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Kevin Wimmer: Commanding centre-back could blossom at Tottenham

Kevin Wimmer has made 25 Bundesliga appearances for Cologne this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur have what is comfortably the worst defensive record in the top half of the Premier League. With backup options Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches contenders to depart this summer, it is therefore unsurprising that the club have been connected with a number of defensive reinforcements. The firmest link came last week, with reports that they had agreed a deal for Cologne centre-back Kevin Wimmer.

The 22-year-old was born in the city of Wels, in northern Austria,...

Leroy Sané scared Real Madrid and continues to shine for Schalke

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Sane goal (57') Real Madrid 3-3 Schalke

The Scout's Notebook this week looks at one of the rising stars in the Bundesliga who gave Real Madrid a fright in the Champions League ...

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Champions League debuts don't get much better than the one Leroy Sané enjoyed against Real Madrid last Tuesday. Given his opportunity by an early injury to Eric Choupo-Moting, he produced a truly superb strike from the edge of the area to bring Schalke back to 3-3 in the middle of a pulsating match that so nearly saw them complete...

Michy Batshuayi: Marseille forward has raw materials to be an attacking force

Michy Batshuayi has scored six goals in 17 Ligue 1 games this season.

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Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring with a razor-sharp turn and finish and added another just before half-time in Marseille's impressive 6-1 win away to Toulouse on Friday. After that two-goal salvo, the 21-year-old will be hopeful of retaining his place in Marcelo Bielsa's starting XI for the trip to league leaders Olympique Lyonnais this coming weekend.

Batshuayi's path to Ligue 1 has been far from smooth. He was born in Brussels to Congolese parents, and joined the Anderlecht...

Anwar El Ghazi: Ajax winger who models his ball striking on Ronaldo

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Anwar El Ghazi has risen to prominence in the Dutch league.

Anwar El Ghazi continued his highly impressive debut season with a goal and an assist in Ajax's 3-1 victory away to league leaders PSV Eindhoven on Sunday. His emergence has been one of the few bright spots in a largely disappointing campaign for the Amsterdam giants, who are still 11 points adrift of PSV at the top of the Eredivisie table despite their win.

Born in the Rotterdam suburb of Barendrecht to Moroccan parents, El Ghazi began his career at the local side BVV Barendrecht. Feyenoord took...

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco: Monaco's next young talent, will test Arsenal

The ESPN FC team preview Arsenal's clash against Monaco and debate whether or not the Gunners can avoid being knocked out in the Round of 16 for the first time in four seasons.
Ferreira Carrasco's speed, skill and positivity on the ball should give Arsenal some issues in their UCL clash.

Monaco progressed to the Champions League round of 16 on the back of conceding just one goal during the group stage. But while Arsenal's primary task on Wednesday will be to break down their visitors' defence, they should also be wary of the threat the Ligue 1 side carry on the counter-attack, where Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is their primary menace.

Ferreira Carrasco was born in Ixelles, Belgium to a Portuguese father and a Spanish mother and moved through the youth systems of Stade Everois,...

Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo the future for Switzerland and Young Boys?

Yvon Mvogo is only 20 but is already impressing between the posts in Switzerland.

Yvon Mvogo made some crucial saves to help Young Boys through to the Europa League knockout stages, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper will hope to produce a similarly strong performance when they host Everton on Thursday in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.

Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Mvogo's earliest memories include his family gathering around a television set to watch the country's national team in action. He and his parents moved to Switzerland when he was 6, and he began his training at local...