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How Lucas Paqueta evolved to become West Ham's primary creator

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How Lucas Paqueta evolved to become West Ham's primary creator It would’ve been easy for Lucas Paqueta to have a dip this season following an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League. The West Ham attacker was reportedly close to joining Manchester City before the move collapsed. It was then revealed that the former Lyon maestro was being investiga...

How Trent Alexander-Arnold re-established himself as Liverpool's creator-in-chief

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How Trent Alexander-Arnold re-established himself as Liverpool's creator-in-chief It wasn’t that long ago that people were questioning Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role in this Liverpool team. The Reds, who sit top of the Premier League table following their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, overhauled their midfield in the summer, bringing in Dominik Szo...

How Iraola brought out the best in Bournemouth hotshot Solanke

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How Iraola brought out the best in Bournemouth hotshot Solanke Dominic Solanke is putting together a quietly impressive 2023/24 season. The Bournemouth forward has seven Premier League goals to his name, a tally only Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Heung-Min Son, Ollie Watkins and Jarrod Bowen can better. He has more goals than Evan Ferguson, Bukayo Saka and Jul...

Are Chelsea's midfielders contributing enough to haul club up the table?

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Are Chelsea's midfielders contributing enough to haul club up the table? To say the Mauricio Pochettino era at Chelsea has gotten off to a stuttering start would be a bit of an understatement. The Blues have been erratic, at best, following up creditable draws with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City with losses to West Ham United, Brentford and Newcastle United.The e...

Matip vs Konate: Which centre-back does Klopp use when Liverpool face Man City?

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Matip vs Konate: Which centre-back does Klopp use when Liverpool face Man City? Jurgen Klopp has a number of big decisions to make heading into the game against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. A win for Liverpool would see them leapfrog their hosts into top spot. A loss, coupled with results elsewhere, could see the Reds end the weekend in fifth position. We’re jus...

Why Man City will regret selling Cole Palmer to Chelsea

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Why Man City will regret selling Cole Palmer to Chelsea If we’re being honest, Chelsea’s recruitment strategy since being bought by Todd Boehly has been erratic at best. They aren’t afraid to splash the cash but there seems to be very little thought going into what is needed. It is why Robert Sanchez is between the sticks for the Blues ...

Why Southgate needs to hand Newcastle's Gordon a first England call-up

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Why Southgate needs to hand Newcastle's Gordon a first England call-up Eyebrows were raised when Newcastle United parted with an initial £40m in January to pry Anthony Gordon away from Everton. The versatile forward had more yellow cards than he did goals when turning out for the Toffees last season - six cautions and three goals - and he was perhaps the definiti...

How majestic Mbeumo maximised his chance to become Brentford’s star forward

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How majestic Mbeumo maximised his chance to become Brentford’s star forward Brentford look set to lose a big-name forward before the start of the 2024/25 Premier League campaign but it might not be the player you think it’ll be. Ivan Toney has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea over recent weeks and a move could be on the cards for the suspended striker. However, Br...

Watkins thriving with the responsibility of being Aston Villa's main man

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Watkins thriving with the responsibility of being Aston Villa's main man Ollie Watkins is in an exclusive club in the Premier League this season. He’s the only player to have scored five goals and chipped in with five assists.The likes of Erling Haaland (9), Mohamed Salah and Heung-Min Son (both 7) have scored more than the Aston Villa No.11 but only Salah (11) can...

Is Man City hitman Haaland starting to get found out?

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Is Man City hitman Haaland starting to get found out? Erling Haaland’s form looked ominous heading into the first international break of the 2023/24 season. The Manchester City No.9 had six goals and an assist in just four Premier League outings. In the final game prior to the break against Fulham, the powerhouse centre-forward scored a hat-trick...