Replacing penalty shootouts with eight-second run-ups. Introducing orange cards to send players off for 10 minutes. Former AC Milan and Netherlands forward Marco van Basten is using his role as technical director at FIFA to propose a series of changes to soccer to stir a debate. Rather than using his job to meddle, Van Basten highlights the need to preserve soccer as the world’s most popular sport.
The Premier League gives us another battle of Top Four hopefuls, while other competitors will see a key chance to either gain or make up ground. Down in the relegation zone, however, is another story. Tough matches await the four lowest sides, with three sides on the road and a fourth hosting Everton.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has "no problem" with letting Gerard Deulofeu leave the club this month. The 22-year-old is keen to receive regular game-time and is attracting interest from AC Milan and Ajax. Deulofeu has been left out of a number of matchday squads in recent weeks and is currently behind the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon and Ademola Lookman for a starting spot at Goodison Park.