Gareth Bale has enjoyed the season of his life for Tottenham Hotspur and is the front-runner for the prestigious Player’s Player of the Year award. With the ballots out and his peers voting, it seems that his only serious contender for the award is former, north London rival and Red Devil top goal scorer, Robin van Persie.
As a player, individual awards are nice on the shelf but quickly forgotten when compared to medals, just ask RVP, who moved to Manchester to quench that desire. A move that increasingly looks like paying off with a Premier League title.
Bale 23, who is six years younger than the Dutchman has that same type of hunger and is quickly coming to the realization that while Tottenham is a great club to play for, the chances of consistent silverware are remote unless you can count on the occasional cup run.
With the campaign in the final stretch, the rumors on where he may begin next season are heating up. Real Madrid has been offered as a possible destination however players from the British Isles that have succeeded on the continent, can all but be counted on one hand. If Bale is to move, it’ll be to a Premiership rival and Manchester United have become favorites to gain his signature.
Tottenham have been quick to attached an exorbitant sum of money on their crown jewel according to the Express asking for an eye watering 70 million pounds which would make Bale the 2nd most expensive player ever after Cristiano Ronaldo should such a transfer come about.
If Bale continues his sizzling form and takes Spurs to Europa League glory and qualification to next year’s Uefa Champions League, expect that number to keep growing.
Watch Live: Swansea vs. Liverpool (Lineups, Stream)
Swansea haven’t won since the opening day of the season with manager Francesco Guidolin under intense pressure, while Liverpool has won three-straight games in the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp‘s methods are blowing opponents away.
In team news striker Borja Baston makes his first start for Swansea, while Liverpool bring back Dejan Lovren.
Swansea City: Fabianski; Rangel, van der Horn, Amat, Naughton; Britton, Cork, Fer; Routledge, Borja, Sigurdsson. Subs: Nordfeldt, Mawson, Taylor, Fulton, Ki, Barrow, McBurnie
The game in 100 words (or less): With one goal already accomplished for New York City FC this season, Patrick Vieira’s group made positive strides in capturing another on Friday night in Houston. David Villa’s 20th and 21st tallies of the season gave the visitors the lead after halftime and NYCFC managed to hold onto the points from there. With just two matches remaining following the win over the Dynamo, NYCFC currently sits atop the Eastern Conference on 51 points. Meanwhile, the Dynamo remain nine points out of the final spot in the West with four matches to play.
73′ — Saunders watches as Rodriguez hits post — It can be a game of inches at times and the Dynamo were certainly on the wrong end of this one as Raul Rodriguez’s effort struck the post and stayed out.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) The South Korean soccer league deducted nine points from league leader Jeonbuk Hyundai on Friday after one of the club’s employees was convicted of bribing referees in 2013.
The K-League also fined Jeonbuk 100 million won ($90,600). The club, which saw its 14-point lead over second-place FC Seoul reduced to a five-point margin, issued an apology and vowed to take measures to prevent it from happening again.
A court in Busan on Wednesday sentenced a Jeonbuk scout to a suspended prison term of two years for paying referees in exchange for favorable decisions in several league matches in 2013.
An official from Jeonbuk said the scout has been suspended by the team and it will soon make a decision whether to terminate his employment. He refused to be named, citing office rules.
The K-League had vowed reforms after being rocked by a massive match-fixing scandal in 2011, when 52 players were indicted for taking bribes in return for trying to manipulate the outcome of matches or betting their own money on the games.
The French football federation gave no explanation for coach Didier Deschamps’s decision to replace Mathieu with Eliaquim Mangala, only saying he made the move “following a discussion” with the Barcelona player. Mangala is currently on a season-long loan at Valencia from Manchester City.
France takes on Bulgaria on Oct. 7 at the Stade de France before traveling to Amsterdam to play the Netherlands three days later in Group A.