• By The Numbers: Best Striker In The Premier League?

    We take a look at the numbers to see which strikers have had the best season in the Premier League 16/17. ...

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  • How Real Madrid and Atlético’s Gentleman’s Agreement Won Manchester City The League

    The build-up to last weekend’s Madrid derby was dominated not by the football, but by the news that Real Madrid are interested in meeting the €24m release clause in Atlético’s 19-year-old left-back Theo Hernández’s contract, a move which would break the unwritten non-aggression pact between the two clubs. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Romelu Lukaku Continues To Shine At Everton

    Due to his immense physical stature and the regularity in which we’ve watched him on our screens, it’s easy to forget that Romelu Lukaku is still only 23 years of age. The Belgian bagged another brace against high-flying Leicester on Sunday to take his tally up to 24 for the season (23 of which have come in the Premier League) and Everton boss Ronald Koeman recently described him as ‘one of the best strikers in the world’ - high praise when you consider he’s played alongside the likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario and Marco van Basten. Since the 2012/13 season, only Sergio Aguero (94) has scored more top flight goals than Lukaku (81) and Harry Kane (110) is the only player with a superior minutes to goal ratio than hi, (125). Looking at the statistics from a purely Everton standpoint - Lukaku is recently became the club’s top Premier League scorer in history with 62 goals in 131 games, overtaking Duncan Ferguson, who found the net 60 times in 239 appearances. The former Chelsea man has also scored 42% of Everton’s league goals this season and directly contributed to 51.1% when you include assists. Lukaku's opener against Leicester also meant that he was the first player in three years – since Luis Suarez – to score in seven consecutive home Premier League matches. The Uruguayan scored an incredible 15 times in those seven matches, while Lukaku lingers behind with 11. However, despite heavy investment and a renewed sense of ambition within the club, Lukaku seems to have outgrown the Toffees and recently rejected the offer of a new contract at Goodison Park. Should Everton decide they are left with no choice but to cash in, there is likely to be no shortage of offers for a player that has developed into one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League. He won't come cheap though, and they will be looking to double, if not triple the £28million they invested in him three years ago with most of his footballing career ahead of him.

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  • Kelechi Iheanacho: The Man With A Reputation To Reclaim

    It’s little surprise that the mid-season arrival of Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City prompted a storm of speculation and headlines regarding the imminent future of Sergio Aguero. Given the Argentine striker’s travails this season assimilating himself into Pep Guardiola’s exacting vision of a dove-tailing front three who press like attack dogs, it was only natural that the media and public alike would start to question Aguero’s standing, especially when the teen slotted straight in and showed him how it’s all done. ...

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  • Harry Kane And Inconvenient Aesthetics

    Another weekend, another glut of goals for Harry Kane. His hat-trick against Fulham, by virtue of being against a Championship side, wasn't illustrative of anything which isn't already known, but he is now a goal away from reaching twenty for the season in all competitions and from passing that milestone for the third consecutive year. ...

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  • David Silva Still Rules The Roost At Manchester City

      With a new, youthful attacking triumvirate that have been almost unplayable since developing their exciting bond in recent weeks, Manchester City have put a run of wins together that has propelled them up to second, and everyone is once again gazing longingly at Pep Guardiola and drooling at the sight of City in full flow. ...

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  • Manchester City Should Keep Sergio Aguero – But Only If He Improves

    City and Guardiola should keep Aguero, but the Argentine will have to improve There was a moment, when Manchester City’s new wonderkid Gabriel Jesus struck his first goal against Swansea City last week, when Sergio Aguero’s expression on the bench said it all. It was a time for brooding self-analysis, for reflecting on his current situation at the club – it’s a strange, unfamiliar one for him. The Argentine striker, who for so long has been emblematic of City’s surge to Premier League supremacy, is no longer guaranteed a start in Pep Guardiola’s team. Gabriel Jesus has arrived on the crest of a wave from Palmeiras and immediately captured the imaginations of City supporters. ...

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  • We Don’t Need To Talk About Sergio Aguero

      Speak to any Evertonian about Romelu Lukaku and you’ll likely be surprised by the negativity that comes back. He’s far too selfish, can be wasteful, and only gets fired up for certain games. You’ll begin to suspect that the burly Belgian has personally slighted the Evertonian in question. Maybe suggested his sister resembles Katie Hopkins or stolen his last Twirl bite. ...

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  • Guardiola Has Lit A Fire Under Aguero at Manchester City

    Two goals in a 4-0 win over West Brom might not usually be so significant for Sergio Aguero. West Brom are, if we’re honest, a few levels below Manchester City, both in terms of talent and expenditure, and Aguero’s talent easily surpasses that of their defence. So, to see Aguero so forcefully celebrate his two goals this weekend suggested that the match meant more than usual. This, for Aguero, was no routine win, it was a reassertion of his talent and his importance to the side. It has been an odd couple of weeks for Manchester City and Aguero. The club had been without a win in six matches, Pep Guardiola’s worst run in management, coming into the match with West Brom and Aguero’s place in the team had been brought into question. Things appeared to be in flux, with previous conclusions re-evaluated and question beginning to be asked about the side. ...

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  • Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Is A Victim Of His Own Ability

      At the weekend, Sergio Aguero came roaring back to life. At The Hawthorns, he ended a run of six games without a goal with a first-half double, knifing an opener through Ben Foster, then fizzing a second into his top-corner. One, two...game over. From a technical perspective, that second was flawless. There are few players who can maintain such a low centre of gravity, who can manufacture scoring angles by themselves, and who can finish with such power and accuracy while also requiring minimal back-lift. ...

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