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The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

[caption id="attachment_2947" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Charlie Adam"][/caption] Last month’s piece on the value of chance creation over the course of a season showed that there is some logic behind Liverpool’s decision to respectively sign and target Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Does the rationale extend to Charlie Adam, the Reds’ latest purchase? Although creating a healthy 64 chances in the league last season (Downing 85, Henderson 82), 45% of these came from set pieces (Downing 31%, Henderson 40%). The original analysis focused …
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 …
Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Not being ones to sit on their hands and let time slip by, UEFA have already drawn the ties for the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Yes, I’m aware that we’re currently only half way through this tie but this is UEFA’s want. If the Whites manage to overcome Crusaders in the second leg at the Cottage next week we’ll be facing a trip to either Croatia or Slovenia. Yeah, we dodged a bullet and avoided a gruelling …
Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Last season saw Arsenal start the campaign with Manuel Almunia in goal. We spent most of the summer being heavily linked with a move for Fulham’s goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, but Arsenal declined to increase our initial offer (as only we do) and we decided to persevere with the Spaniard. Little did we know that Almunia would only go on to play 720 minutes between the sticks in The Premier League. So where did it all go wrong for Almunia statistically? It appears …
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 …
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 …
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