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Americans Abroad 2018-19: Youth Movement

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Titans Bastard, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Titans Bastard

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    He's had good games and bad games, but obviously not a ton of end product either way. Guerreiro often starts on the left, with Jadon Sancho limiting CP's opportunities on the right. Pulisic is out with a minor injury right now, but will hopefully be back soon.

    It does feel to me that things have gone stale at Dortmund for Pulisic and a change of scenery would be welcome. Of course, he's going to a nurturing, stable environment like Chelsea...



    By the way, this local report suggests that Schalke aren't in great financial shape and as such may be motivated sellers for young talents with value like Embolo and McKennie.

    https://www.ruhr24.de/s04/schalke-embolo-mckennie-wechsel-geruecht-161620/
     
  2. Cellar-Door

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    He's playing poorly, also he's not a key player for them and since he's sold no reason to force it. To be honest I'm surprised he has 8 starts, they should have better options most games
     
  3. Titans Bastard

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    The Chelsea move really is risky because the huge price tag will put a target on his back with the fans. Even if he starts playing to the best of his ability, there will be grumbling. Also, who know who the manager will be. At least he'll get a lot of chances for sure, now that Chelsea won't be bringing anyone else in this summer...
     
  4. teddykgb

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    The Chelsea move was probably good for him and Dortmund financially as he seems to be getting Weigl’d right now but it’s such a risky on field move. Chelsea are likely to appeal their ban and accelerate spending which could bring him competition. It’s really hard to know how that roster shakes out with Hazard possibly leaving along with Willian and Pedro there. He likely gets a good look in due to few but he needs to recapture his form by summer and grasp that opportunity because whomever is manager at Chelsea, including Sarri, won’t have the opportunity to wait for him to get acclimated.

    From a US perspective we have to hope the move and having Sancho just explode has unsettled a young player and that he can focus better when his environment settles. If Sarri is still there and he can get a regular place he will get a real opportunity to play high possession attacking football which would be enormous for us (unless he develops unrealistic expectations of the quality of his NT teammates)

    I think the PL in general was a tough move for him and am irrationally worried about his development as a result but there is a path there. He needs to get into Chelsea’s camp early and make an impression. I don’t know what his USMNT commitments for this summer are but I hope we are intelligent enough to understand his next 4-5 years are at stake and use him judiciously
     
  5. Titans Bastard

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    The Gold Cup is scheduled to run from June 15 to July 7.
     
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  7. cromulence

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    Jonathan Spector scored the greatest goal of my FIFA career (actually World Cup 2010 but whatever). A missile from just inside the halfway line that I never should have attempted. I'll always remember him for that.
     
  8. Titans Bastard

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    Adams started again for RB Leipzig, who beat Nürnberg 1-0 on the road. I certainly haven't seen all his games in Germany, but it can't be a bad thing that in his 494 minutes, Leipzig have scored 13 goals, conceded only one, and won all five of his starts.

    Schalke got stuffed at home by Fortuna Düsseldorf, 4-0. McKennie was out with an injury. At this point he's probably one of their best players, though that says a bit more about the current state of Schalke than it does about McKennie.
     
  9. cromulence

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    Adams was all over the place today. He covers a ridiculous amount of ground.
     
  10. Titans Bastard

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    Julian Green update:

     
  11. Titans Bastard

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    McKennie's back after a short injury layoff and gets an assist with a flicked header. It's not too dramatic, but it's a reminder that he's an absolute beast in the air despite being a bit shy of six feet.

     
  12. Titans Bastard

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    Find somebody who loves you like Domenico Tedesco loves McKennie.

    https://www.ruhr24.de/s04/schalke-mckennie-tedesco-165098/
     
  13. Cellar-Door

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    MCKennie is going to end up rotting on then bench on a top 6 side in the EPL next year and it's going to be so disappointing.
     
  14. Titans Bastard

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    Always a ray of sunshine, @Cellar-Door. :)

    It does sound like there's a decent chance that he will be sold this summer, given Schalke's reported debts and McKennie's status as one of their more valuable assets.
     
  15. DrewDawg

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    Pulisic comes on in the 79th minute of a 1-1 game that Dortmund NEEDS---sets up the tie breaking goal 6 minutes later, then scores in 92nd minute.
     
  16. cromulence

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    Things finally looking up for CP - comes on as a sub and is involved in the buildup to a goal to go up 2-1, then scores another to make it 3-1.
     
  17. cromulence

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    Beat me.
     
  18. Titans Bastard

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    Here's CP's goal:



    Other notes:

    Antonee Robinson is finally back from the injury he sustained in November and is starting for Wigan.

    17 year old forward Charlie Kelman is making his first start for Southend United. He's scored a million goals at the youth level, then had the chutzpah to successfully chip the keeper from the midfield circle in his pro debut.
     
  19. Jimy Hendrix

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    If only one of those clubs was extremely thin in central midfield, liked developing and playing younger players, and was probably too cheap to buy a more established midfielder given their recent transfer “activity” and new stadium debt.
     
  20. Cellar-Door

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    Spurs aren't paying for McKennie, I mean the next tier (West Ham, Everton, etc.) would throw 15-20M at him no doubt maybe more, and Spurs plan seems pretty clearly to be "don't spend a goddamn dime until the stadium is done", otherwise they'd have made a bid for Almiron instead of letting him go to Newcastle.

    Mckennie will end up at Liverpool or something, play 4 cup ties a year then get loaned out at 23 to Real Betis or something. It just feel inevitable.
     
  21. DrewDawg

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    It's done.
     
  22. InstaFace

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    I hadn't realized Dortmund was tied at the top of the Bundesliga table.

    In 4th by 6 points is Gladbach, who still employ Fabian Johnson, but his starts and minutes have been cut dramatically this year. Only 15 games / 11 starts in the Bundesliga, none in other competitions. He has another year on his contract after this one ends, which may include more Champions League time, but at 31 you have to imagine he's not going to be upgrading clubs on the open market.
     
  23. DrewDawg

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    Gideon Zelalem has joined Sporting KC.
     
  24. Titans Bastard

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    McKennie will have a new manager.

     
  25. Jimy Hendrix

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    That raises a yellow flag for me just because Tedesco loves him so much it seems, but on the other hand maybe the new guy will play him in midfield only, which'd be nice.
     
  26. Titans Bastard

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    Yes, that's definitely a factor, but I'd a bit more worried if Schalke didn't have a relatively crap roster this season. I feel good about McKennie's chances of cracking the XI regardless of the manager.
     
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    Can anyone offer any insight into this move?
     
  28. Titans Bastard

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    Zelalem had a very long injury layoff on top of some unimpressive loan stints in Scotland and the Netherlands, so getting away from Arsenal was a needed move. He was out of contract in the summer anyway.

    Peter Vermes' SKC teams have evolved over the years from being somewhat brutish pressing teams to now being one of the slicker passing teams in the league. Stylistically, SKC is a good fit for Zelalem. However, he will have a lot of competition, including Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza, and Kelyn Rowe.

    The quotes I read in the local KC press indicate that the club wants to make Zelalem a deeper-lying midfielder. I'd guess that being the less-defensive deep-lying mid in a 4-2-3-1 fits him well. I see Zelalem as a poor man's Darlington Nagbe, the sort of smooth-passing, silky-touch midfielder who everyone wants to be a stylish attacker, but who lacks the instincts for it. Like Nagbe (and Jose Francisco Torres before him), Zelalem is too passive to be an attacker and is more comfortable circulating the ball. He needs to toughen up defensively if he is going to play that sort of role at a high level, though.

    SKC have a reserve team in the USL for him to get reps to get back on his feet. He played in a few Arsenal U23 games recently, but he does not have many minutes under his belt in the last 18 months.
     
  29. Titans Bastard

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    Adams vs. McKennie on FS2 right now. RB up 1-0 so far.
     
  31. InstaFace

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    Pulisic played 90 at Berlin today and by my eyes had a pretty good, threatening game, though wasn't close to being the best player on the field. Failed at every chance to appear on the scoresheet, including an absolute sitter at 77' that went wide (see roughly 9:00 here). Was a bit of a bonkers game, finished 11-on-9.
     
  32. InstaFace

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    Yedlin also had himself a good game at Bournemouth, including an excellent cross on the final, decisive play of the game.
     

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