World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

With the 2014 World Cup now glittering in the distance it is standard procedure for every football fan in England to select their own England squad. Their own formation. Their own route to glory. However, this time it seems slightly harder. England are not exactly blessed by world class squad depth, nor are they blessed with a world class starting XI. But, and this is a big but, the Three Lions are blessed with a potentially promising crop of young …
Everton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Everton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

These two teams head into this Goodison Park clash with very contrasting objectives. Everton, beaten just once in their last ten Premier League games, are just one point from the top four places and are looking to mount a serious push for Champions League qualification. Norwich on the other hand are staring at yet another relegation battle as they sit in 15th position, just three points clear of the relegation places - currently occupied by Crystal Palace, West Ham and …
Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Although conceding a late equaliser against your biggest rivals is a bitter pill to swallow, Evertonians couldn’t afford to be too downhearted at the conclusion of their enthralling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday because, nevertheless, they had just witnessed the greatest attacking performance in a Merseyside derby from the Toffees for several years. Martínez consistently signed off his programme notes at Wigan Athletic with the Spanish expression ‘sin miedo’ meaning ‘without fear’ and that was exactly how his side …
The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

The Kids Are Alright | Lukaku, Januzaj Amongst Prem's Best Youngsters

Few quotes have been repeated as often as Alan Hansen’s famous line, “you can’t win anything with kids.”  If you hail from the red part of Manchester, you’re mocking the former Liverpool man because the ’95-’96 squad that provoked the remark went on to win the title.  Then again, over the past few years, Gooners from North London have found themselves screaming the phrase in anger down the terraces at Arsene Wenger. Of course, the real truth is that age …
Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Player Performance Analysis | Gareth Barry Vs Hull City

Doing the bulk of the unsung work in front of the Everton back four, as others grab the headlines, Gareth Barry usually slips under the proverbial radar. This was not the case against Hull on Saturday, however, as Barry found himself at the centre of a number of potentially game-changing incidents. Danny Graham and Sone Aluko found themselves on the floor after Barry intervened, although neither tackle warranted the intense scrutiny demanded by Steve Bruce. Barry also played a telling …
Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

With another mandatory international break now in full flow, every football fan across the country is enduring a painful couple of days without seeing their beloved side play regularly whilst the attention has been turned to England’s bid to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. During the agonising wait for league action to be resumed, supporters will spend this period thinking, analysing and discussing how the first two months and a bit have gone for their sides in …
Should Barkley and Townsend Start for England? Stats vs Lampard, Gerrard, Carrick & Milner

Should Barkley and Townsend Start for England? Stats vs Lampard, Gerrard, Carrick & Milner

What should Roy go with against Montenegro and Poland: youth or experience? These aren’t friendlies, or weaker opposition in which certain players can be integrated. These are two dangerous teams, neither of whom we have beaten in this group, and the stage on which England meet them can more or less be described as knockout competition. So this isn’t the time for experimentation, this is the time to pick the best team possible. So when I talk about Barkley and …
England's Future Midfield? | Morrison and Barkley Stats Comparison

England's Future Midfield? | Morrison and Barkley Stats Comparison

At a time when the future of the England national team appears in crisis with a lack of talent coming through; two promising English midfielders are starting to make their mark on the game. Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley have nailed down starting positions at West Ham and Everton respectively. Both are attacking minded midfielders, which is shown in their goal tallies as they have each scored on two occasions already. As the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard …
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