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Sterling is one of the best wingers in the world and right now he is making all the difference for England,’ he said. Those previous performances cannot be forgotten, and with Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer labelling him ‘world class’, there is certainly reason for optimism that a long-term holder of the No 1 harry kane tottenham jersey is quite literally in safe hands. There have no doubt been glimpses from the Germany striker, including notable braces against Southampton and Krasnodar, but lately things have not fallen for Werner, and with Olivier Giroud performing at every given opportunity he faces more competition than he may have expected. Few doubt he will eventually replicate his scoring record in Germany in the Premier League but the 24-year-old more recently has wasted good chances, missed when it has appeared easier to find the net and generally failed to make an impact on games. The Egyptian has made himself a household name in the last 12 months following a stunning debut campaign at Anfield in which he scored 44 goals in 52 games as the Reds reached the Champions League final. But the first few weeks – aside from a debut goal against Crystal Palace – were mired with frustration, glum faces from the Netherlands international looking on from the bench and an damning outburst from his agent that he had only featured in Carabao Cup games.
Given how much more solid he has made Chelsea barring his role in the penalty conceded at Everton, there is no surprise as to why the Blues are looking to keep him as part of a squad where many young players form a crux of the roster. Signed for £20.5m from Valencia in the summer, Torres has demonstrated his clinical edge in front of goal and prowess inside the penalty area, which is particularly impressive given his natural position is out wide. Comfortable anywhere along the back-four and with experience from playing in every defensive position for Kevin MacDonald in the reserves. But in addition to his distinctive defensive abilities, recent reports suggest his leadership qualities in competitive fixtures and in training have left a remarkable impression on his team-mates. The midfield maestro has not been seen since and Liverpool’s relative silence on the matter of his return was of some concern before announcing earlier this month he had completed an individual session in a return to training. The exciting £45m signing from Atletico Madrid on deadline day has seen his ability to turn the club’s fortunes around largely frustrated by injury.
His signing appeared to have been met with much consternation by sections of the United fanbase, but already has demonstrated why he is Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time record goalscorer. Chelsea supporters had grown tired of Marcos Alonso’s lapses of concentration, particularly in defence, and his assists record suffered as a result too. Hiding the price from the tweet, the club encouraged supporters to click through to the club shop. Many of England’s Euro 2020 heroes are still to get a taste of club action again following extended holidays. Eriksen’s agent says the Denmark player feels like he’s been a part of his country’s remarkable Euro 2020 run, as they travel to a stadium he knows well tonight. With Kevin De Bruyne already out, the early part of the season was a chance for Foden to further stamp his authority on this side, only for injury to rob him of the chance to do so. He’s developed at Leeds and Brighton and now he’s been handed the chance to kick on to the next level. And, with Spurs, Lloris still has a chance of tasting more. His consolation in the home thrashing by Leicester remains his only goal contribution and a hamstring injury in November frustrated progress, but there have been far more disastrous starts made by Ake’s predecessors to life at the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish was one of the standout performers for England this summer and his £100m switch to the Etihad Stadium is expected to allow him to add Champions League football and the game’s biggest trophies to his CV. The 23-year-old’s piece de resistance so far with the Reds came with a fifth career hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League. The Greek has shown he can certainly be entrusted to perform a similar job defensively for Klopp’s men, but he will require further confidence from his boss to find his way into how the Reds seamlessly choreograph their build up. He has worked with many of these players since they were young pros and that can form a great bond between players and coaches. Eden Hazard was clearly terrorising defenders from a young age and can be seen dodging a tackle during the semi-finals of a Under-17 European Championship in Belgium. The 18 participants this year really does read like a who’s who of the great and good of European football.