As case studies on how the Premier League's unique demands need time for adjustment, Victor Lindelof is a pretty good one.
The Swede arrived from Benfica with an excellent reputation. He had won plenty in Portugal, had claimed the under-21 European Championship, and was named in UEFA's Breakthrough XI for 2016, alongside Christian Pulisic, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele. Yet now he consistently finds himself behind Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the pecking order. What has happened?
Cristiano Ronaldo recalled an "unforgettable" 2017 while also having a word for his critics as he received the Portugal FA's Player of the Year award, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho received an ambassadorial award at the same event in Lisbon.
Ronaldo had a tremendous last calendar year in which he won five trophies with Real Madrid, including the Champions League and La Liga double, and he personally picked up a fifth Ballon d'Or as well as the the FIFA Best Player and UEFA Player...