One To Watch

Player to watch in 2014/15: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 0

It can’t be easy being Olivier Giroud.  The Frenchman scored 16 Premier League goals last season and yet, all Summer, the talk has been of who will eventually replace him. Of course, assessing Giroud purely by his goal-record is reductive analysis, and clearly there are limitations to his game, but he seems to suffer from(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 2

Four days ago, Adam Johnson turned 27. Yes, really. Because Johnson has done so little in his career, it’s easy to forget that he’s now made nearly 200 Premier League appearances.  He is, unfortunately, part of that generation of English players whose careers have, at one point or another, been derailed by moves to clubs(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) 0

Very quietly, Stoke City have been improving. Mark Hughes may have flown under the radar last season, but what he managed to do at The Britannia Stadium erased some of the negative associations he created for himself at QPR.  His time at Loftus Road will forever be remembered for erratic spending patterns and a ludicrously(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Diego Costa (Chelsea) 0

On the basis that Diego Costa arrived at Chelsea for £32m, clearly he falls into the ‘one to watch’ category.  The naturalised Spaniard scored 27 times in 34 La Liga appearances last season for Atletico Madrid, so his goal-scoring credentials are not really in doubt and neither should there be much debate over his value(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Curtis Davies (Hull City) 9

They do say that defensive players reach their prime slightly later in their careers, and Curtis Davies’ resurgence is a testament to that. Davies has been around for a long time now, and maybe his early, abortive years in the Premier League have tarnished his reputation.  His time in the Midlands - with West Brom,(…)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Player to watch in 2014/15: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 0

It was always assumed that if Cesc Fabregas was ever to return to England, then it would be to North London and Arsenal -  so needless to say, that he’s ended up in South-West London and Chelsea is quite the controversy. Beyond the hostility that the transfer will obviously provoke, how Fabregas actually re-adjusts to(…)

Premier League clubs are missing a trick with Muhamed Besic 1

Bosnia did not have a good World Cup and they are a distant memory as we approach the semi-final stage.  Muhamed Besic, however, left the tournament with his reputation greatly enhanced and so it’s bizarre not to read of any Premier League interest in the holding midfielder. I wrote about Besic after his performance against(…)

Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow: First impressions 0

When a young player first appears in the Premier League, one of two things usually happens: either he’s patronised with hyperbole, or he’s assessed in banal generalities relating to work-rate and energy. What kind of player Cauley Woodrow will eventually be is anybody’s guess, because nobody has seen enough of him to make a sensible(…)

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