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Darren Bent. Ben Thatcher. Andy Booth. The list goes on. Check out the worst signings to ever grace a Tottenham shirt in the Premier League below.
Gallery: Tottenham’s worst Premier League signings
Burnley are fourth in the Premier League form table after just one loss in their last six games. And be warned, Tottenham: Sean Dyche’s side have already picked up more points away from home this season than in the entirety of their last top-flight campaign.
Preview: Tottenham v Burnley
Ahem, ahem, ahem. Nigel Pearson IS allowed in the dugout today. His touchline ban does not come into effect until the end of the appeal period.
Mark Noble aside, high-flying West Ham have a fully fit squad to choose from today. Visitors Leicester will have boss Nigel Pearson in the stands as he serves a one-match touchline ban for having some verbals with a fan. Erm, isn’t it better he’s kept AWAY from supporters?!
Preview: West Ham v Leicester
DAVID DE GEA. *Flexes*.
29 - Man Utd's current run of six successive wins has seen them face 29 shots on target, four more than they've had themselves. Fortune.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 20, 2014
It goes to show how tight the relegation battle is this year that a QPR win today could (realistically) lift them as high as 15th in the table. They welcome back top scorer Charlie Austin for the visit of West Brom, who ended a run of five without a win against Aston Villa last week.
Preview: QPR v West Brom
Missing: Not seen since being substituted after 35 minutes at Old Trafford two weeks ago, does anyone know where Hatem Ben Arfa is? He's on loan at Hull but, apparently, is in France. "If he decides to stay in France, then that's up to him," says Steve Bruce who, needless to say, will not be extending his loan from Newcastle.
Bruce: Ben Arfa has probably played last game for Hull
And at the top end of the 2014 table...
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Of the 17 clubs to have spent the whole calendar year in the Premier League, Hull have by far the worst record. They have picked up just 27 points from 35 games in 2014 - eight points less than second-worst West Brom. Swansea, by the way, have 43.
Most deadlines are up in 30 minutes - so hurry! My big change this week sees Saido Berahino FINALLY replaced by the ridiculously cheap Steven Naismith. Problem: 10 of the starting 11 are away from home this weekend. Gulp.
It’s the underachievers versus the overachievers-who-are-slowly-achieving-at-the-expected-level-again as relegation-threatened Hull, winless in their last nine games, host a Swansea side that have lost their last two fixtures. The Tigers are without the suspended Tom Huddlestone.
Preview: Hull v Swansea
Tom Cleverley, not available today under the terms of his loan agreement (and because he’s suspended anyway), was reported to have leaked information about Roy Keane’s short spell at Aston Villa to the media. What happens next? Keane rocks up at Cleverley’s home and *allegedly* rings the doorbell for 15 minutes until Clevz plucks up the courage to answer. “That’s not what happened,” Paul Lambert has insisted. So that’s that then.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes continues to train with Manchester United, but is he any closer to joining the club? Or is a January move to rivals Liverpool on the cards? Louis van Gaal ain’t giving much away. "That's why I'm always angry, because you are inventing stories," he said this week. Oh.
Van Gaal reacts angrily to Valdes link
Michael Carrick, now officially the club’s new vice-captain, told The Telegraph: "I don't want to say we are going to win the league, but certainly at this point, it is what we are aiming to do. We are not just looking to be happy for top three or top four."
Carrick sets sights on Premier League title
Title challenge = ON. Manchester United have recovered from a dreadful start to put together a run of six consecutive league wins. They travel to an Aston Villa side today who are as inconsistent as they come and have scored just 10 goals all season.
Preview: Aston Villa v Manchester United
It’s been confirmed this morning that Raheem Sterling has picked up the prestigious European Golden Boy award. Previous winners include Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and *COUGH, COUGH* Anderson, and he’s the first Englishman to scoop the prize since Wayne Rooney a decade ago. Congrats!
Sterling wins 2014 Golden Boy award
We’ve been taking a look back this week at the worst signings clubs have made in the Premier League era. Today is the turn of Manchester City, and a certain Scott Sinclair may or may not feature...
Gallery: Man City’s worst Premier League signings
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think Arsenal last season had a very similar number of points as Chelsea have now. So we'll see what happens in the second half of the season and how many points you need to win."
Pellegrini: Chelsea could fall away like Arsenal
Kicking off with the big one at the Etihad, Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany and will have to field a makeshift strike force following injuries to all three first-team forwards. Where’s Emile Mpenza when you need him? Crystal Palace are without Marouane Chamakh.
Preview: Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Chelsea continue to lead the way, as they have all season, but that defeat at Newcastle a fortnight ago has made the title battle anything but a one-horse race. Manchester City will go level on points with a win today, while - whisper it quietly - Manchester United ain’t out of it just yet.
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