Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a football writer for FTBpro.com as well as having had work published on Zoo Today and MSN Sport. Living in Greater Manchester he supports his local team - United, and is also a lover of international athletics, tennis and the NFL.

Entries by Jamie Spencer

Why It's Naive to Think That Chelsea Are Strong Premier League Title Favourites

(2) Comments | Posted 29 July 2015 | (00:00)

When journalists, pundits, fans and whoever else make their predictions for the 2015/16 Premier League season, most will probably plump for Chelsea to finish top of the pile for a second year in a row.

The Blues are also the bookmakers' favourite and all the hype is quite understandable given...

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The Six Smartest Premier League Signings of the Summer So Far

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

​The Premier League summer transfer window is now in full swing, with all 20 clubs having conducted at least some business. High profile moves like Raheem Sterling's record transfer to Manchester City may have dominated the headlines, but what about some of the deals that just seem to make incredible...

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Six Premier League Players Who Will Surprise You in 2015/16

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2015 | (00:00)

Memories of the 2014/15 Premier League season are still fresh, but with the new campaign now only just over a month away, it's time to look forwards and not backwards.

Excitement has rarely been higher ahead of the big August kick-off and people are already trying to identify who will...

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Not Even the 'Special One' Can Rescue Radamel Falcao

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

Radamel Falcao's career could go one of two ways at Chelsea in 2015/16. He could begin to rediscover the kind of form that made him one of the most feared strikers in the world as recently as 2013. Or, he could endure another difficult season and be labelled a flop...

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Charlie Austin, Jamie Vardy and the Rise of the Non-Leaguers

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2015 | (00:00)

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy both stole the headlines when Roy Hodgson named his England squad for upcoming games against Ireland and Slovenia next month.

Both players have enjoyed a surprisingly good domestic season and both work tremendously hard every time they step out onto...

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The Goalkeeper Powder Keg: What David de Gea's Future Could Mean for Everyone Else This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (00:00)

The subject of David de Gea's future will continue to dominate the news headlines for weeks and months, until he either decides to sign a new long term contract at Manchester United, or trade everything in for a Spanish homecoming to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old seems genuinely torn about what...

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Danny Ings Should Aim Lower Because He Isn't Good Enough for the Big Clubs

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

Danny Ings has hugely exceeded all expectations this season - the maiden top flight campaign of his career - and as a result he's most definitely earned the right to stay in the Premier League, despite Burnley's immediate return to the Championship.

Still only 22 years of age, he's scored...

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Manchester United Fans Should Never Have Expected So Much From Radamel Falcao

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

Rarely has a Premier League transfer brought so much excitement, but Radamel Falcao's arrival at Manchester United on summer deadline day 2014 was met with huge approval from fans looking for a new Old Trafford hero.

Here was an individual who just over a year earlier was widely regarded as...

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Jose Mourinho Is Taking the Sheen Off Chelsea's Season With Cowardly Tactics

(2) Comments | Posted 23 April 2015 | (00:00)

Chelsea are just eight points and three wins away from securing a first Premier League title in five years - Jose Mourinho's first since returning to the club and his third at Stamford Bridge overall.

They could travel to Anfield on Sunday 10 May as champions, receive the 'Guard of...

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Manchester United's 'Loyal' Fans Ought to Be Ashamed of Themselves

(7) Comments | Posted 11 April 2015 | (00:00)

When Sir Alex Ferguson addressed the Manchester United fans at the end of his last ever game in charge at Old Trafford, he spoke about his great memories and experiences, wished the players the best of luck in the future, and most importantly, delivered a crucial message about supporting his...

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FA Don't Need to Restrict Foreign Players to Improve the England National Team

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2015 | (00:00)

FA Chairman Greg Dyke admitted fears that English football will shortly have little to do with English people and so outlined plans for a tough new system of quotas that clubs may soon have to abide by.

Clubs are set to see a reduction in the amount of non-home-grown players...

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Kane and Berahino: Assessing England's Newest Stars of the Future

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

Harry Kane has enjoyed an incredible breakout season in 2014/15. He has already matched Gareth Bale's goal tally from two years ago and at just 21-years-old is set to become the first Tottenham player to hit 30 goals in a single campaign since Gary Lineker.

Of Kane's 26 goals so...

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Six Premier League Signings Who Have Exceeded Expectations in 2014/15

(2) Comments | Posted 11 March 2015 | (23:00)

Expectations of new players always vary in the Premier League. Price-tag, age, career history and reputation all have an effect on the level people think a player should be at when he arrives.

Sometimes individuals vastly underachieve, but others will clear the bar that has been set for them, occasionally...

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Is Louis van Gaal Risking a Manchester United Revolt With His Strict Regime?

(1) Comments | Posted 3 March 2015 | (23:00)

Manchester United fans greeted the July arrival of Louis van Gaal with mass approval - a stroke of genius by Ed Woodward and the club's hierarchy after the perceived fiasco of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman is revered throughout the world for his tactical genius. He...

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What Has Luck Got to Do With It? There Is None in Football

(3) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (23:00)

Managers and players around the world constantly preach the need for some luck to help them achieve their goals, as well as curse what they see as the bad luck which prevents them from success.

But football is a game built on skill and hard work, so what has luck...

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When Did Anderson's Manchester United Fairytale Turn Into a Nightmare?

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2015 | (23:00)

He's better than Kleberson,
He's our midfield magician.
To the left, to the right,
To the samba beat tonight,
With the brass, he is class,

Unfortunately, the days when these words echoed around Old Trafford are...

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Six Players Who Could Hold the Key to Premier League Survival This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2015 | (23:00)

The Premier League's relegation battle is just starting to take shape.

Now is the time of year when teams must start performing or risk getting sucked further into the mire and fans will be looking for certain individuals to rise up and inspire the turnaround.


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Manchester United Could Make a 3-5-2 Work Well With Just Two New Signings

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (23:00)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was greeted by chants of "attack, attack, attack" and "4-4-2" during his team's win over Queen Park Rangers at the weekend. The United boss has favoured a 3-5-2 formation for most of his first season in charge of the Old Trafford club, but even...

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Seven Premier League Players With a Point to Prove in the Second Half of the Season

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (16:06)

The Premier League season has passed the half way point and the table is beginning to take shape.

People are already talking about who the stars of the campaign have been, but there are a number of high profile individuals that have been rather disappointing over the last few...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Newcastle United?

(6) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (23:00)

​Newcastle United have long been one of English football's biggest underachievers. The famous club has one of the largest and most passionate fan-bases in the Premier League, but hasn't won a major domestic trophy since the FA Cup in 1955.

In the six decades that have passed since the days...

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