As the English Premier League approaches its halfway point of the season, we’d be forgiven for failing to follow our fellow countrymen in arguably the biggest league in the world. Due to time differences and keeping inundated with MLS breaking news, sometimes it just becomes a little tiring trying to keep up with the goings on in the EPL.
It’s also apparent that we don’t have the leading lights of yesteryear in the EPL anymore either. There’s no Landon Donovan at Goodison Park, where he instantly forged a bond with the Everton fans. There’s also no Clint Dempsey who had successful spells with London outfits Tottenham and Fulham. Nor is there the talisman Brian McBride who like Dempsey had a formidable period at Craven Cottage playing for Fulham under a host of managers.
With that in mind, there are more than a few reasons why you may have taken your eye off the ball with our homegrown talent playing in the EPL. But there is still a lot of promising American talent plying their trade in the EPL such as Stoke City contingent Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea, Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, Tottenham’s Brad Friedel, Southampton backup goalkeeper Cody Cropper, Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore and finally the ever-reliable Tim Howard who is still with his beloved Everton.
Thankfully there is a multitude of useful digital platforms that can potentially help us keep up to date with the aforementioned players progress in the EPL. The coverage of sports in the UK isn’t too dissimilar to the U.S. and its main broadcasters have some really great apps. Luckily for fans of the EPL these broadcasters have tapped into the need that the consumer needs digital content on the go for the modern day Internet user. This generally means that broadcasters are now investing large amounts of their budgets into their services such as app production.
With a total of 17% of the world’s population now accessing the Internet via their smartphones according to Gaming Realms, the company affiliated with entertainment platform Spin Genie, high-profile broadcasters foresaw this need for real time content and have brought the most cutting-edge apps to the market. These apps now even let us follow the matches the aforementioned American players are featuring in, using the real time functionalities of such apps.
Here are some of the best apps that will keep you in the loop with the breaking news in the EPL:
BBC Football – One of the main terrestrial channels in the UK, the BBC’s digital services are extremely proficient and reliable. The app also covers the MLS as well, along with all the top leagues in the world and Internationals. But as far as the EPL goes, BBC Football has probably the most well respected online journalists working for them out of all the apps mentioned in this article. The content is updated regularly and is of the highest quality.
Sky Sports News – If anyone is likely to bring sports fans breaking news it’s Sky Sports. The cable channel has a wide net of journalists who work around the clock 24/7 to bring the latest news from all the 20 EPL clubs. It also has real time functionalities to follow the games as they are taking place.
Football Ramble – Not necessarily a news source but a funny take on the latest goings on in the EPL. It also regularly features segments on American and overseas players and makes for an interesting listen while on your commute to work.