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.
  • Nemanja Matic, Manchester United And A Win-Win Transfer

    It's too early to claim Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United as a success. In fact, it's too early to claim it to be anything at all. One Premier League game, even one brilliant Premier League, doesn't make a season. What does seem more certain, though, is that Matic will play a different role for United than the one he was occupying at Chelsea. Under Antonio Conte, the Serbian was on sentry duty, patrolling the middle of the pitch with N'Golo Kante and building the block which kept so many of the team's opponents locked within their own half last season. ...

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  • Crystal Palace’s Opening Day Was Indicative Of Change Rather Than Likely Failure

    Discussing philosophy is so common in football, that the concept has rather lost its meaning. Rather than encompassing an entirely separate group of ideas for how the game should be played, "philosophy" has been devolved to represent a set of tweaks and differences which, really, would be better described as variations. It's basically just become a grandiose way of describing managerial change. However, Crystal Palace's employment of Frank de Boer does actually represent an altered philosophy. ...

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  • Antonio Conte Has A Legitimate Grievance At Chelsea

    Football has a problem with context. Understandably so, because it now exists in a netherworld which is near impossible for the fan to imagine. When a player complains of only earning £60,000/week, we roll our eyes, shrug, and trudge on down the street. Just as we do when any big-club manager dares complain about the strength of his squad. In some cases, those grievances are tedious and empty. Jose Mourinho, for instance, has never knowingly not needed another four more players and an extra £150m. Other times, the complaints are reflective of a real shortage. ...

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  • The Promise Of Danny Welbeck’s Novelty

    Danny Welbeck will turn 27 in November. The notion that a player's prime is designated by age is clearly a bit simplistic, but Welbeck should currently be at the peak of his abilities. Having played nearly 300 senior games, for club and country, he has banked enough experience to know how to apply his ability properly and, short of his thirtieth birthday, he retains the athleticism required to maximise his impact. ...

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  • Watford And Will Hughes Are Set For Harmonious Marriage

    There's a joke on social media that, given the current level of inflation, it's actually shameful for a football player to be transferred for anything less than £20m. It's not without a kernel of truth, either, because some very ordinary players have moved for some extravagant fees. Will Hughes wasn't among them, though. One of the surprises of the window, especially given how often he has been connected with Premier League clubs in the past, was his £8m transfer to Watford. There's a sense that, reputation-wise, Hughes is still haunted by the spectre of injury in 2015/16; two years ago he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and that seems to have bred some distrust.  ...

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