Express: City one of four clubs after Mahrez
- 14 February 2016 09:01
- Posted by @MPHenson
A transfer rumour and Spurs build-up features in today’s round-up…
We’ll go straight into the transfer speculation and the Express, via Le Buteur, are reporting that City are one of four clubs lining up Riyah Mahrez for a summer transfer.
The Algerian international has scored 14 goals in the Premier League so far this season, as well as getting 10 assists, and the Express believe that Chelsea, Manchester United and Dortmund will contest City for the 24-year old.
Jack Staplehurst writes: “Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez is being eyed up by Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund for a summer transfer, according to reports.
“French publication Le Buteur outline that the Foxes' hero this term is on the radar of both Champions League clubs.
“Mahrez caused City plenty of trouble last weekend as he scored in Leicester's 3-1 victory at the Etihad as they stamped real authority on the tile race.
“The Algeria international has been in prolific form this season, as the tricky playmaker has bagged 14 Premier League goals and 10 assists.
“Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the player too, while Le Buteur also say Manchester United were knocked back in approaches last summer and in January.
“But now City and Dortmund have joined the fight for his signature as the Foxes face a tough test to hold on to one of their star players.”
Switching the focus to today’s game against Spurs at the Etihad and former England international Glenn Hoddle has been comparing Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane for the Daily Mail.
One of the three areas of play analysed is finishing and the ex-Spurs midfielder believes both have a great range of finishing and remain composed in key situations.
Hoddle states: “HK: Kane is superb in that he has so many ways to finish. Whether it's free-kicks, headers, near-post or from far out, a poacher's goal or a spectacular striker, Kane has great range in his finishes and a calmness in the box.
“SA: He has what all great strikers possess, the ability to keep a calm head when faced with the keeper to beat.
“There is a calmness about him, never more evident than in the last minute of the last game of the season in 2012 when he scored the goal that won the title.
“He can score with his head, too, as he showed last week against Leicester, giving him a great range of finishing.”
And finally, ESPN have been assessing the probability of goals galore at the Etihad this afternoon by looking back at previous clashes.
Simon Curtis scribes: “Manchester City and Tottenham's histories have run broadly parallel courses during the past five decades. From the swinging sixties of Jimmy Greaves and Mike Summerbee, through the seventies of Martin Peters and Dennis Tueart, the nineties of Jurgen Klinsmann and Uwe Rosler, the watchword has been ‘attack.’
“There have been no fewer than 41 goals scored in the past nine meetings between the two sides, a healthy average of 4.5 goals per game. City have notched 10 goals against their rivals in the previous two games staged in Manchester, 15 in the past four fixtures home and away.
“Looming large in this havoc is Sergio Aguero, who has notched 10 goals of his own in only eight games against Spurs so far. If Tottenham are to prevail, they know exactly who needs to be marked the closest.
“Spurs will be buoyed by the fact that City are still to beat a side currently in the top six of the Premier League, drawing three and losing four, and that psychological burden may well be crucial to their hopes of winning.
“Whatever the outcome of a match that is rich in history and difficult to predict an outcome for, you can be assured there will be plenty of attacking football on show and plenty of goals to enjoy.”