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  • Ben Dewison posted 5 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    Jason Davidson may not have played due to low match fitness, having not played in pre-season. I was disappointed as without Gamboa or him, none of our two full-backs were good at roaming forward, which was part of the reason we struggled to break down Sunderland for long periods.

    In pre-season and yesterday, most of our link-up play has come from the right side, so you'd assume Gamboa would instantly take the roaming full-back role. Unless Davidson's a better supporting full-back than Pocognoli, he's less likely to get a chance over the coming weeks.

    Tottenham's centre-backs aren't great while Eric Dier's a great prospect, along with being versatile. He's always been an outlet in possession and good at marshalling a high line.

    Valentin Roberge played the stopper role in Sunderland's partnership, sticking tight to Anichebe and filtering left to cover Van Aanholt when the latter roamed forward. We figured, with Berahino's pace and Anichebe core strength, we could use the latter to draw Roberge towards the ball to release the latter in the right channel, while Dorrans came inside, and it worked. It was a ludicrous penalty call which gave him his first, but he was our main attacking penetration came from him.

    His finishing and play in advanced areas were excellent, despite him being wasteful in other areas. He's a great prospect, but still raw currently.

    I've never played FPL. My form of management is Football Manager, which I'm obsessed with.

  • Jay Jay posted 5 days ago

    Jay Jay

    They can't be pleased with just having Nicklas Bendtner. What do you think of Leicester City? I think Wes Morgan handled Lukaku well, bit premature but he could be this season's Curtis Davies. I would love to see the Benatia to United rumour to come true. Do you think Arsenal should sign Fabian Lustenberger? He would be an invaluable player for them

  • Allan Jiang posted 5 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Adel Janevic: Kyle Ebecilio is rebuilding his career at Twente. Against Cambuur, he played in a midfield partnership with Robbert Schilder.

    Ebecilio was industrious and presented himself as a passing outlet. If injuries are a thing of the past, he should get an offer from a big European club again.

    He was one of the best teenage prospects of his generation, but fell away due to lack of match fitness at Arsenal.

    — Recently did a scouting report on Matthias Ostrzolek:

    Kepa Arrizabalaga: Don't know enough about him.
    Igor Bubnjic: Don't know enough about him.
    Alper Potuk and Onur Kivrak: Don't know enough about them.
    Diego Laxalt: Don't know enough about him.

    — I use to watch college and NBA basketball with regularity.

    — But now that I cover football transfers full-time for Bleacher Report, I have not kept up with basketball like an aficionado would.

    — I watched the 2014 NBA Finals, the NBA draft and that was about it.

    — Since Jeremy Lin is at the Los Angeles Lakers, I presume ESPN will have even more Laker games. If it is on TV, I'll tune in (if I have time) to see what Lin is up to.


    @ Jay Jay: Wolfsburg are backed by Volkswagen, so they can afford a premium centre-forward. I like both of your suggestions.

    — If Davy Propper can improve upon his last season, he is primed for a move to a club in one of Europe's elite leagues.


    @ Ben Dewison: Do you think Jason Davidson is going to get a run anytime soon? He sat out West Bromwich Albion's first game.

    He is warming my Fantasy Premier League bench at £4.5 million. I'm thinking of trading him out for Eric Dier (£5 million).

    If Davidson is going to get playing time soon, then I could stick with him, but Dier could be a better option.

    Dier just provides me more security on the bench and an additional £0.5 million is something I can afford.

    — Speaking of West Brom, Saido Berahino looked excellent. What did you think of his performance?

    — Also, are you playing FPL this season?

  • Adel Janevic posted 7 days ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Also, do you have any interest in basketball and the NBA?

  • Adel Janevic posted 7 days ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Waz up, Allen. I just wanted to know what you think of a few players.

    Kyle Ebecilio: do you think he can get into the Netherlands team?
    Matthias Ostrzolek: how do you think he'll do a t Hamburg?
    Kepa Arrizabalaga: does he have a chance of breaking into the Bilbao first team?
    Igor Bubnjic: is he a quality player and can he have a good season?
    Alper Potuk and Onur Kivrak; what do you know about them?
    Diego Laxalt: how do you think his future will pan out?


  • Jay Jay posted 11 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Wolfsburg could do that, I suppose Chicharito could be an option. Maybe Kevin Volland? Do you think Davy Propper could do well in a bigger league?

  • Ben Dewison posted 11 days ago

    Ben Dewison


    I haven't seen as much of Davidson as Allan, but I'm supporting. We needed more tenacious full-backs who pushed forward, unlike Reid, Ridgewell, or Popov. I'm unconvinced about Pocognoli going by how he was rated by numerous websites last season, and by pre-season. He looks rather cumbersome, not offering a pressing outlet, failing to deal with cross-field balls and hesitant in possession.

    However, for balance it's important to have one full-back that predoinantly holds his position and another that pushes forward. As I'm sure Gamboa will be our main right-back, it depends who's more defensively solid. We've lost Thorne and might lose Yacob as our anchors, so it's unlikely we'll withdraw them to push both full-backs forward like some other teams have.

    Alan Irvine has shown by unwillingness to stick to the 22-squad model, letting Thorne go and not giving our youngsters a chance when we were losing against Porto that he's uneasy giving youth prospects chances. It's shame because I strongly believe in youth development, as not only cheaper than breaking transfer records for the same positions every year, but the chance to establish a philosophy and environment to nurture every players. I suppose it's understandable given he's on a 12-month rolling contract.


    That's his second knee ligament injury. Injuries are the factor that might prevent him reaching his potential.

    I haven't seen much of Adil Nabi. He suffered cruciate ligament damage, ruling him out for last season. Doubt he'd have got a chance anyway. He's quite a technical player who plays mainly in a striking duo or attacking midfield. He's a good finisher with composure and acceleration. Under my vision, he's under-21 so would be a backup, but he's probably go out on loan

  • Allan Jiang posted 11 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Ben Dewison: That's high-praise for George Thorne and excellent analysis.

    You have seen more of him than I have, but in the snippets of times he has played for West Bromwich Albion, I always thought he was an interesting prospect.

    Great physique, good first-touch and wants the ball.

    Seems very technical, so he will probably overcome his long-term knee injury.

    — What are your views on Adil Nabi?


    @ Jay Jay: Josuha Guilavogui was never given an extended run because Atletico Madrid were always pushing to attempt to win every game. Therefore, it was not an option to ease him in.

    I rate Guilavogui who should succeed at Wolfsburg knowing they could be his future long-term employer.

    It is a loan with an option to extend into a permanent deal.

    Wolfsburg have the money to spend on a world-class No. 9, but they might be seeking the new Edin Dzeko, who they signed from obscurity via Teplice.


    @ Dominic Lang: This generation of Socceroos is very promising.

    Jason Davidson's starting place in the Australian national team is his to lose.

    His father, Alan, being the greatest Australian left-back is a big advantage to Davidson, who has been groomed to be a top-flight professional footballer.

    Great move for Davidson, but the way he left Heracles Almelo was not ideal.

    Davidson has a higher upside than Sebastien Pocognoli but the Belgian has more experience, so it depends on Alan Irvine's view on youth.

    I'm not too familiar with Irvine, so best to ask Ben Dewison, a West Brom fan.


    @ bhavik merchant: I share your views that Manchester City and Europe's wealthiest clubs making a mockery of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.

    Manchester City are testing the waters with the Frank Lampard deal.

    Let's say UEFA clamp down on Manchester City warning they cannot buy players otherwise they risk infractions.

    Well New York City signs "Player A" for €62.5/£50 million and loans to Manchester City.

    What happens then?

    — I have never seen Bruno Zuculini play.

    His brother, Franco, was a highly-rated prospect, whose career has since taken a nose-dive.

    — Edinson Cavani, but Liverpool may seek younger and cheaper alternatives as an insurance to the Cavani deal not working out.

  • Ben Dewison posted 13 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    It's an inflated fee right now but most likely not over the coming years. Before taking the money, Southampton should've helped him develop their short-sightedness in accepting cash for younger players at every opportunity needs to stop in order for them to achieve their potential.

    Agree with your reasoning that Financial Fair Play is fundamentally flawed and undermines Michel Platini. I've argued the am case about big clubs being banned numerous times. It benefits rich clubs that were among the highest ranked before it's introduction and lower teams with little ambitions other than building season-by-season with freebies and loans.

    I'm pleased by some of the players we've signed but annoyed we haven't kept 22-man squad model. We have enormous depth in defensive positions, while Gamboa and Davidson, provide with the stamina to press opposing wingers that we didn't have last season. They're also full-backs who roam past the central midfielders, replacing Billy Jones in providing the outlet of progression beyond the defensive line.

    However, it's disappointing that we rushed to get so many freebies and loans early on. I agreed with our chairman Jeremy Peace's earlier aim to incorporate a 22-man senior squad. This involves every player having a chance of a prolonged run in the side, initially as key players first team regulars, or rotation players. Having under-21s as backups gives them the chance to progress without relying on them, saves wages and helps the younger under-21 and under-18 sides in the league. Clubs should care more about those two leagues, and loans rarely help to establish players. Incoming managers are far more likely to trust academy products who've impressed in the first team than at a lower level.

    it's infuriating that we let George Thorne go at such a small price. He had three years left on contract so we had no reason to accept his demands, to the detriment of the team. It seems we haven't learnt anything from the Peter Odemwingie saga, where we slammed our own employee in public, giving him more to complain about and making his differences towards the club and fans irreconcilable. We ended up having one of our best plaers in the stands for half a season and then sold well below market value. A no-nonsense approach doesn't work to the club's benefit.

    If we told him he's not for sale, he'd have to work hard to benefit his career. He outperformed our midfielders at Derby and has every quality of an elite regista, someone who sweeps second balls behind the midfielder press, wins challenges ahead of defensive line when exposed, and distributes effectively between the defensive and midfield lines. I'm in no doubt he'll have a long Premier League career and he might play for England in the future.

  • Jay Jay posted 14 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Wolfsburg have had an incredibly good transfer window so far, why do you think Simeone doesn't rate Joshua Guilavogui? Do you think their going to get the elite centre forward they crave? Who can they target?

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