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Kammy has his say on the weekend talking points

Chris Kamara - Chris Kamara Posted 28th August 2012 view comments

Every Saturday, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.

On Sundays you can see him back in the Sky Sports studios as he brings you all of the highlights as well as in-depth analysis of all the action on Goals on Sunday.

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Wayne Rooney still has a massive role to play at Man United...

Wayne will not throw his toys out of the pram just because he didn't start against Fulham and I don't think there is any truth to these rumours that he might leave Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has eased his star players into seasons before when they've been on international duty over the summer, and he just wants to get Rooney up to speed gradually and make sure he is sharp at the business end of the season. Another factor may have been that Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are new to the Man United scene and Sir Alex wanted them to get used to the pressures and experiences as soon as possible and hence gave them the nod over Rooney at the weekend. Wayne will play a big part when he returns from his injury.

Everton and Swansea have looked very promising in their opening two games...

If Everton can maintain this excellent start, they should be looking for a top-four finish. David Moyes won't be getting carried away because it is just two games and you have to wait until 10 before you can make a real assessment, but they have begun a lot better than they normally do and are playing with real confidence and belief. Swansea, too, have begun brilliantly and perhaps they have more of a cutting edge than last season with the arrival of Michu, who has settled in very quickly after moving from Spain; he looks like a really good player. He is alternating positions with Danny Graham and it seems like the two have struck up a great partnership. However, the Swans have beaten QPR, who narrowly avoided the drop last season, and West Ham, who have just been promoted, so manager Michael Laudrup won't go overboard.

It can take players a few games to find their feet at the beginning of the season...

We saw a few errors in the Premier League over the weekend but I reckon a lot of those are down to players still getting up and running. Sometimes in pre-season you feel absolutely fantastic and raring to go and that shows in the opening games, while other times you pick up niggling little injuries and know when the first few matches come around that you are not quite right; it differs from season to season and you can never tell if you have had too little or too much time off until the real action kicks in. If you are not feeling 100 per cent, then your confidence can suffer a bit, too, while a lot of how you perform can be down to the start that your team has made; if they are winning you can feel as fresh as a daisy, if they are losing you get tired quicker.

Chelsea seem like they can contend for the title...

I wasn't sure after last season if the Blues would have the cutting edge to challenge the Manchester clubs, while you weren't quite sure how things would go for Roberto Di Matteo now that he is the permanent manager at Stamford Bridge. But Eden Hazard has come in and looked top-drawer and the players are enjoying playing with him. His creative influence will also allow Di Matteo to give Frank Lampard a rest now and again to keep him fresh as in previous seasons Frank has had to be 'the guy' all year round in that attacking midfield area. Hazard has given the Blues a massive boost, while I also think that the signing of Victor Moses is good business. Chelsea will play a hell of a lot of games this season and Di Matteo needs to make sure his squad players do not significantly weaken the team when they are called upon. Moses has matured under Roberto Martinez at Wigan and will bring a lot of pace and quality to Chelsea.

Liverpool WILL move in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers...

It will just take time for the players to adjust to the pass-and-press style that their manager is after. Martin Skrtel's backpass that led to Carlos Tevez's equaliser on Sunday is a prime example; he opted to return the ball to the keeper rather than hoof it upfield and slightly underhit the ball. He will improve on that aspect with time, though, and Rodgers will not slate his defender; he will encourage him and his team-mates to keep on playing the passing way. The fans seem excited about what Rodgers will bring, while against Man City Joe Allen showed Reds supporters what skills he has; people questioned his rumoured £15million price tag but he knows how to keep and use the football. I think he will be a star at Anfield.

Some unfashionable players may be in Roy Hodgson's thoughts...

England begin their World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine shortly and I would really like to see Everton's Leon Osman named in the squad. He has been a regular in the Premier League for 10 years or so now and always does a good job in the Toffees' midfield. It would be nice if he was noticed for his ability and hard work. Nathan Dyer was excellent last year and has begun this term in similar fashion so perhaps he should get the call from Roy Hodgson? There is competition in the wide areas from Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but I'm sure he would do good job. Dyer's Swansea teammate Wayne Routledge is probably further down the pecking order but he has started sensationally, too, and can't have done himself any harm.

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Gary S (Manchester United fan) says...

Fraser Forster for Celtic looked good the other night in Europe. I think he deserves a spot on the bench to cover Joe Hart.

Posted 13:36 28th August 2012

John Ivor (Manchester United fan) says...

If Roy Hodgson picks either Dyer or Osman, i will drive from wales to england's training camp and shake the man's hand myself.....England don't pick players on form remember !!!!!

Posted 12:28 28th August 2012

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