O Captain, My Captain! Lack of characters in the Premier League

O Captain, My Captain! Lack of characters in the Premier League

With the imminent move of Chelsea captain John Terry at the end of the season, the Premier League is characterised by a lack of stand out captains. Captains in the military sense that would lead their charges into battle or that would grab points from the jaws of defeat. Bryan Robson, Colin Hendry, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Steven Gerrard, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira types are few and far between. At the top eight clubs we have Wes Morgan, …
A Liverpool Fans Dream Midfield: Roy Keane & Steven Gerrard

A Liverpool Fans Dream Midfield: Roy Keane & Steven Gerrard

I know Liverpool fans are going to hate reading this, because of the player involved, because of the club he played for. Because of the animosity between Liverpool and the club this certain player played for. When talking about this player it's these words that echoed around stadiums like Old Trafford, Celtic Park and The City Ground, what words am I talking about well its Keano, Keano, Keano of course. Roy Keane had a stellar career at Manchester United winning …

The £4m Premier League Team

Transfer spending makes or breaks any club. The demise of all the following "once great" clubs can be attributed to transfer spending, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Coventry City, Glasgow Rangers and a host more. Bolton with a £140m debt, rock bottom of the Championship and Leeds (who have sold both their Stadium and their training ground) probably fared the worst. In light of this it is astonishing the following Premier League 11 cost a mere £3,940,000.00. …
Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool paid the price for a lack of cutting edge against a hungry, high flying Aston Villa team now firmly finding their feet under Paul Lambert and Roy Keane with a near-flawless start to the season. Aston Villa coming to Anfield remains one of Brendan Rodgers few tactical jigsaw puzzles he is yet to figure out. The Birmingham side have flourished at Liverpool for the last few seasons now with the same mindset and strategy on each visit. It has …
Vidal or Strootman: Who will fix Manchester United's 'broken' midfield?

Vidal or Strootman: Who will fix Manchester United's 'broken' midfield?

Roy Keane, for all his flaws as a manager/pundit/human being, was a fantastic footballer. His performance in United's 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg, against Juventus in Turin, is quite rightly heralded as one of the most complete midfield performances of recent times. Some argue that when he left Manchester United to join Celtic after very public fallouts with Sir Alex and many of United's players, Keane left a huge hole in their midfield that has never been completely filled. Carrick …
Will Aston Villa Avoid Another Season Of Struggle?

Will Aston Villa Avoid Another Season Of Struggle?

Despite being amongst an elite group of teams who have never been relegated from the Premier League, it has been a turbulent two years for Aston Villa. A club which once flirted with the potential to break into the top four have since declined into a shadow of their former selves, with consecutive relegation battles far removed from the Martin O’Neill days when Villa regularly finished in the top ten. Paul Lambert’s young side may have learnt invaluable lessons from …
The Longest Bans in the Premier League | Cantona, Ferdinand, Barton, Suarez, Di Canio

The Longest Bans in the Premier League | Cantona, Ferdinand, Barton, Suarez, Di Canio

The FA banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for 10 games yesterday, after he bit Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in the game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The Uruguayan's punishment is just the latest in a line of long bans for Premier League players in the past. Here are the most significant ones in descending order: Eric Cantona - The Manchester United striker was banned for nine months and ordered to do 120 hours of community service after he assaulted a …