Revealed! Top five Premier League players of the season so far

first_img 5 5 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “Big players at big clubs usually win the Player of the Year award. I’m not sure he has been the best player in the Premier League but he’s definitely one of them. He’s stood around watching team-mates win a World Cup and two FA Cups for him but Arsenal are now serious title challengers largely due to the German’s form.” Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “For a teenager to arrive from League One and look at home straight away in the Premier League – and the England team – is absolutely stunning. Take a bow, Dele Alli. He’s been a key part of Spurs’ revival this season.” 5 Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “Time after time, game after game, Jack Butland has made stunning saves to bail his Stoke team out. It’s a position on the field which rarely gets a look in when it comes to the top awards but he is a truly brilliant goalkeeper and, for my money, the best in the Premier League, so far this season. It takes something special to put Joe Hart under pressure for his England No.1 jersey and Jack is certainly doing that.” Some people reckon it’s not been a great season in the Premier League, so far.I think it’s been competitive and exciting and while I understand the point people are making about a lack of quality, there are certain individuals who stand out.I’ve picked out five players and named five substitutes too.Click the right arrow above to find out which players Adrian Durham has chosen…Adrian Durham’s substitutes:Odion Ighalo (Watford)Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)Romelu Lukau (Everton)Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)Ross Barkley (Everton) 5 5 Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “How can you ignore the stunning form of Jamie Vardy this season? In a remarkable year for Leicester, his goals have taken them to the top of the table and have earned him a fairly secure place in the England squad. It’s not just the goals though; he gets fans off their seats.” Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – “Factor in the pressure of the price tag after his acrimonious move from Liverpool, as well as the expectation levels, and Raheem Sterling has delivered, even if he’s hated everywhere he goes. Even Leicester City fans were booing him the other night. Injuries to key players like David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero have put the spotlight on Sterling and he’s delivered in the Premier League and in Europe, where he was only one of two Premier League players to feature in UEFA’s team of the Champions League group stage. He’s only just turned 21 and England should be proud.”last_img read more

The centre-back partner Kompany’s been crying out for at City? Transfer rumour

first_img1 Aymeric Laporte in action for Bilbao against Barcelona Football statistics experts WhoScored.com give you the lowdown on a French star playing in Spain who’s linked with a move to Manchester City. For more City stats, check out WhoScored.com.Capital One Cup success for Manchester City on Sunday provided manager Manuel Pellegrini with at least one piece of silverware in his final season at the Etihad Stadium.If it is the last trophy his side wins before he departs for pastures new, then it will see his time at the club come full circle with the Capital One Cup winners’ medal the Chilean’s first in his debut campaign at the City helm.With the Citizens now gearing up for life under Pep Guardiola, movements are supposedly being made behind the scenes to bolster the squad to the Spaniard’s specifications.One of those linked with a move to the club is highly rated Athletic Club centre-back Aymeric Laporte.Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of the French defender, with his impressive performances garnering interest across the continent.A WhoScored.com rating of 6.92 leaves room for improvement, but his performances in the Europa League (7.43) have helped accentuate his ability. At 21 years of age, Laporte has plenty of time to develop his game further, with Guardiola perhaps the ideal manager to help the youngster realise his potential.The soon-to-be-former Bayern boss is credited with helping previous diamond in the rough Jerome Boateng establish himself as one of the better defenders on the continent.Laporte’s performances during his time in the Athletic senior squad suggest he has the ability to become one of the best centre-back’s in Europe, particularly under Guardiola’s guidance.City are a team who favour playing the ball out from the back, with only a handful of teams averaging more possession (55.1%) in the Premier League this season.Furthermore, only Arsenal (541.5) are playing more passes per game than the Citizens (535.2). This possession-based approach will suit a defender of Laporte’s quality, with the player averaging a respectable 47.7 passes per game, highlighting his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘passing’.When taking into account the lacklustre performances and lack of composure of City’s current crop of centre-backs – Vincent Kompany aside – the need for investment at the back is clear.Granted, the rash side of Laporte’s game has reared its head at times this season. No player has conceded more penalties than the youngster (3), while seven yellow cards is a relatively high return for the centre-back.The pros, though, outweigh the cons. Only three players have made interceptions than Laporte (177) in La Liga since the start of last season.Given his age, his reading of the game is way beyond what his tender years suggest should be the case, with the France hopeful more than capable of playing the ball out from the back to instigate attacks from defence.Given the nimble offensive players in the City squad – Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to name three – Laporte’s ability to not only limit opposition attacks but pick out those further forward would come as a bonus to City and Guardiola.If reports are to be believed, City will have to splash the cash in order to convince Athletic to sell Laporte.While they would likely be able to negotiate the price with the Basque side, the Citizens would perhaps be best-suited investing in the defence sooner rather than later given the questionable performances of Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis in particular.Indeed, Laporte boasts the ability to provide the ideal foundations for Guardiola to build his side upon.For more stats on Aymeric Laporte, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

DONEGAL DAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – SNOW TYRES FOR €25!

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM is scouring the county looking for the best deals to save you money.And we think we’ve found you another cracker!Kevin Doherty Motors at Coolboy, just outside Letterkenny, has snow tyres on sale from just €25. That’s a huge saving on some other offers out there. And unlike some outlets, he also has rims for sale….if you don’t have the rims, you can’t fit the snow tyres!To avail of this offer call Kevin Doherty on 086 6000888 and quote ‘Donegal Daily Deal of the Day’.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL DAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – SNOW TYRES FOR €25! was last modified: October 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL DAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – SNOW TYRES FOR €25!last_img read more

AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS…DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES 25 NEW JOBS

first_imgThe Dealer “Free-Ads” Paper today announced the planned creation of 25 jobs nationwide over the next 18 months.These jobs are being created as a result of the successful establishment of its Classified Ads Online Website, TheDealer.ie – officially launched today.The Dealer “Free Ads” Paper was founded in 1996 by Niall Harding and Eileen Laughlin, to satisfy a specialised advertising need in Donegal, currently employing 29 people, and is one of the largest selling “Free-Ads” papers in Ireland. “Based on the recognition of local businesses’ need to broaden their customers geographically and numerically in order to support their own businesses, The Dealer “Free-Ads” Paper continues to improve its services by developing our Classified Ads Online Website, TheDealer.ie,” said Niall Harding, Managing Director of The Dealer “Free Ads” Paper Ltd. and Town.ie.The official launch of TheDealer.ie today will unveil the associated services designed to bring equal opportunity online to the market place for indigenous small to medium sized businesses in Ireland.The national rollout of these services will create 25 new jobs throughout Ireland over the coming 18 months.   AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS…DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES 25 NEW JOBS was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ronald Koeman gives update on potential Southampton contract extension

first_img Southampton manager Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman insists he is in no rush to sign a new Southampton contract but remains adamant he will be at St Mary’s next season.Southampton boss Koeman has been linked with a move to Everton and also been touted as Arsenal’s preferred long-term successor to Arsene Wenger.Koeman’s current St Mary’s contract expires next summer, and the former Holland defender claims there is no need to discuss an extension now.When asked if he will manage Southampton next season, Koeman replied: “Yes, of course. I have one year of my contract.“I don’t like to talk about individual clubs because I think everybody has ambition, and I have that also, but I signed a three-year contract with Southampton.“The club spoke to me about the next five years in planning, we didn’t speak about a contract, but it’s still not the end of the season and we have plenty of time for that.“Rumours are rumours and rumours will be always in football.“What I don’t like is to always go into that and talk about rumours because I don’t know.”Koeman remained coy on whether he will entertain the idea of a contract extension at St Mary’s, but was at pains to explain he never looked more than 12 months ahead in his three years at Feyenoord.“If the club likes to talk they will come and I will see,” said Koeman.“I won’t knock on their door.“When I worked in Feyenoord I signed three times a one-year contract and we spoke in January.“There’s time enough. Why one year before? We can wait, no problem. We can wait.” 1last_img read more

Everton step up pursuit of Marseille shot-stopper amid Villarreal interest

first_img1 Everton have stepped up their pursuit of Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda – but they will have to stave off competition from La Liga side Villarreal.The Ligue 1 club captain is set to leave Stade Velodrome when his deal expires at the end of June and he is believed to have offers from across Europe and China.According to L’Equipe, Mandanda is seriously considering offers tabled by Everton and Villarreal and the 31-year-old favours a switch to the Premier League.Everton have made signing a goalkeeper their first priority in the close season, having lost Tim Howard to the MLS. The Merseysiders view the experienced Mandanda as the ideal replacement for the American. Marseille’s French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda last_img read more

Mahony takes hit for church

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd you wanted a parade because you ate lunch at your desk while waiting for a fax to come in. The bar has been raised. It’s fashionable these days to describe oneself as a “recovering Catholic.” I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be Catholic even if I’m not particularly good at it. I’m the product of a Catholic education; K though BA, Sisters of Mercy, Marist Brothers, Holy Cross Fathers. I served as an altar boy. I respect the teachings of the church, even the teachings I ignore. I wasn’t molested. A priest never even asked me out. But Mahony’s story just doesn’t make sense. We have been told Mahony was hospitalized after he was attacked. It took weeks for him to recover, so the story goes. If this is true, it’s a terrible thing. What’s even more terrible is having to use the phrase, “if this is true.” I want to believe the cardinal, but Mahony is not just any cardinal – he’s Don Corleone Mahony, Phony Baloney Mahony, Roger the truth-dodger. He’s the Holy Man with a P.R. firm. He’s lawyered up and has pervert insurance. So what if he has to write a check for $660 million? So what if he has to evict some nuns in Santa Barbara? Or sell off Daniel Murphy High School? The important thing is, he didn’t have to put his hand on a Bible and swear to tell the truth in a court of law. The last thing this Holy Man wants to do is put his hand on a Bible. We weren’t supposed to know any of this. News of the attack on Mahony was supposed to be kept confidential among an audience of priests whom the cardinal pledged to secrecy. Of course with Mahony, we’re not supposed to know much of anything. President Bush should put Cardinal Mahony in charge of Los Alamos; our nuclear secrets would be safe forever. Did you hear the one about the archbishop who went to mail some letters? It goes something like this: Cardinal Roger Mahony, the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community, goes out to mail some letters in late July and gets roughed up by someone enraged about his handling of the pedophile-priest scandal. According to Father Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Church in Glendale, Mahony did not notify the police because, “he felt he could offer it (the beating) up in reparation for the sins of others.” Talk about taking one for the team! If the Vatican has an employee of the month, I know who won for July. Any enterprise would want a guy like Roger on their squad. Mahony’s not only willing to obfuscate (high class lie), stonewall (buy time while you think up a lie), lie (low-class obfuscation), or simply malign the victims of his callous indifference to the sexual molestation of children, he’s even willing to take a street thumping for the cause. There seems to be a special irony that Mahony chose not to report this crime to the LAPD. The cardinal is one of the most vocal supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens, and a big supporter of Special Order No. 40, the LAPD regulation that prohibits the police from initiating a stop based on suspicion of an immigration violation. The defenders of Order No. 40 say this allows crime victims to help the police catch violent criminals without fear of deportation. Maybe Mahony’s afraid he’ll be deported. Apparently, he’s not worried the enraged psycho who attacked him will attack someone else. Of course, he also wasn’t worried Father Michael Baker, a confessed child molester, would molest again. You have to give Mahony points for consistency. If the cardinal has been physically assaulted, I feel bad. Nobody should be attacked in body. However, trying to portray his suffering as a Christ-like sacrifice to absolve his reign as bishop and archbishop of the crimes committed against children and against the reputation of the Catholic Church itself is yet another insult. What justice has asked of Mahony from the beginning he still denies – a truthful, public, and complete account of what he knew, when he knew it, and his resignation. The cardinal’s retirement is the correct absolution, not his beating. Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Democrats say hike tax on wealthiest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFormer Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina readily agreed. “The truth of the matter is the tax policy has been established by the big corporations and the wealthiest Americans,” he said. “What we ought to be doing instead is getting rid of those tax breaks.” Across 90 minutes, the fierce competition between the two Iowa front-runners shone through only once – when Obama was asked how he could offer a new type of foreign policy since several of his advisers once worked for President Clinton. Hillary Clinton laughed out loud at that, and said with a smile, “I’m looking forward to hearing that.” Obama, also smiling, waited for the laughter to die down before saying, “Hillary, I’m looking forward to you advising me as well.” The discussion of taxes underscored the gulf between the two parties on economic issues. Republican candidates called repeatedly Wednesday for elimination of the estate tax – which falls principally on the largest of estates – and reduction in the income tax on corporations. JOHNSTON, Iowa – Democratic presidential hopefuls called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations Thursday and agreed in an unusually cordial debate that any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait. “We’re not going to be able to dig ourselves out” of Bush-era deficits in the next year or two, said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of six Democratic rivals sharing a stage for the final time before Iowa’s leadoff Jan. 3 caucuses. Asked about the importance of eliminating deficits, Democrats responded by criticizing President Bush’s economic policies, including some of his tax cuts. “I want to keep the middle-class tax cuts” that Congress passed during President Bush’s tenure, said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. But she said she favors raising taxes for the wealthiest. Those differences will have to wait for the general election campaign, however. For now, all presidential hopefuls in both parties are concentrating with single-minded determination on their nomination races, beginning with the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary five days later. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are in a tight race in Iowa, according to numerous pre-caucus polls. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden trail badly. After months of campaigning, the six debaters stuck to well-rehearsed lines, passing up opportunities to attack one another and periodically illustrating their points with Iowa-specific examples. Dodd noted that the cost of attending the University of Iowa had risen 147percent in the past six or seven years. Obama, addressing energy issues, squeezed in a reference to a new wind-turbine manufacturing plant in Keokuk, with 400 jobs. Biden said his first trip to Iowa was a generation ago, when former Sen. John Culver ran in 1974. Biden didn’t say so, but Culver’s son, Chet, is the current governor, neutral in the race for the party’s presidential nomination. Asked how they would have voted on a Senate proposal earlier this week to shift some crop-subsidy payments into conservation and other programs, Dodd and Biden said they would have supported it. Obama and Clinton expressed opposition – and the New York senator made a point of saying she had generally been following the lead of Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin on a big farm bill. Only Richardson said balancing the budget would be a high priority. He noted that as governor in New Mexico, he is required to do so, and he called for a presidential line-item veto, a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, the elimination of “corporate welfare” and elimination of congressional earmarks to help get rid of federal red ink. Dodd jabbed at Richardson, saying the federal government is “much more complicated than state budgets. What we need to be doing is growing our economy, giving people a sense of confidence again.” Biden was one of several Democrats who noted that the Iraq war is costing $10billion a month – money that he said could be spent on education, health care and other programs, or allocated to deficit reduction. The federal budget ran a surplus of $127billion the year Bush took office. The deficit hit a record high of $413billion in 2004 before declining to $162.8billion for the 2007 budget year, which ended last Sept. 30. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more