Oh, so Dimitri was the problem after all was he? Who would have thought it, that with West Ham’s star man refusing to play that the Hammers would suddenly look like a team completely at home at the London Stadium and put in the kind of performance that had even the most fervent Big Sam
Tell you what, Carlton is going to have to knock it one hell of a long way for Graham Taylor to see it now. Allow to me step down from the tongue-in-cheek momentarily. Graham Taylor was doing high tempo, pressing football way before any of our continental friends brought it to the Premier League. He
So Hull have gone more left field than Robert Snodgrass hugging the touchline at the KCOM Stadium. Yes, the name they pulled out of the managerial hat was Marco Silva. A wise choice, I am sure. If in doubt, appoint a man that was once sacked for not wearing the right suit. This will end
“New Year, new me” said a million and one people a couple of days back. Not Arsene Wenger, oh no. Arsenal’s manager is still living in a totally different time and believes that the way to get the best out of Aaron Ramsey is to stick him on the wing. Well, I must say I
So Manchester United were a matter of minutes plus a Michael Carrick ice-cream away from a terrible end to 2016. But on the birthday of Sir Alex United rose once more to notch up their fifth straight win. They were in 6th place when this run of victories commenced and now they are happy grazing
Watford started their match with Big Sam’s Palace as if they were still sleeping off the effects of the Christmas sherry. Palace deservedly led before the first important notes were scribbled in Allardyce’s notepad. “Never let him take another penalty” was double underlined as Benteke casually missed from the spot, leaving the stable door open
Antonio Conte knows he cannot rely on Diego Costa to get through the rest of the season without injury or suspension so Chelsea are to reject loan offers for Batshuayi . As a bonus, if Costa does in fact manage to play every match between now and the end of the season Batshuayi will still
So December is the new November for Arsenal. Last Sunday morning they topped the table and now, eight short days later, they are nine points off the top. Pre-match City reversed their shirts in a way that made me wonder whether Gundogan had died. It turned out he was only injured. Imagine if Arsenal had
It may not surprise you to learn that José is no fan of Christmas. People having fun? Being nice to each other? Not being asked to track back and defend the Christmas presents? None of that on Mourinho’s watch. Rather than follow tradition and let the boys go home after a Christmas morning training
Goals! Goals everywhere! Well, on Saturday anyway. Watford and Everton showed Manchester City the way forward, the way forward being how to defend like complete schoolboys. Not even schoolboys that have played football, the schoolboys that used to stay inside at lunchtime and play on the BBC computers. And goalkeepers? Don’t get me
Chelsea fans will have wished it was 2005 when news spread that Ashley Cole and Joe Cole were being joined in training by the Italian great, Andrea Pirlo. It shows how old they all are now as there was no speculation of shock signings, just a kickabout with some old friends and foes.
It has been revealed that Mario Balotelli had a £1 million good behaviour clause in his contract at Liverpool. If he managed to not get sent off three times for being, well, Mario Balotelli the Anfield side were prepared to give him a massive bonus. Who would have thought it more likely he would
What exactly has David Luiz done to upset Sergio Aguero? It cannot possibly be that Sideshow Bob puts the little Argentine in his pocket each time they meet because, although playing very well at the moment, Luiz isn’t that good. Is it the historic rivalry between Argentina and Brazil coming to the fore in
Spurs fans have needed something to cheer them up in recent weeks. Therefore there was no better time for Poch to get suited up, adopt the look of a IT salesman and get Harry Kane to renew his Windows 10 licenses for another 3 years. Actually it was 5 years and a £100k
Gareth Southgate must be one hell of a salesman. He is currently trying to persuade Steve Holland that a good career move would be to jack it in with Antonio Conte and the Premier League leaders and come and be found guilty by association the next time England crash out of a major tournament.