Earlier on Friday Manchester United loaned out winger Wilfred Zaha to Cardiff City, now the Bluebirds have snapped up Brazilian full back Fabio De Silva on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.
Fabio, 23, has found games hard to come by in recent years at United and was loaned out to Queens Park Rangers for the whole of last season.
The feisty Brazilian defender has signed on at the Cardiff City Stadium to link up with former United Reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who is certainly using his status as a United legend to grab plenty of talented youngster which will help with Cardiff’s survival bid.
“I’m very excited to be part of this and I’m looking forward to helping Cardiff,” Fabio said. “I know this is the right move for me. I spoke a lot to the Manager about coming in and I know that I can help us move up the division.”
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Fabio has twice been capped for Brazil, but has had to sit back and watch his twin brother Rafael make the Premier League team of the season last year and become a regular for the Red Devils. This move will give the youngster the opportunity to player regularly in the PL, under a coach he worked with at a young age when he and his brother arrived from Fluminese in 2008.
With Zaha joining Cardiff on deadline day and former United reserve team player Mats Møller Dæhli also on board, Solksjaer is banking on talented youngsters to dig the Bluebirds out of trouble.
The Norwegian boss has yet to win a Premier League game in charge in South Wales, with his side rooted to the bottom of the table and three points from safety.
A huge game against Norwich is coming up on Saturday, with the Bluebirds desperate for a win. The flurry of signings from Solksjaer on deadline day could do the business to boost Cardiff between now and May.
Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.
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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”
Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:
“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.
“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.
Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.
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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.
Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)
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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.
That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.
One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.
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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.
Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.