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 …
Manchester United Stroll to Victory

Manchester United Stroll to Victory

Robbie Savage on his BBC 606 Talkshow called Manchester City a "shambles". To have spent north of £500m in 4 years and be fielding Martin Demichelis and Jesus Navas he has a point. Even Raheem Sterling has been embarrassing of late, and that £49m piece of business looks very shrewd by Liverpool. The ghost of Pep Guardiola is weighing very heavily on this City squad and some cynics amongst the City fans are suggesting Pellegrini is purposely or spitefully ensuring …
Liverpool Steamroll City

Liverpool Steamroll City

It was Deja Vu for Liverpool and Manchester City playing each other again after just 3 days and the final of the Capital Cup. Klopp opted for Jon Flanagan as right back and switched Nathaniel Clyne to left back and it set up an interesting duel between Flanagan and Raheem Sterling. Flanagan set his marker early with a robust challenge on Sterling. Pellegrini was without Yaya Toure through injury and he brought Joe Hart back into the side. The game …
Can Manchester United cope without Rooney and De Gea?

Can Manchester United cope without Rooney and De Gea?

Recent injuries to Manchester United’s captain and their star keeper have undoubtedly come as a big blow to Louis Van Gaal and his team. David De Gea was forced to leave the pitch before the Reds even started their match against FC Midtjylland in the Europea League due to a knee injury he picked up during the warm-up. Manchester United, who were already without 13 players including Wayne Rooney, produced another disappointing performance on Thursday evening as they lost to …
The best or worst Premier League title race?

The best or worst Premier League title race?

There will be some that will regard this as one of the best Premier League seasons ever, because it is so open and could yet be the year of the ultimate underdog. This has been a bizarre season in some ways, at times it’s seemed like it’s the year nobody wants to win the title. Early in the season it was Manchester City setting the pace and blowing teams away with some scintillating attacking football. The question became how many …
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