Jimmy Longbottom

Jimmy is currently working as a Rugby League Operations executive at Opta Sports, following a stint with the Rugby Football League. He is avid Liverpool fan but enjoy's sharing his opinions and findings on all aspects of the beautiful game. Follow Jimmy on twitter: @JimmyLongbottom

Is Özil the Answer or a Mask for Deficiencies in the Arsenal Squad? Stats

Is Özil the Answer or a Mask for Deficiencies in the Arsenal Squad? Stats

The 2013 summer transfer deadline day certainly lived up to its Sky Sports billing, as Arsenal sent tongues wagging and eyebrows rising, with the capture of a genuine top class talent in Germany’s Mesut Özil. It was not just the quality of the acquisition that caught the attention of the world’s media but the price tag, with Wenger finally succumbing to supporters wishes by spending a whopping €50 million (or £42.5 million) to secure the services of the talented playmaker. …
Victor Moses | Solution to LFC's lack of attacking depth? Stats Vs Downing

Victor Moses | Solution to LFC's lack of attacking depth? Stats Vs Downing

Chelsea’s latest attacking midfield acquisitions, in the shape of Brazilian Willian and German André Schürrle, highlights the fact that they have an abundance of offensive talent at their disposal. Consequently, players such as the frighteningly talented Juan Mata have been pushed to the periphery of the squad in favor of these new additions, which appears ludicrous for someone with 25 assists in the past two years, and he's been the clubs Player of the Year twice in the process. However …
Life without Bale for Spurs. Is a Replacement waiting in the Wings?

Life without Bale for Spurs. Is a Replacement waiting in the Wings?

What will life without Bale be like for Tottenham? Is there a replacement waiting in the wings? Comparisons between Bale and potential replacements within the Tottenham squad. Please note: that this article was written before news broke of Clint Dempsey's potential departure. With Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid seemingly imminent, it is time for Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur to turn their attention to the future and plot how they are going to replace Bale’s contribution to the team.  …
Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Amongst the millions of pounds lavished on the cream of the European crop there actually may be a few bargains to be had if you look a little closer to home. With the powers that be at Manchester City flashing the cash to bring in top talent, such as Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, to launch a new assault on Manchester United’s domestic crown, players like Gareth Barry have been pushed to the sides to pave way for the new order. …
Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney | Who Would You Spend Your Money On? | Stats Analysis

Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney | Who Would You Spend Your Money On? | Stats Analysis

Amid the backdrop of silly season rumours, TalkSport Drivetime conducted a poll asking the public a simple question: If you were Carlo Ancelotti who would you rather buy this summer, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Liverpool’s Luis Suarez? As you can see Suarez came out a clear winner, with 78% of the vote compared to Rooney 22%, yet it would appear that it is not just Ancelotti that has a decision to make with both Suarez and Rooney being linked …
Is Gareth Bale the new £80million Man? Bale 12/13 Vs Ronaldo 08/09

Is Gareth Bale the new £80million Man? Bale 12/13 Vs Ronaldo 08/09

In the summer of 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo walked away from Manchester United in a world record £80 million pound deal to join the Galatico’s of Madrid. After years of speculation, the two-time Champions League Finalist and Ballon D’or winning forward got his dream move and became the worlds most expensive footballer. At the same time a young left back named Gareth Bale had finished his second full season at Tottenham Hotspur, suffering a 24 game losing streak in the process, …
Is Sturridge's potential the answer to Liverpool’s striker conundrum?

Is Sturridge's potential the answer to Liverpool’s striker conundrum?

Where did it go wrong for Manchester City in 2013? Stats Comparison 11/12 & 12/13

Where did it go wrong for Manchester City in 2013? Stats Comparison 11/12 & 12/13