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Axel Tuanzebe 2016-17 Performances

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  1. Jul 16, 2016
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    Axel Tuanzebe
    Nov 14, 1997 (18)
    Bunia [​IMG]
    18
    1.85 m
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    [​IMG] Congo DR
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    A robust central defender, Axel Tuanzebe is a natural leader and was captain of the Under-18 team despite being a first-year scholar.

    Born in Bunia, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the teenager has dual British nationality and has been nurtured by the club's Academy since the age of eight after growing up in Rochdale.

    A Milk Cup winner in 2013 and 2014, he was awarded Sports Boy of the Year by Mayor of Rochdale Keith Swift in 2009 and has been making good progress ever since.

    "He's a very, very good player," said Academy adviser Les Kershaw. "And is one of them that I really like because he has a strong personality."

    Tuanzebe is an imposing figure who is comfortable in possession despite his obvious brawn and the 2015 winner of the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award. He started 28 matches and came off the bench once during a good campaign for Paul McGuinness' side and, remarkably, is still eligible for another year of Academy football.

    He certainly enjoys the responsibility of being captain - "I like bossing people around!" - and has pushed into the Under-21s ahead of schedule after making three substitute appearances for Warren Joyce's side last season.
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    Chip Full Member

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    Hopefully he's gonna get plenty of playing time during the pre-season - starting tomorrow already :drool:

    Edit: I love him saying: "I like bossing people around!" We need more of that in our team. Have we really had any truly gutsy players since Roy Keane?
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    ADJUDICATOR FULL MEMBER

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    Not sure about obvious brawn but he could be in the silky Ferdinand mould. :drool:
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    Where is the OP copy and pasted from because it is a year old.
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    He said it in jest. If he was like Roy Keane, he wouldn't have had to say it.
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    Agreed with our manager (wow, that feeling..). He's shown great potential.
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    Looking at his highlights there's nothing remarkable about how he played, however I think what Mourinho was praising was his composure for such a young lad. Composure isn't really something you can teach and it's one of the attributes every top defender has. Weirdly, he reminded me a bit of Rashford in that he took to the first team as if he's been playing with them for years.
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    Acole9 Outstanding

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    I know he was on the bench a couple of times last season but after all the young players van Gaal used I'm really surprised he didn't make his debut.
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    thegregster Harbinger of new information

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    He got injured around March I think. So he probably would have played towards the end like TFM.
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    To be fair, Blind and Smalling had a very good record against injury last season.
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    He got injured when van gaal was throwing others in. But he had made the bench before his peers.
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    Made no mistake in the short period he played yesterday.He has every attribute to become a good player for us.

    Anyway his profile on here needs to change.He represented England at youth level so that should be his first country.
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    ti vu Full Member

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    I think what Mourinho praised is about the mentality and tactical sense in him (I felt similar with CBJ). Compared to TFM, you clearly see Tuanzebe is more matured. Hardly put a foot wrong while TFM doesn't have much to do neither and is more physically superior gives off a nervy feeling with no real threat from Wigan.
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    Any videos floating about of his 10 minute cameo? Missed the match so I've been intrigued by Mourinho's post match comments.
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    A while back everyone was saying our youth academy isn't as great as it used to be:

    Rashford
    TFM
    Tuanzebe
    Williams
    Tchong
    CBJ

    e.t.c.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought it was the younger academy sides (e.g. 16 and under) which was getting a bit more criticism? Players choosing City over us at younger ages etc.
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    Other than Rashford, none has proved that our youth academy is "great". Yet.
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    Good, however I'm missing his height in his profile.

    it was clear to see for past two years that there is a great generation of defenders coming up, they successfully made step up to the U21 now the most difficult step to the first team, hope we see at least two out of Tuanzebe/CBJ/Williams/Pool/Warren to make it here otherwise I will be a bit disappointed.but it's gonna be a tough fight, I think read also had a decent chance to make it if he was more patient.. Axel was unlucky last year with injuries so hopefully he's fit for this year and after the praise Mourinho gave him, gives him also some minutes here and there.

    after Smalling - Bailly, Jones - Tuanzebe for cup games and injury crysis, with Blind as a cover at LB and Rojo and Blackett sold, McNair loaned, doesn't look really experienced or solid but we could benefit from it later, also Mourinho knows how to develop defenders..

    I am counting with TFM to midfield btw
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    We can't be claiming any credit for Chong. He's a Feyenoord product, and as it stands, has yet to kick a ball with us.
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    The game on Saturday was the first time I really got to see him and I was struck by how physically imposing he looked at such a young age. Players with that attribute and who are this precocious - going into the U21s at 18 - should be getting a very long look from us.
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    Started for England U20s in a 1-1 draw with Brazil (teams agree to a penalty shootout which Brazil won 4-3).
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    Ditch Jones and Rojo, make him the 4th CB. He needs to play at a higher level.
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    Could be this year's CBJ. Please give him a shot, Jose. He can't be any worse than Rojo, and is surely 10 times fitter than Phil Jones.
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    Watched him for England U20. He started at DM. I wasn't overly impressed as he didn't seem to show for the ball enough. Did some good defensive work in his own box though.

    Holland were poor and didn't even have a shot at goal in the first half, Axel shut out their best move by tracking his man and muscling him out of a goal scoring opportunity.

    The two centre backs were very solid so the depth looks good in that position.
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    This and its one of the issues I was hesitant in fully backing Mourinho's hire. Its a farce that Rojo has played all the minutes he's had when Tuanzebe has been shut out and CBJ farmed out on loan when both could have fulfilled his roles at a lower cost but with no discernible drop in quality.
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    CBJ will gain more playing every week for Wolves than sitting on the bench here behind Blind and Shaw and playing the odd cup game
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    Blind wasn't in the frame for the LB position when CBJ was sent out on loan and some could argue that, given Mourinho's reluctance to play Carrick, we need Blind in more in midfield than at LB. Whatever the reasoning behind its still a shambles that Mourinho finds it sensible to waste minutes on Rojo instead of developing a player like Tuanzebe who has a long term future here and is arguably more useful now.
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    I'm a huge fan of Tuanzebe, and playing in midfield should do him good. My biggest worry about him is his lack of confidence in his own abilities. To often he takes the easy way out of situations where he could make use of his abilties instead. In my opinion a good manager could turn him into a world class player.
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    I really want this kid to get a debut soon
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    Happy Birthday Tuanzebe (19)! One of the most promising talents in our academy, I hope he gets a chance here or goes on loan as soon as possible. He's way too good for u21 football.
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    Im surprised he hasn't had a few minutes this season. Can anybody update me on his and Ro-Shaun Williams situation? These two are our most promising youth players.
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