Fancy signing one of these guys? Top 12 fringe players that could be available

first_img 2. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – Walcott, after an impressive first half of the season in which he replaced Olivier Giroud up top, has fallen down the pecking order. The England international has found playing time hard to come by of late, leaving many in doubt over his long-term future at the Emirates. 12 It’s been a challenging campaign for some in the Premier League.While the likes of Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli and Dimitri Payet have enjoyed an exciting season, for others it hasn’t been quite so enjoyable.The long-term future of many at Arsenal has been called into question and a handful of pricey summer signings have failed to live up to expectations.So, with this in mind, talkSPORT has taken a look at the top fringe players who could be available in the summer – check out the best 12 by viewing the slideshow above. 12 12 12 9. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – The Frenchman has endured a miserable time at Stamford Bridge and could be one of the first players to push through a move at the end of the season, regardless of a new manager arriving. He’s made just three Premier League starts this term. 6. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – Despite only signing for the Red Devils last summer, Depay’s future at Old Trafford is already unclear. The Dutch forward has failed to impress manager Van Gaal and his performances have similarly failed to excite the club’s supporters. 10. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) – Mirallas has fallen worryingly out of favour at Goodison Park this season, and was widely expected to leave in the January transfer window. Despite opting to stay put, the Belgium international could feel enough is enough in the summer. 12 8. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) – The Ivorian has struggled with injury since arriving at the Etihad in January 2015, but his playing time has failed to improve upon his return to full fitness. Edin Dzeko and Stevan Joveti? were both forced to leave last summer, and Bony could follow suit. 12 4. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – It’s been a fairly miserable affair for the Belgian on Merseyside, so far. He hasn’t caught the eye of his new manager Jurgen Klopp, with his snub in the League Cup final a sign of the German’s thoughts on his pricey striker. If the Reds decide to let him leave, he won’t come cheap, however. 12 12 11. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – The midfielder has not impressed at Villa Park this season, with his off-the-field antics frustrating the club’s coaching staff. Whether he drops to the Championship or opts for a move elsewhere remains to be seen. 12. Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) – check out 11 more of the best fringe players by clicking the arrow above, right – Begovic was handed far more playing time at the beginning of the season with Thibaut Courtois suffering injury, but once the Belgian returned to fitness, he was immediately forgotten. The former Stoke ‘keeper will have known his role would largely be that of a bench warmer prior to his move, yet this won’t make his situation any easier to bear. 12 5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – This season, the Ox’s development has been called into question, with there an argument that his career has suffered at the Emirates. While injury has played a key role in his lack of time on the pitch, when fully fit he doesn’t seem to have the trust of Arsène Wenger. 7. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Chadli has struggled to cement a regular role since his £7m move from Dutch club FC Twente in July 2013. With so many others flourishing under Mauricio Pochettino, a summer exit seems almost inevitable for the Belgian who doesn’t seem to fit into Spurs’ style of play. 12 12 12 3. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – Despite being Arsenal’s top scorer this season, Wenger has recently lost faith in Giroud, preferring the returning Danny Welbeck to lead the attack. It’s not the first time the Frenchman has spent a period on the bench, but on this occasion, he may be forced to assess his future. 1. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) – Herrera has found life at Old Trafford challenging, despite his popularity with the club’s supporters. Under Louis van Gaal, the Spaniard has rarely been given a full 90 minutes and may now be running out of patience in Manchester.last_img read more

Tendulkar and Dravid move up in ICC Test rankings

first_imgSenior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid gained a place each in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, which is being headed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.While Tendulkar improved from fifth to fourth, Dravid rose a rung to ninth from tenth position.Among Indian bowlers, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan gained a place to be at sixth despite being ruled out of the recently concluded four-match Test series between India and England after sustaining hamstring injury on the very first day of the opening match at the Lord’s.As England claimed the title of number-one Test side in the world with a 4-0 series victory, four of their batsmen made it to the top-10, with Ian Bell being the most notable.Bell and Alastair Cook have jointly claimed the second position after Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara slipped three places to fifth after scoring only 10 and 17 in the recently completed Test against Australia.Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott are other batsmen in the top-10. England now boast of four bowlers and equal number of batsmen in the top 10.Australia’s Shane Watson and Ryan Harris, Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq have achieved career-best rankings in the latest list, which was released after the completion of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia and the one-off Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.The player rankings will now be updated after the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, which starts on Thursday in Pallekele, while the Test Championship table will be updated after the conclusion of the third and final Test between the two sides which starts in Colombo on 16 September.advertisementlast_img read more

Alas relishes all-star break with PH Cup playoffs nearing

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess CALASIAO, Pangasinan —Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.ADVERTISEMENT New bonus scheme for PH betscenter_img Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back.Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.“That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more