Scouting Report: Kevin Strootman

In the summer of 2014, Kevin Strootman was hailed by Louis Van Gaal as the Netherlands’ missing piece for their World Cup squad. Considering the unfancied Dutch side managed to pick up the bronze that year, it was a bold claim that obviously led to numerous “sources” claiming the midfielder was on his way to Van Gaal’s new side, Manchester United. This summer, Strootman was … Continue reading Scouting Report: Kevin Strootman

Scouting Report: Dmitri Payet

“Even when they had Moore, Hurst and Peters, West Ham’s average finish was about 17th. It just shows how useless the other eight of us were.” – Harry Redknapp West Ham United is one of the most culturally popular clubs on the planet. Their players were the backbone of England’s only World Cup victory on home soil in 1966, and their iconic terrace chants are known … Continue reading Scouting Report: Dmitri Payet

Scouting Report: Renato Sanches

In the summer of 2015, the young Portuguese midfielder could look back upon a largely successful first year of professional football. Having been promoted to the Benfica B, Sanches had largely delivered the goods, even if his two red card offences pointed to a possible problem with temperament. Going into the 2015/16 season, he was promoted to the first team for the following season, and … Continue reading Scouting Report: Renato Sanches

Scouting Report: Radja Nainggolan

The summer of 2016 has been an interesting period for the English Premier League. Coming off a season where Leicester was the surprise champion, and Chelsea the surprise struggler, there has been an overhaul of ideas. In an effort to keep pace with their national rivals, to say nothing of their European counterparts, most teams at the top have appointed new managers. Manchester City has … Continue reading Scouting Report: Radja Nainggolan

Scouting Report: Jordan Henderson

“He has got all the skills technically that we needed…He’s good with the ball, he’s creative, he’s got good passing, he’s physically very good…That’s everything we wanted in a midfielder and he’s versatile as well.” – Damien Comolli (Liverpool Director of Football) on Jordan Henderson, June 2011 Upon signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2011, the transfer of Jordan Henderson was seen as coup … Continue reading Scouting Report: Jordan Henderson