Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Paulinho - the sorry decline of the Brazilian 'Lampard'

Two years ago, Paulinho was on top of the world. When Argentinean playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme called Paulinho a ‘phenomenon’ and likened the Brazilian as the ‘black’ version of Frank Lampard for their similar box-to-box style of play, the 26-year-old simply took on board the comparison with little fuss, pledging to such a comparison as fuel for greater things. "This comparison is a responsibility that I will take, I will not run away from it. Lampard is a great player…I …
Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

One of the strangest managerial departures of the last few seasons came in January 2013 when Nigel Adkins’ contract was terminated with Southampton. After 3 progressive and successful years at the club, Adkins secured The Saints back-to-back promotion and was steadily climbing away from the relegation zone when the axe fell. Southampton were quick to replace the former Scunthorpe United manager with Argentine, Mauricio Pochettino, who came to the Premier League off the back of being terminated from La Liga …
Manager Impact Index - The Return

Manager Impact Index - The Return

After an 8 game sabbatical (work taking over my time) I've now been able to update the Manager Impact Index with up to date figures, including the 3 newbies to the Premier League, Sherwood, Mel and Solskjaer.  More on those later. Just as a reminder, the MII is a way of tracking and scoring each teams managers impacts on any particular game.  Castrol have a Manager League Table on the LMA website (here) which is based on wins and losses, goals …
Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

A double update this week, broken down into each week. Week 15 A bumper number of overall points scored this week with 253 points, the highest tally for 8 weeks.  Many of these points were awarded as a result of  a couple of the big boys being turned over and some other surprising results. Mark Hughes' win over Chelsea at home earned him a huge 35 points this week, Hughtons away win at West Brom was worth 34 points and …
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a rare victory at White Hart Lane - their first since 2008 - and they did it in style with a 5-0 demolition. With Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge out injured for the next month, the question aimed at Brendan Rodgers before the game was ' will Liverpool cope?', not just with Spurs, but also the upcoming away fixtures at Man City and Chelsea. Pressure was already mounting on Andre Villas-Boas, with a number of high profile signings …
Becca's PL Round-Up: Suarez scores, Arsenal, Chelsea et al drop points

Becca's PL Round-Up: Suarez scores, Arsenal, Chelsea et al drop points

Liverpool were the only side in the top five to get all three points this weekend, as they defeated struggling West Ham 4-1 at Anfield. Once again, superstar striker Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet, as well as defender Sakho getting his first goal for the Reds. Another couple of clumsy own goals took the home sides tally to four. Liverpool dominated for the majority of the 90 minutes, creating a staggering 31 chances compared to the Hammers' 5. Henderson, …
Sunderland Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland Vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland put in a brave performance at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night, only to be punished by Eden Hazard and his Chelsea side; while Tottenham were reliant on two long range strikes, both stunning, to grab a 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, that put them back in the race for a top four place. There has been a slight improvement in Sunderland's performances under new boss Gustavo Poyet, beating their fierce rivals Newcastle United and Manchester …
Tottenham Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Tottenham Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Following their abysmal performance in the 6-0 loss versus Manchester City last Sunday, Spurs host another Manchester club on Sunday; David Moyes' Manchester United side, who are unbeaten in their last 10 in all competitions. Their past meetings with Manchester United at White Hart Lane have been almost one-sided in terms of results; Spurs have failed to win against Manchester United at the Lane since 2001, a 3-1 win, and a run of twelve Premier League games, drawing four and …
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