Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea cult hero. He’s also a world class defender. But is the Serbian defender a centre back who can reluctantly cover at right back, or a right back with the physical attributes to cover in central defence?
Alex Song’s move to Barcelona as Seydou Keita’s replacement has far greater ramifications than initially meets the eye. To look at this in the overall context, one has to first highlight the earlier bit of business the Spanish side completed this summer.
I have decided to do this preview by category to allow for easier reading. As with any season preview at this stage of the transfer window – almost 2 weeks to go – there may still be significant movement, and even one quality signing can alter the squad’s balance enormously.
At this week’s interesting Q&A with Pardew and some fortunate NUFC fans, one of the topics raised was transfers. Pardew was quick to stress something that most, more educated, NUFC fans would know already – 90% of the names mentioned in the summer are not transfer targets. Of the alternative 10%, Ajax Amsterdam’s Vurnon Anita is one that […]
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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.
Ebrahim Sadien is an Italian football writer who also covers Bafana Bafana and local South African football.
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