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Graham Ruthven

Graham Ruthven is a freelance football writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has written for the New York Times, Guardian, ESPN, Eurosport, Grantland, The Scotsman, Bleacher Report, Four Four Two, Vice, Al Arabiya, Sports on Earth and Scottish TV among many other publications and outlets.

Stories By Graham Ruthven

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    Arsenal don’t need a new superstar attacker when they have Saka

    Arsenal, according to many observers including some of their own fans, need a new attacking difference-maker. This widespread belief led to speculation about a move for a centre forward in the January transfer window and while the Gunners ultimately pulled back from several targets the consensus about Mikel Arteta’s attacking options remains.

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    Gary O’Neill emerging as the best young English manager in the Premier League

    Wolves’ players had to persuade Gary O’Neill to take his moment of acclaim in front of the travelling support at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The 40-year-old is a reserved character, but has forged an eye-catching team that pulled off an extremely impressive away win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

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    Garnacho can still improve his output in the final third.

    Manchester United spent over £150m in the space of just one year in an attempt to find a long-term solution to their problem position on the right wing. Jadon Sancho cost £73m. Antony cost £86m. Yet neither were able to give United what they needed on the right side of their attack.

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    Harry Kane joined Bayern Munich at the wrong time.

    Not since 2012 have Bayern Munich finished a season without the Bundesliga trophy in-hand. That was when Jurgen Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to title glory. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were Bayern players.

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    Chelsea might have no choice but to cut their losses on Sterling

    There was a lot for Chelsea fans to be unhappy with as they watched their team suffer a damaging 4-2 home defeat to Wolves on Sunday, but Raheem Sterling bore a large brunt of the frustration. Indeed, the 29-year-old was booed by his own supporters, raising questions about Sterling’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

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    Tottenham don’t need to replace Kane with Richarlison in this form

    The £100m collected by Tottenham Hotspur from Bayern Munich for Harry Kane still hasn’t been spent – at least not on a direct replacement for the centre forward. Spurs have invested in other areas of their squad under new manager Ange Postecoglou, but they have so far refrained from entering the market for a new goalscoring number nine.

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    Rashford must escape Manchester United to reignite his career

    Marcus Rashford was left at home for Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round win over Newport County on Sunday. Had he stayed at home earlier in the week, the England international surely would have played a part in the victory at Rodney Parade.

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    Klopp’s departure will be a big loss for the Premier League

    Liverpool will find it impossible to replace Jurgen Klopp. They might find a top level manager to keep the team on the pitch moving forward with Xabi Alonso the frontrunner to take over at Anfield this summer, but Klopp has always been more than just a football manager.

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    Mac Allister has adapted brilliantly to the number six role at Liverpool

    Liverpool’s transfer market intent last summer was clear in the four signings they made. All four new additions were made with the midfield in mind. Jurgen Klopp set out to rebuild his unit in the centre of the pitch as Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo pitched up at Anfield.

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    Did Kane join Bayern Munich at the wrong time?

    If Bayern Munich fail to win the Bundesliga title this season, Harry Kane won’t be to blame. The England captain will be a convenient punchline having made the move to Bavaria to compete for the silverware that had evaded him at Tottenham Hotspur, but nobody could ever blame Kane for the troubles being experienced by the German giants.

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    Richarlison’s redemption should be used to help Tottenham attract new signings

    Only Son Heung-min has scored more Premier League goals for Tottenham Hotspur this season than Richarlison. At his current rate of nearly a goal every game, the Brazilian could be Spurs’ top scorer by the time Son returns from playing for South Korea at the Asian Cup.

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