Aston Villa? Valencia? Anywhere but Manchester United for Tom Cleverley

Aston Villa? Valencia? Anywhere but Manchester United for Tom Cleverley 0

Tom Cleverley must feel as if he has reached a point of no return at Manchester United.  The vilification of the player, once heralded as the emblem of a new generation at Old Trafford, has become so pronounced that his actual performances are really an irrelevance. Cleverley is type-cast as a bad player and he(…)

Glen Johnson’s contractual situation at Liverpool 0

Glen Johnson has been discussing his contractual situation today, and has admitted that no talks concerning an extension are currently taking place. “I’m very relaxed about my contract. There are no talks going on with the club at the moment. There were minor talks towards the end of last season but nothing else. I’ve loved(…)

Tottenham and Danny Welbeck are not a good match 9

Danny Welbeck is expected to leave Manchester United before the transfer-window shuts, either on loan or on a permanent basis, and Tottenham have been one of the clubs linked with him.  Supposedly, Mauricio Pochettino spent his Tuesday night at Stadium:MK watching Welbeck and deciding whether to green-light a move for him, although that’s exactly the(…)

Jack Wilshere gives half a performance for Arsenal

Jack Wilshere gives half a performance for Arsenal 0

There are certain aspects of Jack Wilshere’s game which are always good.  He is, for example, always capable of carrying the ball between the midfield and the final-third, and he’s usually able to beat a few defenders on the way.  As Alan Smith said during his co-commentary of Arsenal’s game with Besiktas last night, that(…)

So why was Eric Dier ignored by so many English clubs?

So why was Eric Dier ignored by so many English clubs? 9

Eric Dier’s Tottenham career is so embryonic that it’s impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions from it.  He had a good game against West Ham on the opening day and was extremely impressive in both directions against Queens Park Rangers, but Premier League careers are not built on two fixtures and his positive start could(…)

Picking an Arsenal side to face Besiktas

Picking an Arsenal side to face Besiktas 1

Arsenal return to The Emirates this evening, looking to rubber-stamp their Champions League qualification.  A goalless draw with Besiktas in Turkey has left them in a really favourable position, but the lack of an away goal – and a few absentees – make this slightly trickier than it needed to be. Here a projected Arsenal(…)

Why Danny Welbeck’s future is definitely away from Manchester United

Why Danny Welbeck’s future is definitely away from Manchester United 0

We always knew that Louis Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United would precede a clearing of the Old Trafford cupboards, but nobody imagined that Danny Welbeck would be part of the immediate exodus. According to various reports, the young England forward will be granted a transfer before the window closes, and United are seemingly willing(…)

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, and wilful over-analysis

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, and wilful over-analysis 0

Louis Van Gaal’s CV was just a bit too impressive for some. Generally, a British football audience rather enjoys it when a big-name foreigner comes to these shores and fails.  We really thrive on being able to point out that, just because a manager or player has won everything there is to win on the(…)

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela & the dangers of a boom/bust reaction

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela & the dangers of a boom/bust reaction 1

Erik Lamela was terrific on Sunday at White Hart Lane and his dynamic performance was an overdue response to the many jibes, memes and critiques he’s been subjected to over the last twelve months.  The Argentine was generally excellent throughout pre-season and so, rather than coming out of the blue, his display against Queens Park(…)

Arsenal, Olivier Giroud, and the necessity of some forward shopping 1

It’s easy to be retrospectively critical of the “Wenger Out” campaign, and it’s even easier to mock the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust statement that appeared shortly after last season’s home game with Aston Villa.  Sometimes, though, it’s very easy to understand why Arsene Wenger periodically provokes such a visceral reaction amongst his own club’s fanbase.  He(…)

The presumed logic behind Samuel Eto’o and Everton 0

Everton have confirmed this evening that they’ve reached an agreement with Samuel Eto’o on two-year deal, and the Cameroon icon will move to Goodison Park on a free-transfer. Eto’o’s days as an elite goal-scorer are long gone, nobody will contest that, but this is still a smart bit of business from Everton.  As we saw(…)

Perceptions of English football’s Golden Generation and our harsh judgement of those players 1

Frank Lampard really retired from international football when England’s plane left the tarmac in Brazil, but he made that decision official today and called time on his 106-cap career with the national team. Lampard was the last active member of the so-called golden generation and with his departure will presumably come the snide summations of(…)

Discussing Brendan Rodgers’ decision to start Alberto Moreno last night 0

Hindsight is a wonderful, but those who follow me on Twitter will know that I queried this at the time: why did Alberto Moreno start for Liverpool last night? Brendan Rodgers may draw derision for his choice of language sometimes, but it’s hard to argue with what he has achieved at Anfield and so he(…)

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic finally shines on an English stage

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic finally shines on an English stage 0

The Premier League is very insular.  We think our football is so special and so very unique, and we’ve developed a habit of sneering at any player arriving on these shores who has built a reputation in a foreign league.  One suspects, also, that there are plenty of British football fans who rather enjoy it(…)

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