The “Outstanding” Manolo Gabbiadini’s Journey to Southampton

The “Outstanding” Manolo Gabbiadini’s Journey to Southampton

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Jose Mourinho has been rarely known to praise opposition players on the pitch. But apparently that is exactly what the Special One did on Sunday night during the League Cup final. As the Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini was leaving the field after scoring a brace, which actually should have been a hattrick, Mourinho shook his hand and according to the player, called him “outstanding”. As his team was on course to becoming the …
Why Kante is Already the Signing of the Season

Why Kante is Already the Signing of the Season

The Premier League season is by no means over but already Chelsea seem to have secured the league title with over 10 games to go. They are cruising at the top with a 10-point lead over Tottenham in second place and the rest of the top four are battling it out to secure a place in the Champions League. Manchester United have several cup competitions to attend to, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have all dropped points during key …
Is Ander Herrera the Unsung Hero at Manchester United?

Is Ander Herrera the Unsung Hero at Manchester United?

With the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba in the summer, all eyes were on them to lead Manchester United back to the summit. Although they are living up to their reputation, a certain Spanish midfielder has quietly gone about his job in midfield. United were on a free fall after having lost three consecutive games against Manchester City, Watford and Feyenoord and Jose Mourinho was still trying to figure out his best eleven. Having started from the bench …
Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Should be Given a Chance in Central Midfield

Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Should be Given a Chance in Central Midfield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of the few players to come out of Wednesday's 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich with any credit as he worked tirelessly for his team and was the only Arsenal player to go right over to applaud the supporters. Although that is the least that could be expected, the rest of the Arsenal players didn't show it. He was played on the right wing, which has been his main position since breaking into professional football, but his …
The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

For Pep Guardiola, what will be the biggest concern right now? His team has just moved back to second position in the Premier League, closing the gap with Chelsea to eight points. Manchester City are scheduled to take on the most prolific goal scorers in Europe’s top leagues – AS Monaco – on next Wednesday night. But before that, City have to take on the Championship side Huddersfield Town in a FA Cup match on Saturday. And amidst all of …
Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 2: M’Baye Niang

Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 2: M’Baye Niang

In Part 1 of this two-part analysis we looked at one of Watford’s two acquisitions from Serie A in the January window – Mauro Zarate. In this part, we will look at the other – M’Baye Niang. The Hornets have got him on loan for an alleged loan fee of €750 Thousand for the rest of the season, with an option to buy. The player’s contract at his parent club AC Milan is coming to an end in this summer, …
Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football this week following a hugely successful 24-year career as one of England's most prized midfielders. The 38-year-old will forever be compared to Steven Gerrard, who he had so many battles with for club and country but rivalries aside, Lampard delivered some of the best moments in Chelsea's history before leaving the Premier League in 2015. He was unable to translate his talent onto the international stage but Lampard was at the heart of …
Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

This winter transfer window has been an interesting one. It proves a couple of points about the English Premier League and the nature of transfers in the winter. First, there is a widely held belief that the winter transfer market is overpriced and it seems that top six clubs generally have to over pay for what they buy in January. In case of a debate, I just name three Liverpool transfers – Suarez, Coutinho and Sturridge to counter this, but …
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