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  • Jay Jay posted 1 day ago

    Jay Jay

    I agree with you on Debuchy, it's a very anti Wenger deal, considering the price tag and the fact he turns 29 soon. Aurier has much higher upside and he is thought to be a cheaper option. What do you think of Porto's business so far? It's unusual that they've acquired players who have a lot of hype around them. Are Barcelona really going to pay 20 million for Jeremy Mathieu? That would make the Chugrynskiy deal look like a master stroke. Shouldn't they be chasing Mehdi Benatia?

  • Ben Dewison posted 1 day ago

    Ben Dewison

    It's possible to take 3-5 subjects at A-Levels, but they always advise you to take four and drop one after the first year. Students only usually take five if there's one they intuitively know and don't have to study much for, like a language you were brought up with.

    With the level of depth, it must have been debilitating to study for those. I also remember you telling me that you picked chunks out of textbooks and tried to remember them. I don't know how that's possible when you have so much to study for, but it's helped you to become an honest, eloquent and informative writer. More importantly, it's helped you get the qualifications, necessary for this job and potentially others in the future.

    I'll ask him. He'll be pleased you asked and I'm sure he'll endeavour to contact you back.

  • Allan Jiang posted 2 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ H L: Thanks for being a long-time reader :).

    — Luciano Narsingh had to contend with Zakaria Bakkali's rise and then when the teenager petered out, PSV Eindhoven signed Bryan Ruiz on loan, who was productive in spurts.

    Theo Walcott has also had seasons where he has been a let-down. He bounced back, so it is up to Narsingh to rebound.

    — Why not have both Tonny Vilhena and Jordy Clasie? If we are looking long-term, then I'll bet on Vilhena, who is still 19 years of age.


    @ Jose Echaniz: Another Galacticos era.

    — How about keeping Angel di Maria? Real Madrid don't even care about the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations, so forget about balancing the books and go all out. That is Florentino Perez's motto.

    Jose, I agree with your view of Di Maria playing an invaluable role for Real.

    — Ideally, a midfield destroyer. Like you suggested, Lars Bender is a natural target.

    But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will always tinker with tactics.

    He may opt to play two box-to-box midfielders even though it seems tactically left-field.

    Then again, switching Thierry Henry from a winger to a centre-forward was at the time perceived to be a risk.


    @ Ben Dewison: In my final year of high school, I studied ancient history, English, modern history, information and technology and political and legal studies.

    I studied psychology in my first year of university, but I asked myself: is this really the career I want to do for the rest of my life?

    The answer was no.

    Instead of dropping out, I changed courses and enrolled in journalism and professional writing.

    — Does Jerry have an email? Tell him I said hi and was wondering what he was up to.


    @ Jay Jay: Matthias Ginter has real high upside, but he tends to have lapses in concentration at inopportune moments.

    — Stefan Mitrovic, an underrated centre-back, is an example of Freiburg's scouting system which has seen the club have quality players such as Admir Mehmedi, Cedric Makiadi, Jonathan Schmid, Max Kruse, Omer Toprak, Papiss Cisse, Sebastian Kehl, et al.

    — No, Mathieu Debuchy was the safest option, but not the best option. Serge Aurier should have been signed.


    @ Peter Parker: Smart! German clubs tend to make shrewd signings.

    — Looking forward to watching Hertha Berlin again.

    — How is Alexander Baumjohann going? If not for injury, I felt he would have had a solid season for Hertha.

    — Genki Haraguchi was always rated quite highly, but I did not watch much of him last season, so I have no idea what type of form he is in.

  • H L posted 3 days ago

    H L

    Hi Allan,

    Been reading your content pieces for a while now, enjoying all of it. Most people know that you love to rave about Firmino, and for good reasons. But back in the day you use to rave about Luciano Narsingh, I even think you called him a potential upgrade over Walcott(being he had a higher football IQ). So after falling your stuff for a while now, I can't remember the last time I saw any mention of him. So what's happened to him at PSV, he can't even get regular starts?

    And a while ago I suggested Tonny Vilhena for young ererdivisie players, 17 at the time. So after a few years over development, who would you rather have for a 5 year plan. Vilhena or Clasie? I know Clasie is the almost the finished product now, but I think over 5 years that Vilhena would be the hotter property to have.


  • Jose Echaniz posted 4 days ago

    Jose Echaniz

    what do you make of real madrid's transfers especially with the possibility of acquiring james rodriguez. I think he has an potential and his tackles and interceptions in ligue 1 are close in comparison to Di Maria via whoscored. I feel the transfer to be unneeded because di maria offers the perfect balance to madrid's midfield but maybe Di maria might be asking for higher wages like ozil last year. My second question for you is what type of midfielder do arsenal need to pair with ramsey in the pivot. I dont think khedira is the man because he is similar to ramsey in the sense of becoming the third runner in the final third. Therefore would it be one of the bender brothers.

  • Ben Dewison posted 4 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    Thank you. Did you start taking four subjects at by age before dropping one? Because that's what most people do for A-Levels.

    Jerry Koh doesn't visit the website any more because he's grown bored of it and thinks the articles are mediocre. He's also quite busy studying and seems at least as interested in films as football. I'm in contact with him as we are friends on Facebook. I'm sure he'll pleased you asked when I tell him.

  • Jay Jay posted 4 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Hey Allan, do you think moving to BVB was a good move for Matthias Ginter, he may be pigeonholed as a utility player? Do you think Stevan Mitrovic can do well at Freiburg? Do you think Mathieu Debuchy was Arsenal's best possible option?

  • Peter Parker posted 4 days ago

    Peter Parker

    Hi, Allan
    What do you think of Hertha BSC's transfer business up until now?
    Hegeler, Stocker and Heitinga seem to be good buys, although I can't say I've heard or seen much of Heitinga lately.
    The others are Haraguchi, Beerens and Schieber, with Haraguchi being a total mystery to me.
    Do you know anything about him?

  • Allan Jiang posted 5 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ bhavik merchant: I know as much about Mario Pasalic as you do.

    If he is as good as Stipe Perica then moving forward both will either break into Chelsea's first-team, or be sold for a neat profit.

    — Thanks for the compliment :).

    — Joshua Brillante is a brilliant footballer at A-League level.

    He can play multiple positions, has outstanding stamina, regularly goes on box-to-box runs, and can create scoring chances for his teammates.

    Am I surprised that Fiorentina wanted Brillante? No. To them, it is low-risk, high-reward.

    Plus Italian teams are generally scouting Australia for cheap prospects. For example, in 2002, Inter Milan had Carl Valeri and Nathan Coe on their books.

    There is more risk on Brillante's part because he could end up sitting on the bench for extended periods of the season, or be stuck in the reserves.

    — Yes, I believe Roberto Firmino is a once-in-a-generation footballer.

    — It seems Chelsea view Kenneth Omeruo as a cash-cow since the management keep signing players in his position.


    @ Harshit Vatsyayan: Roberto Firmino is underrated to mainstream footballing fans because they are casual fans.

    But to football aficionados like yourself, you would rate him as one of the best players in Europe.

    He is on an upward trajectory like Luis Suarez was at Ajax.

    — Alexandre Lacazette is an elite footballer.

    I plan on compiling GIFs of his season, so hopefully Lyon don't kill the scouting report by announcing a contract extension.

    Though, some clubs extend contracts and then sell the player i.e. Levante with Felipe Caicedo and Olympiacos with Konstantinos Mitroglou.

    So I guess I might be able to salvage a potential Lacazette article if that happened.

    — I don't know much about Kingsley Coman, so you should ask Jonathan Johnson.

    — Good suggestion. Though, like Dejan Lovren, Simon Kjaer can be woeful when out of form.


    @ Adel Janevic: I always thought of Georginio Wijnaldum as an attacking player, but like any Louis van Gaal player, you need to be interchangeable.

    Wijnaldum is not a natural tackler, so he needs to drastically improve his ball-winning ability if his future is to be a box-to-box midfielder.

    — Lost in the shuffle like Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, who I believe was one of the best shot-stoppers at the World Cup.


    @ Jay Jay: Yes, Graziano Pelle has the traits to succeed in the Premier League.

    Though, I said the same thing about Afonso Alves, who like Pelle, was a prolific scorer in the Eredivisie.


    @ Ben Dewison: Good on you for giving back to the community.

    — I volunteered a lot when I was a psychology major (did that for a year before I switched to journalism/professional writing and publishing).

    — Any idea what happened to Jerry Koh?

  • bhavik merchant posted 6 days ago

    bhavik merchant

    Also an idea about Chelsea latest 19 year old signing?

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