Kaustubh Pandey

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

Why Mesut Ozil is wasting himself and his time at Arsenal

Why Mesut Ozil is wasting himself and his time at Arsenal

As a visibly frustrated Stamford Bridge witnessed the Gunners hold the home side to a goalless draw on a sunny London afternoon, there was a feeling among many Arsenal fans that this was a rather rare sighting. It wasn’t the most attackingly exuberant display by a side that takes pride in playing attractive football, but it was a one that Arsenal fans aren’t used to seeing. And it came after many had expected Arsenal to take a beating at the …
How Shakespeare's Ballad has Steadied the Leicester Ship

How Shakespeare's Ballad has Steadied the Leicester Ship

Leicester’s is a classic example of how quickly things can change in football. A season after scaling the heights of clinching their first ever Premier League title, the Foxes were down at the nadir, struggling to look for anything that they could hold on to climb out of the dreaded red zone. Claudio Ranieri’s axing from his position as the manager did nothing to dispel the gloom that surrounded a club whose fall from grace seemed inevitable after the miraculous …
Brighton and Hove Albion: 17/18 Season Preview

Brighton and Hove Albion: 17/18 Season Preview

It’s never ever easy to be a Premier League new boy, especially in the modern-day footballing environment where the competition to stay up is as fierce as it can get. Every newly-promoted outfit faces the challenge of avoiding the red zone during their Premier League and it is a case of easier said than done. Well, that’s exactly the situation Brighton and Hove Albion will face when they play their first ever Premier League season. Clubs like Bournemouth and Swansea …
AFC Bournemouth Season Preview: Cherries Look for Top Half Finish

AFC Bournemouth Season Preview: Cherries Look for Top Half Finish

If there’s anything that the Premier League brings apart from a whole new package of drama, delight and despair, then it is the ability to dispel the gloom that football fans are surrounded with during the three month long off-season period. And with the new season just days away from kick-off, it’s time we take a look at what’s coming. Much like any other season, the focus will not and must not be on the big six or the ones …
Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

They very often say that the game of football is entrenched in tradition and it’s tradition itself that has hindered its progress over the years. It’s always wonderful to have something desirable to hark back on, but the borderline that separates evolution from tradition never blurs out when it actually must. And rightly so, Chris Anderson and David Sally open their book ‘The Numbers Game’ by criticising football’s tendency to never stop taking a dip into the primitive. It says: …
Ross Barkley's problem is Ross Barkley himself

Ross Barkley's problem is Ross Barkley himself

When Everton announced the much-awaited capture of Davy Klaassen from Ajax this past week, Toffees fans were left rejoicing at the prospect of watching a quality player don the famed Blue jersey. Everton’s interest in the Dutchman wasn’t made to look like a secret by reports, which had linked Klaassen to the Merseyside club weeks before the €27 million switch. But as the Blue half of the city celebrated, one individual at Merseyside would have been reeking with uncertainty. And …
Bernardo Silva can be Revolutionary not just for Pep, but for the Premier League

Bernardo Silva can be Revolutionary not just for Pep, but for the Premier League

Watching a certain Bernardo Silva run rings around the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham in the Champions League would certainly have whetted the appetites of many top clubs of Europe. The little Portuguese, who often seems to play like a fuse of David Silva and Lionel Messi, has got this unerring knack for lifting you off your seat and rattle defenders with glimpses of vivacity and verve. His physique hardly oozes dominance, but it’s his panache that is enough …
Is Michael Keane worth £30 million?

Is Michael Keane worth £30 million?

If there’s anything that would annoy smaller clubs in the world more than their stature itself, then it’s the situation when big clubs come hunting for their better players when they seem like big fishes in a small pond. It’s obvious that big clubs certainly love to lay their hands on players from smaller clubs, but can often prove to be bait. And the latest small-club talent to have been clamoured by bigger clubs in the Premier League is Burnley …
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