1. 20 Over-30s Who Have a Final Big Transfer Move in Them

    The vast majority of clubs prefer to pick up players in their teenage years or early 20s, sensing value in a deal that can bring them either long-term service or a mighty sale later on...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 day ago 13,068 reads 0 comments

  2. European Club Rankings: Barcelona and Arsenal in Freefall, PSG Rise

    The return of the Champions League always adds an additional element of intrigue to our European Club Rankings, as it allows many of the sides to play against one another...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 3 days ago 23,924 reads 0 comments

  3. Benfica's Nelson Semedo Is Smart, Aggressive and Perfect for Manchester United

    As evenings go, Tuesday night was a very, very good one for Benfica's defensive unit. Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes saved a penalty and made a number of stunning stops as the Eagles ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 days ago 8,390 reads 0 comments

  4. 20 Starlets Whose Stock Has Plummeted in the 2016-17 Season

    It has become part and parcel of football to spot a young, prodigious talent and begin imagining the feats they might achieve. Alexander Isak is the next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , Romelu Lukaku was the next Didier Drogba...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 8 days ago 41,258 reads 0 comments

  5. Premier League Player Rankings: Sadio Mane Rises, Spurs Stars Fall En Masse

    Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday very much shaped the way this edition of the Premier League player rankings fell: Reds moving upward, Lilywhites moving downward...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 9 days ago 9,993 reads 0 comments

  6. European Club Rankings: Barcelona and Bayern Shoot Upward; Chelsea Fall

    It was a good weekend in European football for strikers. Barcelona's MSN trio wreaked havoc, Edin Dzeko and Gonzalo Higuain did the damage in Serie A, and Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe proved the scourge of Ligue 1 defences once again...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 10 days ago 20,992 reads 0 comments

  7. Kylian Mbappe: Monaco's Near-Unique Talent Well Worthy of Arsene Wenger's Gaze

    When a player breaks a record set by Thierry Henry, you sit up and take notice. That's exactly what happened when Kylian Mbappe made his Monaco debut back in December 2015 against SM Caen , becoming the youngest player ever to represent the club...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 13 days ago 13,814 reads 0 comments

  8. Ranking the 20 Best Under-21 Summer Transfer Window Prospects

    The January transfer window might still be faintly visible in the rearview mirror and the wounds still fresh for some clubs, but attentions have already turned to a summer of opportunity...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 15 days ago 23,624 reads 0 comments

  9. Premier League Player Rankings: Chelsea Dominate the Top Order

    Those of you who support Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will enjoy this edition of the Premier League player rankings. Those of you who support Arsenal won't like it quite so much...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 15 days ago 20,576 reads 0 comments

  10. European Club Rankings: Arsenal and Liverpool Fall Dramatically

    What a difference a week can make in football. Just take a look at Arsenal's last seven days: two losses, a minor fan revolt, national media attention drawn to said revolt and, perhaps ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 17 days ago 20,657 reads 0 comments

  11. Alexander Isak: The Cherry on Top of Borussia Dortmund's Talent-Infused Cake

    Arguably the biggest story of the January transfer window was Alexander Isak's move from AIK to Borussia Dortmund for a reported €10 million (£8.65 million), per the Guardian 's Marcus Christenson ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 20 days ago 8,913 reads 0 comments

  12. Premier League Player Rankings: Kante Rises, Hazard Falls, Costa Is Still King

    Liverpool's clash with Chelsea was rightly billed as the glamour tie of the midweek Premier League round of games, and the match has had a big impact on this edition of the player rankings — but not for the reasons you'd expect...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 21 days ago 4,104 reads 0 comments

  13. Ranking the Top 20 Deals of the 2017 January Transfer Window

    The January transfer window has finished; this is your lot until June 2017. If you're happy, great; if you're not, tough. There's nothing else top-level teams can do to alter the shape of their season now...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 22 days ago 21,196 reads 0 comments

  14. European Club Rankings: Barcelona Drop Again, Liverpool Plummet, Chelsea Rise

    While England's footballing populous got their teeth into some traditional FA Cup action this weekend, Europe's major divisions kept chugging along...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 24 days ago 19,042 reads 0 comments

  15. Julian Brandt: A Perfect Fit for Klopp's Liverpool and a Prize Worth Waiting For

    In January 2016, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ignored the urge to spend big in his first transfer window at the club, instead carefully putting the building blocks in place for a successful 2016-17...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 27 days ago 13,263 reads 0 comments

  16. Picking a January Transfer Window Final-Week Target for Each Premier League Club

    On January 31, the winter transfer window will shut. Whether it slams or slides quietly depends on your viewpoint, but what is certain is the opportunity to do business will cease...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 29 days ago 35,070 reads 0 comments

  17. Premier League Player Rankings: Alexis Sanchez Rises, Philippe Coutinho Falls

    When the top Premier League clubs drop points, things change pretty drastically in the following edition of the player rankings...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 29 days ago 15,313 reads 0 comments

  18. European Club Rankings: Barcelona, Monaco and Roma on the Up

    With every top European league now back in action, perhaps it shouldn't have surprised anyone to see the goals flying in across the continent...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 15,418 reads 0 comments

  19. The Second Coming of Kluivert: Justin Has All the Tools to Be World Class

    As far as stunning first-team debuts from 17-year-olds go, Justin Kluivert 's 51 minutes off the bench for Ajax against PEC Zwolle last weekend is up there with the very, very best...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 11,655 reads 7 comments

  20. Ranking the 20 Players Most in Need of a Move in January Transfer Window

    We're midway through the January transfer window and, as usual, clubs have been rather reticent when it comes to making moves or playing their hand in the market...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 21,154 reads 17 comments

  21. Premier League Player Rankings: Chelsea and Tottenham Stars Move Up En Masse

    Diego Costa's absence from Chelsea's matchday squad against Leicester City sent the fear of God through Blues fans and fantasy football players alike, but Antonio Conte's men got on just fine without him...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 19,066 reads 56 comments

  22. European Club Rankings: Real Madrid Finally Lose; Barcelona Bite Back

    For the first time this season, Real Madrid lost a game of football they participated in. A 2-1 defeat on Sunday at the hands of Sevilla—a team they'd already played and beaten ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 19,297 reads 55 comments

  23. Scouting Gabriel Jesus: Everything You Need to Know About Man City's New Striker

    Manchester City fans have had to wait patiently, but the moment Gabriel Jesus is unleashed in sky blue is now spine-tinglingly close...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 5,356 reads 9 comments

  24. Picking the Star Man in Every 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Side

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off Saturday in Gabon. Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead his nation out to take on Guinea-Bissau in the tournament's curtain-raiser...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 5,512 reads 3 comments

  25. European Club Rankings: Good News for Real Madrid; Bad News for Barcelona

    Welcome to the latest edition of the European Club Rankings, which is returning to written format for 2017. You can watch the video version here...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 13,663 reads 50 comments