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Who are the youngest Premier League debuts this season?

Angel Gomes and his Premier League debuts

While the Premier League is becoming well known for clubs spending millions on foreign players, young, home-grown players definitely still have a part to play. I look at the Premier League’s five youngest talents to grace the competition this season. Read More »

Henry Onyekuru: A gamble worth taking for Arsenal

Nigerian youngster, Henry Onyekuru, has been linked with a handful of top European sides with the latest being Premier League giants, Arsenal. Though a huge gamble due to his inexperience, however, the Belgium-based forward might just turn out to be a hit if he eventually moves to the Emirates. Read More »

Football advances we desperately need

Having covered some footballing advances that completely failed; it seemed a good idea to look at the technology the beautiful game could do with researching, funding and implementing ASAP. Granted, some of these may be rather fanciful but take some time to look into the reasoning – you’ll soon convert to my way of thinking. Read More »

English football clubs are ruining English talent

While not trusting many English players to take the pitch, Premier League clubs still pay unbelievable fees for English talent.

For years, if not decades, English football fans have been crying out for the next Gary Lineker or (sober) Paul Gascoigne. Premier League title contenders spend millions on their academies, ostensibly to discover the next big English talent. When they do, expectations explode, bringing pressure on club and player alike. Read More »

Mourinho treats Man United Youth Academy like eBay in Premier League finale

Knowing full well he'll be busy in the summer transfer window but citing squad rotation, Jose Mourinho put the Man United youth academy in the shop window. Josh Harrup's screamer probably didn't change his mind.

On the 2016-17 Premier League’s final match day, Manchester United upset highly favoured Crystal Palace at Old Trafford with surprising ease. To a casual fan, that sentence may seem to have been jumbled in the wash. Nonetheless, Sam Allardyce’s Palace were viewed as favourites over the Red Devils because, well in advance, Jose Mourinho had stated his intent to field a boatload ... Read More »

What will come of Josh Harrop at Manchester United?

Josh Harrop

A place in the starting XI would probably have been enough for 21-year-old Josh Harrop against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon if you’d asked him before kick off. However, the talented forward bagged himself a truly superb goal just 16 minutes into the game – a full 90 minutes later and United’s number 46 might find himself on the plane to ... Read More »

Marlon Santos: Introducing the latest debutant at Barcelona

Marlon Santos

Marlon Santos finally earned his La Liga debut for Barcelona against Las Palmas. Though it came with a little bit of misfortune befalling other players, it was certainly a memorable one for the youngster. Read More »

Is academy football letting the side down or being let down?

English academy football production is on the decline.

Some truly superb players have graced football courtesy the game’s most impressive academies. La Masia, Ajax, Southampton, the list goes on. However, in more recent times, there has been a dearth in talent emerging from academy football. Non-League clubs are contributing more players to the English Football League. Rather than upping their own game, most English clubs prefer to import young talent. Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Roberto Mancini

Famous people who wear scarves for a thousand, Alex. If you're both a Jeopardy and football fan, you know the question will be "Who is Roberto Mancini?"

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One or two are already available. Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann annoys people. His tactical nous is more not. Still, his modern organizational skills would make him an excellent technical director.

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One or two are already available. Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Frank de Boer

Surprisingly, Frank de Boer has not found another job since being sacked by Inter. he shouldn't be idle beyond the summer, however.

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One or two are already available. Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc has been missing in action for the 2016-17 season but it's difficult to see him sitting out another campaign.

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One or two are already available. Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk ... Read More »

Premier League veteran set to return

Glenn Murray, who has led Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion to promotion, would love to have a third crack as a Premier League veteran.

It’s not uncommon for Premier League sides to include at least one veteran striker nowadays. Manchester United have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sunderland has Jermaine Defoe, Stoke have Peter Crouch. Whilst their influence may sometimes be overlooked, they can be extremely influential. Next season, one such Premier League veteran is set to re-enter the fray. Read More »

Ibra injury blessing in disguise for Manchester United?

Thursday saw perhaps the most dramatic night at Old Trafford this season. Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford struck in the second half of extra time to seal a Europa League semifinal berth for Manchester United. However, late celebrations came with a steep price. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier limped off with knee injuries. Both losses are huge blows for United but the Ibra injury just may ... Read More »

Chris Wood’s Remarkable Rise Through English Football

Older English fans may confuse Kiwi striker Chris Wood with legendary British keeper Chris Woods, but the former is making the name his own.

If you followed the English game in the late eighties and early nineties, you will remember Chris Woods. The well decorated goalkeeper won more than a dozen titles at club level, played 43 times for the Three Lions, and made a staggering 603 appearances for eight clubs, six in England. He was so good, at one point, he didn’t concede in 1,196 consecutive ... Read More »

CONCACAF’s Multinational World Cup Bid Ridiculous

The Canada/US/Mexico multinational World Cup bid will give fans first-hand experience with Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days.

There should always be more than one way to do something. What’s more, people, if not cats, should remain open to alternative methods. I mention this because FIFA, through new president Gianni Infantino has expressed its desire to favor multinational World Cup bids in the future. In what would have seemed an extremely ridiculous response before Donald Trump was elected US President, ... Read More »

Nations League Bad Idea For CONCACAF

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is a proponent of suspension of belief as he tries to sell his constituencly on its own Nations League.

Suspension of disbelief is a powerful psychological concept usually applied to fiction. To be entertained, people are willing to believe there can be superheroes with incredible strength, ability to fly, control magic, or take on arachnoid characteristics after being bitten by a radioactive spider. They’ll also accept predators and prey can live together in a Zootopia without wondering what the lions ... Read More »

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