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Nottingham Forest's wide men, Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi, showcased their talent and potential against Newcastle, with Elanga's pace and Hudson-Odoi's cutting in from the left causing problems for the opposition. Forest's coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, sees counterattacking football as a key to success and has made wingers a priority in the transfer market with the recent acquisition of Gio Reyna. This provides hope for Forest's future.
Against Newcastle Elanga's pace was a constant danger, helping him kick dust into Dan Burn's face as he sprinted beyond the full-back, who had no answer to the Swede's pace. Hudson-Odoi's threat comes from cutting in from the left, which brought him his goal on Saturday.
Gareth Southgate, the England national team coach, was looking for clues on which midfielder from West Ham could be the best partner for Declan Rice. However, after the opening half-hour of the game, Southgate may have given up as none of the midfielders showed a compelling claim to match Rice's levels. It was suggested that Rice's improvement under Mikel Arteta, who focuses on midfield, may be a reason for his success.
Perhaps there was also a clue as to why Rice has sharpened his all-round game under Mikel Arteta, for whom midfield is an obsession, as opposed to a coach in David Moyes who...