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 …
Realising the Importance of Victor Wanyama at Tottenham

Realising the Importance of Victor Wanyama at Tottenham

This current Tottenham Hotspur side isn’t one that gives a fan the vibes of their team of the 2009-10 season, does it? The presence of the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon gave Harry Redknapp’s team a wholly different look than the one that Mauricio Pochettino has, as things stand. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen may not be as recognisable faces of the game as Bale or Modric, but that is exactly what …
Is Phil Jones Mourinho's Most Ideal Defender at Manchester United?

Is Phil Jones Mourinho's Most Ideal Defender at Manchester United?

Phil Jones usually comes across as an interesting footballer and an incredibly boring human being. Interesting footballer because there are not many players at Manchester United that divide opinion as much as this 24-year old center-half does, purely in footballing terms. Boring human being because nobody knows what he is up to in his spare time when he is not injured, and such a time is admittedly rare. When Jose Mourinho took over, it was almost inevitable that he was going to …
The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

And Lord Carragher said unto Lord Neville at MNF, "I look at fullbacks and think, there's only two things for a fullback- you're either a failed winger or a failed centre-back. No one wants to grow up and become a Gary Neville." Wonder what Gareth Bale or Paolo Maldini have to say about that. The job of a modern day full-back is unbelievably demanding, which also coincides with the dearth of world class fullbacks. The fullbacks are responsible for providing …
Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This bracket was always going to give a chance to many sides to get deep into the competition. Wales and Portugal have benefited from avoiding the likes of Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Although that isn't to take away from the achievements of both nations, who will firmly believe that they have a chance of lifting the European Championships next weekend. They will both take great confidence from the triumphs of Greece and Denmark in this competition. Neither side is …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
Guilty Pleasure of an Arsenal Fan: Gareth Bale

Guilty Pleasure of an Arsenal Fan: Gareth Bale

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 find themselves in awe, in nearly shameful veneration of a particular talent that not only plays for a rival team, but …
A Look at Manchester United's Transfer Targets

A Look at Manchester United's Transfer Targets

Manchester United have managed to score only two goals in their first 3 EPL outings, so it would not be surprising if the Red Devils sign a new striker before the transfer window ends. After playing a goal-less match against Newcastle United on Saturday, the only goals in the league this season, so far, would be Kyle Walker’s own goal against Tottenham and Adnan Januzaj’s deflected strike to beat Aston Villa. They play Swansea City this Sunday, and they would …
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