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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…

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John McGinn is everything Aston Villa fans could want from a midfielder

Scotland international scored the goal that took Villa to the Premier League. His performances could keep them thereBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe promoted clubs find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League after seven matches, but all…

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Manchester United are no longer a team that averages a goal a game

Since Manchester United beat PSG in the Champions League in March they have played 19 games and scored just 17 goalsBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredManchester United were lethargic against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday and their shortcomings…

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Ten exciting Champions League debutants to watch this week

There will be some interesting new faces on show in the Champions League fixtures this weekBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere will be plenty of familiar faces on show in the Champions League this week, but there are also a number of players hoping t…

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The standout young players in League One and League Two this season

Fans at Ipswich, Fleetwood, Swindon, Crawley and Colchester are witnessing some special performances this season By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe top two divisions in England have taken a break for the international fixtures, but the action has not …

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Is Mohamed Salah’s individualism hurting Liverpool? Far from it

Salah shoots and dribbles more than Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, but he also scores and sets up more goalsBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredLiverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday shows that last season’s Premier League runners-up are continuing to…

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The Premier League top scorers list is a great advert for the Championship

Players stepping up from the Championship are responsible for 28% of the goals scored in the Premier League so far this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredRaúl Jiménez’s late equaliser for Wolves against Burnley on Sunday afternoon was the 82nd goal…

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Arsenal talents that got away show Unai Emery must give youth a chance

Arsenal have sold some brilliant young players in recent years. Emery should give the new generation more opportunitiesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredArsenal’s lineup for their first game of the season against Newcastle contained a few surprises. Unai…

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The teams that could break into the Premier League top six this season

Wolves, Everton, Leicester and West Ham have all invested well this summer but can they challenge the established order?By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe same teams have taken the top six places in the Premier League for the last three seasons, but t…

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Ten of the best transfers by Championship clubs this summer

A few new (and familiar) faces will be hoping to impress when the Championship season kicks off on Friday nightBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredFollowing their relegation from the Premier League and the departures of both Aron Gunnarsson and Victor Cama…

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Signing Sébastien Haller is good business for West Ham – even at £45m

Haller scores goals, sets them up, makes tackles, leads from the front and has a far better attitude than the striker he is replacingBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredSo, it’s official. West Ham have broken their transfer record for the third consecutive…

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Are Aston Villa repeating mistakes Fulham made last summer? Not at all

Villa have already signed seven players this summer but every one of them is an essential addition to their depleted squadBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredNorwich City and Sheffield United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window following thei…

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Transfer window: 10 bargain signings of the summer so far

Football’s silly season has well and truly begun but some clubs are finding value in the transfer marketBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith every passing transfer window, prices seem to rise and rise – at least as far as Premier League clubs are conce…

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Copa América: where the quarter-finals will be won and lost

Previews for the Brazil v Paraguay, Venezuela v Argentina, Colombia v Chile and Uruguay v Peru tiesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredUnder the watchful eye of their expectant home fans, Brazil looked nervous in their first two matches of the tournament. …

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Who should Manchester United sign if Paul Pogba leaves?

Paul Pogba says this summer could be ‘a good time for a challenge somewhere else’, but who should take his place?By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredManchester United need to start planning for life without Paul Pogba. When asked about his future this week…

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Who should Manchester United sign if Paul Pogba leaves?

Paul Pogba says this summer could be ‘a good time for a challenge somewhere else’, but who should take his place?By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredManchester United need to start planning for life without Paul Pogba. When asked about his future this week…

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The top transfer targets in action at the Copa América

Scouts should look out for Duván Zapata, Maxi Gómez, Giovani lo Celso, Rodrigo de Paul, Guillermo Maripan and Erick PulgarBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Copa América kicks off on Friday night as the hosts face Bolivia in São Paulo, with fellow big…

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Nations League: four exciting young players to watch in Portugal

Expect to see João Félix, Declan Rice, Kevin Mbabu and Donny van de Beek tearing it up this weekBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredCristiano Ronaldo was only 19 when Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and reached the final. Ronaldo scored his first international g…

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Aston Villa’s top priorities as they prepare for the Premier League

Villa should be wary of repeating the mistakes Fulham made year when building a squad for the top flightBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredAston Villa are back in the big time after three seasons in the Championship. Their 2-1 victory over Derby in the pl…