Seb Stafford-Bloor


Seb is a Premier League-accredited football writer in Bath, Somerset. He writes regularly for FourFourTwo and acts as content editor of uMAXit.
  • Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Is A Victim Of His Own Ability

    On November 1st, Seb Stafford-Bloor wrote,  At the weekend, Sergio Aguero came roaring back to life. At The Hawthorns, he ended a run of six games without a goal with a first-half double, knifing an opener through Ben Foster, then fizzing a second into his top-corner. One, two...game over. From a technical perspective, that second was flawless. There are few players who can maintain such a low centre of gravity, who can manufacture scoring angles by themselves, and who can finish with such power and accuracy while also requiring minimal back-lift. ...

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  • Raheem Sterling: A Re-Animation With A Guardiola Assist

    On the basis of Tuesday night's chaotic 5-3 win over Monaco, Manchester City are still a work in progress. Raheem Sterling, though, continued a steady trend of improvement which dates back almost to Pep Guardiola's arrival at the club. After the victimisation he suffered in 2016 and which has continued into the new year, it's proven to be one of the more satisfying storylines of the season. In fact, quite the rebuttal to Joey Barton's assertion that, were it not for his pace, Sterling likely wouldn't have made it as a professional. Yes, Barton was presumably just foraging for attention with his comments, but they were reflective of the movement against the Manchester City forward.  ...

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  • Harry Kane And Inconvenient Aesthetics

    Another weekend, another glut of goals for Harry Kane. His hat-trick against Fulham, by virtue of being against a Championship side, wasn't illustrative of anything which isn't already known, but he is now a goal away from reaching twenty for the season in all competitions and from passing that milestone for the third consecutive year. ...

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  • Tottenham: The Flimsy Promise Of A Winning Culture

    Tottenham resume their eternal Europa League campaign tonight, travelling to Belgium to face KAA Gent. It's a test Spurs are expected to pass, but their involvement in the competition itself is soundtracked by a different sort of debate: given Mauricio Pochettino's reputation for self-sabotage in Europe, is this the year when he uses it as a staging post on the way to greater success? ...

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  • When Did Arsenal Actually Turn “Soft”?

    Is there a more pejorative term in professional sport than "soft"? Probably not. Certainly not one which is loaded with the same weight of negativity. Being soft implies weakness in body and mind and it's a term which Arsenal have been whipped with for almost a decade. ...

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