Everton Transfer Report | Analysing Barry, McCarthy and Lukaku

Everton Transfer Report | Analysing Barry, McCarthy and Lukaku

Transfer deadline day hasn’t produced particularly good memories for Everton supporters to savour over the years. Finances are tight at the club but with the latest TV money deal, last season’s sixth-place finish bonus and a new manager in Roberto Martinez to back, Everton desperately needed to do some notable business and they positively delivered in the remaining few hours of transfer window with Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku joining on season-long loan deals from Manchester City and Chelsea respectively, …
Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Where Next for Gareth Barry? Compared to Gerrard, Arteta, Dembele & Mikel

Amongst the millions of pounds lavished on the cream of the European crop there actually may be a few bargains to be had if you look a little closer to home. With the powers that be at Manchester City flashing the cash to bring in top talent, such as Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, to launch a new assault on Manchester United’s domestic crown, players like Gareth Barry have been pushed to the sides to pave way for the new order. …
Michael Carrick - Man United's Heartbeat | Stats compared to Barry / Scholes

Michael Carrick - Man United's Heartbeat | Stats compared to Barry / Scholes

You don’t get a player who has had as many differing views about him as Michael Carrick. Usually heavily criticized by Manchester United supporters, Sir Alex Ferguson has always been an admirer of his ability and is always full of praise for him. I believe it’s time to put his doubters to rest, because I have always regarded Michael Carrick as the unsung hero of Manchester United, especially in recent seasons. And there is no doubt that he will be …
Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

The holding midfielder has become a prominent role in the majority of sides in the Premier League. In our opinion the lack of a "midfield enforcer", effectively, cost Manchester United the title last season. I've heard a lot of Manchester United supporters bemoan the lack of strength (in terms of power not finesse) centrally in their midfield. What we're analysing here is the amount of tackles placed by these defensive midfielders and the amount they win to break up the …
England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

With the goalkeeper and defence already chosen for England’s best XI (Full England Defence Article Here) we will now look at what England’s best midfield would be for Euro 2012. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up …
Joey Barton | Right to be criticised? Opta Stats Analysis

Joey Barton | Right to be criticised? Opta Stats Analysis

City 3 - 1 Wolves: Statistical Analysis

City 3 - 1 Wolves: Statistical Analysis

It may not have been as explosive a victory as the midweek one at Molineux, or even the previous weekend’s derby at Old Trafford for that matter, but City chalked up another victory on Saturday at home to Wolves and in doing so maintained their five point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League and now possess the best record through ten games (nine wins and a draw) since Chelsea achieved the same feat back in 2005/06. The …
The influence of Man City's midfield trio

The influence of Man City's midfield trio

With the departure of Carlos Tevez anticipated for much of the summer months, much has been made of quite how stark his contribution to Manchester City has been these past two seasons. The undoubted heartbeat of the side, City often appeared to go as Tevez did. His energetic and infectious play a constant torment to the opposition and his worth to City (despite some trying to play down his contribution) was clear: top scorer in both seasons by some margin …
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