Adama Diakhaby Shows Both Rawness and Immense Potential for Monaco

Adama Diakhaby looked to be going places late last season, and at that point in time, he most certainly was. He finished up his first campaign with Rennes with a brilliant double against AS Monaco, the highlight of which was was a sharp turn of pace, after receiving a long diagonal, to breeze beyond Monaco’s […]

Why Roberto Firmino’s Movement is so Important for Liverpool

During Liverpool’s recent 2-1 victory over Leicester City, Mohamed Salah stole the headlines by scoring an impressive double. That made him the star of the show, but Roberto Firmino was equally important to the Reds. His ability to operate in the centre-forward position, through the use of some sharp and clever movement, was one of […]

Bayer Leverkusen Speedster Leon Bailey Continues to Highlight His Potential

Leon Bailey continues to show that he’s a difference maker. Last Friday night, in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart, he supplied the two assists. The first was the real feature, and as Bailey beat a man out on the byline and outpointed another, dribbling beyond the opposition markers with typically tricky feet, it wasn’t […]

3 Key Things: A look at How Cesc Fabregas Used Clever Movement to Dominate against Newcastle

Cesc Fabregas produced a supreme display of midfield passing play in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United. He pulled the strings with his distribution, hitting long balls and shorter flicks around the corner, and this enabled him to be one of the game’s dominant players. Playing as a right-sided central midfielder, as a part of […]

Alexandre Lacazette Shows Wenger Why He Should Start Against Spurs

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for France in their 2-2 draw with Germany, and by this point in time, nobody could’ve been surprised by his performance. After all, this is the man who, with 30 goals across all competitions, has netted more often than any other Frenchman in 2017. That puts him ahead of football’s newest […]

Franck Kessie Highlights His Potential to Contribute for Milan

AC Milan didn’t exactly start well against Sassuolo. They weren’t awful by any means, and they certainly weren’t being exposed with regularity at the back, but there was a kind of staleness to their play. They could control possession with comfort, but they couldn’t progress. They ended up shifting the ball around in a U-shape, […]

Energetic Dani Alves Key to PSG’s Attack against Angers

  Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were the main destroyers against Angers, scoring two goals each in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over the weekend. Together, they showed why the capital club invested so much money into acquiring them, but another player, right-back Dani Alves, proved equally important despite his recent arrival on a free transfer. […]

Jack Wilshere Showing Signs of Working His Way Back to the Arsenal First Team

Jack Wilshere’s career has been impacted by highs as much as it has been by lows. Some of his work for Arsenal and England has been absolutely supreme, something evidenced by the fact that his UEFA Champions League performance against Barcelona, all the way back in 2011, has taken on something approaching mythical status. Yet […]

Talented Tanguy Ndombele Characterises Lyon’s Recruitment Strategy

On the surface, it looked like Lyon were in for a tough season. They didn’t just lose Ligue 1 superstar Alexandre Lacazette, their goalscoring machine, to Arsenal, but they also lost all-round midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Those were the biggest names to go, but midfield stalwart Maxime Gonalons also moved on, this time […]

Geoffrey Kondogbia Makes Positive First Impression at Valencia

The phrase ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ seems to have been invented for people like Geoffrey Kondogbia. He’s the type of player who will be making perfectly timed sliding tackles and completing roulette turns one minute before producing something like his bizarre pre-season own goal against Chelsea. That involved a 40-yard back-pass that looped […]