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Tactical breakdown: Where Everton must improve to secure survival

Everton Football Club are living a complicated moment. Frank Lampard was sacked by the club following a dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham United last weekend and, in truth, it was a decision that had been a long time coming. Everton are currently joint-bottom of the Premier League – alongside Southampton – having taken 15…

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Under the spotlight: Newcastle United’s rock-solid rearguard

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United are flying high in the Premier League this season, with only Arsenal and Manchester City above them. Their form is in part due to their formidable back line, which has kept the most clean sheets in Europe’s top five leagues this term (12), conceding just 11 goals.  Ahead of their Premier…

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How Conte can get Spurs star Son on the goal trail

Tottenham Hotspur have endured an inconsistent campaign — and no player sums up their season quite as well as Son Heung-min.  The South Korean star had a Premier League season to remember last term, scoring 23 goals — a feat which meant he shared the golden boot with Mohamed Salah.  His efforts were key to…

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How Mykhailo Mudryk can get Chelsea firing

Last week, Chelsea swooped to secure the signature of Mykhailo Mudryk from under the noses of Arsenal, stumping up a mammoth £88.5million for the winger. Graham Potter’s men sit just 10th in the Premier League standings, 10 points off the top four and 19 behind the table-topping Gunners – but their superior offer convinced Shakhtar…

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Data dispatch: The Premier League facts that you need to know

The Premier League is an endless source of enjoyment and drama, with narratives that twist before your very eyes.  The first batch of matches in this remarkable season – where we took a month-long break for the World Cup – have seen this incredible league live up to expectations.  Arsenal, after missing out on the…

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The signings that Arsenal should make this transfer window

Arsenal are flying under Mikel Arteta this season, with a title challenge on the cards.  The Gunners currently sit atop the Premier League table with a five-point cushion over the relentless Manchester City. However, they have been hit by an injury to their marquee signing, Gabriel Jesus, who is expected to be out for three…

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Scouting Report: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has burst onto the scene in 2022-23 and become one of the most sought-after assets in European football.  Napoli have had an extremely prosperous first half of the season, emerging as favourites to win the Scudetto for the first time since 1990.  And one of their shining lights has been the Georgian-born winger,…

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Scouting Report: Enzo Fernández

Sometimes, the World Cup shines a light on a talent you’ve never heard of before. On other occasions it underlines the quality of a player already widely rated. Enzo Fernández is the latter. The 21-year-old Argentine has been carefully watched by the European elite for some time now and proved just how good he is…

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Which club would best fit Dušan Vlahović?

Dušan Vlahović has emerged as one of the most sought-after forwards in world football. This time last year, he’d netted just 11 times in Serie A in the 2,712 minutes he’d appeared in since the start of the 2019/20 season.  Fast forward 12 months and the 21-year-old is now on 43 Serie A goals in…

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Analysis: The smart business Newcastle could do in January

Few teams in world football have the finances to have a transfer window that would not look out of place in Football Manager. Following the takeover in October, Newcastle United are now one of these exclusive clubs. The Magpies have the richest owners in the world and no player is off bounds. In the long-term,…

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