Paper News and Gossip: Moyes' Worries Mount, Terry's New Deal and SAS Are Back

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Moyes' Worries Mount, Terry's New Deal and SAS Are Back

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    Following a weekend that saw a host of shocks in the Premier League, the papers are overflowing with reaction.

    There’s mixed news for Chelsea, while it’s pretty grim for David Moyes at Manchester United.

    There’s also a hint of transfer gossip, and we have it all covered in Monday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup. 

Torres Facing Long Ban

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    Salt could be rubbed into Fernando Torres’ wounds. The Daily Mail’s Matt Barlow suggests the Chelsea striker is staring down the barrel of a four-match ban.

    Torres was sent off during Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham on Saturday—a decision which angered Blues boss Jose Mourinho, according to The Independent.

    Mourinho’s ire may well continue on Monday, as Barlow suggests the suspension could be extended from the normal three matches to four.

    Highlighting the issue, Barlow writes:

    Fernando Torres is staring at a four-match ban for gouging and scratching Jan Vertonghen’s face in a development sure to enrage Chelsea and their manager Jose Mourinho.

    Sportsmail understands Mike Dean showed Torres his first yellow card for a trip on Spurs defender Vertonghen, not for raising his hands in the confrontation which followed. None of Dean’s assistants saw the flashpoint and the referee will report these facts to the FA’s disciplinary department today.

    From there, it will be immediately passed to a new panel of three  ex-referees, who will judge whether the scratching offence deserves a red card for violent conduct.

Chelsea Axe for Kevin De Bruyne

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    Torres is not the only concern for Chelsea at the moment. The Mail’s Matt Barlow also reports that Kevin de Bruyne is smarting after being axed from the Blues squad.

    De Bruyne started Chelsea’s first game of the season against Hull, having shown up well in preseason, but he has slipped down the pecking order in recent weeks. Barlow claims the Belgian has been axed from the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Steaua Bucharest.

    In his piece, Barlow writes:

    De Bruyne was not in the match-day squad at Tottenham on Saturday and has been told he will be training with the Under-21 squad for the next three days.

    Jose Mourinho was unimpressed with his performance in the Capital One Cup at Swindon last week and voiced his concerns on Friday before leaving him out of the derby against Spurs. 

Terry Close to New Chelsea Deal

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    It’s not all doom and gloom at Chelsea, though. Jack Wilson of the Daily Star says John Terry is poised to get a new contract.

    Having struggled for playing time last season, Terry has returned to prominence under Jose Mourinho.

    Terry’s header earned Chelsea a point against Tottenham on Saturday, and Wilson suggests the defender could soon be rewarded with a new contract.

    In Wilson’s piece, Mourinho is quoted as saying:

    I have always told him from day one, don't speak (publicly) about signing a new contract, just speak about working very hard from a physical point of view so you don't have the same kind of problems you have had in the past two years and then you play regularly. 

Sturridge and Suarez Simply the Best

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    So how good is the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge? It would appear Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would not swap them for anyone, according to the the Mail’s Dominic King.

    Suarez and Sturridge were both on target as Liverpool beat Sunderland 3-1 to move up to second in the Premier League.

    It was Suarez’s first league start following suspension, and how he gelled with Sturridge had Rodgers purring with delight.

    There are wonderful partnerships—Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney—but Luis and Daniel were outstanding.  

    The touch, pace and power from Daniel was superb. It was like he has Velcro on his feet. Then he shows that quality to roll that ball in for Luis’s finish. They will only get better. 

Problems Mounting for Moyes

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    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that Manchester United have problems.

    A home defeat to West Brom on Saturday has seen United fall to 12th in the Premier League, and manager David Moyes has pulled no punches in his assessment.

    Moyes, according to the Mirror’s David McDonnell, admits his team are lacking in all departments:

    There were lots of things that disappointed me. I don’t think the midfield was just the one department where you’d say we were lacking. I think it would be unfair to say it was any [specific area].

    It was the whole thing, we were lacklustre in nearly all the areas. 

Bits and Pieces: Ba on the Move and Berahino's Deal

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    Sunderland’s search for a successor to Paolo Di Canio continues, and Matt Lawton of the Mail claims Steve McClaren and Tony Pulis are high on the shortlist.

    West Bromwich Albion midfielder Morgan Amalfitano impressed in the team's win at Manchester United, and the Baggies are looking to turn his loan move from Marseille into a permanent arrangement, per the Mirror

    Demba Ba could be on the move from Chelsea to Arsenal in January, according to the Daily Star’s Wilson.

    Saido Berahino travelled to Old Trafford on Saturday somewhat under the radar. He emerged as one of the West Brom heroes after helping the Baggies claim a stunning 2-1 win.

    His efforts put the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the shade. According to John Cross of the Mirror, he proved money isn’t everything.

    While Rooney and Van Persie take home well in excess of six figures every week, Cross claims that Berahino is on a contract which sees him pick up £850 a week.