Optimism is hardly in short supply amongst football fans at this time of the year, but it’s hard to see anything other than a season of struggle for Blackburn Rovers.
Earlier this summer the atmosphere around Aston Villa was one of disillusionment, but James Morris feels there is much cause for optimism ahead of the new season.
With the start of another new season now very much within sight, Calvin Critchley is prepared to give La Liga another go…but he expects his main attention will remain on the Premier League.
There are some bargains to be had by Premier League clubs this summer, and they’re not exactly difficult to find, either – takefootball looks at five out-of-favour players worth taking a chance on.
To suggest Gael Clichy’s decision to leave Arsenal for Manchester City simply to boost his bank balance is somewhat wide of the mark.
Samir Nasri faces a no-lose situation regarding his next career move, as he enters the final twelve months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.