• Manchester United’s Transfer Guns Shouldn’t Be Aimed By Vanity

    Without having the ear of Jorge Mendes, it's a little tricky to know what to make of the latest episode of the Cristiano Ronaldo show. Maybe he really does want to leave Real Madrid. Maybe he really is upset that the club haven't been supportive enough over accusations of tax avoidance. Maybe his ego, justifiably colossal though it is, really is fragile enough to need the soothing sounds of interest from other superclubs. ...

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  • Daley Blind Should Be Michael Carrick’s Manchester United Replacement

    Jose Mourinho has the option to herald a new dawn of control and tempo in the Premier League; he can disrupt the perpetuated norm that a central-defensive-midfielder should be imposing and combative. Mourinho should look to Daley Blind to ease Manchester United’s worries surrounding the replacement of the ageing Michael Carrick – in doing so, Mourinho would rebel against the physically imposing nature of central midfield play. ...

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  • The Uncomfortable Home Truth About Everton’s Young Guns

    The idiom that one man's trash is another man's treasure has never been more fitting. Roberto Martinez crowned Everton's youngsters 'diamonds' while Ronald Koeman condemned them as being 'not ready' for footballing seniority. ...

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  • The Premier League Needs A New “Arsenal vs Manchester United” Rivalry

      Manchester United play Arsenal this weekend and, while it remains a big game in the Premier League calendar, it doesn't mean as much as it used to. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, their meetings were gladiatorial contests between the two most talented and fiercely competitive teams in the country, warts-and-all advertisements for the best and worst of the English top-flight. Both teams cared more about each other than their local rivals and today's Premier League is missing a contest like it. ...

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  • Victor Wanyama Is A Solution To A Big Tottenham Problem In Midfield

    Despite the exponential growth in Premier League broadcasting revenue, Tottenham are not expected to use it to fund a frivolous summer. Mauricio Pochettino spent his first season at White Hart Lane refining the existing resources and removing players who, for whatever reason, were not receptive to his message. Out went the cliques, the trouble-makers and the under-talented and, once that fat had been trimmed, Spurs were a leaner, more effective group. There was a cost to be paid for that, however, and the bill arrived shortly before the end of the season: Leicester City deserved their title and nobody handed it to them, but Tottenham's small squad and the gap between its first-team and its bench helped to give Claudio Ranieri a more comfortable run to the line. ...

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  • Mauricio Pochettino Will Need To Guard Tottenham From The England Fallout

    With new systems to implement and new players to integrate, Mauricio Pochettino's pre-season diary was already full. Following England's early, painful elimination from the European Championship, however, the Tottenham manager will now also have to find time to patch up the egos of players who have been, and will continue to be, damaged by the heavy shelling.  ...

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  • Roy Hodgson’s Bold England Youth Approach Is Crafting the Nations Today and Tomorrow

    England haven’t exactly set Euro 2016 alight yet, stuttering to draws against Slovakia and Russia and beating Wales (though Wales’ comprehensive evisceration of Russia now makes that result look somewhat better). This article is not about the rights and wrongs of Roy Hodgson’s selection, though. It is rather to observe that his faith in youth has been the standout aspect of England’s performance so far, and one that should give fans of the country significant hope for the future. ...

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  • Tottenham’s Eric Dier’s Alternative Route To The Top An Example For Young British Players

    “I don’t know what he’s doing standing there,” muttered Keith Andrews. The former Irish international was co-commentating on England’s Euro 2016 opener with Russia for TV3 and was perplexed to see Eric Dier hovering over the stationary adidas ball. Seventy-two minutes were on the clock in the Velodrome and England had won a free-kick on the edge of the Russian penalty area. Situated at an inviting angle, Andrews, like most, assumed Wayne Rooney or Harry Kane would try test goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. ...

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  • Why Has Eric Dier Taken So Easily To Midfield Role At Tottenham?

    Eric Dier is not a complicated player. The benefits Tottenham have derived from his conversion to a holding midfield role this season may be multi-faceted, but the job he does is actually relatively simple.

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  • Michael Hector’s Positional Switch Exemplifies Growing Trend In Football

    Michael Hector might not exactly be looking at Chelsea’s situation and breathing a sigh of relief that he’s not caught up in the mess, as his loan side Reading are a disappointing 16th in the Championship table. But Hector’s Reading, from whom he was bought by the Blues and then loaned back to, did effect a win over West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup this weekend that was, contrary to popular belief, actually not all that surprising. West Brom had struggled against lower opposition in the cup already, and Reading are a decent outfit at home. What caught the eye was Hector’s midfield performance and while the role is new to the Chelsea player (despite one national newspaper writer saying he has been “rewired as a central midfielder since his big break”, Hector has actually only started there twice in 18 league games, but what’s a little exaggeration between friends?), he did it very well. ...

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