Richarlison: the Premier League’s next big thing?

As the halfway point of the Premier League season approaches, it must be said that Marco Silva’s Watford have been one of the league’s most exciting sides. Playing with a refreshing brand of attacking football, they are in ninth, and could end with a decent top-half finish. A key aspect behind Silva’s success has been his signings, and…

It’s time for Jesse Lingard to get the respect he deserves

When Jesse Lingard scored his wonder goal in midweek against Watford to seal the three points for Manchester United, he silenced a lot of doubters. A goal of great quality, he displayed his influence and gave plenty a task of having to take back their own words. Following the announcement of the United team-sheet an hour prior to…

Breaking The Lines’ list of top 25 U-23 African players: 24. Ramadan Sobhi

Egypt’s qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia may have come as a surprise to many, but once given a more detailed look, it is easily justifiable, for their talent is exceptionally blooming. They have strong performers in each aspect of the pitch, a fine coach in the form of Héctor Cúper whose experience has brought…

Breaking The Lines’ list of top 25 U-23 African players: 2. Eric Bailly

José Mourinho has become quite popular for working with African talent, and throughout his career, he has developed several stars from scratch or helped them progress in their careers and made them crucial cornerstones for his club’s successes. From Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien at Chelsea to Sulley Muntari and Samuel Eto’o…

Matt Busby and the Manchester United oddessy

22 men stepped out on the consecrated Wembley turf. In a bid to declare their supremacy upon the other and to send a slow, albeit impactful message to the rest of the technologically-deprived footballing world, these 22 men would take part in a match that change the way football was perceived in one of the…

Cafu: the born winner who became the most complete full-back of his time

Jamie Carragher’s light-hearted jibe at Gary Neville over his career as a full-back on an episode of Sky Sports Monday Night Football, where he claims that no young footballer aspires to grow up and become a full-back, wasn’t too far from the truth. A position whose importance has often been neglected, it isn’t always the…

Marcus Rashford finally comes of age, having already been there for a while

Manchester United’s morale-boosting 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was a much-welcomed result. After two successive weeks where they allowed rivals Manchester City to build a comfortable cushion, Anthony Martial’s strike nine minutes from time gave United a crucial three points. The Frenchman ended up winning the club’s in-house man-of-the-match. However, it was really Marcus Rashford, the man he replaced, who…

Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini: José Mourinho’s success stories

Manchester United have made their best start to a Premier League season since 2011, having won six out of their opening seven games, drawing the other, scoring 21, conceding two and sit in second with only a goal separating them from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Just over 14 months after taking over, José Mourinho is finally…

Breaking The Lines’ list of top 50 young players for 2017-18: 40. Pol Lirola

Wing-backs are becoming increasingly important commodities in the modern-game, as their dynamism on both sides of the pitch are becoming an important asset to teams. Teams often deploy three-at-the-back systems which results in these full-backs providing more of an attacking outlet, thus converting full-backs to wing-backs, and rising the demand for players who meet these characteristics….

Scout Report: Marcos Llorente

Real Madrid have made smart purchases from Spanish clubs in recent years and are building the future of their side with them at the core. Marco Asensio is an example, after he had a successful season in which he helped the club win their first La Liga title since 2012 and a second successive Champions…