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…

Sky Andrew joins Platinum One

Thursday 22 September 2016 Sky Andrew, one of the most influential figures in player management in British football over the last 25 years, has joined Platinum One, merging his football interests with the agency that has focused particularly on the recruitment of young talent and has experienced strong growth in the last year. In making…

#Pogback in Action

“Never in a million years would I pay £100million for him… Never…” I will hold my hands up and admit that the above statement was my stance on a certain Paul Pogba. Having watched my beloved Manchester United make Pogba the most expensive player of all-time, I could not help but be sceptical towards the…

New season, same old story

Platinum One’s Andrew Douglas discusses whether it will be a case of déja vu at Arsenal this season. There are few moments like it, it’s Like Christmas Day to a child, or the eve of a well deserved summer holiday, the first day of the Premier League season approaches and most of us are filled…

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….

Magnificent Mahrez a worthy winner

Walking out of White Hart Lane last night after seeing Tottenham all but surrender their title challenge, there was still an element of disbelief that Leicester City are now effectively Premier League champions. For Spurs fans, there was disappointment at the result and indeed its consequence, with their wait for a maiden Premier League title…

The Weekend Review: Brilliance of Barca beginning to fade?

Just a couple of months ago, an ‘invincible’ Barcelona team strode into the Emirates for a Champions League second round fixture against Arsenal. Despite the hosts creating several gilt-edged chances, they were blown away by the trio now affectionately known as ‘MSN’. A sweeping counter attack in the 70th minute, with Suarez and Neymar combining…

The Weekend Review: A Tribute to Johan Cryuff

‘If one’s actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, think more, do more, learn more and become more, that is when one is a leader.’ Most people who have watched Barcelona sides of the past ten years will agree that they have epitomised the idea of ‘total football’, and would be regarded…

The Weekend Review: Rafa to the rescue?

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere at a Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park. The noise is at times deafening, and whilst the Sunderland fans are tucked away in the upper tier of the Leazes End, the sea of black and white are in fine voice throughout as one of the fiercest rivalries in…