Discussing Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Hull and querying his role

Discussing Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Hull and querying his role 2

Hull City had a brilliant deadline day, and the supporters really couldn’t have asked for more than they received.  On top of their prior transfer activity, in came Abel Hernandez from Palermo, Gaston Ramirez from Southampton and Mohamed Diame from West Ham.  But perhaps the most intriguing move of all was the year-long loan deal(…)

Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United, and why the relationship was doomed from the start 1

Like all good Hollywood love stories, those who are meant to be find their way back to each other in the end.  Shinji Kagawa’s return to Borussia Dortmund certainly had that feeling to it and, as the images of Jurgen Klopp and his beaming Japanese playmaker appeared on social media yesterday, it was difficult not(…)

Manchester United: Formation options with Radamel Falcao & Daley Blind

Manchester United: Formation options with Radamel Falcao & Daley Blind 1

So, Manchester United are having a busy deadline day, with deals now in place for Radamel Falcao on-loan and Daley Blind of a permanent basis.  Both will presumably be confirmed within the coming hours. Forgetting the debate over Louis Van Gaal’s use of formations and the argument as to whether he’s stubbornly refusing to adopt(…)

Impressed with Alberto Moreno’s mental resilience

Impressed with Alberto Moreno’s mental resilience 1

Alberto Moreno had a horrible debut in English football.  His mistake against Manchester City on Monday night change the momentum of a game which Liverpool were more than holding their own in and that’s a tough cross to bear for a young player. Errors are an inevitability in football, so it’s the response to the(…)

Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino: Progress is a process 2

Tottenham played very well against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, so defeat to Liverpool yesterday was always likely to provoke an overreaction of sorts.  The ‘what new era’ mindset of some of the fans seems to be confirmation that impatience and alarmism are still alive and well in the game. Team-building is not a binary(…)

Leicester City vs Arsenal: Individual Player Statistics

Leicester City vs Arsenal: Individual Player Statistics 0

So the tedious transfer furnace is melting everybody’s face at the moment, so here’s a step-back – the statistics from Leicester City vs Arsenal: – Aaron Ramsey had 134 touches of the ball, the most in the game. Ramsey had double the amount of touches of the leading Leicester City player (Ritchie De Laet –(…)

Ed Woodward trying to use Radamel Falcao to make a personal point at Manchester United

Ed Woodward trying to use Radamel Falcao to make a personal point at Manchester United 0

This is what happens when someone starts to feel the pressure of expectation.  Since being promoted to Chief Executive in 2013, Ed Woodward has faced nothing but withering criticism and derision for his ineffectiveness in the transfer-market. He’s been accused of all sorts, from being simply incompetent to being the fall-guy for the Glazer family’s(…)

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Individual Player Statistics

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Individual Player Statistics 1

Tottenham got slapped back into reality by Liverpool yesterday and there’s a more lengthy write-up of the differences between the two sides here, as well as something on Raheem Sterling’s general emergence as a player here. Here are the statistics from White Hart Lane: – Etienne Capoue had 115 touches of the ball, the most(…)

Loic Remy’s move to Chelsea: Limited options

Loic Remy’s move to Chelsea: Limited options 0

Loic Remy completed his move to Chelsea today, after the club agreed to meet the release-clause within his QPR contract. In some ways it’s a very understandable move, because Remy will provide Jose Mourinho with a back-up source of goals and ease the work-load on Diego Costa.  The French forward is, as he showed at(…)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling: A nightmare blend of dynamism & creativity

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling: A nightmare blend of dynamism & creativity 3

Just as he did last season, Raheem Sterling thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon at White Hart Lane today and he was comfortably Liverpool’s most influential player during the 3-0 canter past Tottenham. Sterling is English, so it doesn’t take much for him to attract the usual hyperbole, but in this instance the lavish praise and lofty(…)

Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3: The same but different 2

Tottenham 0 – 3 Liverpool The fear before this game was that Mauricio Pochettino and his new side could have done with a few more games before facing an opponent of Liverpool’s calibre.  Spurs are transitioning towards a system not dissimilar to the one employed by Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and today showed just how(…)

Liverpool: Picking a side for White Hart Lane

Liverpool: Picking a side for White Hart Lane 2

What did Liverpool’s loss at Manchester City on Monday night really tell us?  Because of how the game ended and the nature of the goals conceded, it’s easy to assume something about the side’s defending or conclude that they’re a lesser version of what they were last year. Maybe, but it’s one game, it was(…)

Discussing Diego Costa’s near perfect Chelsea performance

Discussing Diego Costa’s near perfect Chelsea performance 0

Is there anyone left out there who doesn’t yet understand why Chelsea spent so much money on Diego Costa? If so, maybe re-watch his performance against Everton. The Spaniard will draw a lot of acclaim for his goal-scoring but, while he was clinical, his contribution was so admirable this evening because it was so varied.(…)

Everton vs Chelsea: Individual Player Statistics 0

Brilliantly entertaining.  Maybe it’s not quite right to acclaim that as an example of what makes the Premier League great, because some of the defending was almost comical at times, but Everton and Chelsea produced a fantastically engaging game with momentum swinging one way and then the next. Here are the statistics from Goodison Park:(…)

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