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The rise of Simon Cox

The rise of Simon Cox

As the Shane Long ‘saga’ rumbles on as predictably as these transfer sagas do, it is necessary to look at the current alternatives already at The Hawthorns. I was at the 2-2 pre-season friendly at Southampton where Roy Hodgson played Simon Cox and Ishmael Miller up front with Marc-Antoine Fortune on the wing. Starting the three closest understudies to Odemwingie, Hodgson was obviously focussed on firming up the attacking hierarchy. And it was Cox who impressed. He bagged both goals, …
Ben Foster: An Albion Preview

Ben Foster: An Albion Preview

'Goodnight, sweet prince', I sobbed, as I read the news that Scott Carson was moving to Bursaspor for an 'undisclosed fee', suspected to be around £1.5m. I'm a self-confessed Carson-sympathiser, as I belated argued earlier this year and was genuinely saddened to see him go. Not that I thought he was spectacular, far from it, more out of pity than anything else. So off he goes and for a brief spell, West Brom's number one has been Boaz Myhill, followed by …
Possession no longer 9/10ths of law | Kean

Possession no longer 9/10ths of law | Kean

[caption id="attachment_2119" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Steve Kean: Masterminding Blackburn’s Survival"][/caption] When Blackburn Rovers made Sam Allardyce the second managerial casualty of the Premier League season last December more than a few eyebrows were raised. These turned into looks of bemusement as, less than a month after taking ownership of the club, the Venky’s chairman Anuradha Desai spoke of their aspirations for “Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better.” The timing of the comments in the wake …
Chung-Yong Lee a big blow!

Chung-Yong Lee a big blow!

As I sat down on a Saturday afternoon to watch a little bit of TV i thought i would have a quick toot at twitter to see how the wanderers were doing. All BWFC tweets were about Chung-Yong Lee so I decided to delve deeper and it didn't help my mood as all news became bad news. So now we are left for nine months without our skillful winger. Granted last season Lee tailed off towards the end of the …
Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

A pre-season draw to concede the Emirates Cup to the New York Red Bulls suggested that although it’s a new season for Arsenal, the same old problems remain. In an attempt to get to the statistical core of those problems, I stumbled across a slightly bizarre relationship: last season the Gunners enjoyed more success when they actually saw less of the ball. Accounting for differences in opposition strength and match location (home or away), a fall in the amount of …
Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

The only thing I am not looking forward to about the start of the new season is Mark Lawrenson. Not that I have anything personally against the man, it is his lazy evaluation of Wigan Athletics’ chances in the upcoming fixtures through the medium of ‘Lawro’s Predictions’, that has got my beef. [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Here he is, the man in question."][/caption] Fans of other clubs may have never picked up on, been bothered enough to take notice or …
Tom Huddlestone, the main man in the middle?

Tom Huddlestone, the main man in the middle?

When Tottenham finished 4th in 2009-10, Tom Huddlestone made 33 Premier League appearances. He was a vital part of a successful team. Last season he made only 13 starts. Is it possible that his absence was a major factor in a less successful Tottenham team? How big is big Tom? After making his senior England debut and playing an important role in the charge for 4th, injury caused Huddlestone to miss most of an important season in his career. Despite …
Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair has been touted by many since he moved from Bristol Rovers to Chelsea at the age of 16 in July of 2005. He has made his football league debut for Bristol in December of 2004, in the season before Chelsea signed him. No first team experience with just 2 league appearances for Bristol but Chelsea and many others saw the potential. However he only made a handful of appearances at Chelsea between 2005 and 2010, but he was sent …
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