The Verdict on FSG as Liverpool Owners

The Verdict on FSG as Liverpool Owners

So, it is finally over. The wait for Liverpool’s ‘first’ signing in the transfer season. The recruitment of Mohamed Salah has been announced. I say first given the underwhelming response to Dominic Solanke’s impending arrival from Chelsea for a fee that could be only £3 million. In the latest annual report, the directors at the club stressed on the four key elements of the club’s strategy. The first one is to improve football performance through a positive playing style and …
Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

The Premier League is reaching a golden age when it comes to managerial talent. The managers of the top six sides are Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino. They would all be contenders for any top job in world football and to have them all competing in the same league is incredible. Barring Pochettino, they have all already had successful careers with lots of trophies between them. Although it was once true, there …
Reece Oxford's Bundesliga Loan Shows Up Flaws in English Youth System

Reece Oxford's Bundesliga Loan Shows Up Flaws in English Youth System

The Premier League is seen as the most exciting league in the world and for good reason too. Any team can beat any other and the talent levels are increasing across the league. It may not feature one of the best teams in Europe, with the English teams struggling on the continent in recent seasons, but the product is excellent. The huge television deal has led to increased prices and there is now genuine value in developing your own players …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
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 …
Dier, Mourinho and Manchester United's Potentially Expensive Gamble

Dier, Mourinho and Manchester United's Potentially Expensive Gamble

At a time when football has clearly taken a backseat, one of the more interesting transfer rumours still doing rounds involves Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, Manchester United and a figure dangerously close to £50-million. Before analyzing whether any of that makes sense, it is important to understand what Eric Dier means to Tottenham Hotspur. He, in many ways, epitomizes what Pochettino's vision for Spurs is centered around. Eric Dier is 23, entering his prime years, English international with a considerable amount of …
What Next For Chris Smalling if he Does Leave Manchester United?

What Next For Chris Smalling if he Does Leave Manchester United?

Chris Smalling is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United after the club signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica. The Independent report that the England international will be allowed to leave Old Trafford after slipping down the pecking order. Jose Mourinho has yet to explicitly tell the defender if he will be part of his plans, but it is expected that he will be one of the players to depart United this summer. If that is the case, there will be …
Jordan Pickford to Everton: Toffees Get a Sweet Deal

Jordan Pickford to Everton: Toffees Get a Sweet Deal

There were very few things about Sunderland that were positive during the entire campaign in the 2016-17 season. From the outset, the team was abject, management uninspiring and outlook doomed. The few bright spots included their brave young fan Bradley Lowery’s presence at several of their games; his favourite player – Jermain Defoe and his goal scoring exploits in a lost cause, and equally futile – Jordan Pickford’s brilliant goal keeping, which combined with Defoe’s heroics in attack, dangled some …
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