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Author Archive for Martin Laurence

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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…

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The key fixtures in the Premier League relegation battle

The teams at the bottom have 10 games to save their season. Here are the make-or-break fixtures to look out forBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThere were some huge results in the battle against relegation last weekend, with W…

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Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion

Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAston Villa’s season has been shaped by injuries, for better and for wo…

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Bournemouth: from worrying about relegation to dreaming of Europe

Bournemouth were 18th at Christmas but wins over Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Stoke have left them top of the form tableBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAfter Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham could only manage draws a…

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The Premier League’s three promoted teams are falling into trouble

After starting so brightly, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton have picked up just one win between them since ChristmasBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe congested winter period often proves decisive in the Premier League,…

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How Claude Puel calmed Leicester down and carried them up the table

Leicester’s defence was struggling but Puel has helped them put together a run of five games without conceding a goalBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkWhen Leicester City appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare, the …

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Don’t judge players and managers too soon in this season of comebacks

David Moyes, Roy Hodgson, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are showing us not to write people off too quicklyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkFootball can be an unforgiving industry for anyone who suffers failure. Peo…

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Seven Championship players who should interest Premier League clubs

A few of the Championship’s best players were on show in the FA Cup over the weekend. Here are seven who could step up to the top flight this monthBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkFootball League clubs enjoyed a good…

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How did West Brom go from midtable to a run of 20 games without a win?

Only Derby County’s disastrous 2007-08 team – who won once all season – have gone for longer without tasting victoryBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe significance of the game between Premier League strugglers West…

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Things are looking up for Everton – especially with Yannick Bolasie returning

Everton are unbeaten in their last four games but their form will really improve when Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman return and give them some paceBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network“They had three shots on target,…