Tuesday, 30 December 2014

London Calling Part 2

As we reach the end on 2014 here I have another little look at the London clubs and how there doing so far with a fun grading system. 

Premier League
Chelsea - Previously A* NOW A


Only one defeat in the league it looks like a two horse race between them and City. Not looking quite as cut throat as they were earlier in the season, could be the calm before the storm though.

West Ham
Previously C+ NOW B
 

West Ham still looking strong and now with Andy Carroll back West Ham could be in the hunt for European Football. Song and Valencia could well be the deals of the summer.

Arsenal
Previously D- NOW D+

The Gunners still way off the pace in the title race, However Sanchez is taking the Premier League by storm. Wenger does need to still dip into the transfer market next month as top 4 will be tight this season.  

Tottenham
Previously D - NOW C
 

Unbeaten in 6 in the league now, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen get special praise as without them Spurs wouldn't be anywhere near the top 7.

Crystal Palace
Previously C - NOW F
 

A turbulent season already saw Palace become the first team to sack a manager Warnock went, in steps what looks like Pardew. There bang in trouble and it could be writings on the wall already.

QPR
Previously D+ NOW C
 

At home Rangers are great, away their pretty awful.
Charlie Austin is showing what a quality striker he is and deserves at least an England call up in the New Year. Smart buys for QPR should keep them up but if they keep losing away it's going to be hard.

Championship  

Watford Previously B+ NOW B

Still doing well currently in 5th, keeping hold of Troy Deeney will be key next month though.

Brentford
Previously B+ NOW B+
 

Championship life way easy but now the Bees are on a little slide, they should be proud of their start as I see them staying up with ease but again keeping hold of better players will be key next month.

Charlton
Previously B- NOW D

Slipping backwards now Charlton but their fast start puts them in mid-table which is more then likely where they will end up.

Fulham
Previously E - NOW D

Slowly going up the table but it looks bleak for the West London side. I can't see a late Play-off run with this team.

Millwall
Previously C - NOW D

Slipped into the drop zone now but I think Holloway can somehow keep this bunch up.


League 1 

Leyton Orient Previously F- NOW F
Things have not improved much since the last post, out of the drop zone though, just.

League 2
AFC Wimbledon Previously C- NOW B   
4 Points off the Play-Off positions and with Liverpool to come in the Cup things are on the up.

Dagenham & Redbridge
Previously F- NOW F - 
Bang in trouble now it looks like Hartlepool are locked for bottom, the Daggers need to get their act together and fast. 




Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brendan Rodgers - Is He All That?


From manager of the year to the worst start in over 40 years, what's gone wrong at Liverpool? Why has Rodgers gone backwards so fast? Is he over-rated and did he waste the cash he got for Suarez?

I'm not a Liverpool fan but I will give my honest opinion. To me Brendan Rodgers had the luckiest season in football last year where everything went for them. Chelsea weren't quite on point, Man United were dreadful, Arsenal were Arsenal, and somehow Man City won it all.

Liverpool played great attacking football the S.A.S (Suarez & Sturridge) people were raving about. Especially with the Liverpool filled football pundits, they were scoring goals for fun. Sterling was playing out of his skin, Gerrard & Henderson in the middle was the best thing since slice bread everything was going right. The only thing was they were leaky at the back. It didn't matter though as they were outscoring them all. However you don't win leagues if you can't defend. We know what happened last year the 'slip', the Palace game and it ended with nothing but Champions League football.

This year though it seems like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. Starting with the money Rodgers has spent or more to the point wasted. He went around Europe spending cash on rubbish just for the sake of it, and raided Southampton for what turns out to be all the wrong players.

Lovren is having a nightmare, Lallana is not doing it in the big games gets lost, Lambert really? The big mistakes looks like Balotelli, now he could have gone for Bony or even Diafra Sakho but Brendan's ego thought he could master the man named Mario. It hasn't worked so far.

His transfer policy has to be questioned it's clear his defenders are not very good at defending he brought in full backs and Lovren but they seem to still be defending like a pub team and he has now lost faith in his keeper. There's no plan B for Liverpool teams sussed them out last year towards the end and now sides have found them out again.

Gerrard looks defeated now, Sterling can't do it on his own and Daniel Sturridge seems to be injured for what seems forever. The Champions League was a mess and top four is looking hard as Liverpool just look finished on confidence, the cups are there only hope for silverware. Europa League I don't think they will take seriously as the Champions League failed its clear this squad can't fight on both fronts.

Rodgers will be given time as he done so 'well' last season but it's a dangerous game football and itchy trigger finger could reign over Anfield again. 


What's Rafa up too?