Paul Wilson

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Name: Paul Wilson
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/leicestercity

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  1. Where are the young goalscorers available to buy? | Paul Wilson — July 19, 2017
  2. Will the wait for an English manager to win the Premier League ever end? | Paul Wilson — July 17, 2017
  3. No sign of austerity in Premier League’s never-ending transfer spree | Paul Wilson — July 8, 2017
  4. Pep Guardiola knows Manchester City fortunes must translate to trophies — April 22, 2017
  5. How Leroy Sané was helped to settle at Manchester City by Mesut Özil — April 22, 2017

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Jul 19

Where are the young goalscorers available to buy? | Paul Wilson

There has been much talk about strikers this summer but apart from Kylian Mbappé, exciting and emerging names are not exactly flooding the market

According to just about every manager interviewed on the subject, not to mention the accumulated wisdom of more than 100 years of professional football, the hardest task in the game is putting the ball into the back of the net. It often looks deceptively easy, a tap over the line here, a well-timed header there, but at the highest level you are up against organised defences and highly-trained goalkeepers. Opportunities do not normally come along that often in a game, and frequently most of the team will have been involved in some way in creating the space to set up the attack, so that when you finally arrive – as Pep Guardiola is fond of putting it, meaning arrive in front of goal – the pressure on the guy on the end of the move is considerable.

Some find it easy to handle and finish almost instinctively; think Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s title-winning season. Then when it becomes expected it becomes harder to do; think Vardy last term or even Diego Costa drying up for Chelsea. Some players seem to emerge from their teenage years as born goalscorers – think Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen or Wayne Rooney – only to find the necessary fearlessness and decisiveness more difficult to reproduce once they are marked men in their mid-20s. Occasionally strikers manage to improve with age and experience, by looking after themselves and bringing all their knowledge and maturity to bear, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jermain Defoe demonstrated last season. A reliable goalscorer at any age is an invaluable asset, which is why Manchester United have happily handed over £75m to Everton to secure Romelu Lukaku’s best years.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jul/19/where-are-young-goalscorers-kylian-mbappe

Jul 17

Will the wait for an English manager to win the Premier League ever end? | Paul Wilson

After 25 Premier League years an English coach is still to lift the title and the supply of qualified foreign coaches suggests the wait may continue awhile

The Premier League has been going for 25 years and it is still no closer to being won by a team with an English manager.

Actually that might not be completely true. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth finished ninth last season and in the arid landscape of English achievement since Howard Wilkinson took Leeds United to the final old First Division title in 1992 that possibly counts as progress. There have certainly been seasons, 2015-16 being the most recent, when the top 10 positions were the exclusive province of foreign coaches.

Related: Do English managers deserve more chances in the Premier League? | Paul Campbell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jul/17/will-wait-for-english-manager-to-win-premier-league-end

Jul 08

No sign of austerity in Premier League’s never-ending transfer spree | Paul Wilson

It already looks like another record-breaking summer of spending for English clubs, but the disconnect between footballers and the real world is growing

Liverpool and Everton were first, Arsenal have just joined them, and Huddersfield Town managed it twice in the same week. The transfer window still has the best part of two months to run and the real horse-trading is yet to start, but this looks like it could be the summer when almost every Premier League club sets a transfer record.

Perhaps such a development is a logical and inevitable corollary of the new television deal, the one responsible for making English clubs richer than ever before. Perhaps it is simply a matter of inflation, not just prices going up all the time but the follow-on effects from, say, the benchmark set by Romelu Lukaku changing clubs for around £75m.

Related: Manchester United agree Romelu Lukaku fee with Everton

Related: Chelsea winded by Romelu Lukaku blow and Antonio Conte will demand answers | Dominic Fifield

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jul/08/premier-league-transfer-window-spending-austerity

Apr 22

Pep Guardiola knows Manchester City fortunes must translate to trophies

Coach looks ahead to an FA Cup semi-final against an Arsenal side he admires fully aware that he has not yet offered an upgrade on his predecessors

The FA Cup is not going to rescue the season for Arsenal or Manchester City, Sunday’s semi-finalists at Wembley. Only a top-four finish will give Arsène Wenger ammunition with which to reply to his detractors and while City currently look the more capable of achieving that in this most competitive of seasons, Pep Guardiola is aware it is nowhere near enough.

“I am happy that we have made some progress this season but I cannot expect the owners to feel the same way,” the City manager says with disarming frankness. “The potential of this club is so much higher.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/22/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-arsenal-fa-cup-semi-final

Apr 22

How Leroy Sané was helped to settle at Manchester City by Mesut Özil

They might be rivals in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley but the City striker reveals the Arsenal playmaker was crucial to him finding his feet in England

Leroy Sané has been one of Manchester City’s undoubted successes of the season. The former Schalke winger may not have been an instant sensation – it took him a while to adjust to a new country and the physical demands of the Premier League – but from the moment he scored his first goal in England against Arsenal in December he has never looked back. Suddenly, it was possible to see what had impressed Pep Guardiola so much in the Bundesliga. Even the fee of £37m began to look less excessive. During the brief period when Gabriel Jesus was able to link up with Sané in the City attack, the evidence was even more compelling: here was a player for the future, someone you could build a team around.

Related: Arsène Wenger banks on Wembley factor to unite Arsenal masses

Related: Pep Guardiola backs Leroy Sané to provide Manchester City’s cutting edge | Paul Wilson

Related: Leroy Sané sparkles for Manchester City as attacking trident shows menace | Ben Fisher

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/22/leroy-sane-mesut-ozil-pep-guardiola-manchester-city-arsenal-fa-cup-wembley