Why Neil Etheridge should be high on teams’ summer shopping list should Cardiff be relegated

Why Neil Etheridge should be high on teams’ summer shopping list should Cardiff be relegated

At football’s highest levels, earning results often comes down to the smallest margins. For the man positioned between the sticks, these microscopic details hold the most significance, and is why recruiting well in the goalkeeping position can be make or break for a side.

In crucial relegation battles, or equally in avoiding being dragged into such late season scraps, a top quality shotstopper can be the deciding factor.

Therefore a premium exists for a good goalkeeper and clubs looking to strengthen that area must box smart.

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The sorry state of Gateshead FC; Staff and players set to strike over club sale

The sorry state of Gateshead FC; Staff and players set to strike over club sale

It seems every day that another club, both in the Football League and just below, seems to be embroiled in financial troubles. For Tyneside club, Gateshead FC, it’s started to become a nightmare right as times looked to be on the up.

The National League side, who currently sit ninth in the table and are just outside the playoff positions, have been wrought by financial woes all season.

Despite having only been taken over by Dr Ranjan Varghese in July 2018, financial issues have seen the Tynesiders operate under a transfer embargo for the vast majority of the Hong Kong-based businessman’s tenure.

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Seeing Red; Why Alfredo Morelos’ poor discipline is a real problem Rangers have to consider

Seeing Red; Why Alfredo Morelos’ poor discipline is a real problem Rangers have to consider

Some players have real issues with discipline; that’s nothing new in football. However, to be sent off five times in a single season should surely prompt your club to re-evaluate your role in the team, shouldn’t it?

Well, after a heated Old Firm derby at the weekend, that is the exact situation Rangers find themselves in with striker Alfredo Morelos.

The talented Colombian is a truly prolific striker for Steven Gerrard’s side. Since joining the Scottish side in June 2017, he has netted 47 times in 87 games. A total of 29 of those goals have come in this season alone.

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Why Guangzhou Evergrande’s decision to suspend Wei Shihao for a bad tackle is utter madness

Why Guangzhou Evergrande’s decision to suspend Wei Shihao for a bad tackle is utter madness

Nobody likes to see a player suffer a serious injury, and especially not through a rash tackle from an opponent. While aggression and competitiveness are key elements of the modern game, there are times when players can get a rush of blood and cross the line.

Chinese international Wei Shihao was guilty of just such an incident during the most recent international break when during the first half of a 1-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in the China Cup, he scythed down opponent Otabek Shukurov with a rash challenge.

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Why the Chinese goalkeeper rule may not actually be beneficial for development

Why the Chinese goalkeeper rule may not actually be beneficial for development

When people think of China and football there is one thing that comes to mind in modern times; money. In the past five years or so, the Far East nation has been the source of some of the most astronomical transfer fees and dealings.

Yet, there remains one crucial position on the football pitch entirely untouched by that big-money business.

The goalkeeper.

And that’s for good reason too. Clubs simply aren’t allowed to.

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As a football traditionalist, the teams in Canada’s new Premier League are frustrating

As a football traditionalist, the teams in Canada’s new Premier League are frustrating

From late April this year, Canada will be kicking off its inaugural Canadian Premier League – a new top-division competition to help improve football in the country.

Even with an initial roster of just seven teams it’s a great concept. However, the football traditionalist in me has one huge issue with the new league system.

The names of the teams.

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The curious case of Alphonse Areola; The World Cup winner who could have represented someone else afterwards

The curious case of Alphonse Areola; The World Cup winner who could have represented someone else afterwards

Winning a World Cup is the greatest accomplishment a player could ever achieve with their national team… but what about then still being able to go on to represent a different nation entirely?

It sounds like a ludicrous proposition. A surely impossible one, right?

Yet, French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola could have done exactly that. The Paris Saint-Germain shot stopper found himself in a situation so bizarre that it had likely never happened before, and is unlikely to do so again.

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