George Hodgson

How Big of a Loss is Philippe Coutinho?

How Big of a Loss is Philippe Coutinho?

It is hard to believe that Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona will be topped this transfer window, with the constant speculation surrounding the Brazilian finally put to bed. Coutinho dazzled Anfield and the Premier League for five-years in a Liverpool shirt, but his £150 million move to Barcelona, a move he has called a “dream”, is now complete. The 25-year-old will grace the pitch with the world’s greatest player in the eyes of many, and a former team-§mate whom he …
How Important is Wilfried Zaha to Crystal Palace?

How Important is Wilfried Zaha to Crystal Palace?

The arrival of Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park seems to have had an impact on one man in particular. Although the former England manager didn’t ignite a turn in Palace’s fortunes straight away, the Eagles have certainly improved significantly in the past month. It is just one loss in eight Premier League games now for Crystal Palace, and Wilfried Zaha’s performances have been a fundamental part in it. The number-11’s talent has never been questionable, more so the consistency of …
Is Mark Hughes closing in on the exit door at Stoke City?

Is Mark Hughes closing in on the exit door at Stoke City?

Stoke City were the latest victims of Burnley, who rose remarkably to 4th place in the Premier League after Ashley Barnes' 89th minute winner at Turf Moor. It was elation for Sean Dyche's men, but that result sparked more disappointment and frustration amongst the Potters' supporters, a lot of them now calling for Mark Hughes' head. Tony Pulis instilled Premier League stability at Stoke ever since their promotion in the 2007/08 campaign, and Hughes too has succeeded since his appointment …
The battle at the bottom of the Premier League

The battle at the bottom of the Premier League

This weekend's Manchester derby will obviously take the headlines, with many sharing the opinion that should the blue side of the city take the three points on Sunday, the title race could be as good as over. It isn't the only derby this weekend, as Everton travel to Anfield in the Merseyside derby, to face a currently-rampant Liverpool. Those two games, however, are surely going to overshadow three fixtures that are of a paramount importance at the other end of …
Bumpy road for Tottenham Hotspur?

Bumpy road for Tottenham Hotspur?

It is without a doubt that Tottenham’s best moments this season have come outside the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side draw in Madrid, beat Madrid at Wembley, and take six points off Borussia Dortmund. When the group was drawn not many people held out much hope for Spurs, but they have been a delight to watch in the Champions League so far. It can certainly said that their form in Europe has come at a cost though. …
Can Pellegrino’s Saints Frustrate Anfield Once Again?

Can Pellegrino’s Saints Frustrate Anfield Once Again?

Southampton have proven tricky customers for Liverpool in recent history. It is almost two-years since Divock Origi inspired a 1-6 League Cup win for Liverpool, but since then the Saints have had the edge over the Merseyside outfit. Southampton have won three out of the last five meetings, drawing the other two. Virgil Van Dijk was linked heavily with a move to Anfield in the summer, but the centre-half will be doing all in his powers to stop a Liverpool …
Is Henrikh Mkhitaryan good enough for Manchester United?

Is Henrikh Mkhitaryan good enough for Manchester United?

The man signed from Borussia Dortmund last season soon became a fans favourite, hailed as Manchester United's 'midfield Armenian, but the 28-year-old has begun to divide opinion. When you look past the unbelievable scorpion kick goal last season and his admittedly crucial goal in the Europa League final, the contribution of Mkhitaryan in big games, in particular, has to be put under the microscope. The United number-22 started the season all guns blazing, recording five assists in a record-breaking three …
Can West Ham's cup victory change their season?

Can West Ham's cup victory change their season?

Every football club has that one game a season they look back on in May with a great deal of satisfaction. West Ham United have had a miserable start to the 2017/18 campaign, but The Hammers may just have had ‘that’ game on Wednesday night at Wembley. Following their 0-3 home loss to Brighton, many thought Slaven Bilic’s time had come to an end at the London club. It was the sort of match and result you felt had screwed …
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