Transfer news: Weston McKennie to Tottenham, Jesse Lingard to Newcastle

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The latest transfer news focuses on USMNT star Weston McKennie to Tottenham and Jesse Lingard to Newcastle.

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Apparently McKennie is admired by Tottenham’s director of football Fabio Paratici, and Spurs have been linked with a move for the USMNT midfielder once again.

As for Lingard, well, he’s a wanted man and he’s out of contract this summer as a move away from Manchester United this month seems very likely.

Below we dig a little deeper on both reports.

Weston McKennie ‘loved’ by Tottenham

A report from Football.London states that Paratici wants to sign McKennie from Juventus, but Tottenham may have to wait until the summer to sign the USMNT midfielder.

McKennie, 23, has been superb in recent weeks for Juventus and per the report, he is seen as essential to Max Allegri’s plans for the rest of this season as Juve chase a top four finish in Serie A and a deep run in the UEFA Champions league. That means he won’t be leaving Turin in January, but the report states that Paratici has let McKennie’s agent know that Tottenham want to sign him.

Paratici’s admiration for McKennie is clear. He’s been linked with a move to Tottenham multiple times in recent months and Paratici signed him from Schalke before he left Juve for Tottenham.

Adding to the admiration is the fact that McKennie is exactly what Tottenham need to revamp their midfield.

Spurs have so many similar central midfielders from a defensive or attacking standpoint but no true No. 8. McKennie can play that role perfectly, and also play wide, in a deeper central role or even fill in at wing-back if needed. Antonio Conte loves that kind of flexibility.

The strengths of the USMNT midfielder will be well-suited to the Premier League and Tottenham may have to splash out over $40 million to sign him this summer. It will be money well spent as it addresses a key need, while Conte is clearly ready to offload attacking midfielders Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso to strengthen in other areas.


Newcastle make another move for Lingard

Multiple reports, including this one from Fabrizio Romano, state that Newcastle have gone back in for Jesse Lingard after having a previous offer rebuffed.

The Manchester United and England winger, 29, is out of contract this summer at Old Trafford and it is believed Newcastle have offered to take him on a six-month loan to help boost their survival hopes in the Premier League.

Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United, where he was a revelation, but after his return to Manchester United he just hasn’t been able to get a regular run in the team. With Man United battling West Ham for a top four spot in the final months of this season, they are unlikely to sanction a move for Lingard to the Hammers now.

What seems more likely is Lingard going on loan to Newcastle, or another club, until the summer when his contract runs out. He will then be a free agent and can move to West Ham, or anyone else, as he looks to move on from his boyhood club.

Lingard is a wonderful player when he’s in full-flow and if he does join Newcastle, he will give them creativity and a spark in the attacking midfield areas and will help knit everything together in attack for Eddie Howe’s side. Lingard needs to play regularly and when he does, his quality is clear.

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 23

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What did we learn during matchweek 23 of the 2021-22 Premier League season?

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Here’s a look at 10 things which stood out, as our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) share their observations from across the most recent Premier League games.

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Let’s get to it.


1. Grealish, Foden, Sterling, Jesus ineffective (Southampton 1-1 Manchester City): Not a single one of the four players who played across Manchester City’s front-three made a positive impact for their side. Raheem Sterling was wasteful with his best chance of the game, Foden disappeared aside from one sweetly hit volley, Grealish was a non-factor and Jesus is a shell of the impact sub he once was. Just because Manchester City don’t have a striker (or any semblance of a focal point for their attack) doesn’t mean they need one, if they can cope without the massive investment. Saturday’s frustrating attacking performance, on the heels of similar showings against Chelsea, Arsenal and Brentford (albeit in victories), seem to indicate that there is still untapped potential at the very top for Pep Guardiola’s side. (AE)

2. Reds finishing, lapses won’t let dominance make it easy (Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool): Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy famously said, “What it takes to win is simple, but it isn’t easy,” and goodness, gracious, is that true for Liverpool. The Reds produce chance after chance after chance but finishing isn’t always at the required level — pretty understandable when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are at AFCON — and the club seems to have 2-3 shocking lapses at the back per game. There were three on Sunday, but Palace only took advantage of one thanks to a pair of saves from Alisson Becker (one on a chance he helped make more dangerous). (NM)

3. Fine margins (Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham): And we mean fine in a few different ways. First, there’s Kane’s shove on Thiago Silva being caught by Paul Tierney. It’s possible that had it not been called on the field, VAR might’ve said the Chelsea back made too much of an obvious but light shove. And then there’s the fine like the layer of gold dust Hakim Ziyech sprinkled on his ethereal strike to make it 1-0 to the Blues. Chef’s kiss? How about angel’s breath? Alien life form? Somethin’ else. (NM)

4. Rangnick subs the difference (Manchester United 1-0 West Ham): Well, he needed a goal and wasn’t going to pull Cristiano Ronaldo for the second-straight match, was he? But let’s give Ralf Rangnick plenty of credit for swapping out Fred and youngsters Mason Greenwood and Anthony Elanga for three attackers with plenty of experience and heroics on their resumes. Marcus Rashford (62nd minute), Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial (both 82nd minute) were all responsible for the winner after Ronaldo passed to Martial racing down the left. The timing was spot on and put a little shine on CR7’s name after he was best spotted for his latest arms-in-the-air “I’m Ronaldo and I dove, give me a penalty” act. (NM)

5. Arsenal revisit early-season struggles (Arsenal 0-0 Burnley): Sunday’s performance was reminiscent of Arsenal’s early-season woes, when the possession was plentiful but the high-quality scoring chances were not. What’s worse, the Gunners were once again either wasteful or spectacularly denied in their precious few high-leverage moments. Mikel Arteta found a working formula when he effectively turned the team over to youngsters Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s removal from the squad. The young Gunners had no real answers when Burnley retreated to an ultra-deep defensive shape in the second half, and Arsenal managed all of three shots in the final 25 minutes of a home game in which they desperately needed to beat the last-place team in the Premier League. (AE)

6. Professional Villa mimic their manager (Everton 0-1 Aston Villa): This was a very solid Villa performance as they looked more dangerous in the first half and took the lead at a crucial time. They then hold on quite comfortably in the second and their air of confidence and solidity mirrored how their manager Steven Gerrard played, and now manages, the game. Gerrard had a wry smile before, during and after the game whenever Everton’s fans hurled abuse at the former Liverpool captain. He had the last laugh at Goodison as his Villa side are developing a strong core and he’s pushed them into the top 10. The progress is there for all to see as Villa’s squad, aided by Gerrard’s quality new signings in Digne and Coutinho, have totally bought in to everything he stands for. (JPW)

7. Wolves keep surging (Brentford 1-2 Wolves): That is now three wins in a row for Wolves and they are well and truly in the European hunt under Bruno Lage with four wins from their last five, as they’re unbeaten in that run against plenty of the big boys. They’re probably in the Champions League hunt. They are just four points out of the top four and they’re winning these games without several key men. Raul Jimenez, Romain Saiss and Hwang-hee Chan are all out but Wolves keep on surging and they have so much belief in the way they play. They’re a horrible team to play against and they’re committed to defending. In many ways they have nothing to lose as they’re already exceeding expectations this season. That is dangerous for the other teams in around the top six, or even Premier League top four. (JPW)

8. Howe he needed that! (Leeds 1-0 Newcastle): Eddie Howe’s team has had its fair share of disappointments under Eddie Howe, twice in relegation scraps. Newcastle took an early red card at Norwich City and held on for a point and took a point off Watford last week… but they needed three. Throw in an FA Cup exit at home to Cambridge United and some questionable personnel preferences, and Howe badly needed a win especially with an international break approaching and the team off for a camp in Saudi Arabia. You’re welcome, say Shelvey and Martin Dubravka.

9. Take a bow, Josh Sargent (Watford 0-3 Norwich): From missing this chance earlier in the season, to simply getting a foot on (and scoring) this most unlikely chance for Premier League goal no. 1 of the season, to scoring again just 23 minutes later, it’s been a wild first six months since Sargent left Werder Bremen and moved to England. (AE)

10. Brighton draw yet again (Leicester 1-1 Brighton): They have now drawn seven of their last 10 and 12 of their 22 games this season, more draws than any other team. Brighton once again deserved more. They have only lost four times this season. Four. Only Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City have lost fewer games and if Brighton can turn just a few of these draws into wins, they will have a chance of finishing in the top six. Without Graham Potter and his assistant Billy Reid on the sidelines due to COVID-19 and self-isolation, nothing looked out of sorts for Brighton. They were so well-drilled and so tough to play against. The next step for them is putting more chances away. How often have we said that this season? (JPW)

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Thomas Tuchel reaction on Ziyech goal, Lukaku work, first year at Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel summed up his first year at Chelsea with a smile after his Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“Good year, nice year.”

A European Cup will do that, and Chelsea is still alive for the League Cup, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup even if the Premier League ship has sailed after an amazing start to the season.

“I feel very good because it still feels like the first day where I’m in the right place,” Tuchel said on Peacock Premium. “I feel so much support, hopefully many more years to come.”

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The Blues had gone some time without a win in the Premier League but Tottenham has been no match for Chelsea regardless of manager.

It’s been six-straight clean sheets of Spurs by Chelsea, and even a slow first half did not discourage Tuchel.

“We were working extremely hard for it and it was a tough match but I’m very happy,” Tuchel said. “It’s so hard to create chances against them but we were relentless. … There was no need for changes, keep on pushing, keep believing.”

Tuchel also got strong performances from two players who’ve looked underwhelmed by his system in recent weeks, and in one case it’s not about looks but words.

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The Chelsea boss praised Hakim Ziyech and his incredible goal, and also liked the work put in by Romelu Lukaku.

“A brilliant goal [from Ziyech], plus the effort from Callum before the goal,” Tuchel said. “Some good things in it and a bit of luck and his technique.”

As for Lukaku, Tuchel saw a lot to like in the forward’s work for the team.

“Very good team performance,” Tuchel said. “He was absolutely reliable and he put in such a shift for us. … A bit of the story for the team that we worked really hard off the ball and sometimes not really had confidence and a calm sense in the opponent’s box. The effort is a benchmark and a standard and he gave everything in terms of work rate. We know this and it can happen in the Premier League that you arrive but be tired in front of goal.”

He was also happy that Chelsea gets a bit of a reprieve after a harrowing run of fixtures over the past two months.

Tuchel wouldn’t be drawn into a title discussion, as Chelsea remains well off Manchester City’s pace, but he says he likes what he sees in term of effort.

“In the end it’s our responsibility to prove ourselves every second day and it [used to be] every third day,” Tuchel said. “You cannot produce it artificially. We needed this but we also needed to do things better and keep believing. The guys are very tired now because it was a long run for us.”

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Score, updates, Ziyech amazing goal video

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Chelsea won a fifth-straight match against London rivals Tottenham for the first time since 2002 as an early second half blitz saw them win on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues won a pair of League Cup matches versus Tottenham earlier this month, adding to two-straight PL wins, and a beauty from Hakim Ziyech and then a header from Thiago Silva sealed this win.

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Throw in a 0-0 draw in November 2020 and Chelsea has not lost or allowed a goal to Spurs in six matches. Moreover, Chelsea’s only loss to Spurs since the first month of 2019 was a 2020-21 League Cup loss in penalties.

Here’s everything you need to know from Chelsea vs Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, as Thomas Tuchel got the better of Antonio Conte. 

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Chelsea vs Tottenham live analysis from Stamford Bridge – By Joe Prince-Wright

FULL TIME: Fairly routine win for Chelsea in the end, as they came flying out of the traps in the second half and blew Spurs away. Before that Tottenham’s defensive gameplan worked well.

Chelsea sit third on 47 points after 23 games, while Spurs sit seventh on 36 points but have four games in hand on Chelsea. If Spurs win those games in-hand they overtake Chelsea, so all is not lost for Harry Kane and Co.

Chelsea easing to this victory. Tottenham look shattered after their midweek action.

Good turn and shot by Lukaku, but Lloris saves. At the other end Doherty’s shot is deflected over. Kante about to come on for Chelsea.

Tottenham have sent on Moura and Skipp. Kane’s cross is hooked goalwards by Bergwijn, but Kepa saves.

GOALLL! 2-0 to Chelsea. A free kick is whipped in by Mason Mount and Thiago Silva heads home. Blues cruising.

Mason Mount fires a shot over, Chelsea flying!

GOALLLL! Hakim Ziyech with an absolutely stunning goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up. What a goal! Incredible dip and bend on that. Wow. Moments later he has a drilled effort pushed wide by Hugo Lloris. Chelsea superb at the start of the second half.

Start of the second half delayed as the net had a small hole in it at one end. Did Kane’s shot in the first half break it!? What a weird weekend we’ve had in the PL for things you never thought you’d see..

HALF TIME: Tottenham will be much happier with that than Chelsea. Spurs look dangerous on the counter. Chelsea sluggish going forward. Conte’s side keeping it tight.

Eric Dier blocks Romelu Lukaku’s shot. Dier has been superb.

NO GOAL! Harry Kane scores. But the goal is ruled out for a foul on Thiago Silva. Kane pushed his arm out on Silva, but that is very soft. Lovely finish from Kane after a great burst forward from Bergwijn. Goal ruled out. Silva used his experience there. A let-off for Chelsea.

It is very even. Kane is getting on the ball more but is dropping very deep. Chelsea look tired, just like Tuchel has been saying.

VAR check for a possible red card as Doherty catches Sarr with a nasty one on his ankle. No red card. Probably the right call. Tanganga then hits his head on the advertising board after he was given a little nudge by Mount. Getting spicy.

Harry Kane working back down the right flank and wins it back and feeds Harry Winks. His low shot is saved easily by Kepa. Better from Spurs.

Chelsea have started better but Tottenham have settled things down. A few crosses into the box from the hosts, but that is about it. Very tight and tense.

Matt Doherty playing as a right winger for Tottenham. Malang Sarr playing left back for Chelsea. Spurs in a 4-4-2 and Chelsea in a 4-1-4-1. Feels like both managers sending a message to their board about new signings…

Romelu Lukaku loops a shot well over after good work down the right. Bright start from Chelsea.

KICK OFF: We are underway in a massive London derby. This is huge for both clubs.

The atmosphere is building up nicely here.

Steven Bergiwjn, the man of the moment after his amazing late double at Leicester, is going through the shooting drills alongside Harry Kane. Both looking sharp.

When it comes to the lineups for both of these teams, it seems like both may have switched to a back four from their usual 3-5-2 formation. They have played several teams in recent weeks, so Tuchel and Conte are trying to gain an edge.

The atmosphere is building up nicely in the streets of west London ahead of this clash between bitter rivals! Welcome to Stamford Bridge. Gloomy skies and a little chilly here in England’s capital city. In my book, that is a beautiful day for what should be a beautiful game. Sunshine is overrated… Right!?


Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup

Edouard Mendy is still on duty at Africa Cup of Nations, while Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, and Trevoh Chalobah also miss out with injuries or illness. Hudson-Odoi is starting at wing-back, with Kante also on the bench.

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup

Spurs’ injury list is short but significant. But Eric Dier returns, although Cristian Romero and star forward Heung-min Son are missing. Doherty, Sessegnon and Bergwijn all start.


How to watch Chelsea vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
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Transfer chat: USMNT players potentially (or already) on the move in January

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The 2022 World Cup is set to kick off in 316 days, and the USMNT is currently on course to qualify for the tournament in Qatar.

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With that in mind, there are a few players — some of them key to the first team, and others on the outskirts of the squad hoping to force their way in — who might benefit from a change of scenery during the January transfer window.

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Who are those players, and what’s the likelihood they make said move over the next few weeks?


Sergiño Dest, Barcelona

Sergiño Dest was loosely linked with a move away from Camp Nou not long after the appointment of Xavi as Barcelona manager. Not a lot has changed in the subsequent weeks, as Dest is still struggling to grasp the new manager’s tactics and put in a consistent shift (as is the case for virtually every Barcelona player). He has battled injuries as well, keeping him out of the USMNT squad for World Cup qualifiers against Mexico (2-0 win) and Jamaica (1-1 draw) in November

Dani Alves is officially registered and available for selection after returning to Barcelona upon Xavi’s appointment. We will soon find out whether Alves, a longtime teammate of Xavi, was brought back to support Dest and other youngsters in their development, or to feature for the first team. Simply put, Dest is slated to start the USMNT first game at the World Cup in 11 months and there are far more questions surrounding him than there are answers.

Transfer need: 6/10 | Transfer likelihood: 4/10


Miles Robinson, Atlanta United

When World Cup qualifying began, Miles Robinson was one of a half-dozen players in the mix to be called into camp to play center back. Aside from trusty, reliable John Brooks (more on him in a moment), it was the USMNT’s most unsettled, worrisome position. One game into WCQ, it was already becoming clear that Robinson was ready to make a big leap.

He’s an incredibly emergency/recovery defender who’s also not half-bad with the ball at his feet. Robinson has played the entirety of his professional career in MLS, and his international profile has never been higher than it is right now. He’s 24 with four seasons of MLS experience under his belt. Clubs in the Premier League and Bundesliga were reportedly interested last month, but nothing new since then. Perhaps his stock will be even higher following the World Cup, thus Atlanta and MLS (who reportedly don’t want to lose Robinson now) can demand an even larger fee, but for the sake of the USMNT, a move before the tournament could be even better.

Transfer need: 7/10 | Transfer likelihood: 5/10


John Brooks, Wolfsburg

When World Cup qualifying began, Brooks was presumably locked into his starting spot as the lone center back with considerable international experience. Very quickly, though, it became clear that Brooks had lost a step (or two) on the field, at which point he fell out of Berhalter’s favor following back-to-back subpar performances against Canada and Honduras (his only two of WCQ thus far).

Then came more bad news: reports out of disharmony and “an attitude problem” back in Germany (below thread). With all of that in mind, Brooks seems destined to join a new club when his contract expires this summer, but one can’t help but wonder if he would be better served making that move six months earlier to afford himself time to acclimate before the first half of next season kicks off.

Transfer need: 8/10 | Transfer likelihood: ???


Antonee Robinson, Fulham

Aside from Dest playing out of position as an inverted wing back, there is no one no one to play left back in the USMNT aside from Antonee Robinson. The 24-year-old is currently tearing up the EFL Championship, where he has appeared in 20 of Fulham’s 23 league games this season.

It’s not that Robinson being at Fulham isn’t working or serving him well, but he proved last season that he’s a Premier League-caliber full back. If Fulham don’t get promoted, Robinson seems a surefire candidate to move back up the ladder in the summer.

Transfer need: 5/10 | Transfer likelihood: 2/10


Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig

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Anytime a club undergoes two managerial changes in the span of 12 months — let alone half that time — you have to worry not only for the overall direction of the club, but more importantly, how individual players will be viewed by so many different eyes and ideas. That’s the situation for Tyler Adams at Leipzig after Julian Nagelsmann left last summer and Jesse Marsch was dismissed in December. Inevitably, there will be players that the new staff won’t rate quite so highly, and that’s difficult to overcome.

There’s also the simple fact that Leipzig are still a selling club on a wider European scale. Sure, they spend plenty to bring players in, but it’s always with the idea that they’ll leave for more. Adams only cost Leipzig $3 million, meaning virtually all of his inevitable outgoing transfer will represent a massive profit made. You can quickly begin to understand why the club might be motivated, especially considering something of a rebuild will be required next summer anyway.

With all of that said, if Adams remains a constant starter when healthy (he has appeared in all but one of Leipzig’s last 11 games in all competitions), he’ll be best served finishing the season at RB Leipzig before re-assessing in the summer.

Transfer need: 5/10 | Transfer likelihood: 4/10


Weston McKennie, Juventus

RELATED: USMNT’s Tyler Adams to Man United, Weston McKennie to Tottenham

Weston McKennie’s situation is quite similar to that of Adams, with the exception that Juventus (presumably) already have their first-choice, long-term manager (Massimiliano Allegri) in the job. If Allegri rates McKennie, he’ll stay and that’s that. If he doesn’t, you get reports like the one linked above (and not for the first time).

Like Adams, McKennie has featured more regularly (started three of Juve’s last four games and came off the bench at halftime in the other) in recent weeks, after returning from a minor knee injury.

Transfer need: 5/10 | Transfer likelihood: 4/10


USMNT players already completing transfers in January

Ricardo Pepi, Augsburg from FC Dallas

Ricardo Pepi will likely compete for playing time right away, for a side just one point above the relegation zone at the time of his arrival. Oh, and a side that has scored just 17 goals in 17 games this season (4th-fewest in the Bundesliga). It’s a sensible European stepping stone, though the $20-million price tag will also carry lofty expectations.

Daryl Dike, West Brom from Orlando City

Daryl Dike is also likely to compete for minutes right away, for a side desperate to increase its goals output (31 in 25 games – fewest among sides in the top-six of the Championship), only he’ll do it for a side trying to win promotion to the top division. Another sensible landing spot, and a seemingly fantastic fit.

James Sands, New York City FC to Rangers

James Sands is one of the half-dozen players in the mix for the center back rotation, and he saw playing in Scotland either as a slight upgrade on MLS, or (more likely) as a stepping stone to somewhere considerably larger than MLS. It’s an 18-month loan with an option to make the transfer permanent. If Sands impresses initially, the option will be exercised by the summer to allow him to move again within the year.

Cole Bassett, Colorado Rapids to Feyenoord (loan, with option to buy)
Justin Che, FC Dallas to Hoffenheim (loan, with option to buy)