Herrera, Carrick & Blind: Is a

Herrera, Carrick & Blind: Is a "World Class" Midfielder Still Needed?

Much of the transfer talk at the start of the 2014/15 season surrounded Manchester United and, more specifically, exactly who they would sign in the centre of midfield. The biggest summer 'transfer saga' (there's one every year - hello Wesley Sneijder) featured Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, who's stock had risen further after his performances for Chile in the World Cup. Elsewhere, Kevin Strootman, Paul Pogba, Nigel De Jong and William Carvalho were also regularly linked with a move to Old …
Best Central Midfield Combination For Newcastle United? Stats Analysis

Best Central Midfield Combination For Newcastle United? Stats Analysis

With the increasing number of teams playing with formations that include a three man central midfield, whether it’d be 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1 or even a false 9, it is near impossible to play the 4-4-2 formation, which served Newcastle well in the first part of the 2011/12 season.  During that season, an inform Tiote and Cabaye built a formidable partnership and were able to control games against other teams who played two in central midfield, for example our away game …
Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

Chelsea's Best Defensive Midfielder | Stats Comparison

Chelsea's Best Defensive Midfielder | Stats Comparison

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
Should Granero play ahead of Faurlin for QPR? Stats Analysis

Should Granero play ahead of Faurlin for QPR? Stats Analysis

Neither Mark Hughes nor Harry Redknapp can quite decide who is his best midfield four. With the likes of Samba Diakite, Stephane Mbia, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Junior Hoilett, Adel Taarabt, Esteban Granero, Park Ji Sung, Alejandro Faurlin and Shaun Derry all competing for a starting place, you would think competition could only be good news. For QPR though, this is a nightmare. There are some big names in that midfield that should really be playing week in week out, but instead …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
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