Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

Daniel Sturridge - The Nearly Man at the Nearly Club

There was once a player named Daniel Sturridge. Three years ago, he was one half of an SAS strike force with Luis Suarez at Liverpool FC. The British Special Forces reference, coined by the British media during the 2013-14 season, was well earned. Suarez and Sturridge terrorized countless defenses, successfully bombarding opposition goalmouths time and again that season. The team scored more than a 100 goals in the league, and he ended a bitter sweet season as a runner up, …
Has Klopp Solved Liverpool's Over Reliance on One Star or is it Still a Problem?

Has Klopp Solved Liverpool's Over Reliance on One Star or is it Still a Problem?

Liverpool's season went from wonderful to woeful in the span of four weeks, and things look shaky for the Merseysiders. They face Tottenham next and are desperately in need of a win which may turn things around for them. A significant improvement under Klopp this season pointed to the team's performances not being reliant on individual performances. Under Brendan Rodgers, the successful 2013/14 season was mainly down to the incredible performance of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, with great contribution from …
The Sturridge Dilemma - What Is Going Wrong For Daniel At LFC

The Sturridge Dilemma - What Is Going Wrong For Daniel At LFC

The 2013-2014 season saw Liverpool come within touching distance of the much anticipated (and elusive) first Premier League title since its inception in 1992 with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge (SAS) inspiring Rodgers' side past 100 goals in the League. Sturridge notably featured in the PFA Team of the Season chipping in with 21 goals finishing behind Suarez in the race for the Golden Boot. Suarez left for greener pastures in the summer of 2014 and the mantle to lead …
Why Vardy's Suarez-Like Style Is Perfect For Arsenal

Why Vardy's Suarez-Like Style Is Perfect For Arsenal

Early this season in a piece I named The English Luis Suarez, I drew comparisons between the playing styles of Luis Suarez and Jamie Vardy. Since publishing that article, both Vardy and Suarez progressed to fire their respected teams to league glory, with the former winning the Pachichi (top scorer in La Liga) and making a case for next season's Ballon Dor, and the latter scoring 24 goals, including a record breaking 11 goals in 11 games, which helped Leicester …
Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

It seems a very long time ago since Arsenal fans witnessed their emphatic strike partnership of Theirry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp ripping up the Premier League every week. The same generation were able to appreciate Manchester United’s attackers in all their glory – from Cristiano Ronaldo to Ruud Van Nisterooy. Even in recent seasons, ex Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, brought more quality to the Premier League as Chelsea waved goodbye to their long-serving Ivory Coast international, Didier Drogba. This season, …
Brendan Rodgers: The Myth of The Super Coach

Brendan Rodgers: The Myth of The Super Coach

Join me, as I swiftly get in on the act of passing comment on Brendan Rodgers' eventual demise as Liverpool boss. The writing's been on the wall hasn't it? I was starting to get the feeling they would never get rid of him and years from now we'd be wondering when was the exact point Liverpool settled for mid-table mediocrity and 'tremendous character' over success. But alas, the powers that be in Anfield have finally bitten the bullet and rid …
Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

A lot of column inches go towards the super-star strikers of elite-level teams during the season, increasing ten-fold when the transfer window opens. You’ve all seen the storylines before “Does X score enough?”, “What else does he bring to the team?” and “What could Y bring to Z team?”. It’s the first question I’m going to take a brief look at in this article: there’s been plenty of talk of clubs similar to Liverpool’s stature needing a consistent goalscorer alongside …
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