How British stars in European leagues are performing as Smalling settles in at Roma

first_img targets LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 13 Getty – Contributor 13 Daniel Sturridge (Trabzonspor)It was ultimately fitness that led to Liverpool letting Sturridge go for free. He can be incredible when available but unfortunately that’s about four or five games per season.His career at Turkish club Trabzonspor was put on hold because of injury, of course, but he played his way into the team in late September, getting two goals and two assists in three league matches.But in true Sturridge fashion he picked up another niggling injury at the end of October and you wouldn’t be surprised if his stop-start form becomes the pattern of his season. 13 Baker has been hit and miss this season Lookman (left) had decent loan spells in Germany before moving there permanently Were Spurs too hasty in their decision to sell Trippier? Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 13 AFP or licensors It’s an exciting time for the England national team but not necessarily for all of their clubs 13 It’s been a mixed season for Sancho so far update Getty Images – Getty The forward is competing with the likes of Timo Werner so in a way it’s no surprise that he’s only made one start this season.What will also be of concern for Lookman is that he has yet to score this season too.Ethan Ampadu (Red Bull Leipzig)Lookman is, though, getting more action at Leipzig than on-loan Chelsea player Ampadu, 19.The defender, who can also play as a midfielder, has just two Bundesliga appearances to his name and Wales boss Ryan Giggs has made no secret of his concern at Ampadu’s lack of game time.Giggs said: “He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.” Getty – Contributor Rabbi Matondo (Schalke)Another Wales international who is playing in Germany is Matondo.Like Sancho, Matondo played for Manchester City at youth level before leaving the club to start his pro career in Germany.The 19-year-old has five appearances under his belt for Schalke, scoring one goal in the process. Getty – Contributor Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 13 on target AFP or licensors Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship But at talkSPORT.com, we’ve used the international break to look at how British players who are playing their club football in Europe are getting on.The likes of Chris Smalling and Aaron Ramsey have tried their hand in Italy, while Kieran Trippier moved to Atletico Madrid in the summer.A number of promising young English players are playing in Germany following Jadon Sancho’s success last season.Below you can see how some of the most well-known British players currently playing on the continent are doing so far this season. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Lewis Baker (Fortuna Dusseldorf)Given the opportunities Frank Lampard is offering young players at Chelsea, Baker is probably a bit peeved he’s on loan for the season.Baker made a strong start to his time in Germany but has not had any action in the Fortuna Dusseldorf team in their last five matches. statement The international break is often a good time for clubs to reflect on their progress in the season.And it can even be a welcome break from the struggles of club football.Take England for example, going on international duty will have been a relief for any Tottenham player in Gareth Southgate’s squad due to Spurs’ patchy form in 2019/20. Matondo is following in Sancho’s footsteps, although he plays for Dortmund’s rivals Schalke Ramsey is at least in Juve’s Champions League squad, unlike Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic Getty Images – Getty 13 Reece Oxford (Augsburg)You might remember him as the West Ham starlet who had Mesut Ozil in his pocket aged just 16 a few seasons back.Well, Oxford has since gone to Germany and signed for Augsburg in the summer.The midfielder has eight Bundesliga appearances under his belt but has only played 90 minutes in one of them. stalemate A run of games without a goal will always bug strikers Exclusive: Chris Smalling on his new chapter in Italy 13 Bobby Duncan (Fiorentina)Steven Gerrard’s cousin left boyhood club Liverpool in pretty acrimonious circumstances in the summer.The striker, 18, moved to Italian club Fiorentina with a view to getting some first-team football.However, it hasn’t worked out that way for Duncan thus far as he’s been playing for Fiorentina’s Under-19 side, something he probably could have done at Liverpool… 13 Getty Images – Getty Smalling has one Roma goal to his name so far, scoring against Udinese in October The pioneer of British footballers trying Europe in recent seasons is having an up and down 2019/20 campaign, scoring three goals and providing five assists in nine Bundesliga matches.His stats look okay but there have been issues surrounding his discipline. Sancho is understood to have arrived late for training on his way back from England duty in October, which led to him being dropped and fined.Sancho had a forgetful performance during Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich as he was substituted just 36 minutes into the clash.Rumours surrounding Sancho’s future in Germany have surfaced – Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and even Real Madrid all thought to be considering a move for him.Ademola Lookman (Red Bull Leipzig)It’s been slow going in Germany for former Everton man Lookman though, who has just four appearances to his name this season. Getty Images – Getty 13 Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) appointed rookie error Aaron Ramsey (Juventus)Getting into the Juve first-team is hugely competitive so Ramsey has to be brilliant whenever he gets the chance.The Welshman has been good at points but is by no means high in the pecking order at the club.Ramsey scored his first Champions League goal for Juventus earlier this month, cheekily poking home a free-kick by Cristiano Ronaldo on the goalline which squirmed under Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme Marinato. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Ampadu has made the more appearances for Wales (3) than he has in the Bundesliga (2) this season West Ham, who have not won in their last six Premier League matches, could certainly do with Oxford right now 13 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son AFP Getty Images – Getty 13 Duncan is still earning his stripes at Fiorentina 13 AFP or licensors Sturridge being injured was a sight Liverpool fans got all too familiar with Jerome Sinclair (VVV Venlo)The Watford man, who also holds the record as Liverpool’s youngest ever player, is spending the season on loan at the Eredivisie side.Venlo are not doing very well though as they find themselves second bottom of the Dutch top flight.Striker Sinclair has made eleven appearances but has yet to find the net. Worrying. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff latest Chris Smalling (Roma)The on-loan Manchester United defender got his Roma career off to a bad start with a loss at home to Atalanta.However, things have got better for Smalling and Roma, who are just two points off the Champions League spots.In fact, stats suggest that he has actually been the best performing English centre-back this season. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)Tottenham may be starting to regret selling Trippier to Spanish giants Atletico so soon.The right-back has made a very good start for his new club, making twelve appearances this season.He’s at the right place to improve his defending given the way Atletico play and Trippier has kept clean sheets in seven of the matches he’s played.last_img read more