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Premier League 2021/22 – Top Six predictions

The Premier League is arguably at the strongest and most competitive that it’s been at since the 2015/16 season when all of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger were managers and Leicester City were crowned champions. This time around though it’s not the managers that make the competition competitive however, […]

Premier League transfer window – summary & thoughts

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything football related on here, and that’s because I’ve been pretty busy and also writing for the Manchester Evening News in my new full-time role (hence the much reduced content rate these days). But even without my constant commentary, the football world hasn’t stopped moving and the last […]

Is England’s potential being held back by lacklustre coaching?

England secured top spot in their Euro 2020 group with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic last Tuesday but apart from the opening 20 minutes, could you say that was a performance worthy of being billed as one of the tournaments favourites? There was a marginal improvement from their dismal display against Scotland, however […]

Memphis shining brightest just before Barcelona move

It took a year longer than expected but Memphis Depay is officially a Barcelona player. After the expiry of his Lyon contract, Memphis has moved to join his former national team manager Ronald Koeman on a free transfer and will rock the famous red and blue shirt next season alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, […]

Premier League 2021/22 opening day fixtures released

The Premier League returns on August 14th 2021 and the fixtures for the opening weekend have been released, including an absolute banger of a start for the champions. Manchester City will travel to Tottenham Hotspur in their first game of the season, meaning a potential transfer for Harry Kane could be a nightmare debut against […]

Euro 2020: Young players to watch

Euro 2020 is upon us after a 12-month delay and it means there will be plenty of faces at the tournament this summer that wouldn’t have been originally. 24 nations will compete to be crowned champions of Europe while playing across 11 cities on the continent, but many will be relying on young players in […]

Assessing Euro 2020’s heavyweights

After a year long delay, Euro 2020 is finally upon us with a genuine top level tournament threatening to take place. After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the tournament last summer, 24 nations will finally take place across the continent as we seek to crown the champions of Europe for the first time since Portugal lifted […]

Antonio Conte to Tottenham is a marriage destined to end in flames

It seems as though Tottenham Hotspur have finally settled upon their new manager as they close in on appointing Antonio Conte. Spurs have been without a manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April, with former midfielder Ryan Mason fulfilling a caretaker role until the end of the season. Chairman Daniel Levy has been linked with […]

Real Madrid bringing back Carlo Ancelotti is bizarre

Real Madrid have made yet another shocking move in the managerial world after they made Carlo Ancelotti their new manager once again. Ancelotti was the manager of Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015 winning a Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time at the club. He […]

Which 7 England players should be cut from their Euro 2020 squad?

It’s a week on from when Gareth Southgate opted for a 33-man squad instead of the standard 26-man squad announcement for Euro 2020. The England manager decided to go for a provisional squad due to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City players all being involved in European finals between the announcement date and the final […]

Antonio Conte leaves Inter Milan as exodus begins

After two seasons, a Serie A title and a Europa Legue final, Antonio Conte has left Inter Milan. The Italian coach joined the club in 2019 and reached the Europa League final, losing 3-2 to Sevilla, while finishing one point behind Juventus in the race for the Serie A title. He followed that performance up […]

Wolves looking at Bruno Lage to replace Nuno Espirito Santo

While people think it may be the end of an era at Wolves, their next choice of manager seems to make that a bit unlikely. After Nuno Espirito Santo and the club announced that he would leave the club via mutual agreement following the end of their Premier League campaign, it was revealed that former […]

My 26-man England Euro 2020 squad

Today is the day that Gareth Southgate makes half the nation absolutely ecstatic and the other half furious as he names his England squad for this summer’s European Championships. UEFA agreed to allow an extra three places in the squad for managers to add following a full campaign of a hectic schedule owing to the […]

Karim Benzema is so good France couldn’t overlook him anymore

The impossible has happened – Karim Benzema is back in the France squad for Euro 2020. The superstar Real Madrid striker had been absent for five years following a scandal involving former teammate Mathieu Valbuena, in which it’s claimed that Benzema stood by and allowed him to be blackmailed. The situation has prevented him being […]

How Europe’s leagues can be settled on the final day

A long and crazy season is finally coming to an end, but not before a wild final day across Europe’s top leagues. While the Bundesliga in Germany is settled, with Bayern Munich finishing as champions for a ninth consecutive season and the top four places already cemented, Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s […]

Leicester shocked Chelsea but nobody else with FA Cup win

A new name has been added to the FA Cup winners list for the first time since 2013 as Leicester City toppled Chelsea at Wembley to win the trophy for the first time in their history. The Foxes hounded the Blues throughout the 90 minutes, bettering them all over the pitch in individual battles before […]

Why David Moyes is the Premier League manager of the year

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are set to be crowned champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their […]

Frank Lampard top candidate for Crystal Palace job

Crystal Palace have reportedly made Frank Lampard the number one candidate for their manager’s job with Roy Hodgson set to leave the club this summer. Former England manager Hodgson turns 74 this post-season and his contract is set to expire at the end of the season after four seasons at the club. There has been […]

Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League Player of the Year 2020/21

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their football in the Championship […]

Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League Team of the Year 2020/21

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while. Manchester City are set to be crowned champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their […]

Jose Mourinho announced as next Roma manager

It turns out Jose Mourinho wasn’t joking when he said he didn’t need an extended break from football after being sacked as Tottenham manager, because he’s got a new job already. The Portuguese coach has been officially announced as the new manager of AS Roma, taking over from the departing Paulo Fonseca this summer to […]

My Premier League Hall of Fame inductees

The Premier League has formally announced a hall of fame for 2021 and the first two inductees are absolutely no shock to anyone. Premier League all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer and legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry were announced as the first men to enter the new hall of fame, along with a list of other […]

Julien Nagelsmann agrees to take charge at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s chase for a new manager for next season is complete as they have agreed terms with Julien Nagelsmann to take over. The Bundesliga champions officially announced the deal on Tuesday morning, after current boss Hansi Flick confirmed in a recent press conference that he wanted to leave the club at the end of […]

What’s happening between Hansi Flick and Bayern Munich?

It’s not often that we say it, but Bayern Munich might be having a bit of an internal crisis right now. After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals, it emerged over the weekend that manager Hansi Flick has informed the club that he wants to leave in the […]

Jose Mourinho sacked by Tottenham – what next for him?

Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after a string of poor results, just six days before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City. After just 17 months in the job, the Portuguese gaffer parts ways with the north London club making them the first side since he took charge of Porto in […]

Kevin De Bruyne injured as Manchester City quadruple bid crumbles

Manchester City saw their quadruple hopes crushed at the weekend after defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, but it was the injury to Kevin De Bruyne that they were most worried about after the game. Thomas Tuchel’s side were excellent on the night as they completely nullified the City attack and progressed into […]

The European Super League is rubbish but why are people shocked?

News broke on Sunday that rocked the footballing world, as it was announced that 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs have agreed to form a breakaway ‘Super League’. The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ as well as Spain and Italy’s three biggest sides have all signed a letter of intent that will see the club’s form their […]

Is Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid over?

If this had been mentioned back in December, you would’ve been laughed out of the room but Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid could very well be coming to an end. A two-time Champions League finalist, a La Liga title winner in the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo era, a two-time Europa League winner and a Copa […]

Pedro Neto out for six months is huge blow for Wolves and Portugal

Wolves and Portugal winger Pedro Neto has suffered a serious knee injury and has been ruled out for six months, meaning he will miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2020. The 21-year-old had been excellent for the Midlands side this season, notching five goals and six assists domestically which earned him […]

It’s now or never for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham

Ever since he burst on the scene the best part of a decade ago, all the talk has been about when not if Harry Kane will leave Tottenham. After originally entering as a ‘one-season wonder’ to many, Kane just kept scoring goals and has gone on to become one of the most lethal goalscorers we […]

Trent Alexander-Arnold is great but still has plenty to prove

It’s a debate that has been roaring on for months and months now, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is a pretty good footballer if you weren’t already aware. The Premier League and Champions League winning right-back has come under severe criticism this season for some below-par displays as Liverpool struggled to defend their crown, and was recently […]

Manchester United show they can go toe to toe against the top sides

Manchester United all but cemented their second place finish this season with an excellent come-from-behind performance to beat Tottenham 3-1 in north London. The Reds started slowly but burst into life after a brilliant assist from Paul Pogba found Edinson Cavani who slotted past Hugo Lloris, only for the goal to be ruled out when […]

What is England’s likely lineup for Euro 2020 now?

England made it three wins from three heading into the European Championships this summer as they top their World Cup qualifying group following a 2-1 win over Poland at Wembley. After beating San Marino and then Albania, Gareth Southgate’s men came back to their home to take on the Robert Lewandowski-less Poles. Harry Kane’s penalty […]

What is France’s best XI for the Euros?

Every now and then you get a nation that has a pool of players available to fill three of four starting XI’s capable of winning a tournament. Most recently was Spain, who won three international tournaments in a row between 2008-2012, had a generation of players that were part of the most dominant side of […]

England lineup against San Marino should be all-out attack

Forget this summer’s European Championships for a couple of weeks, England begin their path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a triple header of qualifiers over the next two weeks. Gareth Southgate’s side will prepare for games against San Marino, Albania and Poland starting against the minnows who come from just off the […]

Manchester City quadruple run is set – will they do it?

The path is set for Manchester City to make history in English football with an unprecedented quadruple, with Pep Guardiola’s side having the remainder of their season planned out in front of them. City are still in both domestic cup competitions, top of the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals as we enter […]

Is Eric Bailly right to be unhappy at Manchester United?

It’s been coming for a while now, but Manchester United’s defensive problems are about to boil over. After crashing out of the FA Cup to Leicester in a 3-1 win, news has come out that centre-back Eric Bailly is unhappy at the club over his lack of game time and could look to leave the […]

Alan Shearer – The most underrated Premier League player ever?

Is there a striker in the history of the game more underrated and disrespected than Alan Shearer? Probably not. Now a BBC pundit, Shearer is the all-time top goalscorer for his boyhood club Newcastle United and was the main man as Blackburn won the Premier League title back in 1995. He also hit 30 goals […]

Real Madrid show the old guard still has it as they progress past Atalanta

Real Madrid secured their passage to the Champions League quarter-finals with a routine win over Serie A side Atalanta, as Zinedine Zidane showed why he still relies on his old guard to lead this team. The French manager has been under pressure at several different points of the season so far for under performing domestically […]

Kylian Mbappe wasn’t passed the torch, he took it from Lionel Messi

Kylian Mbappe ensured that there is a new era upon us in the UEFA Champions League as he scored again against Barcelona to ensure Paris Saint-Germain’s progression into the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate win. After scoring a hat-trick in the first leg at the Camp Nou, Mbappe opened the scoring on the night converting […]

Chelsea show versatility and quality in win over Everton

Chelsea made it 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and 11 since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel with a relatively comfortable win over Everton at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners made it consecutive wins in the league to bounce back from their 1-1 draw with Southampton with a 2-0 win over the Toffees thanks to a […]

Liverpool problems deeper than just injuries

The word crisis is thrown around far too much in football these days, but Liverpool are well and truly in trouble right now. The defending Premier League champions currently sit in eighth place in the league with just 43 points from 28 games so far this season, making them statistically the worst defending champions of […]

Can Manchester United win a trophy with Solskjaer in charge?

It has been almost two years since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made permanent manager of Manchester United. When he arrived as caretaker back in December 2018, he was taking over a side disillusioned with themselves after Jose Mourinho’s approach predictably became toxic. Solskjaer has done a decent job in stabilising a side that looked like […]

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