Doughty stepped from an elite public school to lower-league football

‘The game has changed so much, even since I first broke in,’ said Gibbs. ‘Today’s players go on their own journeys, build their own brands. It’s more individual now and there is no way to stop that.

Ronald Koeman ‘targeting move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde’

Barcelona are interested in signing Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde after he helped his team qualify for the Champions League. However, given his release clause of £70million Sevilla are reluctant to sell.

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‘You can overdo the messages sometimes and then they might feel inhibited. If you just let them develop and realise for themselves, it can be more effective. You don’t want to put too much pressure on them.’

Conte ‘determined to land reunion with Chelsea full-back Alonso’

Antonio Conte previously managed Marcos Alonso during his two-year spell in charge at Chelsea. The Spaniard was a regular as the pair won both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

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The last thing Michael Doughty is searching for is sympathy.

It’s true, the League Two title winning celebrations were ‘a bit strange’ for Swindon Town in lockdown, but, as he says, ‘there are bigger things going on in the world’.

Players celebrated with boozy Zoom party before getting together when the lockdown eased for a formal if socially distanced trophy presentation. Back in League One, Richie Wellens’ side start at home against Rochdale and hope to use the momentum to help drive through and back to the Championship in the style of Luton and Coventry.

Since that 2016-17 season he’s made cameo appearance after cameo appearance without ever establishing himself in the firm plans of a manager he’s played under.

Loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia – as well as the one at Palace – have come and gone.

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For someone who has become one of Chelsea’s forgotten men in recent years it’s perhaps important to note it was the Belgium striker who came on against West Brom when the score was 0-0 with the Premier League title still to be clinched.

‘The club has shown its intent with the three signings they have made in try this out window (Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure). It helps when you have a great and hugely knowledgeable manager. Let’s hope in the next few years, others want to join us.

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Though Everton may appear a step down for someone who has graced clubs of that stature, Rodriguez has twice been signed under current Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti and spoke to his international team-mate Yerry Mina before committing to Goodison.

Crystal Palace boss Hodgson bemoans ‘external influences’ around Zaha

Despite his talisman status, the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international scored just four Premier League goals last season, his worst return for Crystal Palace for four years.

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Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White made an immediate impact on his Swansea league debut with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Preston. QPR saw off Nottingham 2-0 after a Lyndon Dykes penalty and last-minute Ilias Chair effort.

Doughty is an EFL ambassador for Mind, a partnership established two years ago and recently extended to 2022, spreading awareness of mental health issues among fans and the wider public by sharing their personal experiences.

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Roy Hodgson bemoans ‘external influences’ surrounding Wilfried Zaha

It’s another summer where Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move away from the club.

‘Everyone has their own journey. Mine has been a privileged one, I have had a lot of opportunities and I know footballers, friends of mine, who have had difficult upbringings and had to go through similarly tough things.’

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