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  • Six Footballers Flying Under the Radar

    The January window has come and gone with barely a hint of significance, the biggest deal being Ajax’s €22.50m signing of Sébastien Haller. Even in the Premier League, a division renowned for its tendency to overspend on foreign talent, we have seen the least net spend for almost 9 years, with all 20 clubs collectively…

  • Emiliano Buendía: The Man Driving Norwich to Promotion

    Since arriving from Getafe in June 2018, Emiliano Buendía has become one of those players that you just have to watch; somebody who puts bums on seats (or at least did prior to COVID-19 regulations). The Argentine attacking midfielder’s sensational form has driven Norwich City to the top of the Championship table with 9 goals…

  • Scouting Report: Marko Johansson

    Marko Johansson has been playing regular football for 4 years now. Still, it feels like he never has had his real breakthrough yet. After years on loan in various Swedish clubs, he has experienced promotion to Allsvenskan, winning it, as well as suffering relegation. Mixing top performances with some less impressive actions, Marko’s last four…

  • Scouting Report: Cheick Doucouré

    A first-round European Cup tie on a chilly October evening hung in the balance. It was 1969 and the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was packed to the rafters. There was no doubt that Saint-Étienne had fought hard and, despite levelling up the 2-0 advantage Bayern Munich held from the first leg, the imperious German outfit still remained…

  • Analyzing Raphinha’s Impact on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United

    Just over four years ago, Leeds United’s Raphinha was plying his trade in the Brazilian second division. Born and raised in the south of Brazil, in the city of Porto Alegre, Raphael Dias Belloni would spend hours every day juggling the ball in the same streets as the man he idolised, Ronaldinho. Now, having moved…

  • 49 Goals in 19 Games: How Schalke’s Ozan Kabak Can Plug Liverpool’s Defence

    As the clock crawls towards the end of the January transfer window, Liverpool have an issue. Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip and Joe Gomez are all injured. Whilst Matip may be close to a return, Van Dijk will be lucky to play in April and Gomez will be lucky to play at all this season.…

  • Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye: A Burundi International Catching Ajax’s Eye

    In Kirundi, Burundi’s main language, Ndayishimiye means “I thank him.” Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye doesn’t visit Burundi as often as he used to. His father Freddy was the captain of the national team and his grandparents still live there. It’s a religious country and Ndayishimiye lends his surname to God.   Released by Anderlecht at 19…

  • Brian Brobbey’s Breakthrough in Amsterdam

    He’s unstoppable, has an insatiable appetite for goals, and wants a move away from Amsterdam. In the 2018/19 season, Brian Brobbey scored 49 goals for the Ajax youth teams. He was playing against players up to four years older than him. It’s fair to say he turned a few heads, even back then. Now 18,…

  • Krépin Diatta: Senegal’s Superstar in Waiting

    At 21 years of age, Krépin Diatta is emerging into one of the most exciting young attacking talents outside of Europe’s top five leagues. Born in Dakar, Senegal, Diatta began his career at the local Oslo Football Academy in Dakar before earning a move to Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 FF in 2017. He would last…

  • The Liverpool Defenders Who Can Step up in the Club’s Injury Crisis

    The news from the England international camp that Joe Gomez had suffered a serious injury came as a hammer blow to everyone associated with Liverpool FC. After all, the last thing the club needed was another defensive injury, with Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold already sidelined.    Manager Jürgen Klopp made the decision…