The rise of Simon Cox

The rise of Simon Cox

As the Shane Long ‘saga’ rumbles on as predictably as these transfer sagas do, it is necessary to look at the current alternatives already at The Hawthorns. I was at the 2-2 pre-season friendly at Southampton where Roy Hodgson played Simon Cox and Ishmael Miller up front with Marc-Antoine Fortune on the wing. Starting the three closest understudies to Odemwingie, Hodgson was obviously focussed on firming up the attacking hierarchy. And it was Cox who impressed. He bagged both goals, …
Ben Foster: An Albion Preview

Ben Foster: An Albion Preview

'Goodnight, sweet prince', I sobbed, as I read the news that Scott Carson was moving to Bursaspor for an 'undisclosed fee', suspected to be around £1.5m. I'm a self-confessed Carson-sympathiser, as I belated argued earlier this year and was genuinely saddened to see him go. Not that I thought he was spectacular, far from it, more out of pity than anything else. So off he goes and for a brief spell, West Brom's number one has been Boaz Myhill, followed by …
Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

A pre-season draw to concede the Emirates Cup to the New York Red Bulls suggested that although it’s a new season for Arsenal, the same old problems remain. In an attempt to get to the statistical core of those problems, I stumbled across a slightly bizarre relationship: last season the Gunners enjoyed more success when they actually saw less of the ball. Accounting for differences in opposition strength and match location (home or away), a fall in the amount of …
Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair has been touted by many since he moved from Bristol Rovers to Chelsea at the age of 16 in July of 2005. He has made his football league debut for Bristol in December of 2004, in the season before Chelsea signed him. No first team experience with just 2 league appearances for Bristol but Chelsea and many others saw the potential. However he only made a handful of appearances at Chelsea between 2005 and 2010, but he was sent …
Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

The only thing I am not looking forward to about the start of the new season is Mark Lawrenson. Not that I have anything personally against the man, it is his lazy evaluation of Wigan Athletics’ chances in the upcoming fixtures through the medium of ‘Lawro’s Predictions’, that has got my beef. [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Here he is, the man in question."][/caption] Fans of other clubs may have never picked up on, been bothered enough to take notice or …
Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Heading into the final weeks of the summer, many a fantasy football manager begin to prepare their teams for the upcoming season. Over the next few weeks, I'll be creating a guide for managers to use when making decisions regarding Fulham players. This will be a three-segment guide, with a section dedicated to defenders, midfielders and attackers. For analysis regarding FFC goalkeepers, refer to my previous article. Before we look at who some of the better options may be, let's look at what …
Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

[caption id="attachment_1917" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Friedel joined Spurs"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignright" width="305" caption="Given now at Villa Park"][/caption] Aston Villa lost Brad Friedel to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of June, leaving a huge void in the Aston Villa team. Friedel had been ever present in the Premier League for Aston Villa since they signed him in July of 2008. Even then there were question marks over his age, people questioning whether this was a step forward or a step back due …
David Luiz, Alex or both for Chelsea?

David Luiz, Alex or both for Chelsea?

Before the start of the season the talk has mainly been about Sneijder, Pastore, Lukaku and the like for Chelsea, attacking players that should plug a lack of creativity that has been evident over the last season however there is one question that has been seemingly forgotten. What’s our best centre back partnership? As John Terry is our captain it’s a safe bet that he is going to be one of the two centre backs and as Branislav Ivanovic is …
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