English Players Abroad – Episode 6

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Welcome to our weekly edition of English Players Abroad.

Coronavirus fears may have led to some fixture postponements in Italy – including the Inter vs Sampdoria Serie A clash that was due to feature Ashley Young and Ronaldo Vieira – but others around Europe did take to the pitch, as we’ll see from our at-a-glance view:

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


Portugal

Marcus Edwards (£1.03)

Marcus Edwards’ Vitoria SC were expected to defeat Primeira Liga bottom-club Aves, but they nonetheless did so convincingly, 2-0.

And both goals were set up by Edwards. For the first he laid the ball off to Davidson da Luz Pereira to fire a wonderful effort over Fabio Szymonek, and then his excellent jinking run and shot was parried but only as far as Andre Andre, who tapped home.

At just £1.03 on the Index, he could be worth keeping an eye on if his form continues…

Levi Lumeka (£0.34)

Levi Lumeka’s Varzim squeezed past Cova Piedade 2-1 on Sunday to keep up their push towards the promotion places in Portugal’s LigaPro second division.

Lumeka once again played the full 90 minutes, and notched an assist for good measure – his third this campaign but first goal involvement for seven matches.


Holland

Omar Bogle (£0.18)

Though Omar Bogle’s ADO Den Haag were pegged back late on to only draw 2-2 at Heerenveen, the 26-year-old got his first goal in the Eredivisie, putting his men ahead in the 28th minute.

Den Haag couldn’t really complain at the result – the hosts had 38 shots to the visitors’ four – and it showed how much of a job Alan Pardew still has to do to get his relegation-threatened team to safety.

George McEachran (£0.69)

George McEachran made his second appearance for SC Cambuur in their 2-0 victory over Roda JC, who themselves featured fellow Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo.

The 19-year-old was brought on by manager Henk de Jong in the 51st minute just after the hosts had gone two up, primarily to provide extra solidity in midfield.

If he makes some starts over the coming weeks, then expect his current price of £0.69 to tick upwards.


France

Stephy Mavididi (£1.00)

Stephy Mavididi had a right-sided attacking brief in Dijon’s 1-1 draw with Monaco last Saturday, during which he struggled to have an impact.

The point was enough to keep Les Moutardes out of the relegation zone, but with Nimes directly behind them having won four of their last five, they need to start picking up wins fast to pull away from danger.

Mavididi’s future is still up the air, with Derby County the latest club rumoured to be keen on the ex-Arsenal forward.


Germany

Nathaniel Phillips (£0.47)

Liverpool loanee Nathaniel Phillips is making quite the impression at 2. Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart. 

His new team are just three points off the summit and with the 22-year-old as part of a back three, Die Roten have kept four clean sheets in their past five league outings.

And of their last nine league games, Phillips has started eight of them – losing just once.

He’s already been called back to Merseyside once this season, and if his performances continue, he’ll give Jurgen Klopp a nice headache when his future is decided upon in the summer.

Jadon Sancho (£9.23)

Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga by seeing off Werder Bremen 2-0.

And as is now customary, Jadon Sancho registered an assist – this time arrowing in a corner that Dan-Axel Zagadou prodded home.

There’s a lot of extraordinary stats about the 19-year-old flying about – but how about this one: in his last twelve league appearances, he has scored or assisted in eleven of them….

Jonjoe Kenny (£0.66)

It was a day to forget for Jonjoe Kenny on Saturday as his Schalke side went down 5-0 to title-chasing RB Leipzig – just weeks after they succumbed to Bayern Munich by the same scoreline in the league.

And Kenny looked all at sea against the pace and creativity of Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku down his flank, with the latter totting up four assists.

No win in their last five means Schalke have lost touch with the Bundesliga pace-setters, but they will retain hopes of qualifying for Europe by targeting sixth place.


Spain

Kieran Trippier (£0.71)

Sunday marked Kieran Trippier’s return from injury for Atletico Madrid, when he came on as a 59th minute substitute in his side’s 3-1 triumph over Villarreal. 

And what an impact he had, with his delivery from the right causing a host of problems for the visitors’ defence.

He had a hand in the second goal, sliding a ball into Angel Correa whose cross was headed home by Koke.

Diego Simeone will be delighted to have the 29-year-old back ahead of a critical month in not just La Liga, but also the Champions League in which Los Rojiblancos have a huge round of 16 second leg tie at Liverpool on 11th March.


Italy

Chris Smalling (£0.60)

It was a much-needed three points for Roma in Serie A as they trounced Lecce 4-0.

And a clean sheet for Chris Smalling to boot.

Off the pitch, the 30-year-old declared in an interview with BBC Sport that he still has hopes of making Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euros.

Time will tell, but with Southgate having travelled to watch him this term, he is not out of mind…


Turkey

Daniel Sturridge (£0.35)

Daniel Sturridge was a second-half replacement for Trabzonspor in their 2-2 draw with Besiktas in Turkey’s Super Lig.

And his men snatched a late equaliser in the 91st minute from Crystal Palace loanee Alexander Sorloth, who also got Trabzonspor’s first.

Sorloth’s form has been keeping the 30-year-old out of the starting XI – the former Liverpool man has just 78 minutes of league football to his name since the turn of the year – and he will have to consider his options if he continues to be confined to the bench.


And finally….

A couple of Englishmen were also in cup action for their respective clubs.

First it was the return of the Svenska Cupen – Sweden’s premier domestic knockout competition –  where Curtis Edwards (£0.16) Djurgarden took on Dalkurd in Group A and prevailed 3-2.

And at youth level in Italy, Fiorentina faced Juventus in the Coppa Italia Primavera.

Bobby Duncan (£1.12) started in a front three for La Viola, who prevailed 3-3 on away goals over the two legs.

Fiorentina, the reigning champions of the competition, will meet Verona in the final on 9th April.

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About Author

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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