Before their second season in the top-flight had kicked off back in August, Bournemouth’s manager Eddie Howe was being realistic, acknowledging the much-diagnosed ‘second-season syndrome’ that curtails many clubs following impressive debut seasons. Bournemouth defied expectation by staying up with a cushion of five points last season and Howe was grounded enough to point out
Amid an 8-match winning run, Chelsea’s barren September, where they picked up only one point and slipped to defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, seems like a long time ago. “We didn’t have the right attitude from the first minute…we have to improve a lot”, was new manager Antonio Conte’s withering assessment of the 3-0 loss
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris Spurs have the joint best defensive record in the league and Lloris has played a huge role. An ever present in the Tottenham goal, he has shone throughout. He has always been a brilliant shot stopper but he has perfected his craft to an even higher level as well as becoming a
Crystal Palace’s terrible run under Alan Pardew has been well documented. They have been in rotten form and this dates well back to December of last year. Here is their run of results over the last 34 games: Five wins from 34 games represents relegation form. 24 points in 34 games across one season would result
The high rise and now fall of Joe Hart from Manchester City is one that is unfolded during the summer transfer window of 2016 with a loan move to Torino being made following the arrival of Pep Guardiola for the season. The same applied with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere with veteran-Gunners manager Arsene Wenger willing
Middlesbrough’s 2-2 draw at Leicester on Saturday moved Aitor Karanka’s men onto 12 points in what has been a respectable start to Premier League life for a team boasting little in the way of experience. Loanees Calum Chambers and Alvaro Negredo have had cursory spells with Arsenal and Manchester City respectively while Fabio da Silva
Discussion took place on Sky’s Monday Night Football (MNF) this week about the most influential attacking midfielders in the Premier League. It focused on the output from attacking midfielders at the top six sides in fixtures against one another. Following Juan Mata’s goal against Arsenal last weekend, he perhaps makes a surprise appearance at the
The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious award which illustrates the greatest player of the past 12 months. Surely an award any football player would like to win, this year’s Ballon d’Or is judged solely by a panel of journalists after FIFA and France Football parted ways. Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to regain the title following
I don’t like to chuck the word legend around when it comes to football players but Wayne Rooney? Legend. But it feels like everyone seems to be forgetting this. Now big personalities like Pogba and Ibrahimovic have joined it seems to be drowning the importance of the original players i.e. Rooney and Carrick with all
“That’s fine, brilliant, not a problem for me” said West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis when he was speaking about how foreign coaches such as Jurgen Klopp are viewed as “sexy and bright” in comparison to British managers, but it was a poor attempt at masking his frustration. “I’ll listen to them, they say Klopp
Last week, Everton manager Ronald Koeman provided a unique moment of honest evaluation regarding the future of Romelu Lukaku, as the Dutchman asserted that the striker will have to leave Goodison Park to fulfill his potential. “His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination,” Koeman said in the Belgian newspaper HLN.
The Championship has been described as the hardest, the toughest and the most competitive league to compete in. Whilst the Premier League has evened up in the last seven years, the Championship has over a dozen clubs each year who legitimately believe in their chances of promotion. This had led to a merry-go-round of managers in
With new contracts settled for Eric Dier, Delle Ali and Christian Eriksen, Tottenham now turns its attention to Harry Kane, with the English forward looking to improve his wages after cementing his place as one of the Premier League’s top forwards. The England international signed a deal in February last year to last until 2020,
The Premier League is an unforgiving environment, and one in which managers are increasingly aware of the fact that they may be living on borrowed time. Manchester United’s beleaguered boss Jose Mourinho is the walking embodiment of this at present, as he continues to cut a tense and brooding presence on the Old Trafford touchline.
The coverage of Joey Barton’s summer move to Rangers was befitting of the marquee signing it was billed as. The midfielder arrived, fresh from winning promotion to the Premier League with Burnley, on a £20,000-a-week contract and quickly set about aiming high. “I’m coming up here to be the best player in the country,” he