The prolific Jordan Rhodes braced for debut season in the Premier League

Over the course of the last four seasons, one striker has scored far more prolifically in English football than any other. All Rhodes lead to goal From August 2012 until the present day, Jordan Rhodes has established himself as the leading goal-scorer in the top four divisions of English football by scoring 91 goals in 179 league games. The Middlesbrough striker’s career statistics are equally impressive with the 26-year-old averaging a goal every 1.94 league games, as he has scored 172 times in 334 appearances. After beginning his career with…

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Five of the best free transfers from the 2015/2016 Premier League Season

English Premier League clubs notoriously spend vast sums of money in the transfer market, with last season representing a prime example of that. Specifically after the 2016 January transfer window closed, it was revealed that Premier League clubs had spent more than £1bn on transfers during a single season for the first time. Whilst the Premier League clubs 2015 summer spending reached £870m, they spent a further £175m during January, to give a total transfer expenditure for the season of £1,045bn. That exceeded the previous record of £965bn, which was…

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Bilic building a superb young squad at West Ham

Several English Premier League clubs have already been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and none more so than West Ham. The Hammers have recruited six new players, as manager Slaven Bilic continues to build a superb young squad, with the Croatian having began that work immediately after arriving at the club last June. Bilic preparing for a bright future Bilic inherited a reasonably strong group of players from his predecessor Sam Allardyce but identified the need to strengthen his squad so as to develop a team capable…

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Bournemouth busy in the transfer market

One of the major success stories of the Premier League last season, aside from Leicester City winning the title, was the performance of newly promoted Bournemouth. The Cherries comfortably retained their top flight status by finishing in 16th place, whilst achieving some remarkable results in order to do so. For instance Eddie Howe’s side recorded back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester United in December, whilst at the start of March they won three consecutive games to climb to 13th in the table and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.…

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Quiz: Who said it: Muhammad Ali or the Premier League football manager?

Muhammad Ali sadly passed away on Friday, leaving behind mammoth sporting achievements, but also independent of sport, he was a showman, master of mind games, poet, activist, and a speaker who would keep his audience permanently engrossed. Today’s Premier League managers can rarely get away with the same approach however – can you tell who said the following quotes, Muhammad Ali, or the Premier League football manager: Loading Who said it? Muhammad Ali or the Premier League manager?

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Premier League’s staggering revenue and wage bill beat down the rest of Europe

The 20 clubs from the Premier League generated £3.3 billion in revenue during the 2014/2015 season, according to The Daily Mail. Meanwhile, their wages reached a staggering amount, one that beat down the rest of Europe. The astonishing figures are revealed in Deloitte’s annual review of football finance, which also found that the top five European leagues – England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France – combined for a record £9.2 billion in revenue and that the Premier League generated more than £1.5 billion more than the German Bundesliga, which was the next highest-earning league. Meanwhile,…

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Premier League Season Review – West Ham United

West Ham United: 7th FA Cup: Quarter-finals Capital One Cup: Round Three Europa League: Third Qualifying Round It was always certain to be an emotional season for West Ham as they said goodbye to their home of over a century, Upton Park, before their long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium for 2016-17. The rather cautious aim was to make sure that they were still a Premier League club when they relocated, but the team then proceeded to make a mockery of that to the extent that for a time they…

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Premier League Season Review – West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion: 14th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Round Three As is the case for his great friend Sam Allardyce, having Tony Pulis at the helm is a virtually foolproof way of maintaining a club’s Premier League status, and West Brom continue to profit from that. This season they avoided the threat of relegation much more comfortably than they had in the previous two years as they spent long periods battling in mid-table, though never really in with a serious chance of breaking into the top half. The summer…

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Middlesbrough linked with two veteran stars, in danger of losing key player

Middlesbrough forced their way back to the Premier League, securing promotion to England’s top flight for the first time since the 2008/2009 season. The Boro are primed for a summer transfer spree as they need to upgrade their squad to stay alive next season. Therefore, they have been linked with two veteran players. According to a report by The Sun, Middlesbrough are eyeing a £6 million move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel as they plan for their first campaign back in the Premier League. The 31-year-old centre-back has become frustrated…

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Premier League Season Review – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur: 3rd FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Round Three Europa League: Round of 16 With a talented young squad and one of Europe’s most promising managers at the helm, Tottenham were clearly on the up when the season began and their target, as ever, was to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. However, very few would have expected them to achieve this with several weeks still to spare and indeed make a sustained challenge to win the title. This they did, and as…

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Premier League Season Review – Watford

Watford: 13th FA Cup: Semi-finals Capital One Cup: Round Two At the beginning of each Premier League season each English football pundit, journalist or columnist makes a prediction on which three sides will be relegated, and this time around one would have needed to go a long way in order to find a forecast that did not include Watford as one of those three clubs. There are few things more satisfying in professional sport than proving people wrong, and under the astute guidance of manager Quique Flores, they set about doing…

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Premier League Season Review – Swansea City

Swansea City: 12th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three After guiding the club to eighth and attaining 56 points in his first full season in charge, it was always going to be a difficult ask for Swansea manager Garry Monk to improve on that this time around. Still, he had players in form and full of confidence, and they looked well capable of fighting for another top half finish, so nobody could have envisaged that one of English (or indeed Welsh) football’s brightest coaching prospect would be out of a job by early December. It…

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Premier League Season Review – Sunderland

Sunderland: 17th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three It has become an annual occurence for Sunderland to look like relegation certainties, change the manager and kickstart a revival by defeating arch rivals Newcastle United in the new man’s second match in charge. It is a case now of lightning striking four times, and on this occasion it was the wily Sam Allardyce who defied the club’s league position when he took over in October to lead them to safety, while reminding everyone of his managerial ability. After guiding the team…

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Top five Premier League players who can leave their club for free

The 2015/2016 Premier League season is behind us and the summer transfer market about to open, which means we’re about to see numerous transfer sums being paid by one club to another. However, football clubs can also gamble on players who’s contract has expired and therefore can leave their current club on a free transfer. Let’s rank the five best players who could leave the Premier League for free, but let’s start with some honorable mentions: Victor Valdes (Manchester United), James Morrison (West Bom), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Thomas Rosicky…

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Manchester United extend starlet’s deal, chasing two young guns

Manchester United have been linked with a number of big football stars all season long, especially since Jose Mourinho was named the club’s manager. However, the Red Devils are also trying to secure their future by adding a set of young starlets. First and foremost, teenage sensation Marcus Rashford has signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford after his impressive start in the Red Devils first team, according to the club’s official website. Rashford’s new contract is a four-year deal with the option of a further year. The 18-year-old…

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Premier League Season Review – Stoke City

Stoke City: 9th FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Semi-finals Since appointing Mark Hughes as their manager in the summer of 2013, Stoke cannot be faulted for their consistency, as they have finished in ninth place for three successive years with a similar number of points. The only concern about this is the lack of further progress, which has not arrived despite pulling off a number of high-profile signings and putting together a squad with excellent strength in depth. Finishing three points worse off than in 2014-15, this season was…

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Premier League Season Review – Southampton

Southampton: 6th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Quarter-finals Europa League: Play-off round The rise of Southampton just goes on and on. Whenever people seem to doubt them they seem to come up with the most emphatic shows of defiance and continuing to set new highs in the Premier League, led by the magnificent Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman was not expected to improve on the seventh position and 60 points he achieved in 2014-15, but proved just how good a manager he is by masterminding a storming second half…

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Premier League Season Review – Norwich City

Norwich City: 19th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Four Norwich are quickly earning a status as the new yo-yo team of the top two divisions in English football. After suffering relegation in 2014 they made an instant return to the Premier League through the play-offs, but a further year later they are left to reflect on another failure to make their mark on the top table after failing to win their lengthy battle against the drop. Manager Alex Neil entered the season with a terrific standing…

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Premier League Season Review – Newcastle United

Newcastle United: 18th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three A worrying slide down the table that almost resulted in relegation in 2015 tested the patience of Newcastle supporters. They had long since grown tired about the club’s apparent lack of ambition and its policy of seemingly prioritising profits over success on the pitch. Merely staying in the top-flight appeared to be the only significant aim of those at the top, but the squad had been allowed to fall into disrepair and as such even that modest…

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Premier League Season Review – Manchester City

Manchester City: 4th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Winners Champions League: Semi-finals There was a degree of surprise when Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a contract extension to remain at the club for a third season, where there was a great determination emanating from the top to atone for a trophyless 2014-15, as well as reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. In the final reckoning both of those targets were met, but regardless of that Pellegrini’s days were always numbered. That was confirmed by the…

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Premier League Season Review – Manchester United

Manchester United: 5th FA Cup: Winners Capital One Cup: Round Four Champions League: Group Stage Europa League: Round of 16 There were many talking points during the 2015-16 season in the Premier League as defending champions Chelsea fell from grace, Tottenham emerged as serious contenders and Leicester City defied the odds in spectacular fashion to win the title by a massive 10 points. But still no club attracted more debate and more column inches than Manchester United as criticisms over the team’s style of football and speculation over the future…

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Premier League Season Review – Liverpool

Liverpool: 8th FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Runners-up Europa League: Runners-up Even before the 2015-16 season began, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was clearly under considerable pressure. Given a second chance after a largely disappointing year which had culminated with an embarrassing 6-1 thrashing at Stoke City, he had to make a strong start in order to remain at Anfield for the foreseeable future, all while no longer able to call upon the influence of Steven Gerrard. The long-time captain had finally said goodbye to the club to which he…

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Premier League Season Review – Leicester City

Leicester City: 1st (champions) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Four Leicester City are without doubt the architects of the greatest triumph in recent sporting history; a case of David overcoming a whole army of Goliaths; a team largely made up of bargain buys and players who failed to make the grade at some of those supposedly elite clubs winning the Premier League title at the end of a season which they began among the favourites for relegation. The word ‘fairytale’ is used much too often in football,…

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Manchester United to launch massive transfer bids, facing huge competition for star striker

With Jose Mourinho expected to be announced as Manchester United’s new manager this week, the transfer rumour mill hasn’t stopped spinning. The Red Devils remain the only Premier League club Zlatan Ibrahimovic has considered during the past few months, but according to a report by Sky Sports, United are facing serious competition from an unnamed Chinese club that have tabled a deal worth £53 million over two years. Meanwhile, United have held talks with Kostas Manolas’s agent regarding a summer move for the Roma centre-back, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di…

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Premier League Season Review – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace: 15th FA Cup: Runners-up Capital One Cup: Round Four A feature of many Premier League seasons is when an unfancied side does brilliantly up until the turn of the year and is riding high in a position where qualification for Europe becomes a potentially realistic ambition, before fading away dramatically in the final months as performance levels deteriorate and opposition sides become more adept at eliminating their threat. This time around that team was Crystal Palace. Appointed manager in January 2015, Alan Pardew had seen the club to…

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