6 items from 2014
Lynne Cameron/Empics Sport
Echoing what our own poll results reflected, Alan Pardew has come out in the wake of the Liverpool victory to confirm who he thinks is the best player so far this season, and it’s not Paul Dummett. It probably will be at some stage, but the young Geordie has been saved from the extra pressure for now because of the form of Moussa Sissoko.
We already knew the Frenchman was one of the first men on Pardew’s team-sheet, and now, thanks to some ridiculously good form in the past three two league games (and the Cup match against Man City), he’s getting extra credit from his manager.
When asked if it was helping Newcastle to be not as reliant on one player as they were with Yohan Cabaye, Pardew all but batted away the suggestion and said Sissoko was now that key player:
“Well no, »
- Simon Gallagher
Joan Rivers remains in critical condition after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery this morning, Kendall Jenner wants to leave her Kardashian-Jenner reputation behind, Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. are co-creating a new comedy series about a clown and more in today’s Last Lap.
Joan Rivers is in stable, but critical condition since being hospitalized this morning after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. [CBS]
Update: Joan Rivers is in critical but stable condition. Keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.
— E! Online (@eonline) August 28, 2014 Kendall Jenner wants to be professionally known as Kendall. News flash: You are not Madonna. [Complex] Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. are bringing a new comedy called Baskets to FX. [Vanity Fair] There were only 22 people at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding. [E!] Kristen Stewart says people “don’t know d–k s–t” about her life in a new interview. Alright, then. [Us Weekly]
[Photo Credit: Vanity Fair France]
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes »
- Taylor Ferber
Scott Heppell/AP/Press Association Images
To the casual observer the final Premier League table suggest a relatively stress free campaign for Newcastle after we finished up in 10th position and achieved the pre-season objective set by Mike Ashley.
But for every Toon supporter the second half of the season was an unmitigated failure as we plummeted from the fringes of the top-four and became embroiled in a mini-league battle with Southampton, Stoke and, surprising to most, Crystal Palace for the right to stay in the top-half.
Thus it makes selecting a Player of the Season that bit tougher as very few displayed enough consistency in 2014 to warrant inclusion in the reckoning for this most illustrious of awards.
Many will throw forward the names of Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy as the only two players to emerge with any shred of credibility from this most unsettling of seasons.
Debuchy is unquestionably up there but Remy, »
- Jak Penny
Martin Rickett/Pa Archive/Press Association Images
Manchester United are in the unusual position of already knowing that current captain Nemanja Vidic won’t be at the club next season. Therefore, David Moyes must decide one who would be the best man to lead the team next season. It’s also likely that a number of other senior players may also move on such as Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and even Robin van Persie.
It’s also reasonably likely that the squad will look quite different next season as Moyes looks to do a rebuilding job of sorts. One player that we all know will be integral to United’s plans next season and beyond is Wayne Rooney, especially now he has signed a new long-term deal – but it remains to be seen if he is seen as having right character for the role.
Personally, I would be in favour »
- James Kent
Media Image Ltd
The FIFA Ballon D’or got 2014 off to the perfect start for Cristiano Ronaldo, as he held off Lionel Messi and Frank Ribery in one of the more hard-fought races of recent years. However, the name everyone is talking about now is the one that arrived in a distant 22nd place with 0.16% of the votes – Eden Hazard.
Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has coincided with Hazard emerging as the side’s talisman, one that gets the fans of their seats, and arguably more so than former fan favourite Juan Mata, who has been displaced as Chelsea’s attacking fulcrum, and packed off to Manchester United.
Hazard is starting to attract comparisons to that widely accepted top three of world performers, and while it would be foolish to state that he is already at their level, a sustained burst of brilliance at his current standard will surely »
- Gerard Walton
Owen Humphreys/Pa Wire/Press Association Images
A spirited Newcastle performance, spurred on by a particularly suspect decision from the officials to disallow what would have been a wonderful equalising Cheick Tiote goal at 1-0, was ultimately fruitless as Alan Pardew’s side succumbed to their fourth defeat in a row.
An early Edin Dzeko strike and a late Alvaro Negredo goal was enough for Manchester City to climb back to the top of the Premier League but Newcastle will feel their performance and ill-fortune deserved much, much, more in a game in front of the live Sky TV cameras.
Newcastle were probably on top from 20 minutes onwards and the goal from Tiote would have been nothing more than they deserved for their attacking endeavour. Steven Taylor had spurned a half-chance from six yards minutes earlier and Yohan Cabaye forced Joe Hart into a good save to force the corner »
- Matt Holmes
6 items from 2014
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners