Features, opinion pieces

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

NOTE – This will continue to update over time!


Swansea City 2-3 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points as Celina haunts former side

Arsenal 3-0 Stade Rennais: 5 Talking Points as Maitland-Niles excels

Manchester City 3-1 Watford: 5 Talking Points as Zinchenko continues to improve

AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points as Ake excels while Brooks is targeted

Best footballers in the world by assists this season – Sancho and Sane among those who feature

FC Schalke 04 2-3 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points as Bentaleb and McKennie standout despite late defeat

Lyon 0-0 FC Barcelona: 5 Talking Points as Aouar and Denayer impress

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: 5 Talking Points as relentless Rashford proves his worth

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


5 reasons why Marcus Rashford should leave Manchester United to develop

James Maddison’s progression is too good to ignore, here’s why


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 deadline day City move – What’s next?


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

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

Joe Gomez: The talented youngster Liverpool must build around


How Victor Moses has gone from laughing stock to indispensable

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


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?


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 a future Gunners breakthrough

Opinion: Why Arsenal did, and shouldn’t have signed Lucas Perez

Assessed: Granit Xhaka’s first season at Arsenal

Opinion: 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:

Opinion – 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 occasions 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


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?


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


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


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


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?


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

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

MAY 2016:

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


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


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


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


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

Patrick Bamford: What’s going wrong?


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

JUNE, 2015:

Nick Kyrgios – a fascinating, exciting enigma

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

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


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?


Magic Meyer – Schalke’s next gem


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