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Premier League
Can Patrick Vieira free Wilfried Zaha?
08:01 Sunday 18th July 2021

If you’re curious about the effect Patrick Vieira can have on a football club as manager, check the Ligue 1 table for the past four seasons.  In 2017/18, before the Arsenal legend arrived at OGC Nice from Shiekh Mansour’s Major…

European Championships
Has Gareth Southgate reached his limit as England manager?
16:31 Monday 12th July 2021

Fear of losing is the fat tabby who whiles away summer afternoons in the barnyard toying with the mouse between his paws. On Sunday, Wembley Stadium was the barnyard and Gareth Southgate was the mouse. The semifinal round offered England fans…

Premier League
How Rafa Benitez can win over Everton fans
08:01 Tuesday 6th July 2021

Rafa Benitez was warmly welcomed by Everton fans on his arrival. Bedsheets of appreciation adorned Goodison Park, with kind words such as ‘f*** Rafa’ and ‘Benitez not welcome’ lovingly pasted across. In all seriousness,…

International
Why Jack Grealish isn't what the Three Lions need
08:01 Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Here’s a pithy play on words that probably won’t please most England fans. When you take the -ish out of Grealish, what remains is an abbreviated form of ‘Get real’. Without a doubt, Captain Jack Grealish is the media…

Premier League
Has Miguel Almiron done enough to deserve interest from Arsenal?
12:01 Saturday 14th March 2020

There’s so much going on in the world today. Every aspect of life, let alone football, is hit hard by the Covid-19. The pandemic dismissed fans from stadiums and forced players, managers and owners into isolation. But football will…

European Football
Kenedy finds redemption with Getafe
12:01 Tuesday 25th February 2020

Chelsea signed Kenedy from Fluminese as a talented Brazilian striker back in 2015. A precocious prodigy, Kenedy starred against Barcelona in pre-season, impressed against Crystal Palace on debut despite the Blues losing and scored…

Premier League
Allan Saint-Maximin finds his Premier League feet
08:00 Thursday 20th February 2020

Allan Saint-Maximin is starting to prove himself at Newcastle. His unpredictable flair and pace provide the attacking spark for Steve Bruce’s defensive-oriented Newcastle side. The 22-year-old winger arrived from French club…

Premier League
Why Steve Bruce deserves praise for Newcastle form
12:31 Sunday 16th February 2020

Over the summer, Newcastle United's Steve Bruce appointment was met with predictable moans and groans. Once again, the managerial-merry-go-round was being tapped into rather than trying something fresh. Magpies fans had gone from global…

Premier League
Will Newcastle finally cut ties with Yoshinori Muto?
12:01 Saturday 11th January 2020

Newcastle could sell Yoshinori Muto in January. The 27-year-old is on the periphery at St James’ Park, behind Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll in Steve Bruce's pecking order. The Japanese international spent most of the…

Bundesliga
What happened to Ademola Lookman at RB Leipzig?
17:02 Friday 10th January 2020

Following a lack of first-team opportunities at Everton, last summer, Ademola Lookman decided to return to the club he went on loan to during the 2017/18 season; RB Leipzig, although this time, it was a permanent switch. However,…

Premier League
Did Solskjaer take a Christmas gift from under Guardiola's tree?
09:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Christmas, like Easter and, in North America, Thanksgiving, is meant to be a joyous holiday spent with loved ones. Often, though, tensions rise. In part, you’re not accustomed to spending full days with these strange, annoying people…

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…

Premier League
Is Solskjaer afraid to push all-in?
09:00 Monday 7th October 2019

In 22 previous attempts, Steve Bruce failed to defeat Manchester United. On the one hand, there’s a first time for everything. Even the Washington Generals won a few games against the Harlem Globetrotters. On the other hand, it’s…

Premier League
Can Ayoze Perez find a way to co-exist with Jamie Vardy?
12:00 Sunday 29th September 2019

Newcastle visit the King Power today. If you predict match outcomes based on common opponents, you might not fancy the Magpies chances to nick a result. They beat Tottenham in North London and we all saw Spurs blow the early lead when they…

Premier League
Does Newcastle's spending spree reveal a penitent or persistent Mike Ashley?
09:01 Sunday 11th August 2019

Every manager who sizes up Newcastle sees the same thing. St James’ Park seats 52,405 obese or slack-muscled, pasty-skinned males sporting cheap haircuts and cheaper tats. If ever there was a time to be sexist and exclude women from an…