Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

The dust has settled on a distracting transfer window and the Premier League can kick on in earnest, until January anyway. Three game weeks into the season, most pundits are betting on the title heading into the city of Manchester, come May. It is widely expected that both United  and City will dominate this season, and with good reason. In Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, both clubs have two of the most respected and successful managers in the game, and …
Could Arnautovic and Hernandez Send West Ham into Europe?

Could Arnautovic and Hernandez Send West Ham into Europe?

After a disappointing transfer window last summer, things are certainly looking up for West Ham United this time around. Deals for Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic and Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez look set to be complete by Monday, and along with Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta could the Hammers push for a top seven finish this season and enter Europe? https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/888061322251952129 According to Sky Sports sources, West Ham have agreed a £16m fee with Leverkusen and terms have been accepted with the Mexican, who will arrive in London …
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 …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
The case for Simon Mignolet

The case for Simon Mignolet

In May of 2015, Simon Mignolet was voted Liverpool’s player of the year by the former players association, to the general bemusement of a lot of fans and observers. He had not yet achieved the notoriety that followed him the next season but had already been dropped for a brief period that season, with Brad Jones being his replacement. With due respect to Brad Jones, any self-respecting goalkeeper of note would hang his head in shame if that were to …
Joe Hart: Does He Have a Future at Manchester City?

Joe Hart: Does He Have a Future at Manchester City?

Joe Hart had a shocking Euro 2016, making two errors, with the second one a major reason for England crashing out of the tournament to the over-achieving Iceland. It is important not to make any rash decisions about the England and Manchester City number one, after all he has been labelled world class by many in the game. However, there has to be questions asked about the goalkeeper as they were two errors that a quality number one wouldn't make. …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
Premier League's Top Five English Players This Season

Premier League's Top Five English Players This Season

Ahead of the upcoming international friendlies which England's national football team will be playing during the weekend in what will be called a 'friendly' against bitter rivals and reigning world champions Germany in Berlin - a dress rehearsal of the European Championships in France, in June 2016, it's only fair that we looked at Roy Hodgson's best performing players in the Premier League. This list will rank players based on their importance to the side and their overall contribution to …
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