Ah the beauty of a cupset. After one too many boring and predictable results, the Carabao Cup came to the rescue on Wednesday night, with Manchester City dropping out of their favourite competition.
Southampton, of all teams, knocked them out, with Nathan Jones finally getting a result as Saints boss, though surely it will be the Premier League he is eventually judged upon. Manchester United and Newcastle are now surely licking their lips as we enter the semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup, with both clubs looking to end trophy droughts of very different lengths.
Though, the two clubs do have something in common. Now that Newcastle have themselves some rich owners, they too can spend lavishly like Man Utd, albeit while bound by the restrictions Financial Fair Play rules, and that’s where we start today’s transfer round-up, at St James’ Park.
According to Dean Jones, Newcastle might just hold the edge over Tottenham in the race to sign Brighton star Leandro Trossard. Jones told Give Me Sport: “The Trossard link to Tottenham is interesting because his versatility would really suit them. However, if he is really going to move, then I would say both Chelsea and Newcastle are also going to be in that conversation and might be more likely landing spots given their level of interest and power in this current market.”
As for United - the Manchester variety - Erik ten Hag is said to be interested in snapping up Southampton star Kyle Walker-Peters, according to talkSPORT, in a bid to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who looks destined to leave during this window. Ten Hag is not a fan of Wan-Bissaka’s it seems, and United could be willing to take a hit on another failed investment. Though, the losses will likely cut deeper, with Southampton likely to demand a significant fee for Walker-Peters, who also on Chelsea’s radar.
Last but not least, Everton are looking to sign two strikers this month, according to Football Insider. The report doesn’t detail who those strikers will be, but it seems attackers are the priority, and that shouldn’t come as any surprise. The Toffees have been useless up top this season, and they are currently the third lowest scorers in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard needs some help when it comes to frontmen, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay not cutting it on their own, Perhaps some fresh blood can create a path to safety for the Merseyside club, but you would think it means even more pressure for Lampard, who seems to be holding on by a thread amid a disastrous start to the campaign which has left hs side in the bottom three.