Nemanja Matic: Europe’s best defensive midfielder?

Nemanja Matic: Europe’s best defensive midfielder?

Just over a year ago, Jose Mourinho agreed to a £22 million fee with Benfica to re-sign Nemanja Matic, who the club have sold for £3 million just three years earlier. A move that left many people perplexed and talking about how it was bad business on Chelsea’s side, turned out to be arguably the most important signing in Mourinho’s second stint at the club and one of the best January deals ever done. The Serb had no trouble breaking …
Top 5 Underrated Players of the 2014-15 Season So Far

Top 5 Underrated Players of the 2014-15 Season So Far

Premier League as we all know is the most watched league in the world and deservedly so for all the drama and excitement it provides coupled with unmatched competitiveness at both ends of the table and of course the plethora of quality on show - week in week out. In this era of social media and football blogs where each and every moment on the pitch and off it is scrutinized and written/talked about, there are a few aspects about …
Leon Osman: 400 Not Out

Leon Osman: 400 Not Out

Practically a dying breed at the top level of English football, Leon Osman rose through the youth ranks at Everton FC, and bearing two short loan spells at Carlisle and Derby County early doors in his career, he has gone on to be an increasingly rare one-club-player. On Saturday 23rd November 2014, Osman notched 400 career appearance for the Toffees, topping off the impressive milestone with a characteristically smart goal in front of the home end to ignite passionate celebrations all …
Player Comparison | Nemanja Matic vs Victor Wanyama

Player Comparison | Nemanja Matic vs Victor Wanyama

Nemanja Matic and Victor Wanyama are two of the most in-form players in the Premier League at this moment in time. To many, whether or not a defensive midfielder is in-form is something quite difficult to see. Neither player will regularly bang the goals in week-in, week-out but both are absolutely vital to their team’s recent success this season. Both of these colossals screen their defences in a way that relieves a lot of the team’s pressure and this defensive …
David Silva vs Eden Hazard | Tricky Playmaker Stats Comparison

David Silva vs Eden Hazard | Tricky Playmaker Stats Comparison

When the season kicked off back in August, two teams, Manchester City and Chelsea, were clear favourites for the title.  Seven games into the season and those are the two teams residing in first and second place with Chelsea five points above second place Manchester City.  The London club have been the better team thus far and their early five point lead on the defending champions shows that. In this article we will focus on David Silva and Eden Hazard's …
What Next For Danny Welbeck?

What Next For Danny Welbeck?

After an encouraging few seasons as part of the Manchester United squad, it appears Louis van Gaal may look to offload Danny Welbeck before the transfer window closes. He is believed to be available on either a permanent or a loan deal with lots of Premier League clubs being credited with an interest in the English international. The forward has played 91 times for Manchester United in the league, showing how he has forced his way to become a first …
Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs. The brick walls of defence. For aspirations of winning the Premier League, it is imperative to have a strong back line. With Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City set to fight it out in the next few months for the title, this following piece will look at the main centre-back for each team and how they have fared so far this season. Looking at stats such a tackling, duels, errors, clearances etc as well as my own opinion on …
Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Football, this beautiful game, has always been about scoring goals, goals galore. The game revolves around putting the ball in the back of the net. Be it the unmissable sitters, heartbreaking and unforgettable last minute winners, the netbusters or sometimes dubious own goals. It is the goals that have always mattered in the end and beyond, goals that footballers are remembered for. Having said that, the less remembered and arguably the least glamorous footballers in terms of what they do, …
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