Is crossing still an effectively used strategy in the Premier League?

Is crossing still an effectively used strategy in the Premier League?

“The game has changed!” How many times have you heard, particularly from the ex-pros, this statement? There’s no doubt that some ways and forms of modern-day élite football has changed. You only have to look into the life of a professional footballer today, in comparison with a player from 25 years or so ago (their athleticism, their diet, their sports science support, their recovery techniques etc) and that itself should imply a significant difference in the performance of today’s players. …
Adebayor - Offering More than Just Goals

Adebayor - Offering More than Just Goals

The one thing that Tottenham had been crying out for since selling Dimitar Berbatov was a top class striker - someone who could hold the ball up, bring others into play and most importantly put the ball in the back of the net. Signing Adebayor seemed to tick all of the boxes - a player with pace and power and someone who constantly found the net at White Hart Lane for his previous employers…. Just recently I have heard a …
Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

In my previous article I looked at how Adebayor offered more to the team than just goals. His movement, hold up play and creativity have all been excellent and a major factor in Tottenham’s rise to the top 3 of the Premier League. Against Newcastle on Saturday evening, Adebayor was once again back to his best. With a new strike partner to play alongside, Adebayor seemed to be keen to impress. He linked up wonderfully with Saha and it was …
Downing | Running out of Chances?

Downing | Running out of Chances?

As usual, the season so far, for Liverpool FC, has been a roller coaster that would rival the Big Dipper at Blackpool (does that even still exist). One second you're on the way up only to be on the way down again, emotionally that is. The excellent mood of the last two or three weeks came to a pretty depressing end on Saturday. Rather than concentrate on the situation that has occurred between Manchester United and Liverpool I'd rather move …
Man United 3 Chelsea 1 | Clinical Finishing

Man United 3 Chelsea 1 | Clinical Finishing

Andre Villas-Boas' first stern test of the season ended with a loss for his team but based on this showing, he's making good progress. He set up Chelsea to attack and this made for a very open game, one that was enjoyed by all parties except, maybe, those on the losing side. Free flowing attacking games like today's are good in the sense that they expose weaknesses in a team's defensive and attacking play. In the opening 20 minutes of …
Lack of cutting edge a worry | QPR

Lack of cutting edge a worry | QPR

Neil Warnock will reflect on last night's 0-0 draw with Newcastle as two points dropped after his side dominated for large portions of the game but failed to get the win. Even though he gave debuts to five players the team looked fluid and the opposition struggled to deal with their movement. QPR lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Adel Taarabt and Shaun Wright-Phillips flanking Jay Boothroyd and within eight minutes, left-back Armand Traore presented the attacking trio with their …
Sunderland Vs Newcastle | Who will score?

Sunderland Vs Newcastle | Who will score?

This weekend will see the first North East derby of the season between Newcastle United and Sunderland and both teams will go into it feeling confident after credible draws against potential top4 sides. Sunderland went away to Liverpool and after a first half battering and surviving a missed penalty, a possible red card and a dubiously disallowed goal came back strongly in the second half and were good value for the point they came away with. Newcastle United played out …
Everton Scores In Midfield

Everton Scores In Midfield

Everton's seasons have come to rest on the edge of a blade.  With Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Co. securing the rearguard to the tune of just 190 goals allowed over the past 5 EPL seasons (that is just 38 goals allowed per season), Everton have the defense upon which to build a top four assault.  However, Everton has finished in the top 5 places in the table just twice in that time, have not finished top 4 once and …
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