Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Nani vs Young | United's Big Wing Battle

Manchester United have a bit of a lop-sided squad at the moment. They have an absolute embarrasment of riches both up front and out wide, whereas in the center of midfield and at full-back they're relatively threadbare considering they expect to be challenging for their 20th title this season. It was something of a surprise, then, when they paid the asking price to bring Ashley Young to Old Trafford, especially considering the excellent form of Nani until January and the …
The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

[caption id="attachment_2947" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Charlie Adam"][/caption] Last month’s piece on the value of chance creation over the course of a season showed that there is some logic behind Liverpool’s decision to respectively sign and target Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Does the rationale extend to Charlie Adam, the Reds’ latest purchase? Although creating a healthy 64 chances in the league last season (Downing 85, Henderson 82), 45% of these came from set pieces (Downing 31%, Henderson 40%). The original analysis focused …
Captain Coloccini | How does he compare to the best?

Captain Coloccini | How does he compare to the best?

After signing for £10.3 million in August 2008 from Deportivo La Coruña, Fabricio Coloccini had an indifferent first season for Newcastle United. He lacked the strength and pace to compete against the best strikers and soon there were doubts over his price tag and whether he was cut out for the Premier League. Albeit at a lower level, Coloccini looked more established as a central defender in the Championship and his controlled performances in defence was one of the reasons …
Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Last season saw Arsenal start the campaign with Manuel Almunia in goal. We spent most of the summer being heavily linked with a move for Fulham’s goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, but Arsenal declined to increase our initial offer (as only we do) and we decided to persevere with the Spaniard. Little did we know that Almunia would only go on to play 720 minutes between the sticks in The Premier League. So where did it all go wrong for Almunia statistically? It appears …
Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

Leighton Baines, I bet you think this post is about you

For the last three seasons Evertonians have enjoyed keeping their secret weapon quiet. Our left back; the softly spoken, erudite, musical blogging, local lad has been steadily going about his business without anybody taking too much notice. Unfortunately in the 2010/2011 season the cat came so far out of the bag that the fire brigade had to be called to retrieve it from the tree. Leighton Baines is by far and away the best left back in the league. These …
Chelsea v Man United | An Analysis

Chelsea v Man United | An Analysis

When looking back at the 2010-2011 season there was only one real stand out match for Chelsea which was positive, the home fixture against Manchester United. This fixture was the start of a small turn-around in the season, a lift that was needed for us to at least challenge for the title, in fact at half time in this fixture we were 18 points adrift of our opposition, the next time we faced them we closed down that deficit to …
Is Roger Johnson, Berra?

Is Roger Johnson, Berra?

So after two years of chasing for Mick, he finally gets his man! Roger Johnson today became the newest addition to the ranks as he signed a four year contract for a reported £7M transfer fee. As ever, Wolves have gone about their business quietly, and for the third season in a row have pulled off a 'marquee' signing following on from Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher. Its hard to believe that some Internet forums were full of doom and …
An Analysis of the Worth of Carlos Tevez

An Analysis of the Worth of Carlos Tevez

In the recent weeks, it seems very likely Carlos Tevez has played his last match in a City uniform and will likely not return for another season. It's no question that Tevez is a top scorer. With 20 goals last season, he finished tied for the lead with Dimitar Berbatov. So what exactly will City be losing if Tevez does indeed leave? If we look only at goal totals on the season, we get a very limited assessment of Tevez's …
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