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Why signing Jack Grealish would make perfect sense for Tottenham

He’s young, he’s versatile, he’s only going to improve and he’s a homegrown player. Spurs should do the deal quicklyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhile an unlikely trio of goalscorers ensured Aston Villa began their Championship campaign with a win a…

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A transfer target for each Premier League club before the window closes

With one week to go before the transfer window closes on 9 August, who should the 20 Premier League clubs sign?Unai Emery has already made five signings – Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Mattéo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner – so may settle f…

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How Chelsea may line up under Maurizio Sarri this season

Jorginho will be key in midfield but Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? would really give the squad some heftBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredHaving been in the pipeline for a few months, Maurizio Sarri’s arrival came as a relief for the majori…

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Ten players whose transfer values surged at the World Cup

Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Ivan Perisic and Eden Hazard will command much higher fees now than a month agoBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWell that was fun, wasn’t it? The 2018 World Cup delivered entertainment until the very last. As ever, a number of…

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Previews and predictions for the World Cup semi-finals

Will Belgium beat favourites France and reach their first World Cup final? And will England’s fresher legs tell against Croatia?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkFrance are marginal favourites to win the semi-final in St Peters…

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Previews and predictions for the World Cup quarter-finals

All the facts and figures for France v Uruguay, Belgium v Brazil, England v Sweden and Croatia v RussiaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe quarter-finals kick off in Nizhny Novgorod with what should be an intriguing tactical …

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Flops XI: the players who misfired in the World Cup group stage

The World Cup is the biggest show on Earth but not all of the greatest players have shown up yetBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe World Cup group stages are over, three quarters of the games have been played and half of the…

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The best XI from the first round of games at the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star performer in the opening set of fixtures but Diego Costa and Kieran Trippier also impressedBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkMexico were always going to need some heroics from Guillermo Ochoa to b…

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Leroy Sané is not the same player for Germany but dropping him is a risk

The Manchester City forward has not repeated his league form for Germany and Julian Brandt offers more tactical flexibilityBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThere have been a number of surprising omissions from World Cup squads…

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The best player from every Premier League club this season

Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah stood out but Wilfried Zaha, James Tarkowski and Shane Duffy also deserve praiseBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe Belgian is the obvious pick of the bunch from a squad packed with players who da…

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The top 10 breakthrough stars of the season in Europe’s big leagues

Some exciting talent has emerged across Europe this season, from Liverpool to Lyon and LeverkusenBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkTrent Alexander-Arnold has profited from injuries to both Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez over the…

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The Premier League outcasts who are flourishing across Europe this season

Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne needed two attempts in the Premier League. Perhaps these players will be the sameBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkFootball clubs can be quick to write off foreign imports as flops if they do n…

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The statistics and tactics that explain how Wolves won the Championship

Wolves built a lot of their success this season on the passing ability of their centre-backs and defensive midfieldersBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe race for the final automatic promotion spot in the Championship took an…

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Ryan Sessegnon is not the only gifted young player in the Championship

The 17-year-old was voted best player, best young player and best apprentice at the EFL awards but he’s just one of many talents excelling in the Championship this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkRyan Sessegnon won’t fo…

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Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award?

Peter Barnes was the last City player to win the award. Who deserves it more this season: Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sané?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe votes for the PFA Player of the Year awards have been cast and the od…

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Mark Hughes needs Charlie Austin fit and firing to save Southampton

Southampton will leapfrog West Ham and escape the bottom three if they win their first league game under Mark HughesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkChelsea and Tottenham meet in a London derby on Sunday to battle it out for f…

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Which of England’s new centre-backs best fits Gareth Southgate’s style?

If Joe Gomez, James Tarkowski or Alfie Mawson want to play alongside John Stone and Harry Maguire, they need to adapt to a patient, passing approachBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkGareth Southgate may not know his starting XI…

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The outsiders who deserve England call-ups – and the regulars who don’t

Gareth Southgate should be brave on Thursday when naming his England squad for friendlies with the Netherlands and ItalyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkNick Pope Continue reading…

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Analysing just how bad Arsenal have been this season

Arsenal have lost their last four away games and are conceding more goals than relegation-threatened NewcastleBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkArsène Wenger’s toughest task in his long tenure at Arsenal may well be putting a p…

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Analysing just how bad Arsenal have been this season

Arsenal have lost their last four away games and are conceding more goals than relegation-threatened NewcastleBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkArsène Wenger’s toughest task in his long tenure at Arsenal may well be putting a p…