Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

There was once a player named Daniel Sturridge. Three years ago, he was one half of an SAS strike force with Luis Suarez at Liverpool FC. The British Special Forces reference, coined by the British media during the 2013-14 season, was well earned. Suarez and Sturridge terrorized countless defenses, successfully bombarding opposition goalmouths time and again that season. The team scored more than a 100 goals in the league, and he ended a bitter sweet season as a runner up, …
Should Aaron Ramsey Leave Arsenal?

Should Aaron Ramsey Leave Arsenal?

Arsenal have been struggling with the same issues time and again, and this season appears to be no different. Wenger failed to do anything impactful in the transfer window, and their game on field is weak and seems unmotivated. Fans and critics are both tired of the same thing they have been subjected to for almost a decade now. Now, another reason for criticism is the way Aaron Ramsey’s fitness was handled. Ramsey has been prey to injuries off late, …
EPL PODCAST | Anelka and Pardew Spin The FA Punishment Bingo Wheel

EPL PODCAST | Anelka and Pardew Spin The FA Punishment Bingo Wheel

This week's EPL Round Table Podcast has supporters representing Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Swansea, Arsenal & West Brom all discussing the weekend and all the major incidents in the last few days! Plenty of focus on  Pardew and Anelka! Listen to the EPL Round Table on iTunes! Episode 29: Anelka and Pardew Spin The FA Punishment Bingo Wheel Date: 28th February 2014 Gags thinks this is the Anfield Index Podcast on this episode of the EPL Round Table. We also discuss player …
West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Both these teams head into this game after gruelling derbies which ended in very different results. West Brom were involved in a thrilling seven goal match which eventually saw Aston Villa steal all three points whereas Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 victory over Everton courtesy of a magnificent attacking display. The Baggies go into this game having won just one Premier League game in their last ten attempts compared to Liverpool who have lost just two games in their last …
Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez both retained their spots in the starting lineup, the latter scoring 13 goals in as many league games. On loan Chelsea man Victor Moses dropped to the bench to accommodate Lucas Leiva, with Gerrard filling into the hole created in the Nigerian’s absence. Berahino was replaced by Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman has yet to register for the Baggies this season. Boaz Myhill continued to deputise in the place of the injured Ben Foster. As was …
Stuttering Signings: Altidore, Anelka, Aspas & Graham Stats Compared

Stuttering Signings: Altidore, Anelka, Aspas & Graham Stats Compared

In a sport defined by the slimmest of margins, there is no commodity more precious than goals.  Whether sweetly struck from 30 yards out or unknowingly bumped in off the backside, the scoreboard does not discriminate and the table shows no sympathy.  With goals at a premium, clubs spend the summer months searching far and wide for any warm-blooded vertebrate that can send the ball in the back of the net with some kind of regularity.  In the case of …
Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

The game of football is one that has constantly changed in philosophies and ways of playing over the years. For years the 4-4-2 formation dominated English football, until the more European notion of packing the midfield to control possession became a common strategy. While 4-4-2 was in operation at the highest level, the clubs often paired a bigger, taller player with a more petite and nimble counterpart in the centre forward positions. This allowed them to have a target, but …
West Brom Possibly Replacing Nicolas Anelka

West Brom Possibly Replacing Nicolas Anelka

Thursday was not your ordinary day at West Brom's training ground as Nicolas Anelka walked out of training after hearing of the death of one of his agents.  Eric Manasse, the agent that passed away, had worked with Anelka throughout his long career and helped with his move to West Brom.  Anelka was in a distraught state when he arrived at training and eventually cleared out his locker at the team's training ground.  Anelka has now been granted compassionate leave …
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