Aaron Mooy found Steve Mounie at the start of extra time to push Huddersfield Town into the fifth round and a visit from Manchester United. Town split the PL season series with United, but won 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Oct. 21 before losing to the Red Devils at the weekend.
Rajiv Van la Parra and Tom Ince also scored in extra time for David Wagner‘s Premier League visitors, who controlled the ball and chances but went to extra time without having put a ball in the goal.
England U-20 veteran Che Adams put the Blues ahead in the 52nd minute, but Marc Roberts posted an own goal to level the score in the 60th.
Rochdale 1-0 Millwall
The League One hosts roll onto the fifth round after Ian Henderson scored in the 53rd minute. Rochdale will meet either Spurs or Newport County.
Swansea City’s Premier League life must’ve flashed before its eyes just before Marko Arnautovic gave them new life.
The Stoke City man sent a penalty kick over the bar moments before Tom Carroll‘s deflected goal lifted Swansea City to a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Fernando Llorente also scored for Swans, who keep pace with Hull City. Swans remain two points back of 17th place Hull and are now four points back of Crystal Palace, five behind Burnley, and six of Leicester City.
Stoke are 11th, eight points clear of the drop zone.
Swansea started bright, and Stoke dealt well with a 7th minute threat from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Ryan Shawcross conceded a corner kick with a chested stop of another threat, and Llorente made Stoke pay with a thumping header. A push to the back from Alfie Mawson stopped Peter Crouch from reaching the initial corner for a clearance.
Swans almost went up 2-0 when Jordan Ayew‘s tight-angled shot megged a shaky Jack Butland but skittered along the line and wide of danger.
Memphis Depay has made all of four substitute appearances (in the Premier League) for Manchester United this season (zero goals), leading a whole host of clubs across Europe, including Ligue 1 side Lyon, to believe he’s available during the January transfer window. As such, Lyon have bid for the 22-year-old Dutch winger, but Man United are prepared to say no to anything under their $18-million valuation. His $122,000-per-week wages will likely prove a stumbling block in a potential move to a non-PL club.
With Morgan Schneiderlin officially out the door, Jose Mourinho has: 1) money to spend, and 2) a need for midfield depth. Enter Tiemoue Bakayoko, Monaco’s 22-year-old destroyer. He’s expected to fetch a fee of nearly $50 million, and Chelsea are rumored to be interested as well, so the three sides may have to return to the negotiating table in the summer to hash out a resolution.
John Terry‘s time at Chelsea is inching closer and closer to expiring, which means someone must be anointed his “successor” at the center back position. Ben Gibson, currently at Middlesbrough, is reportedly that man. The Blues may have to go as high as $35 million to sign the 23-year-old away from Boro, which shouldn’t be a stumbling block at all.
Swansea City are expected to be one of the PL’s busier sides this month, with Thursday’s capture of Luciano Narsingh their first foray into the market. Now, according to new manager Paul Clement has confirmed the club are speaking with Tottenham Hotspur about midfielder Tom Carroll. The 24-year-old has fallen well down Mauricio Pochettino‘s depth chart, and is expected to end his 10-year stay in north London before the window closes, despite having signed a new contract (through 2019) in September.
Tottenham have remained tight-lipped throughout the entire process, yet Pochettino’s silence on his future since the end of the season, has been deafening. Particularly for Southampton’s fans.
After stating he wanted to speak with the owners to see which direction Saints will be heading in, Pochettino has yet to confirm his future. Southampton’s boss has one year left on his deal and has been dismissive about future contract negotiations for months, hence this interest and reported talks with Tottenham Hotspur not coming as a surprise to many.
Personally, having been around Saints’ camp on multiple occasions this season, Pochettino’s body language alone suggests a move was always in the offing. Failing to look beyond this season when repeatedly asked about his and the clubs future, you could the patience of the 42-year-old wearing thin as more and more journalists lined up to try and trick him into revealing his plans.
However this shakes out, Pochettino is one of the best managers in the Premier League. No doubt about it.
When he took over Southampton in January 2013 they were flirting with relegation after just being promoted from the Championship. Pochettino secured safety and then kicked his team on during the 2014-15 season. Blending teenagers with talented veterans, the soccer Saints have played has been sublime and admired across the Premier League. They finished eighth, their highest-ever position in the PL and recorded a records points tally. Pochettino kicked on the careers of Saints’ inspirational players and helped the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez get called up to the English national team. He has built a squad of talented internationals yet the core is built of academy products such as Lallana, Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Callum Chambers, Harrison Reed, Sam Gallagher and others. That quality is hugely valuable to any club, as producing your own talent, rather than spending millions to buy players elsewhere is hugely beneficial even for a big club like Spurs.
They have the spending power to buy big but they didn’t work out well for Andre Villas-Boas when he plundered the $120 million Spurs received for Gareth Bale last summer. When you look at Tottenham, they have produced the likes of Tom Carroll, Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend through their academy. If Pochettino can bring through several other youngsters into the first team it will save them millions and also allows the coach to instill his beliefs in the players from a young age.
Working with talented teenagers is his forte and Pochettino’s ability to deliver a team playing attractive soccer with substance is well known in England. After his exploits this season, it is no surprise other clubs are courting his expertise as Saints are fun to watch, work incredibly hard, have integrated teenagers into their lineup seamlessly and pin other teams back by deploying a high-pressure approach few opponents can match.
He will bring all of that to Spurs as the North London club will get an innovative and hard-working manager who spends the entire day at the training ground with his large staff who tirelessly analyze every single aspect of the team. Having witnessed Pochettino’s work up close and personal, if he’s allowed to stamp his own mark on Spurs, just like he did with Saints, then he will only succeed at White Hart Lane.
That’s right. Tottenham may actually get a managerial decision correct for the first time in a long time. He is, of course, unproven at the very top level but after managing Espanyol in La Liga and now Southampton in the PL, it seems as though Pochettino’s career path is leading him towards Tottenham and masterminding their quest for Champions League soccer.