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Are you still alive man? I really miss the football conversations I had with you. Please reply if you're reading this. Tell me about Monaco and how they're hoarding a bunch of Portuguese talent.
I have noticed that Portugal seems to be having a slight wave of talent at the moment, so I would appreciate it if you could outline the emerging and promising players at each position, like GK, CB, LB, RB, Midfielder, Winger, and Striker. I just really want to have grasp of the potential and I feel that you can help me.
Hi Jon, good to hear from you and thanks for your message about Lopes and Guerreiro.
Both have been in very good form lately. If you have not already, I suggest that you check out Lopes' goalkeeping clinic in Lyon's recent 1-0 win over Marseille. It was Lopes at his best and he was sensational on the night. A truly talented shot stopper and incredibly agile with superb reflexes.
Guerreiro is an immensely gifted left-back and has featured in French Football Weekly's Le 50 in the last few years, so I suggest you check out his profiles there.
In any event, he has been very good lately in a poor Lorient side. Scored a well-taken goal vs. PSG the other week and has been one of few bright lights in a dark season for Les Merlus. Portugal's loss is France's gain, although he was up against Lucas Digne, Layvin Kurzawa and Patrice Evra for a spot, so understandable that he wanted to try his luck under Santos. I hope that this helps!
P.S. Talk about Carvalho rolling back the years with Monaco lately! Very impressed by his longevity.
Hey Jon! I have been consistently impressed by your remarkable vast knowledge of Portuguese football and thus I would like to ask you two questions:
1. Who do you think has more potential, Gonçalo Guedes or Carlos Mane?
2. Do you think Bruma will be able to bounce back from his ACL injury?
What do you think about Ruben Neves and his potential?
I'm interested in seeing the players Bento will play for the first qualifier. I doubt that he'll change much, but a guy can dream right?
Yeah, I've read those reports too. If only Mourinho was willing to manage Portugal and Chelsea at the same time. I wonder if this is a wake-up call for Bento and he'll start to change. I hope he does, but I'm not sure. As for your lineup, I really like it and I think Portugal has enough young talent to compete (or win hopefully) from Euro 2016 and beyond. What do you think of Andre Gomes and Joao Mario? I've watched them a bit and I think they have a lot of potential, but I'd like to know what you think about them.
I'm so disappointed with our performance at the World Cup. I think we all agree that Bento had the biggest fault. Not playing William until the second half of the USA game is inexcusable. Bento must go. I've seen names like Heynckes, Mourinho, Jorge Jesus. I wouldn't mind either of them. As for the players, I think we need a youth injection. Players like Ilori, Cedric, Anthony Lopes, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, Mane, Bruma, Pacienca, etc. Who would you like to see as manager and if you were making a lineup for the next two years what would it be?
Well i think we can both agree that this world cup has been a disappointment and the firing of Paulo Bento is inevitable. Me and my friends have been talking about a possible replacement i was thinking about AVB but i was wondering who you think should replace him or who you think the front runner will be.
thanks Jon! will be a crime not to start Carvalho...Im surprised Danny and Adrien Silva didn't make it! Hope Cristiano is fully fit!