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Author Archive for Martin Laurence

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Chelsea should think twice about Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Higuaín

Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Zenit midfielder and Milan striker but there are better options availableBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredChelsea returned to winning ways at the weekend but their performance at home to a struggling Newcastle t…

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The best young players in the Championship this season

Tammy Abraham turned down a move to the Premier League this week. He is not the only youngster who could step upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredTammy Abraham has already been offered a chance to play in the Premier League in this transfer window. He re…

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The forwards whose new year’s resolution should be to score goals

Simone Zaza has taken 26 shots since he last scored. Wilfried Zaha has taken 31. Sandro Ramírez should look away nowBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA new year is a time for a new start. A few Premier League strikers took the spirit of new year’s resolu…

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Manchester United’s next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker did not have a single shot against Liverpool on Sunday and still has a lot to proveBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after a…

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Paco Alcácer, the striker who is too good as a substitute to start games

No one has scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season than Paco Alcácer, even though he has started just two gamesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe top of the Bundesliga table has been transformed since the final day of last season. Bayern Munic…

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Paco Alcácer, the striker who is too good as a substitute to start games

No one has scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season than Paco Alcácer, even though he has started just two gamesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe top of the Bundesliga table has been transformed since the final day of last season. Bayern Munic…

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The surprising struggles of Europe’s top goalkeepers

David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Marc-André ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer have all been unusually inconsistent this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe weekend threw up another series of shock results around Europe. Real Madrid suffered a humiliatin…

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When do Premier League teams score their goals and what does it mean?

Crystal Palace have not scored in the first 30 minutes of a match and Manchester City have not conceded in the last 30 minutes By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWe have passed the final international break of the year, the season is a third of the way th…

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When do Premier League teams score their goals and what does it mean?

Crystal Palace have not scored in the first 30 minutes of a match and Manchester City have not conceded in the last 30 minutes By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWe have passed the final international break of the year, the season is a third of the way th…

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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Ten young players who have taken Europe by storm this season | Martin Laurence

James Maddison and Richarlison have been brilliant in the Premier League but Germany is the place to be for emerging talentBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredMore than the odd eyebrow was raised when Everton agreed to meet Watford’s lofty £40m valuation o…

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The most improved football teams in Europe this season

Liverpool had a negative goal difference this time last season. Which other sides in Europe’s big leagues have improved?It’s easy to forget that Liverpool were in a worrying position this time last year. Having just suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Totte…

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The 10 most improved players in the Premier League this season

Eden Hazard, Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Milner and Callum Wilson have stepped it up this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredÉtienne Capoue can be a frustrating player at times. He has real quality, which he showed occasionally in his unsuccessful spell…

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A host of Europe’s top football clubs are strangely out of sorts

Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have won 26 European Cups between them. You wouldn’t know it from their formBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt was a weekend of shock results across Europe’s major leagues, with the Bundesliga…

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Is the game up for Steve Bruce at Aston Villa?

Villa sacked Roberto di Matteo after just 11 games two years ago. Steve Bruce’s record this season is every bit as disappointingBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredAston Villa endured a tumultuous summer after their defeat to Fulham in the Championship pla…

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Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

Form guide, fitness news and facts on Inter v Spurs, Liverpool v PSG, Manchester City v Lyon and Real Madrid v RomaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredTottenham’s two previous trips to San Siro have been eventful to say the least. Eight years have passed s…

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Liverpool now have the defence they need to win away at their title rivals

Liverpool lost at all four of their closest challengers last season but that was before Robertson, Van Dijk and Keïta joined forcesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday, when Tottenham host top-of-the-table …

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Liverpool now have the defence they need to win away at their title rivals

Liverpool lost at all four of their closest challengers last season but that was before Robertson, Van Dijk and Keïta joined forcesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday, when Tottenham host top-of-the-table …

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Liverpool now have the defence they need to win away at their title rivals

Liverpool lost at all four of their closest challengers last season but that was before Robertson, Van Dijk and Keïta joined forcesBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday, when Tottenham host top-of-the-table …

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The in-form players who can freshen up the England squad

As a new international cycle begins, Gareth Southgate has some exciting options to improve the team he took to the World CupBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredGareth Southgate knows expectations will be on the rise after England fell back in love with its…