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A Dozen Compelling Soccer Questions That Will Be Answered In 2014

Written by on January 2, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Ask the Extra

Here are a dozen soccer questions that will be answered, one way or another, over the next twelve months.

Premier League Contenders?

It is, we are told, going to be a very close race at the top of the Barclays Premier League with up to seven clubs (or more depending on who you listen to) competing for the 2014 title. But how the table reads after 20 games is unlikely to be how it reads with ten games remaining and at the end.

At present Arsenal sits top with 45 points and Manchester United is 7th with 34 points. In between these two sits Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Spurs.

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4 Responses to “A Dozen Compelling Soccer Questions That Will Be Answered In 2014”

  1. Smiley says:

    Bobby – Seems like recently there have been more media sources that are putting the blame for Manyoo’s struggles on Glazers rather than Moyes.

    Some guy named Jeff Stelling from SKY states:
    “The owners have been guilty of letting top class players grow old and diminish without replacing them.”

    Seems odd when you consider Moyes’ bids for the likes of Cesc, Herera etc.

    Ya think The Glazers will be held responsible should Moyes not finish top 4… and should they be?

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    This Man United crisis, it is a crisis, is dumbfounding. I agree that the club needed refreshing, but to say the cupboard was bare is ridiculous. We’re they really counting on Nani? I get RVP has been out, but they didn’t play well with him. Rooney has looked very good, and you’ve got kids that are looking capable. Scholes might have been a leader, but he didn’t play that much last campaign.
    Moyes can’t be this bad, but this is awful. How he goes out and keeps saying, “we played well” is crazy.
    Fellani is a complete bust and never had the resolve/want to be a Man United player.
    A lot of talk of Man United splashing the cash in January. I think that would be a huge mistake. Who exactly is looking to dump, at inflated prices, world class talent? Sneidjer at his salary is no longer worth it. Here’s a thought, how about allowing Kawaga to play in that role. Let’s make sure he’s a bust.
    They are better off in hunkering down and finding out what they have with these youngsters, even if it means missing out on CL play. It will hurt but their revenue stream is strong enough to sustain it and overpay come summer.
    Lastly, people keep mentioning the red card being a game changer. Did anyone actually believe that Man United were going to pull out a win, before the card happened?

    I’m curious to see what Wenger will do with Walcott now being out for the campaign. You would have figured that wing was the last place he was looking to solidify. They do have youngsters to step in.

    Bobby, we lost a great legend (a term I don’t like to use) in Eusebio. As a Benfiquista and Portuguese I’m extremely proud of what he accomplished with club and country. More telling is how humble and how much of a gentleman he was. Even at the end he would sit down with veterans and newbies and talk futebol with them. Joining them for dinner to discuss the game and maybe more importantly what it means to be a Benfica player.
    We have Pele and Maradona, and then we can all argue about who’s next. Regardless, for me, Eusebio is in the next tier.

  3. smiley says:

    The only player who could have won Moyes the league was Gareth Bale.

  4. Ed Gomes says:

    Bobby,

    - will Wenger hold, even with Walcott out for the season. I think, although not a forward/striker, someone like Matic would be a great addition. Granted everyone would scream about the striker or defensive help. Matic is very smart and very good on the ball. It would free up forwards and help defenders.

    - is Moyes still employed at Man United due to his 7 year deal? He doesn’t want to resign due to money owed and Man United doesn’t want to pay our deal. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to possibly overpay for marginal talent now, and continue to overpay in the summer.
    - will RVP leave should they not get CL play? I expect Rooney to stay.

    - will Kagawa now get a shot as the 10?

    - Spurs made a mistake. AVB was steuggling, but he had a better chance of turning it around. Now it’s just roll the ball out there approach. Helter Skelter isn’t a tactic of big squads.

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