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.
A few months ago I wrote a summary of Cardiff City's summer transfer activity. Now all the players brought in have had a chance to show what they can do, I feel a quick progress report is in order...
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.
In the 51st minute of Liverpool's pulsating 5-3 win over Stoke at the weekend, Steven Gerrard stepped up to the penalty spot with the opportunity to put the Reds back in front. The Potters had pegged the Merseysiders back from 2-0 down courtesy of a Peter Crouch header- Stoke's first headed goal of the season - and a long distance Charlie Adam strike.
While these results are not a conclusive representation of the feelings of Newcastle United fans, it can be taken as a cross-section of the Newcastle United support and it must be said that the last six months have not been kind to Mr Ashley, as the results show.
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...
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?
While Costel Pantilimon didn't necessarily underperform during his spell in between the sticks, it was little surprise to see Hart reinstated after the Romanian shipped three during City's win over Arsenal. Yet, with the focus on the goalkeeping situation at the Etihad, much of the shine was taken off who should be the starting left-back for the one-time Premier League champions
In the absence of Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck has been charged with leading the Manchester United attack. The England international has been forced to deal with his doubters in the past, but he's been a leading light for the Premier League champions of late.
If, over recent days, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid any attention to advice pouring in from many of footballs most celebrated pundits, he has certainly chosen to ignore it.
The Premier League is blessed with a variety of world class talent from across the globe who entertain and enthral an international audience. Here is a countdown of the top 10 players who have yet to play in the Premier League, but should consider a move to England.
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.
A team's 'number 10', also known as a playmaker, has become a more and more important figure for most sides in the modern game. They have the freedom to float around the pitch and express their creativity in assisting their teammates to score and often create goals from nothing. It raises the question, however, whether one could actually lead their side to any titles?
Even if Anelka's lawyers can prove that there was no anti-Semitism in the gesture, he is still open to receive some sort of punishment as Fifa's rules make clear that political statements should play no part in football...
Having been vilified by many Spurs fans in recent day for throwing my weight behind the appointment of Tim Sherwood, I deemed it necessary to write a few words explaining the rationale behind my support.