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Adrian Petre and the goal paradox

Someone once said goals are overrated. And they were right. When it comes to young players nothing puts them on the map quicker.  Goals and goalscorers grab headlines but they do not tell the whole story.  Indeed, they often distort it. In the wonderkid vortex they can be dangerous, amplifying a young player’s potential. Goals…

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Marlos Moreno is not (Rafael) Scheidt

When Tim Vickery, expatriate South American soccer pundit extraordinaire, tips a young player for success it is usually worth paying attention. Listeners to the BBC’s fantastic World Football Phone-in will know that, despite the occasional ‘Rafael Scheidt moment’ (*full description below), he is generally an excellent judge of talent. Vickery knows his stuff. So when…


Hubert Adamczyk and the Chelsea glass

Chelsea have strengthened all areas of their squad this summer. But it is not just Jose Mourinho’s first team that have made new signings. The Chelsea academy have also seen new arrivals and Polish forward Hubert Adamczyk is one of the most interesting. Adamczyk, 16, was signed from Zawisza Bydgoszcz for an undisclosed fee believed…

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