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Injury gives Moses Makasi a chance to show West Ham what he can do

Antoni Sarcevic is out until April for Plymouth Argyle, giving West Ham loanee Moses Makasi a chance to shine.

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West Ham United talent Moses Makasi might be about to get a prolonged experience of regular first-team football. Not with the Hammers, but with his loan club Plymouth Argyle.

The 22-year-old joined the Pilgrims on transfer deadline day but has since had to settle for a place on the bench. Plymouth, who are pushing for promotion in League One, had a settled side which Makasi could not break into.

Yet last weekend Makasi did get his first start. He featured in the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town, and scored on his full Football League debut.

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Matt Crooks of Northampton Town contests the ball with David Fox and Antoni Sarcevic of Plymouth Argle during the Sky Bet League One match between Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town at Home Park on November 21, 2017 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Plymouth confirmed this week that the man keeping him out of the first team, Antoni Sarcevic, has suffered a groin injury. With the playmaker absent until mid-April it seems Makasi is going to get his chance. Plymouth boss Derek Adams stated to the Plymouth Herald:

“He (Makasi) came here from West Ham under-23s for regular football.

“To start with we had been playing well Sarcevic, Ness in that midfield with Fox and it was difficult for him to get in.

“He got his opportunity at Fleetwood and took it.”

For Makasi, it is a chance he must take. At 22 his time at West Ham is running out. The midfielder is still to feature for the Hammers first-team despite impressing with the under-23s.

An all-action midfielder the closest he has come to a West Ham breakthrough was a place on the bench v Burnley on the final day of the 2016-17 season.

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Derek Adams the manager of Plymouth during the Plymouth Argyle Media Access ahead of the Emirates FA Cup 3rd round match against Liverpool at Home Park on January 6, 2017 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Makasi turns 23 in September and West Ham will no doubt have to consider letting him go in the summer if he cannot prove himself. Sarcevic’s injury gives Makasi a chance to string together some regular playing time at a team in good form.

If Makasi can help Plymouth into the League One play-off picture in the weeks to come he will certainly give West Ham food for thought.

If not, then West Ham may decide that Makasi will be better off finding himself a new team in the summer transfer window.

Stoke City

David Moyes’ summer arrival at Stoke City would represent perfect timing

The Scot left the Olympic Stadium a matter of days ago.

Josh Kerr

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Stoke City have parted company with Paul Lambert and for the first time in over 10 years find themselves back playing EFL Championship football.

However, the latest name to be thrown into the fold is Premier League veteran David Moyes, and the move would make perfect sense. Indeed, according to The Sun, Stoke want the Scot to be the man in charge next season.

The 55-year-old left West Ham United just days ago, despite finishing 13th with the Hammers after taking over from the club back in November 2017, when the East London side were 18th in the table.

Both Moyes and Stoke find themselves in a footballing crisis despite long-standing spells in the Premier League.

The two now need to revive themselves if they are to have a future back in England’s top-flight, and a union could be perfect for the Potters to launch a serious promotion push next season.

The Scotsman also has good connections with the club after working with Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes when they were both at Preston.

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Moyes may only just beginning to gather his thoughts after leaving the London Stadium despite leading the Hammers to safety, and Stoke players will most likely be enjoying their holidays rather than thinking about preparing themselves for life in the Championship next season.

The former Manchester United manager was unfortunate to not be given the chance to build on his work in East London, and the treatment of the Scotsman was largely very harsh considering most neutrals would have said he did a good job in difficult circumstances at the club.

Moyes, once again, is looking for a club to take him to the highs that once saw him one of Britain’s finest managers, and a club who is looking for a long-term appointment would be the ideal destination for the former Everton boss.

Stoke have only had three managers in the last 12 years – two of them being this campaign – and with Moyes once a long-term success at Goodison Park could the two parties be coming together at the perfect time?

The stability that the Bet 365 Stadium offers would be attractive for Moyes, and considering the fact he is looking for his 5th club in just four years it could be arged that the Glasgow-born manager needs Stoke just as much as they may need him.

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Celtic’s Kieran Tierney could replace Danny Rose at Tottenham, despite large fee

Celtic have slapped a £30 million price tag on the 20-year-old.

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Kieran Tierney is another emerging star from the Scottish Premier League and his current club Celtic are already preparing for the top English clubs to come swooping this summer.

According to Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers’ side have committed to a £30 million asking price to deflect the advances of the likes of Tottenham, who are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old.

Despite the large fee, Spurs should not be put off making an approach. The young Scotsman would be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose whose departure from North London looks inevitable this summer.

The Lilywhites have reportedly been watching Tierney throughout the season, with his performances for the Hoops impressing.

His displays in the Champions League, despite encountering a challenging group, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, will have impressed Mauricio Pochettino and it this level of talent that could see Spurs swoop for the left-back.

The departure of Danny Rose appears imminent, with the Englishman likely to leave after an 11-year spell with the Lilywhites and his exit will leave Spurs need to ensure they are able to sign a top quality replacement and the Celtic academy prospect could just do that.

At just 20, he is already thriving in his home country winning title after title, and already looks ready for a big-money move to fulfil his outstanding potential. In a Spurs side that relies on the attacking quality of its full-backs, Tierney would fit right in.

However, the player is under contract until 2023 after signing a new six-year deal last season, meaning the Scottish champions are in no rush to sell.

Having said this, an offer from the Premier League and a side capable of reaching the latter stages in Europe would prove difficult to turn down. If Spurs are able to meet Celtic’s asking price, it will be interesting to see if the Hoops would be willing to turn down such a significant fee.

The sale of Rose will most likely be enough to fund Tierney’s move and many Spurs fans will be eager to see their side launch a raid for Celtic’s most promising young talent.

Spurs will not want to break the bank for a Rose replacement. However, if the Lilywhites are to continue progressing under Pochettino then they need to ensure the board match the ambition of the fans by ensuring maximum strength in every position of the pitch.

Tierney has already established himself as one of Britain’s top full-backs and a move to the Premier League could take the Scotland international to the next level in his development.

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Crystal Palace

Ryan Fredericks would be perfect for Crystal Palace if Fulham lose at Wembley

The 25-year-old has earned praise for his performances throughout the season.

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Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks is just days away from the biggest game of his career and yet the 25-year-old is still being linked with a move away from Craven Cottage.

According to the Evening Standard, the 25-year-old has emerged as a target for Crystal Palace as the Englishman reaches the end of his Cottagers contract.

The former Tottenham prospect helped his current side reach the play-off final last week. However, if the Cottagers are to miss out at Wembley then he may be tempted to consider offers from the top-flight.

The full-back is still yet to sign a new deal and after 47 appearances and an impressive seven assists this season, he has quickly has emerged as one of the hottest properties in the EFL Championship.

After making the PFA Championship Team of the Year, Fredericks remains one of Slavisa Jokanovic’s most important players and if they are to fall short at the final hurdle then Crystal Palace would be the perfect destination for the right-back to play in England’s top flight.

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With Joel Ward likely to leave Selhurst Park next month and, despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka performing well since making the jump from the academy, Fredericks could be a long-term addition at full-back. With his contract soon up at Craven Cottage, he could be one of the bargains of the summer window.

Roy Hodgson and his sporting director Dougie Freedman were even in attendance as Fulham beat Derby 2-0 on Monday to set up the showdown with Steve Bruce’s Villa, which will have sparked the former England international’s attention.

Fredericks started his career in north London with Tottenham Hotspur, progressing through the club’s academy system before signing a professional contract in 2010.

However, an exit from the Lilywhites and a number of loan moves left the young full-back frustrated with game time and it was fellow London side Fulham who eventually took a gamble – a risk that has paid dividends ever since.

The versatile defender has one appearance for England’s Under-19 side to his name, and he is eligible to play for Guyana.

Whether Hodgson swoops for Fredericks could be decided on Saturday. The Fulham defender will likely commit his future to Craven Cottage should Fulham win at Wembley, but the Premier League will remain a possibility even if Jokanovic’s side are unsuccessful.

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