Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha & a lack of responsibility

Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha & a lack of responsibility 0

Wilfried Zaha has received a lot of coverage during Manchester United’s tour to the United States and a lot of it has been based around his lack of pre-season pitch-time.  Of course, there were similar questions a year ago and his first few months at Old Trafford were clouded in mystery and rumour – why(…)

Why Romelu Lukaku is being sold by Chelsea and why that’s the right decision

Why Romelu Lukaku is being sold by Chelsea and why that’s the right decision 7

Romelu Lukaku seems to be very close to agreeing a move to Everton, which means that we’re all very close to a couple of days of incredulity.  Lukaku has scored goals during his two loan seasons, is still very young and, yet, Jose Mourinho has never shown any intention of giving him a chance at(…)

So what do Southampton need before the season starts?

So what do Southampton need before the season starts? 1

It’s worth remembering, that even with all this Summer’s sales and departures, the side below is still available to Ronald Koeman for opening day: Nobody can argue that the club haven’t lost a lot of talent, and in Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez they are likely to lose a bit more before the window shuts,(…)

Manchester United’s Reece James should get a fighting chance under Louis Van Gaal 0

Robbie Dunne expects to see Reece James given some kind of opportunity this season at Manchester United… According to social media, Manchester United are hot on the heels of several top name players. From Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels, to Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani. The rumour mill has been on overdrive since the(…)

Divock Origi is another no-lose Liverpool signing 1

Regular readers will remember this article about Lazar Markovic from a couple of weeks ago but, for those who aren’t, it essentially made the point that the Serbian’s value, age, and potential all combined to make the transfer very sound economically. The same is really true of Divock Origi, who’s £10m move to Anfield was(…)

Richard Scudamore, misogyny, and a soft media 0

Well, this was allowed to die easily, wasn’t it? Cast your minds back to the night before the final day of the Premier League season and to the email scandal involving Richard Scudamore.  Where has that story gone? You know the press, they make mountains out of molehills at every possible opportunity and they will(…)

Lex Immers might fit Ronald Koeman’s new Southampton

Lex Immers might fit Ronald Koeman’s new Southampton 0

In an interview today with BBC Radio Solent, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insisted that the club are ‘aggressively pursuing’ new players and that they are expecting an influx of talent before the season starts. Krueger also stressed that he’s intent on keeping any transfer movement secret for the time-being and so any predictions as to(…)

Uneasy with the portrayal of Southampton’s Katharina Liebherr 4

The general narrative around Southampton doesn’t need to be added to, because everyone seems to be knee-deep in their premature relegation prophecies and assumptions that the current sales are being sanctioned for the financial satisfaction of Katharina Liebherr and her family. That’s wrong and it really always has been – as BBC Radio Solent‘s interview(…)

Everton’s Ross Barkley: Some refreshing self-awareness

Everton’s Ross Barkley: Some refreshing self-awareness 2

Ross Barkley’s four-year contract extension will initially just be celebrated on Merseyside, but in time today might become an important moment for English football as a whole. Barkley, unlike so many other talented British players before him, clearly has a healthy degree of humility. We talk about entitlement in the Premier League and specifically in(…)

Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham: Discussion

Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham: Discussion 3

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 4

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(…)

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