Three new faces in the England team but do they deserve it?

September 11, 2012 in International

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Yesterday, Roy Hodgson announced that Raheem Sterling (17), Adam Lallana (24) and Jake Livermore (22) had been added to the England squad to face Ukraine today. Yes, it is good that three young players have been added to the squad, but it does raise questions about whether they deserve their places or not.

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The Transfer Window’s Biggest Winner: The Premier League

September 3, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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The summer transfer window “slammed” shut last night, leaving some fans on a high, others relieved, many frustrated and a few Arsenal and Liverpool fans outraged. On balance and once the dust from yesterday’s mad rush settles, most fans will be pleased with their summer business. Whilst net spends are calculated and names proposed for the “signing of the window”, the biggest winner this summer has to be the Premier League on the whole.

Over the last few years, the English Premier League has seen several of its stars depart; with Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and then this summer Didier Drogba and Luka Modric all departing, the quality of players and teams in the league was perhaps slightly reduced. Other notable names have also left for La Liga, such as Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, which towers above other leagues as home to so many of football’s stars. This summer, however, the Premier League has fought back, and whilst no single ‘global superstar’ has landed on our shores, several players with precocious talent and the potential to be stars of the future most certainly have.

 

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A Drop Of Claret And Blue: West Ham-mered

August 28, 2012 in FA and Carling Cup, Features, Premier League

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Welcome to A Drop of Claret and Blue. On a weekend that saw Manchester City held 2-2 against Liverpool, Robin van Persie grab his first United goal, Arsenal draw 0-0 for the second game in succession, and Chelsea secure their third win from three, West Ham United were brought back down to earth with a thud after their opening day success against Aston Villa.

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A Drop Of Claret And Blue - West Ham’s Strong Start

August 24, 2012 in Features, Premier League

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Welcome to A Drop of Claret and Blue. At the time of writing this article, West Ham United have announced the signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year old winger will wear the number seven shirt, and we at Ballsy Banter would like to wish him all the best at his new club.

Right. I’d like to kick off proceedings by holding my hands up, and by simultaneously acknowledging the likes of Mark Watts and AA Gill, who took the time to comment correctly that Jack Collison would not be available for the Villa game, as he is currently out injured. I had been led to believe by some sources that he might’ve been in contention for a place, but these reports proved to be false, so my apologies for that. Also, a big thanks to everyone who read the opening article; now, let’s see if I can keep hold of you all for the coming season.

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Transfer tests beckon for Rodgers

June 30, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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It is common form at this time of year for the rumour mill to enter overdrive. Moreover, the desire for owners and managers up and down the country to invest in the latest crop of supposed wonderkids is bubbling ferociously, all keen to get their hands on that prize asset who may prove the difference in those tight relegation battles and enthralling title challenges. For Liverpool’s new boss, Brendan Rodgers, pastures new await as he embarks on an exciting stage in his impressive career, short thus far, but promising in every way. Unlike his predecessor, Rodgers’ red revolution will commence without the weight of typical Merseyside expectations, but instead with caution and a certain degree of uneasiness.

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