Ethan Ampadu makes first Chelsea start as Blues beat Everton 2-1

Platinum One’s Ethan Ampadu made his first competitive start for Chelsea last night, playing 90 minutes in the Blues’ 2-1 win over Everton in the EFL Cup. Having come on as a substitute in the previous round against Nottingham Forest, Ethan partnered England international Danny Drinkwater in central midfield, putting in an assured display. On…

Paolo Vernazza speaks to BBC Sport on life as an Intermediary

#TeamPO‘s Head of Football – UK, Paolo Vernazza spoke to BBC Sport’s Emma Saunders last week, prior to the Premier league clash of his former clubs, Watford and Arsenal – which the Hornets ran out 2-1 winners. Having began his career at Arsenal, Paolo joined Watford in 2000, going on to make 96 appearances for…

Liam Brady appointed as Football Director of Platinum One

The Board of Platinum One Sports Management (UK) Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Liam Brady to the position of Football Director. Commenting, the company’s Chairman, John Coulter, said, “When Liam finished with Arsenal last May, it presented us with an opportunity to recruit, to a senior executive role, someone who has a…

#TeamPO’s Ethan Ampadu signs professional contract with Chelsea FC

Platinum One’s Ethan Ampadu has signed his first professional contract with Chelsea Football Club, after joining the Blues this summer. Ethan, pictured with Platinum One’s Andrew Douglas, made 13 appearances for Exeter’s first team last season and became the club’s youngest player after making his debut aged 15 years, 10 months and 26 days against…

Brentford complete signing of #TeamPO’s Ollie Watkins

It has been an extremely busy summer transfer window for Platinum One to date, and this week we secured another move for one of most-sought after young talents, PFA Young Player of the Year – Ollie Watkins. Ollie’s move to Brentford from Exeter City follows the transfers of Will Hughes (Derby County to Watford), Kevin…

Will Hughes makes Premier League move to Watford

Platinum One client Will Hughes has today completed a permanent transfer to Premier League side Watford from Derby County. The 22-year-old has joined the Hornets after an undisclosed fee and sell-on agreement was reached by the two clubs. The England Under-21 international made 187 appearances for the Rams after making his debut as a 16-year-old…

Productive International week for #TeamPO clients

It was a busy international week for Platinum One clients, with Ryan Fraser, Kevin Long and Ezri Konsa all appearing for their national sides in the past few days. AFC Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser capped off what has been an excellent season, by making his competitive debut for Scotland during their enthralling 2-2 draw with England…

Oztumer and Stevens named in PFA Teams of the Year

Platinum One players Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) and Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) have been selected by their fellow professionals for this season’s PFA Teams of the Year. Erhun, who joined Walsall from Peterborough United in the summer, has enjoyed a tremendous season with Jon Whitney’s side, scoring 14 goals in League One, including two wonder-strikes against Bolton…

Watkins and Stevens claim EFL Awards

Platinum One players Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) and Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) were on the list of winners at Sunday night’s EFL Awards, with Watkins claiming the coveted EFL Young Player of the Season award, and Stevens being included in the EFL Team of the Season. Ollie has spearheaded the Grecians’ promotion charge this season, finding…

NBA Stars call for social change

Platinum One admires the leadership of NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James for addressing police gun violence at this year’s ESPY Awards. The four NBA superstars used tonight’s platform to promote social change and urge their fellow athletes to be socially active in inspiring change within our country. Carmelo Anthony…

When your high becomes your low: Life as a young footballer

By Rory Kelly (for alustforlife.com) I sat in the empty changing room. My kit was soaked through, boots and all. My body was aching like never before and there was a dull pain in my head. Exhausted, I tried to drag myself into the shower just so it would speed up the process of leaving….