Manchester City’s Ronaldo Loss is United’s Gain, but What Does This Mean for Both Clubs?

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Manchester United player once more. A turbulent day in this already crazy transfer market has seen Cristiano Ronaldo sign for former club Manchester United, just hours after he seemed destined to sign for city-rivals, Manchester City. In a day that would have been fit for the yellow tie of deadline-day hypeContinue reading “Manchester City’s Ronaldo Loss is United’s Gain, but What Does This Mean for Both Clubs?”

Part Two: Every Premier League Team’s Predicted Starting Eleven for the 2021/22 Season

The Premier League kicks off on Friday 13th of August, with Championship play-off winners Brentford at home to Arsenal the curtain raiser. With just a month having passed since the European Championship and Copa America ending, and a handful of players also competing in the Olympics, it has been a manager’s nightmare to organise theirContinue reading “Part Two: Every Premier League Team’s Predicted Starting Eleven for the 2021/22 Season”

Part One: Every Premier League Team’s Predicted Starting Eleven for the 2021/22 Season

The Premier League kicks off on Friday 13th of August, with Championship play-off winners Brentford at home to Arsenal the curtain raiser. With just a month having passed since the European Championship and Copa America ending, and a handful of players also competing in the Olympics, it has been a manager’s nightmare to organise theirContinue reading “Part One: Every Premier League Team’s Predicted Starting Eleven for the 2021/22 Season”

Breakthrough Loan Spells: Romelu Lukaku at West Bromwich Albion

Year: 2012/13 Appearances: 38 Goals: 17 Romelu Lukaku is Belgium’s record goalscorer, he is the youngest foreign player to 100 Premier League goals, and, most recently, a Serie A winner. If reports are to be believed then he is soon to be a Chelsea player once more, as Thomas Tuchel’s men look to bring himContinue reading “Breakthrough Loan Spells: Romelu Lukaku at West Bromwich Albion”

Breakthrough Loan Spells: Daniel Sturridge at Bolton Wanderers

Year: 2011 Appearances: 12 Goals: 8 Daniel Sturridge is currently training with newly-promoted, La Liga side, Real Mallorca, after a disappointing couple of years for the centre forward. A few injury ravaged seasons, combined with a four-month gambling ban which cut short a spell at Turkish club Trabzonspor, have meant that Sturridge is seeking aContinue reading “Breakthrough Loan Spells: Daniel Sturridge at Bolton Wanderers”

2021/22: 5 Young Players That Could Take the Premier League by Storm

With the 2021/22 season fast approaching, Premier League sides have begun their pre-season preparations. A combination of major international tournaments, such as Euro 2020 and Copa América, plus the financial impact of the Covid pandemic, have meant that the transfer market has been relatively slow to date. Jadon Sancho has finally completed his big-money moveContinue reading “2021/22: 5 Young Players That Could Take the Premier League by Storm”

Every Current Premier League Club’s Record Signing

With the European Championship now in full flow, and at the forefront of people’s attention, the transfer window has taken something of a back seat. However, there are still the inevitable rumours circulating the gossip columns, and clubs all around the world will be casting an eye over any talent that could emerge in thisContinue reading “Every Current Premier League Club’s Record Signing”

How Sheik Mansour’s Early Spending Set The Foundation For Manchester City’s Success

Manchester City have established themselves as one of the top clubs in world football. They have won the Premier League this season in remarkable fashion, especially considering they have played without a recognised striker for the majority of the campaign, and were eighth at Christmas. They have also won their fourth consecutive League Cup, withContinue reading “How Sheik Mansour’s Early Spending Set The Foundation For Manchester City’s Success”

Huge Summer Squad Overhaul Vital to Future of Southampton

After a wretched first few months of 2021, Southampton have stumbled to maintaining their Premier League status for another season. A season that started so well, with the Saints briefly topping the table in November, has fizzled out to a disappointing end. With three games remaining of the 2020/21 season, the highest Southampton can finishContinue reading “Huge Summer Squad Overhaul Vital to Future of Southampton”

Is Chris Wood the Premier League’s Most Underrated Striker?

Chris Wood scored the first Premier League hat-trick of his career on Sunday 25th April, as an impressive Burnley beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0. In doing so, he became the first player from New Zealand to score a Premier League hat-trick and also took his tally for the season up to ten top flight goals. HeContinue reading “Is Chris Wood the Premier League’s Most Underrated Striker?”

What Next for Tottenham Hotspur?

On the morning of Sunday 25th April, Tottenham Hotspur were looking ahead to a final where they could end their club’s 13 year with for a trophy. By Sunday evening they had lost the Carabao Cup final with a whimper and, in truth, were extremely fortunate to have only lost 1-0 to a dominant ManchesterContinue reading “What Next for Tottenham Hotspur?”

The Nomad Footballer Series: Kyle Lafferty

Nomad: a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer. Clubs: Burnley, Darlington (loan), Rangers, Sion, Palermo, Norwich City, Caykur Rizespor (loan), Birmingham City (loan), Heart of Midlothian, Rangers, Sarpsborg 08, Sunderland, Reggina, Kilmarnock Countries played in: 6 Most professional footballers go through their whole career only having a handful ofContinue reading “The Nomad Footballer Series: Kyle Lafferty”

The Nomad Footballer Series: Craig Bellamy

Nomad: a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer. Clubs: Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic (loan), Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham United, Manchester City, Cardiff City (loan), Liverpool, Cardiff City Countries played in: 2 Most professional footballers go through their whole career only having a handful of clubs.Continue reading “The Nomad Footballer Series: Craig Bellamy”

Every Premier League Club’s Most Underrated Player

The Premier League is rife with big name stars that stand out for their respective teams week on week. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes and Mohamed Salah find themselves discussed at length by football pundits, journalists and fans alike on a frequent basis. However, what about the other players in the league.Continue reading “Every Premier League Club’s Most Underrated Player”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Tim Cahill

The 5 foot 10 forward who jumped like he had springs in his boots. Tim Cahill’s jumping ability was remarkable, as demonstrated by the sheer number of headers the Australian scored throughout his career. He was a real warrior of a player with a keen eye for goal that would often be followed by hisContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Tim Cahill”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Michu

He came to the Premier League an unknown, he left a cult hero. The left-field hero of young sensation Erling Haaland, Michu was signed by Swansea for the 2012/13 season. He was an instant success and ran riot in the Premier League in his first season, with his 22 goals in all competitions securing SwanseaContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Michu”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Rory Delap

The footballer whose legacy is throwing a ball. The wet windy night at Stoke has become far too cliched in recent years but Rory Delap and co. are the reason this saying was coined. Upon their arrival to the Premier League, under the stewardship of perennial club-cap-wearer Tony Pulis, Stoke were in no mood toContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Rory Delap”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Peter Crouch

Not many players can play for two rival teams and come away with not just respect but affection from both sets of supporters. However, in playing for both Southampton and Portsmouth Peter Crouch did just this. The 6 foot 7 striker in fact gained the appreciation of a whole host of Premier League clubs, alsoContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Peter Crouch”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan was perhaps the budget Frank Lampard for a number of years in the Premier League. Not the most technically gifted but Nolan developed a knack of arriving late into the box and getting himself a goal. Nolan was a key part of Sam Allardyce’s Bolton side which always gives Premier League fans aContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Kevin Nolan”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Jimmy Bullard

Jimmy Bullard can now be found trying his hand at presenting on cult football TV show Soccer AM on a Saturday morning. However, he was a far better player than his ‘cheeky chappy’ persona would infer. He also wasn’t averse to hard work and made it to the Premier League the hard way after startingContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Jimmy Bullard”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Nobby Solano

The Peruvian dead ball specialist who retired to pursue a career in music. Nolberto Solano, or ‘Nobby’ as he was affectionately known, was the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup final, featuring in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in 1999. A legend in his homeland, with 95 capsContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Nobby Solano”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Kevin Phillips

The man who aged like a fine wine. From Premier League golden boot winner at Sunderland to golden oldie at Crystal Palace Phillips scored a lot of goals for a lot of clubs. In fact, he played for ten clubs in total, five of which were in the Premier League. His first spell in theContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Kevin Phillips”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Morten Gamst Pederson

The Norwegian with a left foot so sweet he would often shoot from corners. Premier League fullbacks knew they were in for a tough afternoon when they saw the highlighted hair of Morten Gamst Pederson lining up on the left of the Blackburn midfield. A left foot as cultured as it was powerful, Pederson reallyContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Morten Gamst Pederson”

Premier League Cult Heroes: Yakubu

Feed the Yak and he will score. That chant would that would follow Yakubu around the Premier League en route to securing Premier League cult hero status via Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn. The Nigerian poacher had real purple patches but consistently terrified Premier League defences in his pomp. He looked set to help takeContinue reading “Premier League Cult Heroes: Yakubu”

How do Liverpool cope without Virgil Van Dijk?

One of the most hotly anticipated Merseyside derbies in recent years resulted in a great deal of controversy. The two sides drew 2-2 with Richarlison being sent off for Everton and Liverpool being denied a late Jordan Henderson winner with Sadio Mane adjudged to have been fractionally offside in the build-up. However, the biggest talkingContinue reading “How do Liverpool cope without Virgil Van Dijk?”

The Premier League goal rush

After the first four matchdays of the 2020/21 season the Premier League has seen 144 goals scored in 38 fixtures. At this rate the season would end with an incredible 1,440 goals being scored. To put this into context, last season 1,034 goals were scored and the most goals scored in a 20-team Premier LeagueContinue reading “The Premier League goal rush”

All the first team ins and outs in the Premier League this transfer window

It has been a strange transfer window this summer with the majority of clubs stung by the financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many clubs have had to sell and the usual huge transfer fees have been more of a rarity with owners having to find innovative ways of securing deals and sidestepping financial ramifications.Continue reading “All the first team ins and outs in the Premier League this transfer window”

Why Mourinho and Tottenham is a relationship that will end in disaster

Tottenham’s opening fixture against big-spending Everton was never going to be an easy start. The defeat itself at this early stage of the season is by no means a disaster, but the manner of the defeat is very worrying. Tottenham seemed to show absolutely no desire to win the game of football. They were slowContinue reading “Why Mourinho and Tottenham is a relationship that will end in disaster”

Full-back Focus: England’s Euros conundrum

While it may be harsh to read too much into the Nations League fixtures due to the fact that they are effectively being played in pre-season, they did raise issues that England will need to resolve. One thing that is clear from these fixtures is that Gareth Southgate doesn’t know his best eleven and thereContinue reading “Full-back Focus: England’s Euros conundrum”

England Nations League preview: The squad, the opposition and Southgate’s dilemmas

As the majority of club sides gear up for the delayed start to the season due to the overrun of last season, international fixtures seem an unnecessary inclusion at the beginning of the 2020/21 football calendar. However, UEFA have gone ahead with the Nations League fixtures despite the fact that the majority of countries competingContinue reading “England Nations League preview: The squad, the opposition and Southgate’s dilemmas”

Pep talk: Could Manchester City really sack Guardiola?

Manchester City’s 3-1 loss to Lyon means that Pep Guardiola has crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in each of his four campaigns in the competition with City, spending £703 million in the process. This from the man who was brought in to conquer Europe with City and give owner SheikhContinue reading “Pep talk: Could Manchester City really sack Guardiola?”

Prediction: Every Premier League line up predicted for the 2020/21 season. Part 2.

As with part one, the following aims to predict the starting eleven and final league position of the remaining ten Premier League clubs, including play-off winners Fulham, ahead of the 2020/21 season. Confirmed signings, transfer rumours and feasible transfers are all taken into consideration to make these predictions. The final predicted league table concludes theContinue reading “Prediction: Every Premier League line up predicted for the 2020/21 season. Part 2.”

Prediction: Every Premier League line up predicted for the 2020/21 season. Part 1.

Although the Premier League season has only just finished and the European competitions are set to be played in a congested format through August, Premier League sides’ attention will have already turned to next season. The season is scheduled to start on the 12th September, giving sides just a matter of weeks to alter theirContinue reading “Prediction: Every Premier League line up predicted for the 2020/21 season. Part 1.”

The key men in the Premier League race for survival

The long anticipated return of Premier League football finally comes to end on Wednesday 17th June with a double header of Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United and Arsenal travelling to play Manchester City. These fixtures being played ensure every side in the Premier League will have played the same amount of games goingContinue reading “The key men in the Premier League race for survival”

England: The potential winners and losers of the postponed Euros

With the uncertainty of the return of football across the world’s domestic leagues due to Covid-19, as well as the completion of the Champions League and Europa League, one thing that is certain is that the European Championship will not be taking place this summer. The competition, which was set to be spread across EuropeContinue reading “England: The potential winners and losers of the postponed Euros”