The media coverage of the English Premier League is feverish. Inescapable. All-consuming.
Particularly if you’re an Englishman. In many ways, it’s why some players decide to escape it for a calmer life elsewhere.
But whilst these individuals might enjoy the lower scrutiny of playing abroad, it’s no good for you Football Index Traders that hold positions in those players – you want to know what they’ve been up to. How they’ve played. Who they kept quiet.
So here we are – stepping into the breach – and providing a new weekly feature on Englishmen abroad. And not just your Smallings and Sanchos, but your Mavididis and McGuanes too.
We’ll be focussing chiefly on European leagues, but that won’t stop us shedding some light on Englishmen doing the business elsewhere.
So without further ado, let’s see who did what last weekend…
Kieran Trippier (£0.77)
The latest sports organisation to engage in so-called ‘sportswashing’ is the Spanish FA (RFEF), taking their Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.
He was then the only successful penalty taker for Atleti in the ensuing shoot-out, which they lost 4-1.
It promises to be some battle between him and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£6.93) for the England right-back slot for the Euros.
Ronaldo Vieira (£0.69)
It was a vital win for Sampdoria as they thrashed Brescia to edge clear of the Serie A relegation zone.
And 21-year-old Vieira – who the CIES Football Observatory once named in a top 20 of the best under-20 footballers in the world – was instrumental, playing 82 minutes and looking an assured presence in central midfield.
At just £0.69 on our index – and playing consistently under Claudio Ranieri – he is one to watch.
Chris Smalling (£0.61)
It wasn’t the only tough moment for the Manchester United loanee either, as just three minutes into the encounter, he got under a Paulo Dybala (£3.25) free-kick and could only brush his header into the path of Merih Demiral (£1.11) who put the Old Lady ahead.
This aside though, Smalling’s Italian experience has gone better than anyone expected and may well be made permanent.
The big question is whether it’s enough to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad.
Marcus Edwards (£1.02)
So they’ll have been pleased to come away with a point that keeps up their push for European football next term.
Keeping the width on the left, Edwards often cut in to great effect and one lovely drag back created a chance for his side in the last minute, but Amir Abedzadeh (£0.08) did well to parry the header.
Stephy Mavididi (£0.79)
It wasn’t the best gameweek for Mavididi. His Dijon side went down to ten men early on against Lille, and so after just half an hour, the 21-year-old forward was sacrificed for defender Ahmad Nounchil.
Nonetheless Mavididi, who is on loan from Juventus, has made 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season – with two goals – and can expect better days ahead.
Best of the Rest
While these players were strutting their stuff, it was a quieter weekend in a number of other leagues, such as Germany and Holland.
But that didn’t mean this week’s transfer window – involving English players – was quiet.
In particular, there was a lot of speculation about Barcelona’s Marcus McGuane (£0.60), who is currently on loan at Dutch second division side Telstar.
And if you hold the 20-year-old in your portfolio, you would’ve seen his price jump a huge 45% in the last week.
RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman (£1.12) was another to be linked with a return to the Premier League. Newcastle are said to be the front-runners, with Steve Bruce desperate for some firepower up top.