Dave Smith

Everton boss Ronald Koeman lands Gylfi Sigurdsson – paving the way for Ross Barkley to leave

Everton boss Ronald Koeman lands Gylfi Sigurdsson – paving the way for Ross Barkley to leave

  EVERTON will tie up their latest – possibly their last – summer signing by completing the capture of Gylfi Sigurdsson. Possibly, later today. Not entirely surprising as the move has been on the cards for some time. The fact the Icelandic...read more »

Newcastle skipper Jonjo Shelvey hands victory to Spurs – Dele Alli has the last laugh

Newcastle skipper Jonjo Shelvey hands victory to Spurs – Dele Alli has the last laugh

A Moment of madness by Jonjo Shelvey cost Newcastle dear on their return to the Premier League – and he should be stripped of the captain’s armband immediately. His ridiculous, ludicrous, blatant stamp on Dele Alli earned him the third yellow...read more »

Who’d have thought Burnley and Huddersfield would outshine the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool?

Who’d have thought Burnley and Huddersfield would outshine the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool?

ONE of the few things we have learned from the first batch of Premier League games is that the so-called lesser lights can have a big say in the destination of the title. Watford gave Liverpool a run for their money;...read more »

Jamie Redknapp says Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool should sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Jamie Redknapp says Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool should sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

IF he doesn’t want to play for the club, take the cash and let him go – Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp had his say on the Philippe Coutinho affair this morning. The former Liverpool midfielder also pointed out the obvious fact...read more »

Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud shine – but Arsene Wenger needs to address Arsenal’s defensive frailties

Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud shine – but Arsene Wenger needs to address Arsenal’s defensive frailties

ARSENAL kicked off their Premier League campaign with a dramatic win against former champions Leicester – but it was far from convincing. The Gunners, with Arsene Wenger still in the hot seat, are my pre-season tip to win the title that...read more »

Arsene Wenger cannot predict a title winner – arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will help Arsenal’s cause

Arsene Wenger cannot predict a title winner – arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will help Arsenal’s cause

THE first game of the Premier League season kicks off tonight – the only time an inaugural  top flight game has been played on a Friday – when Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates. The Gunners are my tip for the...read more »

We assess some of the big transfer moves of the summer so far: Gray, Lemina, Richarlison, Iheanacho, Matic, Morata and others

We assess some of the big transfer moves of the summer so far: Gray, Lemina, Richarlison, Iheanacho, Matic, Morata and others

MANY Premier League clubs have been busy in the transfer market with the eagerly-anticipated start of the new season just a day away. The latest big money transfer was that of Andre Gray from Burnley to Watford in a club record...read more »

Real Madrid give Manchester United a lesson in possession football – no wonder Gareth Bale wants to stay

Real Madrid give Manchester United a lesson in possession football – no wonder Gareth Bale wants to stay

JOSE Mourinho has finally put the tin lid on the rumour box that contained the ‘story’ of Gareth Bale joining Manchester United. After United’s Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid last night, Mourinho admitted it was ‘game over’ in terms of...read more »

Manchester United still linked with Gareth Bale – and Danny Rose: neither will happen

Manchester United still linked with Gareth Bale – and Danny Rose: neither will happen

I DON’T know about you, but I will be glad when the transfer window closes and we can get back to normal. Get back to what we love; watching football and, for me, getting back to writing about football. You, know,...read more »

Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG makes a mockery of what was ‘the beautiful game’

Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG makes a mockery of what was ‘the beautiful game’

WE posed the question here on Zapsportz a few days ago – has the football world gone mad? Now we know it has. We were talking about the exorbitant transfer fees being paid, and talked about, as Europe’s top clubs go...read more »