Dele Alli gives glimpse of form as Everton scramble for ways to replace Richarlison

Dele Alli is showing form as Everton look for opportunities to replace Richarlison - Dele Alli scored twice in a friendly win over Blackpool, giving manager Frank Lampard encouraging signs ahead of the new season (Author: Gardener)

Dele AlliAfter the miss in Minnesota came the brace in Blackpool. An open goal was given away but two were scored. A change of continent could have brought a change of fortune for Dele Alli. After perhaps the worst miss of his life, his first goals came in an Everton shirt, albeit in an unofficial capacity. His twin hits didn't come in the Twin Cities, but on the Fylde Coast. Everton, embarrassed 4-0 by Minnesota on Wednesday, beat Blackpool 4-2 on Sunday. Time will tell which is the more accurate marker of his and her season. The more memorable result certainly came in the Midwest, not England's west coast, only Alli's glaring miss in the United States - the ball hit his heel as he had a tap-in - will be remembered more as two short-distance ends, one even simpler ones, on Bloomfield Road. Maybe it's a microcosm, maybe an irrelevant mistake in a pre-season friendly. "I kicked myself after the chance I had in the other game but it was a chance to set that right," Alli said after a belated return to the top scorer. It's a broader quest trying to recover after bottoming: in that context, a double might feel significant. At his peak, he scored two goals in one game against Real Madrid, but he hasn't scored twice in a competitive game since 2019. Two goals on Predator accounts for half of Everton's goals last season. The first, thanks to Vitalii Mykolenko's low cutback, came from about a yard. They recalled that Alli was the type of attacking midfielder who tended to score the kind of goals usually associated with strikers. "These are goals I want to see from him," said Frank Lampard. "It was a hallmark of his breaking through a couple of seasons at Tottenham and we all know what happened in between, but if he's going to get the best of what we want from him again then he needs to get in there areas and shoot goals like that.” Lampard tends to be measured in his comments about Alli, as if trying to prevent anyone from getting carried away by the prospect of revival. "I saw some good things there," he said. "But he also needs to work on his general game and be part of the team and understand what we're trying to do." Alli's rebuild has been a gradual affair, with his regular presence on the bench last season underscoring that there was no quick route back to his best. The greatest encouragement came from a cameo that may have changed Everton's history: he came on 2-0 against Crystal Palace to become man of the match, an electric force in a seismic comeback that kept them going. It showed Richarlison's last Everton goal and now he's gone having been sold to Tottenham for £60m. "We want to attract players who can help fill that gap," said Lampard. Richarlison was the only Everton player to score more than five league goals last season, a stat that helps explain their difficulties. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who ended an injury-strewn campaign with the goal that kept Everton going, missed the game at Blackpool although his participation at the start of the season is not in question. Alli acted mostly on the left flank of a 3-4-3 formation but spent around fifteen minutes as a striker after Salomon Rondon was substituted. In short, he played the roles that the late Brazilian used to fill. Lampard preferred not to burden Alli with the task of replacing Richarlison. "Losing Richy and what he brought to the side has to be a collective, it doesn't have to be just Dele," he said. "We have to be more sober and get into scoring zones." That used to be Alli's strength. In his last two games he has come into goal positions.


Julian Draxler's PSG forward shot amid Newcastle United links

The Germany international has already spoken of needing more playing time (Author: Gardener)

Julian Draxler'sNewcastle United have been linked with a move from PSG winger Julian Draxler. According to le10Sport, the Elsters have been in contact with the Ligue 1 champions about a possible move for the German international this summer. According to the report, the two parties are in talks over a deal in the region of €20m-30m, with Draxler looking for more playing time after a difficult period in the French capital. The midfielder was out of contract last summer but has signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2024. Both Arsenal and Leeds United have been linked with a move for Draxler in the past but Newcastle have reportedly emerged as favourites. READ MORE: 'It's a good question' - Eddie Howe on the 'toughest' part of Newcastle United's transfer journey After signing a new contract last summer, Draxler told the club's website: 'I love this club and the city Paris. It's a pleasure to play with very great players for a team like this. Draxler was a regular under Mauricio Pochettino but only made 18 appearances in the league last season, scoring two goals. PSG have competition for places, especially in wide areas The Germany international has made it difficult for Draxler to get consistent playing time. The Germany international has himself said he "needs more playing time", a remark he made on international duty, and something even more relevant with the World Cup in Qatar later this year He said: "I haven't spoken to the coach personally but he has already told us as a team that he needs players who are fit, who are in rhythm are. "I have to play more games for the World Cup. Let's see what happens this summer." Draxler has won 11 trophies during his time at PSG - four of which were Ligue 1 titles - making just under 200 appearances, scoring 26 goals and providing 41 assists. Last season there was a lot of speculation about Draxler's future. There has been talk of Kylian Mbappé having a say in transfers to the Ligue 1 giants. Speaking to Bild, however, the German's agent Roger Wittmann downplayed reports that Mbappé has a say over the player's future - so the Magpies needn't worry about that. You hear the same rumor every year, Julian just renewed. Newcastle's search for 'high profile players' as a few more deals targeted after Moussa Diaby's slap scores


Newcastle set to bid for PSG star after Eddie Howe finds 'right player'

Newcastle have already made three signings this window and a fourth signing could be on the way in the coming weeks, which will become their biggest signing since taking over (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleNewcastle have already made three signings this window and a fourth could be on the way in the coming weeks, which is set to become their biggest signing since taking over. Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler after manager Eddie Howe outlined his summer transfer plans. Premier League fans are fascinated by Newcastle's deal after a Saudi-backed consortium completed a takeover in October, making them the richest club in the world. Howe has spent £60million this summer - signing Matt Targett, Nick Pope and Sven Botman. Draxler could be Newcastle's fourth signing from the window if rumors are to be believed. The 28-year-old German has achieved a lot for club and country and would be one of the Toon's biggest transfers since taking over given his Champions League pedigree. Draxler has won 14 major titles since joining Schalke's first team in 2011, including four Ligue 1 titles and the World Cup. He has also made more than 400 appearances at club level but just 24 of those came last season as he struggled to retain a place in PSG's squad. According to French outlet Le10sport, Newcastle have made an inquiry for Draxler. The talent is believed to be on PSG's 11-man transfer list along with Georginio Wijnaldum, Idrissa Gueye, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera and Leandro Parades. Julian Draxler's time at Paris Saint-Germain could end this summer. Who do you think Newcastle should sign? Let us know in the comments below! Initial talks are said to have taken place between Newcastle and Draxler officials, with PSG wanting €20m (£17m) and €30m (£25.5m) respectively. He has two years left on his contract but was not involved in the French club's pre-season tour of Japan. It's unclear if Draxler is ready to join Newcastle at this point. It will be difficult to attract a player of Draxler's quality to St James' Park. Howe was recently asked if Newcastle's next transfer would be the hardest. We're very happy with what we've done, but we know we still have work to do. But it has to be the right one, in the right place. Whether Draxler is the "right" player remains to be seen. Newcastle haven't spent as generously as some critics predicted when the takeover was completed, bringing in the likes of Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier and Bruno Gumiaraes in January. At the time, Newcastle were slipping towards relegation and needed experienced players to steady the ship - not big names. The strategy worked perfectly when they finished 11th but Howe must now find a way to take Newcastle to the next level.


Newcastle are in talks with a €30m blacklisted PSG star "beyond the simple interest stage".

The Germany international started just 12 Ligue 1 games last season and is now on new coach Luis Campos' 'black list'. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleNewcastle are reportedly in talks with Julian Draxler's representatives over a move to St James' Park this summer. But the Germany international only started in 12 Ligue 1 games last season and is now "blacklisted" by new manager Luis Campos, who claims he was made available for a transfer this summer, according to Le10 Sport. Draxler has not been included in PSG's squad for their pre-season tour of Japan and the report claims that is because he was told he is exceeding the requirements at Parcs des Princes and should start looking for a new club. And Newcastle are said to be interested after failing to persuade Lucas Paqueta to leave Lyon despite a €40m+ offer. PSG are said to have told the Magpies that Draxler would be available for between €20m and €30m and it remains to be seen whether the Premier League side would be willing to put up that much for the 28-year-old, who has two years left about his current contract with the French champions. However, the report claims "the dossier went beyond the stage of simple interest" as Newcastle have not only contacted PSG but also held talks with representatives from Draxler "to present the project and open possible negotiations". It's not yet clear if Draxler is open to a move to the Magpies but word has it that 'if he closes all the doors that come his way then he won't play at PSG'. Newcastle have spent almost £60m on signings this summer, with Sven Botman coming from Lille, Nick Pope moving from Burnley and Matt Targett making a permanent move from Aston Villa. But manager Eddie Howe is said to want to bolster his forward options and is using new football director Dan Ashworth's "invaluable" experience to help him hunt for new recruits. Asked how the new deal with Ashworth works, Howe said: "A 'step back' isn't quite the right word. He doesn't just look at recruitment, he looks at every aspect of the club from top to bottom, he tries to use the experience to try and improve on what we deliver. The article Newcastle in €30m blacklisted talks with PSG star 'beyond simple interest stage' appeared first on


Anand Mahindra turns to President Droupadi Murmu for Monday motivation. See tweet

Anand Mahindra turned to President Draupadi Murmu for Monday's motivation. He shared a video on Twitter of the President receiving a ceremonial salute in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Author: Gardener)

MondayDroupadi Murmu was sworn in as the 15th President of India on Monday 15th July. She became the country's second female president and the first tribal woman to hold the highest constitutional office in India. Anand Mahindra reached out to the Indian President for Monday motivation because why not, her journey is indeed inspirational. Sharing a video of Droupadi Murmu being offered a national salute by the President's bodyguard, the Mahindra Group leader wrote: "Look no further for your #MondayMotivation. Above all, she is a person of exceptional courage and a commitment to continue serving for your #MondayMotivation Above all, she is a person of exceptional courage and a commitment to serve. I join in their greeting. I join in my greeting. A moment of intense pride for India. A moment of intense pride for India. — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 25, 2022 Netizens took to the comments section to congratulate the President who took command today. They also called their trip inspirational. under the Modi government,” wrote one user. See below for more comments: Under the Modi government – ​​Dr. Charuhas #Wanderlust (@charuhasmujumd1) July 25, 2022 Supreme Commander of India Droupadi Murmu will be an inspiration to any defense personnel .When every country struggles to protect itself from its own people.India has appointed the lioness of our forest as President of our country.—Jophy Jacob (@nosenseor) July 25, 2022 – Sumedh Patil (@sumedh_bp) July 25, 2022 Sir It is a real pride for all of us - Deivanayagam (@hellodeiva) July 25, 2022 Droupadi Murmu took the oath in the Central Hall of Parliament After taking the oath, she received a ceremonial salute in the courtyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan.


"Running Wild's Bear Grylls on inspiring celebrity guests from 'The Challenge'

Natalie Portman, Simu Liu and more take on some of nature's toughest challenges alongside the survivalist. (Author: Gardener)

Running Wild's Bear GryllsI remember sitting down with Bear Grylls for the first time in 2007 when the rising star told me that the hardest things in life for him were big cities, interviews and cocktail parties where he didn't know anyone: "Honestly, I find that scarier.” Hardly the response one would expect from a man who climbed Everest, survived a skydive that broke his back in three places, and drank water made from hand-pressed elephant dung. After 15 years and countless other adventures, Grylls still feels most at home outside. Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Simu Liu Challenge He continues to lead celebrities into harsh environments in this iteration of Running Wild - in the series premiere it's Thor: Love and Thunder's Natalie Portman (above, with Grylls) in the slot canyons of the South Utah - but now they need to master their survival skills and put them to the test in a stressful situation. Bear Grylls: Whether it's knots or navigation, ultimately the journey ends at a point where everything depends on you. These pressures can be tough when you're tired and a little anxious, but it's amazing to see them overcome and thrive. Natalie needs to set off a beacon for an emergency extraction in less than two minutes, and she does it brilliantly. What caused you the most stress? This is wilderness for you - it's highly unpredictable. We went to the Canadian Rockies with Simu Liu [Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings] and had to trigger an avalanche to clear a path. That trip [aired August 1st] ended with the two of us in a frozen river in our underpants at zero degrees. But Simu was 100 percent up for the challenge. Who had it the hardest? S. Marine, but even he had a moment [on Great Basin Desert, aired August 22] that brought him to the brink. We all have our edges. I try to adapt each trip to the ambition and ability of the guest. He did amazingly [in Costa Rica, August 8].


Anand Mahindra's Monday motivation is President Droupadi Murmu. Here's why

Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to share that President Droupadi Murmu is his motivation for Monday. | Trending (Author: Gardener)

Droupadi MurmuAnand Mahindra is an avid Twitter user and his account on the microblogging platform is a mine of thought-provoking and insightful tweets. A case in point is his recent report on President Droupadi Murmu. The business tycoon praised the president's exemplary courage and commitment to serve, citing them as his source of Monday motivation. “Look no further for your #MondayMotivation. Above all, she is a person of exceptional courage and a commitment to serve. I join her in greeting her. A moment of intense pride for India,” Anand Mahindra wrote while quoting a tweet from DD News showing President Droupadi Murmu receiving the national salute from the President's bodyguard at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Check out Anand Mahindra's tweet below: Since it was shared four hours ago, the tweet has garnered more than 1,450 likes. "Great brave words Mr. Mahindra," one person commented. "Greetings and namaskar," posted a third. "Pride moment for her," wrote a fourth. "Real wonder woman," shared a fifth.


Woman is left stunned when a stranger pays for her groceries in line at the checkout

As Mzansi celebrates Mandela Day, it's heartwarming to come across stories that make us proud to be South Africans. (Author: Gardener)

MzansiAs Mzansi celebrates Mandela Day, it's heartwarming to come across stories that make us proud to be South Africans. One such feel-good story comes from Nolubabalo Mantlotshane Xingashe Mpengesi, a hairdresser in Cape Town. In the #ImStaying Facebook group, she explained how a stranger's kindness made her day. She said that while shopping at Pick n Pay in Long Beach, she was blessed by someone she didn't know. "I didn't have enough cash so I tried to send money through my app - boom, the beautiful tall lady said 'oh you need $100?'" Mpengesi wrote. Mpengesi said the only thing she could do was give the kind stranger a warm hug as a token of appreciation. May you be more and more blessed.” And the Facebook group has become popular with locals, who use the platform to share their positive stories. "#ImStaying is a registered NPC (ImStaying NPC) and we are dedicated to women and men of all races, cultures, religions and creeds who choose to help South Africa grow and improve," it said on its Facebook page. Mpengesi's experience hit home with online users, who also praised the stranger for her kind act. "Wonderful and with this attitude and gratitude we will build a good, honest and loving South Africa... No one will stop you," commented one user. Another shared a similar story: "We went to Oppie Koffie's on Sunday lunchtime... and said a few words to a couple at the next table to my wife and I... They walked while we were having lunch and greeted each other...


Cheryl Hickey shares inspirational messages with fans

On Monday, the ET Canada host took to Instagram to share a photo of herself jumping off a dock. (Author: Gardener)

Cheryl HickeyChery Hickey is giving fans the 'Monday Motivation' they need. On Monday, the ET Canada host took to Instagram to share a photo of herself jumping off a dock in a neon yellow swimsuit. She paired the photo with an inspirational message that encouraged her followers to figuratively "take the plunge" more often. "If you don't jump, you won't know. Take a hit today to try something different," she wrote to her more than 90,000 followers. Send this to a friend who needs it.” Hickey's post was met with messages of support from fans, along with praise for her motivation. We all need to take the leap in life more. Fear only holds us back," one person commented. Another added, "Love this!" Love your positivity," one person added. Earlier this month, Hickey shared a selfie with another inspirational message about how she treats her failures as a "gift," and urged her fans to do the same. "I've failed many times," she wrote. Hickey explained that being rejected repeatedly made her feel like she was failing. "I had a lot more 'no' and 'it's not you' or 'you're not what we're looking for'. I had big plans that failed in front of everyone," she wrote, adding, "I really thought these failures meant I failed." It took the 46-year-old "so many years to understand that." . Perceived failures "were such a gift" and without them she wouldn't be where she is today. "So if you lick your wounds about failure, try to change how you feel about it today. You are in control of how you Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


Newcastle and Everton reaffirm interest in Chelsea striker while West Ham turn to Scamacca

Broja is keen to secure first-team football next season and Newcastle are hoping to loan him out from Chelsea now that West Ham are out of the running (Author: Gardener)

West HamNewcastle and Everton are understood to be back on Armando Broja after West Ham ended their interest in the Chelsea striker. But I understand Newcastle's interest in Broja continues and a loan offer may still appeal to Chelsea, who are unwilling to give up the Albanian striker but are struggling to find a role for him in their forward line. The Magpies are now actively seeking the loan market as they remain hopeful of another transfer breakthrough ahead of their Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 6 August. For his part, Broja reportedly wants regular football and is fully aware there is interest in him beyond West Ham's offer - which remained on the table until the club agreed a £30.5million deal with Sassuolo for the towering Italian Striker Gianluca Scamacca last agreed week. Everton are also poised to continue talks with Chelsea over Broja as they look to vent their own frustration in the summer transfer window. Frank Lampard want three more players after signing James Tarkowski and they are also interested in Scotland and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour. As I revealed last week, the middle market for forwards is proving difficult for clubs trying to attract similar players and Newcastle's situation has been complicated by the sale of clubs applying a so-called 'Newcastle premium' to their ratings . The Magpies try to structure deals to work within their budgets. Agents are also yet to recognize the parameters of Newcastle's project and some of the players offered to the hierarchy have not been matched to the sort of qualities the club are actively seeking. It could force Newcastle abroad as the club have asked about Rennes Ghana international Kamaldeen Sulemana and RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko, who scored in Friday's Bundesliga opener against Austria Wien. They've also tracked down highly-rated Nice striker Amine Gouiri but he's said to be a longer-term target for the Magpies. Newcastle's efforts to attract forward players mean a number of Championship clubs will be disappointed in their attempts to sign the talented Elliot Anderson. Sources tell me "half the championship" has reached out to the Magpies via Anderson, who has featured prominently in Newcastle's pre-season programme. But he will currently remain at St James' Park and could be in contention for the start of the Premier League season on August 6. He scored in a pre-season friendly against Burnley in Portugal. The Magpies meet Benfica in their next friendly ahead of their season opener.