Raunaq Salat

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

Son Heung-Min: Potential To Be The Best Asian Ever in EPL?

Son Heung-Min: Potential To Be The Best Asian Ever in EPL?

Having been touted as one of the most exciting young players in Europe over the past couple of years, Son Heung-Min finally made his move to the English Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur shelled out £22m (€30m) in their bid to challenge for the top four positions. The €30m received by Leverkusen is a club record transfer surpassing Andre Schurrle’s €21m (£18m) transfer to Chelsea in 2013. Incidentally, Son was signed to replace Schurrle for €10m that summer. The 23-year-old …
Stoke City vs West Brom Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Stoke City vs West Brom Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Stoke City host West Brom at the Britannia with both sides looking to kickstart their campaigns with three points following a disappointing start to the season. Stoke City were outdone by a late Phillipe Coutinho blockbuster on the opening day but they followed it up by a valiant two goal comeback at White Hart Lane. They drew last weekend too at Norwich despite being outplayed by the newly promoted side and will be looking to beat the Baggies on Saturday. …
Player Performance Analysis | Joe Gomez vs Arsenal

Player Performance Analysis | Joe Gomez vs Arsenal

Stage: The Emirates on a Monday night. Scene: An 18-year-old playing out of position at left-back against one of the most lethal attacks from last season in the league. Result: No sweat. You couldn't have seen it anyway due to the downpour in London. Joe Gomez not only kept a cool head as is fast becoming trademark for him, he also kept Arsenal's potent attack at bay while looking the part of an experience professional. Last season when he was …
Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Arsenal host Liverpool on Monday night looking for their first home win of the new campaign. The Gunners were outdone by West Ham on the opening day before they recorded a fine win at Crystal Palace last Sunday in which they were impressive in patches. Liverpool have opened the season with consecutive 1-0 wins at Stoke and then against Bournemouth but are yet to shift out of the second gear. Liverpool will need another good defensive performance at the Emirates …
Player Performance Analysis | Nathaniel Clyne vs Bournemouth

Player Performance Analysis | Nathaniel Clyne vs Bournemouth

Nathaniel Clyne continued with his impressive start to the Liverpool career with another solid display at right-back. If he had any nerves at all ahead of his Anfield debut, there were none on display in what was an assured performance. He provides boundless energy and movement on the right flank which is a massive improvement over the shadow of the player Glen Johnson had become in the past couple of years deprived of any confidence whatsoever. 41% of Liverpool's attacks came …
West Ham vs Leicester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

West Ham vs Leicester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Having started the season with an opening day win away at the Emirates, West Ham host Leicester City at Upton Park with the Foxes themselves enjoying a 4-2 win over Sunderland last weekend. Slaven Bilic has urged his side to maintain their high levels from what was a deserved win requiring great discipline and high levels of concentration to blunt Arsenal. It was the standout result from the first weekend of the new season and the Croat will be targeting …
WBA vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

WBA vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

In the first Monday night fixture of the season, West Brom host Manchester City at the Hawthorns. The Citizens will be hoping to improve upon the defensive frailties they displayed recently, when they conceded four goals apiece against Real Madrid and then Stuttgart. Last season's runner-ups have a few players lacking match fitness following their late return from international duty at the Copa America and it could prevent them from fielding a full-strength starting XI. City asked the Premier League for …
Angel di Maria: What went wrong during his time at Manchester United?

Angel di Maria: What went wrong during his time at Manchester United?

When Angel di Maria completes his move to Paris Saint Germain sometime this week, the British record transfer signing at £59.7million will be keen to forget the single season he spent at Old Trafford which supposedly "ruined' the winger according to one of Argentina’s backroom staff. Di Maria wanted to move to Paris last season itself although the transfer didn't transpire because of the FFP restrictions on the Ligue 1 champions. He ended up in England where he earned £280k/week …
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