1. Is This Finally the Year Tottenham Achieve Their Champions League Ambition?

    Tottenham Hotspur ’s recent history has been a bit too "Spursy" for their liking. They probably realised that when the club’s name was widely accepted as a mocking ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 8,089 reads 22 comments

  2. Steven Gerrard's Liverpool Homecoming Is a Bad Idea for All Involved

    Steven Gerrard was at Anfield to see Liverpool ’s first defeat under new manager Jurgen Klopp on Sunday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 27,281 reads 43 comments

  3. Analysing the Potential Replacements Should Chelsea Sack Jose Mourinho

    Pretty much every manager, at some point, becomes a victim of poor results or dressing-room unrest or shoddy transfer dealings.  Most managers have, at least once, experienced the indignity of an abrupt dismissal...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 23,098 reads 46 comments

  4. Questions over Wayne Rooney Won't Stop Until He Starts Performing Again

    Wayne Rooney is something of a footballing paradox. While the Manchester United forward is in dramatic, undeniable decline — tipping over into his 30s last week — he has, this season, ratified his legend...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 7,777 reads 78 comments

  5. Manchester United's Philosophy Will Suit Them Best in the Champions League

    Even before you walk through the turnstiles at Old Trafford , evidence of Manchester United ’s European pedigree is apparent...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 13,400 reads 42 comments

  6. Is Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's Last Shot at Returning to Football's Elite?

    Certain things will feel awfully familiar for Jurgen Klopp in his new job as Liverpool manager. When the Kop performs "You’ll Never Walk Alone" for the first time during his ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 19,171 reads 61 comments

  7. Is a British Premier League Ever Likely to Happen?

    How many times does something have to be called inevitable before it is truly inevitable? Celtic and Rangers are hoping not too many times more, given how often their proposed ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 61,022 reads 142 comments

  8. Are Juan Mata's Days as a No. 10 Numbered at Manchester United?

    If football was judged only on statistics and nothing else, Manchester United would have a star player that shines brighter than any other...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 23,405 reads 54 comments

  9. Why Jurgen Klopp Would Be the Perfect Fit If Liverpool Axe Brendan Rodgers

    This Liverpool team feels entirely of Brendan Rodgers ’ creation — and that is proving to be a problem for the Northern Irish coach...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 20,435 reads 95 comments

  10. Can Manchester United Realistically Win the Champions League This Season?

    The appointment of a new manager, the arrival of no less than 12 new players, including the purchase and sale of the Premier League’s most-expensive player, as well as the ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 13,771 reads 108 comments

  11. Pressure Already Piling on Pedro to Deliver for Faltering Chelsea

    Given the manner with which the move was pulled off, it’s debatable whether Chelsea actually wanted Pedro Rodriguez in the first place...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 16,486 reads 22 comments

  12. Can Manuel Pellegrini Stop Pep Guardiola from Taking His Job at Manchester City?

    It’s entirely feasible that by the close of this season, Manuel Pellegrini will go down as the most successful manager in Manchester City ’s history—at least in the Premier League era...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 9,369 reads 60 comments

  13. What Does Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal Have Against Ander Herrera?

    Manchester United are lacking a certain something, or rather a certain player. For all that Louis van Gaal’s midfield has undoubtedly been replenished over the past 12 months, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 62,638 reads 133 comments

  14. Liverpool Have Once Again Failed to Address Their Biggest Weakness This Summer

    Only two games have been played of the new Premier League season, but a common theme has already become apparent: deception...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 20,006 reads 89 comments

  15. Pedro Is the Player Manchester United Thought Angel Di Maria Would Be

    Angel Di Maria’s year at Manchester United will go down alongside John Terry’s six-game loan spell at Nottingham Forest , Liverpool ’s signing of Rickie Lambert ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 52,767 reads 81 comments

  16. Chelsea's Current Team Has the Makings of Jose Mourinho's Greatest Ever

    Chelsea ’s summer has been an understated one. Just two new signings have arrived at Stamford Bridge ahead of the new Premier League season, with Jose Mourinho ’s side ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 24,044 reads 46 comments

  17. Manchester United's Powerful Summer Should Worry Europe's Biggest Clubs

    Somebody, somewhere must be keeping a tally on just how many players Manchester United are linked with over the course of every transfer window...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 71,832 reads 133 comments

  18. Is Raheem Sterling the Player to Help Man City Break Europe's Elite Teams?

    With Raheem Sterling 's first touch for his new club, it appeared Manchester City had spent £49 million on a Steven Gerrard impersonator...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 26,830 reads 101 comments

  19. Will Tottenham Hotspur Ever Become the Club They Want to Be?

    There was something contrived about the way Tottenham Hotspur greeted the finalisation of their plans for a new stadium...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 38,174 reads 121 comments

  20. Manchester United Should Target Morgan Schneiderlin over Bastian Schweinsteiger

    An image has circulated around social media recently, satirising Manchester United ’s summer transfer window strategy. It shows the Old Trafford club’s predicted lineup were every player linked with them to end up there next season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 13,428 reads 36 comments

  21. Liverpool Have Learned Lessons from Error-Strewn 2014 Summer Transfer Window

    The exit of Luis Suarez was always likely to hurt Liverpool . As the Premier League’s top scorer in his final season at Anfield, the Uruguayan’s exit last summer was to the Reds’ obvious detriment...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 41,221 reads 73 comments

  22. It's Time Manchester United Finally Stood Up to Real Madrid in Transfer Market

    It’s tempting to put the allure of Real Madrid to David De Gea down as an illustration of how far down the food chain Manchester United are in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson age...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 53,290 reads 148 comments

  23. Arsenal Need Midfield Reinforcements to Sustain Premier League Challenge

    Arsene Wenger ’s stubbornness is both his best and his worst quality. The faith he shows in his players pays off just as often as it doesn ’t...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 15,497 reads 102 comments

  24. This Time It's for Real: Arsenal Can Win the Premier League Next Season

    We’ ve been here before. Arsenal over the past decade have become the epitome of consistency, but with that they have also become the most tedious club in European football...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 29,798 reads 172 comments

  25. The Revival of Dani Alves from Has-Been to Best Right-Back in Europe

    Luis Enrique wasn’t the only one at Barcelona who looked as good as gone just a few months ago. With the Camp Nou club in turmoil on and off the pitch, the cost was already being counted in terms of who would be leaving Catalonia this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 13,366 reads 33 comments