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The footballers who have already agreed to switch clubs this summer

Chelsea, Barcelona, Ajax, Benfica and Bayern Munich are all expecting to welcome new players onboard this summerBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith football quite rightly postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, there is so much up in the air. Leagues…

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Who should play attacking midfield for England at Euro 2020?

Jesse Lingard was England’s creator in chief at the World Cup in 2018. Who should take his place this time around?By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhile the FA work out whether England will play their scheduled friendlies against Italy and Denmark later…

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The Premier League players who make their teams better … or worse

Marcos Alonso, Romain Saïss and Patrick van Aanholt bring wins. James Tomkins and Pedro should look away nowBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredEvery footballer in the Premier League would like to think he is essential to his club, but which players have t…

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The players who are enjoying life beyond the Premier League

Trippier, Smalling, Lukaku, Di María and Slimani were deemed surplus to requirements in England. Now they are thrivingBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredSome of the best players in the Premier League have had to leave England and prove their worth elsewhe…

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Ten uncapped players who could feature for England at Euro 2020

Gareth Southgate has two games left before he picks his squad. Should he give Grealish, Greenwood or Foden a chance?By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe next six weeks are crucial for players on the periphery of the England squad. Gareth Southgate has j…

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Six of the best: the players Premier League clubs should sign this week

Options for Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs, Villa, West Ham and Watford before the transfer window closes on FridayBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA host of Premier League clubs are still trying to patch up problem areas in their squads before the t…

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Six of the best: the players Premier League clubs should sign this week

Options for Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs, Villa, West Ham and Watford before the transfer window closes on FridayBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA host of Premier League clubs are still trying to patch up problem areas in their squads before the t…

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Why Danny Ings should be in the England squad for Euro 2020

Ings is the only player to have scored more than half of his team’s goals in the Premier League this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredTottenham supporters are understandably worried about Harry Kane’s injury and José Mourinho’s claim that the stri…

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Burnley are facing a battle to survive in the Premier League

Burnley started last season in the Europa League. They could finish this season dropping into the ChampionshipBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe upturn in form at Watford and Southampton has blown the Premier League relegation battle wide open. Watfor…

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English strikers set pace in the race for the Premier League golden boot

Six Englishmen have scored more than 10 league goals this season, which offers Harry Kane a new challengeBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere is a very noticeable trend in the race for the Premier League golden boot this season: a lot of strikers are …

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English strikers set pace in the race for the Premier League golden boot

Six Englishmen have scored more than 10 league goals this season, which offers Harry Kane a new challengeBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere is a very noticeable trend in the race for the Premier League golden boot this season: a lot of strikers are …

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The footballers who are enjoying their breakthrough season

Every year, a collection of young players emerge and make their names. Here is a best XI for the class of 2019By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredAs most of the big leagues in Europe prepare for their winter break, it is worth taking some time to praise th…

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Premier League: six summer signings who are struggling to fit in this season

Pablo Fornals, Moise Kean, Wesley, Joelinton, Dani Ceballos and Che Adams are not living up to their price tagsBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith the halfway point of the season fast approaching, some of the biggest signings of the summer are still s…

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The surprise packages of the season

Like an underdog story? Look no further than Sheffield United, Cagliari, Osasuna, Freiburg and AngersBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe unpredictability of football was in evidence over the weekend as Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich all dr…

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Lukasz Fabianski was once ridiculed but West Ham look lost without him

The keeper has won player of the season awards for two years running and looks even more important now he’s injuredBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt’s been a difficult period for West Ham of late. Having made some eye-catching moves in the summer tran…

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Lukasz Fabianski was once ridiculed but West Ham look lost without him

The keeper has won player of the season awards for two years running and looks even more important now he’s injuredBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt’s been a difficult period for West Ham of late. Having made some eye-catching moves in the summer tran…

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Watford have not won a league game this season, but all is not lost

If Watford want to avoid relegation, they need to follow the lead of Derby in 2000-01 and Blackburn in 1996-97By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredTwo fascinating fixtures bookend the Premier League action this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, the top two meet…

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Ten of the most prolific strikers in Europe this season

Robert Lewandowski has scored in every league game he has played this season and he’s not the only striker on a hot streakBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA few strikers in Europe’s top leagues have enjoyed blistering starts to the season. Robert Lewand…

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Premier League: the players whose stats have improved most this season

De Bruyne, Mahrez, McTominay, Traoré, Guendouzi and Matip are, according to our stats, playing much better than last seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith more than a fifth of the Premier League season now behind us, the table is taking shape and …

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Premier League: 10 standout statistics from the season so far

Leicester love a tackle, Villa like a scrap, Wolves enjoy a late goal, Watford can’t finish and Arsenal still don’t know how to defendBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredDespite their poor run of form, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has commended the spirit of his Ma…