After Encouraging Run of Form, Southampton Must Continue to Build.

After Encouraging Run of Form, Southampton Must Continue to Build.

As Southampton fans left St. Mary's stadium on October 25th 2019, they could have been excused for thinking that their team was destined for relegation. Even at that early point in the season, Southampton looked dead and buried. They have just been trounced 9-0, at home, by Leicester City, and had Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal in their next three games. Mainstream media talking heads all began the discussion about who would replace Ralph Hasenhuttl, those well informed folk having …
Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Liverpool's LB Problem: Enrique, Flanagan, Cole and Betrand Compared

Liverpool's LB Problem: Enrique, Flanagan, Cole and Betrand Compared

Liverpool were in quite a pickle with their left-back situation last season. Jose Enrique was the original first choice to play in that position until a knee injury cut his season short, playing only eight games. Aly Cissokho, on loan from Valencia, was a readymade replacement until we realised that he just wasn’t good enough for the team. Now we’re in a dilemma, and have no choice but to throw in youngster Jon Flanagan, who is a right-back by trade, …
Chelsea allow Bertrand to head out on loan

Chelsea allow Bertrand to head out on loan

Chelsea Football Club have today confirmed that left full back Ryan Bertrand has joined Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season. Boss Jose Mourinho explained "The best thing for him was to go on loan for the rest of the season because he needs to play. At the moment my optiions for left-back are Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta. "So for Ryan we felt - and he agrees totally - that he needs to play. He's English and …
The Future England Left-Back | Stats Comparison: Gibbs, Bertrand, Shaw & Rose

The Future England Left-Back | Stats Comparison: Gibbs, Bertrand, Shaw & Rose

Ashley Cole has dominated the England left-back spot for many years, first breaking into the team against Albania in 2001, back when Sven was in charge. Wayne Bridge provided a little competition from 2002 until his last appearance in 2009. Since then we've seen Leighton Baines come into his own at Everton, being linked with Manchester United along the way, and begin to provide more competition, yet Ashley Cole is still considered the first choice left back. Kieran Gibbs has …