Is Roger Johnson, Berra?

Is Roger Johnson, Berra?

So after two years of chasing for Mick, he finally gets his man! Roger Johnson today became the newest addition to the ranks as he signed a four year contract for a reported £7M transfer fee. As ever, Wolves have gone about their business quietly, and for the third season in a row have pulled off a 'marquee' signing following on from Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher. Its hard to believe that some Internet forums were full of doom and …
An Analysis of the Worth of Carlos Tevez

An Analysis of the Worth of Carlos Tevez

In the recent weeks, it seems very likely Carlos Tevez has played his last match in a City uniform and will likely not return for another season. It's no question that Tevez is a top scorer. With 20 goals last season, he finished tied for the lead with Dimitar Berbatov. So what exactly will City be losing if Tevez does indeed leave? If we look only at goal totals on the season, we get a very limited assessment of Tevez's …
Battle Under the Bar at Fulham - goalkeepers

Battle Under the Bar at Fulham - goalkeepers

Heading into the 2011-2012 Barclays' Premier League season, Fulham will have a major dilemma on their hands in between the posts. The club recently acquired Csaba Somogyi from Hungarian side Rakospalotai EAC to provide extra depth in the scenario that David Stockdale is loaned out. The battle for the starter's job seems to have been already settled by new manager Martin Jol's intent to loan out the Englishman, but should it be? Thirty-eight year old veteran Mark Schwarzer didn't have …
Stoke City | A transfer market preview

Stoke City | A transfer market preview

After a great season including an FA cup final appearance and another solid finish in the Premiership. Tony Pulis will yet again be pushing on, whilst trying his luck in the summer transfer market. Stoke have already brought in Jonathan Woodgate. A top quality player but one that has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, he played the round number of zero minutes last season, but a player if kept fit has no doubt better quality than other back-up …
The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

Ashley Young’s decision not to sign a contract till the summer has proved to be a masterstroke for the England international. With only 15 months remaining on his current deal, he’s made himself a realistic option for England’s top clubs, namely Manchester United. There are still those, however, who aren’t quite sure of what Ashley Young’s best role is. With pace as his most obvious strength, many feel he is best suited as a winger. Others will point to his …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
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 …
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