Roy Hodgson might want Wayne Rooney to "explode" at this summer's World Cup but it is Daniel Sturridge's form that could prove the decisive factor to England's success in the competition.
The emergence of players such as Arjen Robben, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo in the modern game has taken the pressure off of today's strikers to an extent and so we don't really see your Henrys and van Nistelrooys firing clubs to greatness.
Despite the fact that there is increased uncertainty over which side will be top of the Premier League pile after 38 games have been played, an almost unanimous favourite has emerged - Manchester City. The reasons for this are clear...
If you're not a United supporter, then it really is a blessing in disguise. United's previous dominance in the league has pretty much all but disappeared and the 'epic' draw against Fulham has seen them possibly losing out on a Champions League place and that all important top four finish.
I do think Britain's footballing body could do more to make the FA Cup final a bigger occasion on a national scale. There's no reason why the FA Cup final can't be an experience that grips the entirety of England in the days leading up to the event.
Wenger is one of the best managers ever. To question his position at Arsenal is laughable. But even the best make mistakes sometime. I just hope for his and Arsenal's sake, the decision not to significantly strengthen the squad this January isn't one of them.
When Ashley Young starts a game or is introduced as a substitute the Twitterati has an ever growing tendency to complain. Is this attitude inflicted due to his inconsistency or has the England international become a scapegoat? Under David Moyes, Ashley Young is having one of his better seasons at Manchester United.
Whilst many of the transfer sagas in Britain are protracted, for the most part they are intense rather than bitterly unpleasant. The same could not be said across the channel, where France's longest running saga of last summer finally ended on deadline day after months of acrimony and strikes. Florian Thauvin was the man at the centre of attention.
The only joy I got out of watching Manchester United in the 2012/2013 season was witnessing the hilarious cameo appearances of Danny Welbeck that rivalled Keith Chegwin's in the TV series Extras. Equally inept and similarly clueless, he was tolerated only because of his endearing effort.
Emerging as one of the very best player's in one of the very best leagues - with only Luis Suarez picking up a superior rating than Hazard's 8.04 since the start of December - Mourinho was bold enough to suggest that the 23-year old can become one of the best players in the world.
The Newcastle United team basically picks itself when we are at full strength. That isn't because we have a set of 11 players who are on such red-hot form that picking anything other than those 11 players would be sheer madness. No, it is because our bench/fringe players are so lacking in quality that Pardew has no other choice but to pick the same players week in week out...
Athletes and sportsmen appear to strongly believe in momentum and the powerful psychology of streaks - winning causes momentum and momentum causes more winning. If the same is true of losing then, this should cause a chill in any United supporter...
Never has a Premier League season began with so many managerial changes at such high profile clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at the age of 71 started a chain reaction that saw David Moyes being given the unenviable task of following in the greatest manager's footsteps.
It's a good time to assess how Manchester City's five summer signings have settled in thus far. The quintet of Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo all joined the Blues and have played some role in driving City towards the top of the table, but how has each one adapted to the club?
Directors of football are the norm in Europe and are as much a part of the game as the manager. However, in the Premier League it simply doesn't work. Directors of football aren't in the Premier League thought process, and the thought 'oh he would make a great Director of Football', would never cross any Premier League fans' mind.
Unfortunately, for Tan, things didn't quite go to plan. Football fans everywhere will be well aware that Vincent Tan was the person behind Cardiff City's hugely controversial rebrand but until a week ago, aside from achieving a degree of notoriety for alleged interference in playing matters, plus a degree of lampoonery for his sartorial choices, Tan appeared to have ridden the storm.