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Report: FIFA considering limiting loan players to eight

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FIFA has a proposal on the table to limit clubs to a maximum of eight loans from their squad to other teams in a season.

Sport Bild has the story, detailing the plan, which is reportedly supported by the Bundesliga.

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According to the report: “The sole exception to the FIFA decision: Talents under the age of 21 who have been trained by their home club and have been under contract there for an extended period of time may continue to be loaned in unlimited numbers to further their development by collecting match practice elsewhere.”

This would waylay the current practice of bigger clubs like Chelsea, which has 40 players playing for other clubs including Americans Matt Miazga (Nantes) and Kyle Scott (Telstar).

Could this lead clubs to subvert academy rules and sign more players, younger? There are limits on scholars, sure, but clever teams are going to look for an edge.

And what would it mean to players from outside of Europe? Certainly Major League Soccer, Liga MX, and several name South American leagues would have its best young players a bit longer, but at what cost, if any, to national team development?

The rule would certainly strengthen teams deep into the market on account of Chelsea; Michy Batshuayi, Baba Rahman, Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kurt Zouma, Kylian Hazard, Mario Pasalic, and Kenedy would have the loan number at 8 before Chelsea considered what to do with any of their other non-CFC Academy talents.

And while 40 is an absurd number, eight is average if pretty low.

Arsenal has 7, Bournemouth 6, Brighton 5, Burnley 8, Cardiff 4, Crystal Palace 6, Everton 14, Fulham 1, Huddersfield Town 5, Leicester 4, Liverpool 12, Man City 12, Manchester United 5, Newcastle 5, Southampton 12, Spurs 2, Watford 8, West Ham 7, Wolves 19.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

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Rafa Benitez knows its hard to play aggressively versus Man City, and Newcastle United visits a wounded giant on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

City drew Wolves 1-1 last weekend, and went 6-0 last season in matches following dropped points in the Premier League.

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Leroy Sane is not even in the 18 for Manchester City, which starts both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero against the Magpies.

Salomon Rondon will lead the line for Newcastle.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Gundogan, Delph, B. Silva, Otamendi, Foden

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon. Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Murphy, Atsu, Muto, Joselu.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 3

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Everyone knows you can look at the table to see where clubs stand in a given season, but we do power rankings because we like to have fun with our beloved games and aren’t a wet paper towel on the shoe of sports.

A few grains of salt — or 300 — are always recommended when dealing with power rankings, and our Premier League club power rankings are intended to be a show of how the clubs look in both form and forecast at a moment in time.

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A new No. 1 and a fairly stagnant Bottom Five… will the real Burnley and Manchester United please stand up?

20. Cardiff City — Picked up two points from a run of Bournemouth, Newcastle, Huddersfield despite the latter two having a man sent off. Now see Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, and Liverpool inside next seven fixtures.
Last week: 19
Season high: 19
Season low: 20

19. Huddersfield Town — After opening with Chelsea and Man City, would’ve expected all three points from Cardiff’s visit. Instead, a 63rd minute red card to Jonathan Hogg and nil-nil.
Last week: 20
Season high: 18
Season low: 20

18. West Ham United Full-blown Manuel Pellegrini panic stations if the Irons cannot beat Wolves at the London Stadium and fall to 0-4.
Last week: 18
Season high: 17
Season low: 18

17. Southampton — The club’s first lead of the season lasted just four minutes, then Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg‘s red card had Saints scurrying to hold onto a point against visiting Leicester City. Harry Maguire‘s stoppage time goal meant no points for the St. Mary’s set.
Last week: 14
Season high: 14
Season low: 17

16. Newcastle United — Rafa Benitez set up to defend against Chelsea, and nearly came away with a point. Their tough start to the season now features a visit to stung Man City before Arsenal comes to St. James Park, and the supporters didn’t even get a cup respite: The Magpies fell 3-1 at Nottingham Forest.
Last week: 16
Season high: 13
Season low: 16

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15. Burnley — One point from three matches, and plenty of fans will be weighing the worth of continuing its improbable and amazing Europa League run. That could end without a significant win over Olympiacos at Turf Moor on Thursday.
Last week: 15
Season high: 15
Season low: 15

14. Manchester United — Certainly the lowest they’ll fall considering a trip to fixture-battered Burnley comes next on Sunday, right? Or will the players’ lack of inspiration cost the club a match and a manager?
Last week: 8
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

13. Crystal Palace — A real let down at in-form Watford, as the Eagles need to find offense from someone not named Wilfried Zaha. Alexander Sorloth found the score sheet in a League Cup win over Swans at midweek.
Last week: 7
Season high: 6
Season low: 13

12. Fulham Aleksandar Mitrovic is not only behaving himself at Craven Cottage, he’s scoring like his best days in a Newcastle United shirt. Good win over Burnley, but a point or more at Brighton would feel nice heading into Man City.
Last week: 17
Season high: 11
Season low: 17

11. Wolves — The home draws against 10-man Everton and champions City are nice, and a point at West Ham on Saturday would reinforce preseason hopes of a top half finish.
Last week: 13
Season high: 10
Season low: 13

10. Bournemouth — Eddie Howe‘s got the Cherries flying, even with the 2-2 draw against Everton that featured a red card for each side. A visit to Chelsea is next.
Last week: 11
Season high: 11
Season low: 12

9. Brighton and Hove Albion — Terrific little litmus test this weekend versus Fulham, which can help suss out the true table potential of the Gulls.
Last week: 12
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

8. Leicester City  Claude Puel‘s men are very quietly 2-1, and could be a perfect 3-for-3 had Jamie Vardy not stumbled out of the gates on Opening Day. Now a chance to make a statement when Liverpool comes to King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Last week: 10
Season high: 8
Season low: 11

Kasper Schmeichel and Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

7. Arsenal — Visits to Cardiff City and Newcastle allow Unai Emery a chance to further cement his system following a needed 3-1 win over West Ham.
Last week: 9
Season high: 7
Season low: 9

6. Everton — No Richarlison for visits from Huddersfield and West Ham, then a trip to Arsenal is a concern, but the Toffees are so far quite legit under Marco Silva.
Last week: 5
Season high: 5
Season low: 8

5. Watford — Unbeaten is unbeaten, but their spotless 3-0 record meets visits from Spurs and Manchester United.
Last week: 6
Season high: 5
Season low: 7

4. Chelsea — Have scored multiple goals in all three wins to start the season, and weathered Rafa Benitez’s parked bus at St. James’ Park. A visit to Bournemouth should make for appetizing television on Saturday.
Last week: 3
Season high: 3
Season low: 4

3. Tottenham Hotspur — What transfer window concerns?
Last week: 4
Season high: 3
Season low: 4

2. Manchester City — Most certainly mortal, as 38-0 is no longer a possibility. It’s a poor week to be visiting Newcastle.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

1. Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is undoubtedly preening given the Reds’ spotless start, with three wins from three and not a single goal conceded by Alisson Becker. Visits to Leicester and Spurs will almost certainly end the latter, but is 5-0 on the horizon?
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

Kenedy will not be suspended due to letter of law

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Kenedy is a lucky young man.

The Newcastle United man’s vicious kick of Victor Camarasa in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cardiff City looked certain to land him a three-match retrospective ban for violent conduct.

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On loan from Chelsea, the 22-year-old will not see additional discipline because a foul was called on him prior to the kick.

According to the BBC, “the Football Association considers the matter dealt with” because a free kick was awarded.

This is a case where the letter of the law does wrong by the spirit of the game, as referee Craig Pawson failed to see the kick while following the ball to see if he would play advantage.

It’s extremely fortunate for Newcastle, as the three matches Kenedy could’ve missed are against Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal.

Maybe the FA just had mercy on Kenedy, whose performance in the match was pitiful. He missed a late penalty kick horribly and did not complete a single pass in the first half.

AT HALF: Everton, Leicester cruising; Spurs score beauty (video)

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It’s a good day to be the home side, at least after halftime of four 10 a.m. ET kickoffs in the Premier League.

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A day which began with Cardiff City saving a point in their home return to the top flight rolls into England ahead of the 12:30 p.m. ET match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Everton 2-0 Southampton [STREAM]

Richarlison has three goals in two matches with Everton, the big money man joining Theo Walcott‘s early goal in giving the Toffees a healthy halftime advantage.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Fulham [STREAM]

Spurs were all over the Cottagers to start the game, and Lucas Moura blew a pair of chances to give Tottenham a lead before registering a beauty just before halftime.

West Ham United 1-0 Bournemouth [STREAM]

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez won a penalty kick and Marko Arnautovic left no doubt about his spot kick as Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are bouncing back from a rough start to the campaign.

Leicester City 2-0 Wolves [STREAM]

An own goal put the Foxes in front after a lively start from the visitors.

James Maddison made it 2-0 in the 45th minute with a bouncing shot just outside the arc for his first Premier League goal.