Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

For the last three seasons Evertonians have enjoyed keeping their secret weapon quiet. Our left back; the softly spoken, erudite, musical blogging, local lad has been steadily going about his business without anybody taking too much notice. Unfortunately in the 2010/2011 season the cat came so far out of the bag that the fire brigade had to be called to retrieve it from the tree. Leighton Baines is by far and away the best left back in the league. These …
Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Everton | Who Replaces Arteta Best?

Since parting ways with Mikel Arteta, Goodison Park's chief creative threat for several years, Everton have struggled to find a player capable of replicating his high level of production. This season, the Spaniard's absence has clearly hampered elements of the Toffees' arsenal, with many attacking statistics on the decline. As is emphasised above, despite their recent upturn in form, the Toffees' creative nous has wavered. What has helped negate these attacking deficiencies and kept David Moyes' side competing  in games this season has …
Mata & Sturridge Stats | Chelsea Stars

Mata & Sturridge Stats | Chelsea Stars

During this season there haven’t been many positives, we’ve looked lacklustre, inconsistent and a lot of the time just plain poor. Games against Arsenal and Aston Villa at home have typified this. However, there are bright sparks, two main bright sparks. Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge have flanked either Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba this season and both have seemed to flourish. [caption id="attachment_10139" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Mata - Sturridge"][/caption] As we can see from the image above, both of the …
Thierry Henry | Arsenal Opta Stats 11/12

Thierry Henry | Arsenal Opta Stats 11/12

When it was announced that a certain Thierry Henry was to return to Arsenal on a two-month loan deal, a slight doubt lingered even with the general excitement amongst Arsenal fans. For you see, this was not the footballing juggernaught who left the club in 2007 in search of filling the one gap- a Champions League medal- in his impecable trophy cabinate. This was an aging 34-year-old, void of the blistering pace which struck fear in Premier league defenders all …
Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

One of the products from the youth academy at Manchester United, Danny Simpson was unable to seize the chance to sustain a regular starting place and only managed a handful of appearances. During his time at Manchester United, he was loaned out to several clubs; Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackburn Rovers and finally to Newcastle in 2009, where he was a steady performer in the Championship that earned himself a permanent contract in 2010. Undoubtedly, Simpson has improved since his …
Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Many months, many column inches and many millions of pounds later we finally have the apology from Carlos Tevez; an apology deemed to be sufficient for Roberto Mancini to welcome him back (even if not quite with open arms) into the fold, stating that he ‘has no problem’ with Tevez. This week saw City both progress in to the last sixteen of the Europa League and see Tevez return to the training ground ahead of City resuming Premier League action …
Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Yesterday it was confirmed that Andrey Arshavin would rejoin Zenit St Petersburg on loan until the end of the season. This appears to be the final nail in the coffin of Arshavin's career at Arsenal that has seen him swing from being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo to making an appearance for Arsenal Reserves last week. The Russian was one of my favorite footballers to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt. His ability to make me grin from ear to ear …
Chelsea | Instant Impacts | Lukaku & Mata

Chelsea | Instant Impacts | Lukaku & Mata

Chelsea FC’s newest signings Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata made their respective debuts for the club in Saturday’s home match against Norwich City. Mata came on for Malouda in the 68th minute and Romelu Lukaku came on for Fernando Torres just as Frank Lampard had scored to give the Blues a 2-1 lead in the 83rd minute. Both players are recent signings, Mata from Valencia CF and Lukaku from Anderlecht FC, and both players came on to make an instant …
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