The dust has settled on the first round of the recently re-branded Formula 2 series and we are already fast approaching Round 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Amid the stunning performance by Charles Leclerc to win the Bahrain sprint race, it posed an intriguing question for me – who will make the final giant leap up to Formula 1, and is ‘Formula 2’ truly the best proving ground? Continue reading
A fast guide to Peru. An extraordinary country, selecting just 5 things proved somewhat difficult. In no particular order, here are the 5 absolute must do’s, and 5 things you might wish to avoid. Continue reading
Joe Rankin-Costello has cemented a position in Blackburn’s Under-23 team and has already signed his first professional contract, aged just 17. The midfielder has gone from strength to strength since moving from Manchester United’s academy as a youth, to becoming a standout player in Blackburns’ development squad campaign. Joe has earned a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder, completing a successful conversion from his early career as a defender.
His ability to adapt to any situation is still exhibited however, as he has played in a number of different positions for Blackburn as and when required, including full-back, holding midfielder, attacking midfielder and featuring in wide roles. Predominantly, Joe is most effective in a central midfield role where he often acts as a ‘needle player’ – seeking gaps to play the ball into the forwards during attacking play. Continue reading
Manchester City attacker Jadon Sancho has had an outstanding academy career, earning a reputation as one of the brightest prospects in English football. Sancho has already earned the opportunity to train under City manager Pep Guardiola, joining the first team in their training sessions, despite being just 16 years old. Since, he has continued to impress across a number of competitions, achieving a goal scoring ratio of almost a goal-a-game.
Aside from his impressive goal scoring record, Jadon has also registered a number of assists. It is more than a case of being in the right place at the right time, as Sancho has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to dribble past his opponents and take them out of the game. This results in a shooting opportunity for himself, or alternatively draws out another defender, creating dangerous space for his teammates. Either way, it is highly effective and has resulted in a number of goals for the City academy. Continue reading
Trent Alexander-Arnold has burst on the scene at Liverpool FC after a series of impressive performances at U23 level. The 18 year old Englishman can operate at right-back or central midfield and is already being tipped to have a highly successful career at Liverpool. The academy graduate captained Liverpool at U16 level before progressing through to the first team.
Alexander-Arnold has a remarkable ability to read the game, making a number of key interceptions during matches and being able to anticipate play. When operating at right-back he is disciplined in his positioning, very defensively aware and Continue reading
Midfielder Jacob Maddox has made a series of impressive performances as part of the youth setup at Chelsea FC. Playing in a number of attacking midfield positions, the England U19 International is often at the centre of high standard passing sequences around the opposition penalty area, using his trickery, creativity and vision to create chances for his team. 18 year-old Maddox has progressed to the U23 team, whilst also competing in the FA Youth Cup and EFL trophy.
Maddox has remarkable ball control and has the confidence to take on opponents 1v1 when in possession. This often results in taking players out of the game or Continue reading