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Going forward: why Kai Havertz is Chelsea’s best option to lead the line

Thomas Tuchel has mended Chelsea’s leaky defence. Now he should build their misfiring attack around HavertzBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThe formation of the European Super League, and the decision of the six Premier League clubs involved to pull out of …

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Europa League: previews and predictions for the quarter-finals

A look ahead to Granada v Manchester United, Arsenal v Slavia Prague, Ajax v Roma and Dinamo Zagreb v VillarrealBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredGranada have more than exceeded expectations since they were promoted to La Liga in 2019. They finished seventh …

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Five strikers who could replace Sébastien Haller at West Ham

Patson Daka would be the ideal signing for David Moyes but Josh King may be a more realistic optionBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWest Ham have a dire record when it comes to signing strikers. In the summer of 2019, the Hammers acquired Sébastien Haller f…

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Five strikers who could replace Sébastien Haller at West Ham

Patson Daka would be the ideal signing for David Moyes but Josh King may be a more realistic optionBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWest Ham have a dire record when it comes to signing strikers. In the summer of 2019, the Hammers acquired Sébastien Haller f…

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How Ben Mee revived Burnley’s season in the Premier League

Burnley were bottom of the table after going six games without a win at the start of the season. Mee’s return has changed thatBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredBurnley’s match with Fulham was understandably postponed last weekend as the Cottagers dealt with …

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How Ben Mee revived Burnley’s season in the Premier League

Burnley were bottom of the table after going six games without a win at the start of the season. Mee’s return has changed thatBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredBurnley’s match with Fulham was understandably postponed last weekend as the Cottagers dealt with …

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James Ward-Prowse is thriving as Southampton captain

Ward-Prowse has excelled since he was given the armband in June. If he keeps up this form, he should play at the EurosBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredOn the stroke of half-time at the Amex on Monday night, Southampton were awarded a corner. Brighton were 1…

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James Ward-Prowse is thriving as Southampton captain

Ward-Prowse has excelled since he was given the armband in June. If he keeps up this form, he should play at the EurosBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredOn the stroke of half-time at the Amex on Monday night, Southampton were awarded a corner. Brighton were 1…

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How will Wolves cope without Raúl Jiménez?

Jiménez scored a third of Wolves’ goals in the league last season. How will Nuno Espírito Santo deal with his absence?By Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWolves deserve plenty of credit for the way they composed themselves at Arsenal on Sunday. Fifteen minutes…

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What’s at stake in the Championship: title race, play-offs and relegation

The Championship returns to action on Saturday. There is a lot to play for in the remaining 108 fixturesBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThe Premier League is making its grand return this week and so is the Championship. While League One and League Two have…

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What’s at stake in the Championship: title race, play-offs and relegation

The Championship returns to action on Saturday. There is a lot to play for in the remaining 108 fixturesBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThe Premier League is making its grand return this week and so is the Championship. While League One and League Two have…

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Which club will take Manchester City’s place in the Champions League?

The club that finishes fifth in the Premier League may end up in the Champions League next season. Who will step up?By Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWith Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City well clear at the top of the Premier League table, the ba…

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Spurs are desperate for goals and must sign a striker this month

Tottenham have not scored in the Premier League in 2020. They have to bring in some backup for Harry KaneBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredOne centimetre. That was the difference between one point and three points for Tottenham at Watford on Saturday. When I…

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Wilfred Ndidi is the driving force behind Leicester’s surge up the table

The midfielder has made more tackles and more interceptions than any player in Europe’s top leagues this seasonBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredLeicester City have more points now than they did at this stage of the 2015-16 season, when they went on to win t…

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José Mourinho at Tottenham: the winners, losers and potential signings

Mourinho tried to sign Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld in his last job, but Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso may not suit his styleBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredSpurs make the short trip to West Ham on Saturday lunchtime in need of three points. They are 1…

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Champions League: previews for the crunch games this week

Form guide, fitness news and facts on Juventus v Manchester United, Spurs v PSV, Napoli v PSG and CSKA Moscow v RomaBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWe’re halfway through the group stage in the Champions League and it’s getting tight. The results of these f…

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Why Arsenal should start Alexandre Lacazette alongside Aubameyang

Arsenal appeared far more comfortable in attack at Cardiff with Aubameyang out wide and the Frenchman as a spearhead.By Ben McAleer for WhoScoredIt was no coincidence that Arsenal won with Alexandre Lacazette in the starting XI on Sunday. Despite the b…

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The five questions Gareth Southgate must answer in England’s friendlies

The manager faces selection dilemmas over his goalkeepers, wing-backs, centre-backs and attacking midfieldersBy Ben McAleer for WhoScored? of the Sport NetworkGareth Southgate has just two more opportunities to see his team play before the World Cup: a…

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the sergeant who could take charge in the Premier League

Christmas could have come early for Manchester United fans in the shape of Sergej, a 6ft 4in midfielder who says José Mourinho is the best coach in the worldBy Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkAfter a run of nine wins in 10…

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Beyond the Premier League bubble: the biggest transfers in Europe this summer

Premier League clubs have been blowing vast sums in the transfer market – £50m for Kyle Walker anyone? – but not every player wants to move to England

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Premier League clubs, Tottenham aside, have been busy in the transfer market this summer. Arsenal have made Alexandre Lacazette their most expensive player; Liverpool have broken their transfer record to sign Mohamed Salah (and they want to break it again on Naby Keïta); Everton have made Jordan Pickford the most expensive British goalkeeper ever; and Manchester City have made Kyle Walker the most expensive defender in history. But, despite its vast riches, not every player wants to play in the Premier League. Below we look at the best players who have opted against moving to England to play elsewhere in Europe.

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