Tim Simon

Freelance football writer and student from Manchester, England. Long time Premier League fan and expert who loves nothing more than a technically gifted left-footed playmaker. You can follow me on Twitter @TimSimon90
Paul Pogba – The One That Got Away At Manchester United
Paul Pogba – The One That Got Away At Manchester United

It isn’t often that Sir Alex Ferguson makes a mistake but letting Paul Pogba go last summer looks to be a massive one. With United struggling for a regular and consistent partner for Michael Carrick in the centre of their midfield, people across Europe are wondering just why did they […]

AFC Ajax – The Youth System Every Club Should Aspire to Have
AFC Ajax – The Youth System Every Club Should Aspire to Have

“You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless.” – Johan Cruyff Ajax’s fine youth academy is called ‘Die Toekomst’ or ‘The Future’. Founded in 1900, the club plays the so-called ‘Total Football’ approach in a 4-3-3 system invented by the great Dutch manager […]

The Story of Spain’s Forgotten Academy – Real Madrid
The Story of Spain’s Forgotten Academy – Real Madrid

Everyone in the world has heard about ‘La Masia,’ Barcelona’s youth academy which year after year produces exceptional talent and has housed superstars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta (just to name three). Almost every game they have many youth products in their starting eleven and the publicity […]

The Importance of Michael Carrick to Manchester United
The Importance of Michael Carrick to Manchester United

Michael Carrick has excelled in the centre of Manchester United’s midfield this season, becoming a key figure in their title charge. He has been praised heavily across the country in recent weeks but that is definitely not how it has always been. He was somewhat of a ridiculed character in […]

Can Wigan Athletic Avoid Relegation For Yet Another Season?
Can Wigan Athletic Avoid Relegation For Yet Another Season?

Since their promotion in 2005, Wigan Athletic have survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth on a regular basis. From the days of Paul Jewell, through the era of Steve Bruce to the current day manager Roberto Martinez they always find a way to move away […]

Top 10 Favorite Soccer Video Games of All Time
Top 10 Favorite Soccer Video Games of All Time

Soccer video games are a big part of a lot of people’s lives nowadays and they definitely have been a big part of mine. I have been playing football video games since I was eight years old, so I thought I’d share with you my top 10 favorites of all […]

Top 10 Favorite Soccer Shirts of the Premier League Era
Top 10 Favorite Soccer Shirts of the Premier League Era

In the two decades of the Premier League, there have been some cracking attempts at football kit designs. And also some shocking attempts. It’s all a matter of opinion as to what kits you prefer and what kits you despise. Here are my top 10 favouite soccer shirts from the […]

Rio Ferdinand’s Recall Shows England Retirement is Not The Answer
Rio Ferdinand’s Recall Shows England Retirement is Not The Answer

When Rio Ferdinand wasn’t called up to Euro 2012 at the expense of John Terry, who at the time was on trial for the racist abuse of Rio’s brother Anton, it seemed his England career was over. Ten months on, he has been recalled to the squad after an extremely […]

Top 10 Goalkeepers in Premier League History
Top 10 Goalkeepers in Premier League History

The goalkeepers of the Premier League often get overlooked as people prefer to see goals scored rather than saved, but there have been some truly incredible goalkeepers who have graced our shores. H ere are my top 10 goalkeepers that the Premier League has seen: 10. Nigel Martyn If Martyn […]

5 Footballers I Would Have Loved Manchester United to Have Signed
5 Footballers I Would Have Loved Manchester United to Have Signed

In the Premier League era, Manchester United like every other club have been linked with a lot of players in the build-up to and during transfer windows. Most of the time it is hard to establish which rumors are genuine and which ones are just made up by an over-elaborate […]

Jack Wilshere Deserves Better Than Arsenal But His Heart Belongs to Them
Jack Wilshere Deserves Better Than Arsenal But His Heart Belongs to Them

In his post-match press conference (see below) following the Bayern Munich defeat, Jack Wilshere’s face said it all. Heartbroken at the fact he had given everything and his beloved Arsenal still couldn’t live with the Bavarians, all his answers were sensible and routine. He has obviously been very well trained […]