Alun Evans, teenage sensation and his three goals v. Bayern Munich

Alun Evans was a teenage sensation moving to Anfield from Wolves in 1968. The transfer fee was £110 000 and at that time the highest fee paid for a teenager in Britain. Evans made the move after one single season in the Wolves first team.

The move to Liverpool looked good in his first season ending runners-up to Leeds in the league and scoring on his debut, a 4-0 win v. Leicester. He finished that season with 7 goals, playing 33 league games in total.

His next two seasons was a bit up’s and down’s and with injuries and off field incidents his place was firstly under pressure and finally it was game off with a certain Kevin Keegan moving into that top position alongside John Toshack.

But before his bow, he had a sensational game v. Bayern Munich in the Inter City Fairs Cup, scoring a wonderful hat trick in a 3-0 win, seeing Liverpool through to the next round with a 4-1 in total. It showed that Alun Evans had a grand top level and that his potential never hit the highest heights.

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Another point to notice was Alun’s appearances in the 1971 FA Cup, scoring in the semi’s v. Everton and playing in the final later on against Arsenal who we all know ended as winners and took home magic and historical 70/71 “The Double”.

Bill Shankly didn’t see a future for Alun Evans, and at the age of 23 he was sold to Aston Villa. It all ended with 69 league games and 21 goals scored on his league outings for Liverpool. Aston Villa, newly promoted to the 2nd tier, paid £72 000 for his services and a new lease of life looked close.

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He stayed at Aston Villa for two and half years before making a new move, this time to Walsall, and ironically leaving Villa Park in a season that the club clinched promotion back to the top flight, and also being a sub in the League Cup final 1-0 win v. Norwich City.

After a run of games at Walsall, Evans moved to Australia and played down under for a few seasons before hanging up his boots after a leg injury. He started a life in different trades.

Sometimes you see young players with a huge potential just fading out of the limelight and certainly Alun Evans never really fulfilled the life of being a top flight footballer through out his career and had to see him fall down the divisions, and fading off to Australia, being at one time the most valuable asset in British football.

Coppa Italia, top value and not just this “little” Italian Cup title

Juventus defeated Atalanta to win Coppa Italia, and a great win for new coach Andrea Pirlo, who could celebrate his first title in a difficult season. Bringing in their former star and also the player that in a way made the path back to the top a number of years ago when switching from AC Milan.

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Coppa Italia is a long traditional running cup competition going back to the early 20’s and from then on been a competition mostly won by the major teams and you don’t find many of those called minor clubs.

If you look at the big four, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter and Roma it’s been a change between those clubs with Juventus the most winning in the century. Napoli and Lazio together with Fiorentina are other clubs to have won the competition and to see Atalanta in the final is of course great. Atalanta has a previous title back in 1962/63.

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To get into Europe is still valued in Italy and with the quality in this league of course difficult to get a place and when it happens it’s grand and of course very much appreciated, it’s not something you bring in the kitchen door, largely underestimated as a quality tournament.

The final of the competition this season did see a bit of drama as it was an open affair, Juventus taking the lead after 31 minutes from Dejan Kuluzewski, Atalanta getting even with a Ruslan Malinowski strike. and then in the 73rd minute seeing Federico Chiesa scoring that special winner.

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This was the 14th time Juventus took home this trophy, Roma have 9 titles to show, Inter and Lazio follows with 7 wins each.

Stop criticising Timo Werner, top man, top level, volcano to explode

Timo Werner’s first season at Chelsea tells a story of a player that makes everything happen and gets to a great number of chances, but sometimes being unfortunate in his attempts, but with this potential Chelsea are close to a massive breakthrough.

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Close to a volcano, but still not yet blossomed fully and with that wait, we should be looking for some fantastic excitement going forward and with the sacking of Frank Lampard in the mirror, you are looking at a revolution of football that we know will not see at Chelsea.

The approach of Thomas Tuchel is short term, with Frank Lampard it was so much different as his vision never will be fulfilled with his project of youth in it’s birth. Short term it looked often messy this season under Frank Lampard, but that is now starting to look like a hybrid we don’t really like, but still it’s a Champions League final to be played.

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The additions of players this season was part of a long term plan and with Timo Werner we didn’t get the results so far in goals scored, but in chances created and also knowing he didn’t start all games, you have a blistering potential still to come out.

Timo’s records at his previous clubs talks for it self, 14 goals in 96 games at Stuttgart is probably also part of such a scenario, and as a very young player you get up’s and down’s, but that didn’t stop RB Leipzig from pushing the button and signing this happy face.

You cannot anything else to admire such a player, always with a smile on his face, talking English in his own way, always positive and full of joy, either he scores or not, just an incredible person. 78 goals in 127 games for the Red Bull’s.

The move to Chelsea last summer came after a great run also for Die Mannschaft. So far 15 goals in 38 games. Looking at his stats at Chelsea since arriving, you have the following, 38 big chances, a number of VAR situations and of course not converting at the highest ratio.

But the potential of Timo Werner is huge and hopefully Thomas Tuchel can be what Frank Lampard would have been long term, bringing forward some of the most excited happenings in football, but with young players you will get the up’s and down’s.

Next season will be very interesting, very interesting, and hopefully it could flourish already in the final of the Champions League, good luck Chelsea!

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