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Copa America showed why free agent Alves is in demand

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Copa America showed why free agent Alves is in demand A large part of Brazil’s Copa America success wasn’t the free-flowing, blustering football we have come to expect from one of the game’s most recognisable nations, but rather a foundation of solidity that allowed the attacking players to thrive. Indeed, Coutinho was the competition...

Senegal dominate AFCON semi-final best XI after Tunisia triumph

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Senegal dominate AFCON semi-final best XI after Tunisia triumph Goalkeeper: Alfred Gomis (Senegal) - 8.31 ratingThe first of six Senegal players to feature, goalkeeper Alfred Gomis comes away with the player of the round award after landing a WhoScored rating of 8.31 from their extra time 1-0 win over Tunisia. The 25-year-old made two saves in the narrow victory...

West Ham onto a winner as they push hard for Haller

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West Ham onto a winner as they push hard for Haller West Ham’s decision to sell Marko Arnautovic, in hindsight, was an easy one to make. The Austrian, whose attitude has been compared to that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had been keen on a London Stadium exit in January before penning a new deal a proclaiming his loyalty to the Hammers. Of course, it...

Mahrez and Mane miss out on AFCON semi-final combined XI

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Mahrez and Mane miss out on AFCON semi-final combined XI Now there are only four teams left in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, we have worked out a combined XI considering only players that have made at least three appearances in the competition this summer. There is plenty of talent among the squads for Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia and N...

Tunisia well-represented in AFCON best XI after Madagascar victory

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Tunisia well-represented in AFCON best XI after Madagascar victory Goalkeeper: Rais M’bolhi (Algeria) - 7.63 ratingJonathan Kodjia became the first player to get the better of Rais M’bolhi at AFCON 2019, ending a run of 421 minutes without conceding, and it could have been more had the experienced goalkeeper not worked wonders between the sticks. Indeed...

Cheaper Zaha alternatives Arsenal should have considered

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Cheaper Zaha alternatives Arsenal should have considered It’s a sign of the current market that when Arsenal reportedly made a £40m approach for Wilfried Zaha the footballing world collectively scoffed at what was considered such a derisory fee.It’s well known that the Gunners are financially hamstrung this summer and need to eek every p...

Who is Arsenal bound William Saliba? Stats and characteristics report

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Who is Arsenal bound William Saliba? Stats and characteristics report Arsenal are moving closer to their second summer signing in the form of Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba - who will return to the Ligue 1 outfit on loan for the 2019/20 season.The terms of the deal have been criticised in some quarters, with the Gunners in need of defensive reinforcements in th...

Algeria lead the way in AFCON team of the round

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Algeria lead the way in AFCON team of the round Goalkeeper: Mouez Hassen (Tunisia) - 7.99 ratingTunisia sprung something of an upset in their progression to the next round of AFCON 2019 as they dumped heavyweights Ghana out of the competition on penalties at the last-16 stage. Mouez Hassen may not have played any part of the shootout, with head c...

Copa America champions Brazil dominate tournament best XI

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Copa America champions Brazil dominate tournament best XI Brazil lived up to their favourites billing as they secured Copa America glory on home turf at Peru's expense in Sunday's final. Here, we run through the best XI from the tournament...Goalkeeper: Alisson (Brazil) - 6.89 ratingBrazil rightly dominate the Copa America best XI with Alisson the first of...

Peru dominate Copa America team of the semi-finals after shock Chile win

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Peru dominate Copa America team of the semi-finals after shock Chile win Here we run through the best rated XI from the semi-finals of this summer’s Copa America, which is unsurprisingly dominated by finalists Brazil and Peru Goalkeeper: Pedro Gallese (Peru) – 9.12 rating Peru dumped defending champions Chile out of the semi-finals and goalkeeper Pedro Galles...

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