Raunaq Salat

A football performance analyst who lives and breathes the beautiful game. Occassionaly dreams about it too.

An In-Depth Analysis of Balotelli's Move to Liverpool

An In-Depth Analysis of Balotelli's Move to Liverpool

After the high profile exit of Luis Suarez, fans were wondering how Liverpool would replace the world class striker who had scored a club record 31 goals in the Premier League last season. There was never going to be one high profile signing to replace the Uruguayan and indeed as it has turned out, manager Brendan Rodgers has looked to replace the striker’s goals in various ways, as well as his invaluable assists, instead of bringing in one single player. …
Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City | Match Analysis

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City | Match Analysis

Manchester City prevailed in a tight contest against Newcastle United in an opening day win that held resemblance to the first game of last season as David Silva scored the opening goal again after being set up by Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero got the second goal like he did in City's 4-0 win at the Etihad one year ago. City weren't at their fluent best but did enough to secure their third consecutive two-goal win away at St James’ …
Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

The role of the central defensive midfielder is one of the most important for any team and it is also one which largely goes unnoticed during a game. They sit in the middle of the pitch, breaking up play at regular intervals and control the tempo of the game by dropping in deep to receive balls from their centre-backs, before going on to orchestrate play from well within their own half. A defensive midfielder has to be tactically astute besides …
Merseyside Wonderkids: Sterling and Barkley | Player Comparison

Merseyside Wonderkids: Sterling and Barkley | Player Comparison

Last season, two outstanding English youngsters burst onto the spotlight with splendid seasons for their respective Merseyside clubs resulting in them being included in England's 23-man squad for the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil. Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley both had their proverbial 'breakthrough seasons' as they made an almost identical number of appearances, with 24 and 25 starts for Liverpool and Everton respectively, and 9 apiece coming as substitutes. Both of them were named in the six players …
Queens Park Rangers' Squad: Then (2012/13) and Now

Queens Park Rangers' Squad: Then (2012/13) and Now

Queens Park Rangers achieved immediate promotion to the Premier League beating Derby County in the play-off's last season having been relegated in 2012/13. Their journey from that ill-fated relegation campaign ending in their return to the Premier League reveals the many horrendous blunders that they committed before eventually rectifying those mistakes as they enter the new season with a new formation and some young and talented players along with an experienced old guard. Having survived the 2011/12 season by the …
How Costa Will Set the League on Fire Next Season | Player Analysis

How Costa Will Set the League on Fire Next Season | Player Analysis

Chelsea signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for a fee in the region of £32 million to finally rectify their mistakes from last season when they suffered due to the lack of quality upfront which resulted in a trophy-less season. Chelsea have had a history of signing expensive flops for the striking department. Andriy Shevchenko signed for Chelsea in May 2006 for a club record £30m and scored 9 league goals in 48 appearances, whilst Fernando Torres signed in January …
In-Between the Posts: Premier League Keepers, Battle For Glory

In-Between the Posts: Premier League Keepers, Battle For Glory

A unique feature of this transfer window has been that the almost all the top clubs are looking to add depth and quality in the goalkeeping department. Whether it is the keepers who were out on loan returning to their parent club or smart captures of foreign keeper on the cheap, managers are understanding the need to have more than the usual safe pair of hands between the posts. Only Manchester United and Everton from the teams that finished in …
How will Lovren improve the Liverpool defence? Stats Analysis

How will Lovren improve the Liverpool defence? Stats Analysis

Liverpool have been heavily linked to Southampton’s Dejan Lovren with the player telling his manager Ronald Koeman that he wants to join Liverpool. The Reds finished second in Premier League last season, having been top of the league with just three games of the season left. They ultimately lost out to Manchester City and on the balance of the season, deservedly so. Although they scored a remarkable 101 goals, just one less than City, they conceded an atrocious 50 goals. …
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