Huddersfield 1-2 Derby County: Lawrence’s stunning brace kickstarts Cocu era

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Tom Lawrence’s impressive brace – two goals in three minutes – was pivotal as Derby kicked off the new campaign with a 2-1 away win under new boss Phillip Cocu at the John Smith Stadium.  Continue reading


David Villa refuses to rule out possible City loan move

David Villa refuses to rule out possible loan move

The former Barcelona forward, currently at Manchester City’s sister club New York City, has refused to rule out a possible loan switch to the sky Blues – with rumours suggesting he could join in January.

In a transfer switch that would raise quite a few eyebrows across European football, former Valencia, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona forward David Villa has admitted that he may be open to a possible loan switch to the sky Blues.Currently playing his trade for Manchester City‘s sister club New York City in the MLS, their league campaign finishes next weekend – and does not restart until the opening months of 2016, in March.

Villa admits he’s open to loan switch

As to whether or not he’d be viewed as a squad player, or just a star man regularly training with the first-team, in an attempt to maintain his high levels of fitness, remains to be seen. But, at 33-years-old, he’s still got plenty of energy and enthuasiasm to play competitively on a regular basis.

He’s scored 17 goals this season – tied for third in the division with LA Galaxy‘s Robbie Keane and Cyle Larin (Orlando City).

But, would he go to City though?

As quoted by Levante TV, he said the following: “I’m getting calls from all over the place since it became mathematically impossible for us to make the play-off’s. There’s a lot of speculation about the possibilty of a loan – there are rumours I’m hearing from lots of people but nothing is concrete.”

If he were to hypothetically join City, it’d have to be on a short-term deal. For one, it’d be a loan that would be finalised in January – and he’d return back for the start of the new MLS campaign in March. Secondly, Manuel Pellegrini would most probably only consider signing Villa if he felt they needed sufficient back-up in an attacking sense, with Sergio Agüero, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho the three strikers in the first-team at the moment.

Also, would he get opportunities to play? Plenty of European clubs are interested in his signature, even if it is only for a few months, so he’d have to weigh up his options before deciding on his temporary future away from America.