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Where should Timo Werner go after RB Leipzig?

There aren’t too many top quality German forwards around these days. So the meteoric rise of the youngster, Timo Werner, has somewhat come as a relief for the entire nation. In order to sustain his improbable progress as Deutschland’s biggest and brightest stock, Werner may have to ditch RB Leipzig sometime soon. Read More »

Dom Dwyer: a West Sussex Brit in Uncle Sam’s Connecticut court

Hank Morgan travelled back in time to make himself right at home in Mark Twain’s version of Arthurian England, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Sporting KC forward and Cuckfield native son Dom Dwyer has done the same in reverse, committing his footballing future to the United States by attaining citizenship, then scoring the opening goal in a Gold ... Read More »

Three kinds of clubs: The Premier League middle class

There are three types of clubs: ones in the hunt for a top four place, facing the drop, and those discussed here, the comfy Premier League middle class.

There’s a new t-shirt making the rounds. It says “there are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate data.” This might help if you don’t get the joke. There are many ‘two kinds of people’ classifications out there but I like to think there are three types of clubs in England’s top flight: those competing for ... Read More »

Three kinds of Premier League clubs: the relegation zone

As noted in the first of this three-part series, there’s a new t-shirt making the rounds. It says “there are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate data.” If you don’t get the joke, you’re going to need a mirror. There are many ‘two kinds of people’ classifications out there. In the Premier League, I like ... Read More »

Barcelona was wrong to let youngster Jordi Mboula go

Jordi Mboula

In case you’ve never come across the name Jordi Mboula, then kindly permit us to school you a little. Mboula was that exciting and electrifying youngster, who shone the brightest in last season’s U19 UEFA Youth League. That’s why we can’t help but query Barcelona’s resolve in allowing such player leave. 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 »

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 »

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