Liking Swansea City’s transfer activity and their midfield balance

Liking Swansea City’s transfer activity and their midfield balance 10

Throughout most of the Summer, all the talk around Swansea has concerned who might be leaving.  The squad at The Liberty Stadium was largely assembled by Michael Laudrup and, with the Dane now gone, player turnover was always going to be a possibility. Ben Davies is on the verge of joining Tottenham, Michel Vorm is(…)

Arsenal & David Ospina: A small caveat and the potential need for patience

Arsenal & David Ospina: A small caveat and the potential need for patience 0

Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal for Nice’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, and the twenty-five year-old will imminently be moving to England for a reported £3.5m. The World Cup wasn’t long ago and so most of you will remember his performances for his national team and will be aware of what kind(…)

Drowning in the metaphors: Moaning about football commentary on television 2

Being a season-ticket holder at a Premier League club probably spoilt football on television for me, and maybe as a result I moan about it more than I should – but, whilst the last decade may have introduced us to giant iPads, heat-maps and high-definition, the standard of commentary seems to have gone into steady(…)

Michel Vorm to Tottenham: Have you thought this through properly?

Michel Vorm to Tottenham: Have you thought this through properly? 9

Michel Vorm has done well for most of his three years in the Premier League, and has carved out a reputation for himself as an agile shot-stopper who is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet. The news, however, that he’s part of a three-player deal between Tottenham and Swansea is baffling. According(…)

The Manchester United fly-over and its commentary on fan behaviour

The Manchester United fly-over and its commentary on fan behaviour 3

When a club enjoys a decadent era of success, they inevitably attract new fans.  From the early 1990s until 2013, Manchester United had a magnetism and allure which understandably sucked-in many a young football fan.  The game isn’t like it once was and television has eroded the role of local teams and provided constant match-day(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Andy Carroll (West Ham)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Andy Carroll (West Ham) 0

A public critique from the board, the appointment of a new attacking coach, and around £20m of new attacking talent purchased – clearly, the West Ham owners were dissatisfied with what they saw last season and the steps taken over the Summer are a clear indication of where they want to seen an improvement. Mauro(…)

What Ben Davies could be for Tottenham

What Ben Davies could be for Tottenham 6

It now appears as if Tottenham have won the race to sign Ben Davies and that Swansea’s 21 year-old left-back will be heading for London in the near future for a reported £10m. So what are Spurs getting? Davies doesn’t receive anything like the same attention as he would if he were English, and so(…)

Simplification is the key for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend 5

Andros Townsend has had a funny Summer. At the turn of the year, the Tottenham winger must have thought his chances of going to Brazil as part of England’s World Cup squad were very good – he had, after all, been a prominent part of the national team’s final qualification games and Roy Hodgson seemed(…)

Liverpool ready to snag Loic Remy – and a bargain

Liverpool ready to snag Loic Remy – and a bargain 3

Since Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona, the talk has been of how Brendan Rodgers will ‘replace’ him.  Not to be a pedant, but that’s quite a redundant discussion: Suarez is a unique footballer, both in terms of his ability and his stylistic tendencies. You don’t ‘replace’ players like that, you just move on –(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 0

It can’t be easy being Olivier Giroud.  The Frenchman scored 16 Premier League goals last season and yet, all Summer, the talk has been of who will eventually replace him. Of course, assessing Giroud purely by his goal-record is reductive analysis, and clearly there are limitations to his game, but he seems to suffer from(…)

Chelsea’s Filipe Luis: Stat comparison with Branislav Ivanovic & Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s Filipe Luis: Stat comparison with Branislav Ivanovic & Cesar Azpilicueta 0

Chelsea have today confirmed the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, and the left-back has signed a three-year deal with the club. The expectation is that he will immediately become part of Jose Mourinho’s first-eleven, and will start on the left-hand side with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to his more natural right-back role. Here, courtesy(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 2

Four days ago, Adam Johnson turned 27. Yes, really. Because Johnson has done so little in his career, it’s easy to forget that he’s now made nearly 200 Premier League appearances.  He is, unfortunately, part of that generation of English players whose careers have, at one point or another, been derailed by moves to clubs(…)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is fighting a battle with himself

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is fighting a battle with himself 3

There are three associations with Yaya Toure’s 2013/14 season: his form, his comments about race, and his rather contrived transfer-seeking behaviour at the end of the campaign. His role in Manchester City’s success last year really can’t be understated and, just as he had done two years previously, he was the player who turned up(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) 0

Very quietly, Stoke City have been improving. Mark Hughes may have flown under the radar last season, but what he managed to do at The Britannia Stadium erased some of the negative associations he created for himself at QPR.  His time at Loftus Road will forever be remembered for erratic spending patterns and a ludicrously(…)

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