Everton v Nottingham Forest, Leicester v Southampton: clockwatch – stay!

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Barcelona have nonetheless not been authorised to register French defender Jules Koundé as a participant, one among their marquee summer season signings, because the membership works to adjust to LaLiga’s Monetary Honest Play (FFP) guidelines, supervisor Xavi mentioned on Saturday.

“In the meanwhile, we don’t know something. We’re on stand-by,” Xavi saidtheir journey to San Sebastian to face Actual Sociedad on Sunday. Barça must adjust to La Liga’s wage cap guidelines to register Koundé, and the potential gross sales of strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay may make this attainable.

“We’re ready. Koundé is a superb chief and an amazing participant. Hopefully he exhibits it quickly – tomorrow, if he can play. He has educated very nicely, I see him in good spirits, however we have to promote gamers to have the ability to register him.”

Koundé missed out on Barça’s season debut towards Rayo Vallecano after La Liga prevented the membership from registering him alongside his fellow summer season signings Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

“The switch market ends on August 31 and we don’t know what is going to occur,” Xavi mentioned. “Auba and Memphis are nonetheless right here, so tomorrow we are going to use them. However the precedence is to register Koundé.” (Reuters)

Jules Koundé. {Photograph}: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

And right here is Will Unwin on Erik ten Hag and the fire-fighting he’s having to take action early in his reign at Manchester United – with Liverpool looming massive on Monday night time:

“Making an attempt to regulate to a brand new set of tactical and stylistic guidelines is tough sufficient for footballers at one of the best of instances however when low on confidence it’s virtually unimaginable.”

Because it stands, the extremely underwhelming encounter between Tottenham and Wolves is scoreless at half time. The second half, the truth is, has simply this second kicked off.

Whereas we await staff information for the 3pm kick-offs, why not learn Barney Ronay on the kerfuffle surrounding Graeme Souness and his ‘man’s sport’ feedback final week?

“I believe what he was attempting to specific, poorly, was his enthusiasm for letting the sport movement, a lust for excessive physicality, and his personal apparent nostalgia for the world of his youth, a spot the place Wulfstan is all the time the noblest and bravest of all warriors, nonetheless on the market defending the bridge from the Vikings.”

Preamble

Is there a lot level in taking note of the Premier League desk after two matches? In all probability not, however let’s do it anyway: promoted Nottingham Forest are at the moment tenth following a morale-boosting win towards West Ham final weekend, whereas Everton are nought from two and languishing in 18th place with defeats by Chelsea and Aston Villa on the books.

The story for Steve Cooper’s Forest has been about a number of arrivals: Morgan Gibbs-White grew to become their sixteenth summer season signing on Thursday, whereas for Everton the latest focus has largely been on resisting Chelsea’s try to lure Anthony Gordon to Stamford Bridge. Regardless of the future holds for Gordon, Frank Lampard will definitely be grappling with a full-blown disaster and widespread wailing from the followers ought to Everton lose once more at present.

The opposite three 3pm kick-offs, no much less importantly, are Leicester v Southampton, Fulham v Brentford and Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, with the managerial match-up between two former midfield generals, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, offering a tasty sub-plot at Selhurst Park.

Group information and extra coming proper up for all 4 3pm kick-offs, however in the meantime, Barry Glendenning has Tottenham v Wolves – stay! – proper right here:


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