The Squawka Talker

The Squawka Talker

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Welcome to The Squawka Talker podcast, where we attempt to answer the big questions in football each week. What are the stats behind the stories and stars dominating the game?


"Henderson is a bigger miss than Mane - Pogba will dominate if he's out"  

Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by James McManus, Oli Young-Myles and football writer Greg Lea to discuss Manchester United vs. Liverpool, both side's mid-week EFL Cup matches against Hull City and Southampton, the rest of the weekend's Premier League fixtures and all the action around Europe, plus the African Cup of Nations.

One-On-One with Musa Okwonga: "Barcelona's passing was like music being written"  

Rory Briggs is joined by poet and author Musa Okwonga to discuss his passion for the game and get a few readings from his powerful back catalogue.

"Man United are effectively the second best team in England at the moment"  

After #TubeStrike affects the Monday pod, Nic English picks up the pieces to preview the EFL Cup Semi-Finals and review the FIFA awards with Greg Johnson, George Elek and Felix Keith.

"Xhaka can be what Arteta was but he's never going to be a Cazorla or a Wilshere"  

Host Greg Johnson is joined by Squawka's Muhammad Butt, Tom Marhsall-Bailey of and freelance writer Carl Anka to preview the FA Cup third round and the latest action in the English Premier League.

Football IQ with Dan Bond: "A huge part of the job is finding diamonds in the rough"  

Oxford United's First Team Performance Analyst Dan Bond joins George Elek to talk about the state of lower league analytics, recruitment and how manager's use their analysts to best effect.

"It's Pick on Pep season - I don't get why..."  

It's a brand new year and Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, George Elek and Natasha Henry to assess the recent fixtures and the big upcoming games between Spurs and Chelsea and Palace and Swansea

Man City Transfer Window Preview - "They have to strengthen at the back - all four of their full-backs are garbage"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart and Muhammad Butt to get some understanding of what Pep Guardiola might be thinking in his second transfer window as Man City manager.

Spurs Transfer Window Preview: "Pochettino's priority is to sign a pacy, direct winger"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Chief Reporter Greg Stobart and Oli Young-Myles to discuss where Spurs need to strengthen in January and whether or not they're going to be active.

Chelsea Transfer Window Preview - "It's not that hard for Chelsea to sign a top-class centre-back"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Liam Twomey and Greg Stobart to discuss what Antonio Conte might be thinking in the transfer market as Chelsea enter 2017 top of the Premier League.

Arsenal Transfer Window Preview - "Ozil and Sanchez's contract situation could define their next four or five years"  

Nic English is joined by Chief Reporter Greg Stobart to discuss Arsene Wenger's plans for the transfer window along with Hush Kerai.

Liverpool Transfer Window Preview - "Jurgen Klopp knows what he wants"  

Greg Stobart offers his insight into the transfer mindset of Liverpool Football club to Nic English who is joined by James McManus to analyse any potential deals.

One-On-One with Nicole Holliday: "We should all be a bit more like Santi Cazorla"  

Rory is joined this week for a chat with Arsenal and Sky presenter Nicole Holliday to talk about women in sport, her love for the game and just how nice is Santiago Cazorla?

Man United Transfer Window Preview - "Mourinho still thinks he needs three or four transfer markets"  

Greg Stobart runs us through his insights into Manchester United's potential transfer activity in the upcoming January transfer window. Greg Johnson joins to give some analysis and context around any potential incomings out outgoings.

Squawka Talker Review of 2016  

It's the festive time of year and Greg Johnson is joined by James McManus, Muhammad Butt and James Benge to take a look back at a frenetic year in football.

"Just like at PSG, Zlatan is the centre of Man United's galaxy"  

Nic English subs in for Greg Johnson to challenge Oli Young-Myles, Muhammad Butt and Amar Singh about the upcoming festive fixtures.

Football IQ Predictions - What will happen in football in 2017?  

Football IQ head honcho George Elek is joined by Adam Cheng, Sanjit Atwal and John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times to have a stab and using their tactical brains, analytics and models to predict what will happen in 2017 in football.

"Mesut Ozil was an absolute disgrace"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, George Elek and Natasha Henry to try to make sense of Arsenal's horrendous second half against Man City as well as the best of the rest of the Premier League and European action.

"Finally we can stop talking about Karius and appreciate just great Liverpool are to watch again!"  

Greg Johnson hosts as Daily Mirror journalist Adrian Kajumba returns to the pod to join Nic English and Oli Young-Myles in picking apart all the mid-week action in the Premier League as well as looking ahead to the weekend.

"Didier Drogba is one of the most inspiring people I've met in football" One-on-One with Dominic Bliss  

Dominic Bliss joins Rory to talk about his incredible research into Il Grande Torino and why Eamon Dunphy was a 70's version of Joey Barton.

"You imagine Bayern are secretly a bit worried about drawing Arsenal"  

Greg Johnson steps in for Nic who's lost his voice and he's kindly joined by Muhammad Butt, James McManus and Natasha Henry to analyse the Champions League and Europa League draw. There's also time to review the weekend's action and look ahead to the midweek Premier League games.

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