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EPL 10 countdown: Hazard, Lukaku, Mane: who tops as best player in match day 4?



Eden Hazard

10. Danny Ings, Southampton

Liverpool outcast, Danny Ings is in top form as he gave his team the lead that saw them get their first 3 points of the campaign. Having the mindset of playing against the Eagles at home would make one dreaded.

Ings showed how well his form could break the Eagles as he netted his third goal of the season.

9. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham.

Newcastle United will be worried they had to let the Serbian striker go, his confidence in front of goal is increasing.

He joined Mané in first position. Mitrovic has really made a home in Craven Cottage. Although he put his team in the lead against Brighton, yet he returned the favour by handing the ball in the penalty area which brought the game level.

8. Joe Gomez, Liverpool.

Joe Gomez certainly did Alisson a favour when sliding in and blocking James Maddison’s shot just in time after Virgil van Dijk was beaten.

Gomez had a couple of key clearances towards the end of the match when Leicester City pressed for an equalizer and seems to thrive on being looked upon as the man to place Lovren on the bench when the Croatian player returns.

7. Pedro, Chelsea.

Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro appears to look like a new wine in the early hours of his life under Sarri. The Blues were still looking for the smallest gap in Bournemouth’s defense. They tried all they could but it was likely that the visitors were satisfied with settling with a point. Sarri had to look for a way out and he called upon the man who knows has an eye towards goal . The goal poacher eventually scored after coming in to replace Willian. Pedro has given Sarri sign which appears that he would definitely start next match to continue his goal scoring form.

6. Sadio Mané, Liverpool.

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Mane showed how consistent he could be in Reds shirt. His successive goals made him the highest goal scorer based on conversion rate. 4 in 4? That shows he still got more goals in him.

When the reds are pressing high, Mane always try to maintain that tempo. While they pressed Leicester City at the King power stadium. It didn’t take much time for the club’s No.10 to register his name on the score sheet. It now appears that the Senegalese captain may be Klopp’s favourite ahead of Mo Salah this season.

5. Kyle Walker, Manchester City 

Walker was impressive last week against Benitez’s side. He is hardly off in any game. He could be nicknamed a two-in-one player as his pace scares oppositions as much as he takes their breaths away. Newcastle thought they were getting close to earning a point at Etihad.

Well, not against the defending champions. Then came in a bullet shot from the aggressive defender which led to the crescendo of noise from the crowd. Uuuuf! What a goal.

4. Glenn Murray, Brighton 

Brighton’s best player last season was at it again. Gross missed a penalty in the first half which would have put his team in front before Andre Shurrle gave the visitors the lead.

Mitrovic extended the lead to shut the mouths of the crowd. But Murray made his mark by scoring a brace to bring his team level.

3. Eden Hazard, Chelsea.


Manchester City and Liverpool may take the headlines as the most feared club this season, but individually, Hazard has singled out himself to be the most feared player.

He dictates the game in a fashionable way, leaving Jorginho to reduce his directives of maintaining possession.

The Belgian captain was found on the left most often, and it appears that it is around that region Chelsea’s strength lies. They have created more chances through the left flank. Kudos to Hazard as he scored his second goal of the campaign against Bournemouth.

2. Troy Deeney, Watford
There were two captains on the pitch but only one took the attention of the crowd.

Deeney was an inspiration to his team and he used his power and strength to great effect against the Tottenham defense.

While Watford were behind, the fans were still in great believe, hoping they would come back. Yes, they eventually did as Deeney headed home the equalizer before they got the much needed 3 points that kept them in 100 per cent record so far.

The captain led Watford to their best start of the season.

1. Romelu Lukaku , Manchester United.

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Jose Mourinho’s fans had lost faith in him, after losing at home in a game that would have seen them ahead with atleast 2nil in the first half but Lukaku missed a dreadful untimely pass by Danny Rose. However, the Belgian No.9 put his team in front against a highly defensive Burnley. He was indefatigable throughout before getting a brace to secure the three points for the Red Devils

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Why Gary Cahill’s career at Chelsea might have come to an end

Timothy Aiyeku



Gary Cahill

There are fears that the time of England international Gary Cahill at the English Premier League outfit Chelsea is finally winding down.

The legendary player was snubbed when the West London outfit faced Malmo in the Europa League clash where Chelsea secured a 2-1 win in the game.

Gary Cahill has been out of favour at the Stamford Bridge but it was expected that he be handed a playing time in the European League game but that did not happen and the player was stunned.

The Telegraph reports that Gary Cahill is disappointed at the snub by the Italian boss with claims that he is being made to feel like a ghost in the team.

It has been revealed that Gary Cahill has not been having a talking relationship with the former Napoli coach and that hints that his contract with the club will wind down without being renewed.

Gary Cahill has a six months deal remaining at the Stamford Bridge and there is no indication that he would be handed a new deal with no talks on the table.

However, it is expected that the former Bolton defender finds his way out of the club at the end of the season with a number of interests already on the table.

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Star striker speaks on move to Chelsea

Timothy Aiyeku



Luka Jovic

German Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has spoken on the interest in his signature from English Premier League outfit Chelsea ahead of the coming summer window.

The star striker has been linked with a number of big money moves with expectations that he would leave the Bundesliga outfit ion the last winter window.

The likes of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona have been linked with a move for Luka Jovic as a result of his impressive performance so far this season.

However, Luka Jovic has confessed to have received a bid from the West London outfit, stressing that it is a pride for him to be linked with such a great European club.

He, therefore, noted that he is happy with his Bundesliga side and will be hoping to concentrate on his play at the club so as to continue his progress.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has identified Luka Jovic as a player who could replace Olivier Giroud who is also linked with a move away from the club in the coming summer window.

The West London outfit lacked a cutting edge in their attack at the beginning of the season which is the reason why the decision was made to bring in Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.

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Chelsea to break Madrid’s heart with big decision

Timothy Aiyeku



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There are fears that Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid might experience one of the biggest disappointments as they might not secure their dream move for Belgium international Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from the West London outfit after failing to sign a contract extension with the club with claims that e might be heading to the Spanish capital.

A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Eden Hazard with French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain and Spanish side Barcelona seeking to secure his signature.

The West London outfit are reported to have tabled a £100 million asking price for the star player but that seems not to be accepted by the Spanish side with latest reports claiming that Real Madrid are only willing to pay £30 million for the star player plus Mateo Kovacic.

This is reported to have angered Chelsea and they are now willing to end the deal with the Spanish side as they will not take anything lower than £80 million for Eden Hazard.

However, the development will hand big hope to PSG and Barcelona to land the star player should Real Madrid fail to agree on a deal with the West Londoners.

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What Sarri asked us in clear-the-air talks, David Luiz

Timothy Aiyeku



david luiz

English Premier League outfit Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed the simple questions manager Maurizio Sarri asked the players when they met in clear-the-air talks in order to ensure the team are on the same page after returning to winning ways.

The West London outfit returning to winning ways when they secured a 2-1 win against Mal mo in the Europa League after suffering a 6-0 humiliation against Manchester City in the Premier League.

It was revealed that manager Maurizio Sarri held talks with the players in order to have them return to winning ways by calming nerves.

However, the Brazilian international has revealed that the Italian boss asked the players if they actually believe in what he is trying to implement at the club or not.

There are indications that the former Napoli boss got a positive answer with claims by the former PSG defender that the Blues players are behind their manager.

David Luiz stated that the development is a part of the process of returning back to winning ways and giving a better performance in consequent games.

However, Sarri’s job has been linked away with speculations that he would be shown the way pot should the club fail to hand a better performance in subsequent games.

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Zola tells Callum Hudson-Odoi what to do as regards his future

Timothy Aiyeku



Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has given major advice to the club’s youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi on what to do as regards his future at the club.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly keen to leave the West London outfit as he is unable to secure a regular playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.

German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich are reported to be seeking for the signature of Callum Hudson-Odoi and have made an attempt on three occasions but they have been rejected by the Blues with suggestions that it has unsettled the player.

However, Zola has advised Callum Hudson-Odoi not to rush out of the Stamford Bridge but should remain patient and wait for his time.

Admitting that he might not have been playing time at the moment; Zola is of the opinion that Callum Hudson-Odoi will soon have his own time, noting that he is still young and have enough time.

He urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to keep working hard and not be carried away by the quality players in the team.

Meanwhile, the West London outfit have been able to affirm that Callum Hudson-Odoi is a major part of the team’s future and will not have him leave for anything.

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Man Utd, Chelsea Do Battle For Midfield Duo

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Ivan Rakitic

Manchester United and Chelsea will take their rivalry to the summer transfer window when both clubs fight for the right to sign two talented midfielders.

The two clubs already have an established rivalry on the field of play with both sides scheduled to face off in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge at the weekend before playing each other again in their second meeting of this Premier League season billed for Old Trafford later this year.

Their one and only meeting this season ended in a 2-2 draw in a Premier League game played earlier this season.

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing the midfield duo of Ivan Rakitic and Joao Felix ahead of the summer’s transfer window.

Barcelona midfielder Rakitic is in the middle of a contract standoff with the Catalans.

The 30-year-old is furious after his request for a pay rise was turned down.

Spanish media platform Sport claim that both Manchester United and Chelsea have enquired about his transfer availability with the view of signing him for £57m.

The two Premier League clubs are amongst the plethora of European teams keen on Benfica whizkid Joao Felix.

Other interested parties include Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Juventus.

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Eden Hazard tables own personal terms, will Madrid accepts

Timothy Aiyeku



Eden Hazard

The emerging report claims that Belgium international Eden Hazard has given his potential club Real Madrid his personal terms before he can accept to seal a deal with the club.

It is understood that the star player will be leaving the West London outfit Chelsea at the end of the season after he refused to sign a deal to extend his stay at the club.

He has openly confessed his love for the La Liga outfit and that is the major but that does not mean he will not give them his own terms that must be met before sealing the deal.

However, it is reported that Eden Hazard has demanded £15 million as his signing fee that must be paid by Real Madrid while he is requesting for £17 million net in wages annually to make him the highest paid player at the club.

It is therefore not clear if Real Madrid will hand him his request but there are suggestions that the Spanish outfit are already considering the offer and hope to return with feedback soon.

Meanwhile, there are speculations that Eden Hazard will have a change of mind on his transfer to Real Madrid should Zinedine Zidane joins Chelsea as speculated.

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Chelsea to lose Nigerian sensation on permanent transfer

Timothy Aiyeku



Ola Aina

Chelsea could finally part ways with Nigerian international and young full-back Ola Aina as Serie A outfit Torino are pushing to have him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Ola Aina is currently having a long-season loan with the Italian outfit but they seem to be enjoying his service and seek to land him in the coming summer window.

It is understood that the Serie A outfit have an option in the loan deal to sign the Nigerian international on a permanent deal for a fee of £9 million which they are ready to pay.

Ola Aina was made to leave the West London outfit as it is obvious that he could not beat the competition in the team to secure regular playing time but he is being tipped by the club to become a world class player which is why he as handed the opportunity to secure more playing time away.

He has therefore been impressive for Torino, scoring his first goal for the club on Sunday in their 1-0 win against Udinese.

It is therefore not sure if the West London outfit will sanction a move for Ola Aina on a permanent deal as they could have need for him in the future.

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How big Chelsea decision can force shock twist in Hazard transfer

Timothy Aiyeku



Eden Hazard

There are suggestions that there could be a twist in the transfer deal of Belgium international Eden Hazard if the West London outfit Chelsea decide to make a decision as regards manager Maurizio Sarri.

It is understood that Eden Hazard has already made up his mind top join quit the West London outfit to the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid after confessing his love for the club.

However, that could change if the Italian boss is sacked at the Stamford Bridge and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is brought in immediately.

The future of the former Napoli boss has been under doubt with suggestions that he could be sacked after seeing his side humiliated by 6-0 against Man City in the Premier League clash.

The former Real Madrid boss has been rumoured to be wanted at the Stamford Bridge after reports claim that the Blues chiefs have already held a discussion on how to go about it.

It is understood that Eden Hazard is a big fan of the former World Best Footballer and could have a change of mind to play under him at the Stamford Bridge should the Blues owner Abramovich land him before the end of the season.

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Chelsea submit bid to replace next out-going player

Timothy Aiyeku



Olivier Giroud

It is suggested that French international Olivier Giroud will be the next name to leave the English Premier League outfit Chelsea in the coming summer window after failing to deliver goals at the club.

The West London outfit have been without cutting edge which is the reason why Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was made to leave the club on a loan deal until the end of the season but there are indications that he would not return with the Blues already making effort to make the loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain permanent.

However, it is claimed that the Blues have already submitted a bid for 21-year-old Luka Jovic to German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt to have him replace the former Arsenal striker who could be leaving the club soon.

Luka Jovic is a Benfica player but currently having his loan spell with the Bundesliga outfit but that he might not have the opportunity to return back to the Portuguese club with the level of interest lined up for him.

Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also monitoring the situation with Luka Jovic as they hope to land him to bolster their attack.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been advised by former player Michael Owen to look out for more additions in the attack.

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