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Pardew’s Adebayor comments paint himself as Pearson’s ostrich

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Remember Nigel Pearson‘s now-famous “ostrich” rant, in which the former Leicester City manager dressed down a journalist during a postgame press conference, nine short months ago?

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Pearson accused the journalist of having his “head in the sand,” buried so deep that he was completely unaware what had been going on at the football club which he’d been covering all season.

How is this relevant to the here and now, you’re wondering? In short, and with all due respect, Alan Pardew has painted himself Pearson’s figurative ostrich with a series of comments vehemently backing Crystal Palace’s brand new January signing, striker Emmanuel Adebayorquotes from the Guardian:

“You can see in the training ground there’s a lift already. He’s done the first part of his job because everybody is really pleased he’s here. The only risk is if he doesn’t play well. I can’t see any other risk. I think we discard players quite quickly, and sometimes too early.”

This is the same Adebayor who, at just about every stop along the way, has eventually been banished to that respective club’s U-21 team as the manager and executives exhausted every possible avenue to facilitate his exit. It always begins so well for the 31-year-old Togolese striker, but after the initial honeymoon period has concluded, Adebayor is a locker room distraction at his best, and a cancerous, divisive figure at his very worst.

Just ask the fans of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur what they think of Adebayor’s conduct before jettisoning off for his next payday.

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Managers must back their players publicly — Adebayor famously became Tim Sherwood‘s “he just needs an arm around him and a kind word or two” muse for half a season at Tottenham — but it’s that blind faith that could well bite Palace in the behind once the inevitable injection of goals and thrills is over and the reality of employing Adebayor sets in. That is to say, Pardew, is your head in the sand here?

Palace fans have little reason to fear, though, for the last time “Pardiola” was put in charge of a notoriously combustible character, Hatem Ben Arfa, during their time at Newcastle United, it went so swimmingly well and there were no clashes of personalities whatsoever. Pardew, all on his own, is a volatile figure; Adebayor, all on his own, is a volatile figure; Pardew and Adebayor, together, could produce enough fireworks to light up the London sky.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.