Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Carrick for Pavlyuchenko??

I've been persistently emailed one rumour over the last few weeks, and that's of Harry Redknapp offering Roman Pavlyuchenko and a small chunk of cash for one Michael Carrick. Carrick has been out of sorts and out of favour with many fans and, if talk is to be believed, management at the club and could be viewed as the ideal make weight to bring a classy attacking player to Old Trafford.

Whether that player is Pavlyuchenko or not is open for debate, but you would have to think long and hard before dismissing the former Spartak Moscow star. Although he did not have the best of times initially at White Hart Lane, after moving their to link up with manager Juande Ramos following a stellar Euro 2008 campaign for Russia, Pavlychenko is starting prove his critics wrong and has Harry Redknapp doing back flips with solid, consistent performances.

10 goals in 44 appearances for Spurs is not quite indicative of how good Pavlyuchenko has been. His assists have been vital in Tottenham clinching Champion's League football for the 2010/2011 season. Whether this move is anything more than a figment of the media's overactive imagination or not though, we'll have to wait and see.

In other news, rumours persist that United are lining up a free transfer move for Real Madrid legend Raul as well as Los Galaticos goalkeeper Iker Cassillas. Brazilian superstar Luis Fabiano has again been linked to forming a partnership with Wayne Rooney while Esteban Cambiasso, he of Inter Milan and Argentina fame, has also been checked into the growing list of rumoured interests.

Alexis Sanchez, I player I have already coveted on this website, has also been touted to join Sir Alex Ferguson's squad over the summer in a 17m switch from Udinese, while in the out and out forward department, we've been rumoured to be in a battle with Chelsea for the signature of Luis Saurez of Ajax, as well as a reported interested in 12m man Raul Meireles of Porto.

One thing is for sure, the usual circus of reports and rumours will continue for a while longer, whether or not Fergie makes a move will have to be seen.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alexis Sanchez, Chilean Superstar!

alexis sanchezOne thing struck me while pouring through countless minutes of footage leading into this years World Cup, and that's the verve and attacking prowess with which Chile go about their football. And the fulcrum of their plans?? That would be none other than Udinese big-wig Alexis Sanchez.
Chile, managed by Argentinean Marco Bielsa, are a thoroughly decisive attacking unit, putting paid to many sides to finish behind only Brazil in South American World Cup qualifying.

Sanchez stands out brightly in a Chile side that lacks star power, playing on the wide right up front in Bielsa's interesting 3-3-1-3 formation. With South American qualifyings second highest scorer, Humberto Suazo in a central role up front, Sanchez often finds himself provider rather than poacher, but that does not mean he hasn't bagged a goal or two in his time.

11 goals in only 28 appearances for his nation, added to 36 goals in 174 appearances for Cobreloa, Colo-Colo, River Plate and Udinese mean Sanchez is not fallible upfront while many centre forwards to have played with Sanchez's service have spoken glowingly of his assist ability.

With United lacking goals and creativity from the centre of the park throughout 2009/2010, I think Sanchez would fit nicely into an "in the hole" role behind Rooney and whomever his strike partner may be heading into the next season.