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Charlie Austin & Southampton: Debut and goal

That’s what Charlie Austin does. Paddy MacNair has caught some flak for losing Austin in the build-up to the winning goal at Old Trafford on Saturday, but really he just…


Cesc Fabregas: Calmer, Better

Because of the way football works, Cesc Fabregas’ performance for Chelsea this afternoon will be treated with suspicion. With two excellent games in succession, Fabregas has tentatively returned to the player…


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Jurgen Klopp: A Necessary Kind of Difference

Jurgen Klopp enjoyed Adam Lallana’s stoppage-time winner at Carrow Road and he galloped onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. It was one of those moments which is rather charming…


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Louis van Gaal, Fat Men, and Opportunism

Criticism of Louis van Gaal is absolutely fair. The revised perception that Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams were always heavy on flair and attacking ambition is clearly nonsense, but Manchester United 2015/16…


Heung Min Son, Two-Footedness, and Time for a Change

Heung Min Son has been out of the Tottenham first-team for a while and, since returning from injury, hasn’t looked quite as sharp as he did back in September. In fairness,…


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Thoughts on…Charlie Austin moving to Southampton

The value in this transfer owes a lot to Queens Park Rangers’ dysfunction: media reports speculated that during the Summer of 2015, the club had the opportunity to sell Charlie…


The Simon Mignolet issue at Liverpool

It’s too easy to criticise Simon Mignolet and it’s reductive to claim that he simply isn’t very good. He does a lot of things very well and he’s one of…


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Yaya Toure’s Agent Doing What He Does

Again, Dimitri Seluk? Yaya Toure’s agent has been batting away at his reputation for mischief over the last twenty-fours, claiming that his client is ready to leave Manchester City and…


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Maybe the Liverpool shirt is too heavy for inhibited Adam Lallana?

It’s not that Adam Lallana is a bad player, more that he’s the wrong one - for Liverpool at least. Lallana is frequently whipped with his transfer-fee and that’s slightly…


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Jonjo Shelvey: Newcastle Debut and Notes on Maturity

That is why Newcastle paid £12m for Jonjo Shelvey. It was one game and it was against a West Ham side who are perhaps not what they were at the…


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Andros Townsend, Newcastle United, and a tide of snark

Something strange has happened to Andros Townsend. From the moment he was first capped by England, he seems to have been fighting against a tide of snide negativity. In January…


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Erik Lamela 2.0

In the beginning, there was only effort. That disproves the great fallacy about Erik Lamela. While his first eighteen months at Tottenham was characterised by underperformance, his inefficiencies with the ball…


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Kevin De Bruyne: Value Demonstration

Kevin De Bruyne didn’t have the most prominent game during Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Everton and, to continue a theme which has run since his return to England, that…