The long awaited PFA Team of the Season was finally released earlier today, and let’s just say there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. Spurs and Chelsea dominated the selection, with 8 of the 11 players picked. 5 of the players picked were also in the 2015/16 team (David de Gea, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, N’golo Kante). In fact, Kane and de Gea have now been selected 3 years in a row. Here is the full selection:
Welcome back to round 2 of our weekly series, the Search for the Statistical MVP (Click here for round 1). In this series, we are looking solely at players’ statistics this season to see who has provided the most on paper value for their team. Keep in mind, this does not mean they are the best player, or the most talented; it is just a test to see who comes out on top. For the purposes of not wanting to make you read through 16 matchups in one read, we will be splitting this round up into 2 parts: 8 today, and 8 matchups next time.
In this round, it will be relatively easy to compare players, because almost all of the matchups are between players playing the same position. It may get a little murky in the future, but for now, here are your Round of 32 matchups: Continue reading Search for the Statistical MVP – Round 2 (Part 1)
With Tottenham’s new 61,000 seat, $800 million dollar stadium on the way, the club is headed for a big and bright future, in more ways than one. The new stadium will lead to more revenue, and a potential deal to allow the NFL (American football) to host a couple games there is in the works. And while the economic side is looking good, so is the actual football. Spurs have one of the youngest starting lineups in the Premier League, and yet sit in 2nd place in the league. All of this is creating a lot of buzz around the club, and that was just fueled even more when the club recently found out they could play next season’s home fixtures at Wembley’s 90,000 seat-capacity stadium. And yet, Spurs remain indecisive about whether or not to play there. So, why is this? Continue reading Should Spurs Opt out of Wembley?
The “Final Four” of the FA Cup is set, and it is looking to be one of the best conclusions in recent memory. All the upsets and giant killers have been eliminated, and all four teams that remain are in the top 5 of the Premier League – Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City, and Arsenal. This is far from the norm of the FA Cup; take last year for example – Crystal Palace, Watford, Manchester United, and Everton made up the semi-finalists, and none of those clubs qualified for the Champions League. It’s time to take a look at our FA Cup Predictions: Continue reading FA Cup Predictions
In the summer of 2003, international superstar David Beckham broke headlines by joining Real Madrid from Manchester United. The latest signing in the ‘Galacticos’ roster masterminded by president Florentino Perez, Beckham was sure to bring in more fans, revenue and attention to the club than ever before. The list of names he played with is incredible- Zidane, Figo, Casillas, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. Beckham’s stint at the Spanish capital lasted four years, yet it had a profound impact for the club. In his four seasons, Forbes magazine reported that Beckham helped bring in close to $600 million in merchandise sales to the club. It was an incredibly sensible and, and for lack of a better term, ‘good’ transfer on many levels- the worldwide recognition and monetary benefits this brought for both the player and the club can still be felt today. Continue reading Has the Transfer Market Gone Crazy?
So much of the international football scene, and all of the sport for that matter, is dominated by superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, these players are aging, and at some point, it will be time for their national teams to think about the next chapter. For example, how many players on these national teams will be seen at the 2022 World Cup? I doubt there will be many that are currently over the age of 3o. In this article, I am going to be taking a look at some of the national teams I think have bright futures, who their key players will be, and how far they can go. For the purposes of this, none of the key players I identify can be over 25, and only one player per country can be over 23. Continue reading National Teams with the Brightest Futures
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robin Van Persie, and so many more – what do all of these players have in common? Each of them made a name for themselves early on in their career, scoring at least 15 league goals before turning 21. Last season, the football world saw the beginning of the emergence of the new era of “wonderkids”, or incredibly talented teenagers. This year, an abundance of new players have been added to that list. With so many incredible talents under the age of 21, it can be so hard to really figure out which players have the highest ceilings. In this article, we are going to take a look at our Wonderkid XI, and give you one player each that we feel can be a future Ballon d’Or winner. Continue reading The Best U-21 Players in the World
This weekend, as I was watching the Tottenham-Wycombe FA Cup fixture, Tottenham Hotspur went down 2-0 at halftime. After a seemingly effective Pochettino halftime talk, the Spurs equalized within 20 minutes. But there were more twists to this tale; Wycombe scored what seemed be the winner with 7 minutes remaining in regular time. But, once again, Spurs weren’t done – Dele equalized 6 minutes later and Heung-min Son won it deep into stoppage time. This was the second consecutive match in which I saw Son bail out Tottenham (after he equalized late in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City). This led me back to his magical form at the start of the season, which won him EPL Player of the Month. But no matter what he does, he can’t seem to crack into Tottenham’s starting lineup, which led me to a very interesting question: What’s next for Son? Continue reading The Future for Son
The 2016-2017 has possibly featured the greatest showcase of individual talent in recent memory. From emerging talents like Marcos Alonso to rejuvenated stars like Eden Hazard to consistently elite players like Philippe Coutinho, the Premier League has been host to an abundance of in-form players. This will result in some tough decisions when a Team of the Season is picked at the end of the season. We, the Loose Goose FC team, decided to have our crack at the process (using Euro Sport’s Best 11 feature), and here are our early TOTS picks. Continue reading TOTS Predictions
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With over half of the season gone, we have seen some stellar football from some stellar players. But, when it’s all said and done, only a select few individuals can take home awards such as “player of the year”. It is so difficult to predict who will continue to shine for the remainder of the season, but we will do our best to provide accurate picks. Continue reading Mid-Season EPL Award Predictions