• Morning Editorial: Davinson Sanchez Has The Tools To Excel In English Fooball

    Tottenham are closing in on their first signing of the transfer window after they agreed a club record fee of up to £42m with Ajax for centre-half Davinson Sánchez, with the Colombia defender now expected to compete his move in the coming days. Mauricio Pochettino made the 21-year-old his primary defensive target after an impressive debut season in European football in which Ajax reached the Europa League final, when they were beaten by Manchester United. ...

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  • Nemanja Matic, Manchester United And A Win-Win Transfer

    It's too early to claim Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United as a success. In fact, it's too early to claim it to be anything at all. One Premier League game, even one brilliant Premier League, doesn't make a season. What does seem more certain, though, is that Matic will play a different role for United than the one he was occupying at Chelsea. Under Antonio Conte, the Serbian was on sentry duty, patrolling the middle of the pitch with N'Golo Kante and building the block which kept so many of the team's opponents locked within their own half last season. ...

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  • Olivier Giroud Is Inverting The Traditional Substitute Dynamic

    Shirt numbers are increasingly irrelevant in the modern game, or so we are often told. They can be status symbols, numerical references to dates or anniversaries, tributes to favourite players or family members, or just random curiosities. Yet every now and then one acquires a certain significance. ...

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  • Will Chris Hughton Finally Get The Credit He Deserves This Season?

    Even if Chris Hughton was a bang-average manager he would still be a very welcome addition to Premier League touchlines. This is a man who rarely resorts to banalities either in the football he presides over or the discussions about it afterwards. Throw in unflinching honesty and unswerving decency – the 58 year old is widely considered to be one of the nicest guys working in football today – and the Brighton boss is always worth listening to. While his peers content themselves with regurgitating clichés extended from a narrow bias in their post-match interviews, Hughton thoughtfully dissects the game almost – but not quite – with neutrality and if this is a commendable trait in itself it also makes him that rare breed of coach who assumes intelligence in supporters. Rare? Make that unique as it is perfectly possible to split other top flight coaches into two opposing camps: those who pretend to be cleverer than they are and those with fierce acuity who feel the need to dumb down their reasoning for us laymen. ...

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