United hope Martial’s goal against Stoke will inspire him more
Ioverheard this week that Manchester United coaching staff were relieved when Anthony Martial came off the bench and scored last Sunday against Stoke. I am told they had been very worried about the mental state of the French international. He split earlier this year from Samantha, the mother of his 15-month-old daughter Peyton. Following that, Samantha made several accusations against Anthony and he is known to have taken it very hard and it certainly affected his form in the Euros this summer. Both staff and manager are hoping that the Stoke goal will give him the springboard he needs to recapture the form we know he is capable of and put his worries behind him.
FABREGAS ON THE MOVE
Calling in at Chelsea this week, I found out that Antonio Conte is ready to listen to approaches for midfielder Cesc Fabregas. He has a £30million release clause in his contract but this has not put off two clubs; West Ham and Inter Milan.
The 29-year-old has yet to start a match under Conte and is clearly not a favourite, being brought on late in most games and is used sparingly. Not the sort of treatment the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star is used to and he has been expressing his frustration lately. Fabregas is currently on nearly £160,000-a-week salary and would release more funds for Chelsea when the transfer window opens after Christmas.
One player who will not be leaving Chelsea now is John Obi Mikel, who was expected to leave after spending much time on the bench. However, Antonio Conte and the Nigerian star have had heart-to-heart talks and the player has been told that Conte is planning a central role with the option to move forward and and that he should wait patiently and it will all work out for him. Mikel has only a year left on his contract and could then leave for free. However, Chelsea are determined to hold on to him.
CASH IN THE BANK
Arsenal fans can will be happy to know that if Arsene Wenger needs more expensive players, there is plenty of cash in the bank. Arsenal have revealed that they have £226.5million in their account which is more than Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich combined! But they still trail Manchester United, who have £229million and that is after paying out a world record for Paul Pogba!
LIVERPOOL FANS PLEASED
Jurgen Klopp is approaching his first year anniversary at Liverpool. But the charismatic German won’t be celebrating—even with a drink. But one thing he will recognise, because backroom staff and fans all tell him, is that he has given supporters back their enjoyment and their passion. Many had stopped looking forward to coming to Anfield under previous manager Brendan Rogers and the team was underperforming and were often very poor. But now the resurgent team is challenging for the top spots in the Premier League and everyone connected with the club is upbeat. But Klopp admits that the hard work is only beginning to maintain their impressive start to the season.
BARKLEY TO IMPROVE
One of the big talking points around Everton these days is Ross Barkley. Like Wayne Rooney, Stephen Gerrard and Robbie Fowler, he grew up in Liverpool kicking a ball around the streets and learning his skills. But whereas those three players went on to be the best, Ross has been underperforming for quite some time.