Stam has revolutionised Reading, so much so that they're almost unrecognisable - in a good way, too.
The Leeds United winger is far from the only wide option available at the club these days and the others have impressed in his absence.
Former Rangers ace Kris Boyd thinks Darlington Nagbe would be a great signing for Celtic - but he wanted him at Ibrox in 2014.
In Abu Dhabi this weekend Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will – metaphorically at least – touch gloves like a couple of heavyweights as the bell chimes for the final round. The Mercedes duo’s slugfest for the Formula One world championship has endured for eight months and 20 rounds and the Yas Marina Circuit has got what it paid for: the decider.
Rory McIlroy is experienced enough to recognise the territory. He has also developed a useful capacity to ignore what he regards as unnecessary, if incessant, commentary.
Eddie Jones’s all-or-nothing regime is designed to weed out England players who are not where they should be physically. Training is deliberately full-on, with 11 successive wins under Jones this year testimony to a more ruthless collective mindset. Even individuals recently sidelined by injury are expected to keep up or risk getting overtaken.
Conor McGregor is brilliant at promotion, better able to crawl under the skin or in the head of almost any fighter around. But ever since he won the UFC’s lightweight title two weeks ago at UFC 205, refusing to relinquish his featherweight belt as well, he’s been pursued by an unexpected equal at drawing attention – and perhaps a threat to his newly won championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Tottenham Hotspur teenagers need minutes and the Europa League would give them that.
Claude Puel has told Southampton to be wary of Sparta Prague on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Steven Gerrard has said the chance to begin his managerial career with MK Dons came “a bit soon” to take up the challenge.
Antonio Conte has backed the policy at Chelsea under which players receive a bonus only if they claim trophies rather than win individual league or cup fixtures or qualify for Europe.
The last visit to Old Trafford left Arsène Wenger stern faced, forced to admit to feeling like a “bitter loser” as he strained to summon an explanation for a deep disappointment.
Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Liverpool will beat Southampton 2-1 this afternoon.