Who Should Have Replaced Payet?

As a Premier League neutral West Ham are usually one of my favourite teams, especially last season. I felt for West Ham fans when Dimitri Payet chose to force a move away from West London. Robert Snodgrass was brought in in January as his replacement, or close to. In this article I’ve used some simple data scouting using KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that I’d look for if I was recruiting for West Ham.

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Martial Art – Anthony Martial Performance Analysis

Since Anthony Martial’s big money move from Monaco to Manchester United in 2015 for £60 million, if add-on clauses are met, he hasn’t met the price tag yet.. I want to investigate how much of an impact Martial has actually had in his time in Manchester through this statistical profile. But, it’s worth remembering that Martial is just 21 years old.

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Why are City struggling at the back?

By Matt Allen@MattAllen001

In this piece I will discuss some of the defensive issues that Man City have been having this season. Pep Guardiola has already written his team out of the title race this season and this comes after a patch of poor form culminating most recently with a 4-0 loss at Everton. There are several reasons that city’s defensive form have been poor this season which I will outline below.

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AFCON – Quarter Final Preview (Part 2)

By Alarico Rossi – @AlaricoRossi

 

Yesterday we previewed the quarter-final games of Burkina Faso v Tunisia & Senegal v Cameroon. Have a read here.

Today we are previewing the next two quarter-finals; Egypt v Morocco & Congo DR v Ghana.

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AFCON – Quarter Final Preview (Part 1)

By Alarico Rossi – @AlaricoRossi

 

The knock-out stage of the African Cup of Nations has arrived. For European clubs, the elimination of big teams such as Algeria and Ivory Coast is great news. The only negative so far is for Juventus, as a result of the injury to centre-mid Mario Lemina, one of Gabon’s main players. The group-stage has shown us what each team can do, and this article is going to preview today’s two fixtures; Burkina Faso v Tunisia & Senegal v Cameroon.

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Midfield Maestro: Amadou Diawara

Josh Taylor – @weeklykickabout

Big clubs are always on the lookout for young talent, and I will be looking at some of the U23s that make their clubs tick. The young midfield maestros.

Napoli have splashed their Higuain cash on some promising youngsters over the summer, with Piotr Zieliński costing them around £12m. But perhaps their biggest prospect is not the Pole with an eye for goal, but the man playing just behind him. 19 year old Amadou Diawara has the body and strength of a destroyer, standing at 6 feet tall, but he has incredible composure, passing and poise, meaning he is seen more of a regista, the metronome of Napoli’s 4-3-3.

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Everton v Man City: What happened?

Hrishi Anand – @Hrishi_AFC

Goodison Park played host to an interesting tactical showdown between Ronald Koeman’s Everton and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in which Everton ran riot winning 4-0. The scoreline, however, was more to do with Guardiola’s set up rather than a complete performance from the Toffees. At the same time it was definitely Koeman’s best game in charge of the Merseyside club.

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