Forward-Thinking From the Middle: Four young midfielders that emphasize the importance of ball progression

Building moves from deeper areas, zipping passes between the lines, driving through gaps and breaking the press, feeding runs into space, springing counter attacks, carrying into the attacking third — progressing the ball is an extremely important aspect of football. After all, the ultimate aim of the game is to move the ball closer towardsContinue reading “Forward-Thinking From the Middle: Four young midfielders that emphasize the importance of ball progression”

Ollie Watkins is quite good, isn’t he?

By Philippe Stengel and Max Taylor Before we start, we just want to say a big thank you to Victor Renaud (@victorrenaud5) for creating a graphic for the piece and Twenty3 (@twenty3sport) for allowing us to use two of theirs. Both create really insightful data visuals, and we highly encourage you to check out moreContinue reading “Ollie Watkins is quite good, isn’t he?”

The Ever-Evolving No. 10 Position: Four Premier League players redefining our understanding of the role

The Playmaker. The Trequartista. The Enganche. The Creator. The Number 10.  It’s a position as elusive as those that play it. A role that has birthed some of the greatest footballers in history. An area on the pitch so vital, so involved, and often where the magic happens: the slide-rule pass, the fancy flick, theContinue reading “The Ever-Evolving No. 10 Position: Four Premier League players redefining our understanding of the role”

Rodrigo De Paul: A Scouting Report

By Philippe Stengel and Max Taylor Football is a simple game. Silverware-winning sides have a multitude of players that contribute to their success, struggling sides don’t, and on the rare occasion, a team can attribute a large portion of their accomplishments to a single individual — a one-man-team, a carry job, a Jack Grealish atContinue reading “Rodrigo De Paul: A Scouting Report”

Finding Arsenal’s Next Number Nine

Things can change very quickly in football. On Christmas day, Arsenal sat in 15th place, on 14 points, 14 games into the season; they had just crashed out of the Carabao Cup, recorded their 7th winless Premier League game in a row, and question marks surrounding Arteta’s future began to surface. Fast forward a monthContinue reading “Finding Arsenal’s Next Number Nine”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: A Scouting Report

Profile A player who was once touted as one of the next best English midfielders, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had awful luck with injuries in the first few years of his career. Despite a largely positive spell at Crystal Palace in 2017/18 and a promising breakthrough at Chelsea in 2018/19, the 24-year-old still has never managedContinue reading “Ruben Loftus-Cheek: A Scouting Report”

Noni Madueke: A Scouting Report

When 17-year-old Jadon Sancho left Man City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, it was viewed as an immensely brave move; a leap of faith not generally made by English youngsters. In the three years since, however, it’s become clear that Sancho truly paved the way for this movement. Over the last few seasons, a flurryContinue reading “Noni Madueke: A Scouting Report”

Michael Olise: A Scouting Report

An £8m release clause, the Championship’s assist leader, and already an integral member of high-flying Reading, it’s easy to see why 19-year-old Michael Olise is garnering so much attention. In this report, we identify what exactly makes the youngster such an exciting prospect. Olise is a French-born attacking midfielder, and was picked up by ReadingContinue reading “Michael Olise: A Scouting Report”

Silas Wamangituka: Stuttgart’s Congolese Star

VfB Stuttgart are quickly developing a reputation as one of the most promising sides in Europe. Under the leadership of technical director Sven Mislintat, the German club have a host of exciting young prospects, and 21-year-old Silas Wamangituka may be the best of the lot. Signed from Paris FC for €8m in 2019, Silas helpedContinue reading “Silas Wamangituka: Stuttgart’s Congolese Star”

Andreas Skov Olsen: Denmark’s Own

By Dominic Wells This year’s “Golden Boy” was awarded to Norwegian superstar, Erling Haaland, the poster boy of Scandinavia’s rising talents. A lot of clubs in Europe have started to utilise the region, and for good reason, as the combination of quality youngsters for affordable prices is very alluring. Some of the higher profile casesContinue reading “Andreas Skov Olsen: Denmark’s Own”