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.
  • Crystal Palace Are Starting To Take Their Manager’s Shape

    On February 2nd, Seb Stafford Bloor wrote, Sam Allardyce looked weary at the end of Crystal Palace's 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Addressing the media post-game, Allardyce was not in the kind of self-celebratory mood which he has sometimes been prone to and neither did he pulse with any victorious bombast. ...

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  • Romelu Lukaku: Early Prime, Early Decline?

    Last week was spent reacting to the news that Romelu Lukaku will not be renewing his contract at Everton. But, irrespective of whether he's right to do that and what his motivations are, the outcome is likely to be the same: barring a dramatic climb-down between now and the end of the season, he will depart Goodison Park for an enormous sum of money. And maybe, over time, Everton will benefit most from that? ...

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  • Tottenham: Replacing Harry Kane By Aggregate

    Tottenham's Premier League run-in doesn't really lend itself to much deep analysis. One of the quirks of their fixture list is that their truest tests are either behind them or still some way in the future. Arsenal come to White Hart Lane for the final time on the last day of April, Manchester United the week after, but - the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea aside - they face a run of games against teams which, really, they're expected to beat. ...

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  • Describing A Fondness For Creative Set-Pieces

    Set-pieces have grown all sorts of pejorative associations in recent years. Think corners and free-kicks and, invariably, Tony Pulis's baseball cap comes to mind. And that's the problem: set-pieces are intertwined with pragmatism. They are the loophole exploited by inferior sides who are incapable of competing within the boundaries of open play. It's not true - or fair - but that seems to be the general perception. ...

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  • Tottenham, Ben Davies, and Gentle Improvement

    Ben Davies is not Danny Rose. He will never play football with quite the same spirit or verve, nor will he likely be of similar value to Tottenham Hotspur. Nevertheless, since Rose suffereed his injury during the goalless draw with Sunderland in late January, Davies has been gently growing into the hole he's been tasked with filling. He's not perfect. He lacks the acceleration and skill to raid deep into opponent's halves and defends in a more passive, positioning-based way, but Davies has started to do something which is often seen as impossible: he's reclaiming his reputation. ...

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