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Rapkun

Wishlist Nabil Fekir

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51 minutes ago, Vybzkartel said:

We were supposed to have signed Golovin and Rugani by now but I do not see them in the squad.

 

Supposed to? According to who? Magazines who spread rumours? According to them we are supposed to sign Fekir, Bailey, Rugani, Caldara, Vrsaljko, Higuain, Milinkovic-Savic, Donnaruma.. It's hard to live up to these expectations.

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1 hour ago, Vybzkartel said:

We were supposed to have signed Golovin and Rugani by now but I do not see them in the squad.

I think with Rugani we are trying to do a couple of deals together so its all hassles. Him,Higuain and now we are supposedly looking at Mattia Caldara too with a £27mill offer turned down. And now Pjanic!!! Fuckin 4 players from Juve!! Yeah right!

1 hour ago, Vybzkartel said:

When was the last time we made a signing without hacking over the fee?? We always overpay for bums but never want to pay up for quality with Marina.

I'm not crazy about the old girl. Shes a Roman yesman. All about the bottom line. Does some very strange deals tho with ove paying for wonkey donkeys yet penny pinching when it gets to players we could really use.

I see this problem comes down to she (or many of the board) know the slightest thing about football. And with no proper DOF we are fucked.

So as we know our managers are asked for their thought for players they want. They say 'I would like player X' Our board in their infinite wisdom enter a lowball offer then goto Whoscored, look at his details then go about looking for different options. But not being with footballing heads they think all players with similar profiles will do the same job.

Thats what I think anyway.

We really do need to look at our DOF needs - making sure theres a great relationship with the manager.. I would also look at our scouting system.

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I'd rather go for Fekir instead of Higuain.  I'm not sure that Fekir could play as an "8", but I think he could kill it in the Mertens role.

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1 hour ago, Sideshow Luiz said:

I'd rather go for Fekir instead of Higuain.  I'm not sure that Fekir could play as an "8", but I think he could kill it in the Mertens role.

Fekir in the Mertens role is an interesting idea, but I don't think that is how Sarri wants to line up. I don't follow Napoli all that much, but I believe that playing Mertens as a striker was not Sarri's first choice. In the first 9 games of their 2016/2017 season, Milik and Gabbiadini  were preferred. It wasn't until their 10th game of the season that Mertens was selected as a centre-forward. The reason why this is important is because it indicates that Sarri would prefer a more traditional center-forward. It appears that Sarri felt that Mertens was the best option rather than being his first choice. It ended up working out, but I imagine that Sarri will want a natural centre-forward for his first 11.

 

 

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Just now, Panic said:

Fekir in the Mertens role is an interesting idea, but I don't think that is how Sarri wants to line up. I don't follow Napoli all that much, but I believe that playing Mertens as a striker was not Sarri's first choice. In the first 9 games of their 2016/2017 season, only Milik and Gabbiadini  were selected as centre-forwards. It wasn't until their 10th game of the season that Mertens was selected as a centre-forward. The reason why this is important is because it indicates that Sarri would prefer a more traditional center-forward. Mertens as a  centre-forward seemed to be the best option that Sarri had. It ended up working out, but I imagine that Sarri will want a natural centre-forward for his first 11.

 

 

You're probably right.  I suppose it all depends on what he thinks he has to work with.  At Empoli, he played a 442 diamond (4312).  This is not so different to a 433 with a CF who drops deeper.  Everything I've seen of Fekir, seems like a slower Hazard, in a way.  Really strong on the ball, great dribbler.  Playmaker, first and foremost.  Just not sure that he's got enough pace to be a full time winger.

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1 minute ago, Sideshow Luiz said:

You're probably right.  I suppose it all depends on what he thinks he has to work with.  At Empoli, he played a 442 diamond (4312).  This is not so different to a 433 with a CF who drops deeper.  Everything I've seen of Fekir, seems like a slower Hazard, in a way.  Really strong on the ball, great dribbler.  Playmaker, first and foremost.  Just not sure that he's got enough pace to be a full time winger.

From what I have seen, Sarri's wide players don't play like traditional wingers. They play  a little narrow and get forward into the box. They do need skill to operate in tight spaces and pace does help, but I don't think that pace plays a large factor in a player's success in that position. I don't watch Lyon so I know little of Fekir, but from what I understand of Fekir he is very skillful and he does score goals(I assume this means he likes to get forward and makes good runs). Perhaps he could succeed under Sarri in a wide role or perhaps Sarri could make a slight tweak to his system, as he already suggested he is willing to do so.

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Fekir is more suited to the 10 role, he played mostly in that role for Lyon most of the season. He played in a 4312 just ahead of Tousart and behind Diaz and either Traore or Depay depending on what Genesio started with.

 

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10 hours ago, Sideshow Luiz said:

I'd rather go for Fekir instead of Higuain.  I'm not sure that Fekir could play as an "8", but I think he could kill it in the Mertens role.

The dude has had one good season for Lyon. Before that his stats were about as good as Pedro or Willian. 

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23 hours ago, It's too big said:

The dude has had one good season for Lyon. Before that his stats were about as good as Pedro or Willian. 

In the last few years he has scored over 10 goals in 3 different seasons (15 in 2014-15, 14 in 2016-17 and 23 in 2017-18) which for a number 10, is quite good. Considering he was injured in 2015-16 (9 games, 4 goals).. still has 57 goals in all competitions over the last 4 seasons. Willian has only scored 44 goals for us in 5 seasons. Pedro has got 28 in 3 seasons. 

 

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26 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

In the last few years he has scored over 10 goals in 3 different seasons (15 in 2014-15, 14 in 2016-17 and 23 in 2017-18) which for a number 10, is quite good. Considering he was injured in 2015-16 (9 games, 4 goals).. still has 57 goals in all competitions over the last 4 seasons. Willian has only scored 44 goals for us in 5 seasons. Pedro has got 28 in 3 seasons. 

 

Further proof of how terrible Willians numbers are. Abysmal really. Pedros numbers are better than Willians and Pedro gets double the hate. Really disliked Willian after the complete lack of respect he showed towards Conte.

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21 minutes ago, Polo7 said:

Further proof of how terrible Willians numbers are. Abysmal really. Pedros numbers are better than Willians and Pedro gets double the hate. Really disliked Willian after the complete lack of respect he showed towards Conte.

Me, too. I would sell all the Brazilians in the squad and stay away from them in the future. For me, the Brazilians players are like Liverpool fans turned pro footballers. Always arrogant, always thinking football spins around them. Before the World Cup I saw interviews from Brazil, including with Gabriel Jesus' mother, all saying how Brazil deserve to win the WC and that there is no other National Team more worthy of this trophy than Brazil because of their history and legendary players and blah blah blah. Oh yeah, you don't say? Fuck you and Brazil, worth the WC my ass, maybe this is why all planet hates this National team because they are full of shite.

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1 minute ago, Special Juan said:

Can play as the advanced body in a midfield three or out wide, pass vision is sublime and mentality to match.

Get him

Would just leave us needing to sort out Striker, CB and the FBs lol

But it would be a great help with goals!

Fuck I get out and they pull me back in!

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Perfect for the advanced midfield spot. Decent goal return, assists a lot, fantastic on the ball. I'd like to think that even Morata would have enough chances to score created for him with this lad behind him and Hazard + Willian either side of him.

Would be a massive last minute deal. Lyon have fought like crazy to keep him from what I've read so I'm not exactly sure this is a goer.

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He can probably play both midfield or attack but I’d prefer we play him on the right if he signs. Productive for Lyon playing in an advanced role, hard working, maybe no raw pace but no slower than, say, Bernardo Silva. To my eyes he seems very much a final third player, previously touted as a false no.9.

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