Ben Chilwell isn't a £50m player but he will improve Chelsea

Ben Chilwell isn't a £50m player but he will improve Chelsea

Ben Chilwell completed his move to Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Guardian reporting the fee as £50 million. This will make him the third most expensive left-back of all time, behind Lucas Hernandez (£70m) and Benjamin Mendy (£52m), albeit the former is considered a centre back by many. A fair comparison is Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United for the same fee last summer. With 99 Premier League appearances under his belt, Chilwell is much more experienced than the right-back …
Aston Villa Must Chase Quality, Not Quantity, This Summer

Aston Villa Must Chase Quality, Not Quantity, This Summer

Aston Villa can count themselves lucky to be heading into a second season in the Premier League, rather than looking at the prospect of a season back in the Championship, but they shouldn't care about that. Villa took a point from a draw with Sheffield United when goal-line technology failed to award Sheffield United a clear goal. Villa fans will, and should, point out that they could still have come back to score in that game. And they had their …
Thiago Silva wouldn't guarantee an end to Chelsea's defensive issues

Thiago Silva wouldn't guarantee an end to Chelsea's defensive issues

Chelsea could be set to strengthen their defence by bringing in Thiago Silva on a free transfer. The Guardian report that the Blues have held talks with the Brazilian's representatives and a decision on his future will be made following the Champions League final. There won't be a shortage of options for the 35-year-old, but a move to the Premier League could appeal to him. This proposed transfer is difficult to analyse without looking at the wider picture at Chelsea. …
Liverpool should arrange Premier League loan for Rhian Brewster

Liverpool should arrange Premier League loan for Rhian Brewster

In a market that will be dominated by free agents and loans, a move Rhian Brewster is very attractive for Premier League clubs needing a striker. BBC Sport report that a host of top-flight clubs are chasing the Liverpool youngster, but a decision won't be made on his future imminently. Jurgen Klopp wants to monitor his progress over pre-season, while the player will want to assess how much game time he will get at Anfield. If he does become available, …
Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

The 2020/21 season is only weeks away and it will be a season where many players are playing for their places in their national team squads ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2021 competition. England will go into that tournament as one of the favourites and Gareth Southgate will have many hard decisions to make. His squad, as currently constructed, is a little uneven. He has great depth at right-back, but left-back isn't so strong. The central defensive options aren't at …
Manchester City Are Right To Build David Silva a Statue

Manchester City Are Right To Build David Silva a Statue

The man they call El Mago is leaving Manchester City after a decade of glittering brilliance, which has illuminated not just The Etihad, but the Premier League as a whole. David Silva is taking his wonderful talents back home to Spain, signing a two year contract with Real Sociedad, and the Premier League's loss will be La Liga's gain. It will indeed be a loss, Silva is one of the finest players to ever grace the English game. A wonderfully …
Why Antonee Robinson Is A Smart Signing For Fulham

Why Antonee Robinson Is A Smart Signing For Fulham

In the summer of 2018 Fulham were promoted to the Premier League and appeared to take a scattergun approach to recruitment. The brought in a genuinely remarkable 15 players in the summer transfer window alone, including 10 permanent signings. They seemed to be trying to build an entirely new team in one window, which was a problem. There didn't seem to be a focused plan to it, which was an even bigger problem. They signed three goalkeepers! In one window. …
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