Analysing Coutinho's Season - One of the Best Players in the League?

Analysing Coutinho's Season - One of the Best Players in the League?

Liverpool's attack has been the best in the Premier League, alongside Manchester City, with both sides scoring 24 goals in the league this season. Although Liverpool have played the majority of their matches without a traditional number nine, their movement and relentless work rate has allowed them to create lots of chances in every game. There are still going to be matches where they are frustrated by sides that set out to contain them, as happened against Burnley and Manchester …
Mesut Ozil: Shot Taker?

Mesut Ozil: Shot Taker?

When Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil in the summer of 2013 for a club record £42.4m they were signing one of, if not the best, number 10 in the world.  So far, the German has lived up to that billing.  He had one of the best creative seasons in Premier League history last year and has been one of the league's best chance creators since his arrival. Ozil is known as a chance creator and someone that assists his teammates.  There …
Phil Coutinho – Liverpool’s Magician Pulling Off Tricks More Consistently

Phil Coutinho – Liverpool’s Magician Pulling Off Tricks More Consistently

On Friday, Jamie Carragher in his column for Daily Mail lavished praise on Philippe Coutinho. He says, he was not sure if Coutinho would be successful on the big stage but now believes he can fit into any of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals and enhance their performances. He tweeted out his column saying: “I used to laugh when I saw Philippe Coutinho linked with #Real Madrid now I'm worried!” – Jamie Carragher on Twitter Well if anybody disagreed with Carra’s …
Paul Pogba – An £89 Million Mistake?

Paul Pogba – An £89 Million Mistake?

Manchester United fans were in high spirits in the summer of 2016. They had good reason to be. Earlier in the summer, their club had already made its two most important acquisitions – a guarantee of becoming the champions again in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (champion in every league he has competed in) and another certainty of future greatness in Jose Mourinho – the “Special One”. By August 9th they had added another big name to the list – …
Does Victor Moses' emergence suggest a sign of Chelsea changing strategy?

Does Victor Moses' emergence suggest a sign of Chelsea changing strategy?

Chelsea have been accused of neglecting their youth players by exploiting the loan market. The Blues had an incredible 38 players on loan at other clubs across Europe and before this season, it looked like the club were stockpiling talent in order to make a profit. They have done it with a number of players in the past and it was an effective method to help bypass the financial fairplay rules. However, Antonio Conte is keen to show the players …
Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

It's August 19, 2007 and Liverpool's newest Spanish export, Fernando Torres, had just opened his account for the club in the 16th minute v Chelsea on his Anfield debut. A first for 'El Niño' in a Liverpool shirt, it was the birth of something special in Merseyside. Born in Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Fernando José Torres Sanz was living the dream playing professionally for his hometown club, Atletico Madrid. His grandfather had molded him into a passionate fan at a very young …
How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

Chelsea were sublime on Saturday as doubts about Antonio Conte's future were cast aside. The Italian looks to have found his strongest side at the club after the move to a 3-4-3 formation. It always looked to be an intelligent decision to appoint the Italian due to his tactical flexibility and his decision to utilise a formation that isn't often used in the Premier League. He isn't afraid to innovate and that provides an element that has been missing at …
Where next for Wayne Rooney?

Where next for Wayne Rooney?

Mercifully, the international break is now over. That period without meaningful football seems like an eternity, but for one big name, the return to club football could see him staring at a period on the side-lines. Wayne Rooney, once considered the golden child of English football and captain of club and country is now facing the reality of now no longer being considered an automatic choice for both. Although Manchester United started the season with three Premier League wins, their performances …
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