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37 minutes ago, Soro17 said:

TSN has made him the focus of all of the promos for today's game. So much for dampening the hype. 

Marketers going to market lol.  

On the Footy Soldiers pod they said that were communication between OZ and the Caps to co-ordinate things in regards to him so that should help.  Not trying to play amateur psychiatrist but everything I've seen and read is that he's got a good family base so hopefully it won't go to his his.

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52 minutes ago, Rheo said:

 

On the Footy Soldiers pod they said that were communication between OZ and the Caps to co-ordinate things in regards to him.

"Hey OZ, it's Robbo. We here at Whitecaps FC subscribe to the 'less is more' theory on player development, so we were wondering if you could maybe limit Davies to 30 minutes off the bench for the rest of the tournament?"

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1 hour ago, jpg75 said:

"Hey OZ, it's Robbo. We here at Whitecaps FC subscribe to the 'less is more' theory on player development, so we were wondering if you could maybe limit Davies to 30 minutes off the bench for the rest of the tournament?"

Hey OZ, it's Robbo. We here at the Whitecaps FC have been starting and subbing Alphonso about 50/50 as we feel that is the correct amount for a 16 year old. Thanks for the kind words about our development process for the young lad. Too bad a bunch of opinionated but unqualified people feel otherwise.  :)

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3 hours ago, Big_M said:

he tries to keep the ball on the ground, even when the situation calls for more power.

Shows how low the understanding is, thinking that the ball has to get off the ground for more power

Are you seriously suggesting that you can get as much power on a side-footed ground pass as you can on putting your laces through the ball? In the situations I was talking about (shooting from outside the box, backpost crosses, switching the play, etc.) lifting the ball off the ground is almost always the best option. 

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28 minutes ago, TRM said:

Hey OZ, it's Robbo. We here at the Whitecaps FC have been starting and subbing Alphonso about 50/50 as we feel that is the correct amount for a 16 year old. Thanks for the kind words about our development process for the young lad. Too bad a bunch of opinionated but unqualified people feel otherwise.  :)

"Hey OZ, Robbo again. Do you think you might need another assistant in the next 4-6 months?"

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10 minutes ago, jpg75 said:

"Hey OZ, Robbo again. Do you think you might need another assistant in the next 4-6 months?"

We might but we have our eye on this jpg75 guy who really knows his shit and everyone else's shit too!!

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So using the side of the foot is the only way to keep it on the ground, putting the laces through the ball is the way to lift it and an mls player doesn't know that he has to lift the ball to switch sides as there are a number of players in the way..Just gets funnier

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7 minutes ago, Big_M said:

So using the side of the foot is the only way to keep it on the ground, putting the laces through the ball is the way to lift it and an mls player doesn't know that he has to lift the ball to switch sides as there are a number of players in the way..Just gets funnier

You're just misconstruing what I'm saying and not actually considering the points. I'm not saying that "using the side of the foot is the only way to keep it on the ground" or that "putting the laces through the ball is the only way to lift it".

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On 7/9/2017 at 6:27 PM, harrycoyster said:

I'm pretty sure I listed them in detail somewhere earlier in this thread if you want to go search, but here's a summary:

Passing- Davies has a low passing percentage. He has a habit of waiting too long to make a pass. He also isn't very comfortable getting pressed and is easily forced into blind passes into midfield. This is emblematic of a larger issue in his game; he doesn't pick his head up while transitioning from dribbling to passing/crossing. You saw this even in the FG game when Cavallini yelled at him twice for delivering blind crosses. He's also shown that he isn't great at lifting the ball off the ground. He struggles to switch the play and regularly over hits lifted crosses. You'll notice that when shooting, crossing and passing, he tries to keep the ball on the ground, even when the situation calls for more power.

Finishing- Davies generally doesn't have a good shot on him. I'm less concerned about this since it may partially be a confidence thing, but Davies reluctance to lift the ball along hurts his ability to strike from distance. He just isn't much of a threat to cut in and score from the top of the box. He has what I call "Juan Agedelo syndrome"; the tendency to try to walk the ball into a 1v1 with the goalkeeper instead of just opening up you hips and taking chances from decent areas. Davies has taken just 6 shots in MLS this season despite having 20 successful dribbles (beat his defender)...that's crazy low. Again, I hope some of this is fixed by his current form.

Dribbling technique- Davies prefers to touch the ball with his insteps rather than his toe/laces while dribbling. It's not a terrible thing, most soccer players rely on their insteps to control the direction of the ball. The best wingers in the world, however, use their toe/laces when dribbling because it makes your change of direction much more unpredictable. This is something Davies has clearly been working on, but he likely won't ever be a skill dribbler like Dembele or Neymar.

1v1 ability- I mentioned earlier that Davies has 20 successful dribbles in MLS. That number is really good. Like, really good. The issue here is that he has accumulated those dribbles off of one thing, his change of pace. Oh boy what a change of pace it is, but to be successful against the more talented, faster, smarter fullbacks of European football, he's going to need to develop the skill set of more agile players. In MLS, he has been primarily used as a sub because his change of pace is amplified by the tired legs of defenders 70' into a game. When he does start, his dribble percentage drops as the game goes on because he loses the a lot of his burst due to fatigue.

He has some issues with work rate and decision-making as well, but those usually improve greatly over a player's career. The aforementioned issues are things that don't automatically improve with age, though you can assume a 16 year old will get better in those areas; it's just a matter of how much. If he is able to turn these flaws into elite traits you are talking about a world superstar.

 

 

I love how Davies is destroying his arguments, specially the bold parts. 

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