Chris Deeley
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Chris is a writer for http://www.ftbpro.com. He's had work featured on London 24, MSN, the Sunderland Echo and the Manchester Evening News. He's 22, a student at the University Of Hertfordshire, and a long-suffering Spurs fan.

Entries by Chris Deeley

How Silly Season Got Sillier - Or Why Transfer Fees Are Bigger Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2015 | (00:00)

Remember when a £20million transfer was a headline-making deal, rather than the norm? Unless you're a pretty young teenager, you probably do, which speaks to how quickly the transfer market has twisted and evolved in the last decade or so.

There's already been around £500million of spending by English...

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The Sterling Transfer Saga Was a Mess - But He Shouldn't Be Blamed

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (00:00)

After this, no more writing about Raheem Sterling except to report on his on-field performances, I promise. Well, maybe a little something if it's a quiet day and he gets a really stupid haircut or something, but absolutely no more on the most profoundly irritating transfer saga of the summer....

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Brilliant World Cup Is Just the Start for the Growth of Women's Football

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2015 | (09:37)

Last weekend saw the end of two tournaments, with a fair few similarities - and a couple of whopping big differences.

Both were held on the other side of the world, necessitating a lot of late nights to watch the action. Both frequently featured commentators who feel like a...

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Where Did Brazil Go Wrong? Charting a Footballing Fall From Grace

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2015 | (00:00)

They say that the bigger they are, the harder they fall and Brazil have been falling for a little while now. But what on earth has happened to the once-mighty footballing nation?

When Brazil crashed out of the 2015 Copa America on penalties against Paraguay, it barely registered as a...

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Southampton and Koeman Have the Steel to Make It Through a Tough Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (00:00)

Southampton had a pretty rough time last summer, losing a big handful of their best players. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all moved on to 'big name' clubs, leaving the Saints facing doom, obscurity and even possible relegation, depending on who you listened to....

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Big Summer Ahead for Manchester United and Van Gaal

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (00:00)

This season was a bit of an odd one for Manchester United. On one hand, a Champions League berth was exactly what they wanted from the campaign, but on the other, they only just managed to limp there, always looking a bit short of full power.

Whenever it looked...

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Liverpool in Crisis as Increased Scrutiny May Tear the Squad Apart

(2) Comments | Posted 22 May 2015 | (00:00)

Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool. What are we going to do with you guys? For a while, we were all quite content to let you bubble under the surface quietly, picking up the odd Champions League place and occasional cup, but not causing any major waves.

Then last season, you screwed...

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Poisoned Chalice: Why Does Nobody Want to Qualify for the Europa League?

(1) Comments | Posted 15 May 2015 | (00:00)

The Europa League's gone through a few incarnations since it first arrived on the scene 60 years ago as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but it's hard to imagine that it's ever been as pointless as it is now. Even the added bonus of a Champions League spot for the competition's...

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Who's Going Down? A Look at the Premier League's Relegation Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2015 | (00:00)

With the title race this season being short on excitement and drama, the bottom of the table seems to be doing its best to make up for it.

More and more teams who looked safe are being dragged into the relegation dogfight and now five teams are separated by...

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Tyne and Wear Crisis as Sunderland and Newcastle Race to the Bottom

(1) Comments | Posted 1 May 2015 | (00:00)

It's not been a great season for the North of England in the Premier League. Hull, Sunderland and Burnley are all in the relegation mix and it looks like being a London dominated top two for the first time in a while.

It's the North-East in particular that's an...

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Why Arsenal Shouldn't Replace Arsene Wenger With Jurgen Klopp This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2015 | (00:00)

When Jurgen Klopp announced last week that he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund, it set of something of a scramble in the English press, all desperate to find the German a club to manage in the Premier League.

The obvious fit is Manchester City, where Manuel Pellegrini looks to...

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Joke or Genius? Tim Sherwood's Personality Sees Him Get Underestimated

(1) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (00:00)

Sometimes, the biggest revelations in life dawn on you slowly. To quote, uh, One Tree Hill - "One day, you're 17 and you're planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life."

Things sneak up...

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Leadership Vacuum at the Etihad - How City Blew Their Title Defence

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2015 | (00:00)

George Boyd. Jason Puncheon. Philippe Coutinho. Patrick Bamford. The list of the last few players to hit winners against Man City isn't exactly a star-studded one (unless we go into the Champions League games, but let's keep this domestic for now).

With Monday night's loss to Crystal Palace, City's...

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How Roy Hodgson's England Can Win Euro 2016

(3) Comments | Posted 2 April 2015 | (17:20)

​It's been a while since England have won a major tournament. You might've heard. 50 years, in fact, will have passed between this summer's European showpiece tournament and the Three Lions' sole triumph on home soil back in 1966.

It's been a while since they came close. It's been...

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Steven Gerrard's Ego Problem Is Threatening to Ruin His Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (17:10)

As tempting as it is to dive straight in with immediate reactions on an event as high-profile as Steven Gerrard's red card against Manchester United, sometimes it's best to leave it for a few days. Collect your thoughts. Look at the bigger picture.

Having done that, it's hard to...

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The Case for the Defence: How Liverpool Got Their Groove Back

(1) Comments | Posted 4 March 2015 | (23:00)

​There's something special about Liverpool as a club. They've got Anfield, history and heart. They're everyone's second team, unless you're an Everton fan. They play their football the 'Liverpool way' and woe betide anyone who tries to stop them.

Allegedly.

See, it's kind of hard to reconcile that...

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Looking at the Premier League's Real Contenders for the Top Four

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (23:00)

While Chelsea and Manchester City have been pretty much flying free at the top of the Premier League table this season, the battle for the minor placings has been more interesting than ever.

That's not necessarily because of an increase in quality - there are teams in Champions League...

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Make-or-Break Month Ahead for Pochettino and Spurs

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (23:00)

The run from February into March is never exactly a time to relax for any club and Spurs' campaign sits on a knife-edge as they prepare to face Arsenal, Liverpool and Fiorentina in quick succession. It'd be easy for Mauricio Pochettino and co to be a little nervous.

First up,...

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The Mario Balotelli Story: Comedy or Tragedy?

(2) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (23:00)

"I could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama - it would be a comedy." - Jose Mourinho

The current Chelsea boss described his time with Balotelli in Serie A as a comedy story. Most...

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We All Contribute to the Destruction of Young English Talent

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (23:00)

You might have heard that there are a few decent young English strikers knocking around at the moment. Wait, no, scratch that. You've definitely heard that there are a few decent young English strikers knocking around at the moment. If you've somehow navigated a sports page to find this piece...

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