Could Leicester emulate Manchester City?
Manchester City won the 1936-37 Football League and scoring a magnificent 107 goals and only conceding 61 along the way. What made the season sweeter for the Blues was that Manchester United finished second from bottom and were relegated.
The next season City themselves were relegated and swapped places in the top tier with United who scraped into second place on goal average (as it was done then) ahead of Sheffield United.
What made City’s plight even stranger was that they finished the season as the top flight’s leading goalscorers with 80 and they and 14th placed Everton were the only teams outside the top 7 with a positive goal difference. They actually only conceded 16 more goals than when they won the league the previous season.
City’s undoing was losing 20 of the 42 games instead of the previous season’s 7.
Back to Leicester and last season they only lost 3 games in total and at this stage they’d only lost 2.
This season they’ve lost 14 already and despite their fantastic performance against Liverpool last night, they still have still to play Arsenal, Everton, Spurs and City not to mention relegation haunted teams like Hull, Sunderland, Palace and Bournemouth from the 12 games left.
No wonder nobody wants the job.
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Jay Egersdorff, ESP
Stuart Burton, FuturaRec2Rec
Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection
Manager of the Week
Leicester fanatic Matt must be in 7th heaven this morning with his team comprehensively beating Liverpool and Matt himself winning this rather prestigious award. 94 points on a week when the average is just 45 is no mean feat and what helped Matt along were the 40 points he got from his captain, the irrepressible Harry Kane who looks like he’s bang on form yet again.
What a banging welcome to the newsletter Matt. Well done.
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Wow. 101 points is great in any week but this is superb. Obviously Spurs fan James had Harry in as his captain and teammates Eriksen and Alli helped as well. Alli in particular has to be thanked for not trying to break anyone’s leg this week. A mention must also be given to Van Aanholt who is already coming good for Palace with a goal at the weekend. That’s 4 already this season. Could he beat last season’s tally of 6?
Welcome to the newsletter James. Time to concentrate on that Top 4 now!
The Best of the Rest
Wow!!! Another Spurs fan and another 101 points. James actually scored a lot of his points from his superb 3-man defence of McAuley, Coleman and Walker in addition to Pedro chucking in another 12 points.
With just 3 clean sheets in 9 and his last assist being in gameweek 15, we think £6.5m for a defender of this quality is just far too high. And no, he doesn’t score goals either. He’s owned by an incredible 14% of managers but we think it’s time to…...
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
Any neutral and many United fans watching the EFL Cup Final on Sunday would feel sorry for Manolo. He was denied his hat trick by a terrible linesman’s decision and had the goal been allowed, Southampton could have quite possibly gone on to lift the trophy having played excellently all game. In the league, he’s scored 3 goals in just 2 games having been bought for £15m by Southampton from Napoli. It has to be said that he wasn’t exactly prolific in Serie A but that seems to have changed now. He’s available for £6.6m and has an ownership of less than 5%.
The question on everyone’s lips is “Is he related to Marco Gabbiadini?” The answer is no. Marco was English and spent most of his time in the lower divisions. His best trophy was when his hotel in York won the Guest House of the Year in the 1999 York Tourism Awards.
Team of the Week
We’re going to look at Arsenal fan, Uwais Ahmed this week. Uwais’s booked a very creditable 73 points this week to leave him with 1,662 points.
So, what’s his team?
His subs were
Grant, Sigurdsson, Stanislas, Mawson
Not bad eh?
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