Cuisance talks failed medical for Leeds (Foot Mercato)
Olympique Marseille midfielder Michaël Cuisance opened up about the failed medical exam that prevented him from transferring to Leeds United. Despite reports of a foot issue, Cuisance downplayed any ailment still seemed confused at to why Leeds backed out.
“There was no problem with the medical. The (exam) with Marseille went very well, I am in form and ready to play. At Leeds, there was no problem from my side,” said Cuisance. “Here, I passed it and I’m in good shape.”
Cuisance’s loan from Bayern Munich to Marseille should be a good opportunity for the 21-year-old to really break through and establish himself as a regular starting player.
Die Folgen: Germany coughed up three leads in a draw against Turkey (Bavarian Football Works)
It was another disappointing result for Germany and yet another ultimately disappointing performance. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Kai Havertz was really one of the lone bright spots for Germany. With two assists, the 21-year-old Chelsea man looks like he is rounding into form.
- The German defense was absolutely dreadful. Back three? Back four? It doesn’t matter...Joachim Löw needs to figure out a plan and find a set of defenders who aren’t prone to being bad.
- Julian Draxler’s goal was really, really slick.
Goal Draxler ⚽— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) October 7, 2020
Assist Havertz pic.twitter.com/hDESYo6BEh
- Offensively, Germany had some good ideas and, at times, some good execution. The defense, though...it’s just bad.
- In the end, it was a friendly that featured some B or even C level squad members, but the inability to close out a game no matter who is on the field.
- If Löw cannot rally his troops for better showings against Ukraine and Switzerland, the cries for his demise will only get louder. Lothar Matthäus, for one, is clearly unhappy with the current state of affairs:
Lothar Matthäus: "Once again tactical mistakes by Jogi Löw when making subs cost the win. I'm astonished to see many players like Nico Schulz playing for Germany even though they sit on the bench at their clubs. That's exactly why nobody in Germany turns the TV on anymore" [Bild]— Quintuple Winners (@iMiaSanMia) October 7, 2020
Anyway, if you missed our Match Awards, Observations, or new Die Denkfabrik feature, give them all a look.
Akanji tests positive for COVID-19 (@BlackYellow)
Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19, but his case does not appear to have had any residual effect with BVB, nor its opponent from last weekend, SC Freiburg.
As reported by the Swiss Football Association, Manuel Akanji has tested positive for COVID-19 and is already in quarantine.— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) October 7, 2020
Following Saturday's match against Freiburg, all Borussia Dortmund players tested negative.
Get well soon, Manu! https://t.co/tO1NA96K1h
Press and Heath jerseys selling like crazy (@espnW)
The arrival of Christen Press and Tobin Heath at Manchester United has caused quite a stir as their jerseys out-ranked their male counterparts for a few days after the duo arrived in England:
Christen Press and Tobin Heath beat out all of their male counterparts in jersey sales for three days after they signed with Manchester United pic.twitter.com/uSjTuSRyb8— espnW (@espnW) October 6, 2020
Baby Phonzy (@MLSNEXT)
The new MLS Next youth academy league had its own take on the “How it started...” viral sensation from yesterday and Alphonso Davies was the subject:
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/tUf5uHVveN— MLS NEXT (@MLSNEXT) October 8, 2020
Could Zirkzee still go? (Tz)
Tz is speculating that Bayern Munich could still loan out Joshua Zirkzee:
In some countries the transfer window is still open. For example, in Switzerland (October 12th) or in Russia (October 17th). If Bayern really want to lend Zirkzee, there is still some time. Otherwise, the 19-year-old will probably end up in the stands with the professionals. The alternative would be many appearances with the second team in the third division.
The FCB bosses are certainly hoping for a model similar to that of Adrian Fein, who could even gain experience in the Europa League with Eindhoven. In Switzerland, the Young Boys Bern would qualify for the EL - with Gianluca Gaudino, a former Munich player who is also under contract there.