Milan Consider Loaning Out Krzysztof Piatek in January After Indifferent Start to Season

Milan could decide to send ​Krzysztof Piatek out on loan in January if the striker fails to start scoring in his next five Serie A games, with the club unhappy at the Pole’s start to the season.

The 24-year-old only joined the Rossoneri from Genoa in January 2019 for a fee of 35m, and hit the ground running at San Siro with nine goals in his first 18 league matches – although in the last three months he found the back of the net just four times.


The goals have continued to dry up since, with Piatek only scoring three times in 12 ​Serie A outings this season. That contrasts with his international record, however, where he’s bagged four goals and registered an assist in eight Euro 2020 qualifying matches for Poland, including scoring in Saturday night’s win over Israel.

Nevertheless, according to ​​La Gazzetta dello Sport, the club have issued Piatek with something akin to an ultimatum, insisting he needs to start scoring during the next month or risk being loaned out during the January window.

One of the clubs he could move to is former side Genoa, who earned their largest-ever transfer fee when they sold the Pole to ​Milan less than a year ago. Genoa are certainly in with a shout to re-sign Piatek, after seeing young striker Christian Kouame rupture his anterior cruciate ligament while away on international duty with Ivory Coast.


The Italian publication also mention the possibility of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining, which would severely hinder first-team opportunities for Piatek at the club, in what could be a busy month for Stefano Pioli’s side.

While struggles in front of goal have done little to help Milan this season, all over the pitch there are areas for concern for Pioli. Just four wins from 12 Serie A games, and with a -5 goal difference, the club are enduring a torrid run of form that has left them hovering just four points above the relegation zone.

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4 Liverpool Stars in Danger of Missing Crystal Palace Premier League Clash

​Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp could be without four key players for his side’s trip to Crystal Palace after the international break, with several members of the squad currently nursing injuries.

The Reds have moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table but, with Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City still in the running, Klopp will be determined not to drop points against a side who have caused Liverpool a few problems in recent years.


As noted by ​the Mirror, the club are currently monitoring the fitness of ​Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, ​Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez.

Beginning with Salah, the Egyptian has been nursing an ankle injury ever since October’s 2-1 win over ​Leicester, and he appeared to aggravate his issue during the recent 3-1 win over ​City.

He reported for international duty, but scans on his ankle officially ruled him out of their games against Kenya and Comoros, and he was later spotted watching his teammates with a protective boot over his ankle.

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Similarly, Robertson has been nursing his own ankle injury. The left-back was forced to pull out of the Scotland squad because of the issue, and he recently admitted he has been ​unable to train for the last two weeks because of the issue.

Both players are still believed to be struggling, and Liverpool are uncertain as to whether either will recover in time to face ​Palace.

There are similar concerns over both Gomez and Henderson, who have been forced to sit out of England’s trip to Kosovo on Sunday.

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Gomez picked up a knee injury after a collision with ​Atlético Madrid right-back ​Kieran Trippier during England training, while Liverpool captain Henderson has a virus and has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Given the Reds will already be without Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri through injury, they will certainly be eager to see as many of the group return as possible as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.


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3 Positives & 3 Negatives From Everton’s Season So Far

Despite making some high profile signings in the summer transfer window, Marco Silva’s Everton have struggled so far this season. With six defeats in 12 and lingering above the relegation zone, Silva is battling to save his job. 

After talk of a push for European football this season, fans will have been surprised to see Everton battling in the bottom half of the table for the most part, struggling to score goals whilst leaking them at the back – especially after the shock signing of Italian wonderkid Moise Kean from Juventus. 

As it stands, Everton’s best hope is a mid-table finish.

However, it’s not all bad, so let’s take a look at three positives and three negatives from their season so far. 


Positive – Carabao Cup Success

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Despite their obvious troubles in the Premier League, Everton fans can at least take some pride in their team’s performances so far in the Carabao Cup. 

So far the Toffees have beaten Lincoln City away, Sheffield Wednesday away and Watford at home, all relatively comfortably on their way to the quarter final. Everton will now face a home tie against Leicester City as they look to progress to the last four.

The Carabao Cup may be seen as the lesser of the domestic trophies on offer each season, but with Everton struggling for results in the league, it has at least given the fans something to cheer about.


Negative – Leaking Goals

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Despite having an experienced centre back partnership made up of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, and a top goalkeeper in Jordan Pickford, Everton have been conceding all too frequently so far. Both Keane and Mina have had a poor start to the season but have also been let down by ill-discipline from their teammates. 

Everton have conceded 18 goals in just 12 games, and have conceded three goals in a game three times already. This is unacceptable for an ambitious team looking to progress and battle for European football. 

If they are to avoid getting sucked into a real relegation battle, they will need to sharpen up at the back.


Positive – Richarlison

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Despite his team’s issues with results, Richarlison has been a shining light for Everton so far this season. 

Though he’s been under constant pressure brought about by his staggering £50m transfer fee, the Brazilian striker has been a constant threat throughout the campaign so far. He has scored five goals in all competitions, although only three in the league, while also providing two assists.

Despite his obvious ability, ​Richarlison must become more potent in front of goal if he is to help his team push on to the next level. He’s had a strong start to the season and now it’s time to kick on.


Negative – Lack of Minutes for Moise Kean

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When Everton secured the signing of Moise Kean from ​Juventus in the summer window, it was hailed as a coup – a player that would score goals for fun and only get better as he got older and more experienced. 

Now we’re in November, though, and he has only played 288 minutes of Premier League football – providing only one assist and seeing Dominic Calvert Lewin preferred ahead of him. 

To make matters worse, it has emerged Kean was actually dropped from the squad for the Southampton game after turning up late to a team meeting for the second time. Everton fans will be hopeful Kean can somehow turn his form around.


Positive – An Upturn in Form

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Despite a difficult start to the season results-wise, Everton look like they may have started to turn the corner. 

A resilient 1-1 draw at home to Spurs has shown the Toffees aren’t pushovers regardless of form, and this was followed up by a much needed 2-1 win away at Southampton. As they head into a tough run of fixtures featuring the likes of ​Chelsea and Leicester, it makes those four points all the more important. 

Everton must now show even further resilience as they look to secure some unlikely points as the Premier League’s big six and most in form teams.


Negative – Andre Gomes’ Season Ending Injury

Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes was another Everton signing watched on with envy by other football fans. 

Gomes is a highly rated central midfielder signed from Barcelona, with the ability to split defences open via a perfectly threaded through ball, while he’s also capable of scoring goals himself. Gomes had a tricky start to the season, as did most of his teammates, but his importance to the team was never in doubt. 

Sadly Gomes’ season came to an end against Spurs recently when a challenge from Son Heung Min resulted in a broken ankle. Thankfully Gomes is on the mend, but Everton have lost a key player for a sustained period and will have to manage without him.

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Jordan Henderson Opens Up on Rejecting the Opportunity to Leave Liverpool in 2012

Jordan Henderson has opened up about how Liverpool’s willingness to sell him in 2012 ‘devastated’ him, and his desire to ignore all offers and prove his worth at Anfield.  

Henderson was deemed surplus to requirements by then-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, and the former Sunderland man was offered to Fulham in a potential swap deal with Clint Dempsey.

The deal fell through however, and the determined midfielder fought for his place in the Reds’ side from that moment on, subsequently earning the captain’s armband when Steven Gerrard left the club. 

Jordan Henderson

Henderson spoke candidly about his exchange with current Leicester City boss Rodgers regarding a potential move to Fulham in an episode of ​Jamie Carragher’s podcast ‘The Greatest Game’, but he explained that leaving Liverpool ‘was never happening’ in his mind.  

“From my side, it was never happening,” he said.

“Te be fair to Brendan I had the conversation, and he mentioned that there were players that were available to go as part of the deal with Clint Dempsey, who I think we wanted at the time. But Fulham didn’t want anyone on the list, they wanted me to be part of the deal. 

“Brendan said, ‘listen you can either stay, but you’re not going to be starting, but i’ll help you improve and you can try to improve and learn and get in the team’. 

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“And then he said ‘or sometimes you can take a sort of backwards step, go to a lesser team if you like – in terms of where Fulham were at the time – and then build back up and get another move further down the line’, because I was still quite young.

“At the time, obviously I was devastated. I went back to my room at the hotel and just broke down and I was in bits that Liverpool, if I said yes, would let me go, after being there for such a short space of time. So it was hard to take.” 

Henderson was determined to prove himself at Liverpool however, and he praised Rodgers’ handling of the situation after he rejected Fulham’s offer. 

“I spoke to my agent and just said ‘it doesn’t interest me one bit to be honest, I want to fight and I want to stay here and prove him wrong really’. 

“So that’s the decision I made and to be fair to Brendan he was happy with that and he did then, from that point, help me learn the things in terms of tactically that he wanted from me differently, things like that. And he showed me videos and things he wanted me to improve on, and I managed to do exactly what he wanted me to do. “

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​Henderson divides opinion among the domestic and international fanbase, but there’s no question that he has gone on to reach great heights with Liverpool, captaining his team to Champions League glory in 2019. 

The Reds were also very unfortunate to miss out on domestic success last year, accruing an incredible 97 points and losing only once, but Jurgen Klopp’s men fell one point short of ​Manchester City. 

The Merseyside club are in a fantastic position to end their barren spell without a league title this season, after a 3-1 victory over Man City provided Klopp’s side with an eight-point cushion going into the international break. 

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Wales, Golf, Madrid: Welsh Fans Troll Real Madrid With New Song About Gareth Bale

​Wales fans were in full voice with a new song during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Azerbaijan – throwing shade at Gareth Bale’s club, Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old has cut a frustrated figure in the Spanish capital in recent months, and was close to moving to the Chinese Super League during the summer. However, the deal fell through, and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane now claims Bale will stay put for the rest of the season.

Perhaps Bale didn’t help himself earlier this week by admitting he prefers representing his country over a club he has won four Champions League titles with, and during his side’s 2-0 win in Baku on Saturday his supporters took things one step further, playing on a quote from former Los Blancos star Predrag Mijatović.

Mijatović claimed Bale’s priorites were “Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid,” so as a result, obviously, came a new song.

The Welsh fans do enjoy themselves following their country around.

Bale has been out of action for Real Madrid since October 5 as he appeared to be battling with a number of injuries, but the former Tottenham forward has still been regularly featuring for his country during that time.

He played the full 90 minutes as captain during October’s international break and the 30-year-old was able to get another hour under his belt on Saturday, as Wales picked up a 2-0 win to put qualification to Euro 2020 back into their hands.

Ryan Giggs’ side are third in Group E and are one point behind Hungary, and currently set to miss out on qualification for the European Championships next summer if the campaign ended now.

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But Marco Rossi’s Hungary travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday in the final qualification match, in what will be a winner takes all game.

Although Hungary have been impressive at times during this qualification campaign, they’re also the only nation currently in the top two spots of any group to have a negative goal difference – scoring eight and conceding nine in their seven matches so far.

Bale will be hoping he can help fire his country to a second consecutive European Championship, and only Wales’ third major tournament in their his


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