Aberdeen Boyd: "I've been impressed with Ross McCrorie. We always knew he could get about the pitch but he was making things happen against Hibs. He allowed other players to flourish too. The back three look solid and there was a confidence and buzz about them. We've spoken about the eight players who got the club into trouble but it seems to have galvanised them. Interestingly, when they have that big, physical striker, they want to go long but they played a lot of attractive football against Hibs." … [Read more...] about Scottish Football podcast: Scotland can’t keep changing managers, says Kris Boyd
Fantasy football tips
One of the biggest position changes this season is Aubameyang's reassignment as a midfielder. He is one of the costliest players in the league but his goal scoring prowess is well known plus they will play newly-promoted Fulham in their first game which makes him hard to ignore despite being an expensive option. … [Read more...] about Fantasy Premier League Tips: Five players for Gameweek 1
Wilder, as usual, has had to trade shrewdly - the club's wage structure is as key a consideration as fees - but their future-proofing business so far adds versatility and athleticism to a previously stretched group. Fresh impetus in attack is still sought, with Rhian Brewster a target, but Wilder for now has a new restoration project in Oliver Burke; the Scot - still only 23 - will certainly provide pace, power and unpredictability. … [Read more...] about Sheffield United 2020/21 preview: How can Blades build on stunning season?
I must say, £75m is a lot of money for Virgil van Dijk, but they'll be getting a lot of money for Philippe Coutinho if he goes too. I do like Van Dijk, and they need someone like him. I guess that's how much centre-halves are now, it just shows you how many kids want to play centre-forward these days. As Mourinho said, full-backs are mega-expensive now too. … [Read more...] about Paul Merson’s predictions: West Brom v Arsenal and Crystal Palace v Man City
Slavisa Jokanovic, Claudio Ranieri and Parker - who had 10 games as caretaker boss - all had spells in the top job at Craven Cottage but they could not save Fulham, who finished 19th, from relegation. However, Parker, who led Fulham back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, will have learnt some valuable lessons from that experience as he looks to improve on that season. … [Read more...] about Fulham 2020/21: Will Scott Parker learn from Cottagers’ previous Premier League mistakes?