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Premier League
Manchester City fallout: Player exodus?
17:01 Sunday 16th February 2020

UEFA delivered a hammer blow of a Valentine to Manchester City on Friday. The two-year Champions League ban for alleged Financial Fair Play violations isn't a pebble dropped in a pond causing a mild ripple effect. It's a meteor impact…

Transfers
Are Barcelona headed for a Messi divorce?
08:01 Sunday 9th February 2020

Gone are the days when Barcelona were untouchable, the best club in the world in terms of on-pitch performance and lauded for their ideals off it. The Catalan side reached its greatest success under Pep Guardiola. Everything seemed perfect…

Premier League
Will Phil Foden's patience reach Manchester City limits?
17:00 Wednesday 29th January 2020

Stockport-born Phil Foden is Manchester City's crowning jewel. For a club who have been by far and away England's most successful over the last few years, developing players from their academy was the last step. It's what separates…

Premier League
Should Chelsea sign Jadon Sancho?
17:01 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Chelsea fans joyfully welcomed news the Court for Arbritration of Sport commuted their transfer ban in time for the January window. Their successful appeal of FIFA's judgment lifts a weight from manager Frank Lampard's shoulders. He…

League One
Raging Bull: Can Oxford United gore Manchester City?
15:01 Thursday 5th December 2019

The EFL Cup is much maligned by Premier League and Championship alike. Teams rotate. Fixtures pile up. Most involved consider it a blessing in disguise to be eliminated as soon as possible. Oxford United buck that trend in 2019. A stuttering…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Premier League
Should Phil Foden leave Manchester City?
15:00 Saturday 14th September 2019

Phil Foden finds himself entangled in a dilemma. Does he wait it out to experience his glory days under perhaps the game's best manager? Or does he strike out on his own like Jadon Sancho to make his mark now? While there’s a long…

International
The next five youngsters on England's radar
12:00 Wednesday 17th October 2018

Gareth Southgate set out his vision for England’s future in the Nations League. His focus is on youth. This international break demonstrated commitment to giving young players their first taste of the senior team. Jadon Sancho and Mason…

Premier League
Should Phil Foden follow the example set by Jadon Sancho?
08:00 Thursday 11th October 2018

Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, both 18 years old, both products of the Manchester City academy but both now on very different career paths. Whilst Foden is fighting around the fringes of the City first team squad, Sancho is now an integral part…

Premier League
A tale of two Phils - How Jones and Foden epitomise their clubs
10:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

A collective groan rose around Old Trafford Tuesday night when Phil Jones trundled towards the box to take his turn in the League Cup penalty shootout against Derby County. Both teams were perfect to that point. However, perfect isn't a…

Premier League
Why this is a defining year for Ross Barkley
12:00 Tuesday 14th August 2018

Ross Barkley's £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea, last January, was hailed as remarkable value for a midfielder with boundless potential. So remarkable, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson thought it bordered on the criminal…

Premier League
Could Phil Foden break into the Manchester City team this season?
12:00 Monday 6th August 2018

When it comes to youth players at big clubs they are usually valued extremely preciously. Manchester City has created a quality youth system in recent times, but Eastlands hasn't really become a breeding ground for young talents. One teenager…

Football
The 12 Days of Football: Ten lads-a-leaping
08:00 Monday 1st January 2018

On the tenth day of football, UEFA gave to me ten lads-a-leaping/Nine ladies  playing/ Eight managers managing/ Seven sides-a-sinking/ Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals!  Four calls blown/ Three French clubs/ Two title…

Opinion
Manchester City's Phil Foden deserves his chances this season, but will he get them?
15:00 Saturday 22nd July 2017

Manchester City are potentially one of six clubs who'll have title aspirations going into the new season. Pep Guardiola approaches his second campaign in charge, and we're already seeing him turn to youthful exuberance. One man who is getting…