Stephen Tudor


When not being Daisy, Stephen writes for FourFourTwo, Betfair and 888Sport.
  • Are Everton Experiencing Difficulty Or A Crisis?

    No other team more perfectly encapsulates the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t hypocrisy that lies at the heart of modern football than Everton. For a long succession of seasons their prudence in the transfer market was a source of immense frustration, not only to Blues but to outsiders too, as it was widely acknowledged that here was a side just a couple of big signings away from breaking into the top four. Why didn’t they show some ambition? Why didn’t they stop settling for silver and speculate to accumulate? ...

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  • Why PSG Are Currently Ahead Of Manchester City In Their Quest For Elite Domination

    The similarities between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are obvious and broad. In recent years, both have been taken over by fantastically wealthy Middle Eastern dynasties (City by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, PSG by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011) with the unswerving intention of transforming each club into a European superpower and global brand. To that end each has so far been furnished with over a billion pounds for transfers alone, luring superstars who would previously have showcased their elite talents at the Bernabeu or Camp Nou. It's a level of investment that has changed the landscape of modern football forever. ...

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  • Nathaniel Clyne And Luke Shaw: From First-Choice Internationals To Forgotten Talents

    Berlin’s Olympiastadion, March 26th 2016. Nathaniel Clyne walks purposely off the pitch after England’s ridiculous three-goal comeback against Germany, grinning broadly and knowing that he has just taken a huge leap past Kyle Walker in making the right-back slot his own. On this memorable evening his performance has been highly accomplished, locking down a 120 metre strip of German turf to the extent where the opposition soon gave up to probe and scheme elsewhere. Okay so Dele Alli was surely going to claim the man-of-the-match award for his own break-out night but that’s no reflection on the Liverpool star: full-backs never win such plaudits. ...

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  • Why Gareth Barry’s Record Breaking Month Is A Source Of Joy And Sadness

    At some point in the coming weeks Gareth Barry will break the Premier League appearance record, surpassing Ryan Giggs’ final tally of 632. Barring injury or suspension the milestone will be passed at the Emirates on September 25th and the West Brom midfielder will presumably – hopefully – step onto the pitch between a guard of honour, his rugged 1950s matinee idol face bashful, almost embarrassed. He will smile and wave of course because if the past nineteen years have taught us anything about Gareth Barry it’s that he is an ultra-professional, but because of that too his stare will solely be fixed on the opening whistle where the acclaim can be dispensed with and he can destruct, construct, destruct, construct, shepherd, harry, pass, shepherd, harry, pass. That’s what he does. That’s what he has done for as long as many of us can remember watching football. ...

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  • Do Crystal Palace Have The Patience For De Boer’s Metamorphosis?

    In one respect the closing of this summer’s transfer window came at a fortuitous time for Crystal Palace’s new and already under-fire boss Frank De Boer. After three opening defeats, no league goals, and rumours of an immediate disconnect with players on the training pitch it would usually follow that in this quick-fix, knee-jerk modern game the Dutchman would presently be dealing with consternation from the board and open hostility from the fans. Throw in some scathing, premature obituaries in the press and just 71 days into the job De Boer would be fending off slingshots and arrows from every side. Yet at least as far as the supporters are concerned the real villain of the piece – for the here and now anyway – is Palace’s chairman Steve Parish. His failure to recruit a goalkeeper, full-back and striker by September 1st has led to public scorn for an individual who had previously been celebrated as the club’s saviour. “Pathetic and out of his depth,” was how one fan judged Parish’s recent track record in the market place. Another succinctly summed up the likely consequences: “An injury to Benteke and we’re down.” ...

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