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  • Iliman Ndiaye: Analyzing Everton’s Newest Signing

    Born in the suburbs of Rouen in France, basked in teenage enthusiasm on the sunny beaches of Dakar, and eventually mastered the art of football in the cages of London and in training camps across some of England’s most reputable football clubs, Iliman Ndiaye’s emergence has not emerged just by chance. After a very brief…

  • Newcastle United – Keep or Sell

    Of all the teams in the Premier League, the last few years have definitely been strangest for Newcastle fans. Say what you will about their new Saudi owners (I’m not a fan) but from a footballing perspective they hard not to like. They slew the dragon that was Mike Ashley and brought the feel good…

  • Jhon Durán: Profiling Aston Villa’s Rising Star 

    When Chelsea signed Cole Palmer in the summer of 2023, many skeptics raised concerns about his unproven talent in the Premier League. The same worries are currently escalated by similar critics who doubt Jhon Durán’s ability to start for an elite side like Chelsea consistently.   Nevertheless, the Chelsea hierarchy has been long admirers of…

  • What’s Wrong with Manchester United’s Defense?

    In the second half of the season, there was a lot of discussion about Manchester United’s defense in the media. In particular, there was talk about the number of shots that were allowed on Andre Onana’s goal. When we look at the raw numbers, it seems that Erik ten Hag’s team was struggling – only…

  • Arsenal’s Nearly Season: Disrupting the Backline, ‘That’ Trip to Dubai and Breaking Records

    When Mikel Arteta sat down to face the media for his first press conference as Arsenal’s new head coach, his message about what needed to change could not have been clearer. “We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If you don’t have the right culture, in the difficult moments, the…

  • Why Sean Dyche Deserves More Credit

    Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Unai Emery, Andoni Iraola: the five managers nominated for Premier League Manager of the Season and the current vogue of football coaching. I would argue, however, that there is a manager who is just as deserving of that list despite employing a style of football that many would regard…

  • Rebuilding the Red Wall: Assessing United’s Defensive Transfer Targets 

    Manchester United’s defence is in desperate need of an overhaul. The Red Devils’ 2023/24 season was plagued with injuries across the pitch, but no area was more affected by absentees than the back four.     Already Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans have departed, and either Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof will likely be saying…

  • Bukayo Saka: Arsenal’s Attacking Talisman

    Over the past two years, Arsenal have splurged £105 million on Declan Rice, £65 million on Kai Havertz, and £45 million on Gabriel Jesus. And yet, their attacking protagonist is a player who hasn’t cost a dime in transfer fees and who has been with the club since the age of seven: Bukayo Saka.  …

  • Manchester United Must Now Decide Whether to Stick With Erik ten Hag or Sack Him

    It was a largely disappointing season for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United as they finished eighth in the Premier League table, prompting speculations over Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford, and with the season over, it is time for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to come out on his plans on whether he is backing the…

  • Jean-Philippe Mateta’s New Lease on Life at Crystal Palace

    In recent years, Crystal Palace have developed a knack of signing strikers who at their best have all the physical and technical attributes to significantly improve a team, and yet in the five seasons between 2018/19 and 2022/23, Christian Benteke is the only centre forward at the club to have scored double figures in a…