Steve Eyre: Football doesn’t produce winners anymore!

Former Manchester City youth coach Steve Eyre has bemoaned the lack of “winners” in football and laid the blame squarely at the door of Premier League youth academies.

Speaking to Jim Salveson on the Football Stories podcast about the changes he’s seen in the way Premier League development squads are managed, Eyre said that the importance of winning matches is no longer emphasised at the development level.

“Now the game is riddled by coaches who take the pressure off themselves by suggesting that winning isn’t important and it’s not about results. What we said to our players at Manchester City was “Win with style and if you can’t win with style just win”.”

He also said that this approach at youth level is having a big impact on the players now coming through at senior level:

“What you see now is a senior dressing room that’s full of soft characters. The number of managers and head coaches who say to me “There aren’t any winners anyone, there aren’t any captains.” Well, if the academy system is breeding players where they are told from nine to nineteen winning isn’t important, then how are they expected to think it’s important when he gets to 21.”

The former Huddersfield and Rochdale boss also spoke on the podcast about his role in bringing through such talent as Daniel Sturridge, Phil Foden and Kieran Trippier whilst with Man City’s development team and about working with Joey Barton at Fleetwood Town.

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Ranking Every Premier League Club’s Summer Transfer Business

The transfer window has slammed shut for another summer (it never closes gently, does it?), and squads have started to take shape even though we’re already four games into the new Premier League season.

As the 11pm deadline passed on Monday night, clubs were scrambling to get late business completed before locking their 25-man squads in, and it was a busy day.

But who were the ‘winners’ of the transfer window? And who must do better? We’ve ranked all 20 Premier League clubs’ deals, and we’ll start with the top of the pile.

1. Aston Villa

Signings: Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash, Ross Barkley (loan), Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore.

Let’s be honest, Villa needed a strong transfer window this summer. They barely scraped survival last season thanks to someone forgetting to turn on goal line technology against Sheffield United, and they’ve done just that.

They needed a goalkeeper, so spent £20m bringing in Martinez from Arsenal, which almost instantly proved good business as he saved a penalty on his debut. They also needed goals, so have brought in Ollie Watkins, who helped himself to a perfect first-half hat-trick against the reigning Premier League champions. Not a bad way to start paying off a transfer fee (£28m) that many baulked at.

Ross Barkley also brings added creativity to a side that was far too reliant on Jack Grealish last season, and Bertrand Traore and Matty Cash also bring depth to positions Villa were struggling in last season. Traore has looked bright in League Cup action, while Cash has instantly made the right-back place his own.

Their start to the season has reflected their transfer business, and it could be a great season for the Villans. They’ve ‘won the transfer window’ for us.

2. Everton

Signings: James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Robin Olsen (loan), Niels Nkounkou, Ben Godfrey.

Usually, Everton are perennial winners of the transfer window before flattering to deceive when the season starts. Every year they seem like they’ve done great business, only to be struggling to crack the top seven halfway through the season.

Maybe the problem was the manager? This season, under Carlo Ancelotti, the Toffees have been able to attract a calibre of player fans could only dream of in recent years, with James Rodriguez on a FREE transfer the pick of the bunch.

Rodriguez’s creativity and threat, combined with Allan’s destructive nature in holding midfield and Doucoure’s energy has transformed Everton into a good-looking side, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagging goals for fun up front. The loan signing of Robin Olsen should put enough pressure on Jordan Pickford to make him start catching crosses and loose balls in the box, while Niels Nkounkou has looked excellent at left-back in the League Cup, and a handy backup to Lucas Digne.

Ben Godfrey is also one of England’s most promising defenders and provides top quality backup and competition for the likes of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate.

3. Tottenham Hotspur

Signings: Giovanni Lo Celso, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale (loan), Carlos Vinicius.

As we move into Jose Mourinho’s first full season at Spurs, he’s starting to assemble a squad with his hallmarks all over it.

Lo Celso’s permanent transfer looks good business, while Hojbjerg is showing signs of giving Spurs’ midfield some muscle as well as guile. His pass for Serge Aurier’s goal against Man United was proof of his underrated playmaking ability.

Doherty is a clear upgrade at right-back, despite his issues with giving away penalties for handball, and Sergio Reguilon on the other flank should be a long-term solution to their left-back issues, with Danny Rose heading for the exit.

Gareth Bale has something of a point to prove when he gets fit, and if he can produce the kind of form he last showed in the Premier League, Spurs could easily challenge at the top end of the table.

Carlos Vinicius scored goals for fun in Portugal last season and comes in as a backup to Harry Kane, which is much needed as Kane can’t play every game in three competitions and be expected to score the majority of the goals.

4. Chelsea

Signings: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr

It’s safe to say Frank Lampard has made up for lost time after Chelsea’s transfer ban. £222m spent and more arrivals than Heathrow has brought huge expectations at Stamford Bridge.

If Lampard can get them to gel, the sky’s the limit for Chelsea, with Havertz, Werner and Ziyech potentially forming a potent trident for the Blues.

Last season there was weaknesses at left-back and goalkeeper, so Lampard has brought in Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy, who have both looked good so far.

Thiago Silva brings experience to defence, while Malang Sarr will head out on loan after arriving on a free.

5. Arsenal

Signings: Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Willian, Runar Alex Runarsson, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey

Since Mikel Arteta took over at the Emirates, things have started to look positive for Arsenal.

They’ve won an FA Cup, beating Chelsea and Manchester City en route, and they’ve done some fine looking business in the transfer window this summer to back the Spaniard.

It’s no secret their defence needed sorting out, so Gabriel signing from Lille was a good start to the window, and with William Saliba returning from a loan spell and Pablo Mari signing permanently, Arteta now has options at the back.

Reports about Runarsson haven’t been glowing, but the backup Icelandic goalkeeper won’t play much and is there to provide cover for Bernd Leno.

The deadline day signing of Thomas Partey is a fantastic piece of business though, and should give the Gunners the energy and bite in midfield they’ve lacked for some years.

6. Leeds United

Signings: Robin Koch, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Diego Llorente, Helder Costa, Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison (loan), Joe Gelhardt

Despite their style and tactics under Marcelo Bielsa, it was always going to be the case that Leeds needed to add quality to their squad this season, and that’s what they’ve done in the transfer market.

Splashing £30m on Rodrigo was a signal of intent, with another raid on Spain for Diego Llorente also likely to add further quality at the back. Robin Koch has had a mixed start to life in England but looks capable, while the loan extension of Jack Harrison from Manchester City for a third year looks like great business.

Illan Meslier, despite looking like a 12-year-old that’s lost his mother in a supermarket, has impressed so far since making his move from Lorient permanent, and Helder Costa has started brightly, scoring twice already.

Raphinha must adapt quickly to pay off his £20m fee, but with Bielsa-ball in full swing, that’s entirely possible as Leeds continue their bright start.

7. Manchester City

Signings: Ferran Torres, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias

After finishing way off the pace last season, City needed a summer of investment to bridge the gap.

Defensive reinforcements were paramount, and Ake and Dias signing for a combined fee of just over £100m should do the trick. Ake can also cover left-back as Pep Guardiola continues to search for a long-term solution for that position.

Despite possibly needing one, a striker never arrived at the Etihad and an injury to Gabriel Jesus is a problem with Sergio Aguero still sidelined. However, signing a striker isn’t easy when those two are lurking in the background, hence Guardiola’s decision to stick with what he’s got and promote Liam Delap to the first team squad.

Ferran Torres replaces the outgoing Leroy Sane and should be a valuable addition once he properly settles. Overall, it’s a decent window for the former back-to-back Premier League winners.

8. Liverpool

Signings: Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara

It looked for a long time like Liverpool were at an impasse in their summer spending, with Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards struggling to find players to join a successful squad without paying huge sums.

Then all of a sudden their window exploded, with Diogo Jota and Thiago signing within the space of a weekend. Negotiations with Thiago dragged on forever, before the Premier League champions finally agreed a price and signed the midfielder from Bayern, which looks like fine business.

His signature could go down as the moment they became clear favourites for the title once again, and even though Jota seems overpriced at £40m, there is now more quality to Liverpool’s attacking depth. Tsimikas is little more than a squad player, but still provides cover at left-back for Andy Robertson.

9. Leicester City

Signings: Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Cengiz Under (loan)

It hasn’t been a busy transfer window for the Foxes, but they’ve brought in quality. Castagne already looks like a top signing after scoring and assisting in his first four games, and with the sale of Ben Chilwell, Leicester’s transfer business comes in at under £10m net spend.

That includes the £30m signing of Fofana from St. Etienne, as the highly rated teenager comes with a big reputation. He could be part of a Leicester back three going forward, or a replacement for Caglar Soyuncu if he is sold in the next 12 months.

Cengiz Under is a smart signing on a temporary basis, bringing more firepower to an attack that features an evergreen Jamie Vardy and new England international Harvey Barnes.

10. Newcastle United

Signings: Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis, Mark Gillespie

Newcastle are never the most logical in the transfer market, but this summer it seems like they’ve made some sensible signings.

Callum Wilson guarantees goals, and even though he doesn’t fit the usual Newcastle policy of being under 26 with sell-on value, he’s well worth the £20m outlay, as four goals in four games has proven.

Fraser and Hendrick on free transfers is typical bargain hunting by Mike Ashley and his board, but Jamal Lewis is a smart investment at left-back. The Northern Ireland international was Liverpool’s first choice defensive target before a move broke down over doubts about game time. He’s already looking promising linking with Allan Saint-Maximin on Steve Bruce’s left wing.

11. Wolves

Signings: Fabio Silva, Nelson Semedo, Marcal, Vitinha (loan), Rayan Ait-Nouri (loan), Ki-Jana Hoever, Matija Serkic.

It’s been a busy window from Nuno Santo and co, with half of Portugal arriving at Molineux.

Selling Matt Doherty and signing Barcelona’s right-back sounds like great business, even though many believe Semedo was never good enough to make it at the Camp Nou.

Fabio Silva arrives with a huge price tag and lots of hype to live up to, while the rest of Wolves’ arrivals are all unproven in the Premier League, hence why they’re in mid-table on this list. Vitinha, Ait-Nouri and Hoever could all go on to be top players, but right now there’s no guarantees. Losing Jota could also affect them if no one steps up, but Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto look more than capable.

12. Manchester United

Signings: Donny Van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles

If we’d wrote this list yesterday before 5pm, Man United would have been in the bottom three. At the last minute, they finally completed a deal for Alex Telles that has been sat on the table for a month, and then announced Edinson Cavani who they could have signed six weeks ago.

It all screams panic for United, but the players they have signed this summer are undoubtedly quality players, hence their position on this list. They needed more for sure, but the ones they’ve got should be good enough to plug some of the gaps in their squad.

Telles should easily displace Luke Shaw, while Cavani’s experience could be a valuable asset for a young attack, if they can get him fit after seven months without a game.

Van de Beek should be fuming after not making the starting XI for a league game since his arrival, especially as we’re seeing the worst of Paul Pogba, rather than his best.

Some of the deadwood at Old Trafford has been cleared as Andreas Pereira and Chris Smalling left for opposite halves of Rome with Lazio and Roma, but there’s more to be done if United are to move forwards properly.

Sergio Romero wanted a move and didn’t get one, while Phil Jones and Brandon Williams may get temporary domestic moves before the England-only window shuts.

Overall, it could and should have been a lot better for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Ed Woodward and the board are the ones to blame.

13. Sheffield United

Signings: Rhian Brewster, Aaron Ramsdale, Max Lowe, Jaden Bogle, Oli Burke, Ethan Ampadu (loan), Wes Foderingham, Ismaila Coulibaly

The problem Sheffield United had last season was scoring goals, and they’ve addressed that by signing Liverpool’s highly-rated Rhian Brewster for over £20m. It’s a gamble that needs to pay off for Chris Wilder after four straight defeats at the start of the season.

The rest of his signings are as you’d expect – young, British and relatively cheap (with the exception of Aaron Ramsdale, who was almost £20m). The problem is none are really first team starters except Ramsdale, who is decent enough but nowhere near Dean Henderson’s level.

Lowe and Bogle will mostly be backups for Sam Baldock and Enda Stevens, while Ethan Ampadu sits on the bench unless Chris Basham, John Egan or Jack O’Connell get injured or suspended. Coulibaly simply won’t play many league minutes, while Foderingham is a backup goalkeeper. Burke has started quite brightly, but has never shown Premier League quality during his career yet.

Wilder needs to capture the spirit and quality of last season if the Blades are to consolidate this year.

14. Fulham

Signings: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan), Ola Aina (loan), Alphonse Areola (loan), Joachim Andersen (loan), Ademola Lookman (loan), Mario Lemina (loan), Tosin Adarabioyo, Harrison Reed, Anthony Knockaert, Kenny Tete, Antonee Robinson

Christ, more loans than Blockbuster. And Fulham could be out of business soon, too.

It’s clear from the first four games that Fulham desperately needed quality quickly, so transfer deadline day was busy for them. They finally confirmed Loftus-Cheek past midnight, and they need him to produce for them ASAP.

Despite all their business, none of them are guaranteed quality that you need to stay in the Premier League. Last time they came up from the Championship, they spent £100m and went back down, this time they’ve spent barely a third of that, but the same fate will likely await.

The problem with too many loans is do they care enough to roll up their sleeves and fight for you? Andersen might well go back to Lyon and forget he ever played for Fulham, Loftus-Cheek’s long-term future is still at Chelsea, Lookman will use Craven Cottage as a platform to get a permanent move back to England, and Areola is at the club purely to ensure he goes to Euro 2021 with France.

The players they’ve brought in aren’t bad at all, but you still worry about creating enough for Aleksandar Mitrovic up front and building a brand new defence that can gel and keep the goals out.

15. Crystal Palace

Signings: Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson, Michy Batshuayi (loan)

Palace’s problem is that despite their business being shrewd, there’s just not that much of it.

Eze looks bright but you don’t get the feeling Roy Hodgson is enough of an attacking coach to start them both regularly.

Ferguson is promising but injured, while Batshuayi hasn’t yet started a game since joining on loan for the season from Chelsea.

The biggest own goal was letting Alexander Sorloth go though, as the Eagles allowed him to join Trabzonspor last summer on a two-year loan with no recall option, before watching him smack 30+ goals and move to RB Leipzig this summer.

The £18m they got for the Norwegian had already been spent on Eze, meaning Palace ended the window with a profit from their business. That essentially means they’ve spent nothing this summer, which isn’t cause for high hopes despite their decent start to the season.

16. Brighton

Signings: Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman, Jan Paul van Hecke, Michal Karbownik, Andi Zeqiri, Jakub Moder

Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of four of those signings, because we haven’t either.

Moder, Karbownik and van Hecke have all gone back on loan to their previous clubs and are seen as future prospects, which doesn’t help the Seagulls this season.

Brighton’s summer business started well with Adam Lallana joining for free, but then you remember he gets injured a lot and the fact he hasn’t made it through 90 minutes in the league yet backs that up.

Veltman for under £1m is also good business but he’s not a first-choice defender, with the trio of Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Ben White picking themselves when fit.

Still, Brighton should have more than enough to enjoy a comfortable season, but their summer business can’t be regarded as a massive success.

17. Southampton

Signings: Mohamed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo, Theo Walcott (loan)

Quite a quiet one for Saints this summer, but still over £30m spent. They’ve ranked low on this list purely because Salisu and Diallo are completely unproven and haven’t came from massive clubs (Real Valladolid and Stade Brest), so their quality is hard to measure.

Walker-Peters looks a solid enough signing, but you feel Southampton could have done more to build on a good end to last season. Theo Walcott is a risk-free loan that could provide some valuable experience.

Overall, losing Hojbjerg could be massive, and it’s down to Saints to prove they can thrive without him.

18. West Bromwich Albion

Signings: Branislav Ivanovic, Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, Cedric Kipre, David Button, Callum Robinson, Conor Gallagher (loan), Filip Krovinovic (loan)

Other than making last season’s loans permanent, the Baggies have been pretty quiet in the market. Signing a 36-year-old Ivanovic doesn’t send out the message that you’re not worrying about shipping goals either.

Diangana and Pereira are good players no doubt, but their consistency at Premier League level is unproven, despite some signs of promise early on.

Their defence still looks weak and a lack of goals up front is a concern, and it could be a long season for Slaven Bilic and co.

19. West Ham United

Signings: Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal

It’s been a disaster this summer for the Hammers, as they made more money from sales than they spent on arrivals.

Grady Diangana joining West Brom annoyed everyone, and prompted an angry tweet from Mark Noble, and no one was brought in to replace him.

Other than making Soucek a permanent singing at the end of last season, only Coufal arrived late in the window from Slavia Prague.

David Gold reportedly paid for the right-back out of his own money, coughing up £5.5m for a player Soucek undoubtedly told them about.

They’ve also took a hit by letting Jack Wilshere leave by mutual consent, while Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez were also released for free. Promising youngster Josh Cullen was allowed to go to Anderlecht, while not so promising Albian Ajeti joined Celtic.

Considering West Ham barely survived last season, it seems like they needed to spend more this summer to make this season more comfortable.

20. Burnley

Signings: Dale Stephens, Will Norris

Poor old Burnley. It’s almost like their style of football doesn’t attract many players.

Sean Dyche has welcomed barely anyone to Turf Moor this summer, and considering Burnley have lost all of their first three games this season, it seems like new arrivals are desperately needed.

I highly doubt many Clarets fans erupted with excitement when Dale Stephens signed from Brighton, and the fact Dyche described him as a “good, solid pro” kind of tells you everything about the midfielder. Third choice goalkeeper Will Norris didn’t provide much fanfare either.

James Tarkowski decided to stay, which could be massive, and Burnley don’t seem to have many youth prospects coming through to bridge the gap left by a lack of spending.

It feels like Dyche has ran his course at the club, and it would be no surprise to see them part ways during or after this season. Burnley’s owner Mike Garlick needed to back a manager that once got his club playing European football (for about two weeks, but still), but instead he’s given him pocket change, spending just £990k.

Agree with the list? Or should another team have topped the pile? Let us know in the comments!

Leeds United snatch 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the first half with Raheem Sterling deservedly putting them ahead, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men proved their worth after the break to secure a vital point for the hosts

City were at their flowing best right from the start at Elland Road, as Kevin De Bruyne smashed an early free against the post.

The visitors pushed on from there as debutant Ruben Dias headed just wide, and Ferran Torres tested Illian Meslier.

With all one-way traffic against the under-siege hosts, City finally cracked their resistance on 17 minutes, as Sterling swerved past two tackles and fired home.

However, with City unable to find a second goal before the break, Leeds almost produced an equaliser as Ederson saved brilliantly from Luke Ayling.

Bielsa threw on Rodrigo just after the break, and the Spaniard wrestled Leeds back into the game on the hour.

Ederson made a mess of Stuart Dallas’ corner and the former Valencia striker reacted smartly to tap home his first Leeds goal.

Leeds’ equaliser shook the game into life in the closing stages, as Ederson redeemed himself with a brilliant stop from Rodrigo and Meslier denied Sterling.

But in the end neither side had enough to nick the win on a rainy night in Yorkshire.

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Premier League: Leeds United v Manchester City

The Whites have won two of their three games back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, beating Sheffield United and Fulham after a brave opening day defeat to defending champions Liverpool.

Leeds will be without the man who assisted their winner last week though, as Jack Harrison is ineligible to play against his parent club after extending his loan spell at Elland Road in the summer. Bielsa hinted in his press conference that Macedonian Ezgjan Alioski is likely to start in his place.

Bayern Munich midfielder Mickael Cuisance was set to sign for the Yorkshire club in the coming days, failed a medical on Thursday, which collapsed the move. However, new boy Diego Llorente could make his debut after joining from Real Sociedad a week ago.

As for Manchester City, new defender Ruben Dias could be involved after completing a €68m move from Benfica in the week, with Nathan Ake potentially shifting across to left-back. Aymeric Laporte should make his first league appearance of the season after spending 10 days in isolation after contracting coronavirus.

Guardiola must decide what to do with his lack of strikers though, with Cole Palmer leading the line against Burnley in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Both he and Liam Delap are likely to be included in the squad, although either Riyad Mahrez or Raheem Sterling could start as a false nine in what is sure to be a tactical battle between Bielsa and Guardiola.

Speaking about the Spaniard, Bielsa insisted he does not feel like a mentor to the Man City manager, and claimed that the former Barcelona boss is independent in his ideas and that his teams play like no other.

Leeds United vs Manchester City at Elland Road kicks off on Saturday, October 3rd at 5.30pm.

Manchester City sign Ruben Dias

The defender joins from Portuguese side Benfica for a fee of €68m, with another €3.6m in add-ons due, dependant on City’s performance in the coming years.

The signing also sees Nicolas Otamendi return to Portugal for the first time since leaving FC Porto in 2014, as he joins in a separate deal for €15m. It’s also believed that Manchester City will give the Argentinian centre back a ‘departure prize’ of €2m, which is believed to be a sweetener for accepting a significant pay cut to join Benfica.

In Dias, Manchester City are purchasing a born leader, with Dias having captained every Benfica youth side throughout his progression to the first team. He replaced Victor Lindelof in 2017 when the Swede moved to Manchester United, and has been a mainstay of the 37-time Portuguese champions.

Comfortable on the ball and a naturally right-sided centre-back, Dias should slot into City’s starting XI alongside Aymeric Laporte, with Nathan Ake potentially moving to left-back in future weeks. With only six days remaining in the transfer market, it’s likely to be the final arrival at the Etihad this summer.

Jamie Vardy Inspired Leicester City Win 5-2 at Manchester City

The veteran striker has been a thorn in City’s side down the years, and he produced a textbook Vardy display to upset the form book at the Etihad.

Despite finding themselves undone after the break, Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a perfect start in this one, as Riyad Mahrez rocketed home against his former side.

But, as Leicester fans know all too well, where there’s Vardy there is always a chance, as he hauled them level from the penalty spot just before the break.

And despite struggling to get going in the first half, Vardy and Leicester handed out a lesson in efficiency after the restart.

Vardy made it 2-1 on 54 minutes, gambling in front of Eric Garcia at the front post, before bagging another penalty after the Spanish defender dragged him down.

Guardiola brought on Premier League debutant Liam Delap to try and shock his team into life, and the teenager almost set up a fight back as he crashed a header off the bar.

However, Vardy’s quickfire double knocked the life out of the hosts, as James Maddison added a spectacular fourth.

The England international reacted quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the box, and he unleashed a rocket past Ederson.

The hosts did rally in the final ten minutes, with Nathan Ake nodding in home his first City goal.

But Leicester were in no mood for any late drama, as Belgian international Youri Tielemens slotted home another penalty.

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Premier League: Manchester City v Leicester City

Pep Guardiola’s side managed to comfortably beat Wolves 3-1 last time out, before relying on a mix of youth and fringe players to get past Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.

Aymeric Laporte has been training for the past week and could make the squad, but Ilkay Gundogan is quarantining after contracting Coronavirus recently.

There are also reports that Gabriel Jesus is injured, meaning City have no recognised centre forwards ahead of the visit of the Foxes. After scoring on his senior debut against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, 17-year-old Liam Delap is expected to be in the squad, and could even start. Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all out.

As for Leicester, new signing Cengiz Under will not be involved after his paperwork completing a loan move from Roma has not processed in time. Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic and Wilfried Ndidi are all missing, meaning Brendan Rodgers has a defensive issue ahead of the trip to Manchester.

Ndidi had been deputising for Evans in the opening two games, but a groin injury may need an operation and the Nigerian is set for a matter of months out of action. All this means Christian Fuchs, who scored an own goal against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup earlier this week, could fill in at centre back alongside Caglar Soyuncu.

Jamie Vardy will return after being rested in the League Cup, and James Maddison came through 72 minutes against Arsenal recently, so could return to the squad after a long period out injured.

Man City take on Leicester on Sunday, September 27th, kick off is a 4.30pm.

Kevin De Bruyne Eyeing Manchester City Quadruple

The Belgian playmaker insists targeting silverware is City’s prime motivation – not making up for last season’s frustrations.

City’s 2019-20 campaign ended disappointingly as they crashed out of the Champions League to Lyon at the quarter-final stage after finishing a distant second to Liverpool in the Premier League. They were also beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Arsenal.

De Bruyne insists that has now been put aside with fresh goals set for the new season.

“I think the motivation doesn’t change if you win or you lose,” said De Bruyne, who was typically influential in City’s impressive season-opening 3-1 win at Wolves on Monday.

“When you start a new season there are new aspirations, you want to win the most as possible and we want to win everything.

“For us, all four (trophies) is in the mind, that’s the mentality. It is obviously very hard but we went into Monday knowing that it was going to be a very hard game.

“We didn’t train a lot but I think the performance was really good and that’s good for us.”

City are back in action as they host Bournemouth – who were relegated from the top flight last season – in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday. That is followed by the visit of Leicester in the league on Sunday.

De Bruyne said: “We knew when we saw the schedule, when we started, that it is tough, but we always go.

“We play game by game and the best team that is ready to play on Thursday will try and win the game.”

De Bruyne felt summer signing Nathan Ake acquitted himself well on his City debut at Molineux.

“I think he is doing really well,” De Bruyne, 29, said. “It is really hard for a player to come in and not really have a pre-season and settle in with the guys, because there is a lot of stuff you need to do.

“But he played a brilliant game, together with John (Stones), and I think it is really important for them to start really well, and you see that when they have a lot of confidence, they can be very important players.”

City have a new captain this season following the departure of veteran David Silva.

Fernandinho was handed the armband after a dressing-room vote.

De Bruyne said: “Everybody trusts him. He has been here for eight years so he knows the team in and out and deserves to lead this team.

“Obviously, he cannot be the only one. When you go on the pitch you need 11 captains in one way or another.

“He is the leader but the rest of the team needs to follow that, speak up or do whatever to help the team.”

Wolves 1-3 Manchester City: City get season off to winning start against Wolves.

The midfielder’s penalty and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side a statement victory to open their Premier League campaign.

City were unplayable at times before losing their way after the break and Wolves made it nervy when Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back before Jesus struck in stoppage time.

Guardiola’s men still sent out a message to champions Liverpool as they look to reclaim the title they surrendered last season.
De Bruyne, last term’s Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, delivered a near faultless display while debutant Nathan Ake was assured.

City finished last season – just over a month ago – in disarray after their Champions League quarter-final exit to Lyon but immediately ended any fears of a hangover with a dominant first-half display.
They quickly swarmed all over Wolves and the hosts’ night was made harder when Ruben Vinagre replaced the injured Marcal after just eight minutes.

City pinned them back and Wolves needed Rui Patricio to parry De Bruyne’s free-kick but the dominant visitors kept probing and got their reward after 20 minutes.

Foden slipped De Bruyne in on the right and Romain Saiss’ foolish lunge brought the midfielder down just inside the box.

The Belgium international buried the penalty and Guardiola’s unrelenting side continued to pile the pressure on.

City threatened to slice through Wolves several times before they did again to double their lead after 32 minutes.

De Bruyne had conducted City and he was at the heart of a slick move involving Ake, Rodrigo, Fernandinho and Foden.
De Bruyne then slipped in Raheem Sterling to cross for the arriving Foden to finish as Wolves were torn apart.

Wolves hit back from 2-0 down at Molineux last season to win 3-2 but without the backing of a vociferous fan-base – and the fact City were just too good – there was no way back.

Jimenez headed Adama Traore’s cross wide five minutes before the break but it was Wolves’ only opening of a chastening half.

It would have been worse had Patricio not turned De Bruyne’s shot over after he was sent clear by Jesus’ header.

There was no desire from City to sit on their lead after the break, demonstrated by their fierce pressing and Jesus’ shot at Patricio.
But Wolves finally found their spark and created a flurry of chances, starting when Daniel Podence curled wide.

Ruben Neves’ low drive was then cleared by Kyle Walker in a warning to City and Podence went closer after 59 minutes.

The forward was sent through by Neves only to chip over and, a minute later, Jimenez side-footed Traore’s cross wide from six yards.

The striker did pull a goal back with 12 minutes left when Podence nutmegged De Bruyne and crossed for him to head in.

But Jesus ended any City fears when he made it 3-1 in injury time, his shot deflecting in off Conor Coady.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – Mancheter City 3.

Manchester City get season off to winning start against Wolves (1-3).

The midfielder’s penalty and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side a statement victory to open their Premier League campaign.

City were unplayable at times before losing their way after the break and Wolves made it nervy when Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back before Jesus struck in stoppage time.

Guardiola’s men still sent out a message to champions Liverpool as they look to reclaim the title they surrendered last season.
De Bruyne, last term’s Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, delivered a near faultless display while debutant Nathan Ake was assured.

City finished last season – just over a month ago – in disarray after their Champions League quarter-final exit to Lyon but immediately ended any fears of a hangover with a dominant first-half display.
They quickly swarmed all over Wolves and the hosts’ night was made harder when Ruben Vinagre replaced the injured Marcal after just eight minutes.

City pinned them back and Wolves needed Rui Patricio to parry De Bruyne’s free-kick but the dominant visitors kept probing and got their reward after 20 minutes.

Foden slipped De Bruyne in on the right and Romain Saiss’ foolish lunge brought the midfielder down just inside the box.

The Belgium international buried the penalty and Guardiola’s unrelenting side continued to pile the pressure on.

City threatened to slice through Wolves several times before they did again to double their lead after 32 minutes.

De Bruyne had conducted City and he was at the heart of a slick move involving Ake, Rodrigo, Fernandinho and Foden.
De Bruyne then slipped in Raheem Sterling to cross for the arriving Foden to finish as Wolves were torn apart.

Wolves hit back from 2-0 down at Molineux last season to win 3-2 but without the backing of a vociferous fan-base – and the fact City were just too good – there was no way back.

Jimenez headed Adama Traore’s cross wide five minutes before the break but it was Wolves’ only opening of a chastening half.

It would have been worse had Patricio not turned De Bruyne’s shot over after he was sent clear by Jesus’ header.

There was no desire from City to sit on their lead after the break, demonstrated by their fierce pressing and Jesus’ shot at Patricio.
But Wolves finally found their spark and created a flurry of chances, starting when Daniel Podence curled wide.

Ruben Neves’ low drive was then cleared by Kyle Walker in a warning to City and Podence went closer after 59 minutes.

The forward was sent through by Neves only to chip over and, a minute later, Jimenez side-footed Traore’s cross wide from six yards.

The striker did pull a goal back with 12 minutes left when Podence nutmegged De Bruyne and crossed for him to head in.

But Jesus ended any City fears when he made it 3-1 in injury time, his shot deflecting in off Conor Coady.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – Mancheter City 3.

Premier League Preview: Manchester City Kick Off Their 2020-21 Season at Wolves

City are the last Premier League club to kick off their season, with Guardiola’s side already playing catch up to their rivals.

However, despite being granted an extra rest period ahead of the new campaign, Guardiola does still have injuries to contend with.

Sergio Aguero is ruled out until October following knee surgery last month, and centre back Aymeric Laporte has only just returned to full training.

Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are both expected to be fit to start, with summer signing Nathan Ake potentially replacing Laporte at the back.

Wolves beat Sheffield United 2-0 on the opening day, and Santo is set to recall his big hitters after resting them in the midweek cup defeat at Stoke.

Fernando Marcal, Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez should all come back into the team, but Jota is out after he completed a £45m move to Liverpool yesterday.

City get their season going in tomorrow’s late-night kick off, with an 8.15pm start at Molineux.

Guardiola Eyeing Further Manchester City Additions

The former Premier League champions have been chasing another central defender all summer, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos the big names linked with a move to Manchester.

But after a frustrating chase, a new name has been doing the rounds this week, Sevilla’s other defender, Jules Kounde.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut season in Spain, after signing for Sevilla for £25m from Marseille just over a year ago. His partnership with Carlos at the back gave Julen Lopetegui’s side the foundation to win last season’s Europa League for an incredible sixth time in 14 years.

And that kind of form has reportedly attracted the attention of Pep Guardiola and City, with a player-plus-cash offer for the Frenchman a potential deal to be put on the table.

City would be willing to include Nicolas Otamendi in the deal as a makeweight, with Kounde’s £68m release clause unlikely to be triggered by the Citizens, who have already splashed out on Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres this summer.

Kounde, a 5’11” French under-21 international is likely to be City’s final piece of business this summer, with Guardiola seemingly happy with the rest of his squad.