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  • Allan Jiang posted 20 hours ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Adel Janevic: Former Bleacher Report La Liga columnist Michael Cerna and I both rated Cicinho highly.

    The cruciate ligament injury debilitated Cicinho, who has an aggressive, up-tempo and two-way playing style.

    With Diogo Figueiras and Coke the No. 1 and 2 options at right-back for Sevilla, Cicinho may not receive the chance to make a sterling comeback.

    He is at a stage in his career where it would make sense if he opted to play in the Middle East.

    — Papiss Cisse is to Newcastle United what Titi Camara was to Liverpool [1].

    [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrIBco2hgpI

    — Rated Admir Mehmedi highly, but once he secured a contract at Freiburg, he has tailed off. Whereas, when he was playing for his top-flight career, he looked like an elite footballer.

    There was one instance last season when he glided past Augsburg centre-back Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, evaded the tackle of Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan and powerfully hit the ball past Augsburg goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

    What a moment of brilliance.

    — In Javier Pastore's last season at Palermo, Federico Balzaretti and Antonio Nocerino were also heavily involved in the build-up play. But at Paris Saint-Germain, Pastore is touching the ball is touching the ball every minute and six seconds in league play. What Pastore needs to work on is being more productive. But he is a joy to watch.

    — No problems, Adel :).

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    @ Hassnain Farus: Jasmin Kurtic is tidy on the ball and a factor into why Joshua Brillante can't get into the Fiorentina first-team.

    Though, Kurtic does not have the same influence as teammate Borja Valero, who pulls the strings in midfield.

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    @ Prithvi Pahwa: Haven't watched Andreas Pereira or Saidy Janko in an official first team game (sorry, don't follow Manchester United's reserve games).

    — James Wilson is the one who looks like he can transition from reserve to Premier League football.

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    @ Jack Morris: Crazy.

    — Let down that David Villa did not stay longer at Melbourne City, but understandably New York City FC wanted to retain one of their marquee talents for promotional reasons (they probably had an inkling that sister club Manchester City were going to extend Frank Lampard's loan).

    — Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers are the worst team in the A-League.

    — A-League winning manager Mike Mulvey is looking for a job having been axed at Brisbane Roar.

    — Could Adelaide United manager Josep Gombau be lured away to Japan? (Didn't work out well for Pierre Littbarski).

    — Perth Glory—a club that has extensive travel mileage, a history of underachieving in the A-League era and has yet to establish a state of the art training centre—is the No. 1 club in Australia right now.

    Also, the Glory W-League team dominated the regular season, winning nine of 10 games.

    Their manager, Jamie Harnwell—a Glory legend—has shown that he deserves a chance to be a member of an A-League coaching staff.

    — Daniel De Silva has worked hard without the ball, is so composed when he receives it, but needs to be more assertive. If he cannot dominate possession in the A-League, it is going to be tough breaking into Roma.

    I'm not too sure about the move. I would have preferred if he honed his skills at Glory. Moving to Roma and playing youth football may stagnate his development.

    — Jack, what are your opinions on the A-League?


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    @ Jay Jay: Great summary.

    — Good suggestion. While Kevin Vogt has an extensive injury history, he has the talent to transition into a complete midfielder.

    — Raphael Guerreiro is an attacking left-back, but his defending at times leaves a lot to be desired.

    — When people compared Luis Muriel to Ronaldo Luis, it was not just the explosive running style, but now, the injuries are comparable.

    Even when Muriel has been fit, his finishing has been woeful.

    If he is looking for an exit, he should consider the Portuguese Primeira Liga or Eredivisie, two leagues where he should be able to re-gain his confidence.

  • Adel Janevic posted 1 day ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Hey Allan.

    -Remember in the beginning of the 2012-13 season when Cicinho from Sevilla was displaying world-class form and for a few weeks or months or so, people were saying he was the best right back of the season? What has happened to him since? Can he ever even come close to reaching that level again, even for one game?

    -How come Papiss Cisse has struggled so much in the Premier League for about two or three seasons now when he was on fire in the second half of the 2011-12 season and seemed to score in nearly every game. What is the cause of such a drastic downfall?

    -What do you think of Admir Mehmedi of Freiburg?

    -Is Javier Pastore current form at PSG reminiscent of his days at Palermo, or does he still have a ways to go to fulfill upon that promise? I truly don't know because I only started watching football in the 2011-12 season.

    Thanks so much Allan. 'Preciate the fact that you are willing to answer all these questions.




  • Hassnain Farus posted 2 days ago

    Hassnain  Farus

    Hey Allan, what can you tell me about Jasmin Kurtic?

  • Prithvi Pahwa posted 2 days ago

    Prithvi Pahwa

    Hi Allan, what do you think of some of the youth prospects at the Manchester United, in particular Andreas Pereira and Saidy Janko? Who else do you think are the standout talents at the club?

  • Jack Morris posted 4 days ago

    Jack Morris

    Hi Allan, How have you viewed the a-league season so far, also have you seen much of the FFA cup? I bet you are happy with how Perth are going and it's good to see Danny De Silva getting some decent game time.

  • Jay Jay posted 8 days ago

    Jay Jay

    On Talisca, he has already shown he can score all types of goals. He's a great athlete and a powerful runner. He's a gunner in the deep-lying forward role but he can also spot a pass, the sky is the limit for him. I would imagine he would play as a centre forward when he's called up by Brazil. Do you think English clubs were interested in him like Mourinho said? It's good to see James Wilson getting minutes for United as he is too good to play u21 football. I would have preferred to see him go out on loan to gain experience but Van Gaal is using him in the super sub role so hopefully he can score some goals. What do you think of Raphael Gueirrero? Do you think Luis Muriel can fulfill his potential?

  • Allan Jiang posted 10 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Andrew Holland: Ayoze Perez has the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Though, he needs to be more involved since aside from the goals, he has been anonymous. That said, Newcastle United may have uncovered a gem.

    — Anthony Martial has not really stood out. He plays bit-part minutes, so without an extended starting run, it is hard for him to assert himself. Though, he has high upside being an 18-year-old who is playing games in Ligue 1.

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    @ Jay Jay: Axel Witsel was sold for around €40/£31.7 million, so Benfica should aim around that fee when negotiating Anderson Talisca's exit.

    — What are your thoughts on Talisca, Jay?

    — Yes. But Kevin Vogt's injury record is a concern, though Arsenal generally take risks on injury-prone players.

    — Not sure. Haven't seen much of Angelo Henriquez as he has gone under my radar (playing in the Spanish Segunda Division and Croatian Prva HNL, two leagues I don't follow).

    — What are your thoughts on James Wilson?

    — Perhaps, Gary Neville sees himself in Cesar Azpilicueta: dependable, consistent and willing to do a job. I would be inclined to agree with Neville's view if he held a similar view of Tony Jantschke, who is a comparable player to Azpilicueta.

  • Andrew Holland posted 19 days ago

    Andrew  Holland

    Aarons surely does pick up more than a few knocks but when he is healthy he looks to be one our best players. Ayoze looks to be a real gem. With him starting to score goals and settling quickly in England, he looks to be a quality striker.

    Also, what do you think about Anthony Martial from Monaco? He seems to be a very good striker with loads of potential.

  • Jay Jay posted 19 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Also, do you think Anderson Talisca could net Benfica their most substantial profit of all time?

  • Jay Jay posted 19 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Marseille may win the league, but I can't see Bielsa there next season. I think Jorginho jumped up to quick. Do you think Kevin Vogt could be an option for Arsenal? Do you think think Angelo Henriquez could have a Javier Hernandez impact for United next season? He showing the same mentality as a super sub and his goal scoring is exceptional. United could save a lot of money if him and James Wilson realise their potential. Lastly, would you agree with Gary Neville's claim that Cesar Azpilicueta is the best defender in the Premier League?

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