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Johnny - a slice of optimism
Johnny - a slice of optimism Johnny Phillips

Johnny - a slice of optimism

Johnny Phillips visits an Arsenal pie shop and finds fans in hopeful mood after their Community Shield win.

'McCormack fee enormous' Johnny Phillips

'McCormack fee enormous'

As Fulham splash £11m on Ross McCormack, Johnny Phillips blogs on the best value-for-money strikers...

Tangerine bad dream Johnny Phillips

Tangerine bad dream

Johnny Phillips looks at the recent struggles at Blackpool as they near relegation to the third tier.

In the running Johnny Phillips

In the running

Johnny Phillips met Leon Osman at Aintree - and found the Everton ace ready for the final stretch.

Clinical finisher Johnny Phillips

Clinical finisher

Johnny Phillips meets a former Gretna ace turned doctor heading to a World Cup in Brazil this summer.

That's entertainment? Johnny Phillips

That's entertainment?

Johnny Phillips questions whether fervent mic men, mascots and fireworks add anything to football.

Great escapes Johnny Phillips

Great escapes

Fulham utility man Kieran Richardson tells Johnny Phillips that hope of a great escape springs eternal.

The golden Kyle Johnny Phillips

The golden Kyle

Soccer Saturday's Johnny Phillips meets Kyle Walker to discuss his love of Spurs and World Cup dreams.

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Tottenham's Erik Lamela ready for Premier League lift off

Tottenham's Erik Lamela ready for Premier League lift off

Everyone agreed that Tottenham had acquired some fine players in the summer of 2013, but the notorious line that Spurs sold Elvis to buy the Beatles soon became a source of embarrassment. Not least because that cast young Erik Lamela as John Lennon, the most celebrated of the lot.

Analysis: Everton's signing of Samuel Eto'o can be significant on and off the pitch for Roberto Martinez's side

Analysis: Everton's signing of Samuel Eto'o can be significant on and off the pitch for Roberto Martinez's side

Saturday’s opponents Chelsea might have expected Everton’s Romelu Lukaku to come back to haunt them, but Jose Mourinho surely thought he’d seen the back of Samuel Eto’o. Instead he’s back in the Premier League and eyeing another challenge in his remarkable career.

Mario Balotelli's track record on the pitch makes him a gamble worth taking for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

Mario Balotelli's track record on the pitch makes him a gamble worth taking for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

When it comes to the art of signing players, few did it better than Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. In the latter’s book With Clough by Taylor he explained some of the science behind it in detailing how Nottingham Forest actively sought to buy players they perceived to have personal problems.