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Havertz in a starring role as Chelsea cruise past Everton

Monday night football saw Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea face off in an enthralling match with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. The blues began the game…

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Premier League: Kai Havertz in a starring role as Chelsea cruise past The Toffees

Monday night football saw Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea face off in an enthralling match with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

The blues began the game on the front foot with most of the possession as Everton opted to lie deep and wait for the opportunity to pounce and strike on the counter-attack.

Callum Hudson-Odoi started a good move on the left-wing that saw Marcos Alonso pick up possession in the opposition box as he put in an impressive cross for the German forward, Kai Havertz.

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Havertz redirected the shot to the far post of Jordan Pickford’s goal only to be deflected in by Ben Godfrey in an attempt to block the shot.

It was a close call to see whether the shot was on target, and VAR confirmed it was eventually a Godfrey own goal.

Everton also had a few chances but never accumulated any potential threat to Edouard Mendy, which saw him face only one shot on target. Wall!

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Havertz put the ball in the back of the net from a beautiful Hudson-Odoi lofted pass, but he was deemed to have handled the ball.

It didn’t take long before Havertz got in behind the Everton defense when he was put through on goal by a slide-rule pass from Mateo Kovačić.

Havertz then tried to round the out rushing Pickford who conceded a penalty after fouling the German forward.

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Up stepped the regular Chelsea penalty taker Jorginho, who has seen a refurbished role under Tuchel, finish past Pickford, whose hop and skip technique saw the England first-choice keeper dive in the wrong direction.

Chelsea saw through the win to maintain a clean sheet and set a new record for Thomas Tuchel, five consecutive clean sheets in his first five home games.

Tuchel was later hailed by fans worldwide for his unique tactics and good man-management as he has not yet lost a game since taking over from his compatriot Frank Lampard.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco
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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

Newcastle have reportedly made a £10 million loan approach for Jesse Lingard in the final days of the January transfer window, according to 90Min. According to the report, despite the fact that conversations have lasted a month, they ‘anticipate’ this offer to be ‘accepted.’

Lingard, who is 29 years old, has only started two of his 14 league and cup games this season. That’s following a brilliant loan spell with West Ham last season, in which he netted nine goals and contributed five assists in 16 appearances. In June, his contract will expire.

Newcastle, as well as West Ham and Tottenham, have been heavily connected with Lingard. However, according to the source, Newcastle has offered United a £10 million loan fee for Lingard after extensive discussions.

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Unless he accepts a new Old Trafford contract, such a deal would likely put an end to his United career. It’s unknown whether Lingard wants to transfer, but it’s been said that Newcastle would have to pay him twice as much as he is now.

Lingard still needs to be persuaded. Newcastle triumphed over the weekend, which is crucial not only in terms of staying up but also in terms of attracting players this month. It provides those who are being hunted a better chance of surviving.

Lingard possesses the ability to increase Newcastle’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League significantly. If he joins on loan, Newcastle will have six months to persuade him to sign a permanent contract – and it could work out.

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Celtic’s brilliant player could leave before transfer deadline

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Celtic’s Mikey Johnston might be on the move in the last week of the transfer market as Aberdeen look for a loan deal.

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass, according to the Daily Record, is desperate to add additional attacking alternatives.

The Dons now want to loan Johnston out for the remainder of the season, which might be beneficial to all parties involved.

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This season, Johnston has appeared in 12 Scottish Premiership matches but has only played 90 minutes twice.

With loanee Jota excelling in from the left-wing, Ange Postecoglou hasn’t given Johnston a big role this season.

A new signing has been made. Daizen Maeda can also play on the left, Johnston may find it difficult to break into the first squad if he stays at Celtic.

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Johnston, like Ryan Christie in 2017, may be able to play frequently and really kick on if he moves to Aberdeen.

It’s worth noting that former Celtics star Scott Brown is said to have given Johnston a great endorsement.

Brown and Johnston were teammates at Celtic, and with Brown now assisting Stephen Glass as a coach in addition to his playing duties, Johnston has come highly recommended.

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Celtic are currently dealing with a number of injuries, so Postecoglou may be able to postpone Johnston’s departure until the very last minute.

With his 23rd birthday approaching in April, Johnston may have to consider leaving Celtic for good.

Although 11 goals and 10 assists in 77 matches isn’t bad, it’s difficult to envisage him as a starting player for the Bhoys.

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Callum McGregor has described Johnston as “sensational” and a “great talent,” but he has been plagued by injuries, particularly this season.

Johnston is a quick and crafty player with a lot of potential, but he may need some time away from Celtic — either on loan or permanently – to fully realize it.

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