Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXIII

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  1. Valentino Azzurro: Absolutely. Also the Beast who said in his Q & A session that he was “settled”.

    Only major problem, after we complete Mangler buy, is to get Kun a load of R&R and into the new medical gizmos so that he’s fit and raring to go when the season starts.

  2. alphonso: If the boss thinks that we don’t need Zucers yet and a season in Spain (say), where he will get a lot of starts to ease him into the European game

    But that will not get him used to the English game, it is pointless sending him off to Spain to learn how to play as he will then be as shocked at the pace of our game when he returned, as he is Argentinian they have a better record over here than other South Americans due to their own style of play, Brazilians often struggle as do Portuguese league players due to the nature of being a more laid back style of play.

    Also Italian defenders would struggle over here as they usually get an unmolested passage to the half way line before being challenged but that just doesn’t happen over here and like Garcia players often look slow because they are always being hurried.

    I would rather we loaned out to a club in England as long as they played them.

  3. Valentino Azzurro: two notable cases at City being Vlad

    Well we will never no about him, he went off and had a decent enough season in Italy after he got know kind of pitch time with us.

    He also scored a cracker against PSG in the Champs league to prove he has got it in him.

    His goal against PSG was voted UEFA Champions League best goal of Matchday 1 where he received the ball on the wright wing, nut megged Marquinhos, skipped past Thiago Silva and slotted the ball past the PSG keeper into the bottom right corner.

    Of course he has turned into a bit of a 1 season stop over at every club and the Greek Olypiakos fans nicknamed Wei$$ after he left to go to Qatar.

  4. Bluealf: He is 23 he should be ready for the first team in all honesty, it is just more of the same from me, 23 is long past the age of being a promising player and into the 1st team squad or on the benchat the very least.

    He’s barely 21 Balfers and has never played in Europe or at anywhere near the intensity of the PL. Now I’d be happy for him to be a fully fledged1st Team Squad member but for that to be meaningful it would have to be as a replacement for Rodwell because even then he’d be one of 5 battling for 3 places max, 2 a lot of the time, when at least two of those places are nailed on Yaya and Fernie if both remain and are fit, so his playing minutes would be limited.

    If the boss thinks that we don’t need Zucers yet and a season in Spain (say), where he will get a lot of starts to ease him into the European game, at a high level, would be best for his development, I’d accept his judgement. I think Zucers is a very good player but when we have what we have available we can afford to do what is best for his development and I trust the manager to make that judgement.

    Alph

  5. Valentino Azzurro: Balfers, Zuculiniis only just (April) turned 21.

    Sure I read that he was 23 bloody papers lol I nearly went and checked before posting as well, silly boy.

  6. Age is really immaterial.
    Some young players, particularly the ones who are Big Unit-sized, are ready for first team duty at the top level at 17-18. Think Rooney, Duncan Edwards, Lee Croft, Oxlade-Chamberlain and, dare I say it, Rodders. Others, sometimes for physical or temperament reasons mature slower and some don’t make it at all despite obvious talent (two notable cases at City being Vlad and Willo Flood).

  7. Bluealf: He is 23 he should be ready for the first team in all honesty, it is just more of the same from me, 23 is long past the age of being a promising player and into the 1st team squad or on the benchat the very least.

    Balfers, Zuculini is only just (April) turned 21.

  8. For me if we can not afford to play one of these boys at a time in 75% of league games then it is a sad admission that we really are not that strong a team.

    They would be playing against similar aged boys in a lot of teams, like Aston Villa for example, plus instead of being lumped into a scratch league cup team of misfits like Sinkers and Boy Otter they would benefit hugely from playing with top class players and the gains would be immeasurable in the long run, we could blood 4 or 5 of them in one season this way.

  9. Valentino Azzurro: Zuccers doesn’t need shipping out? To me, he looked a lot more physically mature than Lopez

    He is 23 he should be ready for the first team in all honesty, it is just more of the same from me, 23 is long past the age of being a promising player and into the 1st team squad or on the bench at the very least.

  10. Valentino Azzurro:
    Yes should have mentioned Leigh. He did look a prospect.

    Would you agree with my contention that Zuccers doesn’t need shipping out? To me, he looked a lot more physically mature than Lopez (or Denis Suarez in his City days) and I liked the way he kept confidently calling for the ball and moving it on versus the Jutemen. I’d certainly feel more confident of him coming on at 60 mins than of Sinkers. But then I’d be more confident of Balfers….

    I see that Rekik has just been handed the 19 shirt. Aleks has donated lucky 13 to Cowboy Bill and settled for 11. Sagna has 3.

    Yes I do agree Valers. In fact, if Yaya does the big FO, I’d be a little nervous mayhap, but with Reg & Jerry to share DMF duties and with Fernie the main man playing a more advanced B2B role, with Rodders playing for his career and Zucers quite possibly the best of the lot potentially, I’d put the Sheik’s cheque book away and save it for another day.

    The shirt for Karim must be a big boost for the boy, it sends him the right message. At 19 years of age the 19 shirt will resonate, but he needs to be patient. Demic has 1 big season left, 2 if he is lucky; then it’s up to Nasty if he chooses to stay and fight for the job and up to Karim to see off all comers.

    Both of these two are streets better footballers than Les but both need to get some of Les’s attitude which was uncompromising and beyond reproach. They are going to have to ‘man up’ big style if they are going to grab games from Vince and the Mangler.

    Alph

  11. Yes should have mentioned Leigh. He did look a prospect.

    Would you agree with my contention that Zuccers doesn’t need shipping out? To me, he looked a lot more physically mature than Lopez (or Denis Suarez in his City days) and I liked the way he kept confidently calling for the ball and moving it on versus the Jutemen. I’d certainly feel more confident of him coming on at 60 mins than of Sinkers. But then I’d be more confident of Balfers…. Grin

    I see that Rekik has just been handed the 19 shirt. Aleks has donated lucky 13 to Cowboy Bill and settled for 11. Sagna has 3.

  12. I’m still batting for Greg Leigh, Valers, I thought he looked a bit of ‘special in the making’ and I’d agree with Balfers re Fofana. To me he looks as though he has been gifted with physique, pace and no small amount of skill and along with Olivier Ntcham gives us a couple of very powerful, driving lads coming through in those Yayaesque midfield roles.

    Alph

  13. Denayer, Fofana, Rekik, Lopes from the limited amount I’ve seen look the real deal to me. Of the others I have a hunch that Devante Cole, Bytyqi (sp?), Bossaerts and Hiwula will make it though maybe not with us.
    Thinking about it, if they hang on in at City they are aspiring to be a member of (potentially at least) one of Europe’s top 8 teams and that’s a great big call. It would be interesting to trace where some of the ex-members of Barcelona’s feted academy are plying their trade. Doubtless there are more than a few hanging around the lower divisions of La Liga, stalwarts of Real Haro and Atletico Murcia. Some will have emigrated (something British kids are not very good at) and will be saving shots at Spartak Ruritania or running the midfield for Dinamo Omsk. And there will surely be a fair sprinkling of plumbers, electricians and pub pianists among them. The wastage of young talent, globally, must be colossal and I’m sure some of the ones once tipped for stardom are now hacking it, or not, in the likes of the Blackley & Moston Pub Sunday League.
    Again, thinking further (and having played both LB and LMF) I reckon it’s hardest of all for midfielders to catch the eye. Forwards only have to knock in goals, the odd one spectacular and defenders make a few “they shall not pass” tackles to bring themselves to the coaches’ attention whereas ‘The Next Merlin’ has to be just that.
    City’s transition from a buying to a player-developing club will surely take a good few years. In some ways it will be easier for the generations further down the line; selection will be more rigorous, so these kids will have more talent to start with, plus the coaching will be more clued in. In some ways, it will be harder, because of more intense competition

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