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West Ham Sign Joe Hart on Loan - Win Win for All Parties Involved

West Ham Sign Joe Hart on Loan - Win Win for All Parties Involved

Three seasons back if someone had asked about the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, one name would have certainly featured among the top three or four names – that of Joe Hart. Manchester City had just pipped Liverpool to the title and Joe Hart had been their first-choice keeper, just like he had been for the previous three seasons. He continued to be their first-choice keeper till Pellegrini was at the helm at the Etihad. Then last season, Pep …
Weighing Up the Economics of Sports Betting

Weighing Up the Economics of Sports Betting

The sports betting industry is worth billions and every year online and land based bookmakers rake in huge sums of money. With the advent of online sports betting one may think that land based bookies have taken a knock, but when you take a look at the stats compiled by industry leader Top Betting Sites, you’ll see that both betting shops and online bookmakers are thriving, and each has their pros and cons. In an infographic, Top Betting Sites illustrates …
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Last year, Arsenal were that close to signing Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for a £25 million transfer fee. But Vardy never put pen to paper. Upon reflection, between his tins of Thunder snuff tobacco and cans of Red Bull, Vardy made one of his better decisions. He realised that his limited, direct attacking skills did not fit well with Arsenal’s more intricate, build-from-the-back, short passing in tight spaces requirements. Vardy backed out of the move. Had the transfer been completed, the addition …
Would Ricardo Pereira be a good replacement for Walker at Spurs?

Would Ricardo Pereira be a good replacement for Walker at Spurs?

Tottenham have yet to make a summer signing, but they will need to enter the market during the coming weeks to replace Kyle Walker. The deal taking the right-back to Manchester City was completed in the past few days and the club will be keen to replace him quickly. They have money to spend, as they received a world-record fee for Walker, who is now the most expensive defender of all time. Selling clubs will be aware of that and …
All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea must love signing French midfielders in the middle of July. Especially those who have helped their previous teams register shock league victories. Last year on July 16 they had signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. He not only helped the Blues regain the Premier League title but also won the Premier League Player of the Year. So this year, on 15th July, Chelsea went to France and signed the 22-year old ball-winning midfielder Tiemoué from the Ligue 1 champions …
Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Manchester United will begin their pre-season tour of 2017 in the United States of America and the preparations are already underway in the UCLA campus, where the club will based at between the 10th and 22nd of July. The Red Devils have made two key additions in the transfer market and there is a consensus that the club will sign at least two more ahead of the new season - to bolster their first team squad enough to compete in five …
Kyle Walker – Manchester City’s Expensive Plan B

Kyle Walker – Manchester City’s Expensive Plan B

One of the most interesting facts that struck me at the beginning of this transfer window was the number of players who were left without a contract beyond this summer at Manchester City.  Also, more than the number, were the names of the players who were released on a free by City – Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, and Willy Cabalero. Agreed, all of them are aged players who would have found it tough to fit into …
Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
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