Southampton vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Southampton vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Southampton welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the South Coast this weekend, in a meeting of two teams low on morale. The hosts were expected to push into the top half and it has only been one week, but their first two performances will worry supporters. They have lost to Crystal Palace and Brentford without scoring a goal. Meanwhile, the visitors were also beaten on the opening weekend, before nearly suffering a humiliating defeat to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League. Neither …
Thiago Silva wouldn't guarantee an end to Chelsea's defensive issues

Thiago Silva wouldn't guarantee an end to Chelsea's defensive issues

Chelsea could be set to strengthen their defence by bringing in Thiago Silva on a free transfer. The Guardian report that the Blues have held talks with the Brazilian's representatives and a decision on his future will be made following the Champions League final. There won't be a shortage of options for the 35-year-old, but a move to the Premier League could appeal to him. This proposed transfer is difficult to analyse without looking at the wider picture at Chelsea. …
Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Chelsea shouldn't gamble on Declan Rice as a centre back

Chelsea shouldn't gamble on Declan Rice as a centre back

Chelsea are set to have a big summer of spending following a year without a signing, due to their transfer ban. They have already made attacking reinforcements with more expected to follow. However, it is at the back that supporters will be hoping for improvements. According to the Times, West Ham United value defensive target Declan Rice at £80 million. The Hammers have already rejected a player swap deal involving Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley. It is important that their …
Why West Ham United Must Build, not Rebuild, This Summer

Why West Ham United Must Build, not Rebuild, This Summer

It would be fair to say that West Ham United had a disappointing season in the 2019/20 edition of the Premier League. The Hammers, having finished 10th in 2018/19, went into their second season under Manuel Pellegrini expecting big things. They had shown huge ambition in the transfer market and secured the signings of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt and Pablo Fornals from Villareal for a combined £69million. Add to that Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson, the previous summer's big …
Five Potential Landing Spots for Wilfried Zaha

Five Potential Landing Spots for Wilfried Zaha

Wilf Zaha is a player who divides opinion. Some think he's a top level player, a player capable of playing for any club at any level. Others see him as all sizzle, no steak. An immensely talented player who's fun to watch but doesn't produce enough. Four goals and five assists this past season is a poor return for a player of his talents, especially given everything runs through him at Palace. There are extenuating circumstances to that disappointing season, …
Eight Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Look At To Fill A Need

Eight Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Look At To Fill A Need

With Kostas Tsimikas set to be announced as Liverpool's first summer signing this week, Liverpool have ticked off one box on their list of tasks for this summer. They have found a back-up leftback to offer cover and competition for Andy Robertson. With that done and dusted, Liverpool can move on to other areas that need addressing. Those would appear to be a back-up central defender, cover in attack and a central midfielder if a deal can be struck for …
Olympiacos through the lens of Tsimikas: How team environment impacts player performance

Olympiacos through the lens of Tsimikas: How team environment impacts player performance

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