Ben Northcott

Why Kyle Walker is so important for England

England’s inspirational run to the Euro 2020 final has been built on defensive solidity. The imperious quartet making up their backline of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Kyle Walker have carried their excellent club form into this summer’s tournament.
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Posted Jul. 11, 2021

La Roja have found their fizz, but will the cork pop?

After frustrating draws against Sweden and Poland, Spanish National Team manager Luis Enrique described his side as a “bottle of cava with the cork about to pop”. Despite their dominance in possession and chances created across both matches, Enrique’s side had been unable to make their superiority count against these...
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Posted Jun. 28, 2021

Guardiola and City lose their cool when it matters most

After a season of tactical precision, calmness and intelligence, Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions came unstuck in a 1-0 Champions League Final defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s determined Chelsea side. In a surprise selection, something which often has not boded well in Guardiola’s recent Champions League history, a material change was...
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Posted Jun. 1, 2021

Long Read: why England dropped Trent Alexander-Arnold

Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers has been on everyone’s lips over the past few weeks. Most notably due to the omission of Liverpool’s star right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold. Other headlines include the returns of Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw, and John Stones.Despite some recent glimpses of...
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Posted Mar. 26, 2021

Could 2021 be even worse than 2020?

It would not be controversial to argue that 2020 was the worst year in living memory. It seemed as though Pandora’s box was unleashed upon Britain and the world. Covid-19 has led to over 70,000 Britons dead and many still ill or suffering. Successive lockdowns and social distancing regulations led...
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Posted Jan. 11, 2021

Project Big Picture: what was it and was it rightfully rejected?

Ahead of the international break, one would be forgiven for expecting a pause from the Premier League drama that culminated in Aston Villa’s 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool. Yet, the drama was instead amplified by Liverpool and Manchester United’s proposal of “Project Big Picture” which promised wide-sweeping reforms to the English...
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Posted Nov. 1, 2020

How should Manchester City replace David Silva?

Although excellent in highlight reels, clips don’t quite do David Silva justice for how he’s orchestrated play as the heartbeat of Manchester City’s midfield for a dazzling decade. Considered by many as the club’s greatest ever player, Silva has now moved on to pastures new, returning to his home country...
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Posted Sep. 20, 2020