A WEEK IN FOOTBALL PART 2 – FIGHT FOR PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL BLOWN WIDE OPEN

Yesterday in my column for Stretty News, I took a look at the wonderfully close and intriguing battle for the title and Champions League places currently raging at the top of the Premier League table. Equally enrapturing this season though has been the tussle for survival. Tight all season; in the past couple of weeks the fight to remain in England’s premier competition had looked to be a little clearer. Certainly relegation candidates Swansea, West Brom, Norwich and Aston Villa kept losing, but so did Sunderland, Fulham and Cardiff, the three clubs currently in the drop zone. As long as those three continued to lose, there seemed little chance of anything changing. This week though, the whole situation was blown wide open. Wins for Cardiff and Fulham have made survival anyone’s to win or lose, a couple of great escapes could well be on.

Take a closer look at those seven candidates by reading the full article at the link below:

http://strettynews.com/a-week-in-football-part-2-fight-for-premier-league-survival-blown-wide-open/

Have Nemanja Matić’s performances thus far for Chelsea justified the £21 million spent on his transfer from Benfica?

Nemanja Matic has been excellent since his transfer to Chelsea in January, but do his great performances really justify spending over £20 million on a player who just a few seasons earlier left the club for a fraction of the price? For my latest article for SoccerSouls, I look at the case of Matic and how it reflects on Chelsea’s wider transfer policy.

Read the full article at the link below:

http://www.soccersouls.com/2014/04/have-this-21m-chelsea-stars-performances-so-far-justify-his-transfer-fee/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Soccersouls+%28SoccerSouls%29

The secret behind Crewe Alexandra’s remarkable player production line

My latest article taking a brief look at Dario Gradi and his 30 year association with Crewe Alex, launching the careers of Platt, Savage, and more recently Nick Powell & Ashley Westwood. For @TBRFootball 

Read the full article at the link below:

http://tbrfootball.com/?p=9195

A WEEK IN FOOTBALL – INJURIES COST MANCHESTER CITY DEAR AND ARSENAL SHOW SIGNS OF DECLINE

My weekly column, A Week In Football for Stretty News, looking at where yesterday’s defeat leaves Manchester City and asking whether Arsenal can balance their league and cup commitments to nick fourth, and end their nearly nine year wait for a trophy.

Read the full article at the link below: 

http://strettynews.com/a-week-in-football-injuries-cost-manchester-city-dear-and-arsenal-show-signs-of-decline/

Man United: You can’t win anything with kids

My latest article is a playful critique of David Moyes’ record with youth at Everton and where that leaves Manchester United going forward.

It can be read at Four Four Tweet by clicking on the link below. It’s an excellent site with a huge twitter following. Please do read, like and share.

“You can’t win anything with kids”, at least not with David Moyes in charge.

http://fourfourtweet.co.uk/man-united-you-cant-win-anything-with-kids/

A WEEK IN FOOTBALL – LIVERPOOL CLUBS SEIZE MOMENTUM AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

This column has been away for a couple of weeks and during that time Liverpool have drawn plaudits for not only becoming serious title contenders, but arguably title favourites. The Reds have swept all before them in recent weeks in a glutton of victories and goals to plant themselves firmly atop England’s premier division. Astute tactics and a near unrivalled attacking potency leaves Brendan Rodgers’ boys with their destiny in their own hands. The same can of course also be said of Manchester City. Whichever of the two wins their remaining games wins the title, setting up Sunday’s showdown at Anfield as a potential title decider and the single biggest match of the Premier League season thus far.

Read the full article at Stretty News by clicking the link below: 

http://strettynews.com/a-week-in-football-liverpool-clubs-seize-momentum-at-the-top-of-the-table/

Talented And Troubled – Is Ravel Morrison Set To Be A Future England Star Or Potential Football Burnout?

Before Christmas, Ravel Morrison was on the verge of an England call-up and a dark horse to be picked for the World Cup squad in Brazil. Now, Morrison is on loan in the Championship at QPR. Is this down to yet another act of self-sabotage by the notoriously difficult starlet, or is Morrison perhaps the victim in this case?

Read more on what the future holds for the former Manchester United wonderkid in my latest article for Soccer Souls by clicking on the link below:

http://www.soccersouls.com/2014/02/talented-and-troubled-is-ravel-morrison-set-to-be-a-future-england-star-or-potential-football-burnout/

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