Kaustubh Pandey

Football Writer. Aspiring football journalist. Write for CalcioMercato, VAVEL, ForzaItalianFootball, BackPageFootball, OutsideoftheBoot.

Sead Kolasinac and Why He Suits Arsenal in a Lot of Ways

Sead Kolasinac and Why He Suits Arsenal in a Lot of Ways

As a variety of news sources reported Arsenal’s capture of Schalke full-back Sead Kolasinac, it seems as if it was all they needed to dispel the gloom and pessimism that currently hovers around the struggling club from the English capital. Journalists as reliable as Gianluca di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano came up with tweets confirming the same, forcing many into flashing a wry smile at the state of the club, that could well be making this signing to appease those …
Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

Middlesbrough and the Final Pass Problem

When Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri some weeks ago, the attention of the millions across the world had shifted to the Foxes, who were floundering in the relegation zone at that time. The decision to bring the axe down on someone who won them the Premier League, achieving what has gone down as the greatest achievement in sports history, seemed contentious and attracted varying reactions from everyone even remotely associated with the game. Amidst all the struggles that Leicester were facing …
Claudio Ranieri: Why His Sacking Was Justified

Claudio Ranieri: Why His Sacking Was Justified

How Marco Silva has Turned Things Around at Hull City

How Marco Silva has Turned Things Around at Hull City

There are very few things in the Premier League that can be predicted to some accuracy. Just when you think you’ve got it right, you will be proved wrong by a league that has proved may predictions wrong in the past. And in the ongoing campaign, many had predicted that Hull City were done and dusted some weeks ago, but Marco Silva’s heroics have proved those naysayers wrong rather soundly. When Mike Phelan was axed as the Tigers’ boss in …
Why Arsene Wenger has Himself to Blame for Arsenal's Mentality Problems

Why Arsene Wenger has Himself to Blame for Arsenal's Mentality Problems

While nothing seemed to be going right for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Arsene Wenger gazed at his ailing players, expressionless and giving the impression that he had resigned to the fact that the Gunners will end up enduring another embarrassment. Olivier Giroud did pull one back late in the game, but it was probably more than what Arsenal deserved, considering their pathetic showing at the Bridge. The loss came days after their home ousting at the hands of Walter Mazzarri’s …
Realising the Importance of Victor Wanyama at Tottenham

Realising the Importance of Victor Wanyama at Tottenham

This current Tottenham Hotspur side isn’t one that gives a fan the vibes of their team of the 2009-10 season, does it? The presence of the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon gave Harry Redknapp’s team a wholly different look than the one that Mauricio Pochettino has, as things stand. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen may not be as recognisable faces of the game as Bale or Modric, but that is exactly what …
How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

While Claude Puel’s ever improving Southampton may be enjoying a decent campaign during his first season in charge in England, his side has adapted quickly to his methods. Currently tenth in the table, behind South Coast rivals Bournemouth on goal-difference, the Saints were expected to play out a season of transition under a manager who had never managed outside France before. But the manner in which the side has performed could come in as a surprise to those who believed …
AFC Bournemouth: A Small Club With a Big Heart

AFC Bournemouth: A Small Club With a Big Heart

It would be fair to say that five years ago only a few knew that there were three clubs from the South Coast of England and a club called ‘Bournemouth’ actually existed. Portsmouth’s abrupt decline and journey to the fourth division of English football had coincided with the revival of Southampton, who managed to finish 14th in their return to the Premier League in 2012. At that point in time, this club called Bournemouth had assumed the form of being …
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