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Bojan Krkic: How Will Stoke Utilise Barca's Lost Boy?

Bojan Krkic: How Will Stoke Utilise Barca's Lost Boy?

There are many ways to make a name for yourself. I won't go into too much detail here but I'm from North Manchester, so let's just say I've seen a few things in my time. For a Mancunian, getting your name scrawled on the wall of a pub toilet in Moston is probably about as good as it gets. For a young graduate of the Barcelona academy however, making a name for yourself harbours completely different connotations. On March 10th …
Vidal or Strootman: Who will fix Manchester United's 'broken' midfield?

Vidal or Strootman: Who will fix Manchester United's 'broken' midfield?

Roy Keane, for all his flaws as a manager/pundit/human being, was a fantastic footballer. His performance in United's 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg, against Juventus in Turin, is quite rightly heralded as one of the most complete midfield performances of recent times. Some argue that when he left Manchester United to join Celtic after very public fallouts with Sir Alex and many of United's players, Keane left a huge hole in their midfield that has never been completely filled. Carrick …
Mind The Gate: Questioning the Certainty of Football Writers

Mind The Gate: Questioning the Certainty of Football Writers

When I was a lad, my Mum used to tell my siblings and I not to answer the door whilst she was out. Looking back, I think this was to avoid the bailiffs taking all of our stuff. One day though, my attention was drawn to a light knocking. I defied Mum's orders and enthusiastically swung open our front door to see who was on the other side. It was a travelling gypsy. She looked exactly as you would imagine; …
Thrifty Business: The Best Signings for Under £10 Million

Thrifty Business: The Best Signings for Under £10 Million

Typical, isn't it? You spend your time writing a nice little article on the best signings for under £10 million, and just as you are finalising it you're kindly informed that Stoke, yes Stoke, have signed Bojan 'Lionel Messi 2.0' Krkic. For what it's worth, Bojan should be more suited to a Stoke team managed by Mark Hughes, a team that plays slightly more attractive football than that of the sound defensive unit marshalled by previous manager Tony Pulis. Anyway …
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