Newcastle United striker Tyrique Bartlett has reportedly received his international clearance from the South African Football Association (Safa). The 17-year-old joined United’s academy from University of Pretoria youth team last December and he featured for their Under-23 side in friendly matches. The teenager, whose father is former Bafana Bafana and Charlton Athletic striker Shaun Bartlett, had been waiting for paperwork that would allow him to play for United competitively.
The morning dispatch from the Telegraph’s Matt Law confirms a couple understandings about Tammy Abraham’s situation, who’s now done with his international commitments after England’s loss to Germany on penalty kicks in the U21 Euro semifinals yesterday. As confirmed by multiple reports last week, the teenager has chosen to join Swansea City on loan for next season despite stronger and longer rumors linking him with Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion. Swansea’s strong Chelsea connections through their head coach and assistant manager no doubt played a big role, as did their striker situation that’s likely to be more favorable especially if Fernando Llorente leaves at some point in the next two months.
Frank De Boer said all the right things in his first interview as Crystal Palace boss, and Eagles fans should puff out their chests at the club’s most impressive hire in a long time. On the heels of blustery Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, and to a much lesser extent Tony Pulis, De Boer is no shrinking violet. Yet the Dutchman has set the standards high for his London debut. There’s no talk of “just surviving” or whimpering at the might of the league’s top clubs. De Boer’s ready to do well. Appointed Monday, De Boer will take charge of his third club following stints at Ajax and Inter Milan. He won four titles in five season at the Dutch club, but spent just 85 days in that tumultuous seat. From