Features

Below is a full list of the feature pieces that I’ve written across all platforms in a month-by-month format, enjoy!

NOTE – This will continue to update over time!

FEBRUARY 2020

3 possible replacements for Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona

NEW YEAR, DECADE – JANUARY 2020

3 Barcelona players who could benefit from Quique Setién’s appointment

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: 5 players who impressed for the Gunners

DECEMBER 2019:

2019 in review: A year packed with shocks, surprises and new champions

View from the LA Clippers: Assessing title chances, Christmas overview and more

Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham: Who will be Kings of London once the season ends?

Barcelona, Real or Atletico: Which side has the best chance of UCL success this season?

OKC unlikely to trade Chris Paul before February deadline, but is that so bad?

NOVEMBER 2019:

5 players who could benefit from Jose Mourinho’s arrival in north London

Thierry Henry named Montreal Impact manager: A necessary means to progress

NBA’s injury bug: DeAaron Fox, Khris Middleton and Gordon Hayward among those out

Dele Alli and football’s fickleness personified

3 players who have disappointed for Tottenham so far this season

OCTOBER 2019:

Jaylen Brown: Assessing his Celtics contract situation, what lies ahead

Lonzo and Zion among an exciting core for new-look Pelicans

Three reasons why Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1

3 reasons why Bayern Munich lost 2-1 against Hoffenheim

Swansea away next, Nathan Jones’ uncertain future continues

SEPTEMBER 2019:

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: 3 reasons why England beat Kosovo 5-3

3 reasons why Arsenal drew 2-2 with Tottenham

AUGUST 2019:

Three reasons why Bayern Munich beat Mainz 6-1

How the La Liga table can change this weekend

Premier League 2019/20: 3 reasons why Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1

VAR and a selective problem that needs resolving

Why Brighton’s £20m Neal Maupay move makes perfect sense

Draymond Green’s $100m max contract a long time coming

JULY 2019:

Charles Martin emerges as frontrunner for Tyson Fury’s next fight – questions asked

Why Watford’s pursuit of Ismaila Sarr makes sense

Top 10 football clubs with highest wage bills

Who is Ismael Bennacer? Forgotten Arsenal talent, Algeria hero set for AC Milan move

Ravel Morrison: A welcome Premier League return awaits with Sheffield United

Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic retains title in five-set classic win over Roger Federer

5 Chelsea youngsters that can breakthrough under Lampard

After her Wimbledon success, what’s next for 15-year-old Cori Gauff?

AFCON 2019 – Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon: Alex Iwobi steps up when needed most

Tanguy Ndombele: Why Tottenham’s new signing is a signal of their intent

JUNE 2019:

Vincent Kompany: A colossus, model pro and future City boss

Why Manchester United’s Wan-Bissaka pursuit makes perfect sense

3 reasons PSG should sell Neymar this summer

3 reasons why Frank Lampard should not be Chelsea’s next manager

3 players Barcelona should sign this summer

5 players Liverpool should sell this summer

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s extension a reward for steely determination

Jadon Sancho: England emergence, what’s next after Bundesliga frustration?

3 reasons why PSG must go all out and sign Matthijs de Ligt

Women’s World Cup 2019: France Squad, Preview and Predictions

MAY 2019:

3 reasons Raphael Varane is right to stay at Real Madrid

3 reasons Barcelona should not sign Antoine Griezmann

Arsenal 3-1 Valencia: Five things we learned

APRIL 2019:

Emile Smith-Rowe: Life at Leipzig, Arsenal future and what awaits the talented teen

All things considered, should Pochettino take the AC Milan job?

Malcom’s display at El Madrigal presents selection headache for Ernesto Valverde

MARCH 2019:

How Angel di Maria went from Manchester United flop to key PSG man

3 France players who deserved national team call-ups

FEBRUARY 2019:

Best footballers in the world by assists this season

Nick Pope’s Burnley future: What’s next?

3 reasons why Alvaro Morata can resurrect his career at Atletico Madrid

After a great 2018, why Dillian Whyte must choose his next fight wisely

City 3-1 Arsenal – Analysis: Fernandinho impresses in new role, Emery’s bench issues

NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2019:

5 winners and losers following Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea move

Why Bayern’s pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi makes sense

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Five things we learned

DECEMBER 2018:

3 reasons why Liverpool will not win the Premier League this season

Walsall grab surprise win at pivotal time with tough fixtures to come

3 reasons why Chelsea should not sign Christian Pulisic

NOVEMBER 2018:

The Ousmane Dembele conundrum

Agnieszka Radwanska retires from tennis: Analysis

Will Hoffenheim prove why they’re becoming one of Germany’s top sides?

Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to remain at Chelsea: Another positive sign?

Barca display proves hype over Mauro Icardi is too early

OCTOBER 2018:

5 Ligue 1 youngsters destined for big future transfers

Gylfi Sigurdsson leading Everton by example

UEFA Nations League: 3 reasons why France beat Germany

Scout report: Who is Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele?

Why Mason Mount’s England call-up is no surprise

SEPTEMBER 2018:

West Ham 3-1 Man United: 5 Hits and Flops – Anderson shines, Mourinho’s men exposed

Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal takeover complete: What now?

Sevilla and Quincy Promes: A partnership destined to blossom?

Premier League 2018/19: 3 reasons why Liverpool beat Tottenham

Why Jack Grealish’s failed Tottenham move is a blessing in disguise

3 Manchester United players who can be Juan Mata’s long-term replacement

DBU’s embarrassing dispute ends: Wales to face full-strength Denmark

Hoffenheim a bold but valuable move for Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson

AUGUST 2018:

Another English prospect abroad: Juventus sign Arsenal’s Stephy Mavididi, but why?

5 transfer targets Arsenal failed to sign this summer

Who is PSG’s €37m signing Thilo Kehrer?

Bakayoko loaned to Milan, what happened to Chelsea’s £40m signing?

Was Mesut Özil right to extend his Arsenal stay?

Speculation aside: Why PSG must avoid signing Marcos Rojo

Koulibaly signs new five-year deal at Napoli, but will this last?

Where next for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham?

5 Premier League players who need to leave their teams before the window closes

JULY 2018:

Why now is decision time for PSG’s Adrien Rabiot

Aleksandar Mitrovic at Fulham: Will it be third time lucky?

5 low points in Jose Mourinho’s managerial career

5 players PSG should look to sell this summer

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele must consider his next career move carefully

Why is Karim Benzema still at Real Madrid?

Does a Premier League return beckon for Steven N’Zonzi?

World Cup 2018: 3 players who let Brazil down

What next for Middlesbrough’s sought-after Adama Traore?

England are through Group G, but can Three Lions roar in the knockout rounds?

JUNE 2018:

World Cup 2018: 5 best players from the group stage

World Cup 2018: 5 best and worst players as Mexico beat South Korea

Who is West Ham’s new record signing Issa Diop?

Injuries, frustration yet still promise: What’s next for Mario Gotze?

Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: Player ratings as Modric and co cruise to opening victory

Who is Brighton and Everton target Ezri Konza?

5 Bundesliga players that would improve Barcelona

FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 keys to success for France

Liverpool lurking: Nabil Fekir, his evolution at Lyon and France

MAY 2018:

5 Most improved players from Europe’s top leagues in 2017/18

Yaya Touré: What does the future hold for City’s legendary midfielder?

West Ham 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings

Why Real Madrid and Mateo Kovacic face big decisions

APRIL 2018:

What’s happening with Watford’s club-record signing Andre Gray?

Why Jonjo Shelvey deserves England selection for Russia 2018

Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Bilbao: Player Ratings

PSG 7-1 Monaco: 5 standout performers as Parisiens secure title with style

Champions League Quarter-Final: Manchester City (1) 1-2 (5) Liverpool – Player Ratings

Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid: Analysis as hosts wilt when it matters most

Why is West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic such a divisive player?

MARCH 2018:

Everton 1-3 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points

5 reasons why Marcus Rashford should leave Manchester United to develop

James Maddison’s progression is too good to ignore

Three keys to success for Mark Hughes at Southampton

5 reasons why Neymar will never win the Ballon d’Or

FEBRUARY 2018:

Ryan Sessegnon helping fuel Fulham’s promotion push

Carabao Cup Final: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City – Player ratings

5 best goalkeeping prospects in the Premier League right now

Critics should let Paulo Dybala progress in peace

Watford 4-1 Chelsea: Five talking points

Mahrez misses training again, on strike after failed D-Day City move – What’s next?

NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2018:

Feature: Adam Peaty – The swimming sensation, with more yet to come

Abdoulaye Doucoure continues to emerge in Watford’s time of need

England’s youth level success raises questions regarding senior development

Why are Europe’s top five leagues bar Serie A so uncompetitive this season?

Chelsea move complete, it’s time for Ross Barkley to flourish

Coutinho completes £142m Barcelona switch – So what’s next? Did Barça overpay?

Joe Gomez: The talented youngster Liverpool must build around

DECEMBER 2017:

How Victor Moses has gone from laughing stock to indispensable

Chelsea ‘tempt’ Courtois with new contract offer: rightly so

OCTOBER 2017:

Premier League 2017/18: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham – Player Ratings

u17 World Cup 2017 Tactical Player Report: Brazil 2-1 Germany

Analysis: Achraf Hakimi – Real Madrid’s encouraging teenage fullback

Champions League 2017/18: Anderlecht 0-4 PSG – Player Ratings

Premier League 2017/18: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United – Player Ratings

Analysis: Why is Pep reluctant to use Danilo?

Opinion: Christian Pulisic improving but should continue to ignore European interest

Marco Asensio’s new Real Madrid deal causes justifiable unrest

Reece Oxford’s failed spell at Gladbach a cautionary tale

David Luiz: Not good enough or another media over-reaction?

SEPTEMBER 2017:

Opinion: Watford will miss Chalobah, but it’s an opportunity for Will Hughes to shine

Analysis: Will Serena continue to dominate upon her return?

Presnel Kimpembe: Here’s why the PSG talent has a big career decision to make

Juventus 4-0 Torino: Three talking points

Scout report: François Kamano | Bordeaux’s gifted attacker

Birmingham City: Where do they go from here, following Redknapp sacking?

Is Leicester City’s Demarai Gray actually worth the hype?

Atalanta 3-0 Everton: Three talking points

Nigeria’s pursuit of Tammy Abraham is futile: Here’s why

Analysed: Carlo Ancelotti’s eventful spell as a player

Analysis: What can Dortmund fans expect from wonderkid Jadon Sancho?

Who would win in a five-a-side match: Dele Alli or Arjen Robben?

AUGUST 2017:

The FA’s silence on Eniola Aluko’s situation speaks to bigger problem

In defence of Jack Wilshere: Here’s why

PSG 6-2 Toulouse: Three key talking points

Is Conor McGregor in danger of turning into the next Ronda Rousey?

Why a Juventus move for Blaise Matuidi is a potential masterstroke

Eredivisie’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

Scout Report: Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Arsenal’s versatile prospect

Tammy Abraham eager to prove his worth – all over again with Swansea

JULY 2017:

Remembering Benito Carbone’s moment of magic

Five Premier League youngsters who need a loan spell this summer

Scout report: Keita Balde | Lazio’s talented forward

What’s next for Ismael Bennacer, following his successful loan spell in France?

JUNE 2017:

Scout report: Kelechi Nwakali – The Nigerian teen hoping for Gunners breakthrough

Why Arsenal did, but shouldn’t have signed Lucas Perez

Assessed: Granit Xhaka’s first season at Arsenal

Does Jon Toral have a future at Arsenal?

What’s next for Stephy Mavididi?

Profile: Tafari Moore

What’s next for Jeff Reine-Adelaide? A loan spell or senior minutes?

Progress report: Krystian Bielik

What next for Chuba Akpom?

Arsenal: 10 youth players to keep an eye on next term

Profile: Arsenal’s Youth Player of the Season – Reiss Nelson

Arsenal’s 5 worst moments of the Premier League season

MAY 2017:

Xhaka, Mustafi, Holding and Lucas: Arsenal’s 16/17 transfers rated

The Ox ready to join Liverpool? Why this ongoing story isn’t true

Best goal, player and loanee: Arsenal Youth Awards 2016/17

Edward Nketiah: Season review

Player focus: Alexis gradually finds his groove v Saints

Player focus: Mustafi returns revitalised against Southampton

Arsenal player focus: Xhaka impresses with midfield display against Manchester United

Player focus: Özil quietly effective, temporarily silencing critics

APRIL 2017:

Player focus: Walcott’s decision-making frustrates despite promising vs Leicester

Scout report: Alexandre Lacazette – Prolific forward linked with PL move

Scout report: Youri Tielemans – highly-coveted young Belgian midfielder

Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche

Player focus: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain excels in unfamiliar role vs Middlesbrough

Scout report: Andre Silva – Porto’s highly-coveted forward

Scout report: Saúl Ñíguez – Atletico’s tenacious ball-winner

Scout report: Radja Nainggolan – Energetic midfielder linked with various clubs

Scout report: Nice’s highly-rated fullback Ricardo Pereira

Scout report: Paulo Dybala & his progression at Juve

£85m bid submitted: Why do Arsenal want Mbappé so much? – Scout report

Analysis and scout report: Why do Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool want Roma’s Kostas Manolas so badly?

MARCH 2017:

Is Alexis really part of the problem at Arsenal as stats suggest?

Progress report: Jack Wilshere at Bournemouth

FEBRUARY 2017:

Analysis: How did Arsenal’s backline perform against Hull?

Player focus: Iwobi’s disappointing decision-making prominent during nervy Hull win

Feature – Welbeck’s patient return to first-team action

Analysis: Who is the 18-year-old forward Wenger admits he’s tracking?

2017, NEW YEAR

100 Best Young Players to Watch in 2017: Josip Posavec (Palermo), Davide Calabria and Manuel Locatelli (AC Milan), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter) and Christian Pulisic (Dortmund)

Analysis: Arsenal’s interest in Griezmann and other offers available

Who is the Chilean prodigy Arsenal have taken on trial 3 times?

Zelalem’s loan move to VVV-Venlo raises plenty of questions

Five youth players who could leave Arsenal on loan this month

What sort of ban will Wenger get following FA misconduct charge?

Player focus: Chambers battles well but Boro lose once more

Loan watch: Wilshere shines again with MotM display for Bournemouth

£25-30m? How much is Olivier Giroud worth?

200 up – How Koscielny grew into one of the world’s best for Arsenal

Analysed: Why is Lucas Perez not starting for Arsenal?

Discussed: Arsenal’s right-back options going forward

Profile: Ismael Bennacer

Freddie Ljungberg feature: Double glory, heartbreak in Paris and retired life

Willie Young feature: I wasn’t ex-Spurs anymore, I was an Arsenal man

Rob Holding feature: Settling in, channelling aggression and winning mentality

Youth profile: Jordi Osei-Tutu

Youth profile: Daniel Ballard

Andrea Belotti: Who is he and why would Arsenal want him?

Profile: Cohen Bramall – all you need to know

Progress report: Krystian Bielik

Loan watch: Wilshere sparkles as Bournemouth bully Swansea

Player focus: Chambers impresses despite Middlesbrough’s late collapse at United

DECEMBER 2016:

Top 3 young Arsenal players of 2016

Ademola Lookman: Arsenal’s loss, Everton’s gain

Player focus: Gibbs performs well once more when called upon

Wilshere continues to impress for Bournemouth, this time vs Southampton

The Ox shines in hard-fought win over Stoke: In focus

Loan watch: Analysing Jack Wilshere’s performance against Liverpool

How do Arsenal resolve Jenkinson’s confidence issue?

Player focus: Alexis Sanchez superb and influential as usual against West Ham

NOVEMBER 2016:

Youth profile: Josh Benson

Youth profile: Tobi Omole

Who is Boubacar Kamara and why is he linked with Arsenal?

Progress update: Gedion Zelalem

Scout Report: Vincent Koziello | Nice’s talented midfielder

Player focus: Wilshere fantastic during Bournemouth’s away trip to Stoke

Player focus: Alexis under par vs Man Utd after injury and globetrotting

Why Chelsea’s days of stockpiling players are coming to an end

Theo Walcott feature: A changed man?

Ben Sheaf feature: Iwobi inspiration, youth progress and first-team aspirations

OCTOBER 2016:

Player focus: Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes step towards senior squad v Reading

Arsenal should be interested in wantaway midfielder Draxler – here’s why

Why are Arsenal’s loan players struggling?

SEPTEMBER 2016:

Five things we learned from Arsenal’s smashing win over Chelsea

Player focus: Alexis Sanchez puts in silky performance against Conte’s Blues

Five things Arsenal need if they are to catch leaders Manchester City

Arsenal scout Joel Asoro, so who is he and why would Arsenal want him?

Is Alexis Sanchez really as good as Messi and Ronaldo?

AUGUST 2016:

Scout Report: Kylian Mbappé | Monaco’s prized asset

Everything you need to know about Shkodran Mustafi

Player focus: Mesut Özil returns with silky style against Watford

Tactics: Avoiding formation predictability

Player focus: Laurent Koscielny fantastic on return v Leicester

Player focus: Rob Holding shows potential despite Liverpool defeat

Hipster Guide 2016-17: Everton’s tactics, key players, and emerging talents

Opinion: Pep’s right – why the Premier League’s packed schedule is damaging

JULY 2016:

Under the radar: Rob Holding and his encouraging debut display

Paul Pogba and the weight of expectations

Analysis: How were the Arsenal youngsters during their 1-1 draw with Lens?

Opinion: Germany can keep their heads held high despite Euro semi-final frustration

Why Arsenal should let Iwobi go to the Olympics

MAY AND JUNE 2016:

Opinion: Hungary vs Portugal on Wednesday is more than meets the eye

England 2-1 Wales: Player ratings as Sturridge nets late, dramatic winner

Player focus: Granit Xhaka – Tenacious, influential and convincing

Gedion Zelalem: What’s next?

Player focus: Olivier Giroud shows fabled Arsenal ‘mental strength’

Analysis: Attacking alternatives to Jamie Vardy

Scout Report: Christian Pulisic | Dortmund’s emerging gem 

APRIL 2016:

Player focus: Gabriel continues to gradually grow

MARCH 2016:

Player focus: Iwobi shines on first Premier League start

Aston Villa u21s 1-0 Arsenal u21s: Three things we learned

Player focus: Gibbs defensively industrious despite Watford defeat

FEBRUARY 2016:

Player ratings: Coquelin dismissal pivotal as Gunners drop more points

Player focus: Elneny excellent in otherwise frustrating draw

Oxlade-Chamberlain: An encouraging and productive showing

What does the future hold for Arsenal’s goalkeepers?

Opinion: Afobe might hurt Arsenal, but they were right to sell him

NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2016:

What’s next for Serge Gnabry?

Scout report – Jadon Sancho: City and England’s next rising star

Player focus: Iwobi proves he’s more ready than we thought

Analysis: Chambers’ perfect chance to assert first-team credentials

DECEMBER 2015:

Southampton’s 2015: An unpredictable twelve months for the Saints

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: The story so far 

Three of Arsenal’s most talented schoolboys

NOVEMBER 2015:

Why the Norwich result feels like a bitter defeat

Analysis: The ever-changing right-back predicament at Arsenal

Patrick Bamford: What’s going wrong?

Petr Cech’s importance to Arsenal is understated

Player focus: Hector Bellerín – solid, efficient display

OCTOBER 2015:

Aston Villa: What do they need from their next five fixtures?

Why this is Walcott’s perfect opportunity to shine – for club and country

Nathaniel Clyne’s progression: From an aspiring teen to Liverpool regular

AUGUST 2015:

Interview: Adam Ryan Dawson on his youth, career aspirations and much more

JULY 2015:

Five things we learned from the Emirates Cup

Analysis: The rapid, unexpected emergence of Francis Coquelin

Serena: A resilient, elegant champion

JUNE, 2015:

Nick Kyrgios – a fascinating, exciting enigma

Could Jordon Ibe be a regular starter for Liverpool next term?

MAY 2015:

Ancelotti’s sacking highlights cut-throat nature of football

APRIL 2015:

Arsenal 2-1 Reading: Five thoughts

MARCH 2015:

Arsenal’s ever-changing right-back predicament

The 17-year-old Chelsea talent with the world at his feet

Brandon Barker – Manchester City’s rising talent

FEBRUARY 2015:

Rising star – The young, talented midfield dynamo at Spurs

JANUARY 2015:

Chelsea’s talented youth system – and the problems attached to it

Should Emre Can be used in midfield or a defensive three?

DECEMBER 2014:

Magic Meyer – Schalke’s next gem

NOVEMBER 2014:

Lack of upgrades cost Vettel a solid title charge

The 20-year-old Barca wonderkid who has coaches purring

JULY 2014:

Opinion: Chelsea will regret selling Lukaku