Alex Stewart


Alex is a Southampton supporting writer based in north London. He writes about sports and coffee for a variety of magazines and websites. He likes hermits, reading, drawing, forests, and graphic novels. He creates By The Numbers and provides scripts for the Whiteboard Football: Tactics
  • uMAXit Recommends: Football Reading

    Football is a wonderfully various and complex subject and a wide variety of writers have tried to tackle it. Here, uMAXit’s resident tactics expert Alex Stewart suggests 12 must-read books on the beautiful game, ranging from over-arching histories to the use of data, and from personal accounts to national narratives. ...

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  • By The Numbers: West Ham’s Javier Hernandez

    West Ham United have splashed £16 million on Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez. West Ham have, at least in the last few years, signed an array of strikers, none of whom have really struck in any meaningful way. So, will the Mexican, nicknamed Chicharito, or Little Pea because of his diminutive stature, finally secure the Hammers some much needed goals? ...

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  • By The Numbers: Why Did Southampton Stutter Last Season?

    Southampton finished eighth in the Premier League table in 2016/17, 15 points lower than seventh placed Everton and two places lower than the preceding season. Claude Puel left the club despite leading the Saints to the EFL Cup final. So where did Southampton go wrong? No team lower than Everton in last season’s table recorded a positive goal difference, but Southampton’s minus eight was the best of the rest. However, Southampton’s 41 goals scored was the joint 14th lowest in the league. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Kieran Trippier versus Kyle Walker

    This article links to the corresponding YouTube video, which can be seen here. Kyle Walker has signed for Manchester City for a reported fee of £50m and Kieran Trippier has signed a five year deal, apparently now on the same wages that Walker was on. This is being taken as a sign that the ex-Burnley man is now Spurs’ first choice right-back. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Everton’s Transfer Business

    Everton have made the early running in the transfer market, spending around £25-30m on Michael Keane, £30m on Jordan Pickford, and £24m on Ajax’s Davy Klaassen, as well as smaller deals for Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez. Wayne Rooney has also joined again and, indeed, scored a nice goal in a pre-season friendly yesterday. ...

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