Graham Ruthven

 
Graham Ruthven • grahamruthven Football Expert
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Football writer for the Guardian, Yahoo, Eurosport, Sportsnet, Bleacher Report, STV and others.

Articles written by Graham Ruthven

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho and Tottenham: The awkward fit which is now the perfect fit

After a stop-start first half-season in charge, the Portuguese boss has finally moulded Spurs into his image, with promising results

  • 10 months
Premier League

Lionel Messi: Should Manchester City sign him or not?

The Argentine is arguably the closest he has come in his career to leaving the Camp Nou, and Pep Guardiola might want a reunion

  • 10 months
Real Madrid

Eden Hazard can be Real Madrid's saviour in a season that threatens disaster

The Belgian is back in the fold at Santiago Bernabeu after a first year ravaged by injuries, and he could be what they need to kick on

  • 11 months
Transfers

Why are Bayern so hot on Hudson-Odoi when Chelsea aren’t?

The English winger has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena, but any negotiations this summer failed to materialise

  • 11 months
Primera Division

Martin Odegaard is Madrid's 'galactico' signing of the summer

The Norwegian wonderkid transferred to the Santiago Bernabeu five years ago, but only now is he poised to make an impact

  • 1 year
Transfers

Is Lautaro Martinez better suited to Barcelona or Real Madrid?

The Inter striker has been long linked with a move to the Camp Nou, but Los Blancos have now entered the race for his signature

  • 1 year
Manchester Utd

How Man Utd switched transfer focus to hunt for future superstars

Somewhat under the radar, the Old Trafford side have recruited some of the top youth talents around Europe

  • 1 year
Arsenal

Arsenal should build their team around Dani Ceballos next season

The Spaniard had a mixed first season in England but is coming back for another year and he should be key to Mikel Arteta's plans

  • 1 year
Barcelona

Barcelona never had a plan to unlock Ousmane Dembele's talents

The young Frenchman's ill-fated spell at Camp Nou could be prematurely coming to an end

  • 1 year
Atletico Madrid

Is it too early to call Joao Felix a €126 million mistake?

The Portuguese wonderkid arrived at Atletico to much fanfare, but is yet to find his rhythm, or position, under Diego Simeone

  • 1 year
Manchester Utd

Analysing Man Utd: Who should be their summer transfer targets?

It is likely to be yet another high-spending transfer window for the Red Devils as new blood continues to arrive

  • 1 year
Feature

Football remains in total denial on how COVID-19 will shape its future

Talk of returning to action and setting deadlines misses the point entirely on how seismic the impact will be

  • 1 year
Transfers

If Harry Kane leaves Tottenham, where can he go?

The England forward may have come to an end of his time at Spurs, but which destination would suit him best?

  • 1 year

Does Zidane still want Pogba after emergence of Fede Valverde?

The Uruguayan is now an important member of the Real Madrid squad, so will they still pursue Paul Pogba?

  • 1 year
Premier League

Who has been the best player in the Premier League in 2019/20?

FC have called it. Virgil Van Dijk has been untouchable and despite Liverpool's wobble is the outstanding player in the division

  • 1 year
Barcelona

Frenkie De Jong is being held back from his Barcelona destiny

A Sergio Busquets-sized wall stands between the Dutchman and fulfilling the role he was born to fill

  • 1 year
La Liga

Eden Hazard's latest injury could prove a blessing in disguise for Real Madrid

The Belgian will likely miss the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle against Levante, but it could make things simpler for Zinedine Zidane

  • 1 year
Barcelona

Ansu Fati: The 17-year-old tasked with helping to save Barca's season

The wonderkid has been thrust into the limelight this campaign, but with injuries piling up, he is suddenly a key player for the Blaugrana

  • 1 year