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What players do the current Top Four need to buy in January?

Christmas is over and the New Year is upon us, so what does that mean? It means the January transfer window is here. The awkwardly placed window in the middle of the season that gives teams a chance to address weaknesses they didn’t see in the summer.  Read More »

Old Trafford, all his teammates… Five absurd things Carlos Tevez can buy after new mega Chinese deal

Argentina striker, Carlos Tevez, has officially become the world’s highest-paid football player after signing a whopping $41million-a-year contract at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. Tevez penned a two-year deal with the Chinese Super League team, which paid an $11 million fee to his former club Boca Juniors for the transfer. Read More »

How has Jose Mourinho rejuvenated Manchester United?

Last week was the first time this season that Manchester United claimed four successive league wins. It’s not something to celebrate about but, it definitely means something after what they have gone through earlier this season. Manchester United are now getting the rewards for their hard work and it’s reflecting in the recent results. Finally, there is some sense of ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo snubs mega move to China

Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, has come out today and revealed that his client turned down the opportunity to earn over $105m/year from an unnamed Chinese Super League club. It’s reported that the club made the offer whilst Ronaldo was negotiating his new contract with Real Madrid back in November. Read More »

AFCON 2017: Just how much will Dortmund miss Aubameyang?

One of the few African players you just can’t help but admire is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the Gabonese striker has been prolific for Dortmund since joining them. Sadly for the Yellow Submarine, national team duty will be the priority for Aubameyang as the AFCON begins in January – how much will Dortmund miss the Neymar look-alike? Read More »

Were Arsenal right to loan Jack Wilshere?

We’re halfway through the season, and with the January window just around the corner. This is the perfect time to sit back and assess decisions that were made in the summer window. On the  31st of August, earth-shattering news broke that sent shockwaves around the Arsenal fanbase. News that Jack Wilshere would be leaving the Gunners to complete a season-long ... Read More »

AFCON 2017: Which Premier League team will be hit the most?

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is here again. It’s that time when almost every Premier League managers will be sobbing over losing some of their best legs to their national team counterparts, possibly for up to a month depending on how far they go. Read More »

Olivier Giroud set to sign new contract at Arsenal

Reports emerging today suggest that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is on the verge of signing a new contract to stay in London for another two years. The Frenchman’s current deal expires in 2018, at the end of next season. But Wenger has made it a high priority to tie the forward down quickly. Read More »

How many sides can realistically win the Premier League title this season?

As we approach the halfway mark of the 2016/17 season, the Premier League title race is certainly hotting up. With all of the top six winning their first games since Christmas day, there are a whole host of sides still in the hunt to take away Leicester City’s crown come May. Read More »

Time for Swans to say no more Mr Nice Guy

Purely based on personality, if there is an English equivalent for José Mourinho, it has to be Nigel Pearson. Roughhousing with opposing players during a match and engaging in semantic pissing contests with journalists during pressers will quickly earn you a reputation for surliness. I’m even beginning to believe, in light of the Special One’s recent pre-match diplomacy towards West Brom’s Tony Pulis– Tony ... Read More »

10 biggest stats from penultimate Premier League matches in 2016

Chelsea continued their dominance by winning for the twelfth successive game – a new club record. Liverpool, West Ham, and Manchester City all secured their third victory in a row while it was exactly the reverse for Hull City and Swansea.  Read More »

Why Arsenal don’t need to make any signings in January

In a day and age where patience is running thin and volatility is the new stability, all fans want to hear is “change change change”. They demand instant success and brand new signings, but sometimes you have to take a step back and appreciate what you have. Read More »

Why Arsenal & Chelsea’s title challenge will be decided over the next five games

After going from joint top to nine points behind in the space of a week, Arsenal is once again going into the new year playing catch up. The swing has left Arsenal fans in meltdown, with nothing but a depressing outlook on life. However, seeing as it’s the season of good will, I thought I’d share a positive view on things. Read More »

Is it all over for Chris Smalling at Manchester United Football Club?

Manchester United and Chelsea face off for the third time this season. Jordan Street picks the best combined XI from the two talent-laden squads.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen somewhat of a resurgence from Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s men have been playing some easy on the eye football, but most importantly, the Red Devils are racking up the wins and have begun to close that gap on their rivals. Read More »

How likely is Simon Kuper’s prediction for a football dystopia ruled by analytics and technology?

This image was attached with the kind permission of Liem Nguyen of PixelReborn.com

Simon Kuper’s place in football journalism was secured when Soccernomics, co-written with Stefan Symanski, was published in 2006. He’d written other books previously, and more since, but Soccernomics forever equated him with the growing analytics movement sweeping across athletics. Because writers are criminally underpaid, the Ugandan-born Dutchman frequently contributes to ESPNFC to keep the lights on. Thursday last, he posted one of ... Read More »

Notable Premier League absentees when the AFCON starts next month

We’re now just a few weeks from the 31st edition of the biennial African Cup of Nations tournament. The 2017 version takes place in Gabon and it’s always an excellent competition to watch. However, it does provide some Premier League managers with headaches, as their stars jet off on international duty for a month. Read More »

Flashback: 2016 – A year of surprises

As we have entered into the final week of 2016, and before we bid adieu to the year, I would like to take you to a short memory ride of the football events that left the world shell-shocked at times, and these stories and situations are why we all love the beautiful game so much. Read More »

Three players destined to win the Ballon d’Or in their careers

Not since 2007 has any player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or; the latest instalment of which was won by Ronaldo after an unbelievable 2016. While we would love to see both of them play forever, it is simply impossible. So let’s take a look at 3 players who are destined to win one of football’s ... Read More »

Chinese Super League: The ultimate league for an early retirement package

This weekend, the Chinese Super League once again flexed its financial muscle when one of the teams, Shanghai SIPG, completed the signing of Oscar from Chelsea. Aged just 25, Oscar will earn a mouth-watering £400,000 per week; that’s enough for an early retirement, don’t you think? Read More »

Confessions of a Fantasy Football Addict

It’s a game that is played and enjoyed by millions of fans around the world, but it gets very little coverage in the press, we are of course talking about fantasy football. Read More »

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