Newcastle 10/11 Striker Comparison

Newcastle 10/11 Striker Comparison

With Alan Pardew’s main transfer target this summer being a top class striker, it is important to look at what Newcastle currently have available on the striker front in order to see what type of striker is needed. Newcastle United have struggled to find the back of the net in their pre-season matches and against Arsenal in the season opener. This has heightened the need to find a goalscorer to fill the void that was left when Andy Carroll was sold …
Newcastle v Arsenal | Match Report

Newcastle v Arsenal | Match Report

Similar to last season, another stalemate, another penalty incident, another Arsenal player sent off for an off the ball incident with Joey, but unfortunately this match won’t be remembered as fondly as our 4-4 draw back in February. The Barton – Gervinho incident has been analysed so many times over the weekend from all sorts of media, I’ll be gladly avoiding this area and focusing on the football that was played. With Arsenal fielding out a team minus Fabregas, Nasri …
Creativity lacking on opening weekend

Creativity lacking on opening weekend

A wholly underwhelming opening weekend produced 14 goals from 8 matches, a poor advert for the self-proclaimed ‘world’s most entertaining league’. This was typified at St James’ Park, where Arsenal and Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw after sharing 8 goals only six months ago. In that 4-4 thriller, no fewer than 27 chances were created; on Saturday that figure was only 11. Indeed, the entire league suffered a creativity setback in terms of chances created, the table below shows …
Pardew v Hughton | A tale of two halves of a season

Pardew v Hughton | A tale of two halves of a season

It’s been literally a tale of two half seasons for Newcastle’s return to the Premier League, as the first half of the season was steered by Chris Hughton, helped along with the presence and goals of Andy Carroll and a very brief appearance from Hatem Ben Arfa. In December, Hughton was, judged by many, to be unfairly sacked and Alan Pardew was brought in three days after his departure.  He only had Andy Carroll’s services for three games before he …
Joey Barton | England's best midfielder?

Joey Barton | England's best midfielder?

Captain Coloccini | How does he compare to the best?

Captain Coloccini | How does he compare to the best?

After signing for £10.3 million in August 2008 from Deportivo La Coruña, Fabricio Coloccini had an indifferent first season for Newcastle United. He lacked the strength and pace to compete against the best strikers and soon there were doubts over his price tag and whether he was cut out for the Premier League. Albeit at a lower level, Coloccini looked more established as a central defender in the Championship and his controlled performances in defence was one of the reasons …
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. …
Kaboul | Statistically compared to rivals

Kaboul | Statistically compared to rivals

There have been many stories accompanying the recent rise of Tottenham Hotspur. Many players have made names for themselves, and the manager has enhanced his reputation to the extent that when the manager of the English national team steps down, he is the name on everyone’s lips to take over. Name your price Harry, name your conditions. To borrow a metaphor from another sport, the ball is very much in his court. Players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are …
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