Craig Burley believes John Stones WILL get his move to Chelsea – whatever Roberto Martinez says.Everton boss Martinez insists Stones will not be sold this summer despite the 21-year-old defender handing in a transfer request in the wake of interest from the Premier League champions.But Burley feels the Toffees will be forced into doing a late deal, telling the Sports Bar: “This is one that could go down to the wire but I think, eventually, Everton will buckle if they get the right deal.”
Sir Geoff Hurst believes Wayne Rooney is already a “true great” but claims England’s current record goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton is on another level.Rooney is presently on 48 international goals, one shy of Charlton’s haul, and is expected to pass the 1966 World Cup winner over the course of England’s next two Euro 2016 qualification fixtures, at San Marino on Saturday and at home to Switzerland on Tuesday.Hurst was a significant figure, alongside Charlton, in England’s memorable team in 1966 and scored the hat-trick that inspired a 4-2 victory over West Germany in the tournament’s final.He is a passionate admirer of Rooney, who remains a divisive figure despite being the England captain and winner of both five Premier League titles and the Champions League, and considers him unfortunate to be the subject of such intense criticism and scrutiny, even if he believes Charlton’s achievements remain superior.“Rooney’s a true great,” said Hurst, who was speaking at the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Bo66y The Movie, a documentary about England great Bobby Moore.Hurst sympathised with Rooney coming under focus for a recent Manchester United goal drought, saying: “I’d have the same issue when I was playing for England or West Ham where I’d have a patch not scoring – but everybody didn’t harp on about it.“Figure-wise, of course, if he goes above (Charlton’s 49 goals) it’s a great achievement, no question at all. The only thing I would say is if you’re making comparisons, Wayne is a front player, whereas Bobby Charlton scored 49 goals as a midfield player. It just shows you the astonishing ability of Sir Robert Charlton.“There is a little way to go, when you make comparisons as players. It’s not only their ability, it’s what they achieved in the game, and of course Bobby Charlton was the member of a World-Cup winning team, which Wayne’s not yet. There’s that differential there, which I would always argue.“But his is a great achievement. (Rooney is) a terrific player, with or without the number of goals he’s scored. His performances at Man United and England have been terrific over the years.”Rooney, who has 105 caps, one fewer than Charlton, can also potentially secure a superior goals-to-games ratio against San Marino on Saturday. Twenty-two of Charlton’s goals came in friendly fixtures, compared to Rooney’s 14 so far, but Hurst remains convinced it is easier to score goals in international football in the modern era than it was when Charlton was at his peak.“You’d have to say the group for the Euros is an easy group,” Hurst said.“When you play against lesser teams, as a front player you’re more likely to score more goals. Generally speaking, there’s more teams involved in World Cup qualifying (today), but I don’t want to detract from what a great player he is.“I wasn’t surprised when he got the three goals the other night (for United against Club Brugge). He was always going to score sooner or later because he’s got ability. He hasn’t lost his edge, he’s not lost his fitness, and he’s got tremendous experience now.” Wayne Rooney 1
Chelsea vs Southampton is live on talkSPORT.It has been another torrid seven days for Chelsea.After the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend, the Blues were beaten by Porto in the Champions League and all focus – once again – was firmly fixed on manager Jose Mourinho’s line up.MOURINHO: ‘THIS IS THE WORST PERIOD OF MY CAREER’Having publicly declared that no player is guaranteed a start, the Portuguese manager dropped Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic, while Loic Remy, Oscar and Radamel Falcao did not even travel with the squad.So, will Mourinho significantly alter his team sheet again for the Saints clash?Take a look at how we think Chelsea will line up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 11 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – to see our complete line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! Agree or disagree with our prediction? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 10. Eden Hazard (left winger) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 6. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) 9. Radamel Falcao (striker) 11 22. Willian (right winger) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back) 11 11 11
1 Klopp or Ancelotti for Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp is the current favourite to be appointed next Liverpool manager after Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, but Carlo Ancelotti is also in the running.Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he thinks appointing Klopp would be more of a risk than Ancelotti (read/listen to Murphy’s view here).But who would you prefer to be Liverpool’s next manager?Vote now and take a look at who the majority want…
Jurgen Klopp looks set to become Liverpool’s new manager by the end of the week, but what exactly can the Premier League look forward to, with the German’s imminent arrival?Watch the video above to find out and why Klopp took an entire football team to a remote lake in Sweden, and how he followed in Wayne Rooney’s footsteps by getting a hair transplant!Liverpool fans – it’s time to get excited!For more of the best sports video content on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!
Get rid of Federico Fazio – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Toby Alderweireld has established a good partnership with Jan Vertonghen in defence and Federico Fazio is now fourth choice centre-back, with Kevin Wimmer ahead of him. Fazio made many Spurs fans wince when he played against Arsenal in the League Cup defeat and the 28-year-old is likely to be sold if someone offers some good money. Get the best out of Nacer Chadli – Chadli appears to be playing within himself this season and Tottenham fans are not seeing him at his best. Last season he scored 11 Premier League goals, including vital ones against Chelsea and Arsenal. This season he has one goal but has not been helped by injuries. If Chadli doesn’t look like finding his feet this term, then another winger is likely to be on Pochettino’s shopping list. 5 5 Maintain the unity forged under Pochettino – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Team spirit appears to be good at Tottenham. Pochettino got rid of the troublesome Emmanuel Adebayor, but he is still having to lay down the law to some players. Andros Townsend was recently dropped from first-team duties for his public spat with coach Nathan Gardiner and that could see the winger either sent on loan or sold in January. A happy camp is crucial. 5 Buy a better back up goalkeeper? – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in after January – Anyone filling in for the brilliant Hugo Lloris, has a lot to live up to. The France ace is one of the best goalkeepers in football and very popular among fans and for some at White Hart Lane, his understudy, Michel Vorm, makes them nervous when playing. His FA Cup howler saw Leicester progress in the FA Cup at Spurs’ expense last season, he let a Gareth Bale shot slip through his grasp in pre-season, while he recently palmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot into the path of Mathieu Flamini in the League Cup loss to Arsenal. Better back-up needed? Tottenham are in form at the moment, but supporters will not be getting carried away yet.The club have only lost once so far in the Premier League and some observers have tipped them to break into the top four and secure a return to the Champions League.FRIEDEL: SPURS HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO END CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HUNTHere, talkSPORT looks at five things the club can do to push on after the January transfer window has closed/slammed shut.SUPER COMPUTER: FINAL LEAGUE TABLE PREDICTED 5 5 Back Pochettino in January – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see four other things Tottenham must do to push on in the New Year – Tottenham fans may not be getting carried away just yet, however, under manager Mauricio Pochettino the team has developed into a solid and consistent side. The White Hart Lane faithful have had to be patient, but it looks like there is a side capable of challenging for a Champions League spot. If the manager is backed in the January transfer window, an additional striker could be bought, so Spurs can fight in the cup competitions and not rely so much on Harry Kane to score in every game. Maybe that will help Spurs kill games, as Pochettino said they should have done when 1-0 up against Arsenal.
1 Sane celebrates scoring a goal for Schalke but he could well be on the move soon to the Premier League Video evidence: talkSPORT’s transfer spotlight focues on Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane, who has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United.Name: Leroy SaneDate of Birth: 11th January 1996Birthplace: Essen, GermanyPosition: Right Winger/ Attacking MidfielderClub: Schalke 04International appearances: One (Germany)What’s the latest?German media are reporting that Liverpool have made a £10 million bid for Leroy Sane as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad in January, with the versatile German teenager one of his transfer targets. Klopp has few options on the right wing outside of Jordon Ibe and, though raw, 19-year-old Sane plays primarily in that position and has undoubted talent. But the alleged bid came amid reports from the English press that Manchester United have previously sent scouts to watch the youngster. United manager Louis Van Gaal, who has lost Antonio Valencia to long-term injury, has complained that his side have lacked pace in recent weeks and a move for the speedy Sane would certainly help to remedy that. Did you know?1. Sane made his international debut this season, aged just 19, coming off the bench in his country’s 2-0 defeat to France.2. He comes from a sporting family; Sane’s father is former Schalke and Senegal forward Souleyman Sane and his mother is former German rhythmic gymnast Regina Weber.3. Sane scored against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu after coming on as a substitute for Schalke for his Champions League debut. Schalke won the game 4-3 but lost the tie 5-4 on aggregate.4. Though he has only made 26 Bundesliga appearances at time of writing under Schalke manager Andre Breitenreiter, he has seven goals and is clearly highly regarded in his homeland enough to be fast-tracked to the national team.5. Sane made his debut under former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo and is now a key member of a youthful Schalke side.6. He was involved in a serious car accident in which he wrote off a €100,000 Mercedes and Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has said the player is understandably yet to mature.He says: “I trust my instincts, it has worked every time so far”“I never wanted to be an astronaut… When I was 16 or 17, I didn’t go to parties. I had only one hobby – the ball.”“You shouldn’t drink two litres of Coca Cola every day… My favourite meal is Penne Carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?” They say:“He has a way of playing that can make all the difference. He isn’t put off if things aren’t going as expected; even if he loses the ball, he can complete a well-run counter in the next moment.” – Sporting director Horst Heldt“A lot of players don’t keep their heads on the ground, because they know they can earn money quickly. Leroy won’t do that. He is grounded.” – Souleyman Sané
Coral’s PR manager Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.All the talk is about Jose Mourinho and Chelsea after the Portuguese boss was axed by the Blues and McGeady looks at where the ‘Special One’ could end up next.She says Mourinho is expected to remain in England and it is 6/4 for him to be the next Manchester United manager.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastHere’s the latest reaction to Jose Mourinho’s sacking on talkSPORT…Exclusive – Guus Hiddink the ‘perfect’ choice to take over from Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss, says Ray Wilkins‘A great manager with people skills’ – Ex-Chelsea winger Bolo Zenden backs Guus Hiddink to replace Jose MourinhoMourinho sacked by Chelsea – ‘Performances have SHAMED club. Jose had to go,’ admits Jason CundyChelsea technical director Michael Emenalo: A ‘palpable discord’ with players led to Jose Mourinho’s dismissalChelsea FC: Jose Mourinho’s sacking was due to a ‘historic’ issue with the board, says Neil Ashton
1 Wilfried Bony Wilfried Bony believes he should have started for Manchester City in their defeat at Barclays Premier League title rivals Arsenal on Monday.The Ivory Coast striker had scored three in four games while City’s talismanic forward Sergio Aguero was missing with a heel injury.But Aguero was declared fit ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium and came straight into a side that was then beaten 2-1 by the Gunners.With manager Manuel Pellegrini’s position already under increased speculation given Pep Guardiola’s announcement he will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, City have now failed to win away in the Premier League since mid-September.And Bony has heaped more pressure on his manager after claiming he should have been tasked with leading the line at Arsenal instead of coming on around the hour-mark as an ineffectual Aguero departed.When asked if he deserved to be playing, the former Swansea forward said: “I think so.“He (Aguero) is coming back from injury. He hasn’t played for a couple of weeks. I’m disappointed today that I didn’t start but I’m not the coach.“The coach does what he thinks is best for the team. I’m sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to choose 11 players.“So when I come on I just try to do my best to try to score or to give an assist to the other players to score to help the team to win.”Bony, 27, arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in January for a fee of £28million but has only started 10 league games in that time.He also revealed he would talk to Pellegrini about his position amid speculation regarding his own future.“That’s my feeling today,” he said when asked if he would air his views to his manager.“We have lost the game so we just have to be ready for the next game. I will continue to work hard and think about the next game, prepare very well then it will depend on the coach who he is going to put in.”Bony was then asked if it summed up where he was in Pellegrini’s thinking if he was dropped as soon as Aguero was deemed fit enough to start.“That’s what I mean,” he said.“Everyone on the team wants to play but the coach has to choose 11 players. If it’s good for the team like this it’s okay. We go with that. Everyone must be ready to give 100 per cent.”
1 Kenwyne Jones Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has completed a loan move to Al Jazira until the end of the season.The move had been mooted over the weekend and Jones, 31, was in the United Arab Emirates to finalise the deal on Tuesday. A press release on the player’s Facebook page quoted Trinidad and Tobago international Jones as saying: “I am really appreciative of the opportunity to have worked with a great team at Cardiff, and to play in front of some of the most passionate fans in Wales.“This decision was made based on the opportunities presented to me.“I would like to say thank you to the Bluebirds’ staff and players – I wish them all success in their future endeavours. I also extend a special thank you to the amazing Bluebirds supporters. It has really been my absolute pleasure, and I will never forget you.”Jones joined Southampton from W Connection in Trinidad and Tobago and made big-money moves to Sunderland and Stoke before joining Cardiff in January 2014.