Southampton vs Tottenham: Bullet points

Southampton vs Tottenham: Bullet points 0

Southampton 2 Tottenham 2. – Interesting.  Coming into this game, Southampton hadn’t conceded in any of their last three games, yet what was ultimately a very positive performance was badly undermined by uncharacteristic sloppiness.  Twice, Eric Dier was allowed too much time to deliver a final ball and twice Kelvin Davies – who wasn’t forced(…)

Manchester United & Ilkay Gundogan: Doubts, injuries, a contract length 0

As everyone has seen or heard by now, Manchester United are being heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan by the German press.  The twenty-four year-old midfielder has been a fixture in gossip columns for a long time now, so it’s no surprise to see him linked with an English club who have a requirement(…)

Picking a Tottenham team for St Mary’s

Picking a Tottenham team for St Mary’s 0

Tottenham travel to St Mary’s tomorrow lunchtime and Mauricio Pochettino will make his first return to his former club.  Should Southampton win, presumably nobody will draw any rash conclusions based on a single game and it will almost certainly not drive the more emotionally-incontinent members of the Spurs fanbase into meltdown territory. Definitely, definitely not.(…)

Jordan Henderson and the space for emotional growth at Liverpool 0

It was announced yesterday that Jordan Henderson had agree terms on a new £100,000/week, five year contract with Liverpool and, given that the player had been hesitant during the negotiations, that will be a relief to the club. Henderson, his manager Brendan Rodgers, and his teammates are in a position of flux at the moment,(…)

Arsenal & their weekend battle with an irritating set of intangibles 0

Chelsea are going to win the Premier League.  In the build-up to their game with Arsenal at the weekend, the Sky Sports presenters will lavish the fixture with the usual melodrama, claiming that it’s in some way decisive, but this season was over as a contest some time ago. Regardless, Arsenal’s recent form has been(…)

Brendan Rodgers needs to be less outstanding 1

“Do I expect to be manager next season? Very much so, yes. I don’t think there’s anyone better”. Don’t you see, Brendan, this is exactly why the response to your slumps is always so vicious. Brendan Rodgers was asked about his future today and the Northern Irishman responded with the kind of faux-bravado that has(…)

Thierry Henry, Javier Hernandez, and a constructed controversy 2

The controversy of the day – because every day must have a controversy now – is what Thierry Henry said about Javier Hernandez last night. Hernandez, having scored the goal which would take Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals, celebrated in the corner of the Bernabeu and was clearly almost overcome with the size(…)

Manchester United and the strange flurry of David Moyes revisionism 0

We’ve reached the point in the season when everyone traditionally runs out of things to say.  For most clubs, the season is now over and the normal topics of debate have all been exhausted.  There’s no World Cup or European Championship this Summer, so all that’s left is the pointless transfer conjecture and….some strange revisionism(…)

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