RANKED: Top 15 Premier League attacking midfielders so far this season

first_img 15 15 6. Sadio Mane (Southampton) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 7. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15 9. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 1. David Silva (Manchester City) 13. Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… The CIES Football Observatory ranks Liverpool star James Milner as the 15th best attacking midfielder in the Premier League – Using data from OPTA, the CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland calculate ‘key performance indicators’ such as shooting, distribution and chance creation and they’ve applied these to figure out the best players (must have played 60 per cent of the minutes available to them) currently in the Premier League. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 10. Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 8. James Morrison (West Brom) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 3. Jeffeson Montero (Swansea City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 11. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 12. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 14. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 4. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15 15 We might only be four games into the new Premier League season but we’re already talking about the top performers.The international break allows reflection on an intriguing opening to the campaign where Leicester City and Crystal Palace are impressing, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, will be rueing slow starts.It also gives us a chance to look at the top performing individuals, and the CIES Football Observatory have handily published their positional rankings for the season so far.The boffins in Switzerland, using data from OPTA, calculate ‘key performance indicators’ and they’ve applied these to figure out the best players currently in the top flight.So who do they feel are the best attacking midfielders around right now? Click the right arrow above to find out…*Players must have played 60 per cent of the minutes available to them 2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who the top attacking midfielder has been so far this season… 15 15last_img read more

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Steven Gerrard is BACK at Liverpool… and Jurgen Klopp is delighted to have him

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes having Steven Gerrard back at Melwood is good for the Liverpool dressing room.The legendary former skipper, who ended his 17-year spell at Anfield to join LA Galaxy in the summer, is training with his old side to maintain his fitness levels following the end of the MLS season.Klopp has laughed off suggestions Gerrard could rejoin the club on loan, but the German believes the 35-year-old’s presence at the training ground will boost his squad.Asked about Gerrard’s arrival at Melwood ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final clash with Southampton, the German joked: “He won’t play! But he was in good shape.“I said to the team before training, when he was with us in the dressing room, it’s completely normal. It should always be like this.“If you are a player like Steven Gerrard in Liverpool then the doors have to be open always – that’s how it is at the moment. It’s an important sign for all players.“If you behave like him in the club, if you always give everything you have, then it’s easy to come back and that’s how it is at the moment. It’s a good situation.“He was a very important player and at this moment he is a very important player because he is in training.“Everybody had a smile on their faces when they saw Stevie. It’s good to have him here. We hope we can help him and he can help us for sure only with being in the dressing room – it’s good.” 1 Steven Gerrard last_img read more

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Arsenal and Liverpool blow! PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi in talks with Juventus and Inter Milan

first_img Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Arsenal and Liverpool look set to miss out on Ezequiel Lavezzi after the player’s agent revealed he is in talks with Juventus and Inter Milan.The winger is going into the final six months of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and is expected to leave.Arsenal and Liverpool have both scouted Lavezzi since his Napoli days and there had been speculation he would move to the Premier League.However the Argentine’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has now revealed that his client will instead be heading back to Serie A.“Juventus and Inter? I’m in contact with their directors, I know them well but there’s no hurry, Mazzoni told Gazzetta TV“I’m in Rome at the moment, but there’s nothing new. It’s normal that a player like Lavezzi, out of contract in June, is attractive to many, there are a lot of clubs who are looking at him to understand the situation.“A renewal with PSG? No, I don’t think so, but in football you never know. He has a contract with PSG until the end of the season, and he should see it out.“Then we’ll see.”last_img read more

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Firefighter’s widow focuses light on plight of contract workers

first_img“I’m going to direct my staff to look into the possibilities of doing something for her,” Feinstein said. Likewise, said Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz, “We have staff in D.C. and California looking into this issue.” Wells-Groff sued when the U.S. Justice Department denied her claim for about $250,000, noting her husband was employed by a private firm under government contract. U.S. firefighting agencies contract through private firms for hundreds of pilots, planes and helicopters to reduce costs and avoid liabilities. One federal court judge in Wells-Groff’s legal battle agreed her husband had been a public safety officer and, as such, was due benefits. But an appellate court overturned the decision. On Oct. 1, she asked the Supreme Court to review the decision. The Supreme Court typically takes months to decide whether to review a case and faces no deadline, said Michael Brook, Wells-Groff’s attorney. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Christine Wells-Groff of Santa Rosa is getting the attention she has sought for six years in her quest to right what she considers an injustice to some of the nation’s firefighting heroes. The Justice Department denied Wells-Groff federal death benefits because her husband, Larry Groff, was a contract firefighter – not a government employee. She has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal. But on Friday, Rep. Barbara Cubin of Wyoming, a longtime Republican lawmaker who has come across other such cases, said she plans to introduce legislation that would allow survivors of federally contracted pilots who die in the line of duty to receive benefits under the U.S. Public Safety Officer Benefits program. “These men and women risk life and limb for our country, just like any other public safety officer,” Cubin said. “Their families should not be left without any means of support just because insurance companies refuse to provide reasonable coverage and the federal government refuses to step in.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIn addition, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are exploring ways to help Wells-Groff, whose husband died in a midair crash while fighting a Mendocino County wildfire in 2001. Direct employees of federal, state and local agencies automatically receive the benefit as an incentive to work dangerous jobs. California set up a similar program for its contract pilots after Groff’s death. It’s unclear whether the legislation would retroactively cover Wells-Groff and other survivors of pilots killed in previous firefighting crashes. More than 160 aerial firefighters have died nationally in the line of duty since 1958. Cubin said she intends to pursue the legislation during the current two-year session of Congress, which runs through 2008. Feinstein and Boxer, both Bay Area Democrats, are probing why Wells-Groff has had to wage a six-year court battle for a federal benefit that has taken her all the way to the Supreme Court. last_img read more

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Right-on speculator foresees market plunge

first_imgPaul Tudor Jones II leans back in his chair and grins. The stock market is going to crash, and he knows it. “There will be some type of a decline, without a question, in the next 10, 20 months,” he says in his rich Memphis drawl. “And it will be earth-shaking; it will be saber-rattling.” Coming from a financial speculator as prominent as Jones, a man with about $19 billion of short-term trading capital at his disposal, the words might be enough to send ripples through a stock market that, apparently defying logic, has been hitting new highs each day. Except that the crash to which Jones refers occurred Oct. 19, 1987. His prognostication – brazen, and as impudent as the man himself – was made in a documentary called “Trader,” which was filmed in the year preceding that day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, 20 years after the 508-point decline, several strategists are anticipating that the Earth will shake again. Valuations are stretched beyond historical comparisons. The market, ever more volatile, is reaching new highs, ignoring a buildup of bad news. Most crucially, the strategists say, the sentiment that the market’s rise is infinite seems to have taken permanent hold. “The overvaluation of stocks is more extreme than the 1929 high,” said Robert R. Prechter Jr., an independent market forecaster in Gainesville, Ga., and a well-known follower of Elliott Wave theory, which examines the extent to which investor psychology creates stock market patterns. “Which tells me the next bear market will be the biggest in many years, probably since 1929-32.” At the end of the day Oct. 19, 1987, stocks were down 22 percent – precisely the “Acapulco cliff dive” predicted by Jones in the video. The day ruined the careers of many, but it made the reputations of Jones and Prechter, whose professional relationship dates to the mid-1980s. Now, Prechter is suggesting that the country is facing not just a market crash, but also a depression. On every measure, he says, the market is more overvalued than it was in 1987 before the reversal. The price-to-book ratio of the S&P 500-stock index today is 4.04, compared with 1.73 in 1987. And measures of the bullishness of Wall Street traders confirm Prechter’s assessment of the overvaluation. To be sure, the one feature of every long-running bull market is the small clutch of market pessimists whose clamor that the end is nigh seems to rise in pitch with each successive peak. But Prechter’s gloominess may resonate, especially in light of Jones’ high regard for him. “Prechter is the best because he is the ultimate market opportunist,” Jones said in the book “Market Wizards,” a collection of interviews with successful traders compiled by Jack D. Schwager. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Weiss helps reject free parking plan

first_imgA welcome bit of prudent planning was on display this week, when City Councilman Jack Weiss and neighborhood activists rejected the latest scheme to make Los Angeles better for developers – and worse for its residents. Under the proposal, developers would have been able to offer fewer parking spaces in new apartment and condo projects, provided they offered “alternative” transportation options, like van pools, bike storage, transit passes or flex cars. This proposal would only make traffic and parking in the city worse. Landlord-provided bike storage and van pools might make life better for residents, but they would never eliminate the need for a car in L.A. These “alternatives” would take zero cars off the road, while eliminating the spaces necessary to park them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Developers have a responsibility to build projects that work with the city as it is. And city leaders have a responsibility to respond to our transportation woes with real solutions, not feel-good giveaways. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘The perfect Terry replacement!’ – Chelsea fans impressed by Matt Miazga’s debut

first_img Chelsea defender Matt Miazga 1 Chelsea fans finally got to see Matt Miazga in action, with the American centre-back starting his first game for the Blues against Aston Villa.Although he was lining up against the Premier League bottom side, Villa did threaten offensively, but Miazga looked assured in the back-line.With John Terry out of action due to injury, the 20-year-old started alongside Branislav Ivanovic, and watching supporters were mightily impressed by his performance.We collect some of the best reactions to Miazga’s debut below…last_img

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny confirms he wants to remain at Roma

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent.The Poland international has spent this season with the Italian club after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.The 26-year-old has made 39 appearances for Roma so far and, after securing regular football, Szczesny has revealed he wants to remain in the Italian capital.“I want to stay,” Szczesny told Il Messaggero.“It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we’ll see what happens.“I’m happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club.”last_img

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Liverpool transfer news: Reds eyeing Newcastle star in £12m move

first_img Moussa Sissoko is part of France’s Euro 2016 squad Liverpool are keeping tabs on wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to reports in France.Sissoko revealed earlier this month that he will leave the Championship side this summer and that a move to Arsenal would be “a dream”.However, Arsenal are not interested in the France international having already completed the signing of holding midfielder Granit Xhaka.According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are now firm favourites to land Sissoko and will step up their chase after Euro 2016.Newcastle have already rejected a £9m offer from Hamburg for the 26-year-old, with Rafael Benitez keen to keep hold of his best players as he bids to secure an immediate return to the Championship.But Sissoko is determined to leave Tyneside before the start of the new season and it is thought a bid of around £12m will be enough to persuade Newcastle to sell. 1last_img read more

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Datebook 1/4

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson FRIDAY The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum will hold a discussion of conservation efforts around the world from 7 -8:30 p.m. in the Mammal Halls, 900 Exposition Blvd. Music and other performances will follow until 1 a.m. Admission is $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members and students. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY Studio City’s Wine Bistro restaurant will host a televised broadcast of the Rose Bowl game at 5:15 p.m., 11915 Ventura Blvd. At halftime, outstanding former athletes, male and female, will be recognized for their successes on and off the field during their retirement years. For information call (818) 506-6428. The North Hills West Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Sepulveda VA, Building 22 at 16111 Plummer St., between Woodley and Haskell avenues. THURSDAY The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. last_img read more

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