Explaining the Shot Stopper – Player Role Analysis

While formations may exclude the never-changing goalkeepers from their numbering, we could never fail to recognize the importance of goalkeeping in the game. As a result, we start with one of the most scrutinized positions on a football pitch - that of the keeper. We break goalkeepers down into two broad categories - 'Shot Stopper', and 'Sweeper Keeper'. We can then use these classifications to help distinguish between different types of players, and measure accordingly. Today's article is all about the 'Shot Stopper', defining role expectations and answering the soon to be common question of - 'What exactly is a shot stopper?'

David De Gea – Player Analysis

Manchester United have been abysmal in 2021-22. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. But despite their team woes, a few key individuals have continued to go about their business and perform to reasonably remarkable heights. No one more than David De Gea - who has had one of his greatest seasons in a Manchester United shirt, just one year after losing his place to Dean Henderson. David De Gea has been exceptional in 2021-22, regaining his illustrious reputation as one of the best keepers in the world, and pulling off saves like it's 2015 again. So with that, we bring you our David De Gea Player Analysis, and finally discuss both the strengths and limitations of one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history.

David Moyes – West Ham United – Tactical Analysis (2021-22)

Within the last two years at the London Stadium, Moyes has overseen the rise and development of Declan Rice into one of the best midfielders on the planet; not to mention an excellent recruitment scheme that has brought in the likes of Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and last season's loan signing of Jesse Lingard. Throughout that time, he's also inspired improvements in versatility, style of play and attacking output in the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, and Michail Antonio, within an intense style of football that works to combat even the toughest teams in the league. So ahead of a charge towards this season's UEFA Europa League final, we take a look at David Moyes' tactics this season. Here is our latest in all things West Ham and David Moyes.

West Ham United – 4-2-3-1 – Tactical Analysis (2020-21)

Recently, I did a second Aston Villa Tactical Analysis discussing how Dean Smith's side went from narrowly escaping relegation in 2019-20 to now being genuine contenders for the Europa League in time for next season. The same could be said of West Ham United. Although David Moyes' side escaped relegation by a greater margin, they've also been better than Villa by a narrow margin again this season, just in a much different place in the table for both. Like Aston Villa, West Ham United are also contenders for a place in next season's Europa League with their performances in the league in 2020-21. With Villa being one of their top challengers for a top six finish, doing the double over the Lions has also boasted well for the Hammers as they go into the final third of the season. Here is a tactical analysis of West Ham United since they shifted from a 5-4-1/3-4-3 formation to a 4-2-3-1.

David Moyes – 5-4-1 – West Ham United – Tactical Analysis

After disappointing losses to Newcastle and Arsenal, West Ham United have been on a surprising run of form. The Hammers scored seven goals in the span of two matches, without conceding against Wolves and Leicester, before clawing their way back from 3-0 down at Tottenham to draw level in the final minute. David Moyes has become almost something of an underrated manager these past few years after his failed spell at Manchester United and later, West Ham United. But the Scotsman quickly earned his job back after a year and a bit away and now has West Ham back in the top ten to start this 2020-21 Premier League season. Here is a Tactical Analysis of David Moyes' West Ham.

2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Swansea City

The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to a club slowly trying to build up their reputation again and steer clear of the relegation … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Swansea City

The 5 Best & Worst Goalkeepers in the Premier League 2016-17 by Saves Per Goal (Halfway Through)

This is just the halfway through the season version. Now that the 2016-17 season is over, make sure to check out the end of season list right here.  Goalkeeping has been a hot topic in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far with many goalkeepers either coming into scrutiny, the limelight or both. So with … Continue reading The 5 Best & Worst Goalkeepers in the Premier League 2016-17 by Saves Per Goal (Halfway Through)

English Premier League Team of the Month September 2016

Team of the Month is one of the most popular features on The Mastermind. We know you love it, so get psyched for another edition of it right now. This is the team of the month for September 2016 in the Barclays Premier League. Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski Team of the Week Appearances: 1 3 appearances, 10 saves, 7 cross … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month September 2016

Euro 2016: Round of 16 Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski  Lukasz Fabianski was brilliant against Switzerland and was the reason Poland were able to get to penalty kicks. The Polish goalkeeper made some crucial saves to keep Poland in the match. In fact, he made seven stunning saves to help Poland stay level at 1-1. For Fabianski and his saves though, it wasn't just … Continue reading Euro 2016: Round of 16 Team of the Week