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  1. Roberto Pereyra the Exciting New Signing for Watford

    9th September 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Watford's exciting new signing from Juventus, Roberto Pereyra, didn't waste anytime in announcing himself to the Vicarage Road faithful.

    Having come on at half time with Walter Mazzarri's men 3-0 down against Arsenal, the Argentine injected a great degree of energy and dynamism into his team's play. And the all-action midfielder rewarded his electric start fittingly by scoring an instinctive, well taken goal with his left foot in the 58th minute.

    At the time, it looked as though this moment of magic might inspire Watford to generate a comeback, but it wasn't to be. Nonetheless, there was still plenty to like about the 25-year-old's 45 minute cameo on debut for the Hornets, in a match where he showcased so many of his qualities.

    Aside from the aforementioned, his intelligent movement saw him identify openings

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  2. Alvaro Negredo: Off to a Flying Start with Middlesbrough

    26th August 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Having scored an outstanding 23 goals in his opening 33 matches for Manchester City, in his debut Premier League season back in 2013/14, many thought Alvaro Negredo would go onto become a star at the Etihad for many years to come.

    Unfortunately, however, this wasn't to be the case for the Spaniard, as his time in Manchester came to an abrupt halt. He would score his last ever goal for the club in January 2014, with reports citing homesickness and personal issues were to blame for his demise, but Negredo vehemently dismisses such claims. "I don't go along with this. I was not homesick," he insisted to the Daily Mail.

    "At City, we had a dressing room full of Spanish speakers. Javi Garcia, David Silva, I came with Jesus Navas from Sevilla, then there were Argentines like Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis.

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  3. Valentino Lazaro: Red Bull Salzburg's Gifted Attacking Midfielder

    22nd August 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Born to an Angolan father and a Greek mother, Red Bull Salzburg's immensely talented youngster, Valentino Lazaro, has unquestionably developed into one of the most exciting youngsters in European football.

    Having spent almost 10 years honing his craft at hometown club Grazer AK, the ambitious Austrian giants, Red Bull Salzburg, recognised his undeniable potential and shrewdly signed him in 2011. Although Lazaro was just 15 at the time, it didn't take him long to impress his new employers. His rapid rise to prominence continued when he made his first-team debut, at 16 years and 224 days, against FC Admira Wacker in November of 2012, which saw him become the youngest player ever in the history of the Austrian Bundesliga.

    Then, aged just 18, as a result of his strong showings at club level, he received his first senior national team call-up and debuted in Austria's 1-1 draw with Iceland on the 30th of May 2014, when he came on

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  4. Ben Chilwell An Emerging Talent at Leicester City

    29th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Having risen through the ranks of Leicester City's academy, it's great news for the club that one of their prized assets, Ben Chilwell, looks set to stay with the Premier League champions.

    The 19-year-old's been heavily monitored by Liverpool, who had their £7 million bid for him rejected last month, but now appears ready to sign a new five-year contract with the Foxes. "He is very close [to signing a new deal] and he will stay with us," Claudio Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury.

    "He is our future. We are building and looking for good, talented young players. Ben is one of our players and we believe in him."

    Having previously played under David Wagner, a former colleague of Jurgen Klopp who plays a similarly dynamic brand of football, when he was on loan at Huddersfield Town, it's understandable why Liverpool identified Chilwell as one of their key transfer targets.

    Despite Chilwell being Christian Fuch's able

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  5. Aaron Mooy: The Most Exciting Australian Football Player

    25th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    It was encouraging to see Aaron Mooy look so comfortable playing against the intensity and quality of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. The Australian, who's just been loaned out to Huddersfield Town, having recently joined Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, appeared unfazed by the step up in class throughout his 45 minutes of action.

    Mooy, formerly of A-League side Melbourne City, rightfully received rave reviews for his excellent performance. The local newspaper certainly didn't waste anytime in voicing their satisfaction with the new signing. "On a night when a sell out crowd came to the John Smith's Stadium, there was one man wearing blue and white stripes who stood out above the rest," wrote Alexandra Porter of the Huddersfield Examiner.

    "Aaron Mooy continues to win the hearts and minds of supporters with a string of accomplished pre-season displays to kick off his loan from Manchester City."

    From his midfield station, the 25-year-old

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  6. Bournemouth Sign Lys Mousset - An Inspired Addition to the Squad

    15th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.

    After rising through the ranks of Le Havre's prestigious youth academy, which he joined in 2006 as a 10-year-old, all it took was one full season of professional football for Lys Mousset to earn himself a transfer to the Premier League.

    Having done their due diligence on the French sensation, Bournemouth's astute acquisition of Mousset from under the noses of the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Europa League kings Sevilla is a testament to the club's exciting, youth friendly project under Eddie Howe.

    After bagging 14 goals and three assists in 29 matches for the Ligue 2 outfit, the 20-year-old inherently attracted plenty of interest, but the Cherries' offer appealed to him most. "I think that I will adapt quickly. At Bournemouth, there is a desire for me to progress," stated Mousset.

    "I have been told that they are going to make me work. It is a project that I liked. I felt a lot of confidence and respect for me and

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  7. Leicester City Sign Nampalys Mendy: A Match Made in Heaven

    11th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.

    Leicester City's astute capture of Nampalys Mendy is another fine example of the club buying players that fit their philosophy.

    Unlike many of the Premier League's biggest clubs who regularly buy based solely on talent and then worry about fitting them in later, the Foxes's expertise in identifying players that will suit their system and have the right mentality is a testament to their scouting and capacity to address their needs. On last season's evidence, their square pegs for square holes approach clearly worked wonders.

    Mendy's previous relationship with Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri, who he worked with at Monaco three years ago, also played a crucial role in him choosing the reigning Premier League champions. The player duly noted this upon his arrival, saying: "My reunion with him (Ranieri) went very well.

    "I was able to have a first discussion with him and he put me at ease straightaway. He was happy to

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  8. What's Next for Leicester City?

    30th May 2016.
    It may not have been the most cinematic version of events, but it did the trick. On Sunday, May 1st, Leicester City drew an away match with Manchester United, missing an opportunity to clinch the Premier League title. With just three games left in the season, the Foxes went into the Man Utd match with 76 points-seven points ahead of their only remaining challengers, Tottenham Hotspur. Other one-time contenders like Arsenal and Manchester City had fallen by the wayside, leaving only these two teams as potential champions. The draw against United meant that the Spurs could still catch Leicester City, so fans had to wait to see their team win the Premier League title for the first time.

    As it turned out, those fans only had to wait a little more than 24 hours. On Monday, May 2nd, Tottenham Hotspur played their third-to-last 2015/16 match against Chelsea. It was an odd game for the Blues: they could either lose the game and remain

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  9. Leicester City's dynamic attacker Jeffrey Schlupp

    7th May 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    When Jeffrey Schlupp started against Swansea last week, it was the German born flyer's first Premier League start since November 7 for Claudio Ranieri's brilliant Leicester City.

    Having began the season as Leicester's undisputed starting left-back, Jeffrey Schlupp would've been delighted with his solid start to life working under Ranieri. But following the Foxes' demoralising 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal in September, Ranieri did away with Schlupp as his left-back, instead installing Christian Fuchs, who's been magnificent ever since.

    Ranieri preferred to deploy Schlupp as his left-winger for a brief period thereafter, but unfortunately Schlupp lost his spot on the wing too, with Marc Albrighton's stellar form keeping him out.

    A frustrating hamstring injury in December then kept Leicester's Players' Player of the Season from last term out for around two months, something that was an especially disheartening setback given his

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  10. Football for the Older Generation: Is There a Gap in the Recreational Market?

    11th April 2016.
    In professional football, there are opportunities for top players to stay competitive from their youth years into their late 30s at least. David Beckham enjoyed his prime years at Manchester United and Real Madrid in the 1990s and 2000s before moving to the United States Major League Soccer a few months before his 32nd birthday. He retired from professional football in 2013, just weeks after he turned 37. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, is 35 and only just made his move to MLS. And in November of last year, Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, dubbed the "world's oldest footballer," signed a brand new deal with Yokohama FC. He turned 49 in February.

    The point is, while older players aren't necessarily the focus of top leagues like the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga, or the English Premier League, many top stars are still enjoying plenty of longevity in the sport. Ironically, these players-whether they are sticking around the

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