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 …
Player Quick Season Stats Area Launched

Player Quick Season Stats Area Launched

Following on from the Christmas day launch of the Quick Season EPL Stats based on full stats for the whole squad together in one place we've moved on one step further to providing you with a one stop statistical solution. Our next release is the Player based Quick Season epl stats. In this section, as we'll show you below, the Stats Centre will display the Player's stats sorted by match. Not only will you now have the option to check …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …
Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Given the lack of a manager at Wolves, it will be Mick McCarthy’s former assistant, Terry ‘Clipboard’ Connor who takes the reins at Wolves away game at Newcastle United. Given this progression, it is not expected that there will be a number of changes to the personnel selected. One player, though, is surely guaranteed a place – Wayne Hennessey. Yes, he made a massive error in McCarthy’s defeat to West Brom, an error that allowed them to retake the lead …
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 …
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