After an entertaining first week of the Premier League season, we’ve spoken to BonusCodeBets ambassador, John Barnes. The former England and Liverpool midfielder shared his thoughts on Manchester United’s quest for a trophy this season, why Raul Jimenez will not challenge for the golden boot and why Chelsea must stick by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
John Barnes Exclusive: Aubameyang’s contract means nothing if doesn’t stay committed
It’s great for Arsenal that he wants to stay and he’s going to be committed regardless of whether they’re first, second, third, fourth or fifth. It’s important for teams to keep your best players, but you only want better players to stay if they’re going to be happy. If Arsenal are fifth in the league and he’s not going to be happy and going to want to go, then him signing a contract means nothing. He needs to be committed to the cause, and if not then he is no good to anyone.
He’s now signed, which means he’s happy to stay. Even if Arsenal are fifth in the league and not where he wants to be, he still must be committed to try and help Arsenal to do the best they can possibly do.
John Barnes Exclusive: Manchester United need experience and consistency if they want to challenge Man City or Liverpool
They can win the League Cup or the FA Cup because you can win a trophy without having the best players. United have got a good enough squad easily to win a trophy. Definitely not the Premier League, but they can win a trophy for sure. They still need to sign a couple of players if they want to win the Premier League, but I think they have a good enough squad to win a trophy. They need consistency and experience in the side first with a winning mentality if they want to go on and challenge Manchester City or Liverpool
John Barnes Exclusive: Aubameyang, Salah and Aguero are my Golden Boot contenders
I wouldn’t back Jimenez [for the Golden Boot] as I don’t think Wolves are going to score enough goals. I don’t think he’ll score enough goals (Jiminez) to challenge but he’ll do well. It will be Salah, Aubameyang and Aguero – if he stays fit.
Harry Kane is an interesting one because unless Tottenham are going to play in a more attacking way, as much as he scored a few goals last year, are they going to create enough chances for him to be up there with teams who are much more attacking? So, I think he’s the interesting one (Kane) to see how well he does. But I think Aguero, Salah and Aubameyang are the real contenders, yyou’ve got to put Mané into that list too as well because of the way Liverpool play.
Not necessarily Raheem [Sterling], but he creates. If Aguero is going to score more of the goals, Raheem is going to score less.
John Barnes Exclusive: Until Chelsea have a viable replacement Frank Lampard must back Kepa as the number one keeper
What they can’t do is lose Kepa, by losing faith in him and without having a good replacement. Lampard isn’t saving face by calling Kepa his number one keeper, he’s trying to keep Kepa on side while he needs him. Let’s say Chelsea sign Jan Oblak for £50 million next week, then Lampard wouldn’t have to say that Kepa is Chelsea’s number one keeper, because they’d have a viable replacement. Until then they must keep Kepa on side as their number one in the sticks.
John Barnes Exclusive: The only thing that will cause Morelos’ departure will be Morelos
If Alfredo Morelos goes it won’t be because of Kemar Roofe’s strong start, it will be because of the problems that Morelos causes at Rangers. Kemar Roofe scoring goals will simply soften the blow for Rangers if Morelos must go. However, if Morelos is happy to stay, stops causing problems, and is a good character at training and in the dressing room, Steven Gerrard will play him no matter what, but it is a big test for him as a manager to handle him.
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