Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
What Would Koulibaly Bring to Chelsea?

What Would Koulibaly Bring to Chelsea?

According to the Mirror, Chelsea have won the race for Kalidou Koulibaly for a fee believed to be in the region of £30m. If this is true, it is another example of a centre-back costing a lot of money, after Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi and Eric Bailly all arrived in England for big fees. The Napoli centre-back has developed a lot over the last 12 months and many believe he could become one of the best in Europe. If he …
Complete Guide to Premier League Players in the Copa America Centennial

Complete Guide to Premier League Players in the Copa America Centennial

The centennial addition of the Copa America is set to kick off this week and it wouldn’t be an international football competition without a boatload of Premier League talents involved. So here is my complete guide to every Premier League player involved and what to expect from their countries. Argentina- Sergio Romero, Ramiro Funes Mori, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Agüero, Erik Lamela. My early favorite to win the tournament after World Cup final and Copa America final appearances in …