Another Sergio Aguero hat-trick confirms his place among Premier League's elite

Another Sergio Aguero hat-trick confirms his place among Premier League's elite

When contemplating the Premier League's all-time elite goalscorers, names like Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler come to mind. But as a result of Machester City's 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on the weekend, a new name should be added to the list - Sergio Aguero.
Aguero’s hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 win took his tally to a jaw-dropping 146 goals in just 208 games and saw him usurp former Manchester United and …
Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Why Southampton are in trouble: Cash-strapped & unable to spend more than they sell

Southampton are a football team who many will admire. A lot of this is due to the players they have developed through their academy, who in turn had to be sold on because of interest from richer and more successful clubs. The likes of Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have emerged from the club’s conveyor belt of talent during the noughties. Going further back, Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer were two of the …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

In modern football it's becoming more and more common to see former players return to their clubs as a coach or manager. The latest could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea to work alongside interim manager Guus Hiddink. He'd follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who's enjoying his second season as part of the coaching and management team. However, it's not always been a succesful transition. Here's some of the best and worst stories of players …
Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool fan: Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool fan: Ruud Van Nistelrooy

We’ve all got one. The one we weren’t allowed to look at; the one we had to admire in secret, from a distance. One more appropriate to deny than to acknowledge, to dismiss than to appreciate. Guilty pleasures in football usually cross supporting lines. It’s very seldom that one can support one of the top sides and not suddenly themselves in awe, in nearly shameful veneration of a particular talent that not only plays for a rival team, but in …
Can Rooney be Considered a Great English Striker?

Can Rooney be Considered a Great English Striker?

Many top nations have that one attacking spark that drags them out of obscurity, that one match winner capable of changing a game, or that one poacher who nicks a goal from nowhere.  Wayne Rooney is supposedly that player for England, but his struggles in previous International tournaments have left him open to criticism. Is this really down to the management of the team or is the player to blame? The marked increase in Premier League quality has not shown …