Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legend

first_img Phil HaighMonday 20 May 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Advertisement Advertisement Zaha scored against Arsenal in April (Picture: REUTERS)‘He’s already had that stint at Manchester United, which was a complete disaster and was probably part of his maturation. Because he’s been there already, there’s been links to United. I don’t see him doing that.‘I don’t think, psychologically, having had such a disaster there for two seasons that he would go back so we can forget them.‘I think we’re talking Arsenal or Chelsea. If Chelsea are letting [Eden] Hazard go, they will still be able to make some transfers.’That statement about Hazard is certainly not the case if the transfer ban is upheld. Whether the Blues sell the Belgian or not, they will not be able to bring any other players in.Nicol thinks Zaha would be an ideal addition for Arsenal, especially given the lack of threat they possess on the flanks.‘Arsenal, I’m not keen on what they have in wide areas,’ continued the 57-year-old. ‘[Alex] Iwobi, for me, in the final third has no end product and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan has had an absolute disaster.‘I think they would like him and both sides would suit him. I think every player wants to go to the best but for him, he thought he was going to the best before and it didn’t work out.‘I don’t think it’ll be a case of going to the best side, it’ll be a case of going where you’re going to play.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Eagles are thought to want a whopping £80m for Zaha, but Arsenal are considering haggling that price down by offering players in exchange.The Gunners may send Calum Chambers and Reiss Nelson across London in a cash-plus-players deal for the Ivory Coast international.MORE: Manchester City set to make move for £75m-rated Manchester United target Harry MaguireMORE: Arsenal hope Matteo Guendouzi can convince Alexis Claude-Maurice to join Gunners Comment Wilfried Zaha is set to leave Crystal Palace this summer (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal and Chelsea have been put at the front of the queue for Wilfried Zaha’s signature, according to Liverpool hero Steve Nicol.The Crystal Palace forward looks certain to leave Selhurst Park this summer after telling the club he wants a move and there will likely be plenty of offers for the 26-year-old.The likes of Tottenham and Manchester United have been linked with moves for Zaha, but Nicol believes that Arsenal and Chelsea appear to be more likely destinations, with a return to Old Trafford after a poor spell there unlikely.Given that Chelsea are set for a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows (unless they successfully appeal) then that would make the Gunners the most likely to win the race for the winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think the time is right for him to take a step up,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.‘I don’t believe he’s the type of player or person who wants to go abroad, I think he’s quite happy in England. Arsenal backed to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha by Liverpool legendlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger find first postseason experience stressful but fun

first_img Whicker: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers’ closer with big shoulders, looms large over Chicago Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Justin Turner’s 3-run walk-off homer gives Dodgers 2-0 NLCS lead Bellinger took a more direct route. The top prospect in the Dodgers’ loaded system he overshot his own expectations for this year – “Honestly, I thought I was going to be a September call-up,” he has said – and arrived much sooner than expected, breaking into the big leagues with an unprecedented power burst that will certainly make him the Dodgers’ 18th NL Rookie of the Year.Both are now playing in October for the first time, two of six Dodgers getting their first taste of the postseason this fall – none counted on more heavily – and finding the postseason stage more demanding.“Yeah, the moment is always big,” Taylor said. “The level of focus is higher, pitch to pitch. The games are longer.“It’s exhausting. But that’s what makes it fun – the games are that much more exciting.”Bellinger similarly describes his first postseason experience so far as equal parts “stressful” and “fun.” Alexander: This Dodgers bullpen getting job done in front of Jansen Dodgers World Series schedule, game times, TV listings PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, dives to tag out Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores on an RBI ground out by Cody Bellinger against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 bobbles the ball alowing Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to reach 1st base safely in the 8th inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 tags out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 after he bunted in the 8th inning to move Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to 2nd base. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, picks off this drive by Cubs Kris Bryant as Chris Taylor, #3, tries to avoid crashing into Puig. Puig made the out during first inning action at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 collide at the wall after a hit by Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant #17 in the first inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger connects for a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger connects for a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger (35) greets Yasiel Puig (66) after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor connects for a solo home run that gave the team a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3, rounding 1st base, is pumped after hitting a single run homer in the 6th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor high-fives Manager Dave Roberts, center, after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Taylor is one of six Dodgers playing in the postseason for the first time. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger falls in the dugout after catching a foul ball by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jeff Mathis during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RB-single during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger scores past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis on a double by teammate Yasiel Puig (not pictured) during the first inning of Friday’s National League Divisional Series opener at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a hit by Justin Turner during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball team’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The crowd is on its feet before the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor delivers an RBI single in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month. ‘The level of focus is higher, pitch to pitch,’ Taylor said of the postseason. ‘The games are longer. It’s exhausting. But that’s what makes it fun – the games are that much more exciting.’ (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have taken very different roads to central roles on this Dodgers team.The 27-year-old Taylor did an extended apprenticeship, going up and down between the majors and minor leagues for three seasons without establishing himself at the big-league level.Acquired by the Dodgers in a trade more notable at the time for what they gave up (first-round draft disappointment Zach Lee), Taylor put it all on the line last winter, radically changing his swing and offensive approach, then embraced the need to learn a new position (moving to the outfield) as well.That led to a breakout season this year. Whicker: Justin Turner’s homer is a thrill, but not a surprise Related Articles Miller: Justin Turner goes Kirk Gibson and makes everything right again NLCS Game 3: Dodgers at Cubs, game time, TV info and starting pitchers The stressful part might have been his 1-for-12 start to the NL Division Series with six strikeouts. It has gotten more fun since then with a home run off Zack Greinke in Game 3 and five hits in nine at-bats since that rough start.“Cody himself is – really in his make-up, his DNA – just really even keeled,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He knows he belongs here, and knew that early on. He has the talent.“Offensively in the postseason I think that there has been some success, there have been some struggles. Got a big hit against Greinke. But he’s still trying to work through some things.”Those things are some check points that “mechanically put him in better position to see the baseball and differentiate between strike and ball,” Roberts said. With more time to gameplan for a specific lineup during a postseason series, teams can hone in on a young player.In Bellinger’s case, the Diamondbacks and Cubs seem to have had success in luring Bellinger out of the strike zone. He has eight strikeouts and only two walks through five games.“The whole second half they tried to pitch me a little different,” Bellinger said. “It’s just a matter of if they execute their pitch or not. I do see a consistent game plan, but luckily for us we have in-depth scouting reports as well to see where they’re pitching you, and I try to take advantage of that.”The results from Taylor’s postseason baptism have been uneven as well. He is 5 for 20 with a home run and a double. But four walks have kept his on-base percentage high (.375) in the leadoff spot.“I think CT is way more stubborn in the strike zone than Cody. That’s the bottom line,” Roberts said. “When Cody was doing well, he was in the strike zone, taking walks. The last month he hasn’t been. That’s as simple as I can put it and that’s what I see.”Bellinger’s at-bats looked more familiar in Game 2 on Sunday. He sliced a double into the left-center field gap and drew a walk off Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, then beat out an infield single later in the game.“Everybody has their ups and downs. I don’t think it’s about the postseason,” Taylor said. “Right now, I feel good. I know Cody’s working through some things. I know he’s going to come through with some big hits for us. Just a couple days ago, he hit an opposite-field home run off a changeup from Zack Greinke. That’s what makes him special.” Fan who caught Justin Turner’s game-winning home run has been there before last_img read more