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Football news - Paper Round: Sarri in trouble with players, Spurs could turn to Carroll

Paper Round: Sarri in trouble with players, Spurs could turn to Carroll
By Eurosport

21/01/2019 at 00:13Updated 21/01/2019 at 00:37

Maurizio Sarri is in trouble at Chelsea with the players whilst Tottenham Hotspur's injury crisis could see them turn to Andy Carroll. It's Monday's Paper Round.

Sarri in trouble with players at Chelsea

We begin in The Telegraph who report that Maurizio Sarri could be in trouble with his players at Chelsea. Sarri was critical of his team after the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday but the report says that players have become frustrated with his rigidity when it comes to tactics. Sarri's substitutions have become predictable and Eden Hazard continues to be used as a false 9.

Paper Round's view: It's not quite panic stations, far from it really, but this does seem worryingly familiar for Chelsea. This used to be known as a dressing room that could manage itself but it's a different era now and this group of players seem far more volatile. It's early days of course but Sarri could be the third manager in less than five years to lose the dressing room and then his job...


Spurs could turn to Carroll

The Sun have an exclusive that says that Tottenham Hotspur could turn to West Ham striker Andy Carroll as a short-term option to help their injury crisis. Dele Alli limped off during the 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday with talisman Harry Kane out until March and the in-form Son Heung-min away at the Asian Cup. Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of Callum Wilson but believes Bournemouth value him too highly and as such could turn to Carroll for as little as £2 million to help plug the gap.

Paper Round's view: On one hand this makes some sort of sense. Spurs need a striker and Carroll is a home-grown option. However whilst he is a similar sort of player to Fernando Llorente he doesn't really fit in with Spurs' style of play at all. On top of that he's a pretty injury-prone player in his own right...


Gunners eye Overmars return

Meanwhile it is reported that Arsenal are interested in bringing the club's former winger Marc Overmars back to North London to become their Director of Football. Overmars is currently operating in the same role at another former club Ajax but Arsenal are keen to bring him in to freshen up their recruitment department.

Paper Round's view: This seems like another play to reduce the power of Sven Mislintat and it does indeed seem as if he might be on the way out soon. It's a staggering fall from grace so quickly and perhaps Mislintat and Unai Emery just don't see eye to eye. The pressure will be on Overmars to hit the ground running should he come in as Arsenal continue to push for a top four place.


Arsenal fear Bellerin may miss rest of the season

And we end with a report that says that Arsenal are fearful that Hector Bellerin may miss the rest of the season. Some staff are fearful that the injury that forced Bellerin off during Saturday's 2-0 win over Chelsea may turn out to be an ACL, which would rule him out for the rest of the season.

Paper Round's view: This would be a disaster for Unai Emery, after a couple of tough seasons Bellerin looked as if he was finally getting his form back. It now leaves him with either Ainsley Maitland-Niles (inexperienced and out of position), Stephan Lichtsteiner (into his 30s) or Carl Jenkinson (Carl Jenkinson). He has options but they're no great...