Jordan Henderson: Liverpool's irreplaceable 'moral compass' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jordan Henderson has been appointed as Liverpool's vice-captain following the departure of Daniel Agger to Brondby. This extra responsibility bestowed on him only reflects his rising influence for both club and country.
With the international break nearing its conclusion we can now turn our attention back to the Premier League, which resumes this weekend with Arsenal hosting champions Manchester City early on Saturday.
With the transfer deadline seeing numerous high profile moves involving Premier League clubs, this weekend will see several players making their debuts with supporters up and down the country wondering whether or not their new signing will be the difference between success and disappointment.
Each Premier League club is where it is thanks to contributions from a whole heap of players, but there are some that are greater among equals. That's what this is about: trying to find the most valuable player for each team. It's actually harder than it looks, but thankfully I'm here to give it a shot.
As more and more money is being pumped into the English Premier League, transfer fees are increasing exponentially from one transfer window to another. During the 2014 summer transfer window that closed on the first of September, a record £835 million was spent by Premier League clubs.
Six of these clubs have broken their club-record transfer fee during this window.
Why Jack Colback's call up isn't so surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Hodgson named his first England squad since the World Cup, including four uncapped players: Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. When I first saw the squad, the biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Newcastle's Colback.
Rumors abound that American international Geoff Cameron is being courted both within the Premier League as well as on the continent. ProSoccerTalk links Cameron to a number of clubs, the biggest name being traditional Serie A contender Lazio.
But recent moves to big clubs have hampered many an American abroad.
Manchester trotted out the 3-5-2 yet again and seem to have suffered for it. In a surprisingly close match, new signing Juan Mata scored early, but the Black Cats' Rodwell leveled before the half and that remained the final score in a match that saw Sunderland look much better than they should have. 1-1 the final.
McDiarmid Park, home of St. Johnstone, may not be foremost in the minds of soccer fans, but on the 13th of August it did play host to a couple of firsts. It was Celtic manager Ronny Deila's first taste of action in the Scottish Premiership; but perhaps more importantly the match marked the first competitive game Craig Gordon has played in since 2012.
Gustavo Poyet performed a minor miracle in guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety last season following the disastrous start to the campaign under the stewardship of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan coach urged Sunderland supporters to persevere with the team until he was in a position to reshape the team in his image and start playing the football designed to attract supporters to the Stadium of Light.
Crystal Ball Gazing: Premier League 2014-15 predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barclays Premier League is back. The long hibernation is over and time for the 'real game' to begin. How to pull the curtain of yet another silly season? By doing something silly of course. And is there anything sillier than gazing at crystal ball and doing non-sense predictions that may or may not come true?
[O]ur divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade.
Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 13th September 2014
A late Harry Kane own-goal denied Tottenham what would have been a deserved win at the Stadium of Light. The striker heading into his own net `on 82 minutes to level the scores at 2-2 and give the Black Cats a share of the points.
Harry Redknapp will endure the boo boy's again tomorrow if they put in a lacklustre performance like they did against Tottenham last week as they were thumped 4-0 at White Hart Lane, while Sunderland were rather unfortunate not to take maximum points from Manchester United last week at the Stadium of Light and a repeat performance will be enough to grab all three points tomorrow!
Arsenal target could soon make Premier League switch, Chilean media claims deal done - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After Chilean media outlet Le Tercera claimed Napoli attacker Eduardo Vargas is set to have confided in his close friends about joining Arsenal, the trusted and respectable Gianluca Di Marzio have claimed that there are no confirmation of the rumours linking the player to the Gunners.