All posts tagged with: Gaston Ramirez

Championship Season Preview: 2017-18

Though Newcastle United won the Championship title last season, one might say that Brighton and Huddersfield won the hearts of the neutrals. The duo ended 34 and 45 year top flight exiles respectively, the former with three games to spare, the latter via a Wembley shoot-out. Who will make history this year? Here’s our predictions.… Read more →

Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester: Five Talking Points

Here are The Football Lab’s Five Talking Points from Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Leicester. Traore and Friend impress Adama Traore caused a lot of problems for Christian Fuchs. The right winger’s raw pace was complimented by the intelligent movement of Antonio Barragan, who went off with a hamstring injury after half an hour. Fabio assumed Barragan’s berth… Read more →

Ramirez haunts old employers

During Gaston Ramirez’s loan spell at Hull City, he rarely impressed with question marks over his application. A bad 14/15 season for both parties was summed up by injuries for Ramirez and relegation for Hull City. However, the enigmatic playmaker looked a reborn player on Monday night. He haunted his old employers, scoring the second half winner… Read more →

Boro v Watford: Amrabat to shine?

Middlesbrough have looked to be narrow and compact this season, but in the last month, this approach has left them vulnerable in wide areas. In the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, all 10 outfield players were generally grouped in the middle third of the pitch, close to the centre-circle (WhoScored). Zaha and Townsend took advantage of that… Read more →

Southampton Season Preview: Koeman departs

Southampton’s seasons always finish better than their summers do. The club has progressed in every season since finishing 7th in League One in 2009/10 and a continuation of that trend will see the Saints assemble a serious bid for Champions League football. However, pundits praise for them often consists of apparent generosity, rather than a proper acknowledgement… Read more →