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  • Player Analysis: Raphinha

    Brazilian ballads of footballing folklore have been heard from the heights of Cristo Redentor to the rest of the world for generations upon generations. After all, this is a country that has produced some of the finest specimens to play the game. Kids in Recife dream of being Rivaldo, whilst those in São Paulo aspire…

  • Florian Wirtz Is the Best Player You’re Not Watching

    On October 15, 2016, Kai Havertz became Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest ever Bundesliga debutant at 17 years and 126 days old. Over the next three and a half years, Havertz would solidify his status as one of the biggest talents in Europe, leading Die Werkself to a fourth-place finish in 2018/19 before departing for Chelsea in…

  • Player Analysis: Yusuf Yazıcı

    Ever since he broke into the first team at Trabzonspor, I have been a big fan of Yusuf Yazıcı. That feels strange given we were born in the same year, but you don’t want to hear much more about me. I can’t blame you, as Mr Yazıcı is undeniably far more exciting.   To start…

  • Player Analysis: Wilfred Singo

    Youth versus experience. A team near the bottom of the league table against a team fighting near the top end. Inter should have defeated Torino comprehensively when the two sides faced each other in Serie A recently but it was a struggle for the Nerazzurri.   One of the unlikely battles that took place during…

  • Player Analysis: Tanguy Ndombélé

    By the summer of 2016, Tanguy Ndombélé’s chances of becoming a top-level footballer were slowly fading away. Born and raised in the Parisian suburbs to Congolese parents, Ndombélé had moved to Guingamp, at 14 years of age, but he was forced to depart Brittany after being denied a professional contract. He joined Amiens after the…

  • Player Analysis: Jens Petter Hauge

    Despite falling short of qualification to their first Euros since 2000, there is plenty of reason for Norway fans to be optimistic about the new decade. From Martin Ødegaard to Sander Berge to Erling Haaland, there is an unprecedented amount of Norwegian youngsters who are thriving in Europe’s top five leagues, and the next prospect…

  • Player Analysis: Mert Müldür

    In an all too familiar story, a child is enamoured by a football from an early age. His parents are frustrated by their offspring’s obsession with kicking this spherical object around the house. He is encouraged to join a team and begins to play regularly outside. Fast forward two decades and he is a senior…

  • Kelvin John: Tanzania’s Teen Wonder

    Kelvin John was born on 10 June 2003 in the Tanzanian city of Morgoro, which lies at the base of the famous Uluguru Mountains. John rose to prominence at 14 years of age when he played for Tanzania at the 2018 Under 17 CECAFA Championship held in Burundi. Later in the same year he played…

  • Player Analysis: Pedri

    Since Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Barcelona have struggled to fill the enormous void left by the Brazilian forward. Ousmane Dembélé arrived for a club record fee of €105 million with €40 million in potential add-ons, a record soon eclipsed by the signing of Philippe Coutinho, but neither have managed to nail down…

  • Ross Barkley’s Rebirth at Aston Villa

    Since arriving on loan on September 30, Ross Barkley has gone from being a fringe player at Chelsea to being a key performer for Aston Villa. Barkley’s path to the starting line-up was put in jeopardy after the arrivals of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, but since trading London for Birmingham, he is making a…