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Ha :D I do like him as a player, for sure, but I had to do transfer stories for both clubs and there just wasn't any other news!
(Secretely I am his agent and I'm just trying to start a bidding war. Don't tell anyone)
Hi Harshit. Apologies for the late reply. I was disappointed with how the title charge stuttered towards the end, but on the whole it was a brilliant season. I'm a fan of the Lambert signing. Low risk, low investment and high potential return, both on and off the field.
I'm not too sure about Will Hughes. I don't see a place for him in the current Liverpool team, especially since we'll be contesting all four fronts next season. It's time to look at the present for a season and really beef up the squad to ensure we're still up there come this time next year.
Same about Lee Chung-yong. I was a huge fan when he was playing in the PL with Bolton, but he seems to have lost his form, confidence and fitness a bit. A pity, since on form he can be a great player, but if I had to look at a South Korean player right now, it'd be Ki Sung-yueng.
Much appreciated Harshit! Praet happens to play for my dad's favourite team, so I've seen quite a bit of him over the years. When he first broke into Anderlecht's senior side, everyone was in awe of his potential. Unfortunately, his development has been very slow for the last two years, and when Lucas Biglia moved to Italy, he regressed tremendously because of the extra responsibilities. I personally like Praet, but I don't think he has what it takes to really develop into a top player.
Tuchel is leaving...but it seems he's staying in Germany :(
Sorensen was a part of Juve's senior squad prior to the arrival of Conte and looked very out-of-place in limited minutes. Around Turin, he's viewed as a bust who could be good enough for a midtable side but will most likely never contribute for the Bianconeri. With Rugani, Magnusson, Guano and Masi already penciled in as the starters for the future at Cb (as well as Ogbonna and the team's reported interest in Botafogo-star Doria) it seems unlikely he's ever going to get his chance with Juve.
Hello Harshit! Thank you for your message recently, I am sorry that it has taken me this long to reply.
Firstly, I see that you are an Aston Villa fan! Although I am now almost exclusively a PSG man, I grew up a Villa fan. It appears that we share the same taste in clubs, I hope that does not mean that you have had to experience too much frustration this season! I'm personally relieved that Villa have survived in EPL as I did not think it would happen.
Anyway, in answer to your questions:
1) In your opinion, who should be France's first choice CB pairing for the WC??
IMO, it should be Varane and Koscielny. I think that is how Deschamps will line up his side too. Varane is the future for France and already les Bleus' most talented CB. I like Sakho, but his limitations were exposed at PSG and he has not enjoyed the best of seasons with Liverpool. I feel that Mangala can potentially be a better player than Sakho, but neither wil usurp Koscielny for now. My biggest concern is that Varane picks up an injury during the tournament. If that happens, Sakho will play.
2) Did PSG make a mistake by selling Sakho?? I am a Liverpool fan and he has been brilliant for us.
Yes and no. Did PSG make a mistake in selling one of their best homegrown talents? Yes. The situation with Silva and Alex this season (where both have struggled with injuries) has shown that PSG should have fought harder to give Sakho the chance to stay and prove himself. However, PSG were not prepared to play him ahead of Alex because Silva wants a Portuguese speaker alongside him. That is why I think we could see PSG sign Mangala this summer. The player is French, but crucially speaks Portuguese. I also think that he has greater potential than Sakho and is less likely to become complacent. IMO (and it is not Sakho's fault entirely) PSG's French players have a poor attitude. They did before QSI arrived and some players (like Menez) have not been able to grow out of that mindset. Sakho had become too comfortable at PSG and because of that, would never have realised his true potential in Paris.
3) What do you think of Marcelo Bielsa's rumoured appointment as manager of Marseille at the end of the season??
Bielsa's arrival at Marseille is a huge boost for Ligue 1 and exactly what OM need. His appointment has gotten rid of Anigo (a huge move) and will see the club stripped down and built again. They might not challenge for the title next season, but I think that they will be exciting to watch.
Thanks again for your questions and please keep reading!
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And I live in Hong Kong mate. You?
Hi Harshit. Yes, I'll be rooting for West Ham on Sunday, but I'm keeping my expectations low for sure. I think McLaughlin's first-team chances next season depend on his performances for us over preseason. Rodgers will probably give him a few opportunities to impress and he will need to take them, as I'm sure we'll be on the lookout for full-backs.
Aurier has been impressive but he seems more like an Arsenal signing than a Liverpool one, to be honest. We haven't really been linked with him, and Wenger has a great track record with French imports. Hope we can try for him, but I wouldn't put my house on it.
Hi Harshit. Thanks for writing. I can't say I've watched much of Jack Dunn, so wouldn't be best placed to comment on him. Let's see if he features over Liverpool's preseason tour; have heard he's very highly rated at the club.
As for Barkley, I think he's a very, very exciting prospect and could be the closest to a successor to Steven Gerrard in his generation if he develops well, which is why I'd love to see him move to Liverpool! Isco is a player of a different mould so I wouldn't compare them directly. I did do an article on Isco/Liverpool a couple of months back though: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1975207-scouting-report-on-isco-should-liverpool-go-for-the-real-madrid-midfielder