‘No pressure’ says Fraser – Pryce

first_imgSTOCKHOLM, Sweden:If Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is feeling the pressure of defending her world crown, it was not evident as she cruised to victory at the BAHAUS Athletics Diamond League meeting yesterday.She clocked 10.93 seconds (-0.2) in front of a Stockholm crowd that clearly idolises the sprint legend.With the World Championships less than a month away, Fraser-Pryce told The Gleaner: “There’s always pressure going into any meet. I’m defending champion and everybody’s coming, but that’s not something I worry about.”I’m not worried about anything actually! I’m just focused on executing the race and enjoying the championships.”Beijing holds fond memories for the Jamaican. It was in 2008 that a young Fraser-Pryce announced herself to the world by claiming the 100m gold at the Beijing Olympics.LOOKFORWARDTOBEIJING”I’m looking forward to going back to Beijing. In 2008, I had no idea that I would win a medal. Rather, I was going there for the sheer excitement of making an Olympic team.”I was looking forward to seeing all the athletes, and if anything, I was star struck when I got there.”And here I am, years later, going back as the defending world champion.”There is something about the Jamaican, which makes her turn up for the big races. She is a genuine championship performer. Just what is her secret?”I have no idea how I perform so well in major championships,” she said.”When I get to major championships, I’m just very focused and ready to run.”It’s weird, but I think my body has a memory, which remembers when I’m in a big race. So far, I’ve only lost one championship, which was in 2011.”I rely on past experiences and victories. I just seem to get it right at the right time.”The 28-year-old has illuminated the sport over the years with her demeanour and famous smile. Her calm start-line antics go against some of the more serious traits of her competitors, who can barely raise a smile while in the zone.Fraser-Pryce said: “I’ve no pre-race antics. I’m not focused on what anybody else does.”Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Natasha Morrison, came home third in the 100m in Stockholm. She, too, was happy enough before Beijing.”It was very chilly, and I’m looking forward to Beijing,” said a contented Morrison, who registered 11.22. American Tori Bowie was second in 11.05.In the triple jump, Kimberly Williams took third place behind Caterine Ibarguen, 14.69m, and Olga Rypakova, 14.30m. After an opening effort of 13.89m, she improved to 14.21m with her second leap. Her fifth jump of 14.22m was her best effort.There was no joy either for 800m runner Simoya Campbell.Campbell came home sixth (2:01:57) but is of the view that she can produce in Beijing.”I feel very confident before going to Beijing and feel comfortable in myself. I have been putting in all the work needed.”The event was won by Renelle Lamote (France) in 1:59.91.Rusheen McDonald (45.55) and Edino Steele (46.17) came home sixth and eighth, respectively in the 400m, which was won by Machel Cedenio (Trinidad and Tobago), 44.97.Peter Matthews, 45.79 was content with his second-place finish in the 400m B race.last_img read more

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McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.“(McGregor) needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu What’s in store for your animal sign this year But while McGregor, a long-odds underdog, has attracted most wagers, the majority of the money is on Mayweather.William Hill US reported that several large bets had been placed on Mayweather for what is expected to be a straightforward assignment.One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240,000.Yet the mere fact that McGregor will carry at least a puncher’s chance into the contest has been enough to sustain the excitement.Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight on pay-per-view in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not deterred by predictions of a mismatch.“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”Others however have sounded a note of caution, citing potential safety risks to McGregor given the chasm of experience between the Irishman and Mayweather.British former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan expressed fears Friday McGregor could be seriously injured. “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”McGregor meanwhile basked in the adulation of his Irish fans who have poured into the Nevada desert gambling capital this week.“You can’t beat us — we’ve already taken over,” McGregor bellowed. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.”An army of Irish fans poured out onto the Las Vegas strip following the weigh-in, dancing and singing in blazing hot sunshine.Saturday’s bout has appalled boxing traditionalists, who have rubbished the event as a meaningless, money-grabbing, mismatch which owes more to the pantomime traditions of WWE wrestling than the noble art.Boxing pundits, coaches and fighters have lined up to dismiss McGregor’s hopes of succeeding where 49 others in Mayweather’s 21-year career have failed.“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” was the withering verdict of veteran trainer Teddy Atlas. “It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighborhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”Safety fearsThe hard-nosed heavy-hitters of the gambling world agree.Saturday’s fight is set to smash records as the most bet-upon bout in Las Vegas history. With waves of green-shirted fans in a crowd of around 6,000 roaring their support for the Irish superstar, McGregor tipped the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit.Former welterweight champion Mayweather, 40, who has emerged from a two-year retirement to take on MMA star McGregor, weighed in at 149.5 pounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, is a massive underdog for a fight, which is expected to beamed live to around 200 countries and territories across the globe.But the former apprentice plumber from Dublin, who was unemployed four years ago, defiantly predicted he was ready to spring a monumental upset on the skillful Mayweather, one of the finest boxers in history who boasts a perfect 49-0 record.“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”‘Fighting wins fights’A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and once again vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals’ cross-combat super-fight.McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena after a raucous weigh-in that saw him face-off with Mayweather for the final time before fight-night.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboardinglast_img read more

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A New Year, A Clean Slate?

first_img(Overheard in the bank queue while waiting to receive salaries.)“Papi, you don’t have to wait in the queue. I’m sure if you go to the front they will let you inside.”“Don’t worry, my son, let me wait while I still have strength.”“But, uncle, I remember when you were living abroad. Why did you return to Africa with all these terrible wars? I’m raising my children to get their educations, escape overseas, and never come back.”“Well, I felt that when the war ended, there might be a chance for renewal.  During the kinds of wars we’ve seen instigated across Africa, the collective consciousness of the people is subjected to a kind of “scorched earth” treatment. What is left can be seen as a “clean slate” – a big, new, shiny blackboard. We could rewrite, reseed, recover the best of African traditions and build on them.”“Ol’ man, you still think that way?”“Not exactly, my son. What I found was when the imperial powers decide to destroy a nation, a society, a culture; the strong nationalist voices are assassinated first. Only the pacified leaders and their zombie followers are in place to implement the imperial will. All the traditional culture is buried under the rubble of war and then even further buried under the imperial super-structure built atop the rubble. And cultural renewal is not usually given prominence in the rebuilding process.As soon as the “clean slate” is visible through the smoke of destruction, action takes place rapidly. First come the destroyers themselves with their weapons; hunting and gathering the choice areas on the “slate” (landscape) and forcibly securing them. Then they bring the lackey government officials hunting and gathering for their masters who assign them positions on the “slate”. Next enter the foreign opportunists hunting and gathering the cheapest, poorest quality goods and services to sell to those already in place and those to come. The local opportunists are then allowed to hunt and gather. They bring scams and schemes to take direct advantage of their fellow country people.”“Is there any room on the “slate” for the rest of us – those who are not hunters?”“Yes! On the big blackboard that was so clean and shiny for a brief moment in time, it seems the ancestors have preserved a small and beautiful section for us, the planters/harvesters. Some of us have already found our spot on a “slate”. And although our areas might be idyllic and nestled in our own rich, natural resources; finding other planters and harvesters is not easy. We are surrounded by hunters and gatherers – just like anywhere else on this planet. You may see that spark of light in the eye of a farmer in the village – an exciting experience, but I’ve learned that nurturing that spark is critical and time sensitive.And to find planters and harvesters among those educated in the western system is also rare. When we meet them we treasure and work to form a lasting bond with them. We give thanks for the planters and harvesters that will form our “redeemers network” all over the world.All over Africa there are small groups of redeemers preserving our cultural life-force through our music, dance, visual arts, oral arts and our literature. Don’t you want to join our work on the not-so “clean slate”? I welcome you!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bandits storm NA market vendor’s home

first_imgA New Amsterdam, Berbice market vendor was on Sunday night robbed at gunpoint by five bandits who entered her Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam home.Wilma Alexander’s Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam homeWilma Alexander was at home with her three daughters when the bandits stuck.Reports are about 01:45h, the vendor heard someone walking in her Lot 1312 Glasgow home, but thought it was one of her children.Speaking with Guyana Times, the vendor said that she kept looking at the clock since she had to get up around 02:00h to get ready to go make her purchases at the market.“The next thing I saw the door was opened… one guy came in first into the children’s room and then another one followed and then another one and when I saw the third one, I realised that they had guns. Then I realised that it was not the children walking, it is a robbery.”She said that the men gained entry by removing five louver panes from a window. Alexander related that one of the gunmen pointed a gun at her and demanded cash and jewellery. She said another entered her room and started searching for valuables.Meanwhile, the three others were in and out of her children’s rooms.The window the bandits used to gain entrance into the house“I pulled out the purse and told him that this is all the money that I have. Told him that I don’t have gold and he told me to take off the ring on my finger. So I took off my wedding band and gave him and another ring I was wearing.”She said the bandit who collected the purse from her opened it and informed the others that there was enough for each of them to get more than $10,000 each.The shaken woman said that the man who had the gun was about to leave her room, but suddenly turned around and demanded more money. She said that he told her to lift her mattress. Under the mattress, the woman said, she had a $100 and he took it.She said the men escaped with a quantity of jewellery, over $60,000, a laptop computer, an electronic tablet, cellular phones and a bastard bird valued at over $150,000.The 36-year-old woman explained that one of the bandits who was on her veranda noticed that her neighbour was awake and alerted the others.“My neighbour tell me afterwards that she did not know that anything was going on, but she got up because she was feeling hot and she opened the window and raised up the curtain and went back under the net.”However, the gunmen thought the woman saw them and one of them picked up a bottle and threw it at her window causing three louvers to break. The men then escaped on foot.Alexander told this publication that there was need for street lights in the area, pointing out that while she has lights in her yard, it only extends to the road in front of her premises.She also noted that heavy vegetation has taken over some lots at Glasgow New Housing Scheme and was urging the owners and regional authorities to clear the area.The distraught woman said that a Police outpost in the area would be meaningful to residents, adding that Central Police Station and also the Sisters Police Station were far away.last_img read more

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3 bandits shot dead during shoot-out with Police at Norton Street

first_imgThree armed bandits were killed on Thursday evening during a shoot-out with Police at Norton and Victor Streets, Lodge, Georgetown. The three bandits have been identifies as Junior Nurse, of Albouystown; Shawn Browne Jr; and another known as “Pretty Bit” and “Skeete”.This bandit, known as “Skeete” and “Pretty Bit”, was shot dead during a shoot-out with Police at Norton and Victor Streets, Lodge, GeorgetownOne Police rank who was also shot to his knee was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) by his colleagues. Up to press time, he was admitted a patient and was listed as stable.Based on reported received, at about 20:00h, Neville Lesley of Lot 46 Norton and Victor Streets, was closing the doors to his home when he saw someone scaling the fence but by the time he retaliated, he was held at gunpoint. The gunman demanded gold and cash as he took the man into the house.His two other accomplices also made their way into the man’s home. Each of them was carrying a handgun.According to Lesley, prior to the invasion, he had just put his five-year-old son to bed but upon hearing the commotion, the child woke up and ran downstairs. “They tell me if I don’t keep me son quiet, they’d shoot me and meh son,” the man related.Lesley said he has a relative who recently returned from the US and the bandits had enquired about her. “They ask whey the girl that come in the country deh, where the gold and money they get and all sort of things. I said all these things that we see up here is share weakings, they aint get no value. You come to rob me but I deh home two months now, I don’t really understand what yall doing,” the still shaken man told reporters.Lesley further explained that he was placed on the ground with his son when he heard someone on the road yelling, whom he assumed to be Police, that armed men went into the house and locked the door.Distracted by the Police presence, Lesley and his son managed to escape the bandits and hid in one of the bedrooms, where he removed the louvres in the window and lowered his son from the upper flat of the house.The child was safely collected by a Police Officer, and Lesley jumped through the window to safety.He reportedly told the Police that he explained to the gunman that there was nothing valuable in his home, but the bandits forced him to the upper flat where they searched for cash.“He went in the bedroom them and thing and put me to lie down with my son and tell me they will shoot my son and shoot me if I don’t find the gold and money. I said I don’t wear gold or anything, he check my chain and see it was a silver chain, he checked my hand and see, I said I home about two months now looking for it just like y’all so I don’t understand what you telling me. He telling he other partner watch we going to have to do this man what we does do to anybody else,” the man told media operatives.Lesley man stated that he told the bandits that they did not have to harm him but his plea was met with slaps across the face.“He carry me in the back room, and is the back room they start tumble the barrel, checking checking. Right now the whole house tumble up, take out my wallet and lil money I had inside, pelt down the wallet, after they hear the Police come they run down the steps. By the time they go to run down the steps, I push everything at the back of the door and one of them force himself and come in back but end up coming out back”.According to Leslie, he did not get the opportunity to telephone the Police for help, but stated that the ranks arrived promptly at the scene.It was at this point that the shoot-out between the armed bandits and law enforcement officials commenced. According to information from residents in the area, two of the bandits were shot and appeared to be dead, while the third was also shot but surrendered to the Police.The bodies of the two dead gunmen, along with the injured bandit, were also taken to the GPHC but the third man subsequently died while receiving medical attention. The Police have since removed two handguns from the scene with several rounds of spent shells.This comes less than two weeks after three bandits were shot and killed during a Police shoot-out in Black Bush Polder.last_img read more

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Qatar considering offers to host World Cup teams abroad

first_imgWhen asked whether teams could be based in Iran, chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi said Qatar had received “numerous proposals from countries with regard to hosting teams” around the time of the tournament.“This is part of the operational plan, but obviously it will have to be done with FIFA,” he said.“Nothing is decided on this matter yet and it remains under discussion.”Any move to accept Iran’s offer would provide a major boost for the Islamic Republic at a time when the US is trying to isolate the country internationally.It could also prove controversial in the Gulf.Since 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have imposed a sweeping embargo on Qatar, with its one-time allies accusing it of seeking closer ties with Iran and of supporting radical Islamist groups.Qatar denies the charges, accusing its neighbours of seeking regime change.Al Thawadi said he hoped Qatar’s neighbours would lift a ban on their citizens visiting Qatar in time for the World Cup, which kicks off on November 21, 2022.The country’s original pitch in its bid to host the tournament included plans to use facilities elsewhere in the Gulf.“I hope the blockading nations can see the value of this major tournament and can allow for their people to benefit from this tournament,” he said.Asked about whether Qatar was prepared to increase the number of teams at the Qatar World Cup to 48, as mooted by FIFA, Al Thawadi said he was still planning for the usual figure of 32.“Our preparations right now are for 32 teams, the current format. All the preparations are ongoing based on that,” he said.“There’s a feasibility study undertaken right now for a 48-team competition and then a decision will be taken both by FIFA and ourselves as a host nation,” he added.Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.FIFA president Gianni Infantino last week all but wrote off the chances of a 48-team tournament in 2022, saying it would be “a difficult challenge”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hassan Al Tawadi’s suggestion that some teams at the 2022 World Cup could be based in Iran is likely to prove controversial © AFP/File / SAJJAD HUSSAINPARIS, France, Nov 12 – Qatar is considering offers from other countries to host teams during the 2022 World Cup, but no decision has been taken yet, the head of the organising committee told AFP on Monday.Iran has recently offered to host teams who will play in tiny Qatar in the World Cup which starts in just over four years time.last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD LAUNCH INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE THIS WEDNESDAY

first_imgDunkineely Community News:DCL Calligraphy starts on Wednesday 14th Jan – this coming Wednesday with Janet Deane in the Dunkineely Community Ltd. offices from 7pm-9pm. Cost €30 for six sessions.Course part funded by the ETB Community Education Programme. There are still 4 places available for this course, so if you know anybody interested please get them to phone the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 as soon as possible.DCL Interior Design will start Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 7-9pm for those on the waiting list – 6 week course with Sile Kelly, cost €30 (part funded by the ETB Community Education Programme).DCL Calligraphy and DCL Interior Design – Are the two courses we will be running this term part-funded by the ETB Community Education Programme. We will take names for a waiting list for both courses. Contact DCL on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 if you are interested.If you have your name down for one of these two courses and don’t intend attending, please phone 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 as soon as possible. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD LAUNCH INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE THIS WEDNESDAY was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DCLDD LocalDunkineelyFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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MAN SUES GARDAÍ IN ‘WRONGFUL’ ARREST LAWSUIT

first_imgSean Hall arriving in courtGARDAI who arrested a former US air force engineer at his own home did so illegally, it was claimed in a court case yesterday.Sean Hall, a 50-year-old retired mechanic, is suing Gardai alleging they breached his constitutional rights by arresting him on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the property. Mr Hall claimed at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday that he was arrested despite legal advice given to Gardai beforehand that he was legally entitled to enter a home at which his wife had changed the locks.The arrest took place on April 15 2009 in Gweedore, Co Donegal.Mr Hall had returned to the area two days earlier after undergoing heart surgery in America.He and his wife were having marital problems at the time and they hadn’t spoken for four months whilst he was in the USA.However when he went to their house on April 13 the locks had been changed.He was advised by Gardai that day to leave the area after Mrs Maria Hall called officers.Two days later, he returned to the house and broke in through a window.His solicitor Cormac Hartnett had called and faxed Gardai and Mrs Hall’s solicitor advising them that his client was legally entitled to return to the property.At 8pm a stand-off occurred inside the house when Mr Hall barricaded himself inside a bedroom and refused to come out, Judge Petria McDonnell was told.Gardai broke down the door, arrested Mr Hall and took him to Glenties Garda Station.“They basically treated me like a criminal. They told me to open the f***ing door,” said Mr Hall.“They put me in the cop car and it was overwhelming.”He was released the next day and an ex-parte barring order was granted at the district court, an order later lifted and Mr Hall did later return to live at the house until his marriage of 20 years broke up.Cormac Hartnett, Mr Hall’s solicitor, gave evidence and told the judge that he was “incredulous” that his client had been arrested despite phoning Gardai and faxing them. He had also faxed and phoned Mrs Hall’s solicitor.Mr Hall claimed that he had recorded the incident on a mobile phone but when his personal belongings were returned one of his three phones was missing.James O’Donnell, barrister for An Garda Siochana, strenuously denied this allegation, telling Mr Hall he had signed for his possessions and had never made a complaint about it.Garda witnesses have yet to be called in the case.The hearing was adjourned and will resume at Castlebar court on October 30.MAN SUES GARDAÍ IN ‘WRONGFUL’ ARREST LAWSUIT was last modified: October 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The 10 most expensive Premier League summer signings ranked

first_img MONEY But he has used that frustration as motivation having now established himself as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s team. Mahrez has started in big games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United – an indication he has the trust of his manager.4. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea) – £71mHe had big boots to fill after Thibaut Courtois ended a summer of speculation by joining Real Madrid. And Kepa, who was relatively unknown in England, has looked like a more than capable replacement. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Keita is fully fit after recovering from back and hamstring injuries It has been all smiles for Riyad Mahrez since joining from Leicester in the summer 11 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Here, talkSPORT.com has ranked the ten most expensive signings from worst to best based on their performances so far this season.10. Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United) – £52mA lot was expected of the Brazilian midfielder when he joined Manchester United in June, but he has endured a difficult time in England so far. He finds himself behind Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in the midfield pecking order following a series of average performances.Club legend Gary Neville even questioned Fred’s hefty price tag. “Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no,” he said. Alisson is already proving a big hit at Liverpool Premier League clubs spent a total of £1.26 billion on transfers in the summer.The record fee for a goalkeeper was broken twice, while Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez was the most expensive outfield signing at £60 million. 11 Jorginho is a pass master Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 11 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? He now faces a fight to regain a starting place due to the form of James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.6. Felipe Anderson (Lazio to West Ham) – £35mWest Ham’s club-record signing has started all of the Hammers’ opening 12 league games, scoring four goals.Coming from the Italian league, it took the Brazilian a few weeks to get used to the speed of the Premier League before netting and starring in a 3-1 win over Manchester United at the end of September. 11 Despite one blunder against Leicester, Alisson has settled superbly in the Premier League. His confidence coming for balls coupled with his distribution has made him indispensable for Liverpool.2. Jorginho (Napoli to Chelsea) – £50 millionHe was a long-term transfer target of Manchester City’s, but in the end Jorginho joined Chelsea to reunite with Maurizio Sarri, his manager at Napoli for the three previous seasons.Jorginho has been vital to Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season – he is the heartbeat of the Blues’ midfield where he operates in the holding role of a midfield three. The Italy international has controlled games with his immaculate passing. Fabinho arrived from Monaco in the summer Fred has struggled for form since arriving in the summer Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Most Popular Football News Felipe Anderson took a while to settle at West Ham, but has shown he is more than capable of handling the pace of the Premier League 11 11 huge blow no dice If he keeps up his goalscoring form then there is no reason why Everton can’t sneak into the top six this season. Anderson was hooked off at half-time in West Ham’s Carabao Cup exit to Tottenham last month, but has netted in his last two games.He is West Ham’s most creative player and looks likely to live up to his price tag.5. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City to Manchester City) – £60mMahrez is showing why Manchester City chased his signature for so long. So far he has scored six goals in his last 11 games and has displaced Leroy Sane in the first-team.A below-par display on his debut against Arsenal meant he had to wait patiently for another chance to impress and a late penalty miss to win the game against Liverpool could’ve affected his confidence.center_img 11 Kepa has looked comfortable in goal for Chelsea so far Chelsea will need to keep him fit to maintain their title challenge.1. Richarlison (Watford to Everton) – £50mThere were questions raised when Everton splashed £50m on Richarlison. The winger had struggled for form in the second half of last season with Watford, failing to register a goal or assist since November.But he has drastically turned that woeful form around by scoring six goals in 10 league appearances. He has become the first name on the team sheet and has even been deployed as a striker at the expense of Cenk Tosun in recent weeks. REVEALED 11 REVEALED Richarlison’s £50m transfer has proven to be a brilliant piece of business Then, with Kurt Zouma unable to play against parent club Chelsea a week later, Mina made his first start of the season and looked assured handling in-form striker Alvaro Morata. But the form of Zouma and Michael Keane means Mina might have to bide his time before becoming a regular in Everton’s defence.8. Fabinho (Monaco to Liverpool) – £43.7mLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been wary of rushing Fabinho into his starting XI. The midfield powerhouse has been left out of squads or he has been an unused substitute in most of the Reds’ games this season. The goalkeeper has kept nine clean sheets in all competitions this season – the most of any goalkeeper in England.He is the Premier League’s most expensive signing, but at 24, he is only going to improve.3. Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) – £66.8mHe has been placed higher than Kepa on our list because of his importance to this Liverpool team. Conceding goals has been a problem for the Reds over the last three seasons with error-prone goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius between the sticks. However, since joining for a club-record fee from Roma, Alisson has solidified what used to be a leaky backline. ADVICE 11 RANKED 11 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manchester City were also said to be chasing his signature, so there must be something about him, it’s just that United fans are still waiting to see it.9. Yerry Mina (Barcelona to Everton) – £28.5mHe could’ve been public enemy number one if his late equaliser against England had gone on to knock them out of the World Cup.The towering Colombia defender impressed in the summer’s competition, which earned him a move to Everton. Injuries and a lack of fitness saw him wait almost two months to make his Toffees debut, but fans eventually saw him for the first time in the dying moments of the 3-1 win over Brighton at the start of November. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 11 He only started his first game of the season in Liverpool’s convincing victory against Red Star Belgrade last month. Fabinho possesses obvious talent, which was evident in Monaco’s Ligue 1-winning 2016/17 season, and that form will surely be replicated with more starts in a Liverpool shirt.7. Naby Keita (RB Leipzig to Liverpool) – £48mKeita has shown glimpses of brilliance since joining Liverpool. Starting their first two games of the season, his energy in midfield was invaluable.But a culmination of back and hamstring injuries has hampered his Reds career. 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