Nathan Jones to rid Stoke City’s squad of its ‘final payday’ mentality

Far removed from his relative fastness at Kenilworth Road former Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has in the first few weeks of taking the Stoke City hotseat been left in no doubt of the enormity of the task ahead. Chastening home defeats to Shrewsbury, in the F A Cup, and Preston North End bookended a…

Chelsea start another Premier League season by once more overlooking Ruben Loftus-Cheek

A penny for the thoughts of Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek. From being picked for England's 2018 World Cup squad on the back of an outstanding season on loan at Crystal Palace, the 22 year old could already feel aggrieved that former Blues' manager Antonio Conte purchased Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater for a frighteningly over-inflated £30 million,…

English Premier League 2017/18 snapshot season review: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s upturn in fortunes after the most inauspicious of starts that all but condemned the South Londoners as early-season relegation favourites is all the more remarkable for their lack of dependence on a reliable, out-and-out striker during the 2017/18 Premier League season. With Bakary Sako and expensive flop Christian Benteke contributing a mere 20%…

Premier League 2017/18 Season: The Verdict

The denouement of the 2017/18 Premier League season brings into sharp focus the ever-increasing gap between English football's haves and have nots. Or does it? Manchester City's total dominance reflects the creeping influence that petro-dollars are now having on the modern game. Coupled with Sky Television's largesse the seemingly limitless wealth brought to the Etihad…