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As everyone obsesses over the Raheem Sterling saga, their attention should be turned to the other exciting English talent that has made his move to the Etihad: Patrick Roberts. City have acquired a midfielder that at the tender age of 18, has already scored 14 times at youth international level. He is “an extraordinary talent” according to former boss Felix Magath, and with the right education and development England fans as well as City fans will soon have a new hero to fascinate over.
For now though, he remains relatively unknown …

The anticipation of the forthcoming season is almost over, and with it brings a sense of optimism and excitement that only the opening day of the season can conjure. 
FC Halifax town begin the season on the back of a torrid end of the 2014/15 season, which saw The Shaymen end the season with a run of only 1 victory in 10 which ultimately saw Town slip down the table and see them finish 9th place despite the season offering so much post Christmas.
It has been a summer of transition at The …

Football talk has long been the default discussion through my time at school and while there’s not much more I love to give my opinion on, I can’t deny how hard it is to accept the opinion of others at times. While this may only serve to portray me as a standard, stubborn student, I cannot accept them because with the huge emphasis put on statistical analysis over the past decade and a half, it is worryingly apparent that stats, whether they be goals, assists or clean sheets, dominate arguments. …

When will our nation learn what makes the ‘beautiful game’ beautiful? It is an argument that seems to have come and gone. In fact, people seem to have given up on the very notion that England ever could become one of the world’s best national teams. But I think it’s time everyone sat up and at least discussed how the nation can begin to create true footballers rather than athletes.
How can we do this? I believe there to be three main possibilities to achieving that goal.
End the ‘Big Tackle’ culture
The …

So Liverpool’s season ended yesterday afternoon at 16:14 when a fantastically worked goal from Fabian Delph and the rest of his Aston Villa cohorts nestled in the right hand corner of Simon Mignolet’s Goal.
The fight, determination and spirit displayed by the Villans was everything that was lacking in the Liverpool performance.
There are currently 6 games left in the BPL and Liverpool currently sit 7 points behind Man City and 8 points behind Man Utd.
Liverpool are out of every competition now, after failing to make it past the Group Stage in …

For the past few weeks, Manchester United and in particular Marouane Fellaini have been coming under criticism for a ‘direct’ style of play. In other words, trying to get the best out of there 25 million pound Belgian beauty that he who shall not be named, in Manchester anyway, had left for the services of Mr. Van Gaal. So my question is, if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it?
The negativity towards direct or ‘long ball’ football is nothing new as far as the Premier League are concerned. Sam Allardyce would …

There has been a lot of criticism of referees this season especially of late, after Martin Atkinson has failed to see critical decisions that seemed to the naked eye pretty straight forward. As we have all heard Mourinho has picked out minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69 to be the most critical point where Martin Atkinson really needed to do his job and failed. The most critical point of the game came on the 69th minute where Nemanja Matic was sent off for retaliating to what was a horrifying tackle …

Manchester united manager Louis Van Gaal has developed a head scratcher regarding two of the world most recognisable strikers. Which would make many automatically think that Van Gaal would be overjoyed by having this dilemma. This is strangely not the case. Following the summer ‘loan’ signing of Radamel Falcao Manchester United must have been licking there lips; a strike force of Rooney, Van Persie, Mata, and Di Maria. Throw in Falcao and United’s forward line could rival any in world football. Van Gaal’s decision to bring the Colombian international was …

A tantalizing end to last season saw Liverpool come within touching distance of a league title; 2 points adrift of eventual winners Manchester City come the final day. The result was many supporters of the club choosing to try and forget the 3 game collapse and rather look forward to a 3 month period of rest, recovery, and most importantly, progression. It seemed, going into the summer that with the right additions, and limited departures, 2014-15 season might just see that 19th league title come to Anfield.
Half a season, 1 …

The first international break of 2015 comes at the end of March, but the England manager, Roy Hodgson, must currently be contemplating on which strikers to call up to the squad, if all are fit. The 2014/15 Premier League season has been a success so far for English strikers who are trying to appeal to Hodgson, which was highlighted last weekend (3rd and 4th of January). I believe that Roy Hodgson sees Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as his key three strikers, who he will consistently pick, subject …