A Statistical Breakdown of Mikel Merino's Influence at Newcastle United

A Statistical Breakdown of Mikel Merino's Influence at Newcastle United

Newcastle United were criticised by a large section of the media for their perceived lack of business during the summer transfer window. Rafa Benitez was open with his feelings about the team's recruitment, but they did manage to improve the squad of the squad after promotion. The Magpies' boss has always had a good eye for a player and he has proved that he can compete on a budget before. Mikel Merino was a low-key addition, arriving from Borussia Dortmund …
Georginio Wijnaldum - a good fit for Spurs?

Georginio Wijnaldum - a good fit for Spurs?

Georginio Wijnaldum came to the Premier League last summer, joining Newcastle in a surprise move, with many considering him good enough to play for a top six club. He had a mixed first season, but his return of 11 goals and 5 assists was very good, especially given Newcastle were relegated. He showed that he was suited to the Premier League and he was one of the few players in the Magpies' squad that came out of the season with …
Ayoze Perez - Set for an instant return to the Premier League?

Ayoze Perez - Set for an instant return to the Premier League?

Newcastle United were relegated last season to the surprise of many, as they did have a lot of talent in the squad. Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat will all expect transfers to one of the top leagues in Europe, while there are a few others that might catch the eye of Premier League clubs. Ayoze Perez had a solid two seasons at Newcastle, transitioning well from the Spanish second tier, and will have plenty of admirers in the …
Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea have become a force in the Premier League and in Europe since the arrival of Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge. The owner is ruthless, passionate and direct. He knows what he wants and won't let anything thwart him. Abramovich’s methods have been criticised though due to the regularity of sacking his managers. Chelsea seem to have gone through most of Europe’s elite and now there may be none left. Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas Boas …
Premier League Managerial Changes: Do They Guarantee Success? Stats

Premier League Managerial Changes: Do They Guarantee Success? Stats

The twenty Premier League teams for next season are very close to being finalised, with the final place being decided this weekend in a £120m game between Crystal Palace & Watford.  Both clubs have had new managers in the last 10 months and both are (almost) reaping the rewards. This means that 15 of the 20 teams that will be competing in the Premier League next season will have changed their Manager in the previous 12 months: Manchester United Manchester …
Chelsea's Tactical Progress Under Benitez | In-depth Analysis

Chelsea's Tactical Progress Under Benitez | In-depth Analysis

Immediately after being appointed the new Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez had to deal with several problems. Putting aside the ‘off pitch’ problems he encountered (which, quite frankly took the term ‘fan backlash’ to new highs), the Spaniard’s focus was surely casted over the tactical deficiencies repeatedly showed by his new team during the season. For a team of Chelsea’s calibre (given their spending power, hence the amount of quality players in their squad), perhaps it was uncommon to have different …
EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?

EPL Myths Debunked | Rafa's Chelsea Boring? Harry to save QPR? City threw away title?