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  1. For club yes, for country no.
  2. He played CB for the senior squad at least once as well. Seem to recall he played well there. Players in the twilight of their career moving to defense is nothing new. Think Dwight Yorke for T&T at world cup 2006.
  3. Not sure if this has been posted anywhere yet. Article from last week linking Larin to Leeds. https://tbrfootball.com/reported-leeds-united-target-cyle-larin-is-seemingly-a-long-term-victor-orta-favourite/
  4. Was surprised how high the Austrian Bundesliga ranked. Not sure on how the metrics are calculated but for the most part that's how I perceive the relative quality of world football leagues.
  5. Belgium's top half is far better. Pretty much the same from the middle down. http://www.globalfootballrankings.com/
  6. Looks like Larin's good form in Belgium has seen his stock rise on Transfermarkt. He's valued at 4 million euro now. The highest of his career.
  7. Weaker team maybe. But Outside the top 4 teams there's not much to separate the average MLS team from the Super Lig. Strange that he seems to be struggling so much at Besiktas.
  8. Would appear he stayed on the bench today against Rizespor. Atiba went 90. 4-1 Final.
  9. He's also tied with Rodrigo of Brazil as the most valuable 17 yr old in the world.
  10. For individual players i tend to agree. Transfermarket measures players over all value which factors their age as well as skill. I think we all could argue that Atiba may be just a good player now as he was 4 years ago when his value was three times higher. Basically it looks at players as long term investments.
  11. No, its not a perfect way to gauge overall player/team strength but in general i feel its pretty accurate. You argue that its flawed since players drop in value when coming to MLS before even playing. I would argue that is often due to the player transferring from a stronger league and or advancing age of the player. I believe your will see the opposite when you have a younger player transferring in, especially from a weaker league. This goes for any league not just MLS. I agree with the over all sentiment here that this kid is in a very good situation to prove himself. If he continues to get playing time, based on the quality of his team alone he should be looking at a cmnt call up in the near future.
  12. FWIW, Transfermarkt has the Belgium's Jupiler Pro League's Total market value at 570,98 mil euro vs MLS at 487,50 mil euro. KAA Gent is listed at at TMV of 56,90 mil euro. To put that in perspective TFC is listed at 30.18 mil. Not sure how anyone concludes that MLS is the stronger league by any metric.
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