Anzhi

West Ham ready to make huge addition to their forward line 0

‘Huge’ in two senses. West Ham are on the verge of completing the loan signing of 6ft8 Ivorian forward Lacina Traore from Russian side Anzhi, and are subsequently close to filling an enormous hole in their forward line. As and when the deal goes through, the assumption will be that Traore is just a garden-variety(…)

Roberto Soldado’s performance for Tottenham this evening: Stats and graphics

Roberto Soldado’s performance for Tottenham this evening: Stats and graphics 0

Realistically, Anzhi are a very limited side these days, but Roberto Soldado will have done his confidence a huge amount of good with his hat-trick at White Hart Lane tonight - here are his stats and graphics: - Played 78 minutes. - Had 48 touches of the ball - heat-map via Squawka: - Had 4(…)

Picking a Tottenham team to face Anzhi tonight

Picking a Tottenham team to face Anzhi tonight 0

Tottenham have traveled to Russia tonight - you’ve got to love the Europa League, don’t you - to face an asset-stripped Anzhi side. Here’s a suggested line-up: - Kyle Walker has traveled with the squad, and so that suggests that he’s likely to start at right-back, but given the low-quality of Spurs’ group in this(…)

Actually, Willian would be great at Liverpool…

Actually, Willian would be great at Liverpool… 0

I’m going to write this tentatively, because the press’ reputation for accurate transfer reporting this Summer hasn’t exactly been 100% - but the rumours linking out-bound Anzhi star Willian with a move to Liverpool are very exciting. Regardless of whether Liverpool’s interest in the Brazilian is genuine or not, the one obvious caveat would be(…)

Big transfer opportunity arriving for Arsenal

Big transfer opportunity arriving for Arsenal 5

The more globally-aware football fans will already know this, but for everybody else, there’s an impending fire-sale in Anzhi Makhachkala - here’s the club’s president, Konstantin Remchukov, to explain: “The main news is that Anzhi will undergo a reformatting. Many of our expensive stars will leave Anzhi, while the club’s budget will be decreased to(…)

Yaya Toure’s plausible exit route from Manchester City

Yaya Toure’s plausible exit route from Manchester City 0

Yaya Toure’s agent insists that his client’s agitating over a new contract at Manchester City is not about money - instead, he claims that the Ivorian international is upset over a perceived lack of respect from the club’s coaching staff. A new contract will help that, apparently - I don’t know how - but Dimitri(…)

Brendan Rodgers & Liverpool have no case to answer for Anzhi game 1

Something that we all have to accept: managers view the Europa League as an inferior tournament, and as such are likely to play a weakened team in the competition. Brendan Rodgers is facing quite a surprising level of aggro for the team he took out East with him yesterday, and it’s undeserved. The eleven players(…)

Nemanja Vidic again linked with a move away from Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic again linked with a move away from Manchester United 0

No, not happening. What’s the easiest way to create a transfer story around the future of an elite player? Link him with a super affluent club, and hope that the abundance of wealth makes the rumour more believable. And who’s the one club that most people believe would throw money at any player? Anzhi Makhachkala.(…)