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

Is the Premier League Title Becoming Impossible to Defend?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (00:00)

Winning an English league title is no mean feat - plenty of capable teams have fallen short over the years. But successfully defending a crown is the ultimate challenge and what separates good sides from great ones.

Preston North End and Aston Villa in the 19th century, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday,...

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Chelsea Continue to Go Backwards After Poor End to the Transfer Window

(1) Comments | Posted 11 September 2015 | (00:00)

If it was naive to think that Chelsea were automatically favourites to win a second successive Premier League title ahead of the 2015/16 season - and it most certainly was - it's even more naive to think that now. Quite simply, Jose Mourinho's team have been left behind by their...

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In Defence of the 'Transfer Rumour': The Key Is in Understanding What You're Dealing With

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (15:14)

The transfer rumour mill is at its peak this time of year. Fans love transfer talk, many even seem to enjoy it more than actual games. Unfortunately, we're all frustrated by it in equal measure and some supporters now even despise 'gossip' to the point where they are happy to...

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Manchester United Don't Need Another Centre-Back This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (00:00)

Ask any Manchester United fan which one player they would most like to see sign for the club between now and the end of the transfer window and most will give the same answer.

Those still worried about the David de Gea situation might name a goalkeeper, while other...

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Premier League History Tells Us Signing Too Many Unproven Players Is a Risky Game

(1) Comments | Posted 8 August 2015 | (00:00)

Every fan of every Premier League club expects to see several new arrivals every summer. If done well, buying and loaning new players is the fastest way to see a side improve. However, bringing in too many new faces who are unproven or untested can just as easily end in...

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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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