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Author Archive for Martin Laurence

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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…

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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. …