Is it time to acknowledge Sergio Busquets as the best midfielder in the world? | FourFourTwo

Is it time to acknowledge Sergio Busquets as the best midfielder in the world? | FourFourTwo

Quite simply, yes. Sergio Busquets is the best midfielder in the world right now. If you go through your checklist of big teams and the midfielders in those sides you can’t find anybody capable of doing what Busquets does. There are the nimble attacking midfielders, the box-to-box types and the destroyers but Busquets is just pure class. He does things so simply yet so brilliantly. Elsewhere, I feel the comments on Javier Mascherano are a bit harsh. He’s in the destroyer category but has improved his passing range and vision. He’s just a different type of player from Busquets and not the “clearly inferior” player the author states he is.

Why are English footballers so reluctant to move to other European leagues? | Football | The Guardian

Why are English footballers so reluctant to move to other European leagues? | Football | The Guardian

Really great piece here.  Pretty sure this question will be asked for some time yet.

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson | Football | The Guardian

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson | Football | The Guardian

I think a good number of football fans were shocked at the transfer activity involving Chinese clubs during the transfer window. Here are a few articles on the situation. It’ll be hard to convince many, myself included for now, that it’s not just about the money for the players. These were some major statements from Chinese clubs and, as a result, Chinese football. We shall see where it leads.

Jiangsu Suning shock football with Alex Teixeira and Ramires – ESPN FC

Why China, not MLS, is luring stars away from Europe | Football | The Guardian

Revealed: How Manchester City courted Guardiola’s brother to get Pep – Telegraph

Revealed: How Manchester City courted Guardiola’s brother to get Pep – Telegraph

Talk about going all out to get your man. It feels sneaky just reading it but it doesn’t seem like there’s much wrongdoing. They just figured they’d get close to Pep Guardiola’s brother/agent first.

Serie A struggles to produce exportable talent – ESPN FC

Serie A struggles to produce exportable talent – ESPN FC

Pretty much spot on. There have been some successes though. Marco Verratti’s doing pretty well at PSG and there was a certain Gianfranco Zola who did quite well at Chelsea. I struggle to think past these two examples but I’m sure there are more. Still. It’s not enough to go against the premise of the piece. Serie A, especially now, doesn’t have many top-notch exports.

Explained: why US Soccer is suing its own World Cup winners | Football | The Guardian

Explained: why US Soccer is suing its own World Cup winners | Football | The Guardian

Not the way you want to increase the profile of the women’s game. Although, I guess all press is good press. This mistake is definitely not a good look.

It’s Ridiculous to Claim Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City Move Is the Easy Option | Bleacher Report

It’s Ridiculous to Claim Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City Move Is the Easy Option | Bleacher Report

Nods head. Yup. No way to say it better. People just love to talk before they think on the internet. Managing a small club versus a big one is just as hard and completely different. The expectations on Pep Guardiola are also heightened because of backing he has/had at Bayern Munich and will have at Manchester City. Looking forward to all the comments next season if they don’t come of the blocks firing. Or vice-versa.

Where have all the blood-sweat-and-tears football captains gone? | Jacob Steinberg | Football | The Guardian

Where have all the blood-sweat-and-tears football captains gone? | Jacob Steinberg | Football | The Guardian

The days of the never-say-die type of captain is definitely coming to a close. That’s been Arsenal’s biggest problem in the last few years. No real leaders. Alexis Sanchez is about as close as it comes to a fighter. It’s understandable that as football has progressed the type of leaders, especially in the Premier League, has as well.