Ben Banks

I am a 23 year old IT Support Engineer from the West Midlands, UK. I have a huge passion for football; following most of the action across the major European leagues and beyond. I follow Everton FC (don't ask why) and my local football team. My main hobbies are writing, running, taking my dogs out for a walk, running and playing computer games. Most of the articles I write will be based on the major football events. However, I have an interest in other sports such as Formula 1, Snooker, Tennis and Golf. My aim is to write an article for the site at least once a week; depending on the news that's circulating sport.

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The Everton Project – An Ancelotti Special

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Financial uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic, has left Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti with a challenging task of rebuilding a mediocre Everton side. However, he has made significant additions to the depleted midfield positions. Four days before Christmas, Everton welcomed Arsenal to Goodison Park. The game ended in a bleak 0-0 draw. Both Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta watched their respective new teams from the stands. It was apparent that the pair had a massive task ahead of them. Everton were …

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The Failures of Guardiola and Man City

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Manchester City have always failed when it comes to the big European stage that is the Champions League. Nonetheless, few of the exits will have hurt as much as last night’s 3-1 defeat to Lyon last night. This was somewhat, their best chance to claim the most coveted prize in football. Pep Guardiola’s men played with panache and confidence to dismantle Real Madrid in the previous round; setting up a quarter-final tie with Lyon in a new one-leg format in …

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Transfer Rumours: Everton

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Tonight, I take a look at my club Everton. You could say that Everton’s transfer business in the past 2-3 seasons have been some what disappointing. Having spent over £300m since Farhad Moshiri took majority ownership of the club, you’d think we’d spend that money more wisely. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. You could argue that a small fraction of those signings have proved useful. The likes of Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Andre Gomes have shone throughout their tenure …

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Sancho United Bound?

Jadon Sancho

It is widely reported that Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Jadon Sancho on a five year contract. Discussions are well into the advanced stages with Borussia Dortmund (his parent club), regarding the structure of the transfer fee. Dortmund aren’t willing to sell hot-shot Sancho, for no less than his 120 million Euros (£108m) price tag. However, they are open to accepting less money up front for the England international. The Bundesliga giants would prefer an initial £90m payment …

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Baines Hangs Up the Boots

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Everton veteran left-back Leighton Baines, has retired at the age of 35. His 420th and final appearance came in the 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth on the final day of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Baines came on as a sub in the 70th minute, replacing first choice left-back Lucas Digne. Baines wrote a farewell letter to Everton fans via the club website: “I am incredibly proud to have represented Everton for the past 13 years and my decision to retire …

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STRIKE THREE! Watford Sack Nigel Pearson

Nigel Pearson

With just two games of the season remaining, Watford have parted company with boss Nigel Pearson. Watford currently lie 17th in the table, with games against Man City and Arsenal coming up this week. Pearson’s number 2 Craig Shakespeare has also been relieved of his duties. Under 23s coach Hayden Mullins and goalkeeping coach Graham Stack have been placed in temporary charge of the first team. The former Leicester City boss, took over Watford in December, with the club seven …

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Anthony Gordon: A future Everton & England star?

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Since the Premier League’s return, we have seen Everton introduce another promising talent in attacker Anthony Gordon. The 19 year old is showing signs of maturity, more than most players have shown in a similar age range. Not many would have expected Gordon, a player lacking senior game time, to feature in Everton’s youngest ever side to play in this year’s Merseyside derby. However, the player himself was not so surprised. The player told Sky Sports: “I wasn’t surprised that …

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A Merseyside Review: Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton V Liverpool

It was a fairly bland affair between the two sides, as the Merseyside derby ended goalless last night. This draw means that title chasers Liverpool will have to wait a little while longer to claim their first title in 30 years. Prior to the game, Liverpool required six more points to win the Premier League. Unfortunately, without Mohammed Salah or Andrew Robertson in the team, you could say the Reds lacked ruthlessness going forward; accumulating only three shots on target. …

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Sane to leave Man City

Leroy Sane

German international Leroy Sane has one year left of his contract at the Etihad. It is well known that Bayern Munich are interested in acquiring the 24 year-old’s services. Earlier today, Man City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Leroy Sane will not be extending his stay with the club. The City boss also stated that German giants Bayern Munich, have made offers to the winger. However, Sane has no intentions of signing a new deal with City. It is highly …

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PL Restart: An Everton Look

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With the Premier League getting off to a start yesterday, I take a look into my team Everton; assessing the shape of the team and their outlook for the season’s rundown. Everton kick-off their Premier League return with a Merseyside derby clash against Liverpool. With the game being played behind closed-doors, can Everton finally break their duck and defeat their arch-nemesis? Everton must find consistency Over 100 days ago was the last time a competitive fixture in the Premier League …

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