Toady in the Premier League
Tuesday 08 January 2008
Defender Kolo Tour has praised the finishing prowess of Eduardo da Silva, following the Croatian's opening goal during the 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday. "His composure is outstanding when he is in front of goal," the Ivory Coast international said. "It seems every time he gets a chance he scores."
Manager Martin O'Neill has expressed his reluctance to let any fringe players leave Villa Park during the transfer window. O'Neill is currently working with the smallest squad in the Premier League. "I would prefer not to lose any players already here if that is at all possible," he said.
The chairman David Gold has expressed his disappointment at Fabio Capello's appointment as England manager, asking Fifa to make footballing nations choose home-grown coaches. "I understand all the reasons," Gold said. "However, it doesn't make it right."
Levski Sofia owner Todor Batkov has claimed Rovers are close to signing striker Valeri Domovchiyski. The player was thought to have joined the club on a trial period, but Batkov says the Bulgarian was there "to better acquaint himself with the club and negotiate his personal conditions."
Manager Gary Megson has defended his decision to rest several first-choice players for the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday. Megson gave fringe players the opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the starting line-up. "The dis-appointment is that a number of players did not take the chance given to them," he said.
England international Joe Cole has followed manager Avram Grant in criticising the Blues supporters who have aimed abusive chants at the team. "We took 10 points out of 12 over Christmas in a difficult period, with a lot of injuries," the midfielder said. "Fans have always got their opinions. The main thing is we get the results."
Paul Jewell hopes new signing Emanuel Villa will be a sucess at Pride Park. "Maybe we'll have another (Pascal) Chimbonda on our hands," the manager said. "When I signed him for Wigan, everybody said "who?". Let's hope we're as successful with Emanuel as we were with Chimbonda."
Midfielder Manuel Fernandes' loan return to Goodison Park from new club Valencia is in the balance after he was denied permission to leave Spain following his arrest last week for a minor offence. The 21-year-old Portuguese play-maker signed for Valencia last summer in a 12m deal.
Roy Hodgson has made shoring up the Cottager's defence a top priority after conceding a further two goals from set pieces during the 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers last weekend. "We've conceded all four goals while I've been here to set-plays," he said. "We have to do something about that."
The club is to combine with neighbours Everton to restore the grave of the Reverend Ben Swift Chambers, who played a key role in the foundation of both Merseyside clubs and died in 1901. Chambers' grave was recently rediscovered in the Yorkshire village of Shepley.
Torino club president Urbano Cairo has ruled out a move for Eastlands striker Rolando Bianchi. Torino have scored just 15 goals in their 17 league games this season. "Bianchi will involve extremely complex negotiations," Cairo said. "And we don't want to mislead our fans."
The club has confirmed that Darron Gibson and Fraizer Campbell have extended their loan spells in the Championship. Irish international midfielder Gibson has made 13 appearances for Wolves this season, while Campbell has scored six goals in 13 starts for Hull City.
The defender David Wheater believes the club should be higher than their current position of 15th. "With the players we have we should be at least in the top 10," the 20-year-old said. "We've been giving away silly goals and we haven't been putting our chances away."
The club has announced the signing of defender Ben Tozer on a four-year contract from Swindon Town. "I could not turn the offer down," the 17-year-old said. "Newcastle is a massive club with great fans, it's a lovely place with nice people and I can't wait to get started."
The manager Harry Redknapp said he had found it harder to recruit players following Pompey's impressive first half of the season. "Teams see us as competition now so they don't want to give us their players," he said. "They see us as a team pushing to get a Uefa Cup place."
Manager Steve Coppell has praised the recent performances of Stephen Hunt. The midfielder has scored seven goals this season. "He works so hard," Coppell said. "I think he has the mentality of the old Wimbledon side in that he's got something to prove every time he goes out."
Graham Kavanagh claimed Saturday's home defeat to Wigan was "sickening". "I thought we started all right and looked like we were on top," the Republic of Ireland international said. "But we conceded a terrible goal. We all need to take a long, hard look at ourselves this week."
The England under-21 goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has joined Leicester on loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old has yet to appear for Spurs since moving from Sunderland last January, but featured four times for Luton Town during a loan spell earlier this season.
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The 26-year-old striker Bobby Zamora said he is looking forward to recovering from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined since 28 August. "It has been very frustrating but it is part and parcel of football," Zamora said. "I am jogging and strengthening at the moment, so hopefully I am not too far off joining in full training."
Birmingham midfielder Wilson Palacios is expected to complete a 1m transfer to the JJB Stadium later this week. Manager Steve Bruce brought Palacios to St Andrews on loan at the start of the season while he was manager at the Blues. The Honduran international could be joined by Olimpia team-mate Maynor Figueroa on loan.
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