West Ham sign Quina

It seems things are going well in East London.

A 7th place finish, a new stadium, and European football means the Hammers have a lot to look forward to, and as of today they have a future starlet to go with it.

Domingos Quina was formerly a Chelsea player signed from Benfica, but dumped West London in search of further development elsewhere. Funnily enough elsewhere was actually a matter of being unattached, believing that Chelsea would never realistically give him a chance.

However since then he has become a Under 17 European Champion, and was being scouted by Man Utd, Liverpool, and even Arsenal. Which is why this is such a steal for the Hammers. Just two years ago no one would have chosen the Claret and Blue over any of the big clubs, but now they are competitors.

What may have appealed to Domingos Quina himself may have been the playing style exercised under Slaven Bilic. After all, a pacy dribbler equally comfortable across the field may take inspiration from a certain Dimitri Payet who’s style is not that far gone from the portuguese talent.

And if the forward ends up being even half the talent of the Hammers star, Quina is sure to go down a hit.

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Arsenal looking to Swansea Captain

This transfer story actually looks a few year out of date, but it’s not.

In 2013 Ashley Williams was the name on all Arsenal fans lips, with the central defender seen as the perfect partner for a more mobile Laurent Koscielny beside him. However according to the Sunday Express today, Wenger is yet again looking towards the Welsh centre back.

Whether Swansea would sell is another question, with the defensive stalwart a club legend and captain. But considering the £20 million fee that reports suggest the Gunners are willing to part with, the Swans may want to cash in. Especially when one considers that the player is approaching 32.

Though given his recent downturn in form, Arsenal fans may ask some serious questions about the transfer. The thinking is that Williams can be a replacement to an ageing Mertesacker, but given they are the same age this logic is flawed. The purchase may be centred around the fact that Gabriel has not yet matured into a suitable partner for Koscielny, which would give the player more time. Not to mention Williams is already an improvement on a player who despite being 6’7, is actually more of a liability in the air than a threat.

I’m sure he’d be welcomed if Williams did come to the emirates.

But then again he won’t win them the league.

 

Rosicky’s contract expiry shows savage nature of modern football

I will admit this guy has been my favourite player for the best part of 5 years.

But don’t let that take away from what I am about to say.

Understandably football is run as a business, and I appreciate that giving an injury prone 35 year old does not make business sense. But when Tomas Rosicky leaves the emirates for the last time it will be the nail in the coffin for romance in football.

And yes I do have the nerve to say that just weeks after Leicester have won the league.

The reason it will be far more tragic than any other to have left the Gunners in recent years, is that he is special. Not only is he one of the most naturally talented players we have ever had, but he is also the hardest working in our squad, as i’m sure that many a Gunner would support. Ironically the lightest of all the team, he was even our midfield enforcer for a short time in 2013. The reason being that despite INJURY after INJURY, the Czech captain would go as hard as he could into every tackle, every shot, every deft touch as if it was the last time he would ever kick a ball. He even saves his best for tottenham seemingly every season, scoring probably his most iconic goal below. Showing all the traits that make him such a gift to the game.

 

People will say that this is just nostalgia, and that all clubs have to eventually deal with heroes leaving. But John Terry had his stint and is not the player he was. Rosicky has got better with age like a fine wine, and how the first team could do with his dynamism and passion now.

I honestly think football is going too far with its professionalism if a player who actually entertains the crowd is deemed not worthy anymore. If you get rid of the entertainment, then why do we pay all this money to watch it.

Modern fast, strong, fit players who do their designated jobs on the pitch, no matter how finely tuned they are, will never be as entertaining as a talented boy from prague who keeps going despite everything.

We are meant to be entertained aren’t we? So with all the money in football now, why get rid of him.

 

 

Chelsea after McEachran. Seriously.

This is not a joke.

Chelsea are reportedly enquiring about the possibility of bringing the prodigal son back to Stamford b=Bridge, the prodigal son which is Josh McEachran.

Josh was touted for greatness by many a Chelsea fan. Mostly just out of a desperation to stop the jokes associated with their academy, resulting from a dismal run that saw only Carlton Cole graduate for the whole of the 2000’s. Sadly McEachran never fulfilled his promise in the blue kit, and was quickly farmed out like every other Chelsea youngster to the Championship and Vitesse Arnhem.

Neither of which he flourished in.

Fast forward to the modern day and McEachran still plays in West London, only now for the far more glamorous outfit Brentford FC.

Nonetheless Chelsea may be coming back in for him. Like a person leading you on with no chance of success, Chelsea are once again teasing poor McEachran. Because in truth there is absolutely zero chance he will succeed if he goes back, he’s only played 14 games for Brentford since he signed in the summer.

Equally he was never that special anyway, being one of a sadly boring batch of players which flourished in the 08-12 period. The kind that passed simply to retain possession, and the lack of inspiration in his play is not going to somehow grow just because he returns to his old stomping ground.

The price being touted is 750,000, which is a normal price for a normal player.

Which McEachran is.

I can’t believe this is even a story given Chelsea are getting a new star manager who has never seen him play and are supposedly in for Radja Naingolan. But yeah.

This is actually a story.