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Everything posted by Snowcrash

  1. His comfort level with the ball and his overall soccer IQ based on the Leon game is night and day compared to his loan spell in Denmark.
  2. There was a covid outbreak among the Turkish team during the recent WC qualifiers and both Celik and Yazici tested positive. Lille dodged a bullet with Yilmaz who will play today. Incidentally, Yazici already tested positive for covid back in January and it took him quite a while to get back to speed. Couple of key PSG players also out with covid. I think one of the PSG players also tested positive earlier in the year.
  3. I think you can tell a player's comfort level with the ball in a 5 minute rondo drill so you can certainly see it in game situations, however limited.
  4. Yes, from Koge highlights. He chews up ground like nothing and probably will settle in as a box-to-box mid like Kaye but his distribution is a work in progress. Priso, on the other hand, knows what he's going to do before the ball arrives, even if the pass might not always be successful.
  5. They're both intriguing prospects but Okello isn't near Priso's level yet. Okello has the better physical tool set but unlike Priso, the game doesn't slow down for him yet when he has the ball.
  6. Around the 2:45 mark, letting the ball roll past him up the line when the defender was expecting him to cut the ball inside with his left foot shows impressive awareness for someone that age.
  7. With the type of game Eustaquio plays, he stands out against superior opponents like Porto and Benefica. Against teams that basically park the bus with every player behind the ball, even when down two or three goals, his strengths aren't fully utilized.
  8. I suspect David comes in for Yilmaz at around 60' mark. If it looks like game is going to penalties, they might keep Yazici in to the end.
  9. Araujo was at his absolute worst today. His idea of possession football is to dribble into a pack of defenders until he loses the ball. Rinaldo is a good defensive LB but he gives you absolutely nothing offensively. He can run the channels but any time a defender is within 3m, he'll just cycle it back to one of the CB's.
  10. Sule was getting ripped in the press earlier in the season for his weight and he said something like "I'm not a lard ass." which probably got mangled by Google translate. I thought he was going to be torched playing on the right defense but it's looking like Pavard might not be able to win a starting spot when he comes back from injury.
  11. I can see LOSC up there in terms of territory dominance but nowhere near where they are ranked for chance creation dominance. Mid-table teams and lower tend to park the bus against LOSC which results in significant possession but the kind of possession that results from unimaginative and unproductive recycling of the ball which makes their offence entirely predictable.
  12. Ikone is actually a very skilled player. He's been called up a few times by Dechamps. It's when he has to consider options during the run of play that his game becomes extremely one-dimensional and entirely predictable.
  13. The one-two to David notwithstanding, Sanches plays possession almost to the point where he's trying to show off. Nothing wrong with stepping in and hoofing the ball away for a clearance but it's like he want's to finesse his way out of a jam all the time.
  14. Kante has more soccer IQ than all of the starters for Lille combined, if you allow for negative IQ.
  15. I've streamed a few Charleton games and because I've got too much time on my hands, I watched a half of the latest Ingolstadt game. The Transfermarkt value for both teams are roughly similar but for what it's worth, there are a lot more players on Charleton who would embarrass themselves in a rondo drill than on Ingolstadt.
  16. In the l'Equipe article, he mentioned that at the start of the Ligue 1 season, he hadn't played since March and his weight was 84kg on 1.80m. Keep in mind that he had been kept out of Gent preseason games when they were negotiating with Lille and wasn't practicing with the team.
  17. I don't quite see it like that. Strictly from an asset management prospective, Besiktas knows they can cash in on Larin down the road and they're not going to do anything to impair what they can get for him.
  18. They don't make the simple plays. Twice, late in the game, Sanches lost the ball which allowed Rennes to counter attack. First one was a shot in the box that rebounded to a Rennes player. Second was near midfield when he beat a couple of players with some nice ball handling and tried to get around a third when he got dispossed.
  19. Probably the same people who would be excited if Alex Ferguson accepted an offer to coach CNMT.
  20. Yes, you are correct. Sorry for the confusion. His loan with Pacos ends in June and his contract with CA ends in Dec. 2021.
  21. Eustaquio's contract ends June 30, 2021. He's unlikely to move during the winter transfer window, particularly to clubs like Porto or Benfica unless CA asks for a really low transfer fee. Most likely, Eustaquio will go on a free transfer to a club over the summer.
  22. He's reading the game much better but his fitness level now is also night and day better than when he first came to the league.
  23. David Ligue 1 leader in pressing in attacking zone and Yilmaz in 5th: From TACOMPO @faistacompo: Voici le top 5 L1 des presses en zone offensive/joueur : 🇨🇦Jonathan David – 112 🇬🇦 Denis Bouanga – 111 🇧🇯 Steve Mounié – 101 🇫🇷Randall Kolo-Muani – 96 🇹🇷Burak Yilmaz – 93 Here's the bottom five: Hwang - 19 🇫🇷Dimitri Payet - 24 🇳🇬Moses Simon - 26 🇧🇷Neymar - 33 🇫🇷Kylian Mbappé - 35
  24. Very good point. Many teams use inverted wingers and I think Davies is much more dangerous cutting in on the off wing and unleashing a shot or cutting the ball back to an onrushing forward. He's not the classical winger who sends crosses into box to set up his forwards for headers.
  25. If he picks Philippines in the next few years, it says a lot more about him than the CSA and I really like Baldisimo.
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