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  • Jay Jay posted 1 day ago

    Jay Jay

    Cheers for Pedro Leon update, could win back his place in the team too. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, Saul was a newbie midfield player playing at centre back for a fairly open team, he was surely going to make mistakes. Who do you rate higher; Jordan Veretout or Morgan Sanson? Do you know much of Kevin Kampl? Who has higher potential for you: Marquinhos or Aymeric Laporte? PSG are idiots for starting Luiz ahead of him.

  • Harshit Vatsyayan posted 2 days ago

    Harshit  Vatsyayan

    Hi, Allan. I've been great. And thanks for the clarification.

    1) Thoughts on Anthony Lopes?? Could he be a long-term solution to Liverpool's goalkeeping problems?? Also what do you think of Norberto Neto??

    2) Which club do you think would be the best fit for Clement Chantome??

    3) And what do you think of Jack Cork??

  • Prithvi Pahwa posted 2 days ago

    Prithvi Pahwa

    Hey Allan, which centre back do you think would be perfect for Man Utd? And how disappointing has Arturo Vidal been this season?

  • Jose Echaniz posted 2 days ago

    Jose Echaniz

    Hey Allan I was wondering what is your take on arsenal's struggles this season and what centerback and defensive midfielder signings would you make in January if you were Arsene Wenger. Lastly when Arsene Wenger does leave who would you tip to succeed him

  • Adel Janevic posted 3 days ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Hey Allan!

    - What do you think of Jordan Amavi's rise at Nice?
    - Why does it seem as though Edinson Cavani has slipped slightly from the top tier of strikers?
    - What is the secret behind Genoa's overachieving season so far? Is it Mattia Perin?
    - I know this is a weird one but do you know anything about Wim Suurbier, the right back for the Dutch during the Total Football Era of the 70s?

  • Allan Jiang posted 3 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Prithvi Pahwa: You would be better of asking South American football correspondent Tim Vickery ( about Gabriel Barbosa.

    If Brazil qualify for the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup and Gabriel is selected for their squad, I will watch him.

    Most people will be eagerly await the FIFA technical report of that tournament.

    Why? It highlights the best players.

    While not a perfect projection of future stars, it does give prospects you should monitor.

    — Pierre-Emile Hobjerg has the traits to be a top-flight midfielder: physically impressive, good right-footed passer and demands the ball.

    But he has not got it together when he has been afforded chances to play for Bayern Munich.

    That said, he could bloom late like Christoph Kramer.

    — Gianluca Gaudino completed 96.6 percent of his 59 passes in a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

    That was an outstanding debut and then he was dropped for the next game against Schalke—weird.

    Gaudino looks like a future star. The way he moves, his composure on the ball and the fact he was thrown into the deep end suggests Bayern Munich believe he could be their future midfield general.


    @ Jay Jay: Cheers for the heads up on Emiliano Velazquez.

    — Regarding Pedro Leon's Getafe's comeback, per Juan Jimenez at AS:

    "A Madrid mercantile court has ordered the Professional Football League (LFP) to issue Pedro Leon with the necessary documentation so that the player can be included in Getafe's match day squads without the club facing disciplinary action for fielding an ineligible player.


    Leon wasted no time in taking to the social networks to express his satisfaction and to criticize the CSD Higher Sports Council for failing to back him. 'Thank you to [magistrate] Don Borja Villena Cortes for granting me what the CSD denied me.' During the hearing, the judge had cast doubt on the jurisdiction of the LFP to impose economic control over football clubs."


    — I agree with your assessment. Mario Pasalic looks overwhelmed and seems to be in the Denilson Pereira mindset of not making a mistake.

    Consequently, the game passes by and Pasalic is anonymous.

    In January, I did an article on Saul Niguez, who was on loan at Rayo Vallecano at the time.

    It was a hard-hitting article and while it was factually correct, it was overly harsh in hindsight.

    Saul was struggling as a centre-back often making errors leading to goals.

    However, he improved his performances two-fold as he became more accustomed to La Liga football.

    Point of the story: this could be the case with Pasalic going forward.


    @ Harshit Vatsyayan: Just realised I made a mistake.

    TBD as in to be determined, not to be confirmed. Apologies for the confusion.

  • Prithvi Pahwa posted 5 days ago

    Prithvi Pahwa

    Hey Allan, what about Gabriel Barbosa at Santos? How is he doing? And how good do you think Pierre Emile Højbjerg and Gianluca Gaudino can become?

  • Jay Jay posted 6 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Only saw Velazquez play against Barcelona and played very well. How comes Pedro Leon is playing again? What's the story with Mario Pasalic? He looks very ordinary. Should Liverpool be looking at another centre back? Who should be Liverpool's next manager?

  • Allan Jiang posted 6 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Harshit Vatsyayan: I'm good :). Can't believe the year is almost over. How have you been?

    — Tiago Ilori plays like a central midfielder. With his physical stature, his recovery pace and him being a passing outlet, he can transition from defence to midfield.

    Regarding his loan at Bordeaux, to be confirmed (TBD) is the term you're looking for.

    I haven't kept up with Ilori's recovery, or Bordeaux's view on his comeback, so apologies for the incomplete answer.

    — Yes (potentially being the imperative word). Moi Gomez possess the ability to conjure a match-winning moment, but he needs to feature more during the duration of a game.

    — It is difficult for me to project. I would need to do a comprehensive review of Tiemoue Bakayoko's games this season.

    Based on my past viewing of him: high upside, wins back the ball a lot, but also commits pointless fouls.

    — Hakim Ziyech will take over games with his genius.

    Though, to quote former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli: "It's not perfect, but we felt a goal in Holland was worth one-tenth of a Premier League goal."

    The million euro question is if Ziyech can replicate his productivity in a stronger league.


    @ Kunal Bhandari: Good points.

    Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp have both hit brick-walls. Difference is Rodgers is trying to save face, whereas Klopp is battling to save his job.

    — Depends on the manager's personality. If he can adapt and coach players given to him, then yes. If the manager is a believer in the my way or the highway approach, then no, because you will be paying out a compensation fee, a la Andre Villas-Boas.


    @ Prithvi Pahwa: Yes, David de Gea has pulled off superb saves.

    — Allan Marques: one of the most prolific tacklers of his generation.


    @ Jay Jay: Early impressions of Emiliano Velazquez: excellent interceptor of the ball. But aside from that, I haven't really focused on him. Do you know much about him?

    On the subject of Getafe, When I was reviewing their matches (published an article about Pedro Leon in October), Yoda was a cut above his teammates.

    But I can't answer that question because I only have a rudimentary view of Velazquez.

    — The routine answer would probably be Luciano Vietto. But I like Gabriel Paulista since he is a composed defender, low-risk tackler, reads the game well and has been a rock for Villarreal.

    — Yes and no. Simon Kjaer is one of the most talented centre-backs of his generation, but when is down, he is second/third-tier level.

    Great comparison, he could potentially be another Dejan Lovren.

  • Harshit Vatsyayan posted 9 days ago

    Harshit  Vatsyayan

    Hey, Allan. Long time. How have you been??

    1) What do you think of Tiago Ilori's season at Bordeaux??

    2) What do you think of Moi Gomez?? A potential star in the making??

    3) What are your thoughts on Tiemoue Bakayoko?? Could he be a long-term solution to
    Arsenal's defensive midfielder problems??

    4) And finally, what do you think of Hakim Ziyech??

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