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Kudus of Ghana plays for Ajax, is young and probably within our price range. He's looked good. Plus, he's a centre mid.

 


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I am always suspicious of players who emerge at a WC, many of them turn out to be duds.

There was the Italian striker Toto who was top scorer in 1990 but made Ade Akinbiyi look prolific at club level.

James Rodrigues was another who had a good world cup but has only shown flashes since.

And many more, no doubt someone will prove me wrong but my hunch is that players who emerge at the WC tend to be expensive and don't live up to their billing.

Some players are capable of raising their game for a handful of matches especially if their team mates are very good but can't keep it going over a season e.g. Andros Townsend.

Edited by Badger11 (28 Nov 2022 1.19pm)

 


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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 28 Nov 22 3.39pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Kudus puts himself out of our price range.

 


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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 29 Nov 22 9.45am Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

I am always suspicious of players who emerge at a WC, many of them turn out to be duds.

There was the Italian striker Toto who was top scorer in 1990 but made Ade Akinbiyi look prolific at club level.

James Rodrigues was another who had a good world cup but has only shown flashes since.

And many more, no doubt someone will prove me wrong but my hunch is that players who emerge at the WC tend to be expensive and don't live up to their billing.

Some players are capable of raising their game for a handful of matches especially if their team mates are very good but can't keep it going over a season e.g. Andros Townsend.

Edited by Badger11 (28 Nov 2022 1.19pm)

A lot of truth there.

Aligns for me with saying:

"Anybody can look World Class in their YouTube highlights reel".

Often the reality of seeing them play week in/week out does not align with flashes of brilliance, some of which may occur at the likes of the WC!

 


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View Sir James Hird's Profile Sir James Hird Flag Mount Martha 29 Nov 22 10.44am Send a Private Message to Sir James Hird Add Sir James Hird as a friend

How about Soutar of Australia, tall tough defender ideal replacement for Joel Ward.
Saved two certain goals against Tunisia whose tackling was a bit rugged to say the least.

 

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Originally posted by Sir James Hird

How about Soutar of Australia, tall tough defender ideal replacement for Joel Ward.
Saved two certain goals against Tunisia whose tackling was a bit rugged to say the least.

Yes, I am a fan! Great shout your nobility!

Subjectively, as I do like a tall CB, purely for set pieces defending/attacking but also he looks like he is at least worthy of a spot in the squad. He also looks to not fall too stereotypically into the 'too tall therefore uncoordinated and unathletic' bracket.

He's at Stoke I think, which should mean he has English footballing experience and shouldn't cost the world.

Would certainly have my backing.

 


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View Willo's Profile Willo Online Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 29 Nov 22 10.56am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Sir James Hird

How about Soutar of Australia, tall tough defender ideal replacement for Joel Ward.
Saved two certain goals against Tunisia whose tackling was a bit rugged to say the least.

I have seen Souttar ply is trade for Stoke and he is well 'North' of 6ft.He is a central defender who is adept at passing the ball out of defence but his lankiness does limit his agility and pace, he is not the most fleet of foot.

 

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Originally posted by Willo

I have seen Souttar ply is trade for Stoke and he is well 'North' of 6ft.He is a central defender who is adept at passing the ball out of defence but his lankiness does limit his agility and pace, he is not the most fleet of foot.

He could do a job for us. Perhaps Palace will be his suitors.

 


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View Sir James Hird's Profile Sir James Hird Flag Mount Martha 30 Nov 22 1.50am Send a Private Message to Sir James Hird Add Sir James Hird as a friend

Suitors me.
Sorry.

 

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Originally posted by ASCPFC

Kudus of Ghana plays for Ajax, is young and probably within our price range. He's looked good. Plus, he's a centre mid.


Sorry, the undermentioned extract from the Beeb's gossip column suggests otherwise.

"Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain want to sign 22-year-old Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus from Ajax. (Fichajes - in Spanish)"

 

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Originally posted by Sir James Hird

How about Soutar of Australia, tall tough defender ideal replacement for Joel Ward.
Saved two certain goals against Tunisia whose tackling was a bit rugged to say the least.

He's a center back isn't he?

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Online Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 30 Nov 22 12.06pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by aashman12

He's a center back isn't he?

Indeed he is.He is not a right-back like Joel Ward.

 

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