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Posts posted by Aird25

  1. 31 minutes ago, jonovision said:

    Valour's front 3 today was 17, 19 and 23. And when it comes to experience in professional environments, Valour is miles behind the rest of the league and it shows. Without Petrasso and Golubar this team is nothing.

    Pacific finished the game with players that were 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20 and 21. They probably would've played a 17 year old, but Alghamdi doesn't travel for midweek games because he has class.

  2. 7 minutes ago, jonovision said:

    The problem with Valour is that none of the players that one would have counted on going into the season based on profile, pedigree, and experience, have delivered much of anything of value to the team. Starting from the back, Farago has cost the team at least 4 points singlehandedly, Thomas has been average and the captain Murrell has been the team's worst player, Golubar tore his ACL in the second match, Petrasso has been injured constantly, and Hoyle doesn't seem to have the fitness to play more than once or twice a month.

    It's been great to have so many local players playing a role, but they were meant to be bench filler, not starters. They've been forced to rely on youth and inexperience more than any team in the league, including Pacific.

    The talent is absolutely not there, or at least it has not been on display.

    They’re relying on youth more than Pacific? Look at the players on the pitch right now

  3. 1 minute ago, Fullback said:

    Could be the three at the back everyone has been clamoring for




    Davies- WJ-Teibert-ZBG



    Or maybe 4-3-1-2?





    I'd actually love to see Davies in that role. I might be alone in that though.

  4. 4 hours ago, LeoH037 said:

    Why are so people so insistent on players getting transferred out? Geez, just because he would be hypothetically playing in a bigger club does not mean he changes as a player. For now its perfectly fine for him to stay where he is if thats how things work out. He is developing well, has the coach's trust, is starting games consistently, and scoring goals. Players shouldn't move just for the sake of moving.

    That comment really didn't seem all that insistent to me?! Anyways, in addition to the many possible arguments for wanting David to challenge himself at the top level, for me, I'd prefer if he was transferred to a league that I follow and take interest in. I'd simply like to watch him play more.

    Additionally, considering his production, I actually think he deserved more starts than he was given last season. He was the leading scorer on the team and he was stapled to the bench for a good chunk of the season, following a strong start. In the end, i don't think he could have started much more than half of Gents games last season. If he does stay, I hope he's seriously being considered in a leading role next season. 

  5. 1 hour ago, Yoginess said:

    ^ Agreed. 

    And after seeing 1 game of Alphonso Davies I'm willing to soften on the whole, only go where you can get significant minutes. Davies only saw sparse first team minutes and 2nd team minutes in much lower competition but training with elite world talents has clearly helped him.

    I saw the same old Davies. The pass to Hoilett was brilliant, and it was a great performance for sure, but not the best we've ever seen from him. His final pass looks to have improved, which is exciting, but we'll see if he can do it against stronger competition and on a consistent basis. 

  6. 1 minute ago, jonovision said:

    I'm not sure it's possible to know for sure, and against an opponent like Martinique I don't think it really mattered which approach was taken. Still, it was obvious Osorio and the wide players were often not on the same page.

     He should really be playing to his teammates strengths anyways. We want to be giving Davies the chance to stretch his legs every time he chooses.

  7. 1 hour ago, jonovision said:

    I think he chose the correct pass most of the time but lots of his balls to the wing failed to anticipate the speed of the wingers. I feel like Kaye and Davies were constantly having to check their runs as Osorio's passes weren't hitting them in stride.

    Still a better performance from Osorio than we've typically seen in a Canada shirt.

    Were they misplaced passes or is Osorio just a less direct player? Osorio might be thinking possession while the other two are wanting to counter. I'd have to watch the match again.

  8. Hasn't he only started 3 of those matches for Canada, and been primarily used as a winger? Even with Gent many of his appearances have been as a substitute/and or being played as a winger or in midfield. I don't think we've really seen what the kid can do as the main focal point of an attack yet. 

  9. Keeping Davies and David higher up the pitch might help keep Mexico honest. In the first half against Cuba they really pushed their fullbacks up into attack and often had 6-7 players in the box. I think Kaye is strong enough to defend solidly, and crafty enough to break Mexico's press, which might allow Davies and David to attack an open field where they're strongest. I think we could hurt Mexico in an open game, but it really depends on tactics against a stronger opponent. We've yet to see Herdman's style in these situations.

  10. 4 hours ago, Obinna said:

    Was it the Aird / Petrasso comment?

    No. The imbalance for me is in the overall value placed on the offensive side of the game over the defensive side, and the lack of appreciation for Davies defensive abilities, whose main contributions in a game usually involve winning one on one battles on both sides of the ball. I think that's where he's excelled most often, and on a team like Bayern, that ability is needed by Wingbacks.

  11. 23 hours ago, Bison44 said:

    What??  The best young attacking threat we have had since....since.....you name someone because i cant unless their name is SInclair.  We havnt been able to score...EVER!!  Whats the hardest thing to do...score.  You think we should take a guy that has god given tools and tons of talent to play an offensive game and we should put the brakes on. Tell him he needs to devote a large percentage of his time to learning defense.  Because we have all seen how well it works when we try and shoehorn AIrd or Petrasso into RB.  They play defense like a attacking winger.  

    I suspect we value the different phases of the game quite differently. That's quite an unbalanced view IMO

  12. 1 hour ago, Gian-Luca said:

    It must just be to make up practice squad numbers as he was not on the 40 man roster. I guess cheaper to fly in a CPL guy from the west coast since they are already on the coast? I wouldn’t have thought he was the top CPL prospect based on play so far. 

    He's played every minute in the league so far as a teenager. His talent is obvious but he's still prone to mistakes. I rate him highly as a prospect

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