Wednesday December 18
Entering the goalscorer markets could be the way to secure some betting value for Wednesday's Captial One Cup quarter-finals.
Rich Lynn: 'Nick, I hope for your sake he doesn't leave in January!!! At least you'll get 5 months wear out of your Suarez shirt then before you burn it. Does it come with a free t-shirt?'
Rob: 'Fair points from Andrew there, the one that has surprised me is Coleman, he has come on an absolute bundle in the last 18 months. And Nick, save your money or alternatively get a Real shirt with Suarez 10 on it, they're already printing them.'
Nick Watson writes: 'Nice to see Borini score last night and provide an assist. Could he be the next Suarez?? It is also good to see the club are now pressing ahead with contractual negotiations with Suarez, and on current form he is worth every penny of a 200,000 a week contract. If nothing else it would greatly strengthen our negotiating position should other clubs want to buy him and let's face it, as long as he is wearing the number 7 shirt at anfield the Suarez replica shirts will be selling like hot cakes, I know I am going to buy myself one for Christmas anyway '
Andrew Banks: 'On full-backs I don't think either Johnson or Walker are awful, but neither are fantastic & are both probably better at attacking than defending. Walker is so rash but luckily his speed lets him catch up with his mistakes most of the time. For me the best RBs in the league are Zabaleta, Sagna, Rafael & Coleman.'
Andrew Banks: 'How on earth did Sunderland manage to score an equaliser in the 88th minute with only their second shot on target? Although considering the Chelsea team should have been fresher in ET, Sunderland were the only team going for it after 90 mins. An easy win for City's 2nd XI showed the depth of talent in their squad (although I hear Aguero could be out for 8 weeks). For tonight's game I reckon Spurs will go through as players will want to prove themselves to new manager & West Ham look dire at the minute. Hopefully it goes to ET and tires out their boys for Saturday's game. As for United, we have a very good record against Stoke and I'd like to see that continue. It'd be good to get an early goal to calm down the Stoke support and take pressure off the team. Hopefully Welbeck gets another game up top with Fletcher possibly making his first start in a year!'
Rob Lynn: 'Morning Matt, nice start from Paul there, obviously missed out on the TC season of goodwill honourably started by John yesterday. To confirm, I assume that as Young Flanagan scored on Sunday and contributed to a clean sheet, he's now world class? Dear me. Naughton I'll give you, awful, as bad as Johnson but if you think Walker is poor player then you can't watch Spurs games.'
Noel Madden: 'Paul; I have a feeling Ashley Cole might make you eat those words before the season is out. A bit rich from a fan of the defensive rock that is Glen Johnson.'
Tim writes: 'Paul, I take it you've never analysed Jenkinson's play because if you did you would realise he is one of the best up and coming right backs in the country. Always does the simple thing when under pressure, supports the attacks down the right feeding the midfield/attacking players and is often the last covering defender coming round the back when opposing teams are attacking down opposite flank. At his age there is not a better right back in the league and in 2 years time he will be Arsenal and possibly England's first choice right back.'
Brad Smith writes: 'Paul - Good morning to you as well. Remember last time you got all carried away and started making wild predictions and declaring everyone bar Liverpool players awful? It didn't end well. Maybe give it a couple of months before reverting back to that?'
Paul Cressy writes: 'Morning Matt, Having watched atrocious fullbacks at Spurs on Sunday and obviously Jenkinson at Arsenal as one of the poorest full backs in Premier League history, I was astounded to see that Ashley Cole has finally 'gone'! Such a shame to see one of the once best left backs in the world reduced to a shimmering wreck. His pace, defensive quality and tactical awareness, all disappeared, time to hang up the boots Ash!!!'
Plenty of transfer rumours in this morning's Paper Talk, including Marco Reus being linked with Man United and Juan Mata to PSG.