Newcastle’s Defensive Woes Adding To Problems

October 1, 2013 in Premier League

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“Football is a simple game really. You have to tackle, you have to put your head in, you have to run forward, you have to pass forward and you have to show an ambition to win the game, which we didn’t show in the first half - for whatever reason.” Read the rest of this entry →

Transfer Window Round Up: Özil, Fellaini and more

September 4, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers

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So that’s it for the summer, the transfer window has now closed and teams will have to play with who they have until January at least.

So what were the biggest deals of the window? Who were the winners and who were the losers? In this article, I will delve deep into all the transfer dealings from clubs around the country.

Let’s start off with the biggest transfer of the window, and while this may have not been completed on deadline day, his press conference was probably the most watched thing throughout it all. Gareth Bale has finally completed his dream move to Real Madrid after one of the most prolonged transfer sagas in history, thanks to one Mr Daniel Levy. Signing for no less than €100m (£85.3m), he becomes the biggest transfer in the history of football, surpassing his new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. And while his keepy uppies left a lot to be desired, the general feeling around Madrid is that while he’s a little on the expensive side, he will become a great addition to their fantastic club. Spurs also let the duo of Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto join QPR on loan, with former player Niko Kranjcar also linking up with them at Loftus Road.

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Barcelona - Do We Need To Start Asking Questions?

August 29, 2013 in La Liga

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It’s just been fact that over the past few years, Barcelona have been one of, if not the best club team in the world, from the likes of Ronaldinho/Rijkaard, to Messi/Guardiola and everyone since and in-between.

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Newcastle United - Starting As They Mean To Go On

August 20, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers

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Well, the season has begun, and it was certainly an interesting opening weekend, with a couple of interesting results. And on Monday night, that trend continued, as Manchester City went on to thrash Newcastle United 4-0 in front of a gleeful crowd at the Etihad.

The day started off poorly for the Geordies, as they were subject to a £10m bid from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye, which, mainly due to the timing, Alan Pardew labelled as disrespectful post-match. For me, it’s more about the fee being disrespectful, simply because Arsenal knew they could turn his head because of the history and calibre of their club, and let’s be honest, £10m for Yohan Cabaye is an absolute joke. He won’t leave for anything less than double that, with Mike Ashley probably even looking for triple that fee, with his rumoured price tag being £30m by the Newcastle board. It’s a completely ‘derisory’ offer for a player of his quality. With this bid floating over his head, Yohan Cabaye was left out of the squad for the Manchester City game. And this morning, it has been rumoured that Newcastle are now only looking for £20m for their star midfielder. It certainly looks like one foot might be out the door.Yohan-Cabaye-Newcastle_2863327 Read the rest of this entry →

Season Preview 2013-14: Norwich City

August 14, 2013 in Premier League, Team Previews

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Norwich were widely considered to be struggling last season. After picking up only three points by the end of September, things looked to be bleak for the Canaries. Picking up sporadic wins throughout the season, Norwich were dragged into the relegation battle, along with Aston Villa, Stoke, Newcastle and Sunderland, before just about dragging themselves out and finishing 11th, showing how close it was at the bottom last season. Heavy losses to Liverpool twice, Chelsea, Fulham and Manchester United dented any sort of momentum Norwich tried to muster up, and disappointing campaigns in the FA and Capital One Cups only harmed their progress. While they did manage to get to the quarter finals of they Capital One Cup, they got mercilessly beaten 4-1 by fellow strugglers Aston Villa on the way out of the tournament.

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