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Ross Barkley joined wrong London club, he should be at Tottenham Hotspur

The 24-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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In January Ross Barkley made his long-awaited move away from Everton. The attacking midfielder headed to Chelsea in a deal worth around £15 million, with just six months remaining on his Everton contract. It brought to an end what was a once promising career at Goodison Park for Barkley, which had swiftly become disappointing.

What is fair to say is that Barkley has not enjoyed a dream start to life at Stamford Bridge. He has struggled to play first-team football, and, when he has, has not shown the best form.

What is becoming evidently clear, is that Barkley joined the wrong London club. Instead of Chelsea, the 24-year-old should be at Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs’ interest in Barkley was always well known. But when he made the move to Chelsea, Spurs came out and made it clear they were not pursuing the player. As reported by the London Evening Standard, Spurs decided they might be able to procure better targets in the summer.  

Whether that is to be believed or not, at one point in time Mauricio Pochettino wanted to bring Barkley to North London. That move would have been perfect for the player. Pochettino has worked wonders with young players ever since arriving in England.

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He turned several of Southampton’s players into international stars. He has since done the same at Spurs, with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli now potentially classed as world-class performers.

When it comes to nurturing talent, there are not many better than the Argentine. When it comes to natural talent, there are not many better than Barkley.

But attitude and application have always been his main problem. At Tottenham, under Pochettino, that may not have been the case.

A lot regarding the future of Barkley depends on who is in charge at Chelsea next season. Somehow, if Antonio Conte remains the boss, it is hard to see him enjoying any more productive a season at the Bridge.

The fact is, Barkley should have pushed for a Tottenham move when he had the chance. It is the only place he should have gone after Everton but now, he risks wasting his excellent pedigree as a squad player with Chelsea.

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  1. Scaley

    June 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    As an everton fan you should know how long he was out injured and the fact he arrived at chelsea injured, and had minor other injuries which were part of the original injury, given the time he arrived and the time it has taken to recover and then how long it takes to regain full fitness never mind match fitness how could you expect him to make an impression let alone push for a starting place, saying that would he have made a remarkable recovery had he gone to spurs? and who would spurs have dropped to fit him in? Eriksson? Dembele? Had he been fit which he never was, what was your point again.

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Crystal Palace’s hopes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek return boosted after latest comments

The midfielder is unlikely to get what he’s after at his parent club.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has boosted Crystal Palace‘s hopes of securing his services for another season, after claiming he will only remain with Chelsea this summer if guaranteed a regular first-team spot at Stamford Bridge next season, in quotes via Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park after making just 31 appearances for Chelsea since his debut in 2014, and his immense talents have earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this World Cup.

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“I want to play as much as I can,” revealed Loftus-Cheek. “Even this past season just gone, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked because of injuries. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.”

Loftus-Cheek made 25 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s outfit last term, and is still unhappy with the amount of minutes he managed, so it’s pretty safe to assume Chelsea – given the disastrous domestic season they’ve just had – won’t be bettering his previous return, or be prioritising taking chances on academy products next season.

And Palace will be keen to offer the stylish midfielder a deal to extend his stay with the former England manager, where, if available, he will continue to be considered one of the first names on the team-sheet.

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Palace are likely to face competition from rival clubs though, as Loftus-Cheek is emerging as a star on the biggest stage of all in Russia; having flourished in his brief cameo against Tunisia. And he’s now considered likely to start against Panama, with Dele Alli nursing a slight injury.

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Aston Villa could reportedly owe John Terry £560,000 in wages

The owner may have to sell shares in the club.

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Aston Villa’s financial mess looks likely to continue, as the cash-strapped club could now owe captain John Terry a whopping £560,000 in wages, unless he transfers to a different club this summer, according to reports from the Times.

Villa are said to have reached an agreement with HMRC to postpone a payment of £4 million last week, but a further payment is expected this week and the club owner Tony Xia may have to go as far as to sell shares in the club to ensure all debts are paid.

The ex-Chelsea legend announced his impending departure from the midlands club last month, after they failed to secure Premier League promotion in the play-offs and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the month. But he is said to be entitled to a further month’s pay.

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His weekly-wage packet was said to be worth £70,000 at Villa Park, meaning the overdue payments from the last two-months add up to over half-a-million for the 37-year-old defender. However, the outstanding July payment will only stand if Terry retires or remains a free-agent, meaning Villa will be keen to land him a new club.

Villa reportedly need £40 million in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations (Birmingham Mail), after gambling that they would gain promotion to the Premier League this season.

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England must start Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after Panama reveal tactics

England must opt for creativity after the Panama captain’s comments

Jamie Watts

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Panama have revealed plans stifle England with a physical approach in their upcoming clash on Sunday, in quotes from captain Roman Torres on the Telegraph, and Gareth Southgate should ensure the Three Lions’ approach is suited to the style of opponent.

The Central Americans were beaten 3-0 by a star-studded Belgium outfit on Monday in their World Cup debut, meaning a win against England is pivotal in ensuring they remain in the competition beyond the group stages. And England will have a tough task taking the lion’s share of points on the day.

“England are a bit more direct than Belgium. They try to make use of the pace they have. We’ll need to be compact and limit their space,” revealed Torres told the Telegraph.

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And as a result England must employ the right tactics. Creativity and bravery will be key, as they will undoubtedly have the majority of possession, and Southgate will want to make it count. Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added instant impetus to a languid outfit, after coming on late against Tunisia.

The team’s performance became full of purpose and directness in the last 20 minutes, with both taking the responsibility of carrying the ball forward and creating, and from that arrived the corner and subsequent winner from Harry Kane.

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The end product from the likes of Rashford was missing in the opening stages of the game also, as team-mate Jesse Lingard squandered a number of key opportunities to put the game to bed early, and Southgate will not want a repeat this time around.

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