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PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino dissatisfied after PSG's ugly 2-1 win against Angers

Pochettino's men were once again unconvincing when Kylian Mbappe scored a controversial late penalty kick to ensure victory (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain had to do without Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos against Angers SCO on Friday. The impact of the recent international break should not detract from the visitors' performance, which was the last in a string of encouraging performances under new boss Gerald Baticle, but PSG were again deeply disappointing, needing a header from Danilo Pereira and a controversial late penalty from Kylian Mbappe over VAR to save them from a second consecutive loss. Angers got its full value in their halftime lead by Angelo Fulgini when Sofiane Boufal and Mohamed-Ali Cho made the home defense at Parc des Princes to the frustration of Mauricio Pochettino, who was pretty much forced to set up a makeshift back four. Despite the numerous absences for PSG, Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mauro Icardi and Presnel Kimpembe all started in an eleven that, although not lacking in individual skills, looked just like the players who hardly played together, as many of them these marginal figures are. "It wasn't an easy game," Pochettino admitted after the game. "It was important to get back to winning ways after losing to Rennes. It's been two weeks since we played and some players are returning from injuries. Gini Wijnaldum, who expressed concern about his current situation in Paris during the international break , was just a replacement alongside Julian Draxler while Juan Bernat was returning from a lengthy injury break, so it was hardly the bare bones, even if some big names were missing a coherent selection with 90 more tedious minutes in which they really didn't get much more than a point deserved, and Angers could even resent their first half at Les Parisiens, like they did a couple of weeks ago against Olympique Lyonnais when Neymar was awarded an incredible penalty for a mess with Malo Gusto in which he was at least an equal aggressor Seemed, VAR came to PSG's aid with another kick out of nowhere after his summer spirits missed penalty shoot-out against Switzerland, in addition to his penalty against Belgium, which brought France to the final with a 3-2 win in the UEFA Nations League and with equal sovereignty against Paul Bernardoni. We work all week to deliver a decent performance, it doesn't make sense that the referees don't also take their time. "I'm tired of this VAR business. Icardi commits a foul early in the game, he pulls my arm, I fall, and then he uses his position to win the penalty. To say it was tough" A blow for Angers would be an understatement, however, and the men of Baticle will have a hard time putting so much into an ultimately unrewarded evening under the lights in the capital. VAR goes for you and sometimes it goes against you. I can understand why Angers is complaining. We would have liked to have won differently here. This time it went in our favor. "Expect things to be massively different for PSG on Tuesday against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League when the big guns are back and after the impressive win over Manchester City last time around Want to stay at the top of Group A, but you can't escape the feeling that Pochettino's men scratch by doing the bare minimum.

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The exhausted PSG continue to struggle as Kylian Mbappe scores a dubious penalty to seal the late Ligue 1 win over Angers

Mauricio Pochettino's men were once again unconvincing when Kylian Mbappe scored a late penalty to win (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain had to do without Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos against Angers SCO on Friday. The impact of the recent international break should not detract from the visitors' performance, which was the last in a string of encouraging performances under new boss Gerald Baticle, but PSG were again deeply disappointing, needing a header from Danilo Pereira and a controversial late penalty from Kylian Mbappe over VAR to save them from a second consecutive loss. Gini Wijnaldum, who expressed his concern about his current situation in Paris during the international break, was only on substitute alongside Julian Draxler, while Juan Bernat returned after a lengthy injury break, so it was hardly the bare bones, even if there were some important names missing . However, PSG made it seem like they could barely make a coherent selection with 90 more tedious minutes in which they didn't deserve much more than a point and Angers may even resent that given their championship in the Les Parisiens first half . Like a few weeks ago against Olympique Lyonnais, when Neymar was awarded an incredible penalty for an argument with Malo Gusto in which he appeared to be at least an equal aggressor, VAR PSG came to the rescue with another penalty out of nowhere. Mbappe, fresh from the expulsion of his Euro 2020 summer spirits after his miss against Switzerland, added his penalty against Belgium, which brought France to the final with a 3-2 win in the UEFA Nations League and with equal sovereignty to Paul Bernardoni. To say it was a tough blow to Angers, however, would be an understatement, and Baticle's men will have a hard time putting so much into an ultimately unrewarded evening under the lights in the capital. Expect things to be massively different against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday when the big guns are back and try to stay at the top of Group A after the impressive win over Manchester City last time, however you can't escape the feeling that PSG are scratching just by doing the bare minimum.

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Lionel Messi's new boss admitted he thought he was playing a prank when he was told the football icon was going to sign with PSG

"I thought it was a joke," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said in an interview when he learned that Messi was coming to Paris. (Author: Gardener)

Pochettino became PSG coach in January. * The PSG head coach thought he was playing a prank when he was told Lionel Messi could join his club. * "I thought it was a joke," said PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino in an interview. * Messi signed a sensational transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Lionel Messi's new boss at Paris Saint-Germain has admitted that he thought he was playing a prank when asked if he would like to sign one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Argentine legend moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in the summer after his former club failed to raise the money to extend his contract. But when PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino first heard it was a possibility, he thought it was a joke. Messi was the surprise move of the summer. Getty / PSG "[PSG Sports Director] Leonardo called me and said, 'There's a chance. Would you like it or not?' The good thing is that he called me to ask, "Pochettino told the Spanish radio show El Partidazo de COPE. "I said to myself, 'Is it a question?' I thought it was a joke, no? " - he continued. "Of course," said Pochettino, he answered Leonardo when he realized that he was not being played a prank. Messi is considered one of the greatest players in football history. The 34-year-old has won a record six Ballons d'Or and scored 474 league goals at Barcelona. Pochettino said he offered to pick up Messi in person when he learned that Leonardo was actually not kidding. Messi left Barcelona after the club ran out of money. Messi had agreed to stay with Barcelona but the club's financial troubles meant there was no way to keep him without breaking the Spanish La Liga salary limits. "Everyone assumed Messi would continue at Barcelona," said Pochettino. Messi has only scored one goal for the French so far. Getty / Erwin Spek "We have to highlight the work of Leonardo, our president and all the club executives who were able to sign the world's best player in two or three days." Messi has played three Ligue 1 games for PSG this season but has not yet scored a goal. However, he opened his account for PSG in the Champions League when he scored against Manchester City from his former coach Pep Guardiola.

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Pochettino thought Messi's move to PSG was a "joke"

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said he thought it was a joke when he first found out about Lionel Messi's signing. (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said he thought the club's sporting director had made a joke of him when he was first told that a signing from Lionel Messi was possible. Messi joined PSG as a free agent on August 10, days after Barcelona announced they would not be able to register the six-time Ballon d'Or's new contract for financial reasons. "Leonardo called me and said, 'The possibility is there. Do you want it or not?' The good thing is that he called me to ask. I said to myself, 'Is it a question?' I thought it was a joke, didn't I? Of course, "said Pochettino. - "Messi, forgive my mother ... - ESPN + guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - Don't you have an ESPN? From then on, Leonardo called me every evening to tell me how the situation was . " The 34-year-old Messi had signed a new five-year deal with Barca, his previous deal expiring on June 30th. "Everyone assumed Messi would continue at Barcelona," said Pochettino. "Many clubs, if not all, dreamed of having Messi as a free agent. From the moment PSG showed interest, Leo wanted to come here. We have to highlight the work of Leonardo, our president and everyone." the club management, which was able to sign the best player in the world in two or three days. "Leonardo, PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the club management are still working to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club beyond next summer to stay when his contract expires. “Who can't believe PSG doesn't want him [Mbappe] to stay here for many more years?” Pochettino added. “The club will try to convince and seduce him to come here A long-term Real Madrid goal, Mbappe confirmed that he wanted to leave PSG in July but Ligue 1 giants refused to sell him despite knowing the French striker was ready for a new one on January 1st Club could sign as he will be a free agent next summer. Mbappe's mother, Fayza Lamari, recently said that her son, despite the intense interest from Madrid in talks about one en new contract with PSG. "He's clear and loves football," said Pochettino. I have no doubt that Kylian is up to any future challenge. "You can't underestimate footballers. Kylian will make the decision he has to make and the club will do whatever it takes to keep Kylian because we're talking about one of the best players in the world. In relation to the other big PSG star , Neymar, Pochettino believes the Brazilian star will play for many years to come. Mental strength to deal with football. " He's been under a lot of pressure since he was a child, "added Pochettino. Neymar loves football and I'm sure he will continue to play for years to come. Pochettino confirmed that center-back Sergio Ramos was not available due to injury and will have" individualized training " "for another 10 days to play his first game for the club after arriving from Real Madrid. "I have no doubt that Ramos will find his best level. Sergio's situation is not comfortable as he has not had the opportunity to train or play with his teammates for a long time. He suffers but he is strong and everyone at the club helps him ", he said.

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Meet 'The Underdog National Team'

How an app-assembled team took on PSG to prove that scouting young players has to change. (Author: Gardener)

Last updated on. From the Football category Your coat of arms was a floor plan of a football on a neon blue background. "I carried my nerves outside of my skin," said Hjaere. "It felt like I was watching my national team Denmark at a big game. The team in white had no history or home ground. The players had only met two days before. They were all users of Tonsser. Founded in 2014 by Hjaere and Peter Holm, the app records the progress of uncommitted young players. Teammates and opponents rate each other, upload footage and send statistics. And since 2019 the best can apply to become part of Tonsser United - the team in white. Hjaere had the app many times in boardrooms and business meetings. Now his claim that untapped talent outside the professional clubs is untapped has been put to the test on the pitch. "We couldn't understand why there are around 55,000 professional footballers around the world who are really part of one Over-saturated ecosystem in which companies monitor statistics, cameras are the majority film of them and a reasonably well-functioning transfer system. But below that tip of the iceberg there are 100 million young players who are not mapped. "It's difficult to identify players and unleash potential. That was a mystery to us, especially when youth footballers are one of the most ambitious and passionate groups in the world. Old-fashioned social networks. Scouts comb through the local leagues, get tips from contacts, rush and keep quiet, to sign the next big thing. As you know, Jamie Vardy was on the books of a limb-making factory in Sheffield, rather than one of the city's football league clubs, in his late teens. Former England internationals Ian Wright, Chris Waddle , Stuart Pearce and Peter Beardsley were missed by big clubs even at a young age. Hjaere and Holm consider such oversights to be inevitable. For them scouting systems are prone to bias, blind spots and simple bad luck. If a player on a given day one performs badly, his chance could be lost forever, but we nn players rate each other when a critical mass of users the hose ratings, when backed up by camera footage and validated statistics, the "wisdom of the crowd" shines through. "If you want to find the best player on the team, you have to ask the players who are constantly competing," says Hjaere. One is that, as individuals, once we've seen a gamer is good, we look for evidence that reinforces that pattern, rather than things that challenge it. “The clubs believe they know everything about their region, but this information comes from individuals with their own subjectivity. Over time, the bias builds and the club beats well above its weight in the championship and this season in the Premier League. "Often these judgments about young football players are very sharp, they are based on very subjective - and sometimes imprecise - information," he told BBC Sport. "At this age it is very difficult to identify talent and predict exactly who will make it." What we see in the competition for young talent is a race to the bottom, with clubs making decisions about younger and younger players ever earlier but increases the chances of being wrong. "Scouting reports are subjective. We believe in increasing the sample size of many different opinions about a player before we make a judgment." various clubs across Europe have searched their data to find talent, and Ankersen is one of the investors who have put a total of 15 million euros into the company since it was founded. More than 1.3 million young footballers worldwide are in the app. But, as always in football, the most important thing is the score, and that's how Tonsser United - the team chosen from among the app's top users - was followed by a 1-1 draw by Paris St. that day in the French capital with a win against Lille, a draw against Marseille and a narrow defeat against Juventus. They didn't win the tournament, but the players, Holm and Hjaere, had proven their point. Their team has taken on some of the strongest academies in Europe. And they have continued to do so with new groups of players at tournaments across the continent. Not all of the app's best players have played for their team. Leicester defender Wesley Fofana was there before signing his first contract with St. Etienne. Sampdoria playmaker Mikel Damsgaard, like several of the Danish Euro 2020 squads, was a user in his youth. All of them were bought up by professional clubs without playing for Tonsser United. But for other players it made a difference. Of those who have played for the team, 65% have since completed trial training or signed up with professional clubs. Players like Fin Stevens, the 18-year-old full-back in Brentford's books. Or Enzo Lefel, the 17-year-old goalkeeper, who moved to the French first division club Angers after his appearance for the team from non-League Balma. "Playing for Tonsser really boosted my confidence," he told BBC Sport. “I've seen that I have what it takes to sign up for an academy.” My teammates are like family. "It starts with messages of congratulations when one of us signs for a club. We are constantly motivating each other." Some need this motivation, help and advice more than others. A tall, lean playmaker in the shape of his idol Paul Pogba, Issiaga Camara was on the team that drew against PSG. His performance drew the attention of many clubs. Tonsser helps him clarify his status and sign a professional contract. "One of the players told me that Tonsser United was the underdog's national team," said Holm. In addition, it can forever change the way talent is selected in the world's richest game.

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PSG, Atletico Eye Inter-Star Barella

Inter and Nicolo Barella can't agree on a new deal and clubs across Europe are keen on the Italian midfielder. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

The summer transfer window was unlike any other; Check out all the major deals and see how we rated the biggest signings. Inter Milan could face a fight to keep midfielder Nicolo Barella. It is reported that the player wants a salary of € 6 million per year but has only received an offer worth € 4 million per year so far. The battle to make progress on a new contract has alarmed clubs across Europe, with both Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain looking to transfer the Italian international. The 24-year-old's existing contract keeps him at the San Siro until 2024, but the Serie A club may be ready to part ways with the player if that means maximizing the transfer fee for one of the standout players at Euro 2020. 21:26 BST: According to Sport1, Manuel Neuer plans to end his career at Bayern Munich. All parties should see the goalkeeper's situation calmly, his contract will run until 2023. 8.49 p.m. BST: Borussia Dortmund's central defender Mats Hummels warned Erling Haaland in an interview with Sport Bild about the risk of saying goodbye to the Bundesliga club. "I can fully understand him if he wants to stay," Hummels is quoted as saying. 8:12 p.m. BST: Lilles defender Sven Botman has been linked with several moves to clubs in the Premier League and Serie A in the summer, but remained in Ligue 1. "The 21-year-old will be out of No If the player has no new contract United could consider deals in January that include a £ 15m transfer fee if the 28-year-old turns down a new deal whose existing terms expire next summer, according to Sun. Played three Premier League games from the bench, scoring two goals 18:58 BST: Atletico Madrid are looking to move Paul Onuachu, according to Marca. Diego Simeone is reportedly keen to take on the Genk striker either in January or next summer and Los Ro jiblancos has already made contact about a possible deal for the 27-year-old with a transfer fee of more than 20 million euros . 18:21 BST: Center-back Samuel Umtiti could leave Barcelona for a free transfer at the end of the season, despite being under contract until 2023, according to Mundo Deportivo. The report claims that in the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of FIFA Players, in particular Article 18.3, a professional player who plays less than 10% of the club can terminate the contract for sporting reasons. That claim can only come from the footballer and not the club, however, but it could allow the former France international to leave the Catalan capital in 2022. Real Betis arrives in the summer when his contract with the Gunners is only one year left. "If I didn't want to be here next year, I wouldn't have come from the start," El Desmarque quoted Bellerin as saying. "A lot of things have to be decided but I want to enjoy being here this year. 07/17 BST: Tottenham Hotspur and Internazionale have been linked to a summer move from Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne, according to Calciomercato. The year-old left at the end of the season no longer a contract and despite his role as captain has yet to agree on a new contract and 88 assists in over 400 games for the Serie A team, there could be more competition. Sky Sports says the club are looking for a new sporting director and targeted former Lille and Monaco boss Luis Campos. Campos is a former manager, became a scout and now football director. He was responsible for helping these French clubs win the Ligue 1 title while playing with assumed the prominent name of PSG and is considered a transfer guru after signing James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Fabinho and Bernardo Si. h atte lva for Monaco, among others. And he has brought back around £ 500million during his time at his clubs through player departures, although Newcastle will likely be hoping for him to push through the next Kylian Mbappe rather than raise money. 3:37 p.m. BST: Marca reports that Monaco wants 60 million euros to let midfield star Aurelien Tchouameni go. 21-year-old Tchouameni is on the radar of Man United, Chelsea and Real Madrid, among others, but the French international can't be cheap. 3 p.m. CEST: Bayer Leverkusen's midfielder Florian Wirtz has recently attracted a lot of attention across Europe. The 18-year-old is clearly destined for the top and has been linked with all the major clubs in Europe including Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The German international will get the chance to show off his skills this Sunday when runner-up Leverkusen receives league leaders Bayern (livestream on ESPN + at 9.30 a.m. ET), but what can his club and country expect from the midfielder? With five goals from six competitive games for Leverkusen this season, it is certainly Wirtz's top scorer who have drawn the most attention lately. But while his ability in front of goal has improved (he's already just one goal behind last season's Bundesliga record of five), the overall quality and precision of his attacking moves make him special. He's also refreshingly practical in his way of playing football; There's a purpose behind everything he does, and he's selfless enough to understand the importance of getting the ball moving instead of just dribbling for the sake of dribbling. 2:23 p.m. BST: Juventus are keen to switch to Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva in January, says Calciomercato. Silva, 27, would like to leave City and Juve would like to make a loan switch with the option to sign him permanently next summer. Since his contract lasts four years, City is under no pressure to let him go and wants over 60 million euros for it. Juventus are in seventh place in Serie A after winning just three of their first seven games and trying to cut their payroll to attract new players. 14.05 BST: Arsenal duo Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny are interesting for Turkish clubs. Elneny, 29, was on loan at Besiktas but Galatasaray are in talks to sign the Egyptian midfielder, Fanatik says. And 28-year-old left-back Kolasinac is being followed by Fenerbahce, says Yeni Asir. Neither player has a future at Arsenal and could leave for free in January. 13.14 BST: Fabrizio Romano reports that Barcelona have reached an agreement with Pedri to extend his contract until June 2026. The 18-year-old midfielder has highlighted the LaLiga as well as the Euro 2020 with Spain and his term of office expires in the summer. The new deal will include an incredible $ 1 billion release clause. 12:29 BST: Man City striker Phil Foden is about to sign a new deal, The Athletic says. Foden, 21, has a contract that expires in 2024 but became one of the club's first names on the team roster that year. 11.46am BST: Voetbal24 says Arsenal are keen to sign Club Brugge striker Noa Lang. The 22-year-old Lang only moved from Ajax to Belgium in 2020 for around 6 million euros, but was so impressive that his new team is demanding 40 million euros from interested clubs. Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a € 30m offer in January to land the Dutchman ahead of his rivals. 11.15 a.m. BST: Will Barcelona be able to get their new signing for the biggest game in LaLiga? 10:41 am BST: Barcelona was contacted by several investment funds that, according to Diario Sport, want to finance a deal for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Barca president Joan Laporta met with Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and the striker's father, Alf-Inge, earlier this year to discuss a possible transfer. However, the Catalan club's financial troubles make any possible deal difficult. Still, Sport report that the club has been approached by mutual funds that could back a Norwegian international player move, which is likely to be a € 75million target for many of Europe's biggest clubs if its release clause is activated next summer. In a press conference last week, CEO Ferran Reverter criticized the previous board for spending money they didn't have, including raising similar funds to sign Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid in 2019 for € 120million. 09/10 BST: Andre Onana, Paul Pogba, Antonio Rüdiger and Franck Kessie are among the free agents that Barcelona are targeting next summer, says Mundo Deportivo. Barca's financial troubles have forced them to target undisclosed players, with Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia all signing for free this year. Mundo Deportivo say the club will follow a similar line until the money crisis eases, considering Ajax goalkeeper Onana, Manchester United midfielder Pogba, Chelsea defender Rudiger and Milan midfielder Kessie. Onana graduated from the club's academy before joining Ajax in 2015. Pogba and Kessie have both been linked to Camp Nou moves in the past, while Rüdiger has attracted interest from across Europe thanks to his form at Stamford Bridge since his appointment from manager Thomas Tuchel in January. 9.50 a.m. BST: Newcastle wants to sign Chelsea striker Timo Werner, says Bild. Werner, 25, only came to Chelsea from RB Leipzig in 2020 for 53 million euros, but has not settled in London and has only scored 14 goals in 60 games. Newcastle has money to spend after a Saudi Arabia-led acquisition closed last week, with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) buying the club for just over £ 300million. 09.13 BST: AS Says Real Madrid are back on the trail of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Pogba, 28, has a contract that expires in 2022 and has yet to negotiate new terms. The France international has been close to leaving the club in recent years, with Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid all keen to bring him over next summer. 8:52 am BST: The Times reports that Agent Mino Raiola will hold talks with Manchester City about a move from Borussia Dortmund's striker Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old Haaland is on the radar of all top clubs in Europe after 68 goals in 67 games for Dortmund and has a release clause of 75 million euros in his contract, which will come into force in 2022. Raiola wants negotiations for a move the following summer in January and City are front runners, as Haaland's father Alf-Inge played for the club from 2000 to 2003. After failing to land Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the last window, City boss Pep Guardiola wants a new central attacker to close the gap that Sergio Aguero left behind after Barcelona. 8:30 am BST: Diego Simeone has admitted he wanted to bring Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid this summer and said he called Atletico striker Luis Suarez to ask if a deal was possible. Messi became a free agent when his contract with Barcelona expired on June 30 and planned to stay until the club announced financial problems would prevent them from signing a new, agreed deal. The 34-year-old finally signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain on August 10 with an option for another year. But Simeone made a game to clear the situation up by speaking to Suarez, who is best friends with Messi from their time together at Camp Nou. "When what happened in Barcelona, ​​we called Luis," Simeone told the Argentine newspaper Diario Ole on Tuesday. He envisioned joining Atletico Madrid. "Simeone said his hopes of signing Messi were short-lived when it emerged that talks with PSG were well advanced." Paris Saint-Germain was obviously obsessed with that obligation. The truth is that [Messi coaches] didn't happen because he was in Barcelona, ​​we were with Atletico and while he was with the national team I wasn't there. "- Paris Saint-Germain could start for Fiorentinas Dusan Vlahovic, writes Le10 Sport. It is reported that PSG sporting director Leonardo sees the Serie A frontman as a possible replacement should Kylian Mbappe leave Parc des Princes for Real Madrid in the summer, the latest team interested in the Serbian international, who continues to be linked to a move from La Viola and his contract is worth around 70m euros to a number of LaLiga players. Pedro Almeida announces that Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, ​​Isco from Real Madrid and Seville defender Jules Kounde oversees smear.- Manchester United are considering a move from Aurelien Tchouameni, with the Daily Express revealing that the Premier Leagu e sees him as the ideal partner for Paul Pogba. The AS Monaco midfielder saw Europe's top clubs line up for his signature. Monday's blog revealed Real Madrid's growing interest in the 21-year-old, who has already caught the attention of Chelsea and Juventus. With current number 1 Mike Maignan on the sidelines for some time with a wrist injury, the Rossoneri Free Agent Mirante will sign. The 38-year-old spent the last season at AS Roma and played 13 games in Serie A. - According to Tuttomercato, Alessio Romagnoli wants to stay with AC Milan despite stalled new contract talks. The Serie A club are looking to cut the player's salary by up to 50%, which has resulted in Agent Mino Raiola refusing to cooperate at the San Siro. The Italian defender is reportedly one of the highest earning Rossoneri, taking home around € 6 million a year including bonuses.

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Zach Ertz and Howie Roseman reflect on the Eagles' legacy after the Arizona Cardinals trade

Zach Ertz made sure to enjoy the moment. He knew the highlight game could be his last as a member of the team he'd played for throughout his career up to that point. The nine-year veteran soaked up the cheers of the home crowd as he ... (Author: Gardener)

Philadelphia Eagles S Marcus Epps (22) and Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave (97) collide during a game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Zach Ertz made sure that Enjoy the moment. Surrounded by around 69,000 Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz celebrated his 38th career touchdown as if it were his first goal. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021, after landing for a touchdown in the end zone just over 15 hours later he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, and he said the moment was surreal. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads a game gone missing in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lincoln Financial Field, ”said Ertz with a chuckle. "I wanted to win the game, of course, but getting a touchdown on the first drive was fun and allowed me to play the rest of the game freely and not worry about anything other than winning the football game. I always did what that is. Ertz, 30, knew he would be traded sometime after the Eagles lost 28-22 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a mini-bye week on the horizon, it was the perfect time for the Eagles to say goodbye to Ertz and initiate a youth movement - led by former second-round pick Dallas Goedert - at the end. Before the week 6 match against Tampa Bay, GM Howie Roseman spoke to Ertz about the possibility of extraditing him to the Cardinals. Roseman and Ertz, who had worked together for nine years, spoke openly on Tuesday, preparing for the inevitable move. Roseman drafted Ertz in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and although their relationship has had some extreme ups and downs over the years, the GM has always viewed Ertz as something of a family member. "Zach is an eagle for life," said Roseman. The Eagles had resisted trade offers for Ertz on the cut-off date of last season. Roseman also shot down trade proposals that off-season, despite Ertz's $ 8.5 million salary, making him one of the top earners on a rebuilding team. Ertz and Roseman couldn't agree on a contract extension last year, and the overarching thought was that Ertz would be dead before this year's training camp started. But Ertz cared about his Philadelphia legacy and didn't want to cause problems for the city and the organization he grew fond of. He welcomed the new head coach Nick Sirianni and his reduced role on the offensive because he wanted to honor his time with the Eagles. Philadelphia Eagles T Jordan Mailata (68) reacts after not receiving a call in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ultimately, the Eagles and Ertz found a solution to sharing ways with both sides to find better situations. "That was the right opportunity," said Roseman. And I think you really need to see it from our perspective and it will never be easy to trade Zach Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles DB Andre Chachere (21) tries to get the crowd into play in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz was delivered to the NFL's only undefeated team and will play a much larger role in an offense designed to highlight his strengths as a distance runner. The Eagles received immediate compensation for Ertz, and the tight end is now allowed to chase a ring and improve its stock ahead of its upcoming free agency. "I'm really excited to go to the Arizona Cardinals and play with a team that is running right now and just be able to bring my skills to that team," said Ertz. "I'm excited about this situation and just looking forward to going into this building and showing what kind of player I am and what work ethic I have, with no expectations." Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) pulls grass out of his mouth after sliding face down on the field in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021 - winning touchdown pass in the Eagles' only Super Bowl win. He ranks second in franchise history on catches (579), fifth on yards (6,267) and seventh on touchdowns (38). He also holds the NFL record for catches in one season to the end, a mark he set in 2018 with 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) slips face down on the field after a game during the game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz earned three Pro Bowl nicks as a member of the Eagles and will be the final playmaker to dwarf 1,000 yards in one season for the franchise. From 2016 to 2019, Ertz led the Eagles every year in receptions and reception centers. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021, for a touchdown in the end zone. "I just know that I did" my best every day to be the best player I could, "said Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (26) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Dee Delaney (30) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz said he loved playing in Philadelphia because of the city and the fan base. While the Eagles fans are known to be demanding, Ertz valued their passion, honesty and will to win. Some players can't handle the feedback, but Ertz stuck with it. "It's okay if you say you don't play great, it's okay if you say you have to get better," said Ertz. They love the Eagles, they love their players. This is what the city loves its players, and they want us to be just as successful, if not more than we are, then we want to be successful. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Harold Carmichael's Hall of Fame reception record. Ertz travels to Arizona, only 11 receptions exceeding Carmichael's franchise mark. Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (7) scores against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021, ”said Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles DE Ryan Kerrigan (90) defends against Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Ali Marpet (74) in the second quarter on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lincoln Financial Field. return to The Linc one day to be honored by the organization. "Some of the most iconic moments in franchise history came from Zach," said Roseman. “Just an enormous appreciation for him as a player; Eagles Hall of Famer; on the verge of the NFL Hall of Fame and as a person. "

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Zach Ertz and Howie Roseman reflect on the Eagles' legacy after the Arizona Cardinals trade

Zach Ertz made sure to enjoy the moment. Surrounded by around 69,000 Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz celebrated his 38th career touchdown as if it were his first goal. He knew the highlight game could be his last as a member of the team he'd played for throughout his career up to that point. (Author: Gardener)

Zach Ertz made sure to enjoy the moment. Surrounded by around 69,000 Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz celebrated his 38th touchdown of his career as if it were his first goal. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Friday, Ertz reflected on the touchdown a little over 15 hours later after being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, and he said the moment was surreal. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads a game gone missing in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lincoln Financial Field, ”said Ertz with a chuckle. "I wanted to win the game, of course, but getting a touchdown on the first drive was fun and allowed me to play the rest of the game freely and not worry about anything other than winning the football game. I always did what that is. Ertz, 30, knew he would be traded sometime after the Eagles lost 28-22 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a mini-bye week on the horizon, it was the perfect time for the Eagles to say goodbye to Ertz and start a youth movement - led by another former second-round pick Dallas Goedert - at the end. Before the week 6 match against Tampa Bay, GM Howie Roseman spoke to Ertz about the possibility of extraditing him to the Cardinals. Roseman and Ertz, who had worked together for nine years, spoke openly on Tuesday, preparing for the inevitable move. Roseman drafted Ertz in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and although their relationship has had some extreme ups and downs over the years, the GM has always viewed Ertz as something of a family member. "Zach is an eagle for life," said Roseman. The Eagles had resisted trade offers for Ertz on the cut-off date of last season. Roseman also shot down trade proposals that off-season, despite Ertz's $ 8.5 million salary, making him one of the top earners on a rebuilding team. Ertz and Roseman couldn't agree on a contract extension last year, and the overarching thought was that Ertz would be dead before this year's training camp started. But Ertz cared about his Philadelphia legacy and didn't want to cause problems for the city and the organization he grew fond of. He welcomed the new head coach Nick Sirianni and his reduced role on the offensive because he wanted to honor his time with the Eagles. Philadelphia Eagles T Jordan Mailata (68) reacts after not receiving a call in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ultimately, the Eagles and Ertz found a solution to sharing ways with both sides to find better situations. "That was the right opportunity," said Roseman. And I think you really need to see it from our perspective and it will never be easy to trade Zach Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles DB Andre Chachere (21) tries to get the crowd into play in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz was delivered to the NFL's only undefeated team and will play a much larger role in an offense designed to highlight his strengths as a distance runner. The Eagles received immediate compensation for Ertz, and the tight end is now allowed to chase a ring and improve its stock ahead of its upcoming free agency. "I'm really excited to go to the Arizona Cardinals and play with a team that is running right now and just be able to bring my skills to that team," said Ertz. "I'm excited about this situation and just looking forward to going into this building and showing what kind of player I am and what work ethic I have, with no expectations." Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) pulls grass out of his mouth after sliding face down on the field in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz's Eagles legacy cannot be overstated. He ranks second in franchise history on catches (579), fifth on yards (6,267) and seventh on touchdowns (38). He also holds the NFL record for catches in one season to the end, a mark he set in 2018 with 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) slips face down on the field after a game during the game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz earned three Pro Bowl nicks as a member of the Eagles and will be the final playmaker to dwarf 1,000 yards in one season for the franchise. From 2016 to 2019, Ertz led the Eagles every year in receptions and reception centers. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021, for a touchdown in the end zone. "I just know that I did" my best every day to be the best player I could, "said Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates this touchdown with TE Zach Ertz (86) running against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz said he loved being in Philadelphia too play because of the city and the fan base. While the Eagles fans are known to be demanding, Ertz valued their passion, honesty and will to win. Some players can't handle the feedback, but Ertz stuck with it. "It's okay if you say you don't play great, it's okay if you say you have to get better," said Ertz. They love the Eagles, they love their players. This is what the city loves its players, and they want us to be just as successful, if not more than we are, then we want to be successful. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (81) dips for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. He also joked that one day he might return to the organization to break the franchise's all-time receiving record set by Harold Carmichael, who is widespread in the Hall of Fame. Ertz travels to Arizona, only 11 receptions exceeding Carmichael's franchise mark. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) looks on and throws the ball at Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) but he is out of reach of Smith in the first quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday . October 14, 2021. "Maybe I'll come back and get 12 catches and Harolds can take second place," said Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni awaits the end of a timeout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Tampa Bay scored in the next game. While that record-breaking return may not actually happen, Ertz will surely return to The Linc one day to receive the organization's awards. "Some of the most iconic moments in franchise history came from Zach," said Roseman. “Just an enormous appreciation for him as a player; Eagles Hall of Famer; on the verge of the NFL Hall of Fame and as a person. "

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Eagles send Zach Ertz to Cardinals for Tay Gowan, draft pick 2022

When Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter of their 28:22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, it was a farewell to the city that cheered him on for nine seasons. Ertz was one of the best tight ends in the history of the Eagles. Ertz once envisioned retiring his Philadelphia career after helping the franchise win its first Super Bowl a few years ago. (Author: Gardener)

Philadelphia Eagles S Marcus Epps (22) and Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave (97) collide during a game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. As the Eagles close end Zach Ertz got a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the 28:22 loss on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a goodbye to the city that cheered him on for nine seasons. Ertz was one of the best tight ends in the history of the Eagles. Ertz once envisioned retiring his Philadelphia career after helping the franchise win its first Super Bowl a few years ago. Would you like more Eagles coverage? After a contractual dispute that resulted in him looking for a deal that off-season, Ertz finally got the desire to leave the franchise that had set up him in 2013. There are many parts associated with trading. Conditions: The Eagles traded Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Tay Gowan and a draft pick in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts ( 1) The ball runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Cardinals have the best record in the NFC and want to get into the playoffs Earn coveted first-round byes by attracting players to help them in the playoffs. Ertz gives Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray another option to work the medium and short routes, making the Cardinals difficult to defend. Ertz can also provide expert guidance to the Cardinals, helping the inexperienced players prepare for the demands of a successful playoff team. What it means for the Eagles Ertz exit means that Dallas Goedert is the undisputed start tight end. Goedert, the team's second round pick in 2018, had his own contract problems and is a free agent after this season. The Eagles have said that Goedert remains a priority in their future and are trying to lock him up. Goedert is the sportier tight end, who at this point in his career can still do meters after the catch. Behind Goedert there are three unproven ways to replace him. Jack Stoll replaced Goedert in the defeat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday in two close endings. Stoll, an undrafted rookie free agent from Nebraska, was a good blocker when asked, but has no catch this season as he's mostly relegated to special teams. Togiai spent time with the team during 2020 training camp but was among the players who were cut off. The Eagles had hoped he would clear waivers and be added to their training roster, but the Indianapolis Colts picked him up and he spent the rest of their season on their roster. At 6 feet, 4 inches, and 244 pounds, Togiai is an athletic tight end who can attack the center of the field and become disproportionate against collateral and linebackers. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (7) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Eagles also have Tyree Jackson in their active squad. Jackson is still learning the position and will take some time to gain experience, but his performance during this year's training camp made the Eagles feel he might add to their offensive. The move completes the team's focus on employing more “11” personnel, i.e. H. a running back and a tight end. Goedert's move allows Ertz to be the primary tight end and allows DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor to stay on the field more often and have more opportunities to play games downfield. The addition of Gowan also gives the Eagles an insurance policy on cornerback, with Steve Nelson and Avonte Maddox slated to become free agents at the end of the season. The Eagles, who add the 2022 round fifth draft pick, give them more flexibility to move around the draft board. Prior to the trade, the Eagles had 10 picks in the next year's draft, two of which are in the first round and one more that could become a first round pick if Colts quarterback Carson Wentz plays in 75% of the snaps or the Colts reach the playoffs and Wentz plays in 70% of the snaps. A round fifth pick might not seem like much, but it can help move up several places in the draft. For a team that still has several gaps to fill, especially on the defensive side of the ball, the additional choice offers the chance to find a potential "sleep" prospect who can make a contribution. Philadelphia Eagles T Jordan Mailata (68) reacts after not receiving a call in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. What it means to Gowan Gallon has a chance not just this season but for the foreseeable future. Gowan has the chance to come to Philadelphia and make a fresh start. Gowan is a 6-foot, 1-inch cornerback who has a closeout speed. If he can develop into a reliable outside cornerback, the Eagles could have some worth. Philadelphia Eagles DB Andre Chachere (21) tries to get the crowd into play in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Ertz's desire to be traded was well-publicized and the teams weren't going to bid much because they knew Ertz wanted to get out. It was important that the Eagles acquire the additional draft pick. The cardinals get a player who still has skills and can participate immediately. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) pulls grass out of his mouth after sliding face down on the field in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021 is.

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Should Nick Sirianni of the Eagles forego offensive game calls after a difficult start? Consider 4 logical replacement options

The Eagles were trailing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 28:22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they finally decided to put together a series of running games with playmaker Miles Sanders. With every carry there were positive yards and slightly sarcastic standing ovations from the home crowd. Would you like more Eagles coverage? (Author: Gardener)

Philadelphia Eagles S Marcus Epps (22) and Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave (97) collide during a game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Eagles were after two Touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they finally decided to put together a series of running games with playmaker Miles Sanders. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) plays in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles DB Andre Chachere (21) tries to win over the crowd in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021 (or two decades, really) the fact that head coach Nick Sirianni's style of play hasn't changed a bit during that time is both alarming and alarming frustrating to anyone watching the product in the field. Sirianni asks the sophomore quarterback to be Jalen Hurts, the judge, jury, and executioner of the crime when he's clearly overwhelmed in the courtroom. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) pulls grass out of his mouth after sliding face down on the field in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) slips face down on the field after playing in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The frustration that poured into Lincoln Financial Field against the Buccaneers wasn't just a one-off, as Sirianni's gaming professions have been thoroughly researched in every nook and cranny of town, and some have even begun, six weeks into his first regular season after his job to call. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates this touchdown with TE Zach Ertz (86) running against. To solve the latter problem, Sirianni may have to step back on his responsibilities, turn calls to someone else, and focus on what he is clearly good at, which is rallying the troops. Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (26) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Dee Delaney (30) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Here's a look at four possible options for Sirianni to put the baton on: Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, 10/14/2021. Shane Steichen: The 35-year-old offensive coordinator was the Los Angeles Chargers game caller for around a year and a half after replacing Ken Whisenhunt in the middle of the 2019 season. Last year was his only full year with calling plays and the Chargers finished sixth on the pass offensive, 18th on the rush offensive and ninth overall offensive. Philadelphia Eagles DE Ryan Kerrigan (90) defends against Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Ali Marpet (74) in the second quarter on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lincoln Financial Field. While Steichen wouldn't excite anyone in the Eagles fan base, he's at least on through the process of calling up games, game after game, for a season at least. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB Shaquil Barrett (58) in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Jason Michael: The Eagles' tight ends coach is a retired quarterback who has worked with virtually every offensive position off the line. He was the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans for two years (2014-15) but was eventually demoted to quarterbacks coach. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) escapes a tackle attempt by Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB Shaquil Barrett (58) in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Jordan Whitehead (33) separates Pass for Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor, 18) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday, October 14, 2021. Jim Bob Cooter: Over the summer, Cooter was an under-the-radar analyst member, working behind-the-scenes the Eagles offensive since the training camp. He is actually the most experienced play caller on the team, having served as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions for three years (2016-2018). He's also trained running backs and quarterbacks in the league, which may make him the ideal play-caller for Hurts and Sanders. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Granted, Cooter had a pure pocket passer in Matthew Stafford for these seasons, and he would obviously have to adapt his style of play to the alternatively experienced hurts, but at least he knows how to call a successful passing attack. It should be noted, however, that his running games were typically in the bottom third of the league during his time in Detroit. Philadelphia Eagles S Anthony Harris (28) throws the ball to Philadelphia Eagles CB Darius Slay (2) after Harris intercepted a pass from Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday October 14 had 2021. Mike McCoy: While McCoy's return to an important role in the NFL is a vision, he was at training camp with the team all summer. As a former offensive coordinator and head coach, he could likely adapt to Sirianni's game design and offensive strategy, especially since the young coach worked for the Chargers under McCoy for several years. Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett (96) nearly fires Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday, October 14, 2021. Again, McCoy is probably a substitute's pipe dream, but he has experience in that Work with many different types of quarterbacks. Maybe even an advisory role for the Eagles would be an advantage, where Sirianni still mentions games. Philadelphia Eagles WR Quez Watkins (16) makes a dive as Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Jordan Whitehead (33) defends in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday October 14, 2021. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (86) celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021.

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