One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson

Just the mention of an Icelandic player is enough to send shivers down the spine of England fans. To their relief however, it’s more likely to be French football fans witnessing Dijon goalkeeper Runar Runarsson in action. The 5-cap Icelander finished the curtailed campaign between the sticks in Ligue 1 but faces serious competition fromContinue reading “One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson”

One to Watch: #9) Helder Costa

Newly promoted Leeds United have signed Portuguese midfielder Helder Costa on a permanent deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers following an encouraging loan spell. £14m is no small sum but aged 26, Costa, who has been capped at various youth levels for Portugal (61 caps!) and scored on his only outing for the full national side, hasContinue reading “One to Watch: #9) Helder Costa”

One to Watch: #9) Adrien Thomasson

26-year-old Adrien Thomasson was a regular in the Nantes side when I really got in the habit of following my wife’s home team. Like most of the players in yellow, he was frustrating to watch. He could clearly play but just like Adryan, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Emiliano Sala and the rest, putting the ball in theContinue reading “One to Watch: #9) Adrien Thomasson”

Career Watch: #1) Luca Gagliano

Welcome to a new feature that’s somewhat of an expanded version of One to Watch. In years to come, I intend to provide at least a brief update of how the future (Or past!) has panned out for all those players to have featured in my One to Watch Series. In Career Watch, I’ll goContinue reading “Career Watch: #1) Luca Gagliano”

One to Watch: #8) Iñaki Williams

It’s hard not to be drawn to the story of a footballer whose parents walked over 5,000km and traversed the Sahara Desert on foot. That footballer is Inaki Williams. 21 goals in 32 games for Bilbao Athletic was, not surprisingly, the kind of goal scoring exploits that earned the now 26-year-old Williams promotion to AthleticContinue reading “One to Watch: #8) Iñaki Williams”

One to Watch: #7) Marcus Ingvartsen

The latest edition of One to Watch features Denmark’s all-time record goalscorer at under-21 level but aged 24, he remains uncapped at full international level. Farum-born Marcus Ingvartsen struck 30 goals in 74 league appearances for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. In 2016-17 he even outscored Norwich City’s flying Fin Teemo Pukki to finish as theContinue reading “One to Watch: #7) Marcus Ingvartsen”

One to Watch: #6) Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Alireza Jahanbakhsh isn’t the first player to have scored goals in the Netherlands but then struggled to make an impact in the English Premier League. The likes of Afonso Alves and Mateja Kezman spring to mind. The quality of goals scored by the 26-year-old Iranian in the Eredivisie and glimpses of his undoubted quality thatContinue reading “One to Watch: #6) Alireza Jahanbakhsh”

One to Watch: #5) Ronaldo Vieira

With a name like Ronaldo Vieira you kind of have to make an impression. 21-year-old Guinea Bissau born Vieira did just that during his time at Leeds United so it was a surprise to many when the Elland Road club let him leave Yorkshire and join Serie A side Sampdoria. Well, if they were goodContinue reading “One to Watch: #5) Ronaldo Vieira”

One to Watch: #4) Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez is unlikely to be an unfamiliar name to avid football followers. The Tenerife born Spaniard appeared 179 times for Newcastle United in the Premier League before joining Leicester City last summer. Perez is easily dismissed as a decent player but a striker who doesn’t quite score enough goals. To do so though isContinue reading “One to Watch: #4) Ayoze Perez”

One to Watch: #2) Moussa Wague

In the second ever One to Watch, we take a look at a 21-year-old right back on the books of the mighty Barcelona with eighteen international caps already to his name. Moussa Wague gained experience by clocking up 23 first team appearances at Belgian side Eupen before a €5 million move to Spain. Having gotContinue reading “One to Watch: #2) Moussa Wague”