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17 Jan 2018 12:42:53
MK - if you have time can you write something on Lemar? I watched him last night and I wasn't impressed at all. He looks tiny like a small boy playing mens football.

He moved the ball quickly forward but he never ran forward. He didn't cross it he just passed it back to others to cross. He never tried to dribble passed anyone and doesn't look as quick as I expected. When Monaco were going for a goal in the last 15 minutes he just hanged back and left it to others. I was very disappointed. Thanks in advance.

markp08

1.) 17 Jan 2018 12:53:15
It's started already.


2.) 17 Jan 2018 13:10:31
And BOOM goes the dynamite, Hijkle.


3.) 17 Jan 2018 13:29:23
did The first goal not come from one of his crosses?


4.) 17 Jan 2018 13:41:42
Generally speaking, small players never become world class ๐Ÿ‘

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5.) 17 Jan 2018 13:45:49
Sounds like he has just had a bad game mate. I can do an in depth profile though, sure. He is inconsistent though and he can go missing at times. That's part and parcel of being a young player, really.


6.) 17 Jan 2018 14:15:37
I have also believed him to be incredibly overrated. I would much prefer to see Martins come in personally.

{Ed002's Note - The play in different positions Steve.}


7.) 17 Jan 2018 14:37:30
I know Ed but it seems we would be unlikely to spend the money for both players since both asking for crazy cash, so given the choice I would take Martins all day long.

{Ed002's Note - There is no asking price for Lemar and right now he is not for sale. If someone were to offer a ridiculous amount of money then Emanalo might reconsider. Gelso Martins is for sale and there is plenty of interest.}


8.) 17 Jan 2018 14:41:03
Cheers Mk. I didn't say we shouldn't sign him or consider him. Just that it was the first time I had seen him and was not impressed at all in that game.


9.) 17 Jan 2018 14:43:50
Markp08
Why don't you continue to watch him yourself and make your own opinion? Therefore you will find out if he is the player you think he is!


10.) 17 Jan 2018 15:23:05
I am just busy. Don't have time to watch loads of games. Familty, work etc what about you?

If MK can't do it no probs. I wish I had never fecking asked. There are some idiots on here.


 

 

16 Jan 2018 12:55:42
Ed001 if you have time can you let us know what sort of keeper Allison is? What is he good at?

I don't know anything about him other than he is a big guy around 6 foot 4.

Thanks.

markp08

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I couldn't, as I was not watching him as such when I was watching Roma, I was watching the midfield, he just stood out like a sore thumb as their best player. I would need to sit and watch him closely to refresh my memory of what was good about him as I was not giving it any thought to be honest. I was concentrating on other players and I wouldn't want to give out a false impression. Goalkeepers are such a specialised position that you really do need to sit and just watch them to get a real feel for what makes them stand out. It was the same with Pickford when I wrote a profile on him, I had to watch a bunch of games just watching him to see why it was he unsettled me as a keeper when everyone else was raving about him.}


1.) 16 Jan 2018 15:07:13
Ed01 watching Romaโ€™s midfiled ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž. Now thatโ€™s interesting!


2.) 16 Jan 2018 15:08:14
I'll have a go if you want mark. I've seen him play a few times.

First off, I've not seen him play loads because although I've been following Roma for a few years now, he's only just been made 1st choice this season.

He is a big bloke, but it doesn't hinder his agility like it does with keepers like Forster. He is still very agile but he is exactly the type of keeper i like. If a long range shot is hit, most keepers tend to set themselves on the spot ready to launch into a ridiculously over exaggerated dive. Alisson is very light on his feet though and will just shuffle across to make saves look easy, rather than pose for the cameras. If he has to let fly though, he is more than capable of clawing a pile driver out of the top corner at full stretch.

This speed and agility is what Alisson' game centres around. He is very good at sweeping up behind a high line because of it, but the speed at which he can readjust, and move along his line as earned him a reputation for making some unbelievable saves. There are times where the ball has ricocheted around in the box and when the shot finally comes in Alisson is already on the move to be in the right position. His reflexes are very impressive. He's a bit like De Gea in this respect because of his tendency to save shots from such close proximity and make everyone say "wow". The only difference is that Alisson tends to spread himself differently. De Gea is the master of stopping a shot with his feet, but I've not seen that skillset from Alisson so far. He smothers shots from what I've seen, rather than getting a strong foot to them to fire them away from danger.

The big one of course, is crosses. Alisson is very quick to make up his mind and that speed and agility i keep banging on about, usually sees him get to the ball first. His height helps too of course! He is very comfortable on crosses, thank God.

One of my slight concerns is his distribution. There is plenty of distance to his kicking, but considering he has some big players to aim at in that Roma side, a lot of his kicks give away possession. He is plenty comfortable with the ball at his feet, it is just the accuracy of his kicks that needs work.

Lastly, i think vocally he needs to improve. However keep in mind he is young for a keeper and very new to the first team XI at Roma. Therefore he may just need a bit more confidence to fully open up and be vocally dominant. I highly doubt he speaks a word of English though so this is an area which will need to be prioritised if he were to join.

Overall, he is a very good goal keeper, and destined to be one of the top 10 in the world one day in my opinion. I highly doubt we'd need to revisit the position for years to come. Not yet the finished article, but he is very close to it, and he makes saves he is not entitled to make which should keep the ex-Liverpool player witch hunters happy. Like all keepers, he makes the odd mistake, but as long as he saves us more points than he costs us, that's all that matters really!


3.) 16 Jan 2018 15:07:13
Ed01 watching Romaโ€™s midfiled ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž. Now thatโ€™s interesting!


4.) 16 Jan 2018 15:12:47
Thanks for the response.

Were you watching Nainggolan? I was told he was their best player and I was really surprised the other day when I read he might go to China.

{Ed001's Note - I was and he is but he is also a troublemaker with a dreadful attitude.}


5.) 16 Jan 2018 15:45:10
Ed001 next time you watch Roma, keep an eye out for Florenzi. He is the closest thing to Zanetti in the modern era mate.

He can play Right back, left back, right wing, left wing, defensive midfield, or centre midfield. Though he is predominantly an attacking right wing back.

He's had a torrid time the last couple of years, but he's fought back strong and if he can string a couple of seasons together, I'd rate him as the best right back in world football. He's one hell of a player, and we're after a right back in the summer! So get Edwards on the phone mate, and start dropping hints! Seriously, this Florenzi guy is special!

{Ed001's Note - I have seen him play but he never really shone.}


6.) 16 Jan 2018 16:52:43
He had a really bad knee injury Ed. Prior to it, he was bordering on world class. This is his first full season back and I've git my fingers crossed he has recovered fully. I am slightly biased though as he's been one of my favourite players at Roma along with Totti and De Rossi!

{Ed001's Note - I know mate, which is why I would not consider him as any player who has had a serious knee injury should not be an option. It is always a risk afterwards.}


7.) 16 Jan 2018 18:57:36
Good shout there, MK on Alisson as I have never seen him play consistently other than a couple of games with Brazil. I did see a mashup of his saves on youtube (I know) and I agree with you that he is lightning quick off his line and and had good reflexes on the saves I saw for both his Brazilian club and Roma. Either way, he will still need to adapt to the PL and there will definitely be growing pains.

I for one, don't care if a new GK in the PL, makes a mistake cos that is part of life. What I hate is for our fans to keep projecting their false narratives on a GK and always comparing him to DDG, Courtois and all that and if he is not that way from the off, then he's crap and needs to go. Meanwhile, they forget that it took time, belief, patience and good coaching and surroundings for these GK's to where they are today.


8.) 16 Jan 2018 21:17:09
Thanks MK for the profile on Allison. (I can't understand the 4 thumbs down for that) . I had read that as well about him only recently getting a chance to play as first choice in the league games.

It worries me about him not being a vocal presence, that would be very high on my list if I was choosing a keeper. Then again a keeper who is first class at his own job will do just fine.


9.) 16 Jan 2018 21:49:03
Did Romas Pelligrini stand out to you Ed001?

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen him play once, but he did look very good yes.}


 

 

12 Jan 2018 16:22:47
Ed001 you told me at the start of the season your preferred center back was Christensen. Have you been following him? Was it a good call on your part.

He seems to have settled in well but Chelsea keep being linked to buying center backs. I assume to replace someone else.

markp08

{Ed001's Note - Cahill is getting on mate, Luiz is not getting on with Conte, so there are two that need replacing long term. Christensen is doing well, that is why they got him to sign a new long term contract.}


1.) 12 Jan 2018 16:35:06
Looks a good call from you then Ed. I hope you don't have to pick another one in the summer and one we have steps up. I think whoever plays on Sunday will be Klopp's first choice then it is up to them.


2.) 12 Jan 2018 16:35:06
Looks a good call from you then Ed. I hope you don't have to pick another one in the summer and one we have steps up. I think whoever plays on Sunday will be Klopp's first choice then it is up to them.

{Ed001's Note - he was excellent in German football, so it was not exactly a big call to make. It would have been more surprising if he had not prospered once he got a run of games.}


3.) 12 Jan 2018 18:31:53
We should nip in and sign him whilst the Chelsea powers that be are distracted trying to sort out the family opposing their stadium redevelopment ;)


 

 

10 Jan 2018 14:44:58
Ed is it correct to say LFC and certain employees have learn't their lessons and are not telling everyone who are the targets. They seem to be acting more professionally.

It seemed to me VVD signed quickly in the end. There didn't seem to be much discussion about it the day before. Also the PC sale was similar.

markp08

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what happened with VVD. THe PC sale was very high profile.}


1.) 10 Jan 2018 18:26:15
Lol, that PC sale came right of the blue. who could have known! ;p.


2.) 10 Jan 2018 18:36:28
What PC sale Swish?!
๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘โœŒ.

{Ed001's Note - are they Dell or HP PCs on sale?}


3.) 10 Jan 2018 21:34:09
People didn't read the post properly.

The day before VVD was signed no one (unlike in the summer) said he is signing this week even, he is coming tomorrow etc. There was no talk of even a bid having been made. Or he met this agent or he said she said.

Courts was similar the day before he went no one on any site anywhere said a bid of xyz has been made and he will be sold in the next few days. No one confirmed it until he was on the plane.


 

 

09 Jan 2018 21:24:18
My boy who is 9 goes to local football training and plays in a development league. He has also joined a chocolate foot training course, basically you use your weak foot. It teaches balance, striking the ball, control etc.

It is every week just for 1 hour buts lasts a year. The boys are 7 weeks in and small improvements are being made. They train for 40 minutes then play a small sided match where you can only pass or shoot with your weak foot. The coach (who did it last year as well) says real improvements tend to happen after 6 months. They are getting local academy boys coming along as well.

Is this something you have come across Ed's?

markp08

{Ed001's Note - I have heard of them but that is all.}


1.) 09 Jan 2018 22:18:07
All the boys are finding it difficult but are enjoying it. Most of the international players can only use one foot. In every single game we watch a player checks back on his weaker foot and then the chance is gone.

If we don't sign anyone and one of the front 3 doesn't play, what system would you change to? Or would you play someone else in the front 3?


2.) 09 Jan 2018 23:22:55
I once went on a training course run by Coventry city before the end of the week theyโ€™d pulled my dad aside and told him they werenโ€™t going to let me go anymore because I was taking the mick out of the other kids. They said I was using my weaker foot to make the other kids feel bad but my dad pointed out it was because I had a groin strain so was taking the time theyโ€™d paid for to practice with my weaker foot.


3.) 09 Jan 2018 23:43:16
youโ€™d think they'd have something like this for professional footballers too, so many are purely 1 footed as you said mark ๐Ÿ˜‚
When I was younger I used to do everything with my weaker foot to strengthen it.
Even at home we had a really big back garden, and a door inside the backdoor. I used to take "free kicks" from the end of the garden into the back door and did quite well xD
Only thing I couldnโ€™t fix was how much my left foot curved the ball, could never hit the ball straight but I would bend it like Beckham ๐Ÿ˜‚.


4.) 10 Jan 2018 06:24:44
my son who is 10 is in something similar, its called an elite academy sponsored by pro direct sports in accrington. Speaking to some of the coaches they tell me they recomend players for certain academys and are in contact with all north west clubs. Apparently blackburn is the best for young players as they don't just sign them for a year then get rid, they keep players for 3 years before deciding if they are progressing well.


 

 

 

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17 Jan 2018 12:20:07
Ed002 top quality info.

Thanks.

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15 Jan 2018 19:10:34
RB should be way down the list of summer targets IMO.

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15 Jan 2018 19:09:18
Thanks for the info Spooked. I think the move would suit both sides.

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12 Jan 2018 15:11:58
Spooked I don't think people said they don't believe you, I just think you could have kept her name out of it.

I wouldn't be at all surprised in what you said. His best days look to be behind him.

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12 Jan 2018 14:18:14
Yea, why give so much detail about specific names?

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17 Jan 2018 15:23:05
I am just busy. Don't have time to watch loads of games. Familty, work etc what about you?

If MK can't do it no probs. I wish I had never fecking asked. There are some idiots on here.

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17 Jan 2018 14:41:03
Cheers Mk. I didn't say we shouldn't sign him or consider him. Just that it was the first time I had seen him and was not impressed at all in that game.

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17 Jan 2018 12:37:37
Ed it seems to me to be all about the summer transfer window. We must get that right. I don't think we are very very close or miles away from being a top side. The 4 or so players we target in the summer must be of the required standard.

If we get it right and players who come in are of the standard of VVD, Salah, Keita of course we will be one of the very best sides in Europe. But winning trophies is what it is all about as Ed says. Salah won't want to stay to finish second.

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16 Jan 2018 22:08:58
Well said Spooked.

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16 Jan 2018 21:17:09
Thanks MK for the profile on Allison. (I can't understand the 4 thumbs down for that) . I had read that as well about him only recently getting a chance to play as first choice in the league games.

It worries me about him not being a vocal presence, that would be very high on my list if I was choosing a keeper. Then again a keeper who is first class at his own job will do just fine.

markp08