Crystal Palace still interested in West Brom defending Nathan Ferguson despite January day's motion collapse due to knee injury
- Nathan Ferguson of West Brom has almost completed a January move to Crystal Palace
- But a medical day deadline showed a serious knee injury and the movement collapsed
- The 19-year surgical operation this week and will not return for weeks
- Palace still wants to sign the player if his Albion deal runs out this summer
- The Eagles offer £ 4 million in compensation because of Ferguson under-24
The proposed full-back £ 11 million move from Albion to Palace on January's deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.
Ferguson has undergone surgery this week to repair the knee and will be assessed further at the end of the month. He could still play a role in the Championship run for Slavin Bilic & # 39; s if his rehabilitation went well.
However, the 19-year-old is without contract in the summer and has indicated that it is unlikely that he will agree new conditions to stay with the Hawthorns.
While he would become a free agent, West Brom
Palace belongs to a number of clubs overseeing the recovery of Ferguson and may have a revised bid for West between now and the summer. Do the hum.
They do not pay the fee agreed in January and will offer around £ 4 million. That level of bid could still lead West Brom to press before the court to determine the appreciation of the U20 international in England.
Fulham wants more than £ 10m compensation for 16-year-old Harvey Elliott who left them to Liverpool last year while the Anfield club was previously ordered to pay £ 8 million for Danny Ings in 2016 plus a sales rate of 20 percent when he came to them after losing the contract with Burnley.
Roy Hodgson hopes that the winter break will benefit his struggling Crystal Palace side, since Everton's loss leaves them six points above the drop zone with only one win in the last eleven league games
- Crystal Palace are seven non-win games after a 3-1 defeat against Everton
- Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the Toffees
- Roy Hodgson's side is now six points above the fall zone before the break
Palace & # 39; s 3-1 defeat at Goodison left them six points from the relegation zone and none in the division scored less than their 23 in 26 games.
& # 39; We are going to use the time allotted to us. We are not taking the players away as a team, but we are allowing them to leave individually & # 39 ;, said manager Roy Hodgson, whose next game in two weeks will be a six-handed hand against Newcastle.
& # 39; The idea of this winter break is that players should get a mental and physical break. We give them a program and hope that the break will allow us to come back and score some points and score goals.
& # 39; This is a defeat that hurts us very much. Of course we are concerned about a lack of goals.
& # 39; You saw the team today and the amount of opportunities we had. If we can continue to do that, I am sure the goals will come. I thought we played well for large parts of the game. & # 39;
Tho ugh Hodgson has decided to give his squadron a break from each other, former Palace manager Sam Allardyce – who helped the club escape relegation in 2017 – finds that a team bonding trip would have been beneficial.
& # 39; What they do in this pause is very important for those players, & # 39; said Allardyce.
& # 39; Take them away, take them away from this pressure. When I was a manager, I took them to Marrakesh. & # 39;
Everton's 3-1 profit margin somewhat flattered them with Christian Benteke who canceled Bernard's opener for the home team, with Palace then hitting the woodwork twice and Benteke refused by Jordan Pickford up close.
Richarlison restored the lead of Everton after 58 minutes with Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a late third.
& # 39; I thought we deserved to reach level but their second goal puts us on the back foot, "said Hodgson, who could not choose a loan attacker Cenk Tosun against his former club.
Hodgson, 72, is still tipped to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park, despite complaining about a lack of signatures in January.
Carlo Ancelotti left in astonishment as replacement Djibril Sidibe forgets to put on his SOCK during the Crystal Palace collision and is forced to run back to the dressing room to get it!
- Djibril Sidibe had a moment to forget when he was preparing to act as a replacement
- Everton had to make a change, but Sidibe had forgotten one of his socks
Manager Carlo Ancelotti was not impressed when Sidibe went to the dressing room
An injury to Theo Walcott forced Ancelotti to make an early change in the first half and told Sidibe to get ready.
When the 27-year-old sorted himself and stood next to the fourth official who was ready to put on, he reached down to pull up his socks … only to discover that his left sock was nowhere to be found used to be .
Hilarity followed for supporters who had noticed Sidibe's error, but Ancelotti was not impressed by the delay in replacing it.
The broad player hurried back to the locker room to solve the mystery of the missing sock and he could then take up the fight.
Unlike Ancelotti, fans saw the funny side, considering that they were 1-0 higher at the time after a strong start in Goodison Park.
A fan account wrote: & # 39; Absolute scenes because Sidibe didn't respond lise he didn't have a sock until he went to pull him up. & # 39;
Another added: & # 39; Are Davies and Holgate Rock Paper Scissors playing to see who should buy Sidibe & sock? & # 39;
Ancelotti's reaction was not missed because he made it perfectly clear to Sidibe what he thought of his fashion faux pas.
& # 39; P ******* Myself in Ancelotti lost his s *** at Sidibe forgot his sock & # 39 ;, wrote another Everton supporter.
Eventually the sock was localized and Sidibe got the all-clear to go into battle because Everton wanted to continue their bid for one of the European places.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Walcott, Sigurdsson , Schneiderlin, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Holgate, Baines, Iwobi, Sidibe, Stekelenburg, Davies, Kean. Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, van Aanholt, Ayew, McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.
Subs: Dann, Meyer, Kouyate, Townsend, Hennessey, Mitchell, Riedewald.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghams)
Everton vs Crystal Palace, LIVE: follow all the action of Goodison Park while the men of Carlo Ancelotti want to enter the race for European places
The Toffees get the opportunity to rise above Manchester United in the table after a late win against Watford 1945 last weekend to breathe new life into their chances to crack the top six.
The men of Roy Hodgson are six points free from the relegation zone and want to get upset in Goodison Park, despite the fact that they have ended Everton in recent non-win encounters.
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Crystal Palace hope they can convince Roy Hodgson to sign a contract extension at Selhurst Park, despite rumors that the experienced boss is frustrated after a lack of signatures
- Crystal Palace thinks they can agree a new deal with manager Roy Hodgson
- The former English boss is said to be restless after a lack of signing sessions at the club
- But the hierarchy have opened talks and hope to confirm a new one-year deal
Crystal Palace have faith from tying Roy Hodgson to a new contract that will keep him as manager after his 73rd birthday.
The current Hodgson Selhurst Park deal expires at the end of this season and the Eagles hierarchy fully expects the former manager of England to remain at the helm next season.
The two sides are discussing a new one-year deal to carry it until 2021 since the start of this season.
An extension for Hodgson, 72 and the oldest manager of the Premier League ever, seemed a formality after the impressive start of Palace in the season in which she as fifth were in early December.
However, they have been struck by a crippling injury crisis that has contributed to a series of one win in their last 11 games, although six draws.
They have dropped from the table to the 15th place and have also suffered a FA Cup defeat in the home round of Derby. Palace was also frustrated in their attempts to strengthen on the transfer market in January.
They lost West Ham in the race for Hull ahead of Jarrod Bowen, saw a £ 10m move for West Ham full-back Nathan Ferguson collapsing due to a knee injury and only managed to get senior addition Add, loan attacker who Cenk signed Tosun, to their team.
Palace, however, is still well on track to maintain their Premier League status for a third consecutive season under former England manager Hodgson, who turns 73 in August.
And the Eagles hierarchy also believes that it can resolve any Hodgson worries about the designation of two & # 39; s transfer plans after two underwhelming windows and give him the reassurance he needs to maintain leadership.
& # 39; I do my job, but everyone has to do theirs & # 39 ;: Wilfried Zaha urges his Crystal Palace teammates to perform
- Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha called on his teammates to step up
- Palace scored only three goals this season and lost 4-0 to Tottenham
- Zaha insists that he & # 39; will always love Palace, despite being associated with moving
Wilfried Zaha insisted on his Crystal Palace team mats to increase their game.
Palace has collected only three goals so far this season, and although Zaha himself is not yet performing well, he has called on his teammates to do more.
Last weekend Palace was defeated 4-0 against Tottenham .
Last season, Zaha scored ten goals and delivered ten assists for Palace in the Premier League.
Speaking at the Palace fans site HLTCO Zaha said: & As much as I do on the field, I cannot play in any position. I give 100 percent, but there are eleven on the pitch and everyone has to pull their weight.
& # 39; I do my job, but everyone else must do theirs. & # 39;
Zaha was heavily associated with a move of Palace in the summer, with Arsenal and Everton among the clubs associated with him.
Despite submitting a transfer request, a move failed, Zaha emphasizing that he & # 39; will always love Palace & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; What happened in the summer happened.
& # 39; There were things that I was told that did not happen and I was not happy with it.
& # 39; But I am still a Palace player and want to do well for the club,
& # 39; The fans care about your well-being and I will always love Palace – no matter what happens. & # 39;
Palace, currently in 12th place in the Premier League, return to action on Sunday when they host Wolves.
Roy Hodgson has never been a rage in public and enthusiastic. Notoriously cool, he keeps his emotions under control and rarely breaks his calm attitude in the presence of the media.
However, these are test times at Crystal Palace and even the very best can eventually be whitewashed. January was a tough month in the south of London and the experienced boss didn't get what he wanted.
Hodgson was frank about his intentions on the way to the transfer window of the winter ]. & # 39; We have such a small team & we cannot keep asking for miracles, & # 39; he said. "If we can endure Christmas and the president can give me four or five new players, then we can do very well."
If that was the public request, you can bet that the private request was slightly less sugar-coated. Hodgson has been patient with the hierarchy in Selhurst Park, but there is only as long as that can last.
January has now come and gone, and only one senior player came through the door in Palace in the form of much-evil Everton lender Cenk Tosun.
The fact that he is currently occupying a place on the treatment table and only playing in February is just a dash of salt in Hodgson's gaping wound.
Then there were the failed movements for Nathan Ferguson, Jarrod Bowen, Jordon Ibe, Jamal Lewis, Yannick Carrasco … the list seems endless.
Ferguson came closest, but an underlying knee problem that Palace believed was necessary for surgery meant that she and West Brom could not reach an agreement.
Bowen chose West Ham, they left Ibe too late, Jamal Lewis was not available and Yannick Carrasco went to Atletico Madrid instead.
When the clock struck on January 31 at 11 p.m., ger was palpable. Throughout the month, with the boss desperate for income, he actually ended it as a senior player.
Giovanni McGregor, Dion-Curtis Henry, Scott Banks, Jason Lokilo and Sam Woods all loaned the Under 23s, while James Daly left permanently. In general, those are eight outs and one in from a team desperately seeking reinforcement.
In the last three transfer windows, Palace spent no more than £ 2.5 million on a player, and it would not be surprising if Hodgson was close to the point of no return.
He only has six months left for his Eagles contract and the one-year extension clause has not been signed. Perhaps it has not even been mentioned by either party, given the current state of affairs.
Things came to a head on Saturday night, following the bar of Palace est defeat – this time by Sheffield United. A fake account on Twitter misled supporters by thinking that Hodgson had walked, and the chances that he would be the next Premier League manager to plummet have plummeted.
He has now moved to the same place, but the fake news has made supporters think that perhaps it was not far from the truth.
Hodgson is a proud man, and at the age of 72 and with a long and illustrious career behind him, it would be no surprise if Palace was his final job in management.
He will not want to leave his last assignment and the chance that he throws in the towel is extremely low, bordering on the non-existent one.
That said, with so little time left on his contract, it would be much less a surprise to see a mutual conclusion at the end of the season.
Palace is sleepwalking in the direction of a relegation battle, partly up to Hodgson's tactics, but much of the blame must go to the board because of their lack of action in the transfer window. Their scattergun approach to signing sessions might be the reason for the club's final return to the second layer.
The former English boss could not have been much clearer in his ambitions in January and had essentially performed miracles with his worn-out team during the first half of the season, the luck of the Eagles begins to run out when they enter the back of the campaign.
They have a favorable series of games in the coming weeks, with Everton, Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth on the horizon, but otherwise things get sticky.
If Hodgson's side is at the relegation zone at that time, a run from Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham will be held at Selhurst every season. to finish doing nothing to calm the nerves.
Outside the top half of the Premier League, no party is too good to go down and if Palace picks up more injuries, they could easily slide further down the rankings.
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Hodgson has talked about the need to lower the average age of his team, but on Saturday afternoon they saw their oldest ever Premier League line-up, with an average age of 30 years and 94 days.
The flip side is a wealth of experience for a difficult few months ahead, but that will not be a consolation for Hodgson and the increasingly agitated support of the club.
Angry rang around Selhurst Park on the last whistle on Saturday. A few moments before that, a fan had walked to the bottom of the stairs of the Holmesdale Stand in an act of sheer defiance, taking his scarf around his neck to launch it on the field.
He nestled just over the white line, blowing in the wind while the players toiling just a few meters behind. "That's me, I'm done," shouted the fan as he turned and made his way to the exit.
If more obstacles are placed at Hodgson's feet, he can follow that furious fan from the door of Selhurst Park.
Chris Wilder doesn't let his Sheffield United heroes relax after winning the Crystal Palace at £ 22m. Sander Berge arrives to propel the cargo for Europe
Sheffield United & # 39; s The hardest task until the end of the season will be not to look down. overwhelming victory in Selhurst Park – sealed by a Vicente Guaita howler monkey on the hour – that set them up Manchester United and Wolves .
arched No Sheffield United side has been climbing so high for 45 years.
The initial success of this team was treated as an outlier, one that would be corrected when opponents had the novelty of their overlapping middle back to bed brought.
But with two thirds of the season, the side of Chris Wilder is still noses, but perhaps no longer as victors. The sixth is the least they deserve this season.
Apparently the club hierarchy agrees, supporting Wilder on the transfer market with the £ 22 million signing of 6ft 5in Norwegian Sander Berge last week. Berge, who was thrown directly into the base on Saturday, is the fifth player for whom Sheffield United has broken his transfer record in the past eight months.
For Wilder, Berge is about lighting a fire among the rest of the team to keep them on the hunt for a first chance at European football in the 131-year history of the club.
& # 39; It gave everyone a lift, & # 39; Wilder said. & # 39; If you bring in people in January, the bar for the other players is raised. It is certainly done this week and it will suffice to enter the second part of the season.
& # 39; We have real competition throughout the park and players have to face that challenge.
& # 39; That was why I was so happy with John Lundstram and his attitude towards it (dropped for Berge). He came today and showed, "You're going to have a problem here." I expect that from everyone. & # 39;
Berge added to rental loans Richairo Zivkovic and Panagiotis Retsos, £ 1 m Jack Robinson left Middlesbrough and free agent Jack Rodwell in January, in time for a series of fixtures that should test Wilder asks To focus of his players. Bournemouth, Brighton and Norwich all come to the Steel City for a trip to Newcastle.
If Sheffield United takes a European tilt seriously, they must all score 12 points.
& # 39; We're in a great place as a football club, & # 39; Wilder added. "With the quality that we have signed, the results we get and the achievements we get – even when we are not at our best.
" But the key is not to support yourself. Many good things happen in the football club, but we must continue with the next challenge. & # 39;
Vicente Guaita & # 39; s goalkeeper Howler gave Sheffield United all three points in Selhurst Park in a match where referee Andy Madley consulted his pitchside monitor to overthrow a red card that is shown to the Joel Ward of Crystal Palace.
The visitors only collected a shot in the 47th minute and still had not tested Guaita by the time he dropped the corner of Oli Norwood on his own line on the line
Palace until then, the game was dominated and frustrated by Madley, who chose not to show George Baldock a second yellow card after 34 minutes when the wing fell to Wilfried Zaha.
And with 18 minutes left Madley produced a straight red for Ward, who went over the ball over Enda Stevens. But after a VAR check, the referee went to the screen on the sidelines and changed his decision to a yellow one.
The result saw the visitors climb back into the top five, while the Palace slide moved to a thirteenth place after a seventh consecutive non-win match in all competitions.
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-3-3): Guaita 4; Ward 6, Tomkins 6, Cahill 6, Van Aanholt 6.5; McArthur 6 (Kouyate 85min), Milivojevic 6, McCarthy 6 (Meyer 80); Ayew 6, Benteke 5 (Townsend 77, 6), Zaha 7.
Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Riedewald.
Booked: Tomkins, Milivojevic, Ward.
Manager: Roy Hodgson 6.
SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-5-2): Henderson 6; Basham 4, Egan 6, O & # 39; Connell 6; Baldock 6, Berge 5 (Lundstram 68min, 6), Norwood 5.5, Fleck 6, Stevens 6; Sharp 5 (Mousset 64, 6), McBurnie 5 (Osborn 90).
Subs not used: Verrips, Jagielka, Robinson, Freeman.
Scorer: Guaita (og) 58.
Booked: Baldock, Fleck.
Manager: Chris Wilder 7.
Man of the competition: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Referee: Andy Madley 5.
The new Blade club record signed by Sander Berge, a late arrival of £ 22 million from Genk , was thrown directly into the line-up by Chris Wilder at the expense of John Lundstram. And he immediately felt his 6ft 5-in presence, bundled Zaha within four minutes with a diligent challenge that pulled a gray out of the palace wing.
Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson welcomed Christian Benteke and Patrick van Aanholt from six weeks of absences, and their additions made for a clear improvement in the game of Palace, with Van Aanholt in particular a threat when he contacted Zaha along the left flank.
They dominated the early exchanges, but the first shot from both sides only came in the 20th minute when Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic hit a left foot half full of volley high over the crossbar of Dean Henderson.
Jordan Ayew then scored through the midfield of the Blades before slipping into Benteke, but from a tight angle and on his weak foot the Belgian could only find the side net.
James McArthur was the next to test Henderson, but his 25-meter effort curled securely in the arms of the Manchester United borrower.
Baldock, who had already been reserved for Zaha's withdrawal, somehow escaped an early bath at 34 minutes when a false fall on the Ivorian was considered only a foul by referee Madley.
With its opposite number now walking a wafer-thin string, Zaha kept rushing forward and squeezing a ross across the six-yard line before collaborating with McArthur to set up Van Aanholt in 43 minutes, but the Dutchman shot over.
Benteke then almost opened the score on the verge of calm, but could not & # 39; t quite a long time to meet the low cross of Ayew.
Sheffield United's first shot finally arrived just after the break, but John Fleck saw it coming right back to him, his 25-yard drive cannoning in James Tomkins.
Benteke then had his best opening to end his 17-game goal drought for Palace, who ran to John Egan before cutting, but his left attempt from the edge of the area was weak and easy to save.
And shortly after he was lying on the ground, a clash of heads with Chris Basham led to a long interruption.