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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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Analysis: Why West Ham’s bubble won’t burst

West Ham United’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa put them level on points with reigning champions Manchester City in fourth and just five points off of leaders Chelsea. David Moyes’ men have won five on the bounce across all competitions and eight of their last ten outings have ended in success for the Hammers.  Not…

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Analysis: How Romelu Lukaku transformed the Chelsea attack

It may have been ten years in the making, but it took Romelu Lukaku 15 minutes to open his Chelsea account after returning to the club.  The 28-year-old, who failed to get off the mark for the Blues during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, tapped home a Reece James cross into an empty Arsenal…

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Analysis: How Brentford broke the chain of Arsenal’s short goal kicks

Brentford’s reputation seems to have preceded them.  Last season, Arsenal — the Bees’ opponents on opening day — kept 42 per cent of their goal kicks at a short or medium length, ending less than 40 metres from goal. That rate was about average for the league as a whole, but, against some teams, they…

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Exploring Goal Sequences with the Twenty3 Event Lab

Sometimes, the build-up is better than the actual goal. However, replays tend to focus on the final few moments of a move while the stats credit the scorer and the player responsible for the assist.  Everything is primarily geared towards the outcome. We get it. After all, it is the defining moment of a move.…

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