Role Transition I: Unpacking the Success Behind Iwobi’s Move to Midfield

INTRODUCTION Alexander Chuka Iwobi has been phenomenal this season. The 26-year-old Nigerian has become a key cog of Frank Lampard’s midfield, featuring in every available minute for the Toffees in the Premier League this season. He also leads Everton’s charts in key creative statistics: assists, expected assists, passes completed, passes into the final third, keyContinue reading “Role Transition I: Unpacking the Success Behind Iwobi’s Move to Midfield”

Analysing The Tactical Tweaks Behind Manchester United’s Recent Resurgence

Introduction The highlight of United’s crucial wins over the past three game-week has been De Gea booting the ball long. After the Brentford defeat, where United got caught out playing from the back, some caution has been employed in the team’s tendencies while the ball is in their defensive third. In this article, I will attempt toContinue reading “Analysing The Tactical Tweaks Behind Manchester United’s Recent Resurgence”

United’s Difficulties with 2nd-Balls & the Case for Casemiro’s Inclusion

In their first two games of the Premier League season, Manchester United faced sides who deliberately went long. Here are the numbers vs Brentford: Here are the numbers vs Brighton: Pass Directness = progressive distance/total distance for all pass attempts After United lost those two matches, conversations sparked about Lisandro Martinez’s ability in aerial situations–someContinue reading “United’s Difficulties with 2nd-Balls & the Case for Casemiro’s Inclusion”

The Discrepancies of the ‘Aerial Duel’ stat: Case-Study of Lisandro Martinez vs Brighton

Introduction During Manchester United’s opening season loss, Brighton and Hove Albion disproportionately focussed their attacks down their right-hand side–specifically targeting Lisandro Martinez. Here’s what Adam Lallana said in his post-match interview. With their new signing [Martinez), we know the Premier League’s difficult so we thought we’d ask him questions early on. We landed on secondContinue reading “The Discrepancies of the ‘Aerial Duel’ stat: Case-Study of Lisandro Martinez vs Brighton”

What are Manchester United ‘cooking’ this season?

In anticipation of United’s season opener versus Brighton, this article will highlight some tactical elements they have employed during pre-season–focusing on the budding dynamics down the team’s right flank. Introduction For the past few years, Manchester United have been heavily left-side dominant. Most of our best players played or preferred playing there, and there hadContinue reading “What are Manchester United ‘cooking’ this season?”

Player Profile: Ethan B. Laird

Last season, Manchester United’s matches became increasingly unbearable to watch. The gears of the team were soiled, and Ralf Rangnick, who had been heralded as the spearhead of yet another ‘new era’, became the poster boy for a forgettable year at the club. To make headway and move on from that mess, United appointed ErikContinue reading “Player Profile: Ethan B. Laird”

Reclaiming Your Identity Through Decolonized Institutions

A few weeks ago, I phoned my mother and my aunt. Over the call, I quizzed them about my childhood. That discourse had brought me much conflict because I felt detached from some parts of my identity until that point. I could not own some facets of my identity because society, and the education itContinue reading “Reclaiming Your Identity Through Decolonized Institutions”

PEDRI, Spain’s Latest Wonderkid

First published on People’s Daily News here Italy 1-0 Spain Once Italy took the lead, they returned to their roots–’catenaccio’, all men behind the ball. Spain could find no breakthrough. All their attempts to penetrate the Azzuri’s block were thwarted: misplaced passes, backpasses, cheeky fouls, time-wasting. Amidst this drab sequence, Martin Tyler found space toContinue reading “PEDRI, Spain’s Latest Wonderkid”

Barcelona’s Renaissance: A Glimmer of Hope Amidst Misfortune

Six months ago, it seemed as though Barcelona were at the brink of an implosion: Luis Suarez was forced out of the club in bizarre circumstances, Lionel Messi publicly expressed his desire to leave the club, the club’s finances were in tethers, the wound from the Munich tie was still fresh in their heads, allContinue reading “Barcelona’s Renaissance: A Glimmer of Hope Amidst Misfortune”

Football Manager 21: Beta Review

Thousands of Football Manager players, like me, were left frustrated and at the edge of our seats after SI delayed the release of the early access to the game. Throughout the wait, we had to bear with the incessant teasers from the FM Twitter account. Nevertheless, the wait was worth it, and the fans finallyContinue reading “Football Manager 21: Beta Review”