Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba | Former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole says it's too soon to compare Tammy Abraham with Blues heros Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.Read more o

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba

Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba
Ex-Chelsea striker Cole: Abraham different to Drogba
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Former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole says it's too soon to compare Tammy Abraham with Blues heros Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

However, the West Ham youth coach says Abraham is well on his way.

He told 888sport: “Tammy right now doesn't compare to Hasselbaink and Drogba because they were class for their era. Hasselbaink had his days as a number nine doing his thing; a renowned goal-scorer. And obviously Drogba did so well at every level right up to Champions League.

"Tammy has the self-confidence to success. There was a curse on the number nine shirt and that's the one he wanted so that shows me that he has the confidence to believe he can come in and do a job for the team. He's doing that at the moment.

"He is very different to the number nines that Chelsea usually have. I don't see him as a big, powerful number nine. He can move to the left and right and could easily play as a number ten. He's that good.

"But he's being used as an out-and-out striker and he can do that job as well. He loves to score goals. He loves to get into the penalty area. He's not one of those guys who will shoot from outside the box: he's a goal-poacher."

Read the full 888sport interview with Carlton Cole here.

Liverpool boss Klopp: Shaqiri looks fresh and strong

Liverpool boss Klopp: Shaqiri looks fresh and strong

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Xherdan Shaqiri has played his way back into his plans.

Shaqiri marked his first start since the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in May with an eye-catching display against the Blues in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night.

The Switzerland international poked home Sadio Mane's through ball to make it 2-0 on the night and wowed the Kop in the second half with a string of flicks and tricks as Liverpool hammered their local rivals 5-2.

“He scored one goal, and it was exactly the same as with Divock (Origi). He looked completely fresh, physically strong," Klopp said.

“It's important players train after they are injured. He had twice this calf thing this season.

“He is back in training a couple of weeks, completely normal, understood the situation in the squad.

“When you win a lot of games you don't make 20 changes but this period you need all the boys. I hope they will be in the shape of Shaq or Divock or Adam (Lallana) tonight.

“It gives us the feeling we can do it more often, and we will do it more often. Incredible performance, his set-pieces were outstanding. There is more to follow."

Ferdinand: People trying to ‘resolve issues’ have ‘never been racially abused’

Ferdinand: People trying to ‘resolve issues’ have ‘never been racially abused’

Les Ferdinand has accused world football’s authorities of not doing enough to tackle racist abuse “because it does not affect them”.

Former England striker Ferdinand has claimed the game’s governing bodies have handed out “irrelevant” punishments because they have “never been racially abused”.

Bulgaria were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors – one suspended for two years – after their fans’ racially abused England players in their 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Sofia in October.

“For me, UEFA, FIFA and all the people involved in this may as well have stood in the stands with those people that were making the Nazi chants, or the Nazi salutes and the monkey chants,” Ferdinand said in an interview with CNN World Sport.

“[They] may as well have stood in the stands with them, for the punishment that’s handed out to these people.

“The people in power can solve this problem if they want to but they don’t really want to solve it because it doesn’t affect them.”

Kick It Out have called for an overhaul of UEFA’s disciplinary process in response to racial discrimination and Ferdinand agrees football’s governing bodies are still far too lenient.

“The people trying to resolve the issues are probably middle class, well-educated, Caucasian people, who’ve never been racially abused,” he said.

“So, when you’re handing out a punishment for something you have no idea about, the punishments become very, very lenient, as we keep seeing time and time and time again.

“They can’t (make these decisions) and that’s why the punishment is what it is because they have no idea what being racially abused feels like. So, they hand out punishments that are just irrelevant.”

Former QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham forward Ferdinand has urged the authorities to tackle racist abuse in the same way they dealt with England’s hooligan problem in the 1980s.

“England were kicked out of European football because of hooliganism,” he said.

“After the Heysel disaster, we were kicked out of Europe for five years. Now, I know for a fact it wasn’t a majority of England supporters that were going and causing problems – it was a minority.

“But the minority got the majority punished. So sometimes, you have to punish the majority because of the minority to make any change.”

Ferdinand has also accused the governing bodies of “passing the parcel” over QPR’s complaint last summer following the racist abuse of their players during an under-18s friendly in Spain.

QPR players walked off the pitch after several members of their side had been allegedly abused by Nerviron players in August.

“What’s happened is we’ve found that different jurisdictions have decided it isn’t their problem,” Ferdinand added.

“So, you need to go to UEFA, you need to go to the Spanish FA, you need to go to FIFA and then FIFA say: ‘It’s not our problem, you need to go to UEFA.’

“UEFA say: ‘It’s not our problem…’ So, no one wants to take responsibility for it, no one wants to say: ‘Well look, this is happening and as a governing body, we need to do something about it. We need to stamp authority’.

“What they’re doing, they’re trying to pass the parcel, so it’s got nothing to do with them. Even our FA are going to pay lip service to this and say: ‘Yeah, we’re right behind you’ but nothing is going to be done about it.”

 

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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward shares problem with Glazers as transfer woes explained

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward shares problem with Glazers as transfer woes explained

Manchester United’s recent poor recruitment has been pinned on Ed Woodward and the Glazers. The Red Devils have spent big in the years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement but they have struggled to replace their former glory.

Woodward has often come under fire from United fans for failing to make blockbuster summer signings.

As the club was going through a major transition period only a handful of elite players joined, while plenty was spent on flops such as Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez.

And ESPN claim to have spoken to a source at United who reveals Woodward and the Glazers share a similar issue.

“Ed [Woodward's] problem is that he doesn't know what he doesn't know,” the source said.

“He means well and wants United to be Premier League and European champions again, but he thinks he has the solution to everything.

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Ed Woodward has been criticised for his role as Man Utd CEO (Image: GETTY)

“He doesn't, United don't, and he needs to hire the right people in key positions. He's also too nice.

“One problem that both he and the Glazers share is that they lack a hard edge. That is not the case at City or Chelsea, or with Levy at Spurs.”

Woodward has been in charge of United off-the-pitch business since he replaced David Gil in 2013.

And an unnamed former star has explained the difference between the two powerful bosses.

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“The players used to refer to David as 'Mr Gill’,” they said. “But Ed Woodward has never had that level of respect.

“He's a nice guy, people like him, but David Gill just had a status around the club and United have missed that."

Angel Di Maria was perhaps the most successful of the big-money signings United post-Ferguson.

And one of his team-mates from the time has shed the light on those other players who were brought in under Louis van Gaal.

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Man Utd fans have been calling for their owners and CEO to leave (Image: GETTY)

"None of the players that were signed impressed those of us who were already there," a player from the time told ESPN FC.

"Di Maria was the only one who we thought was a real United player. He was a great lad and he really looked the part after two-three games, but he had loads of big rows with Louis - always in Spanish, full volume stuff - and he wanted out after that.

“A misconception has grown about Di Maria. He was popular within the squad and a top quality player, but he and Louis just didn't get on.

"Falcao was a lovely guy, so humble, but he wasn't over his bad knee injury, so it never worked for him.

“The rest of the signings just weren't good enough, though. Louis wanted to clear out the Ferguson influence and build again, but he went too far and made the squad worse."

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