Bournemouth seek Christian Atsu for loan deal

first_img“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Everton for making me feel welcome during my time there this season,” Atsu posted on his official Twitter account. “The fans, the staff, my teammates have all been very supportive. Reports in the English media claim Bournemouth have made a move for a season long loan deal with Chelsea and are hoping to land the winger who is just ending a similar spell at Everton.Atsu was acquired by Chelsea in September 2013 for £3.5m from FC Porto but he is yet to officially feature for the club. The 23-year-old started just one game and played a total of 110 minutes in the Premier League for the Toffees. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out for me but I must look forward and am keen to take the next step in my football career. God bless everyone.” He spent his first season as a Chelsea player on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem – a successful spell it was but the second in England and with Everton, for this just ended season, turned out more of a nightmare.center_img Ghana’s Christian Atsu could be joining Premier League entrant Bournemouth in a loan .deal next season. With no sign of a possible loan renewal, the winner of the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Afcon with Ghana has thanked the Toffees for the time spent with the club this past season. It is expected that Chelsea who have no immediate plans to rope Atsu in their squad for next season would be keen for him to go out on loan again but to a club where he is more likely to play.–last_img read more

Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is also on good form despite being a reserve at Manchester United. Defenders Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado and Marcos Acuna have similarly earned praised for their performances.Coaching changesSampaoli was the team’s third coach during qualifying, with the former Chile and Sevilla manager taking over four months ago after Edgardo Bauza was fired. Bauza stayed on the job for only eight matches, after succeeding Gerardo Martino.Argentina never used the same starting lineup twice in its 18 matches, a statistic which many believe has made it less effective as a team and more reliant on the individual talent of Messi.Now Sampaoli has eight months to find the right partners for Messi and help him claim soccer’s most coveted trophy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Juan RuizArgentina was in trouble until the final round of South American qualifying for the World Cup, and needed Lionel Messi to seal his country’s place at soccer’s global showcase.Now comes the really difficult part.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Given Argentina’s World Cup tradition, the 3-1 win earned against Ecuador with Messi’s hat trick was little short of mandatory. But coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to fix in a squad that almost made Argentina miss a World Cup for the first time in 48 years.Here is a look at the issues facing the team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDependence on MessiAt a crucial moment, Argentina needed Messi to step in and avoid what could have been a humiliating exit. And he certainly delivered, with his three goals against Ecuador worth a place at next year’s finals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Argentina scored only 19 goals in its 18 games in South American qualifying, tying with Paraguay for the second-worst record. Messi scored seven, and no other player added more than two goals.In the standings, South American leader Brazil and second-place Uruguay scored 41 and 32 goals, respectively.Messi’s hat trick in Quito gave Argentina its first goals in open play since a 3-0 victory over Colombia in November 2016.Sampaoli replaced veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain for Boca Juniors’ target man Dario Benedetto, and he has also brought in players that had been overlooked, like Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Gomez.None of them did any better.Sergio Aguero missed the last two rounds due to injury. He and Angel Di Maria will have to step up in Russia, while Sampaoli will also have to find a way to use Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.Doubts about MacheranoArgentina also faces problems in defense, despite conceding only 16 goals, the second-lowest number in South American qualifying. Veteran defender Javier Mascherano seems to be at the end of his impressive run at 33 years of age.It was a mistake by Mascherano that allowed Ecuador to open the scoring on Tuesday and he has been frequently replaced by Sampaoli.Moving Mascherano back to a midfield role seems unlikely, as Enzo Perez, Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega have all done well in recent games. Russia might be Messi’s last World Cup, and it will definitely be his final attempt at the peak of his powers. At the 2022 tournament in Qatar, the Argentine will be 35 years old.Regardless of his numerous titles with Barcelona, he has still to win a major one for Argentina.“The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine”, Sampaoli told reporters. “Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him. We have the chance to help, he is the best player ever.”The dependence on Messi has been proportional to the lack of goals from other players.Goal droughtADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more