Abdul Rahim

Football Writer. I chronicle the growth of football in India at my blog, Flying Goalie.

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The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

When Lionel Scaloni was appointed caretaker manager of Argentina after a disastrous World Cup campaign, he claimed that the game was becoming more direct and that he was going to implant a style in that image on his side. After a year of disjointed performances and having been given the job permanently since, the former West Ham player’s team have looked the part in recent months. He has built a side in the way he promised and whisper it quietly …
Liverpool vs Brighton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Brighton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Reds are matching Manchester City’s record-breaking 2017/18 side every step of the way this season. A win at Anfield on Saturday would take them to 40 points and they would join their rivals as the only teams to get there by the fourteenth-game mark in the Premier League. Liverpool are not playing with quite the same swagger as that Pep Guardiola team; City had scored forty-four and conceded only nine goals when they got there, but the mentality giants …
Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

All the talk of crucial absences in the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City centred around Aymeric Laporte and Ederson. The Frenchman has left a big void in the centre of defence and the Brazilian’s distribution and shot-stopping abilities were definitely missed in the 1-3 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool though would have been happier that another player who has tormented them more than most was not going to take the field.  In this burgeoning rivalry between the two best teams …
Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

The importance of the holding midfielder to any Premier League title challenge has never been doubted. While flashier proponents of the footballing art have rightly been serenaded by fans, there has always been place for the likes of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Claude Makalele in a discussion about modern-day giants. Having the right player in the middle of the park has often proven to be the difference between ending a campaign as league winners or also-rans. Michael Essien’s injury …
Will United Keep Their Nerve With Solskjaer Decision?

Will United Keep Their Nerve With Solskjaer Decision?

The international break has made an untimely appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Manchester United’s limp defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday will allow for two weeks of negative sentiment to fester before the side face Liverpool on resumption of league hostilities. Given that defeat against the Reds last year brought Jose Mourinho’s tenure to an end, speculation is rife that a similar fate awaits the Norwegian on the 20th of October should United suffer a similar fate.  Reports …
Arsenal The Team To Fear For The Top Two

Arsenal The Team To Fear For The Top Two

It seems like every defeat these days ushers in the latest round of crises at three of the four clubs that have dominated the Premier League era. Manchester City have been relatively new entrants to the party, but having won only two league titles in their history until 2011, they have added four more in quite a hurry and do not look like stopping anytime soon.  Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal however are at differing stages of upheaval and with …
Time For Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Step Up

Time For Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Step Up

Five games, five wins and five points clear at the top of the table. It is all going rather swimmingly for Liverpool at the moment. The win against Newcastle was their fourteenth in a row in the top flight and they became the first team ever to do so scoring at least two goals in each of those fixtures.   The stat does hint at attacking riches and that sure is the case. The Reds are blessed with a front …
Is Everyone Missing A Trick With Marcus Rashford?

Is Everyone Missing A Trick With Marcus Rashford?

Gareth Southgate had a few interesting thoughts on Marcus Rashford after England’s 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria. The manager admitted that he had, like so many others, almost willed the player to develop as a number nine since the then-teenager burst onto the scene in 2016. However, the presence of Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane in those positions for club and country respectively meant that Rashford was shunted onto the flanks in time.  Southgate now believes that the player is most …
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