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Author Archive for Dominic Fifield

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac ready to play after security concerns

• Both players ‘100%’ mentally ready for Burnley home game• Pair missed Newcastle win after carjacking attemptUnai Emery is confident Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac will be mentally ready to return for Arsenal’s Premier League game against Burnley on Sa…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Özil and Kolasinac to train at Arsenal as normal after robbery drama

• Players due to report after being attacked in north London• Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knivesMesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac are to train with the Arsenal first-team squad on Friday with the pair showing no ill effects having been attacked b…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi set to agree new Chelsea contract worth £100,000-a-week

• Teenager commits future with five-year deal• Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in JapanCallum Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a new five-year contract at Chelsea, curtailing Bayern Munich’s protracted pursuit of his services, and will join Ruben Loftus-Cheek and…

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Fulham ready to bounce back after learning from last season’s mistakes | Dominic Fifield

The chaotic recruitment policy pursued before their brief return to the Premier League has been replaced by sensible planning, headed by their manager, Scott ParkerIt was as the conversation ticked inexorably towards the hour that Tony Khan issued the …

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Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu close to joining RB Leipzig on season-long loan

• Ampadu has won eight caps for Wales• Frank Lampard tried to sign him when Derby managerThe Wales international Ethan Ampadu is close to continuing his development at RB Leipzig next season with Chelsea negotiating his departure on a season-long loan …

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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham

• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano• He leaves Spurs after four years in north LondonKieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in …

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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham

• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano• He leaves Spurs after four years in north LondonKieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in …

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Mason Mount commits future to Chelsea by signing five-year deal

• 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby• Midfielder joined Chelsea academy at the age of sixMason Mount has become the latest Chelsea youngster to commit his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridg…

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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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Frank Lampard offers fresh Chelsea chances to Drinkwater and Batshuayi

• New manager will give pair an opportunity in pre-season• Álvaro Morata to leave for Atlético Madrid in permanent dealFrank Lampard will give Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi the opportunity to resurrect their Chelsea careers should they impress i…

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Bullish Frank Lampard lifts Chelsea mood but knows he will get no favours | Dominic Fifield

Former midfielder returns as manager with the express aim of making the club more competitive in the leagueThe buzzword was realism, a theme maintained whether Frank Lampard was raising the new Chelsea shirt to the pop of the flashbulbs in a cluttered …

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Frank Lampard is home but has taken on a tough task at Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Club hero returns amid a transfer embargo, a gulf to the top, injuries – and with a Champions League place still expectedAt first glance the timing is all off. Chelsea’s ambitions have been severely constricted as a transfer embargo chokes incoming bus…

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Frank Lampard to be unveiled as new Chelsea manager on Thursday

• Lampard returns to club where he played for 13 seasons• Former midfielder has left Derby to take jobFrank Lampard was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to complete the formalities of his emotional return to Chelsea with the club set to confirm th…

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Arsenal make £40m approach to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha

• Palace value Zaha closer to £100m• Player’s brother says he wants European footballArsenal have made their first approach for Wilfried Zaha and have indicated they would be willing to pay £40m, falling well short of Crystal Palace’s valuation in what…

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka can shine at Old Trafford but patience will be needed | Dominic Fifield

Manchester United are buying potential in a right-back with great energy and tackling ability but areas to improveThere is no real preparation for what is about to happen to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Sure, he had been offered a glimpse of what is to come whil…

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Manchester United meet Crystal Palace to try to seal Wan-Bissaka deal

• Monday meeting follows improved offer at the weekend• Palace will push for removal of Zaha sell-on clause in dealManchester United and Crystal Palace officials will meet on Monday afternoon with a view to thrashing out the finer details of a deal to …