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  • Jay Jay posted 12 hours ago

    Jay Jay

    Daniele Rugani is a safe defender and passer of the ball and is good in the air, he's also a threat from set pieces. He could be the next great Juventus defender. On Empoli, Massimo Maccarone is doing well at the moment, he must be one of the most loved flops ever. Do you think Edin Dzeko was as good as Robert Lewandowski at Wolfsburg? He get's a lot of stick here from pundits but I think Man City ruined him. Which two centre backs should Manchester United sign? I think Marcos Rojo should be the left back for United.

  • Allan Jiang posted 19 hours ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ max dobney: Luciano Vietto is keeping Gerard Moreno, an underrated No. 9, from getting more minutes.

    Vietto can alternate between a starter and super sub, yet still have an impact.

    — Alexandre Lacazette: In the form of his life. Can he replicate it in a better league?

    — Paulo Dybala: Prior to this season, he was on course to be a bust. I feel he has benefited greatly from the genius of Franco Vazquez.

    If Vazquez, 26, was the same age as Dybala, 21, then I believe most of the transfer attention would be focused on Vazquez.

    — Mauro Icardi: Attitude problems are a major red flag. But so far he is proving he is worth the hassle because he is Inter Milan's top scorer.

    — Rubio Rubin: In recent games, he has been ineffective, but he is one to watch. Very skilful, a scoring threat and an incisive passer. He is more developed at his age, 18, than Tommy Oar was when he went over to Utrecht.

    Oar has developed into a good Eredivisie player, but Rubin can be a star, assuming he continues to develop.


    @ bhavik merchant: Paul-Georges Ntep can accomplish some tricks on the field that some people can't even do on FIFA 15.

    Anthony Martial: Inconsistent, but had bright moments against Arsenal.

    — Paulo Dybala: If you view the transfer market in its inflated form, then yes, because he has upside and he's a match-winner. But €41.3/£30 million is a hefty investment for one great season.

    — I prefer Abdul Rahman Baba, but Jordan Amavi is statistically better.

    — How about Giannelli Imbula?


    @ Jamie Britt: I'm fascinated with NBA/NFL scouting and how they evaluate prospects for the draft.

    For example, the New England Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX, yet some of their main players were not rated.

    Tom Brady: Super Bowl MVP (round 6, pick 199) [1].
    Julian Edelman: Led the Patriots in receiving yards (round 7, pick 232).
    Malcolm Butler: Clutch interception (undrafted).

    [1] There's a fascinating documentary called The Brady 6.

    Yes, football (excluding Major League Soccer) has no draft, but the correlation I try to draw is high draft picks in NBA/NFL = high transfer fees.

    Yet, if you scout thoroughly, there is the chance you can find a player with a similar ability for a low transfer fee, which then = low/undrafted pick in NBA/NFL.

    I'm always fascinated by Chad Ford, Matt Miller, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, et al.

    — Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco: Rapid acceleration and extremely skilful. Needs to improve his decision-making. Yes, he scored what could be the pivotal goal against Arsenal, but he also screwed up a 2 vs. 1 situation.

    — Davy Klaassen: He looks better in an advanced role, but the statistics suggest he will be a class central midfielder, presuming he continues to advance (2.7 tackles and 44.4 passes per game | 5 goals, 8 assists). He is, but the same was said about Marco van Ginkel. That said, Van Ginkel's issues stem from injuries.

    — In an ideal world, yes. But I feel it would big investment to sign both players, because most major teams don't need two deep-lying forwards.


    @ Chig Paisa: I know of Nicolas Benezet, but I'm not too familiar with his career trajectory. That said, his teammate N'Golo Kante is a class player.

    — I have an interest in Major League Soccer, but it is a league where my knowledge of it is continually growing. I would surmise that you would know more about the MLS than me.

    — I feel the MLS should target talented young European players whose careers are stalling. I believe in 20-30 years, the MLS will become a viable destination to Europe's top leagues.


    @ Sarthug Kumar: Thanks for the compliment.

    — After Dani Alves' emotional outburst, you're right. It leads to us to assuming that maybe he has been told he will be let go, which factored into him losing it.

    — Benjamin Mendy (6'1", 165 pounds), Christian Gunter (6'1", 179 pounds) and Mitchell Dijks (6'4", 198 pounds) fit your type, but all three are inconsistent.


    @ max dobney: Given Javi Martinez is worth around €40/£29 million, underrated is not the word I would use. I believe he is better as a defensive midfielder.


    @ Ron Bond: Yes, Allan Marques would be a substantial addition to most major teams.

    — Yacine Brahimi: Yes, because he is a highlight reel player, he is in career-best form and Porto are brilliant at inflating transfer stocks of their players.

    — Supposedly, Yannick Bolasie thought about being a carpenter before his professional football career kicked-off. He is very raw, but extremely talented. Lass Bangoura is another mercurial player who can at times look world-class then barely look like a professional footballer.


    @ Adel Janevic: Great observation. Perhaps, Dimitri Kevin Cavare.


    @ Jay Jay: Mattia De Sciglio and Stephan El Shaarawy are hindered by injury issues. M'Baye Niang seems to have one good month and then disappear every season.

    — Jordan Amavi.

    — Haven't seen enough of Daniele Rugani. What are your thoughts on him?

  • max dobney posted 1 day ago

    max dobney

    Whats your opinion on Luciano Vietto and how does he compare to Lacazette/Dybala/Icardi and other young strikers?

  • bhavik merchant posted 2 days ago

    bhavik merchant

    Hey Allan, I see you referred to Ntep in your article for PSG, I wonder what you think of his potential. Also what do you think of Anthony Martial? Does Dybala sound like a 30m player?
    Is Amavi better than Baba? other than Paul Pogba, do you project any youngster capable of being the next Yaya Toure for City?

  • Jamie Britt posted 2 days ago

    Jamie Britt

    Hey Allen, as aways thanks for replying to our questions. I last asked about Adam Maher and could he make it in the EPL with his size. I liked your example of QB Russell Wilson. I am actually from North Carolina and Wilson played QB for N.C State University. I watch him most Saturdays as he demolished most college football defenses he faced. At the same time he was being compared to a taller stronger QB who had graduated from NC State years earlier, Philip Rivers. Rivers at this stage had already started making a name for himself in the NFL. Many said that Wilson was good but he was no Philip Rivers. To support your point, Philip Rivers maybe taller and even have a stronger arm than Wilson, but Wilson is the one with one Super Bowl ring and he nearly got another a few weeks ago. So I definitely get your point.

    Just a few questions now, Can you update us on the progress of Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco. Is he the real deal and do you think Monaco would sell for the right price?

    Do you think that Davy Klaassen will end in more a central midfield (engine room) role or is he suited to play as an attacker? Is he ready for the big leagues now or does he need another year at Ajax?

    If someone is willing to pay £30 mil for Paulo Dybala should they go ahead and pay another £15 mil or so and get Franco Vazquez as well, since Vazquez is class and has a telepathic link to Dybala.

  • Chig Paisa posted 3 days ago

    Chig Paisa

    Hey Allan, have you heard of Nicolas Benezet? He played for Nimes in Ligue 2 before jumping to Evian, and now is on loan at Caen. If you've seen him, I'm just wondering if you could offer an assessment of his ability?

    Also, as a teenager living in America, I'm pretty interested in the MLS. I support Arsenal, but the MLS' growth has me intrigued. Do you think there are any players that could make the jump from MLS to Europe? Other than the standard answers like Luis Gil, Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes (though I think if he moved, he would fail) etc.

    Last thing haha, since the MLS is attracting more players in their primes, from lower leagues, could you think of any potential targets? For example, recently, Darren O'Dea, Piscu, Andrew Driver, Cedric Matwabi, Laurent Ciman etc. moved to the MLS. One name that you mentioned a while back in terms of being underrated was Willie Overtoom. Nowadays, he's playing for Zulte Waregem, but I'm not sure if he's getting playing time. I think he could be good for the MLS. Same thing with Gabriel Obertan, although his minutes have increased recently. Anyway, sorry for rambling, but do you think any players whose careers have stalled, or are underrated should be targets for the MLS? Thanks!

  • Sarthug Kumar posted 3 days ago

    Sarthug Kumar

    Allan, I have been reading your articles for months now and I love how all your articles are researched thoroughly. Really appreciate the work you put in.

    I was just reading your last article. Barcelona getting a backup left back is fine, but don't you think they would need a right back first?

    Gaya is quite short, so (just for squad diversity) who do you think would be a good tall but quick back-up left back? Also, do you think Gaya's performances make Lucas Orban slip under the radar? What do you think of him?

  • max dobney posted 5 days ago

    max dobney

    Is Javi Martinez one of the most underrated players in the world when fit?
    Is he better suited to his new CB role or his old DM role?

  • max dobney posted 5 days ago

    max dobney

    Is Javi Martinez one of the most underrated players in the world when fit? And does is he a better CB or DM?

  • Ron Bond posted 6 days ago

    Ron  Bond

    Yes Dybala has the higher ceiling, but i believe vasquez would present the better signing at the moment for a big team in need for an attacking mid.cDo you think Allan Marques will be courted this summer by bigger teams, seeing udinese aren't doing as well as they used to? What are your thoughts on Brahimi? Do you think he'll be sold for a big profit? How good do you think yannick bolasie will be if he improves his final product. He's electric up until the final tenth and then just blasts it wide into the stands. Must be so frustrating for palace fans. Thanks for the advice regarding DM role, ill take it onboard. Cheers

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