Features

Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy after beating Russia's Daniil Medvedev to win their men's singles final match...

Below is an updated list of the feature and opinion pieces – across all sports – that I’ve written in a monthly format, enjoy! Those written pre-March 2020 have been archived, to look for my older content, use the search bar on the right-hand side of your screen ——> 

NOTE – This will continue to change over time!

2021

April

Timely two-year contract extension just what Kevin de Bruyne deserves

March

After Sunday’s abrupt address, Sergio Aguero’s long City goodbye begins

Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble

Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

Jury is out: Does PJ Tucker have enough juice in the tank for a playoff run in Milwaukee?

All-Star break over, what now? NBA Q+A: Rookie watch, trade targets and surging Suns

Belal Muhammad up next this weekend, Leon Edwards targeting overdue title shot

Only £100m? No chance: David Moyes’ defiant Declan Rice stance speaks volumes

Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet

February

Novak Djokovic teaches Daniil Medvedev a lesson in handling pressure and expectation

Naomi Osaka reinforces her standing as world’s best against inspiring Jennifer Brady

Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has opportunity to justify unlikely title ambitions

January

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea appointment a silver lining for Callum Hudson-Odoi

UFC 257: Forget the pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment

Chris Eubank Jr’s latest promotional deal an opportunity to finally prove himself

LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either

2020’s Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis’ R6 stunning uppercut vs Leo Santa Cruz

2020

December

Thomas Tuchel made PSG believe, but his time was numbered from the start

Whyte eager for in-ring return, while Povetkin not ready yet as retirement looms large

November

Oklahoma City Thunder rightly building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Daniil Medvedev’s historic ATP Finals win sets up a very promising 2021

Worth the wait? Finally, Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce is just a week away now

Russell Westbrook’s trade request and tensions in Houston is no surprise

NBA free agency Q&A: Giannis’ future, potential movers and 2020-21 season

September and October

UFC 256: Usman-Burns to be rescheduled again, so what’s next?

Eberechi Eze’s persistence paid off as his Premier League journey is underway

UFC Vegas 10 Virtual Media Day: Michelle Waterson, Angela Hill discuss main event

July and August

Jacob Blake, NBA protests and an ongoing quest for social justice: What’s next? 

Fulham finished with a flourish, but Brentford’s bubble certainly burst

Five burning questions and storylines to watch as NBA season returns tonight

Who said what? Murray, Muguruza, Schwartzman and more on preparing to return

June

Talking points and compelling storylines to watch, as Italian football set to return

Emre Can shows why he deserves more respect, after display vs Hertha Berlin

Sergio Aguero at 32: Time & chances no longer a guarantee, with incomplete Euro dream

May

Would the deal work? 5 reasons for and against Philippe Coutinho joining Arsenal

Der Klassiker: Dortmund cannot afford to fall short in their season-defining game

History revisited: Who are the youngest goalscorers in Premier League history?

5 talking points to watch as Spanish PM confirms La Liga will return next month

Five subtle observations as Premier League clubs continue training return

Rewind: Ranking Cristiano Ronaldo’s top 5 teammates during his career

I don’t want to see it, but Vettel’s Ferrari departure should prompt him to retire

Carmelo Anthony: What does the future hold for the 10-time All-Star?

Justin Kluivert at 21: What’s next for the talented Roma winger?

April

History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after a thrilling finish

LaMelo Ball in DC? Learning from star guard duo could work

Why Bayer Leverkusen are right to stay firm with their stance on Kai Havertz

Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from the first bell


Timeless archives – analysis pieces, scout reports and more

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe of France celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia...

first quarter of 2020

Maria Sharapova’s retirement: Her lasting legacy, memories and controversy
Reiss Nelson: Balancing his potential with competition, expectations and Arteta’s faith
100 days on from his nightmare in Saudi Arabia: What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr?
Coronavirus intensifies across sport with events, matches cancelled or postponed
LA Clippers view Q&A: Kobe’s legacy, Zion watch, Embiid-Simmons future
Max Whitlock interview: Experiences, sporting heroes, dreams of Paris 2024 and more
Same old story with polarising Neymar as Haaland steals the show in Germany
3 possible replacements, should Dembele leave Barca

2019

VAR and a selection problem that needs resolving
Why Brighton’s £20m Neal Maupay move makes perfect sense
Who is Ismael Bennacer? Forgotten Arsenal talent, Algeria hero now set for Milan
Vincent Kompany: A colossus, model pro and future City boss
Emile Smith-Rowe: Life at Leipzig, Arsenal future and what awaits him
5 winners and losers following Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea move

2018

The Ousmane Dembele conundrum
5 Ligue 1 youngsters destined for big future transfers
Mason Mount’s England call-up is no surprise, if you’ve watched him
Why Jack Grealish’s failed Tottenham move is blessing in disguise
Hoffenheim a bold, valuable move for Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson
Profiling Brighton and Everton target Ezri Konsa
World Cup: 5 keys to success for France in Russia
James Maddison’s progression is proving too good to ignore
5 reasons why Neymar will never win the Ballon d’Or
Ryan Sessegnon helping fuel Fulham’s promotion push
Critics should let Paulo Dybala progress in peace
Adam Peaty – The swimming sensation, with more yet to come
England’s youth level success raises questions on senior development
Joe Gomez: The talented youngster Liverpool must build around

2017

How Victor Moses has gone from laughing stock to indispensable
Analysis: Achraf Hakimi – Real Madrid’s encouraging teenage fullback
Scout reports, continued:
Youri Tielemans, Francois Kamano, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Keita Balde
Improving Pulisic should continue to ignore interest abroad, for now
Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche

2016

Scout reports:
Vincent Koziello, Kylian Mbappe, Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho
Paul Pogba and the weight of lofted expectations

2015

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: The story so far
Nathaniel Clyne’s progression: From aspiring teen to Liverpool regular
Interview: Adam Ryan Dawson on his youth, career aspirations and more