English Players Abroad – Episode 8

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It’s heady days for some of our Englishmen in Europe at the moment.

Levi Lumeka and Jadon Sancho are just two of the youngsters making heads turn with their performances, and there are a number of others – such as Xavier Amaechi and Bobby Duncan – who are threatening to break through.

We’ll talk about all these individuals and more, but first here’s our at-a-glance view of who did what last weekend:

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


Portugal

Levi Lumeka (£0.41)

It’s goals in back-to-back games for 21-year-old winger Lumeka as his Varzim side drew with Chaves.

And given his nine goals and four assists this season, it’s no surprise that Lisbon-based sports daily A Bola reports he’s been watched lately by representatives from Sporting Clube de Braga, who are currently third in the Portuguese top flight.

Perhaps no coincidence that his price is up 18% on the Index in the last seven days…

Marcus Edwards (£0.98)

Marcus Edwards made quite the impact for Vitoria SC on Sunday night. Brought on at half-time with his men 1-0 down, Edwards saw Joao Teixeira get them back on level terms after just two minutes of the second period.

And then when Edwards’ clever 66th-minute run and shot was saved, Teixeira was again on hand to fire his side into a lead they never relinquished.

Edwards’ wonderful dribbling and creativity has caught the eye of bigger clubs this term, and it will be interesting seeing whether he decides to stay with Vitoria in the summer or seek a bigger challenge elsewhere.

At just £0.98 and only 21-years-old, he’s surely got a lot of share price growth to give.


France

Stephy Mavididi (£0.93)

Dijon continued their extraordinary home league form which hasn’t seen them lose at Stade Gaston Gerard since 24th August.

A quite remarkable run and they kept it up against bottom club Toulouse on Saturday, prevailing 2-1.

Stephy Mavididi played 70 minutes alongside Julio Tavares up front, and disrupted the opposition defence in the build-up to Les Moutardes’ winner.


Germany

Jadon Sancho (£10.12)

What’s Jadon done now? Oh, only equalled Borussia Dortmund’s club-record number of assists in a single season – with nine games to go…

Sancho actually began the encounter with Borussia Monchengladbach on the bench, but after coming on for Julian Brandt after the hour, he set up Achraf Hakimi with a neat through ball.

The rumour mill continues to go into overdrive on the 19-year-old.

And with at least three more months of that – and a Euros ahead – his current price of £10.12 looks set to go on rising.

Jonjoe Kenny (£0.66)

After recent heavy defeats, Schalke boss David Wagner changed to a back five for Saturday’s fixture with Hoffenheim – with Jonjoe Kenny performing the right wing-back role.

And the change yielded a much-needed point which just about keeps the Miners in touch with the Bundesliga top five, even if they haven’t won in the league since 17th January.

Kenny was interviewed by the i paper last week, a conversation during which he said he hasn’t spoken to Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti about his future – he is on loan from the Toffees at Schalke – and that he is relishing getting involved in the German way of life.

Possible signs he may remain with Wagner’s men next year…


Spain

Kieran Trippier (£0.69)

Atletico Madrid had the chance to go above Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, but they could only take a point from their meeting at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And Kieran Trippier was at fault for the visitors’ equaliser, bringing down Lucas Ocampos in the area which the referee adjudged – via VAR – to be a penalty.

Ocampos stepped up to fire past Jan Oblak and leave Los Rojiblancos with a sour taste in their mouth as they travel to Anfield for their huge round of 16 Champions League second leg on Wednesday.


Italy

Ashley Young (£0.49)

The coronavirus situation is growing pretty dire in Italy, and it was wholly depressing to see the much-anticipated Juve-Inter Serie A clash played out to an empty ground.

Inter didn’t seem to thrive on the ‘atmosphere’, Ashley Young especially.

He was bamboozled not once but twice by Paulo Dybala in the 67th minute as the Argentinian forward dispatched Juve’s second unanswered goal.

Ronaldo Vieira (£0.69)

Ronaldo Vieira hasn’t completed 90 minutes for Samp since 18th January, the result of niggles and a loss of form.

But boss Claudio Ranieri started him in their 2-1 win over Verona on Sunday, albeit both late strikes from Fabio Quaglierella – which stole the three points from under the visitors’ nose – came once Vieira had left the pitch in the 61st minute.

The youngster was booked in the 39th minute, but otherwise looked a solid presence in central midfield.


Holland

Omar Bogle (£0.18)

Things are looking increasingly bleak for Omar Bogle’s ADO Den Haag.

Fans have displayed a banner in recent weeks which can be loosely translated as “the spectre of relegation looms large”, and unless something miraculous happens at the Cars Jeans Stadium, boss Alan Pardew’s time in Holland’s top division will be short-lived.

Bogle featured for 70 minutes of his side’s comprehensive 4-0 defeat to high-flying AZ Alkmaar on Saturday, but given they only managed 24% possession, he wasn’t exactly flush with service to trouble the hosts’ defence.


And Finally….

A number of Englishmen were on the fringes of action at the weekend.

Ademola Lookman – who is understood to have not yet committed his international future to Nigeria – entered the fray in the Bundesliga for the first time in nearly a month.

But he has only played 167 minutes of football for Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig this term, and he will surely be on his way in the summer. 

Question is, where to?

Xavier Amaechi and Kemar Roofe made for the bench for Hamburger SV and Anderlecht respectively, having both recovered from injury lay-offs.

And Bobby Duncan started Fiorentina under-19s’ 2-1 victory over Napoli. He was heavily involved in the opener for La Viola, the 18-year-old seeing his shot saved before Alessandro Bianco seized on the rebound to bundle home.

*Share Prices accurate at time of writing

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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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