Pete Sharland

Student and aspiring football journalist. Keen interest in the global game across all leagues and levels. Chelsea fan. Twitter: @psharland55

Why Zaha needs a loan move to further England ambitions

Why Zaha needs a loan move to further England ambitions

Things have sort of grinded to a halt recently for Wilfried Zaha which is a shame because at the start of the summer it looked like this could have been a defining season in the young wingers' career. Rewind eleven months and Zaha was making his England debut in Sweden, with a January transfer to Manchester United approaching. He remained with Crystal Palace for the rest of the season and helped take the club who had done so much for …
Where will Luis Suarez fit in at Liverpool? As No.10 or Wide? Suarez 12-13 Stats

Where will Luis Suarez fit in at Liverpool? As No.10 or Wide? Suarez 12-13 Stats

Following Philippe Coutinho’s injury (which will keep him out for around six weeks) and Liverpool’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Southampton there was a general acceptance that there will be a place for Luis Suarez in this side when he returns from suspension. The first game that Suarez is available for will be the League Cup tie at Old Trafford in midweek and Rodgers will have a big decision on his hands about whether or not to unleash Suarez in …
Why Juan Mata must start for Chelsea | Stats compared to rivals & team mates

Why Juan Mata must start for Chelsea | Stats compared to rivals & team mates

As the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night it became even clearer, to those who hadn't already worked it out, that Jose Mourinho simply doesn’t know his best XI at Chelsea. A lot of players came in this summer, and there is a suggestion that Chelsea have barely touched upon the issues that the squad had at the start of the summer. The increasingly apparent need for a world class central midfielder wasn’t addressed, and in Samuel …
Why signing another striker was vital for Swansea and Michu

Why signing another striker was vital for Swansea and Michu

Last season, no one expected Swansea to do well in the Premier League because they had set the bar so high with their exploits the season before. In their debut season in England’s top flight, Swansea upset the odds to not only survive relegation, but to finish 11th place in the league. Given the size of their budget and their inexperience, most if not all pundits were tipping Swansea to go straight back down. Few would have seen what was …
Can Cesar Azpilicueta become a Chelsea and Spain legend? | Stats

Can Cesar Azpilicueta become a Chelsea and Spain legend? | Stats

For a while, it looked like Chelsea had a real problem at right-back. When Jose Mourinho first arrived at Stamford Bridge all those years ago, he brought with him Paulo Ferreira. The Portuguese international had just won the Champions League with Mourinho at Porto and he set about as the main right-back for the next few years. As he aged and declined in ability, he was replaced. First temporarily by Michael Essien, and then by compatriot Jose Bosingwa, the latter …
What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

Mark Hughes was officially appointed as the new Stoke City manager on 30th May 2013 following the sacking of Tony Pulis and I must admit my first thoughts were “thank God”. I’d like to make it quite clear that this was in no way a slur against Stoke, their chairman Peter Coates, their fans or Hughes himself; this was because of who they had been linked with. For a long time the man Stoke were rumoured to be close to …
How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

Barring an extremely bizarre set of circumstances it seems very likely that Arsenal are going to break their transfer record and sign Gonzalo Higuaín. The fee varies depending on which paper you read but the general consensus seems to be around£22-£25 million. This represents a bold statement from Arsène Wenger who normally prefers to sign less established youngsters. Signing a player of Higuaín’s calibre suggests that money will be spent this summer and that Arsenal aren’t prepared to settle for …
Santi Cazorla & Jack Wilshere | Can they be compared? Stats Analysis

Santi Cazorla & Jack Wilshere | Can they be compared? Stats Analysis

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