He took a little bit of time following his deadline-day move to get his fitness up to speed, but his moment arrived when he came off the bench against Southampton to inspire a United comeback from 2-0 down with an assist and two goals. Another forward came in to assist Tevez as Alvaro Morata arrived from Real Madrid for £18m. The Welsh wizard left the Saints for Tottenham in 2007 and spent six years in north London before joining Real Madrid in a deal worth £85m. Spurs will wear Nike kits for the first time after agreeing a deal with the American sportswear manufacturer, and now fans will be able to buy the strips worn by Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris next season. With the Covid pandemic hitting Juventus particularly hard, they were forced to manouvre in the market with loan deals – their only major cash deal being Barcelona midfielder Arthur, who was signed for £64m.
The Spain midfielder has been unable to rectify the Gunners’ creativity issues and appears to have reverted to the player that frustrated many in the first six months of last term’s loan. And just like that the discourse returns around Pickford, a player people were questioning as England’s No 1 before he backed up his selection and then some during the summer tournament. Any available striker might have felt hard done by to have put in Miller’s performances so far in 2017 then be ignored by Gordon Strachan for a place in the squad for next Saturday. Leaving Chelsea defender Gary Cahill for dead with a feint one way then a swivel of the hips the other to craft a full yard of space before planting a fabulous finish past Joe Hart. Spurs may have to play a different way then, with more crosses, and earlier. Tottenham have departed for their pre-season trip to America as they play in the International Champions Cup. The names here this month are stellar, the International Champions Cup is as competitive as managers could wish for in pre-season. Club captain Hugo Lloris is set for his fifth pre-season with Spurs and has seen the club transform in that time.
This is not lost on the veteran striker who is fresh, at 37 and a half, from his fifth 90 minutes of post-split Ladbrokes Premiership action and a cracking goal to round off the domestic campaign. I know Sir Alex Ferguson flew to France once to win round Eric Cantona but this is different. I should add here, that my wife takes absolutely no interest in football and doesn’t know the first thing about it. Having been handed the No 9 shirt for his debut in the country’s match with Australia in Sunderland last Friday, Rashford scored with his first shot after just 138 seconds. There is also a change of colour for captain Lloris, who will wear a yellow goalkeeping jersey with black details on the arms, having worn light blue last year. The major aesthetic change comes in the badge, with the club crest – the cockerel atop a football – enclosed in a shield design.
It’s a tough one for the club and Antonio Conte. I’m not certain that will happen and maybe Conte isn’t too bothered about that. It is the dream of all sportsmen, it is the dream of two peoples like the English and the Italians, who stopped to watch their team reach a historic final that will rekindle the passion after so many years of defeats and disappointments. Come to think of it, almost four years on, Miller’s superb Rangers displays in the fading weeks of the season was form worthy of a shriek or two from those limbs in favour of retirement status to be reversed. Kenny Miller’s stunning Wembley goal in August 2013 was one of the more unusual precursors to a player concluding that time simply had to be called prematurely on his international career. Morata looks a good player so I think the handover has already happened. Left-footed attacking player with superb touch and eye for a pass. Gary Neville would say that whereas Argentinians or French players at Manchester United would eagerly embrace international week as a chance to appreciate home comforts, playing for England was all duty and rarely pleasure. The standard ‘stadium’ home shirt is available for £60, while the ‘elite’ version – using the same materials as the official playing jerseys – costs £90.