Southampton continue to invest in youth after Gao Jisheng’s reshuffle


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The Chinese businessman has remained in the background since purchasing 80% of the club but the club has recruited shrewdly from across Europe

When Gao Jisheng bought 80% of Southampton for £210m in August 2017 the club’s executives did not know what to expect. Would the Chinese businessman be a hands-on presence, dictating policy as some of his compatriots have done from similar positions at English clubs? There was uncertainly and a good deal of waiting. Yet the shake-up did not come and so, for the men on the ground, it remained day-to-day business as usual.

Spool forward to this summer and a round of musical chairs that was prompted, in part, by the departure of the chairman Ralph Krueger, upon the expiry of his contract. Krueger was ready for a new challenge and he has returned to NHL ice hockey, where he has become the coach of the Buffalo Continue reading “Southampton continue to invest in youth after Gao Jisheng’s reshuffle”

Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour from Arsenal to Wolves


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We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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Che Adams: ‘In non-league it’s just a question of how hard you’re going to get kicked’


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The Southampton striker talks about growing up in Thurnby Lodge, playing non-league and being named after Che Guevara

Che Adams confirms it is “Shay” rather than “Chay” before he sits down to discuss how he has become Southampton’s newest signing in a £14m deal from Birmingham City but the spelling of his name begs an obvious question. Is there any connection to Che Guevara?

“Yeah, it was where I got my name from,” Adams replies, breezily. “Che Guevara was in the news around the time that I was born and I think it was something to do with where his body was buried, although I’m not sure. My mum just really liked the name.”

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Transfer window: what Premier League clubs have done – and still need to do


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Aston Villa have been the most active of the promoted clubs; Arsenal look to have work to do; Tottenham have secured their top target; Newcastle are still looking for a manager

What have they done so far? Nowhere near enough. Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from regional football in Brazil and is expected to need some adaptation and development time. David Ospina has departed for a modest fee.

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Premier League pre-season 2019: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies


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From Yankee Stadium in New York to New York Stadium in Rotherham, here are the 20 clubs’ fixtures before 9 August

All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication

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Transfer window: 10 bargain signings of the summer so far


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Football’s silly season has well and truly begun but some clubs are finding value in the transfer market

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

With every passing transfer window, prices seem to rise and rise – at least as far as Premier League clubs are concerned. The fact that Arsenal’s £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha is now deemed laughable shows the state of the market. Finding value is becoming increasingly difficult, but here are 10 confirmed transfers that look like shrewd investments.

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Southampton sign Che Adams from Birmingham to boost strikeforce


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Long contracts, big pay-offs: Premier League remains a manager’s market


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Rafa Benítez running down his Newcastle contract is a rarity in the Premier League, with managers still being offered long-term deals in an era of high turnover

Rafael Benítez’s departure from Newcastle United may not have been amicable, but it represented a relative Premier League rarity – a manager seeing out the full term of his contract.

On Sunday, Benítez’s three-year tenure on Tyneside comes to an end – on the same day David Moyes’ six-year assignment at Manchester United was due to expire. Moyes lasted nine months at Old Trafford. The end of Benítez’s reign comes a year ahead of the infamous eight-year deal Alan Pardew signed with Newcastle in September 2012.

Related: Six years on, David Moyes’ contract at Manchester United finally nears its end

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Southampton secure signing of winger Moussa Djenepo for £14m


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• 20-year-old Malian arrives from Standard Liège
• Winger becomes Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first signingRalph Hasenhüttl has made the Standard Liège winger Moussa Djenepo his first signing at Southampton for a fee of £14m. The manager, who joined the club last December, has been keen to bolster his attacking options after a season in which his team scored only 45 Premier League goals.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young footballers


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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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West Ham v Southampton: match preview


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After scoring the first away goal and inflicting Tottenham’s first defeat at their new stadium, can West Ham conjure another impressive performance? The stats are not in their favour as they’ve only won two games in succession once this season. They also face a Southampton side who have recently put pressure on Liverpool and Manchester United, going ahead in both games but then failing to make it stick. Ralph Hasenhüttl has turned them around since taking over from Mark Hughes, praising the club saying they “worked very hard to stay in the league”. Zoe Burgess

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


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Leicester can test City but Liverpool face a challenge of their own, it’s all or nothing for Cardiff and Watford need to regroup

Following the disappointment of their reasonably heroic Champions League defeat at Barcelona, Liverpool must rouse themselves for what could be an extremely tricky Saturday evening appointment at Newcastle in which they simply cannot afford to slip up. With only two matches of the Premier League campaign remaining, anything less than a win for Liverpool would leave the door open for Manchester City to all but wrap up the title on Monday. One suspects this is a far tougher assignment than Jürgen Klopp would like so soon after a gruelling and dispiriting game at the Camp Nou and the portents are not great. Last September, a BBC study on the form of Premier League teams following midweek fixtures in Europe showed that Liverpool had won half a Continue reading “Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend”

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward

When was the last time Manchester City finished a Premier League match with four centre-halves on the pitch? Pep Guardiola, who admitted he had been “trembling”, said he would have brought on another one if he had not already used all his substitutes and Sean Dyche said, with some pride, that he could tell the City manager was anxious. “I saw Pep Guardiola with my own eyes – and I heard it too – screaming, ‘Get it in the corner.’ That’s some compliment.” It was certainly not a stress-free afternoon at Turf Moor for the league leaders and reigning champions but 12 league wins in a row suggest City can handle the pressure. If they can make it 14, Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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