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  • Jay Jay posted 9 hours ago

    Jay Jay

    I think Senegal have the best squad, but the AFCON is so unpredictable. South Africa have been alright, has Thulani Serero gone AWOL on South Africa again or are they just going for squad harmony? Do you think Serero is better as a No.6 or 8? I remember you telling me Gabriel Paulista was Villarreal's most important player and that means a lot considering the talent they have. What do you think of Denis Cheryshev? It's a wonder he has so many assists considering the stupid shots he takes. I'm inclined to agree with you on Tin Jedvaj, considering how adept they are at picking out great centre backs.

  • Yasir Jones posted 10 hours ago

    Yasir Jones

    Yes I am still watching, and both those players you mentioned would be excellent in a league like the Bundesliga, or maybe a step lower like Eredivise or the Belgian Pro League.

    Also, I saw Iran get knocked out, and that was 100% BS. Terrible red card decision from the referee. South Korea did well in their semifinal, but they won't beat Australia in the final (Btw, UAE shouldn't be too much of a test for them in the semifinal).

    Hopefully Palestine learns from this tournament and continues to grow. Perhaps they can score a few more goals next tournament and perhaps even crack the knockout stages, and tournament after that, seriously challenge.

  • Allan Jiang posted 11 hours ago

    Allan Jiang

    @ Prithvi Pahwa: Ilkay Gundogan is injury prone and has looked more threatening in the attacking half than as an all-round midfielder. No, if he continues to get injured.

    — Fabian Schar has had some bad moments in the UEFA Champions League, but he is a defender with the characteristics to make the grade in Europe's elite leagues.

    — Aleksandar Dragovic is a passing outlet from the back, but the standout Dynamo Kyiv player in the UEFA Europa League thus far is Andriy Yarmolenko by a significant distance. For me, this suggests Yarmolenko is more likely to transition to an elite European league than Dragovic.


    @ bhavik merchant: Martin Odegaard is earning €40,000/£30,000 per week as a 16-year-old to play in the Segunda Division B for Real Madrid Castilla (Spanish third division).

    What other club would be willing to pay such an exorbitant salary for an academy player?

    Real Madrid are betting that he is the Norwegian Lionel Messi which is fraught with danger.

    Odegaard should have stayed at Stromsgodset for another three years, or joined a club in the Belgian Pro League or Dutch Eredivisie.

    Don't forget his father, Hans Erik, is a big winner. He was on the coaching staff that helped Mjondalen get promoted to the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

    He is also the architect behind Odegaard's rise.

    This means Hans Erik is a good candidate to coach at Real Madrid, which may have swayed Odegaard to choose Los Blancos.

    — I have seen a series of Sporting Lisbon games to keep track of William Carvalho, Joao Mario and Andre Carrillo. But Ryan Gauld has not started in any of those games I watched, therefore I have no idea how he is going at this present moment.

    — No. Gabriel Paulista is too mistake prone, but he has the raw tangibles to transition into a world-class centre-back, hence why Arsenal have gambled on him.


    @ Harshit Vatsyayan: If Sebastian Giovinco was 20 years old, had a great season in Europe and then chased the money in a lesser Asian league, say the Qatar Stars League, then the criticism would be valid.

    But he is 28 years old and the money Toronto FC have offered is crazy cash. It is a once in a lifetime chance and of course he was going to take it.

    Thanks for the compliment.

    — Mat Ryan is one of Australia's biggest talents and he has the potential to thrive in one of Europe's elite leagues. If I was Liverpool management, I would go for a can't miss prospect, preferably one that is 6'4" or taller and has no noticeable weaknesses.

    With Ryan, you're always concerned with his ability to deal with crosses. That said, he commands his box and consistently makes world-class saves.

    — When I was reviewing Inter Milan's games (in preparation for my Yann M'Vila article), Dodo was not a player I think about too much, nor did he do anything to catch my eye. He must be doing something right in training to keep getting games. He is only 22 years old, so he still has time.

    — Riyad Mahrez is really skilful and is dangerous in one-on-one situations. He needs to more productive, otherwise he risks being displaced, like teammate Anthony Knockaert.


    @ Jose Echaniz: Gabriel Paulista's form is better than Mateo Musacchio, who is still playing himself back to full fitness.

    Gabriel tends to make errors, but given his skillset, it is understandable why Arsenal took a liking to him.

    — Cristiano Ronaldo's suspension is a bigger worry.


    @ Ron Bond: Danny Welbeck must be more composed in front of goal and sometimes he is nowhere near where he needs to be in terms of positioning. He is a very hit and miss player. Sometimes, you think he is finally getting it. Other weeks, he looks like a Championship player.

    — Lars Bender's passing has been wayward at times, but he is expanding his game.

    — Saul Niguez needs to be playing more regularly. Hard to say he has made an improvement when he is not a regular starter.


    @ Jay Jay: I know right.

    — Would have been a good move on paper, but Carlos Bacca prefers being the main man at Sevilla. Plus, he is now 28 years old, so his upside is limited.

    — Wouldn't trust Harry Redknapp with spending big money, but he can bring the best out of rough diamonds.

    — No idea. I haven't followed the Africa Cup of Nations (been watching the Asian Cup). Who is your pick?


    @ Yasir Jones: Are you still watching the Asian Cup? I have been really impressed with Ali Mabkhout and Omar Abdulrahman. Hopefully they make an ambitious move to Europe, but I wouldn't begrudge them staying in the United Arab Emirates (in their comfort zone and they are well paid).

  • Prithvi Pahwa posted 1 day ago

    Prithvi Pahwa

    Hey Allan, what do you think of Ilkay Gundogan? Do you think he would be able to get back to the form he showed prior to his injury? Also, what do you think of Fabian Schar and Aleksandar Dragovic? Do you think they would be able to make it at a top Premier League club?

  • bhavik merchant posted 3 days ago

    bhavik merchant

    Hi Allan, wondering what you thought of the Odegaard decision to Real. I feel uneasy however talented he may be. Also what are your thoughts on Ryan Gould and Gabriel Barbosa? Is Gabriel Paulista amongst the top 3 La Liga cb? Who do you think is the best? my choice is Diego Godin over the last 3 years

  • Harshit Vatsyayan posted 4 days ago

    Harshit  Vatsyayan

    Hey, Allan. Really liked your article on Sebastian Giovinco. Most people slate him for his decision but it was good to read what were likely his thoughts before making that decision.

    1) Do you think Liverpool should pursue a move for Matthew Ryan?? Liked his YouTube videos but they can only tell you so much. Also wasn't impressed by him in the World Cup.

    2) What do you think of Dodo?? An average player or a talented youngster??

    3) And Finally, what are your thoughts on Riyad Mahrez??

  • Jose Echaniz posted 4 days ago

    Jose Echaniz

    Hey Allan do you think arsenal are chasing after the right defender in Gabriel or do you think maybe he isn't even the best defender on the team compared to Musacchio. Another question is how has the loss of luka modric affected Madrid or do you think eventually there record setting pace was going to come to an end or is there another problem you see watching real Madrid

  • Ron Bond posted 7 days ago

    Ron Bond

    Hey Allan,
    Do you rate Danny Welbeck and believe he can develop into a complete striker, or is he too old to be developed any further? Also, what are your thoughts on lars bender, he seems to have developed into a more defensive player this season for Bayer, a bit like his brother. What do you think of the development of Saul Niguez at Atletico, he seems to have matured a lot more this season compared to last. Cheers

  • Jay Jay posted 8 days ago

    Jay Jay

    Guangzhou Evergrande are lucky they aren't in Europe because they would never pass FFP. I feel sorry for Chinese teams who play them. I hope United don't sell Angelo Henriquez, could be another Forlan or Rossi. I remember you wrote an article on Carlos Bacca to Arsenal in the summer, do you think they should have done that? What is your opinion of Harry Redknapp? Who do you think will win the AFCON? Senegal are in a very difficult group but I like the look of them.

  • Yasir Jones posted 8 days ago

    Yasir Jones

    Its been so disappointing :/

    Well to be fair, we're lucky to even have a team, so I'm glad the players are out there at least letting people know they exist. Maybe we'll nick a result vs Iraq, but we're already knocked out of knockout stage contention so it doesn't matter.

    Unfortunately no, I have no prior experience of watching him.

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