Michael Barrett

Premier League Young Guns 2014/15: Hayden, Pozo, Ibe & Ake

Premier League Young Guns 2014/15: Hayden, Pozo, Ibe & Ake

 Last season was one of real success in the Premier League for young players breaking into teams and making a name for themselves. You only have to look at the likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw for examples of this.  In this article, I am going to look at one young prospect, from each of last years top 4 teams that will be looking to make the leap into their clubs senior squad. Although Manchester City have …
Who Could Replace Steven Gerrard as Liverpool Captain?

Who Could Replace Steven Gerrard as Liverpool Captain?

After Steven Gerrard retired from international duty, it has lead me to thinking, who would be the most suitable candidates to replace Gerrard for Liverpool when he inevitably retires from club level football? Loyalty to a club is something hard to come by these days in football, yet after a career spanning 15 years, Liverpool has been Gerrard's one club. Having been through the ups of Istanbul, and the downs of the well documented Chelsea incident last season, he has …
Are Chelsea Favourites to Win the League?

Are Chelsea Favourites to Win the League?

After not winning a trophy for the second straight season, Jose Mourinho will have been left feeling disappointed with his Chelsea side that ended the campaign in third place, behind Man City and Liverpool. Although it was his first season back in charge at the London club, since leaving in 2007, Mourinho would have expected to at least have something to show for his efforts last season. After calling Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger a "Specialist in Failure", it seems ironic …
Who Should Partner Kompany At Centre-Back?

Who Should Partner Kompany At Centre-Back?

After narrowly beating Liverpool to the Premier League title and winning the Capital One Cup, Manuel Pellegrini will be eager to emulate this success next season, and improve his side with some new additions to the squad. One area that has been identified as a weak point in the Man City team, is the centre-back position. Manchester City conceded 37 goals last season and got the second best defensive record in the league, which was only beaten by Chelsea who conceded …
Potential Impact of Liverpool's New Signings

Potential Impact of Liverpool's New Signings

After one of the most thrilling seasons in years and a Champions League spot in the bag, Brendan Rodgers is in the midst of reinforcing his squad. It seems the Liverpool hierarchy has finally got their act together and learnt from the mistakes of previous transfer windows, and got their business done early. With Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic confirmed already, and a left-back and centre-back high on the wish list of Brendan Rodgers, it begs …