Brek Shea should hang around Barnsley a little longer

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Brek Shea’s shorty of a loan deal – Seriously, is there a record for at brevity on these things? – to Championship side Barnsley is up in about a week. For his own good, he really should try to stretch this little teaser of a loan for a while longer.

The original 28-day loan deal from Stoke City expires following Barnsley’s league match – the Championship is England’s second tier – against Blackburn Rovers on Jan 28. Unless the deal shifts, the young U.S. international will be back under Mark Hughes’ watch at Stoke after that.

But would a move back to the Britannia really be best for the left winger, who still has a reasonable shot at a World Cup roster spot (if only because of that unique, run-right-at-‘em skill set and mentality that he adds to the U.S. assortment of talent)?

If he’s playing and, by all accounts, shining for Barnsley, wouldn’t it be more productive to hold in place a little while longer, say, another month? At Stoke City, he might make the 18-man squad a few more times, but a regular starting assignment at the Britannia hardly seems imminent.

Here’s something to consider: Shea’s had apparent success while wearing the Tykes’ kit, but it has certainly been limited success. It’s not really his fault; Shea just hasn’t had enough opportunities to suit up since arriving into the second-tier club at the start of the New Year.

He debuted well enough on Jan. 2, and his latest effective outing was further affirmation that Shea did the right thing in extricating himself from the bench at the Britannia, looking strategically to get games wherever he could. But fate and circumstance have limited his time on the field.

In fact, those are the only two appearances Shea has made for the club.

One of Barnsley’s matches during Shea’s days there was an FA Cup contest; he was already cup-tied with Stoke. And one league contest (sadly, one at The Valley, a swell London venue with Premier League history) was postponed due to weather conditions.

Two matches so far. That’s it.

For his own good, to keep the momentum moving, Shea and his representatives really should work to extend the loan deal a while longer.

February, by the way, would bring six chances to play; Barnsley has a half dozen league contests on the docket. Now that would be a run of games to build on.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following:

More Messi wizardry leads Barca to Copa del Rey title (video)

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Sometimes, a match recap needs just a couple keywords instead of paragraphs.

For example: Messi, Barcelona, Cup Final, the best.

The greatest player on Earth was at it again on Saturday, scoring a deft goal before assisting a Paco Alcacer offering as Barcelona won another Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

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It’s a third-straight Copa del Rey for the Blaugranas, their 29th crown in the tournament’s history. Barca has also lost 10 Copa finals, the last in 2014 against Real Madrid.

Here’s the goal:

And the pass: