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  • Matt Doherty: The Indispensable Holdover Who Stuck With Wolves From Hell to The End of the Rainbow

    Expectations at Wolverhampton Wanderers are high–the highest they’ve been in 50 years. The Chinese conglomerate Fosun International took over in the summer of 2016, and immediately implemented a 10-year plan to bring silverware and European football back to Molineux, only three years after consecutive relegations saw the club fall from the Premier League to the…

  • Ross Barkley Could Be The Missing Piece to Maurizio Sarri’s Midfield

    October 13, 2010. A 16-year-old Ross Barkley suffers a double leg break. Doctors say he may never play again. May 12, 2014: After an impressive breakout season with Everton, Barkley earns himself a place in England’s World Cup squad and at the age of just 20 is hailed as the future of England’s midfield, following…

  • The Decline of El Turco

    El Turco. The Turk. This was the moniker Arda Turan was given after his stellar first year in Spain, being a key player at Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid. Wearing the iconic no.10 shirt, he played an essential part in the club’s transition from a midtable side to the champions of Spain. He signed sponsorship…

  • Giovanni Simeone: The Battling Center Forward That La Albiceleste Need

    After an uninspiring start to senior football with River Plate in his native Argentina, Giovanni Simeone is slowly establishing himself as a player in his own right. The 23-year-old may not be a natural finisher like compatriots Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuaín, but he is a combative striker that has inherited the work ethic that…

  • The Fernandinho Conundrum

    For all the attacking flair on display last season at the Etihad, there was one man who captured the hearts of City fans for with his relentless work ethic and robotic consistency. Fernandinho may not have received the plaudits his midfield counterparts did last season, but Pep Guardiola was a keen admirer, heaping the Brazilian with praise…

  • Sokratis: The Old-Fashioned Veteran That Arsenal Didn’t Know They Needed

    This past summer transfer window was a mixed bag for Arsenal. With Lucas Torreira, Mattéo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Stephan Lichsteiner, there was a blend of youth and experience. Of the five, Sokratis, Torreira, and Leno were seen as either starters or at the very least challenging for a starting berth. Guendouzi, even…

  • Aleksandr Mitrović: the old-school, bull-dozing, stern-faced slab of Serbian bulk

    What you see is very much what you get with Aleksandar Mitrović. A stern-faced slab of Serbian bulk. Piercing, black eyes. Thick, burly biceps, scrawled with tattoos. A buzzcut that screams tough. You don’t have to be a football expert to see that Fulham’s newest Number Nine hasn’t come back to the Premier League to…

  • Ethan Ampadu: The Young Dragon

    Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond Ampadu (his full name, not an anagram) was born in Exeter, England on September 14th, 2000. He was born into a footballing family, being the son of former Republic of Ireland U21 International footballer Kwame Ampadu, now a coach at Arsenal’s U18 side, and a Welsh-born mother. Ampadu joined the Exeter…

  • How Bernardo Silva has become Manchester City’s new talisman

    Hopes are never high for City fans in the build up to away fixtures at their notorious bogey ground of Anfield, and with key marksman, consistent big game performer, and perhaps the most vital player on the team, Kevin De Bruyne, out for the fixture, City fans would be forgiven for being elated at the…

  • The Lethal Legend vs. The Misfiring Prospect: How Sergio Agüero Got His Groove Back

    January, 2017: Manchester City play out a 2-2 draw with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in a game that Guardiola’s men really deserved to win. City were two goals to the good on the hour mark after quick fire goals from Leroy Sané and Kevin De Bruyne, but the away side clawed back to a draw via…