In today’s paper…
- HSV vs PSV preview
- Transfer News
- Transfer bans
- Youth Cup preview
Hamburg head to Holland for tonight’s encounter with Lee Adam’s PSV.
Seamus Coleman misses out as he is serving the final match of his three-game ban for attempting to emasculate Bafetembi Gomis with his studs.
Lass Diarra will continue to deputise at right-back, despite rumours linking him with a move to Atalanta.
‘That’s all just rubbish,’ said boss Marsden.
‘Completely made up.
‘You people need to go out and do some real journalism!’
Abel Hernandez looks set to keep his place in a three-man attack alongside Artiz Aduriz and Wahbi Khazri.
‘Our front three are firing, we just need to get the rest playing to the same level,’ intoned Marsden.
Former Sampdoria striker Takumi Minamino was caught in a frenzy of transfer activity when he suddenly became available.
After a tantalising wait, he decided to move to sunny Spain and be surplus even to bench-warming activities at Dario Saviano’s exciting Levante project.
The club also failed to attract two bright young talents this week.
Rodrigues Rodrigo also elected to sign for Levante, while shooting star Umaro Embalo (not to be confused with Shooting Stars’ Eranu) controversially signed for John James’ Sao Paulo.
That resulted in a one month Transfer Ban for John, who fell foul of the rule having ‘forgotten’ about his two loan players plus his own loaned out player, taking him one over the 50 player squad cap.
Hamburg will be hoping to have more success with their offer for young Mikel Merino of Atalanta.
La Dea boss Norman Little is said to be ‘thinking about it’, and will make a decision tonight when he’s finished his day job, and has nothing else to do while watching Gareth Southgate’s England win the World Cup against Roberto Martinez’s Belgium.
‘Speaking of transfer bans, and being a bit of an expert on receiving them…
‘I can sympathise with John at Sao Paulo, having made a similar mistake and received a three month ban as a result, even though I immediately cancelled my loan player like John, and was then immediately back at 50 players.
‘It’s certainly harsh, when you consider that the same punishment is meted out as for someone who goes EIGHT players over.
‘Or compared to NO PUNISHMENT WHATSOEVER for someone who cancels a deal SEVENTEEN MINUTES AFTER it was accepted!’
James McKenzie’s youngsters visit the Volkparkstadion on Sunday night for the first game in Group C of this season’s Youth Cup.
Lots of exciting match-ups in the groups, but especially in Group B with a Manchester derby and an El Classico to look forward to.