Villa new-boy Wesley is much more than Christian Benteke 2.0

It’s only after promotion to the Premier League that the hard work really starts. And Aston Villa had more to do than those they joined in escaping the Championship. With a number of their key players only at Villa Park on loan, the challenge was to either sign them up permanently or bring in replacements of similar quality. The most important part of Dean Smith’s to-do list would’ve been to find...

What Maurizio Sarri must do to improve on near-perfection at Juventus

Cigarette smoke is billowing from the Allianz Arena which, in the finest traditions of the Papal conclave, means the appointment of new coach at Juventus: Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli boss is expected to be confirmed as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor in Turin any day now after a single, eventful, season at Chelsea in which he won the Europa League, reached the Carabao Cup final and qu...

Five players likely to have been identified by Watford's scouting network

The Pozzo family have done incredible things for Watford since ridding the club of Laurence Bassini in 2013. That alone was enough to ensure Hornets fans will be forever grateful, but promotion to and stability in the Premier League have followed, along with a first FA Cup final in 35 years. What makes the club’s continued growth under the Pozzos – custodians of Italian side Udinese since 19...

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Liverpool must break character and be ruthless with Lallana

It’s a phrase muttered almost every year but the 2019 summer transfer window could be the one to shape Liverpool’s future. However, whereas in previous seasons it was clear the Reds needed to make improvements in certain areas, this summer it’s more about improving the tier of players below Jürgen Klopp’s core group. Get that right and Liverpool are in a good place to compete for the Premier Leag...

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