• Morning Editorial: Wantaway Virgil van Dijk Could Spark Bidding War

    As we approach the end of August, in unsurprising fashion, Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request as he looks to force his way out of Southampton. The centre-half, who has been linked with big money moves to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, says he feels 'insulted' by suggestions he has refused to train. Last month the 26-year-old saw a dream move to Liverpool collapse with Southampton reporting the Anfield club to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool were forced into an apology and, in a bid to defuse the situation, promised they would back away from the former Celtic player. ...

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  • Are Everton The New Manchester City?

    No one can fail to have noticed the impact Everton have left on the summer transfer window so far. The first real spend since the club spent £15million on Maraoune Fellaini in 2008, which felt like a rare foray into the transfer market. That same year also saw the birth of Manchester City as a force in football, with the Abu Dhabi United Group purchasing 90% of Manchester City's shareholdings in September 2008 for £210million. This video examines the parallels between the two clubs. ...

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  • Why Rotation Might Now Be Key To Manchester City’s Success

    When the flashes of collective brilliance and two hefty hints at an exciting new direction are weighed up against the rest of Pep Guardiola’s inaugural season at Manchester City, we still see the scales tip heavily towards disappointment. There were simply too many individual errors, draws snatched from the jaws of victory, and insipid performances that reduced an expensively-assembled team to amateur chaos for 2016/17. Limping through with four full-backs past their prime doesn’t excuse the woeful chances-created to chances-taken ratio mask it. ...

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  • Beaten-Back Foes Return to Challenge Pep Guardiola

    If there was only one proper way to play a game of football then the world’s most popular sport would never have conjured up such a broad, intense following. Variety and volatility is what makes it all so engrossing. Trends emerge and fade, fashions change, and as soon as one idea has risen up to reign over the landscape at the highest level a response is already being developed to bring it all down. It is an ongoing argument that can never be settled although success can convince people otherwise. Take the extended run of success enjoyed by Barcelona under Pep Guardiola. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Jadon Sancho The Latest Youngster To Value Football Over Finance

    According to the Independent, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are circling with interest after contract talks between Jadon Sancho and Manchester City broke down, throwing his future into doubt. Sancho was dropped from the City squad that flew out to the United States for their pre-season tour on Monday despite initially being pencilled in to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side because he has still not signed his new City deal. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Kieran Trippier versus Kyle Walker

    This article links to the corresponding YouTube video, which can be seen here. Kyle Walker has signed for Manchester City for a reported fee of £50m and Kieran Trippier has signed a five year deal, apparently now on the same wages that Walker was on. This is being taken as a sign that the ex-Burnley man is now Spurs’ first choice right-back. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Did Tottenham Make The Right Call Choosing Kieran Trippier Over Kyle Walker?

    After Kyle Walker's record move from Tottenham to Man City, we use the numbers to try and see whether Tottenham made the right call in choosing Kieran Trippier as their number one right back. To view our other YouTube videos, please click here ...

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  • Ilkay Gundogan: Could Manchester City’s ‘New Signing’ Be Pivotal In 2017/18

    It is rare for a club to sign an injured player and especially when that injury is a dislocation of the patella. Fractures fuse back together and hamstrings heal but a kneecap dislodging itself from its patellofemoral groove is a trauma that can, and often does, lead to further complications. That is true for a coach potato, whose post-rehabilitation exercise consists of a short stroll to the fridge. When the sufferer in question is a finely tuned athlete; whose remit is to twist and turn, perform 120 intense actions or sprints per game, and all the while competing in the brutal, uncompromising environs of a Premier League midfield then, well, you do the math. ...

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  • Stephen Ireland’s Career May Always Be A Case of More Questions Than Answers

    In 2007, Croke Park opened their doors to football and rugby internationals for the first time. The home of the Gaelic Athletic Association - the organisation running Ireland’s national sports who forbid members from participating in so called ‘foreign games’ for much of its existence - voted to allow the national sides play fixtures in the 80,000 capacity stadium when Lansdowne Road was undergoing redevelopments. It was a landmark decision at the time given the embittered history between the GAA and other codes dating back to the War of Independence with Great Britain in the early 1920s. In the four years at Croke Park, Ireland’s rugby team thrived and were involved in many special occasions, including England’s first visit to the ground in 2007 which ended in the most rousing and resounding of home victories. ...

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  • Florian Lejeune: Born In Paris, Born For The Premier League

    Perhaps the best compliment that can be paid to Newcastle’s new arrival Florian Lejeune is that he has thrived in a league for which he is not naturally suited. The French centre-back caught the eye of a number of clubs thanks to his impressive performances in LaLiga with Eibar, but he shouldn’t face the same struggle to transition to the British style of football that some other Iberian imports have endured over the years. Now that the 26-year-old has made the switch to England, he should finally feel at home. ...

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