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Written on 26 Aug 2015 | No Comments

First things first, this isn’t an opinion piece by some deluded Spurs fan living in the past, whining about the great Harry Redknapp. In essence, this is a clear reference to a great spurs team and the trepid journey that has proceeded that man.
I sense the demise of the Spurs team is not just the result of losing a good manager, but a reflection on the cultural change Levy has inflicted on the club and his hunger for control. Levy is without doubt a control freak. Under Redknapp it became …

Written on 24 Aug 2015 | No Comments

A look back on Micah Richards and why he’s Villa’s signing of the summer.
Micah Richards could well be Tim Sherwood’s signing of the summer. After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the transfer window, Aston Villa needed to reinvent their squad ready for the new season. With considerate financial backing and profits made from Benteke and Delph, Sherwood has splashed out near £40million on transfers alone this window, but I think the free signing of Micah Richards, previously released by Manchester City, is the best one and here’s why…
Riddled …

Written on 20 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Career Mode in FIFA 16 delivers two of our community’s most requested feature updates and many other key changes. (Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC only)
PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
During the summer months, all the major clubs travel around the world in preparation for the upcoming season. In FIFA 16, we are introducing this key development period to Career Mode. Prior to a given season, your club will be invited to three out of a possible nine tournaments, played in Asia, Europe, Latin America, or North America.
Just as with real football …

Written on 18 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Two matches in and the champions are wheezing. This has already been Chelsea’s worst start since 1998, well before Roman Abramovich’s purchase of the club. The defeat at Manchester City on Sunday left them five points adrift of last season’s runners-up in the fledgling Premier League table. It is too early to talk of crisis, with both Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa having publicly pushed for improvement rather than panic, but there are reasons why Chelsea have failed to find their early season sparkle.

1) Pre-season Form
The bulk of Chelsea’s first-team …

Written on 18 Aug 2015 | No Comments

One word sums up Manchester City’s belief that they can regain the Premier League title: Goals.
Given that Manuel Pellegrini’s men finished last season as the division’s top scorers, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton were all able to boast defence records, you would have thought that City’s priority this summer would have been to strengthen a back four that shipped an amazing nine points against the three pushed away clubs alone.
But City have once again decided to leave ‘winning ugly’ to Chelsea.
An initial payment of 44 million pounds has secured …

Written on 17 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Antolin Alcaraz has agreed to a one-year deal with La Liga’s new boys Las Palmas after concluding his contract with Everton.
As much as Antolin Alcaraz is an experienced defender who didn’t hold a regular spot while playing for Everton (The Toffees) after following Roberto Martinez after ending his contract with Wigan Athletic.
During his time at Goodison Park (Everton’s Home ground), which was a short two-year term saw him attend just fourteen Barclays Premier League appearances. That said, however; Las Palmas, on the other hand, have faith that the thirty-three-year-old centre …

Written on 17 Aug 2015 | No Comments

The last part of this 3 part Premiership preview looks at last season’s top 6. Will the top 6 remain the same? Can anyone stop Chelsea winning back-to-back titles? Let’s take a look.
Liverpool (Last Season – 6th)
After overachieving in the 13-14 season, Liverpool clearly underachieved in the 14-15 campaign. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ tenure is under threat and how well 32.5 million pound gamble Christian Benteke can do will virtually decide his destiny.
Losing the ‘prized asset’ Raheem Sterling will hurt, but if Jordon Ibe who Rodgers has announced will feature heavily …

Written on 16 Aug 2015 | No Comments

After the shock 2-0 loss to West Ham last week and the dominant performance of the 16 year old West Ham midfielder, Reece Oxford, Arsene Wenger has seen what a dominant defensive midfielder can do in the premier league.
Without a true defensive midfielder that is starting quality in the premier league Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak. The 25 year old Midfielder still has his best days to come and this is what has Wnneger excited. His dominant performances in the La Liga has shown …

Written on 10 Aug 2015 | No Comments

Part 1 of this 15-16 Season review looked at the newly promoted sides and the teams that survived the drop (14th-17th) in the Premiership last season. For the second out of this three part review of the season we now look at the teams who finished 7th to 13th in 14/15.
 
West Bromwich Albion (Last season – 13th)
With Tony Pulis still at the helm, you are already on board when looking at West Brom expecting them to be safe come the end of the 2015-16 season, though their signings do not …

Written on 9 Aug 2015 | No Comments

The 2015-16 Premiership season is almost upon us, I will have a lot at each team and access what they have done thus far and what they possibly still need to do to achieve their target.
I shall split this into 3 parts, the first part being the hypothetical bottom seven, including the three promoted sides, and the four teams who survived the drop, (positions 14-17th), in the Premiership last season.
Bournemouth (Last season – 1st in the Championship)
The only times I have had to mention Bournemouth before the 2014/15 season was …