How Hojberg’s Arrival Has Helped Ndombele

In August 2020, Pierre-Emile Hojberg joined Tottenham from Southampton. The deal has been valued at £15 million but it also saw Kyle Walker-Pieters go the other way for £12 million. Since making the switch, Hojberg has made four appearances for the Lily Whites. Although his performances haven’t been headline grabbing, they have helped Tottenham’s most …

Why Lionel Messi Wants to Leave

The attack has been in decline for years. 2019/20 is the fourth consecutive year in which the club has averaged fewer shots than the year before with over 17 in 2016/17 to around 13 in the last campaign. Not only is the volume of shots decreasing, but also the quality as for every year from …

The England Squad

With upcoming international matches against Wales (friendly) and Belgium (Nations League), Gareth Southgate has named his 30-man squad. In full, the squad: Dean Henderson (gk) Jordan Pickford (gk) Nick Pope (gk) Trent Alexander-Arnold Ben Chilwell Conor Coady Eric Dier Joe Gomez Michael Keane Harry Maguire Ainsley Maintland-Niles Tyrone Mings Bukayo Saka Kieran Trippier Kyle Walker …

Valencia’s Downfall

Valencia enjoyed great success as early as the early 2000s under Rafa Benítez. Under Rafa, Valencia won two league titles and a UEFA Cup before the Spaniard resigned over differences with the director of football. Since, the club have been in decline and even turmoil. Despite having the fifth biggest stadium in La Liga with …

Do Defences Win Leagues?

Sir Alex Ferguson famously said, “attack wins you games, but defence wins you titles”. This worked in the first season of the Premier League as Man United won the league conceding nine fewer than anyone else, but they were outscored by Blackburn Rovers. A more recent case would be Liverpool signing Virgil Van Dijk and …

Three Premier League Players with A Point to Prove This Season

Dele Alli The Englishmen took the league by storm as he contributed to 40 goals before turning 21, the same as Lampard, Gerrard and Beckham combined. Since, injuries have hampered him which was highlighted by his five goals and three assists in 25 appearances during 2018/19. His mini revival under Mourinho saw him contribute to …

Liverpool Vs Leeds United Tactical Preview

The opening round of Premier League fixtures sees the Premier League champions host the Championship champions with two of the world’s best coaches going head to head. Jürgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa both like their teams to press and play attacking football, but they are both very different. Klopp has previously stated that counter-pressing is …

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds’ Promotion Story

They say Bielsa picks football clubs, they don’t pick him. This goes hand in hand with his love of football as he has to have things very particular for him to operate, this is alluded to later. Discounting his time between jobs, Bielsa has only taken one brake away from football which was a three-year …

How Arsenal Can Return to The Top 4

Since Mikel Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, the 38-year-old has overseen highs and lows. The highs include beating the likes of Liverpool and Man City in the same week, but the lows include the struggles at Brighton and losing to bitter rivals Tottenham. With finances stretched, this summer will not only have to be focussing …

Jamie Vardy: 100 Club

After being released by Sheffield Wednesday in 2002, Vardy has had a long road to the top. He made his Premier League debut aged 27 years and 232 days old. Just 2134 days later, Vardy scored his 100th Premier League goal during a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. This is a look at the first …

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