Dave Hendrick

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Matchweek 1

The Premier League is back. Eight games have been played, sixteen teams have begun their seasons, filled with a mix of optimism and trepidation. Teams coming off good seasons will have been hoping to carry that form into the new season and kick on up the table. Others will have wanted to shake off the stench of disappointment after a bad season last time around. For only the second time since the dawn of the Premier League era (05-06 the …
Still Work To Do For Wolves to Maintain Progress

Still Work To Do For Wolves to Maintain Progress

A Portuguese Invasion really has taken hold in the Midlands. Wolverhampton Wanderers have ties to a Portuguese super agent, a Portuguese manager, and own no fewer than 12 Portuguese players. They also have a couple of Brazilians, who's native tongue is Portuguese, and a Mexican striker signed from Benfica of Portugal. When Fosun International bought the club, just four years ago, Wolves were coming off a season where they had finished 14th in the Championship. In the first season under …
With Others Splashing Cash, Burnley Must Build On Top Half Finish

With Others Splashing Cash, Burnley Must Build On Top Half Finish

Burnley finished the 2019/20 season in 10th place, a second top half finish for Sean Dyche's men in the past four seasons. For a small, unfashionable club who don't like to spend much money to last four years in the Premier League is impressive enough. To get one top half finish is a massive achievement, to get two is almost unheard of. Sean Dyche has managed to maintain incredibly high standards despite a total net spend of just around £40million …
Ambitious Brighton Can Target a Top Half Finish With The Right Moves

Ambitious Brighton Can Target a Top Half Finish With The Right Moves

The 2019/20 season has to go into the books as a success for Brighton, after Graham Potter led the Seagulls to a 15th place finish. It wasn't just that they'd finished 15th, something they'd also accomplished under Chris Hughton in 2017/18, it was how they did it. Potter replaced Hughton after a 17th place finish in 2018/19 and was tasked with bringing a more attractive brand of football to the Amex. Hughton had brought Brighton into the Premier League for …
After Encouraging Run of Form, Southampton Must Continue to Build.

After Encouraging Run of Form, Southampton Must Continue to Build.

As Southampton fans left St. Mary's stadium on October 25th 2019, they could have been excused for thinking that their team was destined for relegation. Even at that early point in the season, Southampton looked dead and buried. They have just been trounced 9-0, at home, by Leicester City, and had Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal in their next three games. Mainstream media talking heads all began the discussion about who would replace Ralph Hasenhuttl, those well informed folk having …
Palace's Move for Eberechi Eze Should Signal The Start Of A New Era

Palace's Move for Eberechi Eze Should Signal The Start Of A New Era

Following a season where Crystal Palace finished comfortably in 14th position, nine points clear of 18th place Bournemouth, the Eagles will be looking forward to an 8th successive season in the Premier League. This is by far the longest spell spent in the top flight of English football in the club's history. It's a fantastic achievement for a club who's previous longest tenure in the top division was the four year period from 1989 to 1993, when they found themselves …
Aston Villa Must Chase Quality, Not Quantity, This Summer

Aston Villa Must Chase Quality, Not Quantity, This Summer

Aston Villa can count themselves lucky to be heading into a second season in the Premier League, rather than looking at the prospect of a season back in the Championship, but they shouldn't care about that. Villa took a point from a draw with Sheffield United when goal-line technology failed to award Sheffield United a clear goal. Villa fans will, and should, point out that they could still have come back to score in that game. And they had their …
Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

The 2020/21 season is only weeks away and it will be a season where many players are playing for their places in their national team squads ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2021 competition. England will go into that tournament as one of the favourites and Gareth Southgate will have many hard decisions to make. His squad, as currently constructed, is a little uneven. He has great depth at right-back, but left-back isn't so strong. The central defensive options aren't at …
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