Saturday, September 21, 2019

Transfers: Top 10 loan moves in the modern era

Loans are very important for players. fringe players can get game time, less financially buoyant clubs  get quality and cost-effective first team players or squad members and young stars who needed a run of games are born. While thousands of loan deals have been made in the modern era, only a few have worked out well with great results. As the January...

The Kids Are Alright: Central Defenders Peak At 24

It is often assumed that central defenders usually get better as they mature and can concentrate better during games. At what age do they normally peak though? I’d say it seems this age is around 24/25. Before that, it’s expected to see their play usually riddled with mistakes and concentration lapses. This situation is often misleading as some start out...

Is Giroud A Prime Example of Mental Resilience?

Roy Keane. Patrick Vieira. Gennaro Gattuso. These are names linked with mental resilience in football. Emotional stories abound of recovery from career threatening injuries. Examples include, Henrik Larsson’s, Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s or Aaron Ramsey’s. Additionally, there are “mentally tough examples” of people who had difficult beginnings from Carlos Tevez to Alexis Sanchez to Luis Suarez amongst others. All three groups...

Why Arsenal Could Still Win the Premier League Title

The narrative that Arsenal are a team which raises young talent is a foregone one, as the London club has spent more than decent amounts in recent transfer negotiations. Recent acquisitions include the likes of former Barcelona forward, Alexis Sanchez, German star Mesut Özil and former Chelsea stalwart, Petr Cech. This shows quite some intent from the club’s board. The...

Slake’s Soliloquy: Henderson, From Average to Underrated

Jordan Henderson has always been considered an average English footballer. His first two years at Liverpool cemented this perception of him as that. Not even a near-excellent 2013/2014 could change that in the minds of many. After all, it has become accepted opinion that Luis Suarez, that season, simply made everyone around him better. Truthfully, that is a valid...

Worst 10 Summer Signings in the Premier League So Far

The summer transfer window produced a lot of shocking moves. A lot! This is besides the new world record transfer fee set. Not all these guys have fared well in their new clubs so we’ll try to look at the worst 10 summer signings in the Premier League thus far. Wilfried Bony Guardiola’s appointment spelt doom for Bony from the...

The Rise After The Fall: The Tale of Two Marios

The two Marios in question are not the game characters or former Bayern strikers Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic; both of whom have done okay since leaving Munich. This article refers to much younger players who still have time to fulfil the early promises their careers had. They’re Mario Balotelli, 26 and Mario Götze, 24. They both have won...

Premier League Boxing Day Special

Boxing day fixtures assures you goals, lots of them. This fact has been long standing and proven. On this day; when it's winter in Europe and Harmattan in Nigeria and the games come thick and fast; when the players ate and drank the night before (I see you Bobby); there will be goals! This year was no exception. It's that...

Jose Mourinho: Crafter of Dynasties or Football Dinosaur?

Is it easy to like Jose Mourinho? Maybe. Maybe not. The self-styled “Special One”, is known for dismissing flair teams (Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona & Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal), winning titles his way. He has been known to give his fans what they want; wins. Here is the thing though, with the short term feeling of delight comes controversy and long...

Slake’s Soliloquy: Who Is The Best Goal Keeper In The Premier League?

I am going to begin with a disclaimer: Stats do not tell the whole story. Do not form opinions solely on numbers. Statistics are just objective data (without hype that affects perception) used to back up subjective opinions, and nothing more. Now, statistics may not tell the whole story but what they do tell is a part of the story;...
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