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Does Clyne deserve Reds return after injury woes?

One wonders what Nathaniel Clyne was thinking on Thursday night. There was Callum Wilson, once of non-league obscurity, pointing to a bright England future alongside Jadon Sancho. As has been well-documented, Wilson’s rise into the England ranks has come after great suffering. His time in the Premier League with Bournemouth has been ravaged by injury, two separate instances of rupturing his...

today
Spurs and Arsenal can profit from Bailly's United nightmare

Life at Manchester United started sweetly for Eric Bailly. The first signing of the José Mourinho era – joining in a £30million deal from Villarreal – he wasted no time making an impression at the club. Of course, he was far from being United’s highest-profile recruit that summer. During an impressive window, the Red Devils re-signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for a then world-record £89millio...

today
Dani Olmo: The La Masia graduate Barça want back

For young footballers, playing for Barcelona’s La Masia academy is akin to a budding tech entrepreneur getting a big break in Silicon Valley. La Masia is the fabled farmhouse turned football talent factory which produced players like Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi. It teaches future stars not just about the beautiful game, but about life. It’s as comprehensive as education gets...

yesterday
Has Pulisic's progress stalled?

A year ago, Christian Pulisic appeared to have the football world at his feet. Becoming an increasingly key player at club level with Borussia Dortmund, the Hershey, Pennsylvania, native had assumed a central role on the senior international stage with the USA and was one of the most-wanted young attackers in the world. Pulisic, having endured a difficult, injury-plagued year, is no longer a fixtu...

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