Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham: Discussion

Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham: Discussion 1

It seems that we’re not quite done with the Southampton departures yet, with the Press Association and now multiple sources claiming that Tottenham are close to deals for both Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez. There are no reports yet on the fee, but given how Southampton have negotiated during this transfer-window you would expect it(…)

Southampton: At least give them time to re-invest the revenue 2

So many memes, so very many memes. Southampton have spent their Summer selling off most of their first-team squad and, as a result, have been the object of much internet ‘banter’. While the club’s fanbase are understandably disheartened, isn’t it right to hold the doom prophecies until after Ronald Koeman has actually had a chance(…)

A red flag for Liverpool with Dejan Lovren 1

Liverpool completed the £20m signing of Dejan Lovren last night and, theoretically, the Croatian should provide Brendan Rodgers withe the defensive upgrade that he desperately needed this Summer. Rodgers now has five credible centre-back options (Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure) and so is equipped to handle the added work-load of(…)

The intangible loss Liverpool have suffered with Luis Suarez’s departure

The intangible loss Liverpool have suffered with Luis Suarez’s departure 1

Ever since Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona, the main discussion point surrounding Liverpool has been about how the club replace a player who made such a profound impact on their recent fortunes.  The Uruguayan left Anfield after back-to-back thirty-goal seasons and no team can afford to part with that kind of asset and not(…)

Roberto Soldado’s chance for a Tottenham renaissance

Roberto Soldado’s chance for a Tottenham renaissance 5

2013/14 was a horrible time for Roberto Soldado.  He arrived at Tottenham from Valencia for close to £28m and, unbeknownst to him, he was moving to a club who were about to drop into a season of upheaval and transition. Soldado came to England with a reputation for slick, intelligent link-play and efficient goal-scoring and(…)

West Ham, Sam Allardyce, and misleading claims about job security 0

It’s very apparent that all is not well between Sam Allardyce and West Ham’s owners, and the combination of last season performance, the bizarre Ravel Morrison situation, and Allardyce’s childish reaction to being told to embrace a new style of football has clearly created some friction. What it has not necessarily done, however, is put(…)

Why Chelsea’s Diego Costa will need time to rediscover his equilibrium

Why Chelsea’s Diego Costa will need time to rediscover his equilibrium 0

When his transfer was eventually completed, Diego Costa’s move from Atletico Madrid came at quite a price to Chelsea.  Roman Abramovic gave in to Jose Mourinho’s season-long complaints about his forward unit and sanctioned a £32m outlay which is supposed to correct the balance in front-third of the side. Costa is worth the money; whilst(…)

Players to watch in 2014/15: Alexis Sanchez & Arsenal’s attacking-midfield quartet 0

Alexis Sanchez is one of the most expensive transfers completed by a Premier League club this Summer, so it goes without saying that he will be a player of interest this season. Sanchez isn’t ‘one to watch’ because of his ability or his fee, though, rather it’s the logistics of how he’ll be used which(…)

West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and a big sulk

West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and a big sulk 2

The situation between Sam Allardyce and West Ham’s owners is not going to end well. This was his response to questions posed after the club’s defeat to Sydney in their final game in Australasia. “We are working on our new style. We have to be more open and expansive.  That’s what is demanded now so(…)

We all played our part in creating Joey Barton 5

Most people are now wise to Joey Barton and they realise that a lot of what he does is for the sake of attention. Probably better than any other contemporary English footballer, the QPR midfielder exemplifies what can happen when fame, money and notoriety collide and what effects they can have on a personality.  They(…)

David Sullivan & West Ham re-allocating blame for the Andy Carroll situation

David Sullivan & West Ham re-allocating blame for the Andy Carroll situation 0

Andy Carroll, as everyone is aware, has suffered yet another injury set-back and will likely be unavailable to West Ham until early November.  The forward sustained an ankle injury during the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand and is currently recovering from surgery in the United States. Because of his repeated absences, Carroll is seemingly(…)

Tricks of the transfer trade 0

Michael Foster on transfer strategy and how clubs can maximise their chances of success… It’s that time of year again. The time when newspapers and websites throw darts at a board and see which football player’s face gets pierced, before throwing another to hit the name of a club, and then writing a transfer gossip(…)

Fabio Borini, Sunderland, and the false allure of Liverpool

Fabio Borini, Sunderland, and the false allure of Liverpool 4

Sunderland and Liverpool agreed a £14m transfer-fee for Fabio Borini this week, yet the deal shows no real signs of being completed – supposedly, the Italian is stalling over the move and is reluctant to leave Anfield. Who didn’t see this coming? In Fabio Borini’s mind, he probably feels as if he has unfinished business(…)

Manchester City & the incident in Croatia; battling racism is not a player’s responsibility 2

The incidents which led to Patrick Vieira taking his young Manchester City side off the pitch against HJK Rijeka are still unclear and, because of the severity of the offence, it’s fair to mention that the Croatian are disputing the reported series of events. The latest from Rijeka, via their U21 manager Ranko Buketa, is(…)

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