Still, I would be very tempted for an Italian cb like Izzo or Romagnoli. They seem very well balanced.
What are peeps thoughts on Marquinhos (PSG)?
He seems a very cool customer and is he really going to usurp Silva/Luiz from the centre of PSG's defence?
Tah playing well, but I am a tad concerned with his pace. Lewandowski would have had him then without a covering cb and Coman roasted him earlier.
A shift away from the CB crop, I'm suggesting a player from Eredivisie Hakim Ziyech from Twente.
1. An attacking mid 22 yrs old who's been playing for Twente. Has a Mahrez style physique and we all love us some Mahrez. Though I think he is a bit taller and like Mahrez despite the lean look he isn't weak.
2. Has been filling cup the stat sheet since his move to Twente. I think in his career to date he has 88 appearances with 34 goals and 33 assists.
3. He's not got the most pace, but has these long strides which can allow him to ge just enough separation, but is lacking that game breaking speed.
4. Crafty is the best way I can describe him. Always looks to create, isn't necessarily a safety first kinda player. Can be a bit sloppy as well and sometimes overdoes it.
5. Wouldn't be a terribly expensive option, but as we've seen in the past not all players who do well in Eredivisie cut it in other leagues.
He's one of those players who has outgrown Dutch football in that he's constantly produced at a very high level.
Technically excellent and yes, a tad slow at times. I'm mostly not sure about his position. He plays in the middle, but finds himself drifting all over the place and often even from the right. If he can become a central midfielder I think he could really kick it up a notch. In a wide position I fear he isn't going to go past people often enough in a stronger league. But would I sign him? Yes I would. At the first opportunity.
Do we actually pick from amongst the suggestions or anything?
I mean, after suggesting lots of cbs, do we collectively decide which we'd pursue, or?
Genoa and Izzo drew 0-0 with Lazio yesterday.
Scouting East Kilbride today .
Southampton have stopped watching Celtic , a dire team right now .
Since it all seems a bit random, here's a 'report' on Adam Ounas of Bordeaux. He's a left-footed right-sided wide player.
Video of him vs Rennes.
As you can see, despite his weird running style he's deceptively quick and his close control is excellent. What I think truly suggests he'll be a top level player is the slickness of his passing and how easy he sees a pass, even if sometimes his youthfulness means he ignores it and shoots. His technique is of course excellent.
The hype around him is yet to really build up and, along with Ousmane Dembele (aged 18, at Rennes) he seems to me to be a very interesting option out wide. Dembele is pretty similar in his passing ability, and is also quick, and actually more powerful.
It's not ideal to be signing such young players (Ounas is 19), but I can't see too many older alternatives. For me, their type of player is exactly what we lack; pacey players out wide who can both go past people and also pick out players in the box along the floor (and if necessary aerially). Not only that, but they're goal threats, or will be. Though as I say, they're young and would be cheap options that we can bed in whilst we spend the bulk of our funds on the spine of our side.
Whilst still at an age that can go either way, Ounas could easily be world class.
Last edited by Liverdinner; 8-2-16 at 17:18.
I've talked Dembele before too. Watched him again this weekend and the guy, at 18 and only having played a handfull of games, steps up an takes the penalty like he's been the captain for years. I don't even know whether Dembele is a winger or a striker, but they can't stop him.
A guy I'd pick out, especially for our problem position in the middle is, Mahmoud Dahoud.
The "kid" has only played about 30 or so senior games, but to be able to go in with such limited experienced, play the way he does - he isn't strong, big or particularly quick - and still dominate games is astonishing. Especially if you look at how he played the bigger games this season like Juventus, Hertha or most recently Bremen.
He's one of those players who just makes the time stop when the ball goes towards him in the middle. Usually he can control the ball and turn in one motion and from there he makes options for himself. Usually players fear playing in tight spaces, but he will either spread the ball wide or , if needed, just stroll through the middle. The first touch is sublime and he has a very high football IQ in that no movement is for showing off.
I think what he lacks now is a few more games, perhaps a few games where he really takes some physical hits just so he can learn what is expected of him once they start marking him. Apart from that, I think everything else will come. His game is not based on anything physical, and while his body will grow still, he doesn't need more muscle.
Within a year or two, if not sooner, some manager at a big club will look to him to lead his midfield.
Looking at a potential upgrade on Clyne, my first choice would be Mitchell Weiser who's playing at Hertha.
1. Was playing at Bayern last season.
2. Excellent attacking instincts and has almost flawless technique.
3. He is a bit young (21) but I think he's already better than Clyne IMO.
Wouldn't have signed Clyne to begin with. There were several better options and some of them cheaper too.
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