Lampard: Danny Welbeck needs to be more selfish

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes Danny Welbeck should be more ruthless in front of goal if he is to establish himself as a regular in the Arsenal line-up. The England international has managed just 80 appearances in over three seasons at the club, owing to a couple of long-term knee injuries.

Writing in his column in the Evening Standard, Lampard feels Welbeck must improve on his goalscoring record for the Gunners in order to establish himself as a centre-forward, he said: “He has still scored 13 Premier League goals for Arsenal, which isn’t bad considering he has never had a regular run in the side. I like Danny as a player a lot. He has great strength and speed, with an ability to run in behind defences. Read More

CURTIS DAVIES: ANYBODY CAN LEAD THE PACK

Curtis Davies says anybody can lead the line at Derby County. David Nugent, Chris Martin and Sam Winnall have all started for the team in recent weeks as the manager found best. Martin started the new term before Nugent replaced him. He netted twice against Bolton but he has been replaced by loanee Winnall.

Winnall scored as Derby played a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City but against Cardiff, he struggled. Martin was called on but the game ended in a goalless draw. Coach Gary Rowett does not have a stable pick, rather he calls anyone that can get the job done. With the East Midlands derby match against Nottingham Forest, there is no known man to lead the pack.

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Davies still believe in promotion

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Derby County defender Curtis Davies believes that his team can challenge for promotion this season despite their poor start to the campaign.


Indeed Derby County has been beaten by Wolves and draw with Sunderland since the commencement of the season.

Curtis Davies believes that the season is still long and that there are plenty of matches for the team to recover their form. He said that there are some good players in the team and that they have the necessary skills and experience to mount a serious push for promotion.

Curtis Davies has already won promotion back in the past with Hull City and said that he is aware of the demand of this league. He said that it is not enough to be a good team, but you need to work harder than the opposition.

He said that the competition is always tough in the Championship and will demand a physical battle in every game. Read More

DAWSON HAS SOLIDIFIED HULL’S DEFENCE DESPITE OWN GOAL

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Following his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur on a three year contract, Hull City defender, Michael Dawson has been an inspiring figure for the Tigers in their fight for Premier League survival and in the English Football League Cup.


The 32-year-old only returned from a 12-week lay-off in City’s 2-0 loss to Stoke last week and has helped the Tigers secure a win in the EFL Cup quarter-finals away to Bristol city scoring the winning goal in the tie which ended 2-1.

City have been short on positives during a damaging run of seven defeats in eight Premier League games but Dawson’s return to the side has made a huge difference. The Tigers undoubtedly look stronger for his presence in a defence that had been so horribly compromised.

A recall to their match day 10 clash at Vicarage Road, Hull city had a defence that could not be breached for the most part of the encounter as the Tigers resolutely blocked and cleared every attack that came their way. Read More

HULL YET TO GET NEW PLAYERS

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Championship side Hull City are yet to sign new players as they prepare for life in the lower division.


The team had so much hope when they moved to the top tier last term but after a few months they started the fight against relegation. They were eventually sent back to the Championship alongside Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

With the slump, many things were expected. Curtis Davies shocked many when he left the club. He moved to Derby Country for around £500,000. Many did not anticipate his exit from the KCOM Stadium after four years of stay.

Just like in recent past where Jack Hobbs and Tom Ince shocked fans with their exit, Curtis did the same.

Till day, Hull are yet to sign players that would help them succeed in the Championship. Rather more players are almost sure to leave as well. Read More

Home Form of Huge Importance to Hull, says Davies

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Curtis Davies says that Hull City cannot afford to drop anymore home points in order to avoid relegation this season. Davies watched Marcos Silva’s team suffer a 4-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park.


This was the 11th loss suffered by the team in the 12 away matches. This dismal away record means that the team has to take as much points as possible in the home matches. Silva was recently brought in as the latest man to lead the club. Even though performances immediately improved upon his arrival, recent results have shown an alarming dip in form.

Teams like Sunderland and Leicester taking points in the last few weeks has resulted in the team making a rapid drop in the league table. Hull have managed just one win in the last five league matches. However, there is a huge contrast in terms of home form. Read More

SNODGRASS APPOLOGISES FOR DIVING

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Under-attack Hull City player Robert Snodgrass has issued a statement saying how sorry he was for cheating his way into getting Mike Phelan’s team an opening goal in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.


The Scotland international opened the scoring on the day after performing a theatrical dance in Palace’s 18-yard box despite no contact with supposed suspect Dan Scot and thus deceived referee Mike Jones into awarding Hull an undeserved penalty.

Making matters worse is the fact that had the match official made the right call, Snodgrass would have been sent off since he was already on a yellow card before entertaining spectators with his diving ability. After the match, Robert released an apology on his social media page:

“Apologies from my end, it was never a penalty. But genuinely thought defender was going to shade, so tried to ride the tackle,” he tweeted.

Hull manager Mike Phelan was not feeling much of it though. According to him, “The ref made the judgement and we’ve had many appeals turned down this season, so I am not going to complain.” Read More

CURTIS DAVIES: HULL CITY NEED HELP

Defender Curtis Davies has said that the club needs help to avoid losing Premier League status at the end of the season. Hull City place 19th on the current standings with 11 points after 14 weeks of top-flight football.


The Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss against Middlesbrough during the last round of games, deepening their woes in this term. For a side that started the season well with just 13 senior players, the fairy tale seems to be over. Six players joined in the last two days of the transfer window but they have not been able to pull the much-desired weight.

“Our signings have done their bit but they were last minute. I don’t believe the manager had time to explore all of his options,” Curtis Davies said of the additions.

Mike Phelan seems to be taking his time to fully immerse into the coaching role after he was confirmed on a permanent basis in October. Phelan is former manager Steve Bruce’s successor. He oversees a side that has the least number of goals this term in the Premier League with just 11 goals.

Hull signed Will Keane and James Weir from Manchester United, David Marshall from Cardiff, Markus Henriksen from AZ Alkmaar, Ryan Mason from Tottenham, and Dieumerci Mbokani from Dynamo Kiev between 30th -31st of August, just before the window closed.

“We need someone who can put the ball in the net. Our first shot on target was in the 92nd minute and that is not god enough,” Davies said.

Hull have lost eight of their last ten league games and are poised to return to the English Championship after this season. Phelan remains hopeful, saying January will come with a change with likely more investment in the transfer market.

DAVIES WANTS PHELAN TO CONTINUE

Curtis Davies has supported Mike Phelan to become the club’s manager on a permanent basis and stressed the importance of stability at the club.

Despite having just 13 fit senior players in his squad at the when the season began, caretaker Hull City manager Phelan has led the Tigers to two wins out of three Premier League matches and one winning in the England Football League Cup.

The Tigers energized their team with six new players before the transfer window closed, but Phelan’s stay at the club remains dangling with prospective new owners yet to decide on a permanent replacement for Steve Bruce who left the club in pre-season.

When Davies was asked maybe he would want Phelan becoming the club’s manager on a on a full-time deal, he told Sky Sports News: “100 per cent, because he has been relaxed with us, the way we have played we have tried to be positive, we have tried to go into games to try and win.

“I suppose his continuation has been a big thing. He obviously takes the training, he has been our first team coach for a year-and-a-half now and the fact that he has continued with that, he has kept his style going and also he has brought a calm mentality to us.”

The 31-year old performances in August earned him a nomination for the Premier League Player of the Month award, and he emphasized on a busy pre-season as the reason for his sharpness.

The Englishman thinks the fact that he played in all the pre-season games makes him more agile and vibrant at his job, he explained if there was a replacement, he would not have appeared in seven pre-season matches.

“That helped me hit the ground running this season and my form has been OK.” He added.

Antonio Conte is certain that David Luiz will become a world-class player

David Luiz completed is transfer from Paris Saint-Germain over to Chelsea on the deadline day of the summer transfer window and he was expected to make his debut appearance for Chelsea on September 11 when his new club faced off with Swansea City in a Premier League match but it didn’t happen as the Brazilian defender was sidelined to the bench.

The transfer fee that Chelsea had to pay in order to bring David Luiz to Stamford Bridge was £34 million and Antonio Conte is confident that he is going to be able to turn his summer signing into one of the best defenders in the world.

“At 29, he is at a fantastic age to become one of the best defenders in the world. You can always improve and I’m seeing great commitment from him. He wants to play for Chelsea. This is a great opportunity for him also to improve. I repeat: he has good characteristics to become a fantastic defender.’’

“It’s important to remember when I started at Juventus, with Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, the defence had been conceding a lot of goals. I remember that, before my arrival, many people told me: ‘They are no good, these defenders. No good.’ But then I started to work with them, I found a great commitment and attitude. Through the work, now we are talking about three of the best defenders in the world in Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli. But remember, when we started in that first year at Juventus, it wasn’t like that.” Chelsea’s Antonio Conte said.

David Luiz is anxious to start getting playing time and wear the Chelsea jersey in his first competitive match after having to settle on the sidelines during their recent match against Swansea City. With the injury of John Terry, defensive reinforcements can provide a significant help to Antonio Conte who has to the task of guiding Chelsea to the top spots of the Premier League and to compete in the Champions League.