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I Got One Right! Matchday 14 Review

This weekend wasn’t as great as I expected it to be, but it still had some great matches and plenty to talk about. So I’ll start with the game that was easily the most entertaining:

Manchester City 1:3 Chelsea

I finally got a score right and my preview was pretty spot on. I did say that Gary Cahill is unreliable and so was all of City’s defenders and surprise surprise, all that were mentioned had bad games. I should start with the managers because that was one of the biggest battles of the day. Pep tried to beat Conte by setting up the same way, which to me was made for failure. Pep’s players aren’t used to the system in the same way the Chelsea players are and even though Chelsea’s defenders aren’t great, they are so much better than the shite in City’s back three. What else separated the two managers was half time. Conte’s men came out with belief and fight in them, while Pep’s men didn’t know what to do. Now let’s actually get to the game. On paper City did dominate, which they did, but they just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. De Bruyne’s miss sums it up, skying it from 5 yards. Chelsea on the other hand played on the break perfectly. Besides the own goal (on another note why is Cahill still at that club?), Chelsea were pretty solid, all thanks to David Luiz to say the least. All they had to do was wait for City to over commit and hit them with power and pace. Diego Costa was easily the man of the match for this reason. He was a monster against City, relentlessly running for the ball and through players to get to it. His goal was taking brilliantly and that assist to Willian was world class. Both Costa and Sanchez have made a case on why they are the best strikers in the league. Speaking of strikers, what the hell was that Aguero tackle? I thought a 4 match ban was nice, considering the tackle. That tackle was a career breaker! Chelsea have just made a case on why they will win this league. They’ve only conceeded 2 since changing to the 3-4-3 formation, which is brilliant considering they’ve played Man United, Man City, Everton and Spurs. If they keep it up, they have this league in the bag.

Barcelona 1:1 Real Madrid

This is actually the second El Classico I’ve watched, and it was pretty underwhelming considering the size of the event (I was actually expecting a red card or two). I thought the first half was pretty even. Barca playing their usual position based football and Real sitting deep and waiting for a chance. Messi and Neymar tried very hard to make things happen and they were close a few times. The most notable being that Roberto shot. Barca on paper did have a much stronger did as well so I expected more. Barca had their front 3 and their best defence fit, while Real had midfielders injured and Bale, who debatablely has been their best player this season up until his injury. One player on Barca’s team who was pretty poor was Andre Gomes. From what I heard Iniesta wasn’t fully fit so Gomes was starting instead, and I bet they wish they had Iniesta instead. I thought Gomes was very poor, adding nothing to the game and just reminding me why I think he’s a waste of money. On the other hand, Modric was brilliant. Controlling the game and making those key tackles. Another player I thought was pretty impressive was Neymar. Im not that big of a fan of Neymar. I do think he’s world class but he’ll never be on the level of players like Ronaldo no9 and Ronaldinho.  But I gotta say he turned up on Saturday the assist for Luis Suarez, who actually wasn’t that great on the day. Neymar was a constant threat and gave Barca hope for three points. But he just wasn’t enough. Because surprise surprise, Ramos is there for that 90th minute header, giving Real a point and slowing the progress of Barca down even more. This was a win for Real, because all they needed to do was make sure Barca didn’t gain any more points. I do think Real will win La Liga, but I hope teams like Sevilla and Barca will keep fighting till the end. To make Real’s win worth it.

Lazio 0:2 Roma

This was another big game that didn’t really blow me away, but I still really enjoyed the game. I thought based on Lazio’s form that they would of put in more of a fight, but in the end Roma just outclassed them in the final third. Lazio started off the game very strong, with Immobile having a few chances. But Roma in the second half were so much better. I thought Roma’s midfield played very well. With De Rossi shielding that back four very effectively, Nianggolan was very good getting forward and actually getting the final goal and Strootman turned up for this game as usual, getting a goal from a very stupid mistake from Wallace. I just don’t understand why this guy decided to do a step over in his own half. So stupid. I wouldn’t say there is anything else to say about the game. The atmosphere was dier though. From what I heard the ultras were protesting about something but forgot to look up why. I just hope Roma keep this up so the league stays interesting

Everton 1:1 Manchester United

This game has easily pissed me off the most out of all the draws we’ve got. I don’t really want to talk about so I’m just going to list the 3 things to take out of this game:

1. Fellaini get the hell out of the club. You add nothing to the team and you’re just an awful football player

2. We shouldn’t be parking the bus when winning 1:0. We need to close games off. Mhiki should of stayed on

3. Everton are bad, like really bad
Congrats to Bournemouth for beating Liverpool for the first time in their history, RB Leipzig for continuing their winning run by beating Schalke 2-1, Montpellier for beating PSG with only 3 shots on target, Napoli for beating Inter 4-0 and Granada for getting their first win by beating Sevilla.

December 3-4th Big Match Previews

Damn aren’t there some big games this weekend. With all leagues well under way, it’s time for the big teams to start dropping points, so let’s see which teams have a good chance to gain the points they need from their rivals:

1. Everton vs Manchester United 

As a huge united fan I will be including all the games I think will be a good game, and I this is a game where I’m expecting good things. United were great in mid week, smashing west ham easily like United should. Martial returning to the squad was a blessing. He has abilities that link well with the other players on the pitch, including his pace, his ability to cut inside and cause problems to that back four and his finishing. Most players will look at Zlatan, Rooney and Mkhi and make sure that they are neutralised as much as they can, but Martial goes unnoticed, giving him the chance cause some damage. The biggest concern for united is two things. The first is Rooney. The captain always turns for Everton because he loves making an impression at the club that made him. My thoughts on Rooney are very mixed, but when he gets fired up he can cause some damage. The other is finishing. The first half of the West ham game on Wednesday was the story of our life, great football but couldn’t finish. But second half we turned up and treated west ham like they were nothing and we need to replicate that at Goodison Park. Everton are not great at the moment. They’ve been poor defensively and struggle to score goals. Barkley has been poor this season and Lukaku isn’t scoring at the moment and Everton don’t have anyone to rely on to score except him. And because of that I can’t see nothing more than a united win

Prediction: Everton 0-2 Manchester United 

2. Manchester City vs Chelsea

It’s time for one of the biggest games of the season. Both teams are still in the race for the title and one of them wants to get the advantage over the other. Chelsea have been excellent this season. Not only are they playing excellent, they’re also solid in the back with the likes of Gary Cahill there, (who I still think isn’t good enough for them) it just blows me away what Conte has done. I thought he was a great coach but he was better than I ever expected. On the other hand, City are where I expected them to be. I remember when they won 5 in a row and everyone thought they were going to win the league, but it seemed like everyone forgot how Pellegrini started last season, and we all know how city finished last season don’t we? City are still a quality team though, they have one of the best attacks in the league but defensively they have their problems. I still don’t think Otamendi is that reliable and Stones is the same. I just believe Chelsea have a team ready to win the league now. City still need a season or two to get the team Pep needs. Even though City have the home advantage, it won’t make a single difference.

Prediction: Manchester City 1:3 Chelsea

3. Barcelona vs Real Madrid

And now for the biggest game of the weekend, the El Classico. Normally I’d say form doesn’t matter in games like this but I think it does, mainly will Barcelona. Barca have not been great this season compared to their usual standards. They’ve been getting too many draws and keep been relying on poor refereeing to help them out of bad situations. Their signings having been great either. They’ve bought a lot of squad players but when they play don’t come close to the likes of Iniesta and Pique. Maybe with more game time the likes of Gomes, Umtiti and Suarez will improve but right now they aren’t good enough. Madrid on the other hand are on top of the world. The fact that they haven’t lost in over 30 games must be a huge confidence boost for them. Zidane has got all their players playing the way he wants, and he even though he has quite a few players injured, the players that come in know their job and can do a job. I just think Real could win everything this season. Their squad is complete and have back up in every single position. Even though Messi, Neymar and Suarez will cause plenty of threat it just won’t be enough. I can’t see anything but a Los Blancos victory.

Prediction: Barcelona 1:2 Real Madrid

4. Lazio vs Roma 

The Serie A is starting to grow on me. After the Milan Derby ive been following the league with more interest and from what I’ve heard, this is supposed to be a good game. Roma have been one of the top scoring teams in Europe’s top leagues, with Dzeko and Salah on fire for Roma. But Lazio on the other hand are unbeaten in 9, with Ciro Immobile socring plenty for them. Roma have had this habit of letting leads skip for them. They try to outscore their opponents but it sometimes doesn’t work, and it won’t work for them Sunday. Because of how good Lazio have been, I don’t think scoring plenty will work. But I do think it’ll be a goal fest!

Prediction: Lazio 2:2 Roma


Other games to keep note of are Dortmund vs Monchengladbach, Juventus taking on the inform Atalanta and Leipzig taking on Schalke

4 targets for Manchester United next summer

Since the season is a third of the way through, you can clearly point out positions that need improving and United have already succumb to this. There are still positions that we need reenforcing and as a united fan I feel like I can point out these problems. I’m also going to be as realistic as possible, so don’t expect me to be saying Bale or Muller. I’m just going to be sticking to transfers I think will happen.

1. Fabinho – AS Monaco (likeliness: 8/10)

Fabinho was a player we were heavily linked to in the summer and I understand why, considering the injuries we always have at fullback, he would of been a nice addition to the squad. And after seeing how he looks this season, I’m even more convinced we need him. The big difference this season is his versatility. He’s been playing in midfield recently and it just makes him look like an even better player. United’s full back situation at the moment isn’t awful, but Valencia isn’t getting any younger, Shaw won’t be at his best for a while after his leg break last year and Darmian isn’t a starter. We need someone who won’t get injured and will give an option going forward. Last season he played 34 games in the league and made 2 appearances from the bench. He almost played every game last season, something I haven’t seen from a united full back for a while. What surprises me the most about him is his height. He originally started as a full back so to see a fill back that’s 6ft tall surprises me. Height on any player is a benefit so there isn’t a complaint there. The only complaint I have about him is the yellow cards he’s picked up. He racked up 9 last season in ligue 1. The premier league is a much more aggressive league than the French league so that number could increase. Also he takes penalities, and hasn’t missed on yet since his time in Monaco, which I just find incredible. It would give Denis Irwin vibes back to the Theatre of Dreams. The only reason I don’t think this would happen would be how good Monaco have been this season. They are on fire and Fabinho has been excellent too. Their success could mean them wanting to keep their best players.

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton (likeliness 9/10)

Since I have already spoke about Van Dijk I’m gonna keep this short. (if you haven’t read what I’ve said about Van Dijk already then here’s the link: https://bplad.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/6-players-who-need-to-leave-their-current-club/?preview=true) Van Dijk would fit very easily in the starting XI, he is composed, strong, intelligent, he is perfect. He already has experience in the league and in fact is one of the best in the league in his position. We just have to make sure that we beat Liverpool and Everton, who are also interested in him, in getting his signature.

Antoine Griezmann – Athletico Madrid (likeliness 7/10)

I love Griezmann so I’m not sure where to start with everything I love about him. He is one of the best strikers in the world by a mile and he only got noticed by the British public in the Champions League and then the Euros, where he proved his ability (besides that penalty miss) and his clinical nature. He also works so hard for the team and doesn’t wait around for the ball to come to him. He’s also very versatile, being able to play in attacking midfield, both wings and of course as number 9, where I want him to play. But what I love about him the most is he’s like a shadow, someone who can go unnoticed in the box. I came to this realisation in the Euros where he was in the box scoring headers out of all things, no one saw him and he was wide open. You could blame poor defending but that wasn’t the case. Griezmann himself is a player who is difficult to mark. The runs he makes and the spaces he gets into is just marvellous to watch your striker do. He does have his problems though I think. In the big games he’s been apart of, he never necessarily played well. Man United have had a history of players who turn up when called upon, but I’m hoping that problem improves with experience, he’s still only in his mid 20s so he has plenty of time to prove his class in those finals. The reason I’m giving it a seven is because I think it is way more likely in the transfer window in 2018, because of Simeone. Even though I still think it’s possible to get the Frenchman next summer but because of the respect and love he has for Simeone, I think he’ll leave when Simeone does, and with Simeone leaving in 2018, we could see Griezmann eventually at Old Trafford.

4. William Carvalho – Sporting CP (likeliness 8/10)

And finally the midfielder that seems the most suitable and most likely replacement for Carrick. At this moment the midfield isn’t a problem after the signing of Paul Pogba. It has players who protect that back line, box to box and players who love to roam forward. With Carrick possibly playing his final season at the club, Mourinho needs to make sure he buys a player who can do the same job as Carrick, to make sure no one gets near that back four and gives them the most protection possible. Herrera and Fellaini can do a job in those positions, but they weren’t signed for that particular reason, and pogba is a player who excels in going forward, he isn’t made to stay back but as the Euros proved, we can do a job. It is important that United find the right guy, and I and many others believe that William Carvalho would be the right guy. I am not much of viewer of Primera Liga, but I do watch international tournaments, and I thought Carvalho was a stand out performer. His sole job in that tournament was to protect the back four, and he did an excellent of that indeed. He gave players like Gomes and Mario the freedom to do as they please. There aren’t many players with the quality of Carvalho that can do his job. He seems like the most likely to be chosen by Mourinho, and I would welcome him to Old Trafford.


4 Players Who Need To Leave Their Current Club

These four players are players who are rather two good for their team or aren’t getting played enough, and need to move on to a bigger challenge or more game time: 

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

Lacazette is a player who was heavily linked to Arsenal, Spurs and West ham in the summer. It just baffles me why he didn’t move. He is a very good player and just too good for Lyon. For the past 2 seasons Lacazette has been banging in plenty of goals for Lyon, giving them champions league last season, but I just can’t see them getting anything this season. With Nice doing a Leicester this season, and Monaco and PSG just being themselves, I just can’t see them getting the spot they so desperately want. I respect players who stay at their club out of pure love for the team, but Lacazette should aim high. Loyalty doesn’t exist in the game anymore. So I wouldn’t even blame him for leaving. I thought Arsenal or Spurs would of been a great pick personally, his pace and intelligence would fit them both perfectly. He’d give them the goals they both need at the moment. Ive already heard how much Lyon’s owner wants for him, but he might just be worth it for some teams.

Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)

Van Dijk has this ability of just staying under the radar. Everyone knows how talented he is, but everyone seems to forget about him. Southampton had a very good campaign last season, and Van Dijk was one of the best parts about it. He had the difficult task of replacing Alderweireld, and he succeeded. Van Dijk is built to be a centre back, he’s tall and very physical. You can tell he’s Dutch too, for how composed and intelligent he is. There are two factors that make me think he should and will move on next summer. The first being how good he is. He could easily fit into any team in the league, he’s that good. The other factor being Southampton’s reputation as a selling club. Southampton have been giving their best players away for the past few seasons. Key players like Lallana, Mane and Schneiderlin were all sold to Liverpool and Manchester United respectivally. And surprise surprise, the Dutchman has been linked to both teams. If both offer £30m plus, then should definitely be moving to even better things next season.

James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

It feels like forever since we all saw James star at the World Cup in Brazil, and after his huge money move to Real Madrid, it seemed like everything was working for him. But after him seeing two managers get sacked for not being good enough, he’s in a situation where Zinedine Zidane doesn’t think he’s the right guy for him. Players like Kroos, Modric, Casemiro and Isco (who I was originally going to talk about, but changed my mind after the Madrid Derby. He’s earned a place in that team) are picked over him. All the problems James is having right now is just a classic Real Madrid problem. They’ve gained this reputation of buying the biggest players in the world, without thinking how they’ll fit in the squad, and James is another victim of this. It’s clear that he is a very talented player, but he just doesn’t fit in Zidane’s system, and I don’t know if he ever will. He needs to move on for the sake of his career. He was linked to many teams in the summer, including Man United (who isn’t though), Chelsea, Juventus and PSG. The only reason he probably won’t be sold is the transfer ban. Real Madrid want a lot for him, it would not be a problem for wealthy clubs but because of the transfer ban, Zidane will not want to get rid of anyone. It’s a shame really. He’s a player who will make thinks happen for you, and with many years left in him, he could be a huge player for another team.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Why hasn’t this guy left yet? When his own manager has said he needs to move on, it’s just telling that he’s too good for Everton. Lukaku, is physically, perfectly built as a forward, he’s strong, tall, quick and very aggressive. But it’s other factors of his game that need a bit of improvement. He’s not as clinical as other srikers in the league, something that will improve over time. His first touch needs sorting out if he wants to improve playing off the last man. If he sorts these things out he’ll be one of the world’s best. With huge links to big clubs like Manchester United (again, who isn’t), Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG (the French giants being the most likely destination), he’ll soon moving on to scoring in huge games and cup finals




Form means nothing to Cristiano! – Matchday 12 review

Last weekend was surprising to say the least, mainly because I didn’t get a single prediction right (I need to step up my prediction game) and all the games went completely different than I thought it would. I think the best place to start would be the first game of the weekend:

Manchester United 1:1 Arsenal – Mesut Missing

I did say in my match previews that I really wanted United to get something out of this game, and even though they did, we should of got more out of it. United were the dominant team from start to finish. Arsenal posed no threat to that back four and Pogba, Herrera and Mata bossed that midfield, making Wenger’s decision not to play Xhaka pretty regrettable, because Coquelin and Elneny just couldn’t deal with Pogba’s strength and speed. That Arsenal game sums up United at Old Trafford this season, playing their best games but just not finishing their chances and being very unlucky. But even though these draws are hurting United in the long run, the signs are still there. United were a constant threat and solid in the back. The issue is the players aren’t taking their chances, and it makes you think that maybe the game would of been different if Zlatan was leading the line instead of Rashford. Mourinho has nothing to worry about at all. The issues he has are all solvable, including the inconsistency, as long as United get the best out of Pogba, they should be fine. Arsenal on the other hand, were typical. Typical for them to not turn up and for Wenger to make excuses. Players like Ozil, Sanchez and Ramsey did nothing. Arsenal just got very lucky with Oxlade-Chamberlein coming on and actually trying to do something, and crosses it the best super sub around right now, Olivier Giroud. This was supposed to be Arsenal’s year, after actually buying players in the market. But everyone should of saw this coming. I still believe Arsenal will never win the league under Wenger, it just seems like all these players don’t have the mentality to win the league, and you just have to blame the manager for that.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munich – Tuchel prepared!

I have to admit Dortmund surprised me big time here. They set up with the intention of dealing with that powerful attack, and they suppressed it as much as they could. When looking back at that team sheet, you could do nothing more than be puzzled. Schurrle in CM? 5 in the back? I just couldn’t understand what was going on. When watching the game, i still couldn’t put my finger on it. But they scored and went on to win the game, so they must of done something right. Tuchel was very lucky in one aspect and that was how average Bayern were. Players you’d think they could rely on, like Alonso and Hummels, just didn’t play well enough, making many mistakes. You could blame the occasion on Hummels, but we all expect better from Bayern. They just didn’t look up for probably the biggest game of the season, but Dortmund did. They set up perfectly, making Lewandowski invisible and their wingers unable to do anything. Not only that, their players worked so hard to get those three points, and you can’t do anything more than praise every single one of them. Players like Gotze just turned up, it’s as if they all knew the occasion and knew how important it was for the fans, who despise Bayern with a passion. I just wanna thank Dortmund for making the league interesting and competitive. With Leipzig top of the league and Dortmund only three points behind their rivals, even after their slow start, this could be a season to remember.

Athletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid – Ronaldo at his best

What else to say about Real absolutely destroying their rivals. I thought this game would be closer than it was, with Athletico desperate to close that gap. But it seems like Athleti are out of the title race already. I can’t see Real losing anymore games now and Barca will obviously be fine. All Athletico can do now is aim for top four, and let’s be honest, they’ll probably get it. I think what impressed me the most was the depth Los Blancos have. With six obvious starters out, you’d expect them to struggle without the likes of Ramos, Kroos and Casemiro. But clearly not. Players people have written off at Real, the likes of Isco and Kovacic, two players I thought had no future at the club, turned up, especially Isco. He was absolutely brilliant, making those key passes and making Athletico’s midfield look like nothing. But let’s quickly talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is obviously one of the best to ever play the game, so when people criticise his form, they don’t know who they are talking about. Ronaldo is a player who Real can rely on, no matter how out of form he is. He has gained this ability over the years to be in the right place at the right time, and Zidane will keep playing him because of this ability. The world’s best don’t rely on form because they will always turn up, no matter what the occasion. Even his hatrick wasn’t that impressive, a free kick that only went in from a deflection, a questionable penalty and a tap in. But hey, a hatrick is a hatrick. I think the player I was most impressed with was Varane. He was an absolute rock and he gets my man of the match.

AC Milan 2-2 Inter Milan – best game of the weekend!

What a game of football! This was actually the first Milan Derby I ever watched, and I now understand why it’s considered one of the best Derby’s around. Both teams were in different kinds of positions and form. Milan obviously being in better form than Inter. But Inter just turned up today. I thought Perisic was their best player, being a constant threat and getting that dramatic late equaliser. Miranda was also great at the back and was very impressed with him. AC Milan I thought had the right game plan, play on the break and outnumber them. Suso had the game of his life, scoring two great goals. He was a constant threat on that right wing, running past that defence and scoring two huge goals. The best thing Inter did was silence Icardi. The Inter captain barely got a sniff of the ball and didn’t do much. I thought the inclusion of Jovetic did help relieve some pressure from Icardi, giving him an actual chance against Donuramma. Speaking of Donuramma, this was actually the first time I watched Donuramma in goal, and I got to say I was very impressed. For a 17 year old playing against their biggest rivals, he was so calm through most of the game and was playing like he’s done it plenty of times. I feel like Donuramma will be big in the future. But at good as Buffon, we’ll just have to wait and see
Other notable games to talk about were Fenerbatche beating Galatasaray, Spurs coming from behind to beat West Ham, Malaga getting a draw against Barca and RB Leipzig moving to the top of the Bundesliga

November 18-20th big match previews

There are some big games coming this weekend, and I’ve decided to talk about the most notable fixtures for the weekend, while also putting my predictions for each of the games

Manchester United vs Arsenal

This is a big game for both teams, both need the three points to support their title challenge. Man united have not been as great as everyone thought they would be, me included. And without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, this could turn out to be a very difficult game for them. But it’s November, and when is the best time to play Arsenal? November, when all their injuries happen. Arsenal are currently without Hector Bellerin, which could be a huge miss for them, Alexis Sanchez is doubtful for this game, so both teams are without their main man upfront. As a Man united fan my heart is saying United but Arsenal have been in much better form this season. So arsenal seem like the more likely winner.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal (but hoping for united to get something out of this)

Athletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

This is a game where I have no idea what to expect. I thought Athletico would be way more involved in this title race but it just hasn’t worked out for them this season. This is a game where they have to win, plus they’d get a bit of satisfaction from beating them after the Champions League final. No one wants to play Real Madrid right now, they have been unbelievable. Bale has turned into their main man by the looks of it after his new contract. The only problem Real have is the injuries. With Pepe, Ramos, Kroos and Casemiro still out, Athletico could take advantage of that but I still don’t think that unbeaten run will end this weekend.

Prediction: Athletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid

AC Milan vs Inter Milan

This seems to be the weekend of Derby’s! AC Milan have surprised many people this year with competing for Champions League and having great youth players coming up with the likes of Donuramma and Locatelli. Inter, on the other hand, are without a manager and their captain is hated by their fans. They have been a massive disappointment this season, spending a lot of money on real talent like Banega and the young Brazilian Barbosa, and not many of them really showing their value. I saw how well Milan did against Juventus and I feel they are gonna show that fight and resilience yet again with three points. But I feel like Inter will turn up for game like this. 

Prediction: AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Both teams to be have been very underwhelming this season. I thought Bayern would walk this season without a threat, but it seems like a few teams aren’t letting them win this league easily. Losing their best players has proved to have a massive effect on Dortmund. Their defence is missing Hummels and it seems like Mkhitaryan is being missed too. But the big difference maker could be the return of Marco Reus. One of their biggest players is returning and what a great time to come back, I just don’t think he’ll be enough for Dortmund to overcome the Champions. They’ll have to hope Lewandowski doesn’t have his shooting boots on if they wantanything out of this game.

Prediction: Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich


Top 5 Premier League Signings (As of Match Day 11)

The recent transfer window has easily been the most frantic window of all time. The record was broken with the signing of Paul Pogba to Manchester United and there was still some other big money moves in the summer, like Benteke to Crystal Palace and John Stones to Manchester City. But instead of just listing them, I’ll be counting down the best Premier League signings as of November 2016, good chance there will be another list in a few months time, depending on any player who has made a difference. The way I’ll be judging these transfers is what they add to the team they’re joining and if the club that signed the player has done good business in the market.

5. Steven Defour – Anderlecht to Burnley (£8m)

Any team that gets promoted are instantly relegation candidates and that’s just the reality of it. Any team that get promoted have to make sure they have a lot of depth, because the premier league is tiresome league. Players don’t get that winter break the La liga players and the Bundesliga get. They need a goalscorer. Proof of that can be seen with Sunderland last season. Without Defoe, they wouldn’t of got out of that bottom 3 at any point during the season. Villa got relegated because they didn’t have that 10+ goalscorer, to score those important goals in big games. Burnley have that with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes. But they can’t score goals without the right service, and that’s what Steven Defour gives you. I was very impressed when I saw Burnley bag the Belgium for only £8m. What a bargain! Defour adds that quality every team needs, someone who can make something out of nothing, who can bring the ball into the opponent’s half and give those strikers the chances they need to win games. The first moment I saw of the midfielder was an assist to Andre Gray against Liverpool. I just sat there thinking “that is exactly what they need.” I’m not sure if he keep it up all season, but early signs show he can do it.

4. Ilkay Gundogan – Borrusia Dortmund to Manchester City (£21m)

This was the first big transfer of the window, and what a way to start. Gundogan is a class player and City got him for a bargain, they just have to hope they can’t keep him fit. He has been great player for Dortmumd for a few seasons now, and it was a big money move we were all waiting for. He gives Pep everything he wants from midfielder, calm, composed, intelligent and a great attacking threat. I never used to think of Gundogan as a massive attacking threat but after seeing him recently for City, I’m pretty surprised. He has this ability to come out of no where to give support for the likes of Sterling and Aguero. But there is a problem with the German, and that is his injuries. He’s pretty similar to other City players like Aguero and Silva, quality on their day, but at some point will be injured. If Pep can sort out his injury problems, then Gundogan will be one of the best midfielders in the league.

3. Ashley Williams – Swansea City to Everton (£12m)

Ashley Williams is easily one of the best leaders, and defenders, in the league. He was one big reason why Swansea have stayed up over the last few seasons, and why Wales went as far as they did in the Euros in France. He gives you a voice, a presence, someone who will carry the weaker players when needed. Every team needs a player like him, especially Everton. The toffees last season were so poor in the back. Conceeding 55 goals all together. Much of that blame can be put on Roberto Martinez. It seemed as if he had no idea how to organise a defence. Everton were  very solid under David Moyes, but it seemed Martinez sacrifices a solid back line for an entertaining style of play. They were great to watch, but there is no point in scoring plenty if you’re gonna conceed even more. Those kind of decisions got Martinez sacked, and now under Koeman, Everton are still entertaining and are even keeping clean sheets, and Williams can take a lot of credit for it.

2. Sadio Mane – Southampton to Liverpool (£35m)

I was one of those people who did question Sadio Mane’s move to Anfield. The main reason for that being his inconsistency, he was a great player to watch at Southampton, but he lacked consistency. He’d score two goals in a game and then go 5 games without scoring again, but it seems like Jurgen Klopp has got the best out of the former Southampton man. Mane has became everything Liverpool needed last season, someone who’s first thought was run forward and cause some problems for the defenders. Mane has been in great form, scoring 6 and assisting 2 so far this season and if he keeps it up, he’ll be in the team of the season for sure.  Liverpool’s front three have became the most deadly front three in Europe because of their speed and intensity, and Liverpool fans can be thankful to Klopp bringing in the right man to change that. 

Honourable Mentions

Eric Bailly – Villarreal to Manchester United (£30m) 

Idrissa Gueye – Aston Villa to Everton (£7.1m)

Joel Matip – Schalke FC to Liverpool (Free)

 Shkodran Mustafi – Valencia to Arsenal (£35m)

Nathan Redmond – Norwich to Southampton (£10m)

1. N’golo Kante – Leicester City to Chelsea (£32m)

Who else? Who else could possibly be a better signing than N’golo Kante to Chelsea, he would what some people refer to as a title winning signing, and I can’t agree more. Kante gives you what any title contender needs, consistency, an engine and someone to do that dirty work. Last season proved that some of those Chelsea players can’t be relied on, and they needed someone who can always be relied on. Kante was the meaning of consistency last season, playing in almost every game last season for Leicester, only missing one game from injury, and doing all the dirty work needed so Leicester could counter the opposition and help them win the league. Conte signing the French man must of made Chelsea fans wonder who Jose Mourinho was. He fits into Conte’s system so well because of his ability to go unnoticed, Kante can be like a ghost on the pitch, taking the ball off the opposition without them even realising. Not only did Chelsea sign the best midfielder from last season, they also got him pretty cheap for what they are getting. If Chelsea spent up to £50m for him, no one would of batted an eye. He is that good.