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  • Adel Janevic posted 2 hours ago

     Adel  Janevic

    How would you rate Georginio Wijnaldum's performance at this World Cup? I find it strange that no one is talking about him.

  • Jay Jay posted 1 day ago

    Jay Jay

    All of those would be great signings. I remember you did articles on Thulani Serero and Benjamin Stambouli, they would be good signings too. Do you think Graziano Pelle can do well in the premier league?

  • Ben Dewison posted 1 day ago

    Ben Dewison

    Thanks for asking. I'm well despite not doing very much, although I'm doing more volunteering next week.

    Your feedback is reassuring compared to the dire ratings Kicker & Bild give him. However, he still sounds like a carbon copy of Liam Ridgewell. A Hannover fan with a Belgian-sounding name in Dirk Tietenberg called him a "warrior" and suggests he has the strength and skills to handle it, so perhaps our scouts see something different.

    Can't help but think the £1.5 million price tag was the deciding factor.

  • Allan Jiang posted 1 day ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Ben Dewison: Hi Ben. Great to hear back from you. How have you been?

    I am doing fine :).

    According to Squawka, Sebastien Pocognoli made no defensive errors.

    He is a conservative tackler and rarely dives in.

    This can be good in the form of a 0.9 fouls per game average.

    Conversely, it is bad when Pocognoli does not contest crosses because he does not want to rush in and get beaten on the outside.

    One example was when he watched Hamburg right-back Heiko Westermann deliver a cross to Hamburg right attacking midfielder Maximilian Beister.

    Here is a GIF to illustrate that: http://i.minus.com/iboL9UGozRPewZ.gif

    Kicker ranked Pocognoli 74/81 defenders in their Bundesliga player rankings.

    I don't know if he is a big upgrade over Liam Ridgewell, but maybe Pocognoli can overachieve.

    Pocognoli did not catch my eye positively or negatively.

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    @ Jay Jay: It depends on what type of midfielder Arsenal want: a midfield destroyer, box-to-box midfielder, deep-lying playmaker, et al.

    Midfield destroyer: Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender
    Box-to-box midfielder: Udinese's Allan
    Deep-lying playmaker: Mainz's Johannes Geis

    There are dozens of alternative transfer targets you can come up with. These are just three off-the-cuff.

  • Ben Dewison posted 2 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    Hi Allan,

    How are you?

    West Brom are set to buy Sebastien Pocognoli from Hannover from just over £1 million. Is he any good and will he be an upgrade to Liam Ridgewell?

  • Jay Jay posted 2 days ago

    Jay Jay

    It's a shame about Piazon because I believe he has better potential than Schurrle, Salah etc. Could be the same thing with Bertrand Traore in a few years. A Hazard-Fabregas-Oscar triumvirate is fantastic though and they have to be favourites with Costa up front too. Who do you think Arsenal should sign in midfield? It's a wonder they haven't wrapped up a deal for Aurier. I think PSG will get him instead. Don't you think it's strange that a club with Monaco's recourses haven't signed Fabinho permanently? That's interesting what you said about the Brazilians at PSG, I will be interested to see how the Brazilian players cope next season psychologically after the humiliation against Germany.

  • Allan Jiang posted 2 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Mazvydas Pintveris: Here is what I wrote about Antoine Griezmann recently: "He accumulates tap-ins, scores from distance, can finish with either foot on both flanks and has a Chicharito-esque knack of being in the right place at the right time to head home the ball."

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    @ Jay Jay: Great analysis.

    As you have said, Paris Saint-Germain's midfield is stacked, so moving David Luiz from centre-back to a box-to-box midfield role will only happen in an injury-crisis.

    Luiz's statistics were awful. Subjectively, he is below-par. How did PSG come up with the €49.5/£39.3 million valuation?

    I believe it could have been internal pressure from PSG's Brazilian clique.

    — Lucas Piazon is a cash-cow, so yes.

  • Mazvydas Pintveris posted 3 days ago

    Mazvydas Pintveris

    Thoughts on Antoine Griezmann?

  • Jay Jay posted 4 days ago

    Jay Jay

    David Luiz? PSG can't come up with one reason why he is worth 40 million. I think his biggest weaknesses are his positioning and his concentration which are necessities for CBs combined with his preference to attack would lead you to believe a box to box role where positional discipline is not as important, would be his best position. However, the Motta, Verratti and Matuidi partnership worked very well last season. And with Cabaye as a luxury backup and Rabiot dreaming of an extended run, Luiz will never get a game in midfield, so he is stuck in central defence where he will always be the same error prone player. As your article suggests, Luiz will be a bust whilst also stunting Marquinhos development. I can't see Chelsea ever in trouble with FFP seeing as they can sell their best prospects with massive fees. Could Lucas Piazon be next?

  • Allan Jiang posted 4 days ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Jay Jay: "I'll drop any one of you," Louis van Gaal says. Promptly drops his pants.

    Talk about managerial mind games 101.

    — Juan Bernat is an accurate passer, low-risk tackler and can interchange from defence to midfield.

    — I'd be intrigued to see David Alaba in a midfield role.

    — £8 million for Dusan Tadic who scored 16 goals and registered 14 assists for Twente is a steal.

    — Mind you, I thought Afonso Alves would be a bona fide star in the Premier League

    — Alves once scored eight goals in an Eredivisie game and was one of the best finishers I have ever seen.

    — Graziano Pelle would be the logical target.

    — What are your thoughts on David Luiz?

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