Friday is here again which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at two major talking points for the weekend ahead and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the weekend and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get this party started!
Let’s see if the Kompany fuss is justified
Vincent Kompany was touted as a potential future Manchester City manager after guiding Burnley back into the Premier League last season.
The hyperbole continued during the close season before the Clarets were given a reality check by the reigning champions on the opening weekend.
The home game against Aston Villa on Sunday will be a more useful yardstick for Burnley’s chances of being competitive in the top flight this season.
Kompany has once again received significant backing from the board during the summer transfer window – it’s time to see what he’s made of now.
Spare a thought for Everton fans
While most Premier League clubs have been merrily splashing the cash this summer, Everton manager Sean Dyche has been rummaging in the bargain basement.
Following the collapse of investment talks with MSP Sports Capital, the club has been forced to look elsewhere for a new cash injection.
While owner Farhad Moshiri will argue differently, his time in charge of the club has been shambolic and things will not improve while he remains in charge.
Everton fans are a loyal bunch, and it’s sad to see their club in its current state. Unless the situation is resolved quickly, their time in the top flight will end.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- Onana at Manchester United, an early review: Risks, rewards and De Gea contrasts.
- Ruthless bear who can do no wrong: A love letter to Tottenham’s Ange Postecoglou.
- Chelsea don’t want him, Inter won’t sign him: What’s next for Lukaku?
Today’s top tune
Ten months have passed since we gave Tom Grennan a shout-out in the Morning Mix column.
The minute this stunning performance of ‘Crown Your Love’ landed in our inbox, we knew the time was right for another. Wow!
What to watch this week
Newcastle United demolished Aston Villa on the opening weekend before running Man City close at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday.
Their home game against Liverpool on Sunday will be a useful indicator of each club’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
A final Morning Mix thought
Any West Ham United fans who thought Declan Rice leaving the club was bad news will have woken up feeling pretty happy last Monday.
The Hammers were excellent against Chelsea, producing a performance that demonstrated they have quickly moved on from the Rice era.
Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse will prove to be excellent additions, while the imminent arrival of Mohammed Kudus further strengthens their squad. Declan who?
- Ineffective Man Utd star should be dropped for Burnley clash
- Daniel Levy open to selling Tottenham stake in Tottenham for ‘the right money’
- FIFA Rankings: Argentina retain top spot ahead of France, Brazil & England, Germany continue to fall
- Neil Warnock departs Huddersfield Town after draw with Stoke City
- Sociedad’s dominance, Inzaghi’s questionable decisions, Martinez comes up clutch – Takeaways from Inter Milan’s draw vs Real Sociedad