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3 Players To Put In Your Premier League Fantasy Premier League Teams This Week

With the final intersecting international break behind us, we now enter the final stretch of the 2016/17 Premier League season, headlined by none other than Saturday’s Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton and Manchester City’s away clash versus Arsenal on the following day.

It’s high time for building momentum in just about every sector of the league table, so just who can we look upon to deliver the goods for their respective teams this weekend? Here’s Fresh Football’s Fantasy Football hot picks.

1 – Gylfi Sigurðsson

Position: Midfielder
Club: Swansea City
Price: £7.8m

He’s racked up eight goals and 11 assists so far this season for a side that has, for the most part, been flirting with the relegation zone, so it’s perhaps no surprise to see Gylfi Sigurðsson’s name being spoken in such high esteem within the rumour mill.

And meanwhile the Swans will be hoping their talisman stays long-term; they themselves still have plenty on their plate that requires taking care of, as the Welsh outfit battle for their Premier League status.

Paul Clement has managed to steer Swansea away from troubled waters ahead of yet another crucial clash in the fight to stay up, hosting Middlesbrough at the weekend.

The Teeside club, prior to Jonathan Woodgate’s debut as manager, sit five points behind Sigurðsson’s team in 18th, despite having a game in hand, so it’s a fixture of supreme importance for both corners.

Natural order sees the favouritism lie with Swansea, however, and the likes of the Icelandic playmaker have proven to make a decisive difference in the best of afternoons down in South Wales. Sigurðsson could well bring more euphoria to the stands this weekend.

3 Players To Put In Your Premier League Fantasy Football Teams This Week

With each gameweek that beckons, the need for points heightens in just about every sector of the Premier League table. Us Fantasy Premier League players will be counting each and every point that comes our way too, as we head approach the final bend of a long season.

Here’s who Fresh Football’s tipping to be this weekend’s difference makers and give you the bragging rights over your mates.

1 – Gylfi Sigurðsson
Position:
Midfield
Club: Swansea City
Price: £7.6m

Carlo Ancelotti’s former partner in crime, Paul Clement, may well have set Swansea City on their way to climbing up the Premier League table, but if there’s one man to which the Swans also owe much of their recent success to, that man is Gylfi Sigurðsson.

In the Icelandic star Swansea have raked in 17 important goals (including assists) to their league tally and yet more success in front of goal could be on the over the coming weeks.

First up for the Welsh outfit are Burnley, a side who have been incredibly impressive on their own turf, but one that has also seen their form on the road fall way below of the precedent set at home.

Sean Dyche’s side have gone on to lose 10 out their 12 away games in the Premier League this season, and so the threat posed by Sigurðsson, both from open play and set-pieces, could prove to be what tips the balance should Swansea renew Burnley’s poor form.

Furthermore, the Swans will be pleased to know the likes of Hull City, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, all within touching distance in the bottom half of the table, make up the composition of their next three fixtures, so there’s a facet of longevity to picking the ex-Tottenham Hotspur man ahead of this weekend.

3 Must Have Players In Your Fantasy Football Premier League Teams This Week

As Manchester United and Southampton prepare themselves for a special night out in Wembley for the EFL Cup final, subsequently taking Arsenal and Manchester City out of the firing line for a hot minute, life in the Premier League continues with important clashes in and around parts of the table.

But in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Agüero and others, the question of who to turn to as captain will be the one that looms large for many of us Fantasy Premier League players this weekend. That’s nothing that a little friendly advice from Fresh Football can’t fix, however.

1. Diego Costa

Club: Chelsea
Position: Striker
Price: £10m

It’s the week of the heavy hitters for us and fewer names have been as synonymous to the skipper’s armband as Diego Costa’s this season. The Chelsea forward has supplemented the Blues’ title charge with 15 league goals from 23 appearances, making him a top favourite for the Golden Boot this season.

We fully expect to see the Brazilian-born Spain international reinforce his bid for the hotly-contested end-of-season gong this weekend, as Chelsea welcome a few familiar faces back to Stamford Bridge.

Paul Clement, the former assistant manager of the London outfit under Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure, as well as his sidekick, Claude Makélélé, another to don the Chelsea blue, have turned fortunes around at what was once considered to be a relegation-bound Swansea City side.

The team from South Wales have made steady strides since Clement’s appointment to find themselves 15th in the Premier League table, but that does little to the fact that the West Londoners are overwhelming favourites in this clash, as they look to take another step towards the league title.

It may or may not be easy for Blues, but Costa has come up with his fair share of clutch moments up top for Antonio Conte’s side in the best and worst positions, so we expect the ex-Atlético Madrid striker to deliver.

3 Alternative Selections For Your Premier League Fantasy Football Team This Week

Premier League football could well be in for a triple dosage of goal-laden games this week, given the amount of must-win duels coming our way.

In hope of a response to Wednesday’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League, Leicester City will be praying for three points, something that has escaped them since late October.

The Foxes’ opponents this Saturday come in the form of favourable quantity Manchester City, also coming into this weekend’s clash off the back of European disappointment versus Celtic and with an underwhelming record of just three wins in their last six league games.

Old Trafford hosts the anticipated meeting between top four contenders, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, neither being left with much margin for error, whereas at the other end of the table, the likes of Hull City, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Sunderland all face “cup finals” of their own.

But with so many blows expected to be traded this weekend, it’s perhaps a surprise to see we’re backing just one striker to rake in a large sum of points this weekend in Fantasy Premier League. Here are our reasons:

1 – Gylfi Sigurðsson

Club: Swansea City
Position: Midfielder
Price: £7.4m

Currently sitting bottom of the pile in the Premier League, the need for points is urgent at the Liberty Stadium and they won’t have many better opportunities to do so than when Sunderland come to town.

The Black Cats are on the up, winning three of their last four league games, but they’re still very much within the realms of the lower end of the table, as two points separate the relegation candidates prior to Saturday’s fixture.

Swansea’s last victory saw the Swans topple Crystal Palace in a 5-4 thriller a fortnight ago, of which Gylfi Sigurðsson was on hand to chip in with a goal and assist en route to victory. Last weekend’s 5-0 loss away to Spurs was the first time in six appearances that the Icelandic star didn’t contribute directly to a Swansea goal, so if Bob Bradley’s side are to lift off the root of the league table come Saturday, we expect the 27-year-old to have a significant input.

3 Must Have Players For Your Fantasy Football Teams This Week ft. Liverpool Midfielder

Another week has come and gone, and Fresh Football returns with its weekly edition of Fantasy Premier League hotpicks, bracing ourselves for the action ahead in Gameweek 13.

In between that time, the current title holders, Leicester City, continue to impress on a continental stage, so much so that the 13 points amassed in Group G by the Foxes has already surpassed their current mark of 12 points in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s murky relationship with the month of November continues, but, in the meantime, the Gunners are also still unbeaten since their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool back in August – an improvement from past seasons.

Elsewhere, the Manchester City continue to show signs of being anything but the finished article under Pep Guardiola, whereas Tottenham Hotspur’s return to the European elite has proven to be short lived; a 2-1 defeat at the hands of AS Monaco sealing their fate.

In fear of a European hangover, but also due to potentially glaring opportunities to pick up points elsewhere, we’re avoiding games between the aforementioned clubs altogether.

So here’s who we’re topping to come up trumps this weekend.

1 – Jonny Evans

Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Defender
Price: £4.5m

Tony Pulis and his club appear to have gotten their mojo back. After claiming just two wins from their first 10 league games, West Brom have proceeded to pick up back-to-back victories versus Leicester City and, most recently, Burnley, defeating the newly-promoted side 4-0 on Monday night.

Next up for the Midlands club are Hull City, who continue to slip down the table after winning just once since August. 19th placed Sunderland were the latest side to snatch three points from the Tigers, so one can imagine morale isn’t great at the moment, because the form certainly isn’t.

On the ascendancy, West Brom have every chance of making it three wins on the spin, and failing that, a clean sheet at the very least. We’ll settle for that, tipping Jonny Evans to star.

3 Strikers You Need In Your Fantasy Football Teams This Weekend ft. Everton, Sunderland & Manchester City Stars

With the third international break of the season behind us, it’s now full steam ahead for club football until March. Offering no respite, the Premier League returns with a tasty collection of potential relegation ‘six-pointers’, a meeting between old foes at Old Trafford and even a London derby.

Undoubtedly, there’ll be plenty of heart beats to be skipped, goals to be fought for and points to be clocked along the way. Here’s who Fresh Football are backing to lead the way in this week’s Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12.

1 – Jermaine Defoe

Club: Sunderland
Position: Striker
Price: £7.4m
We could have tipped Diego Costa to star, here, as so many are sure to do, but we like the look of a potentially big showing from Jermain Defoe against lowly-placed Hull City at the Stadium of Light. Of course, Sunderland have fared worse than their opponents so far, winning their first league game of the season as late as their last outing.

The clash between the two clubs is, without a doubt, a must-win game, and given the momentum to be gained from their last fixture and the fact that they’re at home; there may well be a theoretical advantage to be placed upon the otherwise unreliable Black Cats this weekend.

Leading the line, David Moyes’ men will be looking towards Defoe to come up with a clutch moment or two to help them take down Hull. At £m, the veteran could well be the perfect stop-gap for those who simply need to replace an injured/suspended striker for a week, or one that’s otherwise unlikely to come up big against tough opposition.

Walcott Excels, Swans Struggle. Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Arsenal’s Premier League win at home over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this Saturday:

Arsenal

Petr Čech – 6.5

The veteran goalkeeper was brought into action occasionally in the first half, offering a few uneasy moments with his distribution, but, contrarily, the ex-Chelsea man kept himself composed between the sticks when saving a handful of attempts at goal late on from Leroy Fer and co.

Héctor Bellerín – 7

Arsenal’s right back was constant threat down the flanks, meanwhile also ushering the Swans’ attack away to the opposite wing with his defensive capabilities.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7

A sound performance from the German centre half yet again, whether it meant bringing the ball out from defence, threatening from set-pieces, or sweeping up play in behind Arsenal’s backline.

Laurent Koscielny – 7.5

Much like his centre back partner, Mustafi, Koscielny’s covering and reading of the game was near impeccable, in particular when dealing Modou Barrow on Arsenal’s left hand side.

Nacho Monreal – 6

Standard stuff from Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal, who was generally solid but will also be happy to see the back of Modou Barrow.

Granit Xhaka – 5

A day to forget for Granit Xhaka, despite a fairly calm demonstration in between both points of reference that will blemish his performance. The Swiss midfielder lost the ball in a dangerous area in the lead-up to Gylfi Sigurðsson’s goal, whereas his red card for a cynical tackle turned up the heat on an Arsenal side left to fend off a late onslaught on their 3-2 advantage.

Santi Cazorla – 7

An often casual-looking performance from Cazorla’s, whose work in the park looked typically effortless in Arsenal’s large phase of dominance. The diminutive playmaker also shifted quite well to a more conservative approach in the middle of the park following Xhaka’s red card.

Theo Walcott – 8

Walcott’s hot streak in front of goal continues with a first-half brace, gifting Arsenal a 2-0 lead with some old-fashioned goal-poaching. The winger might well have had a hat-trick on another day, too – hitting the woodwork twice in the latter stages of the game.

Mesut Özil – 7

The execution in his passes were uncharacteristically rusty in the first period, but began to look far more refined and familiar for the second half, as Özil made his presence felt with an inch-perfect volley for Arsenal’s third.

Alex Iwobi – 6.5

Iwobi was on hand to provide good interplay throughout the game, bursting into life early in the second half in a dazzling run that almost led to Walcott’s third, but the young Nigerian was then given a break when replaced by Francis Coquelin midway through the second period.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

The Chilean was typically lively when leading the line, but for all the enthusiasm, his touch appeared visibly off peak. Perhaps a consequence of the fatigue picked up from international duty, but Sanchez still found away to contribute with a looped pass for Özil’s goal.

Subs

Francis Coquelin – N/A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A

Kieran Gibbs – N/A

Swansea City

Łukasz Fabiański – 5.5

The ex-Arsenal man pulled off an important stop in the latter stages from an individual effort by Bellerín to keep Swansea in the game, whereas there wasn’t a great deal that could be done for at least two of the three goals conceded by the visitors.

Kyle Naughton – 5

Not a memorable performance from Naughton, it must be said, with general memory throwing us the image of the full back chasing after Arsenal players and little else.

Federico Fernández – 4

Among the most disappointing for Swans this afternoon, the player took his eye off runners in behind on a consistent basis and could easily have been punished on another day for it.

Jordi Amat – 4.5

Not quite as neglectful as his partner in crime, but the Spaniard was arguably at fault for Theo Walcott’s opener and went on to waste a good opportunity from a set-piece as the first half came to a close.

Neil Taylor – 4

Often tormented by the pace of Walcott and Bellerín, Taylor ended up resorting to physicality and picked up a yellow card for his troubles, limiting him further with coping with the dangers in his flank.

Jack Cork – 5

Quiet and unspectacular from the former Chelsea man, but it always looked as though it’d be that way up against an in-form Arsenal side.

Leon Britton – 4.5

Swansea looked towards a diminutive playmaker of their own to ease some of the strain caused by Arsenal’s dominance; a task too demanding of for a 34-year-old Leon Britton on the day, who was later subbed off for Borja Baston.

Leroy Fer – 4.5

The Dutchman relinquished possession far too often in the middle of the park and, perhaps, should have done more in front of goal when the opportunity presented itself.

Modou Barrow – 7

Another impressive performance from Barrow, who’s threat kept Swansea in the game.

Wayne Routledge 4.5

More often than not found tracking back in a fairly low-key display.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – 6.5

Another rare glimpse of hope for Swansea, coming from their star man. Gylfi Sigurðsson was on hand to capitalise on Xhaka’s mistake and pull a goal back, whereas his set-pieces promised to be the most likely avenue for an equaliser all afternoon.

Subs

Borja Baston – 6

Came on to make an impact and did just that when handing Swansea a lifeline with his first goal for his new club.

Ki Sung-Yeung – N/A

Àngel Rangel – N/A

Player Ratings: Swansea City 2-2 Chelsea

These are Fresh Football’s player ratings for Swansea City’s home Premier League game against Chelsea:

Swansea City

Łukasz Fabiański – 7

Very good at claiming low crosses and safeguarding the goal as best as he could.

Kyle Naughton – 5.5

Struggled to thwart Eden Hazard in the first half, but his performance gradually improved.

Federico Fernández – 5

Arguably culpable in Chelsea’s first goal, as his headed clearance found itself to Oscar.

Jordi Amat – 5

Often embroiled in physical disputes with Diego Costa, Jordi Amat was fairly fortunate not to be red carded throughout the game.

Stephen Kingsley – 5.5

Shifted from centre back to left back and did okay with the little support he had on that particular flank.

Neil Taylor – 4.5

The Wales international was taken off shortly before half-time, with his team generally on the back foot in his presence.

Jack Cork – 5

Left a few gaps behind him by being sucked into pressure, which could have been costly with the right decision-making.

Ki Sung-yueng – 5

In combination with Cork, struggled to get ahold of the midfield and protect the back five/four.

Leroy Fer – 6

The Dutchman was a bit of a let down in the first half, but grew as the game went on, scoring Swansea’s crucial second goal.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – 5.5

Struggled to get on the ball, but the former Spurs man was on hand to fire the Swans level with a penalty in the second half.

Fernando Llorente – 5

Left isolated up top for the best part of the game.

Subs

Modou Barrow – 7

Swansea owe much of their change in fortunes to Modou Barrow, who worked the channels brilliantly and played the pass that saw Gylfi Sigurðsson win a penalty for the South Wales side.

Àngel Rangel – N/A

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois – 5

A shaky performance from the Belgian. His distribution was often nervy-looking and inviting, whereas his misjudgement of Barrow’s pass to Gylfi Sigurðsson in the first half gifted Swansea a comeback.

Branislav Ivanović – 6.5

The Serbian offered quality in his support to Willian on the right flank in the first half, but Barrow’s introduction soon exposed the gaps left at the back.

Gary Cahill – 6

Won his fair share of duels versus Llorente throughout the game, but there’s a case to be made for the ex-Bolton defender being at fault for Leroy Fer’s goal, as he went down easily in surrendering possession.

John Terry – 7

A strong, solid performance from John Terry right throughout the game.

César Azpilicueta – 6

Quiet stuff from Azpilicueta, as most of the action came down Ivanović’s flank.

N’Golo Kanté – 6.5

The Frenchman was super effective at recovering possession, but his grip on proceedings began to wear off as the game progressed.

Nemanja Matić – 7

A performance reminiscent of the good times for Matić, especially going forwards.

Willian – 6

The winger was typically quick and direct, but his execution in dangerous areas was lacking.

Oscar – 6.5

A decent performance from the Brazilian, whose most notable contribution was an assist for Diego Costa’s first goal.

Eden Hazard – 7.5

A menace to both Kyle Naughton and right-sided centre back Federico Fernández. The Belgian looked the likeliest to turn the screw completely in Chelsea’s search for a winner late on.

Diego Costa – 8

Two goals in an action-packed afternoon for Diego Costa sees Chelsea earn a vital point for their second-half troubles.

Subs

Cesc Fàbregas – 6

Didn’t have too much time to leave a lasting impression on the game, but Fàbregas did offer a threat with one or two defence-splitting passes.

Victor Moses – 5

Like Fàbregas, Moses didn’t have time on his side with regards to making an impact and, well, he didn’t.

Transfer Window Rankings (20th-17th): Hull, Burnley, West Brom & Swansea Feature

As two of the most free-spending managers in football history, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, paved way for the arrival of more high-profile managerial switch-a-rounds, it’s perhaps no surprise to see Premier League clubs shatter the records of expenditure once more with a £1.165 billion bill, surpassing the £870 million mark set just last season.

In its trail, the relentless cash burning has left a bunch of euphoric agents, players and, for the most part, many satisfied fans with the acquisitions made by their favourite clubs. Some teams went about their business better than others, however. Here’s where all 20 Premier League clubs stand in Fresh Football’s rankings:

20th – Hull City

Key Incomings: Ryan Mason (£13m), David Marshall (£3.5m), Will Keane (£1m), James Weir (Undisclosed), Dieumerci Mbokani (Loan), Markus Henriksen (Loan).

Key Outgoings: Mohamed Diamé (£4.6m), Sone Aluko (Released), Ryan Taylor (Released)

As refreshing and laudable as one’s start to the season can be, the fact Hull’s squad still appears worryingly depleted, let alone arguably too weak to survive in the Premier League, sees them languish behind others as far as transfer dealings are concerned. It cost them a manager at the start of the season, after all.

David Marshall provided some solid performances during his time with Cardiff City in the Premier League, whereas Ryan Mason, despite being a bit costly, adds some quality to the Tigers’ midfield. The likes of Will Keane should also have space to grow into the player his potential promises to see him become, but whether he, among others, will manage to have the desired impact on the squad remains to be seen.

Stranger things have happened in the Premier League, of course, but the suspicions that Mike Phelan’s squad is still far too small and short in quality won’t go away.

19th – Burnley

Key Incomings: Jeff Hendrick (£10m), Steven Defour (£7.3m), Patrick Bamford (Loan), Jon Flanagan (Loan), Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (£2.5m).

Key Outgoings: Joey Barton (Released), Matty Taylor (Released), Lukasz Jutkiewicz (Loan).

Sean Dyche is sticking to what saw his team promoted last season, that much is clear, after a fairly quiet summer at Turf Moor. Whether that will cost Burnley, or not, remains to be seen, but it more than likely was the defining factor in their relegation from the Premier League just two seasons ago.

Nevertheless, the arrivals of Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick refresh the club’s midfield, whereas a stagnating Patrick Bamford joins with a point to prove, initially behind the likes of Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order. The star quality remains unconvincing, however, but their strong unification can drown those concerns. At least there’s a clear method to Burnley’s actions, or lack thereof.

18th – West Bromwich Albion

Key Incomings: Nacer Chadli (£13m), Matt Phillips (£5.5m), Allan Nyom (£4m), Brendan Galloway (Loan), Robson Hal-Kanu (Free).

Key Outgoings: James Chester (£8m), Rickie Lambert (Undisclosed), Sebastien Pocognoli (Loan), Victor Anichebe (Released), Stephane Sessegnon (Released), Anders Lindegaard (Released).

Such was the disappointment with the lack of transfer activity at the Hawthorns that relegation-proof manager Tony Pulis was rumoured to be considering his position as West Bromwich Albion boss. That storm seems to have been weathered by the Midlands club, but they will now have to face the realities of their dealings.

On face value, the additions look adequate. Nacer Chadli’s powering figure looks like your average template for a Pulis wide man, whereas Brendan Galloway and Allan Nyom are decent reinforcements for the backline.

Happy or unhappy, Saido Berahino is still at the club, but fans will be rightly upset to have missed out on key targets, such as Islam Slimani, now at Leicester City, the striker’s ex-team mate, William Carvalho, and Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho. It’s a missed opportunity overall for squad that looks to be in desperate need or revitalisation.

17th – Swansea City

Key Incomings: Borja Bastón (£15.5m), Fernando Llorente (£5m), Leroy Fer (£4.75m), Mike van der Hoorn (£2.1m), Aflie Mawson (£5m).

Key Outgoings: André Ayew (£20m), Ashley Williams (£12m), Bafetimbe Gomis (Loan), Eder (£3.8m).

Hardly traffic-stopping stuff at the Liberty Stadium, but when has that ever been the case wherever Swansea City’s spending has been concerned? Still, the South Wales outfit managed to quietly smash their own transfer record by landing Borja Bastón for £15.5 million after his 19-goal season on loan at La Liga club Eibar.

The experienced Fernando Llorente also bolsters Francesco Guidolin’s frontline, whereas Leroy Fer, who has already found the back of the net from midfield twice this season, hopes his third move to a Premier League club won’t result in a successive relegation. The biggest worry, however, has to be how Swansea manage to cope with the exits of their top goalscorer and club captain, André Ayew and Ashley Williams. For now, it’s a season to sweat over.

The 3 Must Pick Players For Your Fantasy Football Team This Week ft. Man Utd Star

Gameweek three of the Premier League is upon us and, as always, Fresh Football will be here to offer you guidance with regards to your Fantasy Premier League teams. Here are our three hot picks for this week:

1 – Riyad Mahrez
Club:
Leicester City
Position: Midfield
Price: £9.5m

Much like last year, nobody knows quite what to expect from Leicester City this season after the heroics of the past campaign. What’s deemed acceptable for the Foxes may well mould itself as the season goes on, but one objective remains clear – they’ll want to win their first league game of the season fairly sharpish!

A disappointing 2-1 defeat away to a depleted Hull City side was followed by a far more respectable score line at the King Power Stadium, drawing 0-0 to Arsenal, but with Swansea City coming to town, Leicester have the chance to right the wrongs.

Leicester will need to look no further than Riyad Mahrez for inspiration, despite the Algerian firing blanks so far this season. The winger grabbed a hat-trick in the Foxes’ 3-0 win versus Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last December, whereas he was also on the score sheet in the return fixture that saw the Premier League champions win 4-0 back in April.

‘Bad To Worse’: Manchester United Fans Upset By Latest Defeat

Manchester United lost only their second game in 20, as Gary Monk’s Swansea City over came Louis Van Gaal’s men on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. This win was a milestone for the Swans, as it was their first Premier League double over United in the club’s history.

United surrendered the lead having gone ahead early in the first half through a deflected Ander Herrera strike. The game was leveled when South Korean international Ki, popped up as he usually does in this fixture, just minutes later from close range. In a game where the reds had more of the ball, it took a moment of bad fortune to decide the game from a Man United perspective. Jonjo Shelvey’s long range shot took a touch off an unknowing Bafatimbi Gomis to wrong foot the keeper to earn Swansea the 3 points and their historic moment.

The loss comes just days after Van Gaal claimed the United players were finally understanding his ‘philosophy’ and should be moving back towards what we’d seen of them in more successful times. United’s recent performances have been under criticism in recent weeks and the former Champions have been labelled as somewhat of a ‘Long ball team’, which is fairly accurate to some extent. I’m sure in Van Gaal’s defence, the recent run of results are proving more important than performance levels as he feels the players are still adapting to his style. It may make you wonder, with further investment and a little time, will we see United return to the good old days under LVG?

‘I’ll Fall Out With Football’: Fans Not Happy With Latest Manchester City Signing

Football fans up and down the country have been left scratching their heads this morning after it emerged that Manchester City are set to buy Wilfried Bony from Swansea for an astronomical £30m fee.

The Citizens are in the market for a new striker to give them the edge in the Premier League title battle with Chelsea and identified Bony as their prime target. However, eyebrows have been raised at the staggering fee the defending champions are set to pay for a player who’s not experienced in European football.

Bony was the top scorer in the Premier League during 2014 with 20 goals and has 35 goals in 70 games for the Welsh side- but even those impressive stats can’t convince these fans that it’s a good deal. It’s also upset a fair few number of Liverpool fans, who could have signed Bony in the summer- but ended up with Mario Balotelli.

‘Appaling, Typical’: Palace Fans Furious With BBC Highlights

Crystal Palace fans were appalled at the weekend after their 1-1 draw with Swansea City received very little coverage of Match of The Day and limited insight into the game.

BBC’s flagship programme stuck the Eagles on last, behind the 0-0 draw between Sunderland and Chelsea, whilst also excluding one of the best moments of the game when Yannick Bolasie struck the bar. On top of this, the analysis into Crystal Palace was limited to just one sentence by Gary Linekar, which infuriated passionate fans.

Whilst it may not have been the best game of the weekend, excluding key highlights is something that shouldn’t be acceptable and it’s fairly reasonable that the BBC have received these angry responses.

‘Better Than Aguero?’: Swansea Fans Praise Star Striker

Swansea City may not have won this weekend, as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace, but the Welsh fans will feel like champions every week with Wilfried Bony in their side.

The Ivorian netted again for the Swans this weekend to take his tally to fourteen for the calendar year, the highest in the Premier League and better than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Match of The Day commentators were criticised last night for stating that Bony is a more prolific striker than the Argentine but when you look at his stats, they may have a point.

Whether or not Bony is better than Aguero doesn’t matter much to Swansea fans, who are just happy to have such a talented footballer in their squad. Though at this rate the sharks will soon be circling.

‘Great News’: Swansea Fans React To New Contract For Star-Man

Swansea fans were delighted last night as it was confirmed by the Premier League side that Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony had signed a one-year contract extension with the Welsh side.

The African striker had attracted the attention of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur but the new deal for Bony means he will remain at Swansea for the foreseeable future. The announcement came on the same day that Bony’s Ivory Coast side secured their place in next year’s African Cup Of Nations, which begins in January.

Fans of the club were understandably delighted by the news, as no played has scored more goals in 2012 than Wilfried Bony, an honour he shares with Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, with both players having found the net 16 times in the league this calendar year.

‘Looked Like An U16 Player’: Swansea Fans Mock Arsenal Defender

Swansea City secured a fantastic 2-1 victory against Arsenal this evening, heaping the misery upon Arsenal fans and one player in particular.

Poor Calum Chambers was struggling all game with Jefferson Montero and his performance has not gone unnoticed by Swansea fans, who took it upon themselves to jump onto social media and mock the young England international, after a performance he is sure to want to forget.

There’s no question that Montero had the upper-hand on Chambers today, but was it his fault or Arsene Wenger’s?

‘Out-coached Every Week’: Arsenal Fans Furious After Swansea Defeat

Arsenal suffered another poor result today as they lost 2-1 to Swansea City, despite taking the lead, as a second-half turnaround saw them lose their second game of the season.

The tactics from Arsene Wenger were off yet again and it topped off an awful week for the Gunners, due to their Champions League disaster in midweek. With just four victories this season in the league, all of which have come against sides in the bottom six of the league.

Questions are really beginning to be asked about this Arsenal side, who look destined to have a disappointing season.