My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

The Full Back position is one that has evolved rapidly since the inception of the EPL, and so has the importance that this role plays in a team. It is no longer about being a solid defender with the ability to "stick it in the mixer", but a position that can involve being a key attacking wide player who’s team relies on them to provide the width for an otherwise narrow attacking threat. It says it all that Leighton Baines …
Fabio or Rafael for Manchester United? | Stats Analysis

Fabio or Rafael for Manchester United? | Stats Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

As we all know, Patrice Evra has faced with a horde of criticisms regarding his performances last season. Fans have lamented his defensive capabilities, with the increasing feeling that he was not the player he once was. Some blame it on the racism storm with Luis Suarez; others point the finger at his complacency at being the only recognized and reliable left back for Manchester United; while a few would go as far as to attribute it to his problems …
How Bad A Defender Is Andre Santos? A Stats Analysis

How Bad A Defender Is Andre Santos? A Stats Analysis

When Andre Santos arrived from Fenerbahce on deadline day in August 2011, opinion was divided whether the left-back would prove to be a success or failure with Arsenal. The Brazilian has begun well, enduring himself to the Gunners faithful by scoring the equalizing second goal in the Gunners 5-3 beating of Chelsea in October. However, a majority of fans are still unconvinced about the maverick's defensive competence. Lack of match fitness, getting caught up the field, giving the ball away too much, not tracking back …
Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Who is the best EPL Player so far? Part 2

Welcome to the second part of "Who is the best EPL Player so far this season" in which I, NUFC_Stats, have created a stats battle consisting of the 16 best players according to the Official EA Sports Performance Index. As there's a break from EPL football we thought we'd put this little series together of which Part 3 will be published on Monday. If you missed part 1 you can read it here for results of the first round of …
Glen Johnson | Disproving the Myths

Glen Johnson | Disproving the Myths

A Statistical Analysis on Glen Johnson in relation to his Premier League counterparts. Since his transfer to Liverpool in June 2009 for approximately £17million, Glen Johnson has become one of the most well-recognised right-backs in the Premier League. Despite this, fans across the country have often become dismayed at the apparent lack of defensive nous for Liverpool, and England. According to numerous statistics, this appears to be a case of good performances being lost in television translation. The above table …