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What a week for Rooney

A great few weeks for Wayne Rooney, he has looked very settled on the evidence of Cluj and Newcastle away in his new position and now he has been awarded the England captaincy at least for Friday.

To top of all of that him and his wife have announced that they are expecting a new child. A great turnaround for the Rooney family and one for Wayne to tell his new son that in the same week he also captained England.

It is a nice positive for Wayne, because as soon as he got injured people were again on his back and doubting whether Manchester United needed him, I think as they Read On..

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Ashley right to get some Wonga?

If you haven’t heard and some of you probably live in that kind of youtube bubble anyway, Newcastle have secured a deal to be sponsored by quick loan company Wonga.

Is this morally correct for a club of their size with stories that some of the clubs fans borrow money to be able to purchase their season tickets.

It works no differently to a normal loan company you borrow some money and you pay back the same amount and some more for the privelege.

Except in this case if you did that, if Newcastle wanted to borrow 6m and couldn’t pay it back for 12 months they’d have to pay back 250m, that Read On..

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Russian football paying stupid money

It seems like Russian football is trying to rival the Premier League, its financial power and appeal.

The similarities are that both nations play within less than desirable climates, with long cold winters.

A few of the clubs in both nations are willing to pay stupid wages and it seems our Russian friends are prepared to pay silly transfer fees too in order to secure new signings.

What is lacks is the history of the English clubs in European competitions.

Where I question the Russian clubs strategy is that they are signing what I would call second grade players that top clubs who chase Champions League and domestic league titles on an equal footing, Read On..

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Malouda out in the cold

According to his twitter page French footballer Florent Malouda has been banished to the youth team to train whilst playing for his current club Chelsea.

There has been no official explanation from either Malouda or Di Matteo or the club, on any potential reasons for him being exempt from the first team.

For the life of me for this to happen just days after the transfer deadline is a disaster for manager,club and player.

Di Matteo has laid down his authority but not to a big name, key player in his prime.

Malouda has been a decent performer since joining in 2007 but only enjoyed I would say about a season and a half Read On..

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Was Fergie right to let them go?

Unfortunately the time comes for most of United’s players to be moved on by Ferguson to pastures new if there no longer a regular fixture in the team.

Not many of them leave with many of their best years to go and Ronaldo and Beckham may just be the only exceptions I can think of with that being the case, Ronaldo was around 25 and Beckham around 27.

So let us take a look at a few players Fergie decided to part company with and how right was he to do so..

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Transfer Deadline Day – follow our writers on twitter

Just one quick one, although transfer deadline day if you are lucky enough to blessed with Sky Sports News and Jim White of course is fantastic.

Why an earth is it on a friday which I am sure means that these new signings probably won’t be eligible for the weekends matches.

Here are the early stories of the final day with little confirmed and speculation still rife…

Rafael Van Der Vaart of Spurs to join Hamburg.

Fernando Llorente to join Spurs.

Daniel Sturridge loan move to Liverpool, from Chelsea.

Clint Dempsey could move to Villa, after having a bid accepted!

Michael Essien could be off to Arsenal

Keep up to date by following us on twitter via @FRivalries Read On..

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What will happen this season through my rose tinted glasses

Title Winners

It is foolish and hard to look beyond Manchester City, I only feel they have weaknesses but not definite ones in defence. Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany are top class and they seem to fill in the gaps with adequate players.

The only question is can Mancini keep everyone happy because at the moment City seem to have enough attacking class to change the game, or get a winner when they really need it.


I do see United challenging but their results depend on how Vidic comes back, how De Gea deals with his second season, how Kagawa and Van Persie fit in. They are a lot of things that must Read On..

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When will wages bankrupt our beloved football clubs

I am permantely worried about the state of these almost compulsory wage increases for our footballers.

News that Vincent Kompany is now paid 200k a week horrifies me. Don’t get me wrong he is one of Europe’s top central defenders.

He is a defender and cannot score fifty goals a season and win games like a top striker can, I don’t see how he can therefore demand this much money.

It worries me that distinctly average players will now be demanding 100k a week a benchmark that only the top players of five years ago could demand.

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Jarvis an excellent signing for Allardyce

Matt Jarvis will soon complete a deal to join West Ham United in the Premier League after both teams agreed a fee.

The trick in Allardyce’s situation is often in my view to sign proven Premier League players and he has done that with aplomb so far.

I don’t see them going down at all because of Allardyce’s almost unique specialism of being able to produce hard working sides with a simple but effective strategy.

Jarvis all last season has shown ability to beat players and even impressed enough on a consistent basis to be rewarded with recognition for the national squad, with a call up.

The fee for Jarvis is quite large but Read On..

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Stats of the week from Opta Joe

“15 – Aston Villa have picked up just 15 points from 20 Premier League games in 2012. Nervous.”

Will the return of Darren Bent give Villa the platform, to go on a strong run.

“3 – Andre Villas-Boas has picked up only three wins from his last 13 Premier League matches. Return.” Without Modric and Adebayor not signed AVB has an absolute mountain to climb.

5 – Swansea City scored five goals from just six shots on target against QPR. Clinical.

“Almost too good to be true for Laudrup, can that level of consistency continue all season”

11 – Norwich have now conceded 11 goals in three away trips to Fulham in the Premier League. Read On..

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