Bench Warmers to Benchmarks: The EPL's Unlikely Heroes in 2016/17

Bench Warmers to Benchmarks: The EPL's Unlikely Heroes in 2016/17

This seems to be the Chinese year of the underdog. No, not the team of underdogs, THAT title belonged to Leicester City last season. This is redemption hour for the previously isolated, regularly ridiculed individuals; Fringe players who seldom grab the headlines for the right reasons and often grabbed them for the wrong ones.  The tables have turned. Yep, the unlikeliest of heroes are stepping up. Maybe it’s just a case of managers using their star man as decoys to throw opposition managers off, but …
Premier League Week 3 - Five Most Impressive Elements

Premier League Week 3 - Five Most Impressive Elements

Every week of this new Premier League season brings some new incidents or certain players play to their potential, while others seem like a let-down. Three weeks in, there have been a few upsets and surprises already, but which five names managed to impress in the third week? 1. Simon Mignolet Mignolet is one player who always receives criticism of some kind. He has had a rather average start until the last weekend, when he heroically came through for Liverpool …
Premier League Clubs and Wasted Talents

Premier League Clubs and Wasted Talents

The Premier League is probably the most exciting proposition in the world for an up-and-coming foreign star. Over the last few decades, we've seen the rise of names such as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez among many others. They all arrived with a good reputation, bags of talent, strong determination and left as superstars.   There is, however, one big factor that made them what they are: they were all given the time and space to adjust in …
Raheem Under Pep Is Of Sterling Quality

Raheem Under Pep Is Of Sterling Quality

Raheem Sterling’s career should be divided into a ‘pre-Guardiola’ and ‘post-Guardiola’ phase to just understand the extent to which he has improved under Manchester City’s freshly appointed manager. Sterling has been remarkably brilliant for City so far. He has scored two goals and three assists in his four appearances, and he can break through the toughest of defences, with an average 3.7 dribbles per game. In fact, those might be the best numbers of the tournament at this point. There …
Sane the Sahne for City?

Sane the Sahne for City?

Just to clarify, Sahne is the German word for cream and as such is my justification for such a shaky play on words in the title. The use of the German word cream is apt though because Leroy Sane really is the cream of Germany’s up and coming attacking talent. His signing from Schalke 04 in a deal potentially worth up to €50m (around £42m) is both a gamble and a coup for Manchester City. As I’ve written before here …
Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

The big shocks in the England squad were Marcus Rashford and Andros Townsend being included after both finished the season strongly. However, the inclusion of Ross Barkley hasn't warranted a mention, as he has been a member of the squad throughout qualification. The Everton midfielder has been touted as one of our most talented players for a long time, but he hasn't pushed on as expected. This leaves the question about whether he deserves to make the final 23 man …
DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

In a must win game to ensure City achieve Champions League qualification the team came out of the traps very sharply. Kevin DeBruyne after 2.5 months out came back to start his first game and City were on the front foot from the start. Pellegrini seems to have prioritised the Champions League this season and one can only second guess players were playing for their chance to be in the first eleven versus PSG on Wednesday. Samir Nasri also returned …
Manchester United Stroll to Victory

Manchester United Stroll to Victory

Robbie Savage on his BBC 606 Talkshow called Manchester City a "shambles". To have spent north of £500m in 4 years and be fielding Martin Demichelis and Jesus Navas he has a point. Even Raheem Sterling has been embarrassing of late, and that £49m piece of business looks very shrewd by Liverpool. The ghost of Pep Guardiola is weighing very heavily on this City squad and some cynics amongst the City fans are suggesting Pellegrini is purposely or spitefully ensuring …
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