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  • Ben Dewison posted 26 days ago

    Ben Dewison

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  • Ben Dewison posted 26 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    This stat comparison really backs up my claims that Shaw a better attacking full-back: Here's how Luke Shaw compares to Patrice Evra, Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs. #SSN pic.twitter.com/n4vrQqBCe8— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 27, 2014

  • Ben Dewison posted 33 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    Thanks for messaging. I'm doing well at the moment because my exams have finished, and while I am preparing for some voluntary work starting next week, at the moment I'm just fixed on the World Cup. Thanks for looking at the link and I'm absolutely honoured to be working for Crystal Palace, as hardly any other boys of my age would have this opportunity.

    But it's not always cost-effective top sell your top players at 28, particularly if it would cost more to replace them. You want players that have a good resell value if you want to sell them in the future, because there are two transfer windows each year that you have to buy players and you can't have a senior squad above 25 players. I disagree that a club should sell their best player when they're 28.

    I do too. sometimes it's not only about the player's age, because Fabregas will be a key player for them, as he's a better fit for their system than Oscar. The Brazilian is a typical number 10, who gets in between the lines and passes to others, makes room for others and is a real creative outlet. Fabregas is like that but as he's more of an advanced playmaker, he's better on the counter-attack as he likes to run further with the ball, stay central rather than drift wide and act as a real outlet. This will massively boost Chelsea because they relied on Hazard to make attacks by coming inside last season, meaning they got caught on the counter-attack. Whereas Lallana isn't a significant upgrade to Coutinho or Sterling, particularly long-term.

    I have to disagree. He's given almost a flank to himself at Southampton, as Lallana and Rodriguez play as left-forward. He consistently aggression and flair going forward, and good delivery. This is along with being good a breaking from deep, and not always positioning himself in an offensive position, which I believe Baines is guilty of sometimes. Gibbs is a very good full back, who's very good at breaking from deep, and in all honesty, perhaps our best one defensively, but firstly I believe Baines and Shaw are both better than him offensively and that he's had a few injured and as a result, the other two have performed better than him.

    I suppose you have a point. A good example would be Crystal Palace managing to buy two of the Championship's top centre backs, Scott Dann and Curtis Davies for around £2 million each. Now when Jordan Rhodes, one of the Championship's top strikers was playing in League One for Huddersfield, he was somehow worth £8 million. I don't blame Huddersfield for charging that, because they have every right to want every penny possible for a player who was almost indispensable to them.

    However, I still believe you can find strikers at a bargain and think there's no point breaking your transfer record for a striker every year when the team supporting them isn't at their level. No evidence shows that having some stronger players and some weaker players enables your team to perform to their potential. You need a group of players all at a relatively similar level. It's like Swansea paying £15 million on Bony when they clearly lack the quality of supporting players to get the best of him and have a leaky defence. They've actually weakened, not strengthened.

    At the moment I'm really not sure who to make favourites. The most impressive sides have been Germany and France. But the former played against 10 men for most of the game and the latter played against a very poor side. None of the other teams have impressed me enough. But one team who I think might surprise people are Italy. A lot of people try to make out that they're an ageing side that aren't that good, but they always do well in tournaments because have a group of players that can rotate, change their shape and personnel without any huge effect. They have a really good manager in Prandelli and there is an excellent dynamic between him and the players, as well as an excellent spine to the team in Buffon, Chiellini, Barzagli, Pirlo, De Rossi, Balotelli and others.

    If they qualify as group winners, which I expect them to, they have Ivory Coast, Japan, or Greece, which aren't really difficult games for them. If they win that they have Chile or Netherlands (whoever wins group B) and then Croatia or Mexico (group A runner-up). The hardest team they could realistically face in the semi-final is Argentina, as germany will win their group. They won't definitely beat Argentina, but have a good chance.

  • Ben Dewison posted 51 days ago

    Ben Dewison

    Hi Shane,

    I meant to contact you for ages but forgot because of exams. How are you and how is life?

    Looking at your post on Allan Jiang's wall, I completely agree with you that the Lallana fee is mad. The best use of the transfer window is when you get players at modest price and improve so they are eventually worth more. That's why, with the exception of someone like Rickie Lambert, who was available at a bargain, I rarely recommend signing anyone over 23. Liverpool should keep that money and develop Suso, who is nowhere near that level now but could be in the future,

    Brendan Rodgers at using the transfer window previously but every big club just buy the best players with no regard of how profitable the deal will be long term. If any of Real Madrid, Chelsea or Manchester City learnt to spend their money properly they could've had at least a period dominating Europe, like Barcelona and Manchester United.

    Lallana's an amazing player who's definitely good enough, but I would've only been inclined to agree with this transfer if he was at least three years younger.

    On Shaw, it's worth remembering that he's three years younger. He's worth nowhere that now, and it is a risk, but he has world-class potential to say the least, so it could turn out profitable if he ends up being a legend. I agree with him being taken to the World Cup because he's much better offensively than Gibbs. He has that natural flair overlapping from deep positions, and can dribble in tight spaces along with picking people out accurately if afforded more time and space.

    I would honestly pick him as first choice over Baines. They're both very similar in terms of playing styles and ability but Shaw has the slight edge due to being younger, and possibly a bit stronger and quicker. This enables him to not get caught forward quite as much.

    I can't agree about a left-back being less important than any other position. I few months ago, I finished reading a statistical book called 'The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong' by Chris Anderson and David Sally which is extremely insightful about many aspects of football, but one of the main conclusions it came to was that weak links have more of an impact than strong links on your success, claiming that they are "30 per cent" more important on goal difference and "almost twice as important" in terms of points per game.

    Something managers consistently try to do is hide them at full-back, but it simply doesn't work. If they're exposed, they'll never be able to win the ball back and can give away chances at goal. If they're too protected, the team can lose its shape and can suffer from a lack of options whenever they get the ball. The opposition will always target the weak link, wherever it is.

    And another conclusion is that clean sheets have a more direct impact on your success than scoring goals, claiming that they produce "almost as many points for a team as scoring two goals does." This doesn't mean that defenders are the most important players, because everyone contributes to defending, but the point I'm trying to convey is that the players who score most of the goals aren't necessarily the most important player in a team. The most important player is your strongest player, who contributes most on average in attack and defence. But these stats do suggest that defending is more crucial than attacking.

    I need to watch more of the Toulon Tournament. I just haven't had time due to exams. I'll watch them on replay afterwards. I do agree that James Ward-Prowse is a fantastic prospect though, who is tactically intelligent enough to play in about every midfield role with minimal change in performance. It's a sign of how good a youngster when they can show their outstanding technical ability and vision through key passes and set pieces, but also hardly ever lose the ball in open play. He needs to get a lot stronger and establish what his best position, but that should come through experience, and he should be an excellent player.

    I agree with you about Chelsea. David Luiz is a likeable player who has almost no tactical discipline hence he even establish himself in any position. It just seems like he goes charging for the ball wherever he is, and always goes for the spectacular when on it. This robust nature and work-rate make him a Chelsea fan favourite, but in football mistakes are more important than successes. He's an amazingly talented player, while physical tangibles about as good as anyone, remarkable pace and acceleration and really good technique.

    I also totally agree about Lukaku and Courtois. They are both good enough to get in Chelsea's starting XI right now and can still improve. If Chelsea produce more players like those two, they'll be an irresistible force some time soon.

    I haven't watched enough of Brazil's players, but some of the selections are truly remarkable, like Felipe Luis, Miranda and Lucas Moura not being in the team. I worry for them if they play two attacking full backs in Dani Alves and Marcelo, with two wingers that don't track back in Neymar and Hulk, while incorporating Oscar into the team so that they leave their two central midfielders exposed.

    Sorry for the long post.

  • Sir Manny posted 123 days ago

    Sir  Manny

    Hi, you see to have a striking eye for talent. What do you think Man Utd's Nick Powell he's like a special prospect for me.

  • Akash Ratasaf posted 390 days ago

    Akash Ratasaf

    Ante Rebic actually scored 10* times and assisted 8.

  • Akash Ratasaf posted 390 days ago

    Akash Ratasaf

    Kovacic is one of the best young midfielder, but I have to be honest I do rate Jack Wilshere higher than him (Because he plays in the Premier League which is hands-down the best league). I always thought that Arsenal would by a young starlet like Kovacic but hardly place a bid in. Last November we recieved offers from only Benfica, FC Schalke and Inter Milan for Kovacic which was very shocking in our case (as Inter offered the highest undisclosed offer).

    It's not just Brozovic but probably other starlets in Croatia aswell. Ante Rebic 19yrs plays for RNK Split, plays in the wing mainly but has played as a striker aswell which he has excelled in. Last season in the league he played 26 games, scored 9 times and had completed 8 assists for a player who s only 19 is very, very good; even better than Kovacic's stats knowing that Mateo played a free-role for us. Dario Canadjija plays for NK Slaven Belupo and is 19yrs of age aswell. He is a CM who can also play as a DM or AM. He played 24 games, scored 5 times and created 12 goals which is brilliant for a team which was near the relegation zone in the Prva HNL (Croatian League).

    So far our best player has been Arijan Ademi who is our holding midfielder who i'm good friends with. He made 2.4 tackles per game, 2.5 interceptions per game, 0.6 fouls per game and had a pass succes of 83.4% courtesy of our database books where we have our assistants calculating how many tackles, goals and etc people in the Prva HNL have made, which is then combined by all teams which I have. Aswell as Jorge Sammir but Ademi never-say-die attitude makes him a player like Tiote was but never commited as many fouls and cards as Tiote did.

    The work permit laws are normal as we can get a work permit and be. But in Colombia there isn't an Croatian Embassy there which is what makes it difficult to get a work permit or as we call it Visa. We would like to go to Venezuela, Colombia, Paraguay but there is no embassy from Croatia which makes it difficult and is a big risk.

    I've only watched Spain, Cuba, Portugal and England in the U20 world cup. Bruma for Portugal is what any scout including me love to see. But you can guarantee that some scouts have gone there as I understand OGC Nice have their scouts their and some of the Big teams like Ajax and etc from what I understand.

    Romania is actually one of the best leagues where youth is shown. Steaua Bucuresti dominated the league which had players like Raul Rusescu who has now gone to Sevilla scoring 21 goals in 30 games. Gabriel Iancu is 19yrs and plays for Steaua as a AM. He scored 9 goals and created 15 goals in 29 games. As you can see from the stats was absolutely brilliant for a 19yr old.

    I have to see this Danny Da Silva. Is it the knockout stages in the World Cup and if it's ae Australia through?

    Fran Brodic 16yrs I have all his stats from the youth team. played 27 games, scored 23 goals and created 8 goals which is absolutely a gold-mine for us. It was actually my assistant Mariz Kravic who showed me him and I thank him for getting him and yes he has played 5 1st team games and scored 2 goals within them against NK Zagreb and Hadjuk Split. As the best player that i've brought in when I was scouting was Mario Situm from the Zagreb college who is 21 and a forward who we sent on loan to NK Lokomotiva. Aswell as Goran Zakaric who is 21, an AM/Wing, from Bosnia and is on loan to NK Lokomotiva aswell. Situm scored 7 goals, created 5 goals in 22 games. While Zakaric scored 4 goals, created 3 goals in 17 games. I hope my players i'd like to call hopefully Situm who is Croatian will come back to Zagreb with improvements aswell as Zakaric who has now made the Bosnia senior team.

    All these players in the US are very talented. Are these players actually linked with any teams in Europe? And Tim Jedvaj is our best CB right now 6'2, 17 and I would say he should probably stay 2 more seasons in Zagreb to imrpove. As he only played 13 games scored 1 goal, created 3 goals and had 1.8 average tackles per game, 2.7 average interceptions per game, pass success of 69.8% and had won 74% of aerial duels. Which is brilliant for us as Covcorik (assistant aswell) brought him in. If he does move to Arsenal or Tottenham hopefully he doesn't stall.

  • Akash Ratasaf posted 390 days ago

    Akash Ratasaf

    Kovacic is one of the best young midfielder, but I have to be honest I do rate Jack Wilshere higher than him (Because he plays in the Premier League which is hands-down the best league). I always thought that Arsenal would by a young starlet like Kovacic but hardly place a bid in. Last November we recieved offers from only Benfica, FC Schalke and Inter Milan for Kovacic which was very shocking in our case (as Inter offered the highest undisclosed offer).

    It's not just Brozovic but probably other starlets in Croatia aswell. Ante Rebic 19yrs plays for RNK Split, plays in the wing mainly but has played as a striker aswell which he has excelled in. Last season in the league he played 26 games, scored 9 times and had completed 8 assists for a player who s only 19 is very, very good; even better than Kovacic's stats knowing that Mateo played a free-role for us. Dario Canadjija plays for NK Slaven Belupo and is 19yrs of age aswell. He is a CM who can also play as a DM or AM. He played 24 games, scored 5 times and created 12 goals which is brilliant for a team which was near the relegation zone in the Prva HNL (Croatian League).

    So far our best player has been Arijan Ademi who is our holding midfielder who i'm good friends with. He made 2.4 tackles per game, 2.5 interceptions per game, 0.6 fouls per game and had a pass succes of 83.4% courtesy of our database books where we have our assistants calculating how many tackles, goals and etc people in the Prva HNL have made, which is then combined by all teams which I have. Aswell as Jorge Sammir but Ademi never-say-die attitude makes him a player like Tiote was but never commited as many fouls and cards as Tiote did.

    The work permit laws are normal as we can get a work permit and be. But in Colombia there isn't an Croatian Embassy there which is what makes it difficult to get a work permit or as we call it Visa. We would like to go to Venezuela, Colombia, Paraguay but there is no embassy from Croatia which makes it difficult and is a big risk.

    I've only watched Spain, Cuba, Portugal and England in the U20 world cup. Bruma for Portugal is what any scout including me love to see. But you can guarantee that some scouts have gone there as I understand OGC Nice have their scouts their and some of the Big teams like Ajax and etc from what I understand.

    Romania is actually one of the best leagues where youth is shown. Steaua Bucuresti dominated the league which had players like Raul Rusescu who has now gone to Sevilla scoring 21 goals in 30 games. Gabriel Iancu is 19yrs and plays for Steaua as a AM. He scored 9 goals and created 15 goals in 29 games. As you can see from the stats was absolutely brilliant for a 19yr old.

    I have to see this Danny Da Silva. Is it the knockout stages in the World Cup and if it's ae Australia through?

    Fran Brodic 16yrs I have all his stats from the youth team. played 27 games, scored 23 goals and created 8 goals which is absolutely a gold-mine for us. It was actually my assistant Mariz Kravic who showed me him and I thank him for getting him. As the best player that i've brought in when I was scouting was Mario Situm who is 21 and a forward who we sent on loan to NK Lokomotiva. Aswell as Goran Zakaric who is 21, an AM/Wing, from Bosnia and is on loan to NK Lokomotiva aswell. Situm scored 7 goals, created 5 goals in 22 games. While Zakaric scored 4 goals, created 3 goals in 17 games. I hope my players i'd like to call hopefully Situm who is Croatian will come back to Zagreb with improvements aswell as Zakaric who has now made the Bosnia senior team.

    All these players in the US are very talented. Are these players actually linked with any teams in Europe?

  • Akash Ratasaf posted 391 days ago

    Akash Ratasaf

    Bernard was to be clear was very expensive for us and was not for sale. And if you look at our wealths it's not similar to lets say Chelsea. We never used Kovacic in the DLP position because of our 2 pivot players which were Ademi and Brozovic which allowed Kovacic to play a free-role, which he excelled in. Brozovic is an upcoming star for us you have to watch him. Alen Halilovic has turned 17 recently so he was 16 when the squad was announced and I haven't really spoke to him because he's with the youth squad.

    We are just having to look at young players around Eastern Europe. Like we have just brought in Fran Brodic last month who is 16 and is a ST which we have high hopes for. I haven't really seen this DeAndre Yeldin but looks interesting, kinda like Lucas Digne.

    So far our work is undisclosed in a working matter. But we look to our academy and see what Zdenek Kulsic (youth academy coach) tells us about a certain player. To promote in our project. I've been to Denmark and Romania only haven't been to the US. Alonso is brilliant great box-to-box player. As I have been helping out certain sites in Serbia and gone to trips with RNK splits scouts. Luis Gil I looked at last year has improved drastically. And what players in the US have been shining.

    Lastly, there's a player called Leandro Gonzalez which I have been impressed with but is about 30yrs over if i'm correct. He's been brilliant and in french newspapers called L'Express this defender called Aurelien Collin is been speculated around. Is he the best player in the league currently? Because I haven't had a chance to see him play.

  • Akash Ratasaf posted 391 days ago

    Akash Ratasaf

    Hi mate, it's me Akash Ratasaf the chief scout of Zagreb. Just saying hello and I must say I was wrong about Osvaldo Alonso he's absolutely dynamite. Hope you are well.

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