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Wayne Rooney retires – Top 5 goals he ever scored

The career of the greatest English player of all-time has come to an end, as Wayne Rooney officially retired from playing to become the permanent manager of Derby County. Rooney has been in caretaker charge of the Rams since mid-Novemeber when Philip Cocu was sacked, but he’s now signed a new two-and-a-half year contract to […]

Tariq Lamptey to renew contract with Brighton

Tariq Lamptey is on the verge of extending his contract at Brighton, putting an end to speculation around his future at the club. The right back has been a revelation at the AMEX Community Stadium since signing from Chelsea in January 2020, exploding onto the scene and into the first-team picture. Playing mostly as a […]

Manchester City aren’t dark horses, they’re favourites

Another win and another clean sheet on the board for Manchester City as they beat Brighton 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night to move into the top three. Pep Guardiola’s side made it seven wins on the trot in all competitions thanks to Phil Foden’s first half strike, putting them four points behind […]

What’s behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor form?

Not many fans would have argued with you during the summer off-season if you’d said that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the best strikers in the world. Two goals in each of the FA Cup semi-final and final fixtures saw Arsenal lift the trophy, with the Gabon international looking keen to extend his stay at […]

Cristiano Ronaldo – Timeless G.O.A.T

As Cristiano Ronaldo reaches the half way point of his 19th season in first-team men’s football, he continues to somehow shock everyone. The Portuguese forward made it 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for Juventus as they beat Sassuolo 3-1 on Sunday night, to move level with legendary Czech striker Josef Bican as the […]

Fikayo Tomori will make Chelsea regret letting him go

As Chelsea progressed into the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-0 win over Morecambe at Stamford Bridge, it was Frank Lampard’s team selection that got most of the attention. The club’s all-time top goalscorer and manager opted for a very strong lineup against League Two opposition, with all of Kurt Zouma, Mason Mount, Kai […]

Amad Diallo – Manchester United’s great expectation

After months of waiting, Manchester United have finally announced the signing of teenager Amad Diallo from Atalanta has been completed. The Ivorian winger has signed on a four-and-a-half-year contract, with the option for an extra season for an initial fee of £18.2m, which could rise to £37m. The deal was initially reached on deadline day […]

John Stones has seen form resurrected for Manchester City

In the summer of 2020, it seemed almost certain that John Stones was going to be heading out of the exit doors at the Etihad Stadium. But following a goal and yet another clean sheet in the Carabao Cup semi-final win against Manchester United, the 26-year-old is among the best central defenders in England this […]

Manchester United need semi-final win to show real progress

It’s been an interesting season for Manchester United so far this year, with many ups and downs plotted throughout. They started the Premier League season, but currently sit in second place behind Liverpool only on goal difference having played a game less. They started their Champions League campaign with three wins from four games, needing […]

Time to give Romelu Lukaku his flowers

Romelu Lukaku is one of those footballers who regularly falls between the cracks when it comes to conversations about who the best strikers in the world are. The Belgian has got flaws in his game, that is undeniable. His touch isn’t the greatest, his hold up play often gets him in trouble against the top […]

Is the Carabao Cup enough for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho?

It’s been 13 years since Tottenham Hotspur won a trophy, when they beat Avram Grant’s Chelsea side 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley Stadium. It was supposed to be the start of something fruitful and successful, but instead it turned into a one and done. The special era that consisted of players such as Robbie Keane, […]

Rodri struggling to replace Fernandinho at Manchester City

While Manchester City quietly charge towards a title challenge, it’s easy to forget they’re going through a transitional period. Pep Guardiola has largely relied on a core including Fernandinho in midfield, Kevin De Bruyne as the chief creator and Sergio Aguero as the head honcho in front of goal. Aguero’s goalscoring has dried up, with […]

Who should Chelsea replace Frank Lampard with?

Another defeat for the London Blues as Frank Lampard’s side were comfortably beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne saw Pep Guardiola’s side cruise into a 3-0 lead before half-time, as they took their foot off the gas in the second half and claimed three […]

Are Manchester United really in a title race?

Any time in the past when a club is three points off the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand, they’re in a title race. But as we enter the new year, that’s exactly the position that Manchester United find themselves in. Yet there are plenty of question marks around whether […]

Mauricio Pochettino Takes Paris Saint-Germain Job to Settle Glory Debates

He’s baaaaaaack! Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed as the new manager of Paris Saint-Germain, after German Thomas Tuchel was sacked during the winter break by the French club. Tuchel had led PSG into the knockout stages of the Champions League, finishing top of a group that included Manchester United and RB Leipzig too. Despite that […]

Callum Hudson-Odoi Deserves a Chance To Shine For Chelsea

Chelsea fell to a third defeat in four games in their clash against Arsenal on Boxing Day, with the Gunners landing only their second Premier League win in 11 games. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka saw Mikel Arteta’s side cruising at the Emirates Stadium. Tammy Abraham scored a late consolation goal, […]

Manchester City’s New Slow Approach is Deliberate and Effective

It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about how Manchester City looked stale and bored of Pep Guardiola’s style and constant meticulous tactics. Always praised for his attention to detail and the tweaks he makes so often depending on the opposition, this season has seen a much more reserved version of ‘Pep Ball’. Manchester City […]

Pedro Neto – Wolves Winger Is One To Watch

When Wolves agreed to sell Portuguese winger Diogo Jota to Liverpool in the summer, questions were immediately raised about who could replace him. Fans wondered if someone would be brought in, while media questioned the decision to sell him without already having a replacement brought in prior to letting him go. When the lineup was […]

Manchester City Cruise Into Carabao Cup Semi-Finals After Giving Phil Foden The Keys To The Midfield

Manchester City strolled into the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a routine 4-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. City took the lead after just three minutes when Gabriel Jesus headed home ahead of goalkeeper Alex Runarsson following a Oleksandr Zinchenko cross. The Citizens dominated throughout the first half but Arsenal snatched […]

Is Declan Rice Good Enough For a ‘Big Six’ Club?

For the last 18 months the biggest question coming out of east London has been when, not if, will Declan Rice be leaving the club? Vice-captain at just 21 years old, Rice has come through the West Ham academy and been their shining light during a tough period where relegation seemed like a genuine possibility […]

Who Can Replace Mikel Arteta As Arsenal Manager?

46 years later and Arsenal have officially got a new worst start ever to a season. Mikel Arteta has led Arsenal to just 14 points from their opening 14 league games, with eight defeats and just 12 goals scored so far. The performances and form of the Gunners have seen the pressure mount on their […]

James Maddison Back To His Best & Ready For England Contention

It’s been a long road back to fitness for Leicester midfielder James Maddison in recent months. The former Norwich man was a key figure in the Foxes side that pushed for a top four place for the majority of last season, until a hip injury saw him miss the majority of the post-lockdown season and […]

FIFA Awards Leave Fans Scratching Their Heads

FIFA’s annual ‘The Best’ awards took place on Thursday night, with the winner of some awards leaving fans scratching their heads in confusion. Robert Lewandowksi was rightly crowned as the winner of the Men’s ‘The Best’ award, given to the best male player in the world. The Polish striker scored and assisted a remarkable 72 […]

West Brom’s Decision to Hire Sam Allardyce is The Right One

As news broke on Tuesday night that Slaven Bilic was going to be sacked by West Bromwich Albion, many reacted to the news with shock. The Baggies had just put in arguably the best performance of their season so far, holding Manchester City to a well earned draw at the Etihad Stadium. That couldn’t save […]

Kai Havertz Continues to Struggle as Chelsea Fail to Beat Top Half Side Again

Chelsea slipped to consecutive defeats in the Premier League against Wolves on Tuesday night, with record signing Kai Havertz once again struggling to make any sort of impresison. A competitive first half ended goalless before French striker Olivier Giroud put the Blues ahead in the second half, when his volley was fumbled into the net […]

Champions League Round of 16 Draw – First Thoughts

The Champions League round of 16 draw has taken place and it has thrown up eight intriguing fixtures for the next round of the competition. Following the conclusion of the group stages last week, the 16 teams consisting of three from the Premier League, three from Serie A, four from La Liga, four from the […]

Gerard Houllier Passes Away

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has passed away aged 73. The Frenchman was in charge of the Anfield club between 1998 and 2004 where he won the FA Cup, two League Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He was also manager of PSG as the club won their first ever league title […]

Granit Xhaka Red Card Sums Up Arsenal as They Lose at Home to Burnley

Arsenal suffered their fourth consecutive defeat at the Emirates Stadium as they were beaten 1-0 by Burnley, with Granit Xhaka’s red card summing up everything wrong with the club right now. The Gunners came into the game having not scored from open play in the league since October 17th, and that streak continued as a […]

King Karim Benzema Saves The Season For Real Madrid

Real Madrid saved their Champions League campaign and maybe their entire season thanks to their main man Karim Benzema once again. The Frenchman scored twice on the night to bring Madrid back from the brink of elimination to win their group, and maintain their 100% record of progressing from the group stages. Two fine headers […]

Mikel Arteta Out of Ideas as Arsenal Well Beaten by Tottenham

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted he didn’t know what to do as the Gunners were well beaten by North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. Spurs’ sparkling duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son exchanged goals and assists with each other, as Jose Mourinho’s side scored two fine counter-attacking goals in the first half in […]

Eden Hazard: Real Madrid Dream Has Become a Nightmare

It was a well known fact that during his time in West London with Chelsea, it was the dream of Eden Hazard to one day play for Real Madrid. Those dreams didn’t stop the Belgian international from performing to an extremely high level with the Blues winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a […]

Victor Lindelof Is Good Enough For a Manchester United Title Push

Manchester United’s summer was dominated by transfer speculation surrounding their right winger position, but many believed they needed a central defender even more than that. Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe are all the senior central defenders in the squad and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been very settled […]

My Perfect Footballer

I was born in 1993 which means I have been blessed enough to see to see some of the greatest footballers of recent memory, and even of all-time. All of them have excelled in different areas that if you combined them together, would make the perfect footballer. But which players would have which attribute if […]

VAR Isn’t Killing The Game, The Application Of VAR Is!

I think we’re all in agreement by now that in it’s current form, VAR is killing the game of football that we all love. Another Premier League weekend has come to an end and all the talk is about decisions made by VAR across several different games. Monday’s fixtures were ultimately decided by VAR, as […]

Arsenal Defeat To Wolves Marred By Gruesome Head Injury To Raul Jimenez

Arsenal’s poor performance at home to Wolves saw them beaten 2-1, but it was a gruesome head injury suffered by Raul Jimenez that took the headlines. Goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence cancelled out Gabriel Magalhaes’ equaliser in what was a truly shocking performance from the home side, but the big incident happened before […]

Lucas Digne Injury Means Niels Nkounkou Has a Chance to Shine For Everton

Everton were rocked with the news on Thursday that Lucas Digne will likely miss the next 6-8 weeks of the season after injuring his ankle ligaments in training. The French left-back has been one of the better performers for the Toffees this season, racking up four assists in his eight Premier League appearances so far. […]

Newcastle United’s Poor Form Was Summed Up In Just One Half Against Chelsea

Few people involved in the footballing world, specifically the Premier League, would call Steve Bruce a “master tactician”. The man himself has even gone so far in the past as to admit that he “doesn’t do tactics”. For those watching modern day football, where ‘Pep-style’ technical play has emerged, this admission is nothing short of […]

Why Has The Ruben Neves Hype Train Been Derailed?

Has there been a player who so highly rated as a youngster and improved himself every single year, moving up the levels of football in the process and yet his hype has derailed? Step forward, Ruben Neves. The youngest Porto captain ever, the youngest Porto player to feature in the UEFA Champions League and a […]

Defining The Term ‘World Class’ in Football

Very often a player will be called ‘world class’ and a debate will ensue about why that player is or isn’t deserving of the term. More and more in recent years, the term has found itself to be over-used especially on social media. It’s a term that at one point was reserved for the best […]

Tammy Abraham: Are His Old School Ways Enough In The Modern Era?

When Chelsea spent the best part of £200m rebuilding their attack this summer, many were expecting that Tammy Abraham would be one of the first to drop out of the side. The England international was Chelsea’s top goalscorer in all competitions last season, scoring 18 goals including 15 in the Premier League. That wasn’t enough […]

Harry Kane – The Best Player in The Premier League

Harry Kane was the stand-out performer despite not getting on the scoresheet, as Tottenham retained their unbeaten record against Manchester City at their new stadium with a 2-0 win. Kane’s movement towards the ball opened the space for a wonderful Tanguy Ndombele pass into Heung-Min Son, who slotted through the legs of Ederson after just […]

Build The England Team Around Phil Foden… Now!

The international break is over and England have had a relatively successful time of it, with new contenders for the squad emerging. Jack Grealish and Mason Mount both impressed, starting all three fixtures during the international break – proving in the process that they can start together for their nation. It was another name who […]

Paul Pogba Not Helping Himself At Manchester United

It feels like every time there is an international break, Paul Pogba comes out with some comments to infuriate the Manchester United fanbase. It’s happened again this time, after France’s win over Portugal in Lisbon where Pogba had a quiet but effective performance in the middle of the pitch to help his side qualify for […]

What Is The Strongest England Lineup?

Another international break, another dodgy team selection from Gareth Southgate, another not-so great performance from England as they were beaten 2-0 by Belgium in Brussels. First half strikes from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens put the number one ranked team in the world into a comfortable lead as they cruised to victory with England struggling […]

Are England Rushing Jude Bellingham Into Senior Side?

England have announced that Jude Bellingham will join up with the senior national team during this international break. Bellingham, 17, wasn’t initially involved in the squad but after Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse pulled out through injury manager Gareth Southgate has opted to draft in the youngster. After joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Bellingham […]

Manchester United Protecting Mason Greenwood With England Omission

After a tumultuous start to the season so far, Mason Greenwood has been left out of the England setup for this international break. The youngster made his senior Three Lions debut in September during the win over Iceland, before he was sent home for breaking quarantine rules along with fellow Mancunian youngster Phil Foden. Both […]

Why Everton WON’T Finish In The Top 4

For the first time in what feels like an eternity, Everton seem like a genuine threat to the top teams this season. Manager Carlo Ancelotti brought in several players in key positions over the summer to strengthen the squad, spending over £70m in the process. James Rodriguez joined from Real Madrid, Abdoulaye Doucoure joined from […]

Liverpool: Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino against Manchester City?

Liverpool’s front three has picked itself for the best part of four years under Jurgen Klopp. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have led Liverpool to back-to-back Champions League finals, winning one, and two of the best Premier League points tallies in history, winning one. They have been the untouchables, along with Virgil Van […]

Where Should Mauricio Pochettino Be Targeting For His Next Job?

Almost a year has gone by since Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur and replaced by the legendary Jose Mourinho. Since then, Spurs have undergone a transformation that has seen them now considered among the best sides in the league once again with a squad deep enough and capable of challenging for the league […]

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