Fresh from an underwhelming pre-season West Brom manager Tony Pulis would’ve been desperate for a positive start to the new Premier League season.

The Baggies faced last season’s revelation Bournemouth in the opening fixture on Saturday and thanks to an Ahmed Hegazi 31st minute powerful header, the West Londoners came away with the full three points in the bag although staying above relegation this season remains their primary benchmark.

Still they will be happy to have lessened the tide of unsatisfaction emanating from the stands, aggravating the removal of the squad coach.

Pulis, especially from his days at Stoke City has built a reputation of favouring substance over style, preferring instead his players stick with the unconventional ugly job of sacrificing entertaining football for the primary safety from the relegation zone; The chief reason why his teams rarely aspire finishing above the mid-table.

Another new signing from Southampton Jay Rodriguez showed a lot of promise on Saturday as he proved that his pace will most certainly add a new and perhaps effective dimension to the Baggies’ attack.

Still it was Hegazi’s powerful drive beyond Asmir Begovic’s line that proved crucial throughout the afternoon encounter. The Egypt international is on loan from Al Ahly and will hope to do enough to convince West Brom to sign him on permanent terms even if that means ditching Jonny Evans. Continue reading

Rudi Garcia is certain that his squad is inching closer to their best form

As.Roma was able to collect 3 hugely important points on August 30 as the team of Rudi Garcia claimed a 2-1 triumph over the current champions of Italy, Juventus. Goals from Pjanic and Dzeko was enough for As.Roma to secure their first victory of the entire season and this triumph is not only important for the 3 points that the team of Rudi Garcia gained but it was much more important for another reason, they overcame Juventus.

In the previous season of the Serie A, As.Roma locked horns against Juventus and had to settle with 1 draw and 1 defeat but in this early start of the new season things have kicked off in a much better form for Rudi Garcia and his team.

Rudi Garcia was so impressed and pleased by the performance that his team displayed against Juventus that the French manager said that are getting closer to their best form since he arrived to the club on June of 2013. Continue reading

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return to the Italian Serie A after he has been linked with clubs like Inter Milan, Napoli, and Roma in the last few weeks. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has been at PSG since 2011.

He has been the club’s number one choice during this period, but there have been suggestions that the French outfit will be looking at an even more capable goalkeeper. PSG have been linked with the likes of Petr Cech and Iker Casillas in recent months. Even though they are yet to make an official offer for these players, their long-standing interest means thatSirigu’s position at the club could come under threat.

Sirigu has started featuring for the national team much more, as it is widely believed that he will be the eventual replacement for Gianluigi Buffon. He played in the 1-0 defeat against Portugal, which was a disappointing result for new manager Antonio Conte.Sirigu has a contract with the French club until the summer of 2018. He has confirmed that there is no potential talk of coming back to Italy right now. After featuring in 34 league games for the French club last season,Sirigu managed to win all four major trophies apart from the Champions League. Continue reading