Hull City vs Arsenal: Individual Player Statistics 0

Cold and calculated from Arsenal but, nevertheless, about two months too late. Here are the statistics from The KC Stadium as Aaron Ramsey returns to Premier League prominence: – Aaron Ramsey had 104 touches, more than any other player. – Shane Long and Aaron Ramsey each recorded a game-high 4 shots. – Santi Cazorla created(…)

Joe Allen’s Liverpool performance: Graphics 0

Joe Allen was arguably as good today as he’s ever been for Liverpool, and he gave a really impressive two-way performance in Jordan Henderson’s absence. Allen is bracketed as purely a possession player and someone whose only influence is on the temperament of games, but he did an awful lot of defensive work today and(…)

Norwich vs Liverpool: Individual Player Statistics 0

Liverpool keep going and survive a second-half fightback from Norwich City to continue their march towards the Premier League title. Here are the statistics from Carrow Road: – Steven Gerrard had 96 touches, the most in the game. – Luis Suarez had more shots than any other player (5). – Philippe Coutinho created a game-high(…)

Jose Mourinho now jumping sharks every week 0

“Oh he’s just deflecting attention away from his players – he’s taking the pressure off them.” Is he really? Jose Mourinho’s outbursts of petulance are always afforded special treatment and almost without exception they’re interpreted by the outside world as part of some elaborate masterplan. Think about this, though: what would your reaction have been(…)

Paulinho’s Tottenham performance: Graphics 1

Paulinho presumably was one of the players who Tim Sherwood believes is ‘much of a muchness’ at Tottenham, but the Brazilian had a good game this afternoon – at least within the context of how Spurs played as a whole. Here are his graphics from White Hart Lane, via Squawka: Follow @premleagueowl Tweet

Tottenham vs Fulham: Individual Player Statistics 0

Fulham’s mini-revival came to an abrupt end at White Hart Lane this afternoon, as goals from Younes Kaboul, Paulinho and Harry Kane saw Tottenham edge mercifully closer to the end of the season. Here are the statistics: – Younes Kaboul had 113 touches of the ball, the most in the game. – Emmanuel Adebayor had(…)

Yaya Toure, a lack of appreciation, and an alternative theory 0

Yaya Toure has made some eye-catching comments in the last twenty-four hours, and has claimed that he doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves because he’s African.  Toure also made reference to Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o and believes that they were similarly undervalued for the same reason. Whenever a player makes that kind of comment(…)

Discussing criticism of Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet 2

There’s an interesting article in The Mirror this morning, which features former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar making a rather negative assessment of the club’s current incumbent Simon Mignolet. Grobbelaar is very complimentary about Mignolet’s shot-stopping ability but is pretty damning about the rest of his game and takes aim at his positioning, his ability with(…)

Van Gaal? Allegri? Whoever – Tottenham just need harmony 2

The Corriere dello Sport have gone all hot and heavy this morning with their claim that former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has agreed to become the new Tottenham manager at the end of the season. Maybe, maybe not – who knows.  If The Sun ran that story you wouldn’t take it as gospel, and(…)

Young Player of The Year candidates: Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) 0

Jon Flanagan isn’t the only Liverpool player who will be in the reckoning for individual awards at the end of the season, with Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard also set to be nominated across the various categories. As far as this season’s outstanding young players go, Flanagan should be right at(…)

Marco Reus and Manchester United: Beware, beware… 1

Some quotes from Mario Gotze have appeared on the internet over the last twenty-four hours in which he claims that former teammate Marco Reus is coveting a move to Manchester United and has been doing so since last season. Maybe there’s a mis-quote at the heart of this or maybe Gotze is just being mischievous,(…)

Version 2.0 of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard 0

Many articles have already been written about Steven Gerrard’s conversion into a deeper role this season and how that’s impacted on the structure and shape of Liverpool’s team as a whole. Unquestionably, his ability to package defensive support and an expansive passing-range into the same role has been integral to his side’s ability to transition(…)

Starting to enjoy Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid success 1

Nobody really wanted to see Gareth Bale leave Tottenham. During his last eighteen months in North London he was so influential that a future without him was always going to feel bleak. Spurs had relied on him to be their match-winner so many times over that last season, that one couldn’t help but wonder what(…)

A ‘potentially playing in the Championship next season’ eleven 0

One team’s relegation is another side’s opportunity and when the bottom-three places in the Premier League are eventually decided, there will be players determined to do all they can to avoid having to spend a year in the Championship. For entertainment purposes only, here’s a whole team of players who could be relegated this year(…)

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