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Player Analysis: Mo’ Salah

It’s been a while since we’ve analysed a player hasn’t it? Think we should do it again viewers? OK, going to our random player analysis wheel… we’re spinning, we’re spinning, we’re spinning… oh looky here, we got Mo’ Salah!

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The PL has graced some of the most prolific, deadliest of strikers the world has had the privilege to watch. Legends like Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba, to modern heroes like Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Wazza, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku. But of all of these strikers, despite the sheer number of goals they scored season after season, or the net busters they managed to pull off, like an absolute beaut Robin Van Persie ripped past Aston Villa in 2013, or the ripper Shearer lashed into the net in 2001 against Everton, none have scored 32 goals in a single season. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

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“I was sooo close”

Except this man.

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Mo Salah was signed in 2017 from Italian giants Roma, after his decent performances and reasonable goal+assist return in a league considered super defensive. Jurgen Klopp, pioneer of gegenpress, that he, not Julian Brandt, was the missing piece, the man to lead the attack of the Reds and lead them to their first, first ever PL title. We pause to remind Liverpool fans that Blackburn and Leicester have won the Premier League before. Salah scored on the opening day of the PL season and pretty soon he was the most feared forward around, using his pace, powered by his desire to score goals or lay it off to his teammates to take on even the toughest of defenders.

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“Hashtag Puskas Things”

He ended the 2017/18 season with 3 player of the month plaques, PFA player of the year, African player of the season, BBC African player of the season and the golden boot. He also became the first player to score 32 goals in one league campaign. Shearer and Cole, arguably two of the most elite ever have the next best with 31, and they were playing down the middle. As to affectionately put it, a guy on Twitter said that “Salah is the best thing we’ve seen since Crissy Ron.”

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But after a Champions League Final where Salah came face to face with mayhem personified and left the battlefield with a broken shoulder, and a rather disappointing World Cup, few expected Mo to match his feats of the season before. And, unless the Egyptian King scores a few dozen goals before the season ends, to keep the Kop faithful title dreams alive, then yes, we the haters were right. But the best save for the big moments, and if you have an 88 rated Fifa Card, you are one of those selected few.

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But to be fair to the Egyptian, he has performed. He’s still in the race for the Golden Boot, though facing stiff competition from Kun Aguero and Harry Kane, and in certain matches, like against Brighton and Wolves, it’s taken him to snag a win and keep the hopes of Liverpool alive. He’s been played as a center forward numerous times this season, and it has at times proved fruitful. To be fair, this would be a perfect season for some.

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But after the high standards Mo set last season, many expect him to be targeting the standards of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Mo has also been unable to net against the big guns, with his account empty when it comes to any of the London sides or the Manchester giants. He has often cut a frustrated figure at times, rather than that cool figure that we PL fans were used to just a season ago. And, let’s face it, many of you have been betting on the Egyptian to net his 50th goal of the PL sooner than later. We feel for you. We really do. But when it comes to Mo, the goals will come. After all, kings are born to serve, aren’t they?

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Transfer Talk: Part 1

Though it seems so far away, your site that gives you only the best for the world’s best league feels like we should share our analysis on what your PL club should do this summer.

Arsenal

The Gunners should solve their defensive crisis by buying a big-name center-back to add to their ranks or a prospect that could serve the club for years to come. Harry Maguire at Leicester is a decent fit for a club of such stature, whilst looking abroad, Savic of Atletico Madrid, Johnathan Tah at Bayer 04 or Daniel Rugani at Juventus are decent options to pull on the famous red shirt.

Arsenal should also consider letting Mesut Ozil go. The German is full of creativity, but is a highly controversial figure, and does not seem to turn up when it matters most. Either a change in attitude for Mesut, or he goes, and a midfielder of the sort should be brought in to replace him, like Julian Brandt or Ever Banega, despite the latter’s age.

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AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries are a good side, but soon Bournemouth faithful will start demanding for Europe soon, after all their seasons in the top flight. Eddie Howe should set his sights for a youthful center back to become Nathan Ake’s long term partner, and if Callum Wilson is truly set for the big time, Bournemouth must replace him. PL Analysis feel Che Adams could do the job for them.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

If Brighton wants to assure that next season they will not flirt with relegation, then they need a bunch of players. Mat Ryan is a great goalkeeper, so the Seagulls should do all in their power to keep the Aussie at the Amex. A decent replacement for Glenn Murray should be looked for, and a decent holding midfielder should be acquired during the summer.

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Burnley

The Clarets are capable of performing big, as 2017-18 showed and shocked all PL supporters. Burnley have a great squad, with youth on the rise, like Dwight McNeil, but they should make a bold step and sell Joe Hart. Tom Heaton has looked back to his best, and Hart as somewhat limited the chances of other England-international Nick Pope. However, Hart could still see a future in the PL, as Championship teams like Norwich who are fighting to be back in the PL, would need a good stopper like him.

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Cardiff

Life can be cruel. Emiliano Sala was the perfect fit for the Bluebirds in their battle to stay up. He had everything needed of a striker, the eye for goal, great work-ethic, decent pace. But, alas, the ruthless English Channel prevented what could have been a vital turning point in the relegation battle. Not only do Cardiff now need a striker, they would need to keep Victor Camarasa, on loan from Real Betis at Wales, as he is key to making the side tick.

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This is part one of a series on PL Analysis. Be sure to look out for more Transfer Talk in the coming weeks.

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Best French Players of the PL

Bonjour all lovers of the world’s most loved league. You came here, not only because this site is awesome, but you were curious to see who we at PL Analysis think are the best players of the PL that originate from good ol’ France. Or as the native will put it: les meilleurs jouers francais. The awesomeness of Google Translate.

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6. Willy Boly

The Ivory Coast Football Team has come up with a proposal to Willy for let him play for the Elephants of Africa, and if he accepts, who can blame him? France have the aggressive Samuel Umtiti and the composed Raphael Varane as their first-choice center-backs, and after them Didier Deschamps has the pick of Aymeric Laporte, Presnel Kimpembe, Kurt Zouma, Adil Rami, Clement Lenglet, Sakho and so much more. At 28, it would be ideal for the big man to swap the iconic dark blue for another stint with orange.

But despite international conflicts, Willy has proven to us at PL Analysis that he is one supreme player. He is ever ready to defend, as his last ditch tackle against West Ham earlier in the season shows, yet pops up at crucial moments to guide his side to valuable points. His goal against City would have ensured him the adoration of the Pack, and his performance this year brings him on onto this oh-so-prestigious list.

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5. Anthony Martial

Football365 posed a question about whether Tony Martial is the next Eden Hazard. Well if he continues playing like this then for all we know he could be on stage with the Ballon D’or award in his hands. Okay, we might be exaggerating a bit, but Anthony Martial, in all honesty has been frightening this year. For a man who many United loyals felt was not playing for the badge, he has scored 9 PL goals and has had 2 assists. His overall play has been good, but if there would be only one thing that would have ensured Martial a place on this list, it would be that goal against Fulham. Click the link and watch “the French Ronaldo” at his best.

https://www.nbcsports.com/video/man-uniteds-anthony-martial-doubles-lead-over-fulham

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4. Moussa Sissoko

It seems that ever since N’golo Kante has been shifted to attacking duties, everyone has realized that there are other excellent, Energiser powered box-to-box midfielders in the PL. One of such is Moussa Sissoko, who, ironically, was considering a move away from England. However, with his namesake gone to China, his career has been completely revitalized by Pochettino and he has cemented a place on the list of several Spurs cult heroes.

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3. Aymeric Laporte

Laporte is what you would call a true Guardiola player. He was already a decent player at Athletic Club but his record move to the blue side of Manchester has enhanced his game. He is composed, makes clean, yet crucial tackles that most defenders will never dare attempt, and, if that is not good enough, he can play as a sweeper, like German legend Sammer, playing awesome passes that lead to goal-scoring chances. In fact, Aymeric Laporte, to us, is capable of being a rock in Les Blues for years to come, but as and when Didier Deschamps puts down the croissants and actually sees this man play, then he has to be content with being the PL’s best French defender.

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2. Paul Pogba

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen

It’s good to see that two things about Paul Pogba that we are fond of have not changed.

Firstly, he has not given up on haircuts.

And secondly, it’s good to know that the creative, world-class, leader Paul Pogba who was stifled for so long by the”Special One” himself is still around and is imposing himself on football matches. 16 direct involvements in 14 games?! It will take a true boss to beat you to top spot…

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  1. N’golo Kante

And step forward the boss… N’golo Kante!!!

It seems pretty silly, almost stupid, to play the world’s best defensive midfielder, the man who won his teams titles, the only man with five hearts and a dozen lungs, as an attacking midfielder. Many players would have complained, or even revolted but not our man here. Despite his immense contributions when Chelsea are playing well, he still completes his defensive duties. If any one should be Chelsea Player of the Year, it should be N’golo Kante, one of the few legends who quietly does his job.

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Best 6 defenders (CBs) so far.

The defender. More precisely, the center-back. After the goalkeeper, they are arguably the most criticized players on the entire pitch when they do wrong, but, like our chums the goalies, they are given their deserved props when they do their job well. And we here at PL Analysis feel that we should reward the best 6 defenders of the league with a spot on our site. Nope, no award yet. Keep fingers crossed lads.

6. Sol Bamba

Where would Cardiff been without Sol Bamba? Sure Neil Etheridge has been key to vital wins with jaw-dropping saves, and converted right-back Paterson has been a real beast at times, and Cardiff would have been further up the table with the goalscoring prowess of the late Emiliano Sala, but Bamba has been a real force that has driven the bluebirds. He’s strong, quick and ever ready to play for his team. Largely to him, Cardiff has had 7 clean sheets, more than Man United, 3 goals extra, over 70 crucial interceptions, 156 recoveries and a 173 duels won. He’s a defender who should be playing for a team of a higher caliber.

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5. Willy Boly

Don’t get me wrong, Wolves have been extremely good this year. Patricio has been a stopper Arsenal fans have been dreaming to have, Jonny and Matt Doherty have been decent full-backs, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves stellar midfielders and Jiminez and Diogo Jota good in front of goal, but Boly, along with Connor Coady, have been one of the best defensive partnerships in the league. 5 clean sheets are only a little picture of what the Frenchman has done.

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4. Victor Lindelof

Iceman has been a revelation for Man United. Sure he is not your composed Aymeric Laporte or your bullish Harry Maguire, but what the Swede needed was time to develop. He was able to contain the big Salomon Rondon, play 10 minutes through an injury, shines with whoever he plays with, and earn the comparisons to Serb great Nemanja Vidic.

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3. Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City look on course to snag the PL title for the second year running. Like Wolves, they have a lot of players to thank: sweeper-keeper Ederson, the Silva bros, Kevin de Bruyne, and the ruthless Sergio Aguero. But Laporte has been an absolute revelation. His defensive side has been solid (12 clean sheets and he has been a passing wonder (130 successful long balls). An ideal successor to the ageing Otamendi and Vincent Kompany.

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2. and 1. Virgil van Dijk

There were considerations for the number 2 spot. Honest. There’s David Luiz, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Maguire, Joe Gomez and the like. But none of them have been better than the names mentioned here, despite Joe, who is on injury and cannot be fully considered. So we decided to put VVD, Liverpool’s supposed beast, at both the top two spots, because, truthfully, he has been domineering and proven to be one of the best, and potentially the best on earth in a few years, as Giorgio Chiellini, Sergio Ramos and Diego Godin are reaching the end of their fine careers. But if you don’t believe us, ask Opta, or basically every Liverpool fan on the planet.

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Any other defender you want in this list? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

EPL’s Top 7 Goalies so far

The Goalkeeper. The most important player on the field of play, according to Nate, in the hit series Big Nate. Though this statement may not be entirely true, goalkeepers are still really important, and their presence crucial if teams want to hold on to tight leads. Today we shall dive into a list of the best goalies of the PL so far.

7. Neil Etheridge

Cardiff may be 18th on the table as things stand, but if wasn’t for the gargantuan Philippine, they may have well have been sitting at the bottom of the table. Etheridge has been crucial to their survival hopes, able to pull off gravity-defying saves and has the psychic ability to position himself correctly so saves are much more easier to make. He has made a whooping 85 saves, and has 6 clean sheets, more than David de Gea. He also saved 3 penalties, something de Gea is yet to master.

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6. Lucasz Fabianski

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. If we were you, we will be considering a move away from the Hammers soon, because the elastic Pole has grabbed the no.1 spot and is not willing to share. Fabianski has made 86 saves,the most in the PL, and some jaw-dropping ones as well. (Hunt down his worldie against United on Youtube.) His ability to adjust to the toughest of situations is part of the reasons why West Ham is in a pole position to grab a Europa spot.

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5. Rui Patricio

Many people think Wolves will be the next Manchester City, profiting from a wealthy takeover, snagging great players and becoming a force to watch. Nuno Espirito Santo has been one of the best coaches of the PL, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves A* midfielders, and Raul Jiminez and Diogo Jota clinical. At the back Matt Doherty, Boly and Coady solid. But one cannot forget Portugal’s no.1, and Wolves no.11, Rui Patricio. In fact, we think he’s so good that you should just go to Youtube and look for his awesome save against both Manchester teams.

Nah, we’ll give you a stat. He has 5 clean sheets.

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4. David de Gea.

Third most saves in the League(82) does not even guarantee the super Spaniard top-spot on our list. Despite the awesome use of the feet, his calmness under pressure, and his ability to baffle the best of strikers, de Gea has not done enough to snag no.1. This is because David has proved he can make mistakes (Like an absolute howler against Arsenal.), and has still not mastered the art of organizing his defence. But take those tiny flaws out and he’s one of the best in the league, if not the world.

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3. Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Basque-born keeper has finally proven to be the true replacement for Thibaut Courtois, and has of late been one of the most consistent ‘keepers of Sarri’s inconsistent squad, a true embodiment of the modern keeper: Athletic, Position on point, and is able to sort out his defence. He’s had 10 clean sheets, a good number for a new goalie, and has conceded a few 19 goals. 121 accurate long balls means Alisson and Ederson have a competitor to the best sweeper keeper in the League.

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2. Ben Foster

Javi Garcia must have negotiated one of the best deals of the season when he lured Benny Foster from West Brom. The English goalie had 7 clean sheets, in West Brom, and was arguably their best player, but at Watford he’s been even better. And this time we mean it. No stats. Watch his awesome save against Bournemouth and his performance against Burnley. 35 but still going strong. Like fine wine.

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  1. Alisson

13 clean sheets. 13 goals shipped in. 123 successful long balls. 29 passes per match. Transformed their defence. Top-notch positioning. The best sweeper keeper of the season so far. Match-winner. Confident. First on our list. Ladies and Gentlemen, Alisson Becker.

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Other good goalies this season: Tom Heaton, Ederson, Matt Ryan.

That’s all for now. Give us your true seven best goalies and be sure to look out for more posts on PL Analysis. Bring your pals. Keep(Get it?) Reading.

 

 

6 things to look out for this weekend

Ahh, the weekend. A deserved break from the hustle of school and the madness at your workplace. You could choose to spoil yourself with assorted goodies, or treat yourself to some relaxed reading in bed, or crush your pals on the PlayStation. Oh, oh, but you could also watch the greatest league ever, with an eye for the things below.

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“What’s that? Did I hear right? Saturday’s back? Yes!!!”

  1. Champions of 2017/18 and Champions of 2015/16.

Wolves, champions of English second-tier footy, and Leicester City, holders back in 2016, slug it out come Saturday as they both look to secure a Europa League spot. Wolves have been the surprise package of the league, with their slick-passing and team unity, as well as the presence of pretty decent players, like Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Adama and Rui Patricio. Leicester have not been to shabby themselves, sitting in 8th place, with the patient tactics of Claude Puel finally paying dividends. Expect a match full of tactical sharpness, attacking footy and plenty of goals.

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2. Will Mo’ Salah reap from Kane’s ruin?

Mohamed Salah, along with winning the League, must be wishing to add another golden boot to his shelf and prove all doubters wrong. He has not had it easy, with the presence of Aubameyang and Harry Kane breathing down the Egyptian’s neck. But with Kane, who had been very consistent till his game against Manchester United, where he suffered a knock that will keep him out till March, and Aubameyang not goal steady, Salah will be looking to run riot at Anfield against Crystal Palace.

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“Guess I’ll have to wait till next year to add another boot to the cupboard.”

 

3. Could United be playing UCL next year?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may be well and truly out of the title race, and the League Cup will definitely not return to the Red of Manchester. The FA Cup is up for grabs, but a place in Europe’s elite is what United will truly want next year.

United have pretty slim hopes of beating French giants PSG, so the preferred option will be to duel it out with the top six for a top-four spot. United are level with Arsenal on points, 5 behind Chelsea and 6 behind Spurs. If they keep their current form up, United may as well end this once grim-looking season on a high.

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4. Return of Theo.

It seems like a long time ago that Theo Walcott, at age 17, was playing for Southampton and looking like the next gem of England. Then injuries, inconsistency, and lack of trust by his gaffers has plagued what seemed like a  glorious career in the making. Now Walcott, nearing 30 years will be back at Saint Mary’s along with an Everton side that hunts down a Europa League spot. Ralph Hassenhuttl is looking to keep the Saints in a comfortable spot far from relegation, so expect a cracker, and a few boos when Walcott touches the ball.

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5. Can Leno step up?

Bernd Leno was tipped to be the man to replace the giant Manuel Neuer for Deutschland, with his shot-stopping abilities and excellent positioning admired bu Bundesliga fans, and making him sought after all over the world. In the summer, the German got a move to the Gunners, and after a period of playing understudy to Petr Cech, Leno has been promoted to first team duties.

Unfortunately, Leno has not what you might say has been the best of keepers, with Foster, Angus Gunn and Heaton, keepers far below his level have preformed better than him. Leno will almost certainly be in goal when Chelsea come to the Emirates, and in a match where stakes are high, he’ll be hoping to put on a performance that will set the tone for the years ahead.

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6. The Return of Babel

Even the most devoted PL Fans may have forgotten this man, Ryan Babel, a man who was destined for greatness at Liverpool but could never quite make among the great at Anfield due to better players in his position and his disciplinary issues.

Now Babel, who had enjoyed a fine stint with Besiktas and international footy in recent months, comes to Craven cottage, where Fulham are in desperate need of a player who can lift their hopes up. His dream debut may not be this one, facing a Tottenham side eager to forget the wounds inflicted on them by Manchester United, but expect the Dutchman to do fine.

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“You may have to spray the trim white Babel.”

 

Let’s look forward to the weekend,  its sounding great by my estimate. Come back to see more quirky posts on PL Analysis. Bring your chums as well. Keep reading

7 steps to loving the Premier League.

Word of notice, this post applies to you, yes YOU folks out there who try as they might, cannot bring themselves to love the world’s, no, the universe’s greatest league. Let’s see if I can try and get you drawn to the magic of top-flight English football.

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  1. Pick a team

A good team at that as well. Preferably teams that will bang 3+ goals each weekend and play attacking footy like Manchester City or Liverpool. But if you are one who does not love the thrill of free-flowing football and constant goals, then you can pledge your support to Huddersfield, or Fulham or Southampton, who for them, surviving in the Prem for another season is a God-sent gift from the highest heavens.

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2. Keep tabs on the most eccentric managers and their press conferences.

Ahh, it is truly a pity that Jose Mourinho has been given the boot recently. Or else you all would have been fortunate to witness one of the greatest, yet most weirdest coaches the Premier League has had to offer. However, since the man who commanded grudging respect at press conferences and substituted a player just 19 minutes into a match AND had a brawl with Arsene Wenger (another controversial manager), has been sacked, you guys can follow  Unai Emery and his attempt to speak fluent English, or Jurgen Klopp playing ring-around-the-roses with his ‘keeper, or Claudio Ranieri who isn’t afraid of speaking his harsh, almost rash opinion, or have a few chuckles at the harsh toned voice of Sean Dyche.

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“I.DO.NOT.HAVE.A.HARSH.VOICE!”

3. Follow the most popular players

If you feel that on-the-pitch stuff is not worth your support, then you can turn your head to off-the-pitch stuff, particularly the flamboyant players. Paul Pogba has a huge fanbase, with his awesome hair-cuts, his shenanigans with his French compatriots, whilst N’golo Kante and Juan Mata pop up occasionally, doing nice things. Ben Mendy is more of a social media guy than a footballer, and if he is capable of teaching President Emmanuel Macron the dab, then he must be a guy to keep tabs on once in a while.

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4. Buy a jersey.

With your own money. Should be one of your favorite team. If possible you can become a jersey collector. You will beam with pride wearing it when going of to watch a match, or showing off your fabric jewels to your jealous pals.

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5. Find the team you hate.

You’ll love the PL more if you identify a squad that annoys you to the fullest. Some people, especially Manchester United fans loathe their neighbors Manchester City for that Aguero goal that took the title from the red side of Man City to the sky-blue section in the dying minutes if a crackling game. Arsenal fans in turn hate Man United for ending their 49 game unbeaten run. Chelsea fans hate Liverpool FC for the “ghost goal” that knocked them out of the Champions League. Spurs hate Leicester City and Arsenal for the season of 2015-16. Some people also hate teams because of certain players (and managers), such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Mario Balotelli, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane(temporarily) and Jose Mourinho.(He knows it’s true.) And some people hate teams because of their ugly, ugly, ugly jerseys.

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6. Listen to the PL Soundtrack

Always updated every week, with the latest hits, and the iconic PL theme song is there, at the top of the list. You’ll love it.

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7. Visit PL Analysis

We’ll give you top notch, second to none analysis of the greatest ever league that’ll keep you well rounded, but with humor and pics to keep you entertained.

 

Keep readin’

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“You better, or Zlatan will come for you!”

These 5 EPL Players Should Be Given New Contracts

Hallo. I’ve got two dares for you to take on today. Try balancing a golf ball on the tip of your nose. And the other? Check out this post on crucial players who must not be allowed to leave their clubs

  1. David de Gea. (Manchester United).

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Manchester United fans are still tearing their hair out on the fact that their club has been able to secure Chris Smalling and Ashley Young new contracts but haven’t been able to pin down their most important players to new contracts.

David de Gea, their Spanish savior, the man who has rescued points for the red side of Manchester, is one player who they should certainly secure at the club for a few more years, as there are few who can replace arguably the best keeper in the world.

United have reportedly triggered his one-year extension, but if they don’t want PSG or Juventus to be sniffing around his door, they better have a good sit down with Jorges Mendes on how much the Spaniard should be pocketing.

 

  1. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

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“Fly in my eye! Fly in my eye!”

Harry Kane may be one of the best strikers PL fans have seen, but the Englishman has the constant service his team always gives him.

One man who provides Kane with chances to score is Danish Christian Eriksen, a man who has the ability to whip in good crosses, play wondrous passes and score absolute beauties that have made him a cult hero in North London.

His contract runs out soon, and Pochettino should be constantly harassing Daniel Levy to sort out the paperwork for one of the best number 10s in the world.

 

  1. David Luiz (Chelsea).

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Maurizio Sarri seems to have halted interest in world-class center-back Koulibaly, especially as he recently committed his future to Napoli.

This is probably due to the fact that Brazilian David Luiz has shown that he is still one of the best CBs a round, and is challenging Sammer as the best frizzy haired sweeper ever to grace the field.

However Luiz will be out of contract in the summer and many clubs will be watching his situation with keen interest, unless the Blues feel it is necessary to negotiate with the Brazilian to stay at the Bridge longer.

 

  1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

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Arsenal look like they have given up on the Welshman’s case regarding a contract, especially with news of Juventus ready to pry the Welshman away to improve their stellar squad even further.

However, Unai Emery lacks players with the work ethic of Ramsey, a box-to-box player who is capable of stealing back balls from an opponent and contributing wholeheartedly when his team has the ball.

A servant of the Gunners for years, Arsenal will feel gutted if Ramsey trades the white and red shirt for something else and for a small price for that matter.

 

  1. Vincent Kompany (Man City).

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“Forget Vince Staples, its Vince K who’s the real deal.”

Manchester City look like they won’t miss club great Kompany should his contract expire come the summer, as they have Stones, Laporte and Otamendi and this forgotten guy, Mangala to replace the Belgian. However Vincent is only in his early 30s, and having him in the club for a few more years won’t hurt, as he is a major influence on this young City side and a true leader of men.

That’s it for now. You disagree with my list? You all know the drill. Send your opinions about this piece in the comment box below, make yourself a sandwich and read the rest of the posts. Ciao.

EPL Players their country should call up more often.

Y’ello all ye football lovers (and those who haven’t a foggiest clue what this sport is all about). On today’s menu all we’ve got prepared is a list of top PL players who should get more recognition from their country. Bon appetite.

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  1. Aymeric Laporte

You’ve must have heard this man’s case so many times, but it’s one hard to ignore. Aymeric has been key to City’s several clean sheets, with his calmness on the ball, his upper-body strength and his ability on the ball.

Pep Guardiola has even added his voice, saying that he would be called up for France soon enough as he is one of the best in his position. Aymeric himself must be wondering how many champagnes Didier Deschamps drinks every night, as Crystal Palace Sakho and veteran Adil Rami have been called up to replace Varane and Umtiti temporarily ahead of him, but it is only a matter of time before the World Cup winning coach picks the Basque-born center-back.

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  1. Felipe Anderson.

If Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman must have been cursing the fact on how talented their national team is, then Anderson must be heaping thunderstorms after thunderstorms on how ridiculously good Brazil is.

In a squad where Neymar, Douglas Costa and co. are the favored left wingers in La Selecao, Anderson game time as a Brazilian looks limited. However Tite, in his spare time should watch the afro-haired midfielder on his day, when he is capable of bamboozling defenders, picking out his teammates and scoring great goals.

If West Ham are capable of snagging a European spot or finishing in the top half of the table, then the Brazilian tactician should consider letting Anderson wear the famous yellow shirt more often.

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“Digging the trim”

  1. Abdoulaye Doucoure

Another man who has to bear the consequences of a squad that has much more talented players in his position. France boast of having Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, N’Zonzi, Ndombele and more in the position Doucoure plays, but if Didier gave Digne, Sakho, and Adil Rami chances to play, then the big midfielder at Watford should get a taste of international football more often.

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  1. Micheal Keane

England fans may be satisfied with Harry Maguire and John Stones as their first-choice center-backs, but a few might agree that Gary Southgate should consider the former Manchester United center-half as a man that should don the white shirt of England more often.

Keane has proved that he can still play first-team for Everton even with the purchase of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, and despite the occasional mistakes, he deserves at least a spot on the bench in Southgate’s improving side.

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  1. Erik Lamela

The return of Heung-min Son and the form of Lucas Moura has once again limited the Argentine Ronaldo’s game time, but is hard to not admit that Lamela has been one of the stand-out performers of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, with goals and assists now being added to his intelligent play.

With Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria approaching the end of their prime as superstar wingers and Argentina in desperate need of replacements to maintain their reputation as one of the world’s greatest footy sides, Lamela should be considered in their developing process.

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  1. Leroy Sane

The German winger has proven once more why Fifa gave him an 86 rated card in their latest game, with his ability to take on full-backs with the most magical way possible, his vision and his good finishing, making him a vital player to Pep’s plans.

However Joachim Lowe prefers Marco Reus and Julian Draxler to the lanky speedster. However, with Sane’s form consistent these days, Low should really consider Leroy in his plans for 2019.

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  1. Ander Herrera

The smallish Spaniard is often unrecognized for his works at Manchester United and was largely underused in Mourinho’s late spells at Manchester United.

However with the arrival of the baby-faced assassin, Herrera has been a force to be feared, with his determination to win the ball anytime his side loses it, and his ability to put the ball into the final third or to create chances (like that assist he gave to Paul Pogba against Bournemouth.)

Though Luis Enrique’s goal is to introduce to the La Roja squad youthful prospects that can build the team, he should at least recognize what Herrera has done over the past games.

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“The dab’s old now Alex”

  1. Alexandre Lacazette.

Olivier Giroud may be Les Bleus first-choice striker in the eyes of Didier Deschamps, but the gigantic forward is turning 33 soon and his ageing legs might mean that Deschamps might turn to other options to replace one of his all-time favorites.

Karim Benzema, Anthony Martial and Gignac are all capable of taking up the no.9 role, but in truth the man who should take up that role in PL Analysis perspective should be Lacazette.

The French striker is amongst the goals once more, and has formed a Cole-Yorke relationship with Aubameyang. He would do further wonders for Les Bleus should Didier pick the bearded forward more often.

That’s it for now. If you think there are any more players in the PL that should be called up by their national team more often, feel free to say so in the comment box below, or send your precious opinions to the email address kelideyict@gmail.com. Happy New Year. Keep reading.

EPL Star Focus (PART 5): Sterling, Firmino, Mo Salah.

 

Hello. As we say goodbye to a fabulous 2018, let’s pause and take a moment to observe the best forwards of the season so far and conclude EPL Star Focus.

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Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.

These, to PL Analysis, have been the best trio of forwards the PL has had to offer so far. Raheem Sterling, despite his other matches where City were cursed with the injury of their beloved Fernandinho and a tight match at good old Stamford Bridge, has been sublime.

Under Guardiola’s superb tutelage, especially in City’s prime when they won the title in style, breaking countless of records, Raheem has taken his game to a new level, combining his Sonic-like pace, fast feet, his small frame and his decent vision with clinical finishing and unselfishness to lay it on for others to score.

Sterlz has been a Guardiola regular, and has repaid his manager’s faith with goals, assists and a Player of the Month award as well. If only City hadn’t crumbled in December. Who knows? Raheem could have been an early contender and snatched that Player of the Year Award out of Mo Salah’s hairy hands.

Contenders to Sterling’s crown: Son, Hazard, Richarlison, Deleufou.

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“Man that is a good pic of me!”

Roberto Firmino, or Bobby, as he is called by the Kop, is not your typical striker. Frankly, till about last week, PL Analysis were looking at Aubameyang, Harry Kane or Raul Jiminez to snag this place, as they do what strikers are expected to do: score goals.

As we took time off to buy hot-dogs and watch the league leaders stroll past Newcastle, then Arsenal, we saw this weird-haired lanky guy, working his socks off to get himself space, to create chances so his colleagues could score,  striding back into his own half to steal the ball from his opponents,  leaving defenders on their backs with some expert trickery before scoring a Henry-esque goal, we knew that Berbeto deserved this position.

He’s one of the key players who’ve gotten Liverpool to where they are now. So Bobby, this is for you. Nope, still no award. Not there yet bro.

Contenders to Bobby’s crown: Aubameyang, Kane, Jiminez, Aguero, Wilson.

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“Boss mode on”

And finally, the man himself. The man who scored 32 record PL goals last season, earning himself the golden boot and Player of the Year Award. The man who was tagged a one-season wonder, but is leading the goal charts with 13 goals, and has a decent number of assists.

The man who lives up to his chant sung by his faithful fans, running down the wing, before bamboozling full-backs then scoring great goals. The man who gave up the chance of ending 2018 as the sole leader of the most goals, by handing a penalty he could’ve scored to Roberto Firmino, who was on a hat-trick.

The man who is learning the dark arts of diving. The man who seems not too pleased with having to battle his way to the first team with the Alpine Pele. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for the man: Marcus Rashford.

Oh wait, it’s not Rash. Ohhhh, sorry. I meant Mo’ Salah everyone. Mo Salah it is. #SteveHarvey.

Other options to The Egyptian King’s crown: Riyad Mahrez, Willian, Shaqiri, Helder Costa.

So that’s it for EPL Star Focus. For now at least.  Happy New Year to all of you loyal followers and new fans. Spread the word and keep reading.