All posts by Toby

Ousmane Dembélé -European Golden Boy

Ranked: European Golden Boy award nominees

It’s around that time of the year where Europe’s Golden Boy is recognised. With 25 youngsters vying for the top prize, we find out who rightfully deserves to depose Renato Sanchez. Inaugurated in 2003 by an Italian newspaper, Tuttosport, the prestigious accolade rewards young prospects, under the age of 21, perceived to be the most […]

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vinicius junior

Real Madrid wrong to gamble on Vinicius Junior

Brazilian youngster, Vinicius Junior, is being heralded as the next big superstar to come out of his country. We find out what’s so special about this 17-year-old that made Real Madrid splurge £38m for his services. The football world was thrown into chaos, back in May, when Madrid agreed on a deal to sign Vinicius. Not […]

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Xavi Simons

What makes Barcelona youngster Xavi Simons special?

Barcelona wonder-kid, Xavi Simons, may only be 14 but is more famous than most professional footballers. We delve deeper into what exactly makes the Dutch prodigy unique, aside from his eye-catching shock of blond hair. The turn of the millennium wasn’t particularly a favourable one in Barca’s history. Fresh from claiming their 16th La Liga […]

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Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler suffering from PSG’s financial muscle

Some time ago in January, Julian Draxler made a grand switch to Paris Saint-Germain and instantly became a hit. Eight months after, the German now find himself at a crossroad, scrabbling for the remains from Unai Emery’s team. One prevalent trait of most high-spending clubs is that they never seem to get tired of splashing […]

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Arsenal - World Cup qualifier

Chelsea, Lukaku &Sanchez: The winners and losers from World Cup qualifiers

September international breaks have always been the odd one. When clubs are sprouting to get into the swing of things, the uninteresting national team football just shows its ugly face. But unlike many others, the just concluded break wasn’t totally boring. Perhaps due to the intense nature of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Yet, […]

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Ravel Morrison

From Manchester United to Mexico: Ravel Morrison’s fall from grace

Once heralded as Manchester United’s new golden boy, Ravel Morrison now finds himself striving to salvage his crippling and peripatetic career in the depths of the Mexican League with Atlas FC. His recent move further raises the question as to what exactly went wrong for one of England’s most prodigious talent. If there was one […]

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Japan

Japan’s historic path to Russia 2018

Japan became the third country to book a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, joining host Russia, Brazil and Iran. A convincing 2-0 victory over Australia in their penultimate Group B clash on Thursday confirmed their tickets for the big dance in the European nation. Takuma Asano beat the offside trap to volley home […]

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Andriy Yarmolenko

Meet Andriy Yarmolenko, Borussia Dortmund’s replacement for Ousmane Dembele

On same day Ousmane Dembele was unveiled at Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund announced his potential replacement – Andriy Yarmolenko. Not the glamour signing many BVB fans may have hoped for, however, Yarmolenko may just slot seamlessly into the club’s scheme. Dortmund has overseen a massive of influx of wingers over the last couple of years. Marco Reus, […]

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Done deals of the day- Fernando Llorente

How Fernando Llorente can improve Chelsea

Fernando Llorente is reportedly on his way to Chelsea from Swansea City. All things being equal, the 32-year-old should be a Blues player before the end of business on Thursday. An uninspiring addition as it may seem, Llorente could just be that final piece of the jigsaw in Antonio Conte’s attack. Cast your minds back […]

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Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa taking Lille backwards?

Marcelo Bielsa’s latest project at Lille is turning to an epic failure, four games into the French Ligue 1 season. The Great Danes find themselves in far worst position than they were prior to the Argentine’s arrival. LOSC hasn’t been the same since they won that famous double in 2011. Led by the charismatic Rudi […]

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