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04 Jul 2018 18:02:54
Ed001,

I'll put this on here.

I've noticed you're quite critical of a lot of the Cbs that get mentioned that are linked to certain clubs and although I don't disagree I'm curious as to what centre backs you like.

If you don't have time to answer no worries

Cheers.

discountdave

{Ed001's Note - to be honest there is a problem with defenders in general in recent years. They are footballers first and defenders second. I don't mind a defender being good on the ball, in fact I prefer the ball-playing defender, such as Alan Hansen, but the priority should be to defend. They should know basics, such as not playing offside when there is no pressure on the ball etc. Very few do know the basics and that is the issue. The reason why Uruguay are so solid at the back is because they have a centre back pairing that defend first and play football second. They have two centre backs I do rate, in Godin and Gimenez. To be honest, they are, imo, the best centre backs in European football right now.

It is a mindset thing, a defender's first thought when two players go in to win the ball, should be to get into position to cover in case the opponent gets it. They should constantly be looking on the negative side for their team and be in position to protect against it. There are other little things though, that very few players seem to do, such as retrieving a loose ball, don't cruise over to it because no one is pressuring you or you might not be able to react if someone does chase. It might be too late when you realise. So you run to it and then you can relax when you get there and take your time on the ball, if no one has chased.

A few years ago you would be able to include the likes of Chiellini as excellent centre backs but those good Italian defenders are not what they were and no quality has come through to replace them yet. Which is why Italy failed to make the World Cup. Next time you watch Uruguay play, instead of watching the ball, just watch their back four, they move together. It is like they are all attached by elastic to each other as, even if they do move to make a challenge, they are straight back into a four again afterwards. They shuffle from side to side together. Then watch Colombia or England and you will see a huge difference. To be fair, thinking about it, Brazil haven't been bad either, their centre backs have looked very composed, but their full backs are awful defensively.}


1.) 05 Jul 2018 06:15:34
Thanks ed very interesting and it's funny you mention Uruguay as I was only saying the other day they are fantastic defensively and you can see why they've only conceded 1 goal so far.

Regarding past players vidic was one of my favourites and I also thought he was better than people gave him credit for. Also Jaap Stam another favourite of mine.

The reason I asked this is there seem to be very few top top defenders out there at the minute as oppose to 10 year ago.

Virgil van dyke for instance I think he's a good defender but lacks intellige, I remember the MU v Liv game rashfords 2 goals why didn't VVD sense sooner that Lukaku was bullying Lovren because after the second goal they switched and Lukaku did nothing. Although VVD has improved massively.

For some reason I had you down as a Jan Vertonghen fan

Thanks for that ed.

{Ed001's Note - I do like Vertonghen alongside Alderweireld, they are a good combination and Vertonghen is one of the better centre backs. He does have a mistake in him, sometimes he falls asleep defensively, but when awake he is very very good. Putting him alongside Davinson Sanchez brought the best out of him because he was so busy covering for Sanchez's lapses and positional ineptitude that he was unable to lose focus!

As for Alderweireld, he is the best centre back in the Prem on his day. Excellent player.

Van Dijk is physically perfect, technically ideal but the guy is far too laid back and finds it all too easy so can be a bit slow to react when he is put under pressure. He is so used to strolling through games, he really struggles to get his head in the game when he can't. He does have a tendency towards being slow to get back as well. Defensive players should be sprinting to get back when they are caught upfield, he never does that.}


2.) 05 Jul 2018 08:36:20
Views on Azpilicueta as a CB Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - CA only really plays as a CB in a back three, else he plays as a RB and can, if required, play as a left back as well. Chelsea spent a long time looking at him with a then player also giving advice after watching him. There was no intention at that time of him playing centre back but they needed a replacement for Jose Bosingwa at RB. The change of formation took him to CB and the club are more than happy with the results as far as I know. He has given absolutely zero grief to the club on or off field, has not suffered with injuries, is bright, funny and seen as a very good and reliable player wherever he is asked to play.}


3.) 05 Jul 2018 08:36:28
Sorry meant Ed001.


4.) 05 Jul 2018 12:30:11
Just wanted to add into this conversation that as a Chelsea fan I will never ever forget Azpilicueta's contribution towards our club. Must be up there as one of our best defenders ever and for me one of my favourite ever players due to his hardworking nature, outstanding attitude and not to mention his quite obvious ability no matter where he plays. What a man.

{Ed001's Note - he is excellent, but I think he is not cut out to be a centre back in a 4, perfect for a back 3 though. He is one of the better players in the Prem, in any position you want to mention.}


5.) 06 Jul 2018 00:44:58
Yeah I do agree there as well but I think any manager would probably sense that too and for that reason we will probably never truly know as it may be a risk. Be interesting to see where he fits in if Sarri comes in and changes us back to a 4 man defence. Most likely RB I guess as we'll have far too many CBs competing for 2 places even without Azpi being part of that list! Glad to see you hold him in high regard Ed001, whilst Ed002 has the most incredible knowledge of the business side of the sport your knowledge and judgement of the playing side is one I hold in extremely high regard so it's nice to see us agree!

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate. It would be crazy not to rate Azpi, though he is not the best going forward, defensively he is sound. Which is why he is so well suited to a back 3.}


6.) 06 Jul 2018 08:02:44
Based on the short time he has been with Liv, do you see any improvement in van dijk game Ed? also do you see any young centre backs right now that you think can be excellent cbs in the future?

{Ed001's Note - there has been improvement in both his and Liverpool's game with him there. He has struck up a very good partnership with Lovren and that is more important than even having the best individuals. Teamwork is key at the back.

Giminez of Atletico and Uruguay is the outstanding young centre back around. I am sure there are others, but I just can't think of the top of my head.}


7.) 06 Jul 2018 09:29:06
Great insight on Azpi there Ed2, I always got the impression that he was a true professional and never the type to really complain. Always gives 100% for us and so far I’m more than happy with him at CB in a 3, not so much in a 2 but that would never happen anyway. Future captain one day for me.


8.) 06 Jul 2018 19:08:17
Could I pick your brains ed001 on Milan skriniar.

{Ed001's Note - I have not really seen enough to judge him, saw him a couple of times and it was mixed. Some things he looked great at, other times he looked dodgy as hell.}


9.) 06 Jul 2018 21:31:00
Lenglet has been impressive whenever I have seen him. Also ed1 what is your opinion on Lindelof? I don't know why but I think he will end up a good player (whether at Utd or not? ) I just get the feeling he needs a bit of time to adapt and will eventually deliver. Also ed1 what about Sule? I think he too will go far.

Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - Lindelöf is very good on the ball, which has been his downfall in English football. Because he is a ball player he is trying to play too much and thinking about that, rather than concentrating on defending first. Imo he is just trying too hard to impress and I think he will settle down fine this season.

Sule is an odd one, sometimes he looks top class, others he looks like a donkey. I haven't watched enough to be certain, but I think he is very reliant on the partner alongside him.}


10.) 07 Jul 2018 09:25:14
Ed001 - what are your thoughts on Harry Maguire. I think he looks solid when he needs to and can play the ball out, but seems to know when to play and when to clear his lines. Leicester will do well to keep hold of him.

Godin is the best CB going for me, just pure class.

{Ed001's Note - sorry mate, Maguire is not for me at all: Harry Maguire player profile


11.) 07 Jul 2018 11:08:58
Thanks ed1 your opinion is always held in high regards around here. Not just CBs but there is severe shortage of good full backs in World football right now. Very few are good at their main duty which is to defend.
Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - that is very true, it shows how lacking good ones are that people are raving about Trippier, who is Championship level.}


 

 

05 Jun 2018 18:29:14
Ed002

Do you have an update on Clement Lenglet. I've read a few articles suggesting MU have made an approach. I was under the impression he was Barcelona bound.

Seems like a cheaper alternative to Alderweireld if it's true at all.

Cheers.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - No Dave, it is not true. Manchester United has not made any approach for Lenglet but they are one of a number of clubs to have watched him. Barcelona have an interest and theu but not MU could force Sevilla (who don't want to sell) in to asking the player whether he wants a move to Barcelona by offering €35M but they would need to be quick as a new contract and a revised release clause are being discussed.}


1.) 05 Jun 2018 18:50:38
Thanks ed really appreciate it.

Any chance of Cbs that MU have interest in? Or would you prefer I ask on the MU page

Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - Pretty much as it was right now Dave:
- Toby Alderweireld (CB) - but may need to fend off an offer of a new deal from Spurs, Manchester City and Real Madrid
- Raphael Varane (CB) - it drags on rather but Real Madrid may be willing to let him leave this summer for the right price as part of their major rebuild programme – so might be possible
- David Lopez (CB) - do not rule him out - Mourinho will wait and remains keen
- Don’t rule out a move for an English CB to keep the balance
- The likes of Clement Lenglet (CB), Milan Skriniar (CB), Kalidou Koulibaly and others have all been watched but no approaches made.
Umtiti is off the table.

Feel free to add this to the MU page Dave.}


2.) 05 Jun 2018 19:37:17
Thanks ed will do.


3.) 06 Jun 2018 11:17:32
Thanks Ed, really appreciated!


 

 

23 Jan 2018 21:54:18
Hi Ed

Do MU still maintain an interest in Carlos Soler

Thanks appreciate it.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - Absolutely Dave.}


1.) 24 Jan 2018 15:27:44
Sorry ed but can you tell a little about him. I've seen him play wide and also as part of a 3 man midfield. He does catch the eye a bit bit he looks like he needs a bit more experience to me?

{Ed002's Note - You would do better to reseasrch him yourself.}


 

 

16 Nov 2017 09:21:13
Hi Ed

Do MU still hold interest in Carlos Soler

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - Yes Dave, not first choice and expensive - but possible.}


 

 

01 Jun 2017 10:22:48
Hi ed

Not entirely sure you'll want to share on this.

With atletico atleticos ban being upheld they will be reluctant to sell any players i.e Griezmann but if his release clause is met is there anything they can do to stop it?

Could they make it awkward with payment structure for example if we where to offer to pay in instalments over 2/3 yrs could they reject that proposal?

I know it's about money so if you don't want to answer no problem.

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - The release clause is of no relevance outside of Iberia. If a Spanish or Portuguese club were to match it the offer needs to be put to the player.}


 

 

 

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14 Jun 2018 14:48:33
Ed002

Is there still interest in sergej milinkovic-savic or has his price put interested teams off

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - There remains interest but price is a major issue Dave.}


1.) 14 Jun 2018 20:53:16
Moggi is quoted today saying that juve have agreed a price with lazio for SMS. Is there any truth in that ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Milinkovic-Savic has no issues with personnal terms but it will take a commitment from Juventus to agree the fixed asking price which I am not aware they have done yet. They had ideas about players being involved - but the proposal wan't accepted. But they would like a deal at the right price - but that we know already.}


2.) 14 Jun 2018 21:10:52
Thanks ed appreciate it.

Has MU midfield targets changed at all or are they still pretty much the same as the last sharkopod?

{Ed002's Note - e have been minor changes.}


3.) 14 Jun 2018 21:15:41
Thanks ed. So are united totally out of the reckoning now on him?
Juve are on a s5oending spree of sorts or so it seems will they be trying to sell the likes of dybala sandro or higuain to fund the potential new purchases?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}


4.) 15 Jun 2018 09:38:58
Hi ed

I'll ask this here since I asked about MU targets. In regards to MU interest in players are we starting to see what Javier Ribalta will bring to club.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I very much suspect that Javier Ribalta will be concentration on looking to bring in younger players Dave and will co-rdinate with the likes of Paulo Henrique Xavier and the guy in Argentina whose name escapes me. Manchester United are still actively looking to add at least two more regional scouts but it is unclear quite how the revised structure will work with Jim Lawlor already having largely stepped back from day-by-day scouting to co-ordinate matters and slightly odd role that Marcel Bout occupies.}


5.) 15 Jun 2018 10:27:07
Thanks ed appreciate it.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}


 

 

26 Jan 2018 11:13:05
Hi Ed

Is there interest in Napoli’s jorginho?

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal has an interest going back to when Wenger was a child but he has failed to push for a deal. Juventus have stepped back after discussions. Napoli are trying to get a new deal agreed but have yet to put a clear contract on the table for consideration. Mourinho had an interest when at Chelsea and had him watched against old club Verona but he would not be first choice for MU. The player is looking to see the season out and consider his options.}


1.) 26 Jan 2018 13:41:12
Thanks Ed appreciated as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave. It is hard to see why Arsenal have not made an offer.}


2.) 26 Jan 2018 16:58:57
Ed are Chelsea interested still.

{Ed002's Note - Who?}


 

 

04 Jan 2018 20:52:15
Hi Ed

Question on Mkhitaryan it’s being reported that Inter want him on loan but MU are only interest in a sale and I also read that MU could well move for Joao Mario is there a chance something could be done involving both players or am I complicating things

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - There is no point for clubs to try and make transfers complex but it is true that Inter are one of the clubs keen on HM and MU are keen on JM.}


1.) 04 Jan 2018 21:07:34
Thanks Ed appreciate it.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}


 

 

13 Jul 2017 09:46:23
Ed001/ Ed002

Has there been any updates in regards to Radja Nainggolan?

I've since Read Monchi saying he's going nowhere just wondering if we've held discussions with Roma about him

Thanks appreciate your time.

discountdave

{Ed001's Note - as I have said, he does not want to go anywhere. He loves the nightlife in Rome and it is home to him.}


 

 

27 Jun 2017 03:05:07
Ed

Nainggolan is he option for MU or has that changed as it appears Roma no longer need to sell in order to meet FFP regulations

Or am I way off

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement with anyone over Nainggolan.}


1.) 27 Jun 2017 07:55:10
Shame really a player I really like

Thanks ed.


 

 

 

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06 Jul 2018 19:08:17
Could I pick your brains ed001 on Milan skriniar.

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{Ed001's Note - I have not really seen enough to judge him, saw him a couple of times and it was mixed. Some things he looked great at, other times he looked dodgy as hell.}


 

 

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05 Jul 2018 06:15:34
Thanks ed very interesting and it's funny you mention Uruguay as I was only saying the other day they are fantastic defensively and you can see why they've only conceded 1 goal so far.

Regarding past players vidic was one of my favourites and I also thought he was better than people gave him credit for. Also Jaap Stam another favourite of mine.

The reason I asked this is there seem to be very few top top defenders out there at the minute as oppose to 10 year ago.

Virgil van dyke for instance I think he's a good defender but lacks intellige, I remember the MU v Liv game rashfords 2 goals why didn't VVD sense sooner that Lukaku was bullying Lovren because after the second goal they switched and Lukaku did nothing. Although VVD has improved massively.

For some reason I had you down as a Jan Vertonghen fan

Thanks for that ed.

discountdave

{Ed001's Note - I do like Vertonghen alongside Alderweireld, they are a good combination and Vertonghen is one of the better centre backs. He does have a mistake in him, sometimes he falls asleep defensively, but when awake he is very very good. Putting him alongside Davinson Sanchez brought the best out of him because he was so busy covering for Sanchez's lapses and positional ineptitude that he was unable to lose focus!

As for Alderweireld, he is the best centre back in the Prem on his day. Excellent player.

Van Dijk is physically perfect, technically ideal but the guy is far too laid back and finds it all too easy so can be a bit slow to react when he is put under pressure. He is so used to strolling through games, he really struggles to get his head in the game when he can't. He does have a tendency towards being slow to get back as well. Defensive players should be sprinting to get back when they are caught upfield, he never does that.}


 

 

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05 Jun 2018 19:37:17
Thanks ed will do.

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05 Jun 2018 18:50:38
Thanks ed really appreciate it.

Any chance of Cbs that MU have interest in? Or would you prefer I ask on the MU page

Thanks again.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - Pretty much as it was right now Dave:
- Toby Alderweireld (CB) - but may need to fend off an offer of a new deal from Spurs, Manchester City and Real Madrid
- Raphael Varane (CB) - it drags on rather but Real Madrid may be willing to let him leave this summer for the right price as part of their major rebuild programme – so might be possible
- David Lopez (CB) - do not rule him out - Mourinho will wait and remains keen
- Don’t rule out a move for an English CB to keep the balance
- The likes of Clement Lenglet (CB), Milan Skriniar (CB), Kalidou Koulibaly and others have all been watched but no approaches made.
Umtiti is off the table.

Feel free to add this to the MU page Dave.}


 

 

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31 May 2018 09:46:51
I get the feeling ed you're not taking this seriously 😂 but yes either of those alerts would be good with me.

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{Ed002's Note - I am sure they would be Dave.}


 

 

 

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15 Jun 2018 10:27:07
Thanks ed appreciate it.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}


 

 

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15 Jun 2018 09:38:58
Hi ed

I'll ask this here since I asked about MU targets. In regards to MU interest in players are we starting to see what Javier Ribalta will bring to club.

Thanks.

discountdave

{Ed002's Note - I very much suspect that Javier Ribalta will be concentration on looking to bring in younger players Dave and will co-rdinate with the likes of Paulo Henrique Xavier and the guy in Argentina whose name escapes me. Manchester United are still actively looking to add at least two more regional scouts but it is unclear quite how the revised structure will work with Jim Lawlor already having largely stepped back from day-by-day scouting to co-ordinate matters and slightly odd role that Marcel Bout occupies.}


 

 

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14 Jun 2018 21:10:52
Thanks ed appreciate it.

Has MU midfield targets changed at all or are they still pretty much the same as the last sharkopod?

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{Ed002's Note - e have been minor changes.}


 

 

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26 Jan 2018 13:41:12
Thanks Ed appreciated as always.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave. It is hard to see why Arsenal have not made an offer.}


 

 

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04 Jan 2018 21:07:34
Thanks Ed appreciate it.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Dave.}