fulham and was outstanding for Wales in the recent win over Belgium. A performance that has put several PL clubs on alert, with Norwich leading the way. Steven Whittaker was almost ever present in the role last season but has no PL experience and Richards would provide much needed strength in depth for the new boys. At 6ft 1ins he can also fill-in at centre-back and finished the season in that role for Swansea. Richards has two years remaining on his contract so would command a fee, likely to be in the region of £2-3 million.
Jun 25 - 5:27 AM

Manchester City, desperate to up their total of home grown players, are rumored to be chasing Fulham starlet Patrick Roberts with a fee of £10m mooted.

Roberts is all about potential at this point. At 18-years-old, the Cottager made 2 starts and fifteen substitute appearances last season in the Championship. He is tipped for bigger things but one wonders what will happen to his development wasting away in the City youth and reserve sides to fill out the home grown numbers. It must be nice to have £10m to spend on a player who isn't likely to contribute for at least a few years. When he eventually does get around to playing at City (or, more likely, elsewhere on loan) he plays on the right wing or off of a target forward.
Jun 18 - 10:54 AM

Jazz Richards looks to be nailed on for Swansea City but is listed as a midfielder in the Yahoo game despite being used as a full back.

Richards has started the previous two matches and costs below 5m in the Yahoo game but unfortunately will not give you any clean sheet points as a midfielder. He did however show he can be fantasy relevant as he grabbed an assist in the Swans' loss to Manchester City over the weekend. It may be a tall task to expect a clean sheet at Sehurst Park anyway as Crystal Palace have proven to be extremely difficult to stop from scoring.
May 19 - 11:35 AM

Greece Starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas, Samaris.

Konstantinos Mitroglou is out of the starting lineup once again as Greece face off against Costa Rica in the round of 16. Greece got through to the round of 16 through a late penalty in added time against the Ivory Coast. They play a defensive style that relies on the counter attack and will be looking for a 1-0 win.
Source: FIFA
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Iran Starting XI vs Bosnia: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi.

Ashkan Dejagah leads Iran as they try to qualify for the next round. They need to win this game and get help from Argentian as they also need Nigeria to lose.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Greece found lighting in a bottle in the waning seconds of a 1-1 match they had to win when they scored from the spot and are now moving on to the Round of 16 in a 2-1 thriller.

It was veteran Georgios Samaras who stepped up to convert the pen and hand Greece perhaps the biggest moment in their country's history, though the foul that gave them the chance could be argued as undeserved. Still, it is a monumental achievement for their program and though Costa Rica has shown themselves well thus far, they have to feel pretty good about getting them as their Round of 16 opponent. Kostas Mitroglou remained on the bench throughout the match and his chances of starting against Costa Rica look pretty slim.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Greece Starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas.

Konstantinos Mitroglou is once again not in Greece's starting lineup after looking poor in their first match. Mitroglou has had a lot of injury problems as of late and it's unknown if his poor play has been due to injuries or lack of form. Greece is in a must win situation but they also need Japan to lose or tie if they are to have a realistic chance of making it through.
Source: FIFA
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Iran nearly pulled off the bigger upsets in this World Cup, if not the biggest, as they were level with powerhouse Argentina into 2nd half stoppage time, only to be burned by Lionel Messi in a 1-0 loss.

Like seemingly every major underdog thus far in this tournament, Iran found a way to turn a one-sided affair on paper into a knock down drag out war. Much like they did against Nigeria, they put the focus on defending and nearly earned themselves their second straight clean sheet and draw. Make no mistake though, this team is not out just park the bus. When they were on the ball, they managed to create some legitimate chances to score, including a header by Dejagah that the Argentine keeper just barely managed to touch over the bar. Iran are still in the hunt to join Argentina in escaping their group but it will take a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina for it to be possible.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Iran XI: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Reza, Dejagah, Pooladi

One change made from the side that faced Nigeria earlier in the week but Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah keeps his place as Iran faces a much tougher opponent this time around. As we have seen so far this tournament though, expect the unexpected.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Things looked dire for Greece when Kostas Mitroglou was forced off due to injury as well as loosing their captain to a red card but they managed a 0-0 draw against an ineffective Japan.

Greece earn their first ever clean sheet in a World Cup tournament and by doing so keep a shred of hope alive to advance. After an injury-riddled debut half-season with Fulham, Mitroglou furthered his reputation as a man made of glass, leaving the match in the 35th minute. After going down to 10 men, the common strategy would have been to park the bus, but Japan were so ineffective Greece may have enjoyed their best attacking form thus far in the tourney sans a player. Both sides need a win and miraculous help in order to advance now.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 08:00:00 PM

Greece XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Fetfazidis, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis

Kostas Mitroglou gets handed a start here as Greece will need to get at least a draw to have any real chance of advancing. He certainly provides some bulk up top but the bottom line is he needs to find the net for a Greece side who notoriously struggle for goals.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 05:15:00 PM


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