At the beginning of the season, when Claude Puel took over from Ronald Koeman as Southampton manager, a new era started for the Saints. The two years’ tenure of Ronald Koeman brought to Southampton the highest ever Premier League finish, with a 7th and 6th final places. So, the expectations for Puel are demanding, but the performance in these first 13 games look really promising.
After 12 games newly promoted Middlesbrough sit in 15th place with 11 points. They are one point from the relegation zone and have scored just 10 goals while conceding 13. While not supporting a single Premier League team I do have a soft spot for Middlesbrough, and this made me want to have a look at how they are performing.
After the triumph of last season, Leicester City find themselves sitting in a disappointing 14th spot in the Premier League after 11 games. So, what’s happened? How much worse are they performing compared to last season? How much of an effect has the loss of N’Golo Kanté had? Are the additional Champions League games proving a distraction? I’ll investigate these questions, looking at the numbers to try and find answers.
At the very end of the 2015-16 season, Roberto Martínez was fired from Everton and was replaced by former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman. Since taking charge, Koeman has been sensible and hasn’t spent too much in the transfer market; Everton ended the transfer window with a positive net spend of €1.4 million. However, some would argue that a positive net spend would have been all that Everton could afford, given they finished in the bottom half for two straight seasons. The fact that all the players Everton bought played in the Premier League last year shows Everton adopted a risk-free approach this summer.
Since Pep Guardiola has taken charge of Manchester City, one big move that has been talked about a lot was replacing long serving, England number 1 for Claudio Bravo from his old club, Barcelona. Many people refer to Bravo’s passing and that’s why Pep likes him and that Hart’s distribution wasn’t good enough to cope in the new Manchester City team under Pep’s style. Continue reading At the Hart of it – Joe Hart’s Distribution
Recently, Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th career league goal, and his 50th goal for Everton, contributing to the end of a run of four league games without a win. But apart from his recent goalscoring form (7 goals in 10 apps),what makes me write a piece about Lukaku is the curiosity to analyse his numbers and trying to understand how his impressive attacking contribution has been built up throughout the years. Continue reading Why Can’t Lukaku Stop Scoring ?
As Summer 2016 was Antonio Conte’s first transfer window as Chelsea manager, I was expecting a huge negative net spend. But Conte was more than happy to let the same team that won the Premier League and crumbled soon afterwards carry on. He did bring in a few players, but not as many as I thought.