Author: James Nalton

Turning football into words. WFI editor, writer for the Morning Star newspaper, & sports journalist for various outlets. Mostly tactics, match reports, and scouting across the world of football.

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Who Defines Liverpool In Roberto Firmino’s Absence?

Who Defines Liverpool In Roberto Firmino’s Absence?

Liverpool could be without the talismanic Roberto Firmino as they welcome Watford to Anfield this week before making the short trip across Stanley Par ...
Maurizio Sarri At Chelsea: Myths Magic & Negative Narratives

Maurizio Sarri At Chelsea: Myths Magic & Negative Narratives

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri to implement a long term plan. Surely that’s what they hired him for. After years of fairly successful stodgy pragmati ...
USMNT Victories Provide First Look At Berhalter-Ball

USMNT Victories Provide First Look At Berhalter-Ball

All eyes were on Gregg Berhalter’s first games in charge of the United States Men’s National Team against Panama and Costa Rica, but few gazes were mo ...
Pep Ticks Off New Tactics As Manchester City See Off Arsenal

Pep Ticks Off New Tactics As Manchester City See Off Arsenal

It was a lineup not dissimilar to one of Jurgen Klopp’s post right-back experiments, not in shape or style, but in the questions it posed pre-match. ...
Puel: We Could Have Taken All 3 Points At Liverpool

Puel: We Could Have Taken All 3 Points At Liverpool

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table, but not by as many points as they would have hoped after only drawing with Leice ...
Scouting Sketch: Eric Garcia – Manchester City

Scouting Sketch: Eric Garcia – Manchester City

Eric Garcia must have thought it was his birthday. On his second appearance and second start for Manchester City, the defender, who is a product of Ba ...
Why Maurizio Sarri Not Knowing About Christian Pulisic Transfer Is No Surprise

Why Maurizio Sarri Not Knowing About Christian Pulisic Transfer Is No Surprise

"I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it." Those are the words of Napoli chairman Aurelio ...
Cuba’s Football Revolution

Cuba’s Football Revolution

In most of the areas football is played, it exists in a world dominated by capitalism, dictated by money, driven by money. It’s therefore no surpri ...
Everton Hand Jesus Early Christmas Presents In Alternative Classic

Everton Hand Jesus Early Christmas Presents In Alternative Classic

One Brazilian took their chances, the other didn't. Gabriel Jesus was back in the goals after an 11 game absence from the score sheet, scoring twice i ...
Scouting Sketch: Joelinton – Hoffenheim

Scouting Sketch: Joelinton – Hoffenheim

Among the Brazilians in Europe's top five leagues, only Neymar has more contributions to goals than the eight of Hoffenheim's Joelinton. The 22-yea ...
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