Top Four Former Players for Both Sunderland & Hull City

Now, I did aim for five former players because it’s a much nicer number. However, there isn’t exactly a wealth of quality to choose from. There is no way I’m advocating ‘the Curse of Kilbane’ or Michael Bridges being part of a ‘best of list’. So, here are our top four players who have represented both Sunderland and Hull City…if I’ve missed anyone who was actually good – please say so! [More]

Guest Post: How Jordan Henderson has Transformed at Liverpool

Put this pressure on yourself, you’re transferred for huge money by a Kop legend in Kenny Dalglish, and you’re playing for one of the most iconic clubs in league history. All of that by 21, big things for Jordan Henderson, and he gets to train at Melwood. Not a bad way to further your career. Most of the problem with Jordan at the beginning of his career with the Reds was he was so young, and came in with that huge transfer fee. He wasn’t playing with a number on his back, he was playing with a target on his back. Henderson was offered to Fulham at the end of the Transfer window two years ago, that would have brought in Clint Dempsey. So he had to improve. [More]

Vito Mannone Vs Simon Mignolet

Vito Mannone has by far and away been the brightest star in our gritty squad, sending us to Wembley amongst other heroics and I’d be surprised if anyone would contradict that belief. It isn’t the first time Sunderland have relied heavily on the man between the sticks and last season our Premier League survival was almost exclusively secured by now Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet. I was gutted when we lost our Belgian keeper, he was so pivotal to our season, as is Mannone to this season – so who is the better goal keeper? [More]

How Our Relegation Rivals Look as the Window Slams Shut

Clubs in the bottom half had a busy January as they attempted to sign the players capable of keeping them out of the bottom three in May, and before we hammered Newcastle yet again (had to get that in there) there was the small matter of deadline day to deal with. So which clubs were able to bring in the players they needed, and which clubs face a long second half of the season? [More]