West Ham, early signs of stylistic change, and trouble for the Carroll/Nolan axis

West Ham, early signs of stylistic change, and trouble for the Carroll/Nolan axis 0

Last night’s game between Hull City and West Ham was very watchable, and that was primarily because both sides defended incredibly carelessly throughout the second-half.  Beyond that, however, the take-away point from Monday Night Football was just how much more effective the away side looked going forward. Specifically, how much better they looked without either(…)

Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa: Graphics from the weekend

Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa: Graphics from the weekend 0

The Championship is a funny place.  It’s an incredibly competitive league yet, time-and-again, reputations built within the division prove to count for very little at the level above.  Forwards in particular are susceptible to false economies, so Leicester City’s decision to spend £8m on Leonardo Ulloa over the Summer was sneered at accordingly. When a(…)

Alan Pardew will be replaced at Newcastle by…another Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew will be replaced at Newcastle by…another Alan Pardew 4

  Alan Pardew reportedly has ‘one game to save his job’ according to the press, and supposedly an underwhelming performance against Hull City at St James’ Park could very well bring the curtain down on this sorriest of sagas. Pardew is loathed by the club’s support and understandably so.  During his four years at Newcastle,(…)

QPR, Harry Redknapp and a shapeless mess 3

  Conor Kelly picks through QPR’s mangled carcass after Old Trafford… There was a moment ten minutes into the second half of Manchester United’s thumping victory over Queens Park Rangers that epitomised everything wrong with the London team. Armand Traore, freshly introduced at half-time to inject some energy into their play, was nutmegged by Wayne(…)

Manchester United: The value of balance and width

Manchester United: The value of balance and width 0

  This point has been made before on this site, so I’ll do this quickly… Before the international break, Manchester United gave one of their bluntest, least imaginative performances of recent years and spent ninety minutes against Burnley labouring against the restrictions placed upon them by their tactical system.  The structure, in principle, was fine,(…)

Daley Blind’s Manchester United debut: Graphics & Thoughts

Daley Blind’s Manchester United debut: Graphics & Thoughts 1

  Very comfortably, very impressive. Had Daley Blind arrived at Manchester United on any other day of the year, his signing would have been hailed far more than it was is. Neat and tidy midfielders don’t really stack up with elite goalscorers, though, and he was rather lost in the Radamel Falcao narrative. Blind wasn’t(…)

Manchester United 4 QPR 0: Bullet points 0

  – Manchester United reverted to a back-four which, despite being a reaction to a lack of viable defensive options, will presumably be twisted into an ‘admittance of tactical failure’ by this time tomorrow.  Let’s be clear: modern managers flex in and out of formations depending on the opposition that they’re facing and the resources(…)

Erik Lamela’s Tottenham performance: Graphics & Thoughts

Erik Lamela’s Tottenham performance: Graphics & Thoughts 1

Erik Lamela is going to be an interesting player to track this season.  After his performance against QPR, there was a slightly premature belief that he was ready to be a week-in week-out difference-maker for Tottenham and that, from that point onwards, he would look every inch the finished article. Seven days later, though, he(…)

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Individual Player Statistics

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Individual Player Statistics 0

The narrative from this game may well be that Arsenal let two points slip away late on – justifiably, too, given the time and space afforded to Martin Demichelis in the 83rd minute – but this was a hugely encouraging performance and one which showed a not insignificant amount of resilience. Here are the stats(…)

Sunderland vs Tottenham: Individual Player Statistics 1

Early days for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino, and evidently some work needs to be done on being a little less open when in possession of a lead.  Here are the stats from The Stadium of Light, as goals from Adam Johnson, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and a Harry Kane own-goal split the points. – Christian(…)

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 1: Bullet Points

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 1: Bullet Points 0

    – Given the cumulative cost of the two players, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana might well receive some unflattering press in the coming days.  It should go without saying that the time to make definitive judgements is many months away, but the instant gratification culture within the game will presumably prompt some form(…)

Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Individual Player Statistics 1

  Strange, strange game.  All the recent synonyms with Liverpool vanished this evening and it seemed at times as if all the verve that they usually play with had been sucked out of them over the course of the international break.  Without Raheem Sterling and without Daniel Sturridge, there was a distinct lack of pace(…)

Hull City: New signings, new formation options

Hull City: New signings, new formation options 0

  There’s no game for Hull this weekend, as they have to wait until Monday to take on West Ham under the KC Stadium lights.  Ordinarily that would be a rather mundane fixture, but in this instance it’s one to look forward to – the lingering question from deadline day is over how Steve Bruce(…)

Any potential Tottenham takeover is to be treated with suspicion

Any potential Tottenham takeover is to be treated with suspicion 0

    The Telegraph’s Matt Law reports this lunchtime that Cain Hoy, a US-based private investment firm, are considering a takeover of Tottenham Hotspur.  There’s nothing more to this story at the moment and, as yet, there’s no real suggestion that current Tottenham owner, Joe Lewis, is interested in selling the club.  A potential buyer(…)

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