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Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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International
Can Tammy Abraham replace Harry Kane for England at Euro 2020?
09:00 Friday 17th January 2020

As you read this, Tottenham Hotspur is in a serious mess. They’re 30 points away from the Premier League summit and nine points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. With a title dream gone with Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs' ambition…

Premier League
Danny Drinkwater: What were Villa thinking?
19:00 Tuesday 14th January 2020

If Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was ever concerned about Danny Drinkwater, he found a solution to his problem in short order. The former Leicester man, unwanted at Stamford Bridge, played his last three matches against City, each for…

Football
Why Sadio Mane won't win the Ballon d'Or
08:01 Tuesday 14th January 2020

Sadio Mane is a marvel. How the Liverpool striker manages to maintain such an explicit level of consistency is best described in comics. There’s plenty to cheer from the Senegalese powerhouse. He's finally receiving recognition…

Transfers
What next for Olivier Giroud?
20:40 Thursday 9th January 2020

Olivier Giroud was never really considered the most popular striker in London during his eight-year spell in the English capital. The Frenchman somehow managed to stay away from controversy and fanfare for nearly a decade plying his trade in…

Italy
Are goals beginning to dry up for Cristiano Ronaldo?
09:00 Wednesday 27th November 2019

At the writing, Cristiano Ronaldo owns 706 career goals in meaningful first-team matches for club and country. His haul of 607 goals for four different clubs topples the combined career total of many decent teams in Europe. It would’ve…

International
Can Victor Osimhen be better than Rashidi Yekini for Nigeria?
15:00 Sunday 24th November 2019

Victor Osimhen is a man on fire at the moment. For club and country, the young man bangs in goals like they're going out of fashion. But this isn’t the first time a Nigerian striker burst onto the scene, guns blazing, only…

Premier League
Is Fred coming good at Manchester United?
09:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

The Ukrainian Premier League can't hold a candle to its English namesake. The time needed for erstwhile Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to adjust to life at Manchester United proves the point. At the same time, Premier League fans aren't…

Managerial News
Equal Time: Arsenal must sack Unai, hire Mourinho
08:01 Saturday 9th November 2019

Jose Mourinho is divisive to the core. His managerial style is reactive rather than proactive. If you need a storm in a teacup, don't hire Mourinho. He'll give you a tsunami in a teaspoon. Nevertheless, he’s not just what Arsenal…

Premier League
Is Ross Barkley obscured in Mason Mount’s shadow?
17:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

There was once a time when people just couldn’t stop comparing Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes. As you’d expect, Manchester United fans favoured the ginger playmaker while Chelsea fans couldn’t stop singing Super Frank's praises.…

Premier League
Is Ryan Sessegnon the best replacement for a distraught Son Heung-min?
12:00 Tuesday 5th November 2019

In 2018/19, Tottenham Hotspur went the full campaign without signing a new player, drawing harsh criticism from all quarters. Spurs headed into the 2019/20 transfer market willing and ready to spend. They lavished over a £100 million…

Premier League
Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli must get more Premier League minutes
09:00 Saturday 2nd November 2019

If a striker can consistently score goals, a lot can be overlooked to ensure he gets on the field regularly. Fans won’t care if he’s too tall, too short or cost a thousand quid. They won’t mind if he can’t dribble opponents…

Premier League
Are Leicester legit title contenders?
08:00 Thursday 31st October 2019

On 24 October 2015, Leicester City laboured to a one-nil victory over Crystal Palace. It was Matchday 10 in the Premier League and the Foxes were seated fifth. The bookmakers had them 5000-1 to win the league. That was a profitable bet to make.…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Italy
What is behind Paulo Dybala's resurgence at Juventus?
12:01 Saturday 26th October 2019

If you’re Paulo Dybala, playing and scoring regularly should come naturally to you. Problem is, you’re more like a well in a desert, and a temporal draught can prove devastating, not just for you but for everyone depending…

Premier League
Who are the most durable Premier Leaguers?
09:01 Friday 18th October 2019

Forget racism and limited playing time, the scariest part of playing topflight football is injury. We’ve seen immensely talented players retire in their twenties due to incessant knocks. A sensational player like Marco van Basten comes…