English Players Abroad – Episode 4

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Welcome to our weekly edition of English Players Abroad.

We’ll talk about how our exports got on last weekend below, but first here’s an at-a-glance view…

Key: CA: Capital Appreciation; Match: Match Day Dividends; Media: Media Dividends


France

Stephy Mavididi (£0.82)

Mavididi is certainly enjoying life in Eastern France.

Fresh from his 120th minute winner in the French Cup last week to knock out Limonest, he was on target once more against Brest on Saturday.

Put through by Romain Amalfitano in the 77th minute, he streaked clear of the visiting defence and lashed home a fine finish into the bottom corner.

It means the 21-year-old – who has begun operating as the central striker in Dijon’s 4-2-3-1 – now has four goals in his last four games for the club, and is one of the hottest marksmen in Ligue 1.


Germany

Jadon Sancho (£8.07)

Another week, another record for Jadon Sancho. With his 13th minute opener against Union Berlin on Saturday, the 19-year-old became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score 25 goals.

He also – naturally – registered an assist for good measure, and has now scored nine goals and assisted another seven in his past nine league matches.

He also continues to be linked with a move away from the Westfalonstadion, and with the Euros on the horizon, does his current price of £8.07 even look cheap?


Italy

Ashley Young (£0.54)

It’s been a dream start for Young in Milan.

An assist in his first start last week, and now a clean sheet and three more points towards his new side’s title push.

Young is perhaps being helped to settle at the San Siro by a number of familiar faces. Not just Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku from their Manchester United days, but also Victor Moses and now Christian Eriksen, both of whom joined the Nerazzurri during the January transfer window.

Chris Smalling (£0.58)

It’s not been a great 2020 for Roma so far in Serie A.

Just one win in five league matches has seen them lose significant ground to the runaway trio of Juventus, Inter Milan and surprise package Lazio.

And their performance away at Sassuolo was possibly their worst of the recent run.

The Giallorossi were 3-0 down within 26 minutes and Smalling in particular was being pulled out of position with regularity as the hosts’ fluid attack – led by Francesco Caputo – weaved some fantastic patterns.

Friday’s fixture with in-form Bologna represents a must-win game for Roma as they look to get back on track.

Ronaldo Vieira (£0.80)

Vieira came on for Samp at a crucial stage in their Serie A encounter with Napoli, with the score at 2-2.

Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, he was unable to prevent Napoli scoring twice in the last ten minutes to make off with all three points.

Vieira is on his way back from injury, and has had to deal with speculation linking him with a move to West Ham, so he’ll be hoping to soon rediscover the consistency that has seen him make 19 Serie A appearances this season.


Portugal

Levi Lumeka (£0.36)

It was a stunning end to 2019 for Lumeka as he picked up the Player of the Month award for December in Portugal’s second division.

But 2020 hasn’t yet caught light for him, and it’s mainly down to his Varzim team’s struggles. 

They have won just once in six games since the turn of the year, and they haven’t troubled the scorers in their last two matches.

Nonetheless Lumeka played another full 90 minutes and as he admitted in a recent interview, he is delighted with the choice he made to join Varzim, and the fact he is learning a different style of football.

Marcus Edwards (£0.90)

Edwards began Vitoria’s defeat to Boavista on the bench, alongside fellow England youth international and new arrival at the club, Easah Suliman.

Edwards entered the fray on the hour mark with his side already 2-0 down and though his decoy running helped fashion two decent chances for his side, they couldn’t find a way back into the game.

Vitoria have won just once in Portugal’s Primeira Liga since 8th December and if they can’t arrest their slide, a European spot for next season will surely go begging.


Turkey

Daniel Sturridge (£0.38)

It’s been an uncertain January for Sturridge, as rumours circulated of a move back to England, with Aston Villa in the market for a striker.

Eventually the Villans settled on Tanzanian Mbwana Samatta, and Sturridge can perhaps now settle back into his season at Trabzonspor, who are right in contention at the top of Turkey’s Super Lig.

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Sturridge, who has seven goals and four assists in just 14 appearances in all competitions this season, came off the bench on 67 minutes and helped his side secure a 2-1 win over Fenerbahce.


And in other news…

Bobby Duncan (£1.13)

Things seem to go from bad to worse for Duncan.

The 18-year-old – a cousin of Steven Gerrard – joined Fiorentina from Liverpool in the summer after an ugly spat between his agent and the Reds.

But the £1.8m move – which Duncan hoped would result in first team football – has not worked out that way, and he was close to joining Sunderland during the January transfer window.

With Duncan not even appearing for La Viola’s under-19 side in recent weeks, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the talented forward.

George McEachran (£0.67)

The 19-year-old McEachran has joined Dutch second division side SC Cambuur on loan for the rest of the season.

And George – brother of Josh, currently playing at Birmingham City – was put straight onto the bench for his new club’s 2-0 win over NEC last Friday, albeit he didn’t get on.

With Cambuur top of the league, McEachran will no doubt be hoping to play his part in their title charge.

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Rob is a football writer who has featured on Football Espana, Crystal Palace FC and BBC Sport. A long-time Indexer, he prefers an assist to a goal.

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