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By Steven Beacom

Soldado's the real deal

Last season Gareth Bale was the only matchwinner Tottenham had. Just as well with him off to Real Madrid that Andre Villas-Boas has found another – Roberto Soldado.

Bought for £26m from Valencia, the Spanish striker will be a bargain if he keeps on scoring at his current rate. He has four goals in three games for Spurs, his latest yesterday's penalty to seal a 1-0 win over Swansea.

Podolski makes his point

With Arsene Wenger finally set to splash the cash, Lukas Podolski reminded the boss what he can do with a well taken double in Arsenal's 3-0 win at Fulham. I rate German international Podolski, but he needs to deliver more in big games for the Gunners. More competition for him would be no bad thing. Get spending Arsene...

McGregor keeps it clean

Former Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has had some difficult times in his career but he's always had ability and showed it with a fine performance in Hull City's 1-0 success over Norwich. One save from the wonderfully named Ricky van Wolfswinkel was top class.

Hot Joe is smoking

Liam Boyce is the best player in the Irish League. No harm to Cliftonville, but he deserves to play full-time football. The more I see of his Solitude team-mate Joe Gormley, the more I think he could make it too. Gormley's hat-trick in Saturday's 4-2 victory over Warrenpoint was outstanding. That's seven goals for Joe in three games!

Cabaye a disgrace

Grumpy wantaway footballers have all been the talk of the summer. Add Arsenal and Paris St Germain target Yohan Cabaye to that list and put him to the top of it after refusing to play for Newcastle in their hour of need against West Ham in Saturday's scoreless draw. Pathetic from the Frenchman.

Fenlon buys some time

Linfield may be struggling at present, but there was relief for former Windsor Park favourite Pat Fenlon (left) when his Hibs side won their first game of the Scottish Premiership season 2-1 at Kilmarnock. Known as 'Billy' by Blues fans, Fenlon's not safe yet, but this vital victory has bought him some much needed time.

Pellegrini won't forget Cardiff

I've always had a soft spot for Cardiff. It's a fantastic city with an electric social scene. Football wise it's special too. I've covered some thrilling FA Cup and League Cup finals at the Millennium Stadium, which also hosted my favourite Northern Ireland game on the road when Lawrie Sanchez's nine man team drew 2-2 against Wales with 5,000 away fans outsinging 60,000 Welsh voices!

New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini won't forget visiting Cardiff either. What a wonderful show yesterday. Cardiff fans were inspirational in lifting Fraizer Campbell to great heights as he scored twice in the 3-2 win.

City missed the injured Vincent Kompany, looked weak at the back and as for goalkeeper Joe Hart...Miranda Hart would have been more effective!

Wayne will be special one

It's a mouthwatering Mourinho v Moyes tussle tonight at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney stuck in the middle. Rooney looked a lost soul at Swansea last week, though still created two goals for the Red Devils. Against Chelsea, I think we all know he'll score – or get sent off!


Niall McGinn has already scored three penalties for Aberdeen this season. Spot on Niall.

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