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 …
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 …
Q&A with Jan Hagen: What do we know about Victor Lindelöf?

Q&A with Jan Hagen: What do we know about Victor Lindelöf?

Two days before the much-awaited move of Victor Lindelöf to Manchester United was confirmed - I spoke to MSc candidate and freelance journalist/avid fan of Premeira Liga, Jan Hagen - whose work has been published in various news outlets like Metro UK, the official FIFA World Cup magazine, Sport Witness among other national and international media - about all things Lindelöf. You can follow him on twitter (@JanHagen) for all the latest transfer speculation, insight and quotes that dominate the …
Would Alvaro Morata be a Good Signing for Manchester United?

Would Alvaro Morata be a Good Signing for Manchester United?

The Telegraph are reporting that Manchester United have agreed terms with Alvaro Morata ahead of a potential summer move to Old Trafford. They have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid, but it is clear that the Spaniard is the club's priority target to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been released in recent days. The striker wants to leave the Bernabeu this summer after a frustrating season that saw him play a supporting role to Karim Benzema and United …
A Year of Ibrahimovic - In Images and Words

A Year of Ibrahimovic - In Images and Words

Soon after the confirmation that Manchester United would not be extending the services of 35-year old center-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, my mind raced back to early June last year, when all eyes were on France and the European Championships - and how excited I was at the thought of a certain Swede holding the famous red shirt and smiling at the cameras, exuding the aura of a king arriving at the battlefield he has yet to conquer. Twelve months, twenty-eight goals and …
An Assessment of United's Returning Loan Army

An Assessment of United's Returning Loan Army

When Manchester United's class of 92 was honored with the 'Special Merit Award' a few years ago, for their footballing achievements in the 90's, a video was made in tribute to those involved, composed of interesting interviews from coach Eric Harrison, the players themselves and Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scotsman who has overseen a steady influx of young homegrown players making an indelible impression on Manchester United's history, said something very simple yet deeply profound, which funnily enough, does not hold as …
10 Biggest Shocks of the 2016-17 Premier League Season

10 Biggest Shocks of the 2016-17 Premier League Season

Saturday's Champions League final concluded the 2016-17 football season and it had it all. From red cards to diving and world-class goals to controversial decisions - the final was a great end to another whirlwind campaign. In the Premier League, there were plenty of ups and downs. Some clubs achieved their aims, while others disappointed and under-achieved. But while there were many of the usual features throughout a Premier League campaign, there were a number of surprises. Here are 10 …
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