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Tottenham’s Dele Alli: Performance at Goodison Park

And suddenly the world became aware of Dele Alli… The problem with doing what Alli did during the Sky 4pm game is that, English football being what it is, he…


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Yaya Toure: Again, what a privilege

If Manchester City go on to win the Premier League this season, remember this game and remember the part played in it by Yaya Toure. Whenever City play badly, it’s never…


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West Ham vs Liverpool: The Michail Antonio sequence

West Ham’s opening goal this afternoon was fortuitous, with referee Bobby Madley failing to spot a foul by Michail Antonio in the build-up. At half-time, replays showed that Antonio hadn’t…


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Leicester City: Completing the Cycle

As unoriginal a remark as it is, Leicester City are a source of great novelty this season. Yes, they way they’ve played has been fun and brave and who doesn’t…


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Dimitri Payet and His Greater Significance

Supposedly, Dimitri Payet will return to the West Ham squad tomorrow, some six weeks ahead of schedule. Payet has been out of action since being chopped down by James McCarthy’s…


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The Saido Berahino situation is football’s creation

Red flags, red flags, red flags. Over the coming month, Saido Berahino’s future will likely be resolved. The January transfer-window opens tomorrow morning and West Brom, Jeremy Peace, and Tony…


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Norwich and Steven Naismith: Smart, diverse, useful

Maybe this an outdated opinion, but Steven Naismith might just be one of the most under-appreciated players in the Premier League. His physical abilities are probably a six or a…


Today is the real test for Newcastle’s players

A brilliant couple of weeks for Newcastle United. The back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Tottenham have given Steve McClaren some momentum and have created a basecamp from which he’ll hope…


Guus Hiddink, Chelsea, and Recruitment Leverage

The way Guus Hiddink was waved off by Chelsea in 2009 has always lingered in the mind. Inheriting a fractured, under-performing squad from Luis Felipe Scolari in February of that…


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Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp and Fan Salutes

The cynical reaction to the incident at the end of Liverpool’s recent draw with West Brom has been rather typical of modern society. At the insistence of Jurgen Klopp, the…


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QPR’s Charlie Austin: A Welcome Change Of Pace

On Tuesday night at Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers came back from a two-goal deficit to take a point from Brighton, the Championship’s form side. Two goals from Charlie Austin…


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Manchester United and A Future-Threatening Transfer Policy

What are Manchester United? The Louis Van Gaal rebrand has not been a roaring success. While revisionism has certainly polished the memory of Sir Alex Ferguson’s latter years, the grey…


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The limited horizons of British football managers

The consensus is that Gary Neville will be successful at Valencia.  It’s hard to dispute that in theory, because Neville’s blend of experience and footballing acumen cast him as an…