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Everything posted by ja1

  1. Tanguy Ndombele

    I’m yet to see much of Neves but isn’t he more of a Jorginho player, if in our XI? Seen him compared to Xabi Alonso, and City are linked with him a lot in their quest for Fernandinho replacement.
  2. Tanguy Ndombele

    Just posting this to appreciate what a talent he is lol. Easy on the eye. Similar in ways to KOvacic - perhaps less secure on the ball (also taken from what I've read some Lyon fans say from him) but more aggressive and risky in vertical play. I also believe he has better shooting technique..it just hasn't been released yet. Number of strong shots but no goals yet for Lyon
  3. Mason Mount

    Mount called upto full England squad! Well done to him.
  4. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Really? I thought he was average they had a number of attacks go down our left and he was badly exposed by Salah for one of their best chances of the game.
  5. Daniel Sturridge

    I wonder how far he could’ve gone without injuries. It still baffles me to this day fans turned their back on such a clearly talented, young player.
  6. Mason Mount

    Great performance from Mount tonight, look at home as Derby’s no.10 in a 4-2-3-1. All their attacking play went through him. He receives the ball excellently on the half turn. Said it before but really does have shades of Eriksen/KDB. Derby as a whole are sooo much improved from their first league matche. Probably deserved to win, certainly matches United. And take a look at Harry Wilson’s goal for them tonight, one of the best free kicks I’ve seen in a while
  7. Mason Mount

    He, Tomori and Lampard live tonight vs Mourinho
  8. 3. Marcos Alonso

    What do you think on Theo Hernandez? When he went to Madrid I was very jealous, for just £30m too or thereabouts. Was convinced they’d got one of the future best LBs in the world. First season doesn’t appear to have gone well.
  9. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Alonso was awful yesterday. My issue with him and some of the claims made about him is he literally plays like yesterday every game. Average quality crosses, slows play down as he can’t take on full back one on one, poor defensively, and his passing is nothing better than average. Then every so often (playing as described) he pops in the box and happens to get fouled in the box or has a deflected header get turned in or makes a 10 yard pass assist and I keep hearing about how great he is going forward and how technically brilliant he is. The Newcastle game was a great example. Played exactly the same as yesterday but won a dubious penalty and had an off target header deflected in and he’s the best LB in the PL again. I do understand and appreciate Alonso’s game. Few full backs play like him. He’s, I guess, a poacher from LB. Meunier is a player who’s similar (although better in a traditional full back role than Alonso). By that he rarely impacts the game from wide left, it is more him getting in the box and making things happen, getting on the end of passes/crosse, finding space. I’m no fan of him as an overall left back but I do concede his output is still strong since joining. But at what detriment to the team? He often pulls inside when Hazard is on the ball leaving him to do work on his own wife left and of course he can’t be in two places at once - West Ham often took advantage of space he left behind when he’s literally on the same level as Morata/Willian. Watch Robertson, Mendy, hell even Luke Shaw and they all impact the game for more positively and consistently going forward at LB than Alonso, by stretching teams, opening up space, creating chances, providing width and overlapping runs. With Mendy and Robertson even with assists from open play they beat Alonso so it’s not like other traditional full backs can’t match or better Alonso’s output. If we were smart while people still think he’s great (the amount of times I see ‘best LB in the world’ or ‘our version of Marcelo’ on twitter makes me wanna cry but twitter does that for most things) sell for big money and replace him. Unfortunately I think this guy is here for long term. I kinda get why people are attached with him with the occasional clutch goals he gets but I’m afraid it doesn’t cover up his cracks for me. tL/dr: I basically just think we’d be a better team if we had a LB like Mendy/Robertson - I believe they’d match Alonso in goal contributions, roughly, but also improve team overall with the way they play and compliment our attackers.
  10. Tanguy Ndombele

    A great player but now we’ve switched formation no real need to sign him..he could do Kovacic’s job well if we don’t get him on a permanent.
  11. 19. Tammy Abraham

    "Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League – surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they would want him playing in the Premier League?” Disappointing
  12. 3. Marcos Alonso

    The reason I’d still prefer a LB who can provide width, pace going forward, ability to beat players and cross. Alonso being ‘good going forward’ is akin to him not really doing anything but popping up in the box at crucial moments.
  13. 44. Ethan Ampadu

    I used to question his role in midfield but this is much improved from him, impressive.
  14. 19. Tammy Abraham

    Mariano ➡️ Madrid Dembele ➡️ Lyon A loan to Celtic would be quite ideal. But probably won’t happen
  15. Nathaniel Chalobah

    Nice to see him back from injury after a year out. One to watch.
  16. Mason Mount

    I think it’s questionable calling up Phil Foden when Mount has done so well last 12 months
  17. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Well said.
  18. 3. Marcos Alonso

    I’m exactly the same. He’s a bizarre player.
  19. 3. Marcos Alonso

    I don’t know how he does it. Was awful today and still manages to win a pen that probably wasn’t a pen, and have a weak off target shot redirected into the goal. If this makes him ‘clutch’, ‘best LB in the PL’ or ‘great going forward’ then...I dunno. I can never take to this guy. But he managed to paper over the cracks well.
  20. Jay Dasilva

    Give it time. Dasilva is on the lower range of normal (as opposed to being some sort of anomaly) for a full back at 5”7, the LB he is replacing at Bristol, Joe Bryan, is also 5”7. Could make a massive list of top full backs around present and past who are between 5”7 and 5”9 in height. Jay was ridiculously short in his youth maybe about 5”3 (maybe where people still think he’s *too* short from) but luckily he’s had a growth spurt since. Its a shame he hasn’t been starting from the off at Bristol, no doubt in part because we sent him there when they’d already started their season. I don’t get why we do that especially with our high profile/more talented loanees like Jay..can see with James, Trev and Sterling who are all starting what the benefits of a full pre season with a new team can do. Still Jay had this problem in his first few games at Charlton and eventually broke through, let’s hope he does the same.
  21. 19. Tammy Abraham

    Source, or are you inferring this from the fact he’s starting for U23s tonight?
  22. Ola Aina

    I still think this guy is one to watch. Has all the raw ingredients to be a top full back, and his sub debut appearance for Torino showed some of the best parts to his game. Watch this space, Di Silvestri is injured and Aina may be allowed a run of games.
  23. Mason Mount

    Mount and Tomori vs Trevoh tonight live on Sky Sports in league cup
  24. Ola Aina

    An interesting move, to a club who have produced a lot of attacking full backs. I hope he does well, he has all the raw attributes of a modern full back.
  25. Nabil Fekir

    Not sure about this myth he doesn’t have pace to play on the wins, he’s an exceptional dribbler and when subbed on for France that’s where he played. He’s hardly slow, he’s around Mahrez and B.Silva level for pace. Literally other than raw pace he has a whole heap of attributes you’d want from a winger (playmaking ability cutting inside/centrally, good delivery, great dribbler, goal threat from distance or inside the box..)