Jose Mourinho has a certain type of favourite player and it's easy for football fans in England to work that out now. He wants someone completely committed to the cause, someone who would run through a brick wall and rather lose a tooth than see the opposition score. Of course Mourinho has time for the more delicate flowers but if he were to design his own footballer then grit and determination would figure pretty highly.
It's why he loves players like John Terry and Diego Costa. Mourinho has a thing about footballers proving they're real men, hence the shirt off celebrations, muscle flexing, he ordered from his Chelsea team during the first time he was in charge of the Premier League club.
The commitment isn't just expected in matches but in training too and Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake has been left under no illusions about what is expected of him. The youngster has been speaking to De Telegraaf in Holland and told them "The way he says things, makes everything clear in training. For example, if you withdraw your foot, then he gets angry. He loves people who give everything every moment and then he shows that he wants you."
Ake said it's automatic for many players to go along with that which shows how Mourinho instills the grit and fighting spirit into his teams. The 19 year old was expected to go out on loan this season but Mourinho has decided to keep him around the place and Ake knows he can learn from people such as John Terry "In a practice match against Real Sociedad during pre-season, JT was in the game only by talking to me and he tried to help me. He really helps the younger guys with everything and talks to you about what you need to work on."
It's difficult to make the breakthrough at Chelsea and Ake says that Terry has told him to take the most of every single opportunity.
Manchester United were linked with many midfielders during the summer transfer window and in the lead up to it. There must have been more than 15 names linked including Arturo Vidal, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Fredy Guarin, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Enzo Perez, William Carvalho and Paul Pogba.
Things were going so well between Everton and the Belgium football authorities. That's quite something given the national set-up of Belgium has a confidence spilling over into arrogance that everything they say goes. There's also the palpable belief that they have a much better grasp on fitness and injuries than the top clubs who send them the players.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart had a way to alleviate the boredom at the national team's hotel in Basel this weekend. Swiss newspaper Bild caught the Manchester City player throwing nuts at his national team captain Wayne Rooney, who was stood on his balcony alongside Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.
Jose Mourinho has a certain type of favourite player and it's easy for football fans in England to work that out now. He wants someone completely committed to the cause, someone who would run through a brick wall and rather lose a tooth than see the opposition score.