Lucas Perez’s Insatiable Determination Seeing Him Thrive at Depor After Incredible Journey Abroad

Not since the 2002/03 La Liga campaign has Deportivo La Coruna had a player score nine goals in the first 13 matches. Their magnificent Dutchman Roy Makaay did so 12 years ago on his way to scoring 29 goals and winning the coveted Pichichi. While it’s taken over a decade for Makaay’s record to be[…]

Erik Lamela’s Brilliance Sees Him Embody Pochettino’s Exciting Philosophy

“I think this is a key season for him. After two seasons at Tottenham, now is the moment for him. Not to put pressure, but it’s true. It’s a key moment for him to develop and to move on his game. It’s important,” were the words of Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, when speaking about what[…]

Yevhen Konoplyanka Duly Repaying Sevilla For Going To Extraordinary Lengths To Help Him Settle

Immediately following his switch to Sevilla, Yevhen Konoplyanka staunchly explained why he’d chosen to move to the current Europa League holders over a host of English Premier League clubs who were interested. “If I was two-and-a-half metres tall and didn’t know how to control a ball then I may have gone to England, but here[…]

Imanol Agirretxe: Real Sociedad Hitman Gunning For The Pichichi And Making His Old Mentor Proud In The Process

Darko Kovacevic has always been an idol of Imanol Agirretxe’s. When he first began to train with Real Sociedad’s first team back in 2005 as a fresh faced 18-year-old, Agirretxe would closely watch the Serbian maestro, eager to learn as much as possible from him. It must be said that Kovacevic clearly had an overwhelmingly[…]

Highly Skilled Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco Now Thriving at Atletico After Initial Period of Adjustment to Simeone’s Methods

“It was a little difficult to adapt. But now I’m good physically and in all other departments as well,” explained an overjoyed Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, after his starring role in Atletico Madrid’s impressive 2-1 win over Valencia. His wonderful performance was the perfect way to cap off a brilliant week for the Belgian wizard. It all[…]

Mamadou Sakho’s Encouraging Start To Life Under Jurgen Klopp

At the start of October, Liverpool’s imposing central defender, Mamadou Sakho, vented his frustration towards Brendan Rodgers, who refused to hand the Frenchman a start in Liverpool’s opening five matches of the season. “Let’s say that during the short period when I was not playing, I was like a little caged lion who has not[…]

Theo Bongonda: Why Celta Vigo’s 19-year-old Attacking Starlet Is Such A Weapon For Eduardo Berizzo’s Side

Celta Vigo’s exciting attacking starlet, Theo Bongonda, who signed from Zulte Waregem in January, was made to wait patiently for his first La Liga start by manager Eduardo Berizzo. Despite making sporadic appearances for the club since his arrival, a starting debut had so far been something that eluded him. Bongonda completely understood it wasn’t[…]

Fitter, Michael Jordan Inspired Borja Valero Key To Fiorentina’s Blistering Start To The Season

After a disappointing 2014/15 season, by his lofty standards, Borja Valero made a vow to be fitter for the upcoming 2015/16 Serie A campaign. A crucial element in his quest to achieve his goal was to improve his diet. He made the tough call to completely cut pizza out of his diet, one of his[…]

Karim Bellarabi Continues To Prove Why He’s So Perfect for Roger Schmidt’s Bayer Leverkusen

Roger Schmidt, Bayer Leverkusen’s charismatic manager, would’ve seen his side’s enormous Champions League clash with Barcelona as a magnificent opportunity to test his dynamic brand of football against one of the world’s best units. The match would’ve surely also held extra significance for Schmidt, who confesses so much of his philosophy has been derived from[…]