Nicolas Pepe- Lille

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  1. May 14, 2019 at 21:23

    RussellWilson Full Member

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    Don't go breaking my heart....
  2. May 14, 2019 at 21:23

    fps Full Member

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    Hahaha the youtube scouts are out in force.

    It does make me realise the madness of constant managerial changes though, how can players be accurately scouted (and they should be scouted for months) if there's no idea of a style of play they're meant to be fitting into?!
  3. May 14, 2019 at 21:25

    SteveW Full Member

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    Watched a highlights compilation. One of the most frustrating things I've ever watched. 8 minutes of pointless tricks barely pulled off. I'd prefer someone much more direct
  4. May 14, 2019 at 21:30

    Harold_Giles Full Member

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    Well, he did score 20 goals (8 from penalty spot) and assist 11 this season in the league.
    16 big chances created.
    Came 2nd in each category.
  5. May 14, 2019 at 21:31

    ehsanul Bestower of favours

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    Looks like a Lingard level player.
  6. May 14, 2019 at 21:31

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    Some posters really embarrassed themselves. Sure nobody on here watched him every game, but Mane was on fire against top teams. His quality was evident. I was always for signing him, but i knew we wouldnt for the price Saints wanted. Forget Pedro, some wanted Bolasie, Berahino or Montero ahead of him :lol: Jesus Christ, it is like people only watch highlights.
  7. May 14, 2019 at 21:32

    bond19821982 Full Member

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    You never know how a player would improve - look at Salah and Mane. Very average signings and see where they are now.

    He is played as striker though, right?
  8. May 14, 2019 at 21:34

    The Nani Full Member

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    Thank God it’s Castles saying it.

    He knows nothing.
  9. May 14, 2019 at 21:36

    Harold_Giles Full Member

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    He has played mostly from the right hand side, but does cut inside alot.
  10. May 14, 2019 at 21:37

    SteveW Full Member

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    Okish stats. He would annoy the hell out of me though. I'm still a bit irritated from watching that compilation. Please let this be just another journalist guessing
  11. May 14, 2019 at 21:38

    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    I take it Pepe is a RW? Therefore it’s Sancho or Pepe, not both?
  12. May 14, 2019 at 21:40

    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    Sancho can play on both sides, he isn't a traditional winger but more like a playmaker.
  13. May 14, 2019 at 21:43

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    Harsh. Lingard could not dream of 20 league goals.
  14. May 14, 2019 at 21:46

    JJ12 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    You could see Lingard scoring 20 and setting up 11 in Ligue 1?

    No chance
  15. May 14, 2019 at 21:49

    Adam-Utd Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    Yep I don't see it as being a problem either. I think people are pessimistic, but France isn't as easy as people make out. Hitting the numbers he’s managed outside of PSG isn’t easy.
    i have a feeling were trying to pressure Dortmund into taking the deal. Maybe even having a deal in the background just in case.

    Sancho can play LW pretty well also so it wouldn’t be the end of the world if we had both.
  16. May 14, 2019 at 22:03

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    Finally being linked to him, good stuff
  17. May 14, 2019 at 22:24

    Enigma_87 You know who

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    Not comparing him to Lingard but:


    Lingard scored 8 and assisted 6 in PL in 17/18 in 1822 minutes - zero penalties.

    Or 1 goal/assist per 130 mins.

    Pepe scored 20 and assisted 11 this season in 3225 mins.

    Goal/assist per 104 mins.

    If we discount penalties 12 goals, 11 assists or goal/assist per 140 mins.

    If you consider the quality of the league and goals/assists from open play Lingard actually has advantage in his best season vs Pepe's best season so far.
  18. May 14, 2019 at 22:25

    TMDaines Full Member

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    Interesting when you put it like that.
  19. May 14, 2019 at 22:27

    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    Definitely wouldn't be the end of the world. As someone who thinks we need two wingers this summer, I'm all for it.
  20. May 14, 2019 at 22:27

    JJ12 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Why are we taking pens off as if they aren't goals. Pepe's on them because he's trusted and good. Lingard is Lingard.

    I like some things Lingard has done for us but he can no longer start for us.
  21. May 14, 2019 at 22:30

    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    Pepe plays in a bad team, it's difficult to understand how he managed to look good in the last two seasons.
  22. May 14, 2019 at 22:32

    Enigma_87 You know who

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    For the record I rate League 1 higher in terms of attacking stats compared to other leagues like the Dutch or Portuguese one. It would be easier for someone who put up good numbers there to make the jump across the Channel. For example Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored 21 in 32 games in the Dutch league last year, but couldn't hit a barn door at Brighton.

    French league is also physical so the transition would be easier. He still looks raw. Under right manager might be some player, but he also can be another Depay if not treated right.

    Agree of course, but Lingard could actually put those stats in France playing for some mid table side starting every week.

    Pens are pens. If you let him take 8 of them pretty sure that would boost his stats, hence eliminating them from the equation.
  23. May 14, 2019 at 22:34

    Enigma_87 You know who

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    yeah, sure as I said I'm not comparing them, but a player like Lingard (limited as it is) could score 20 and assist 10 in France playing for a team like Nice for example (I mean Depay did it).

    Stats won't paint the whole picture on Pepe.

    What do you reckon could he make it at United?
  24. May 14, 2019 at 22:37

    Adam-Utd Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    Yep. Pepe this year and sancho next would be the dream.
  25. May 14, 2019 at 22:44

    Harold_Giles Full Member

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    Just to add.
    He scored 8 of 9 penalties. He won 5 of those penalties himself.
  26. May 14, 2019 at 22:45

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    Now can he feck? :lol:

    And you are mentioning Depay, Depay is a better player than Lingard by a mile.
  27. May 14, 2019 at 22:46

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    Like most on here, all I can go off is youtube highlights - but he looks talented.

    I think Ole is trying to implement a fast counter-attacking style, and Pepe fits the bill I think.

    I can't see Sancho happening this summer, so we might have to make do with this guy and/or Daniel James.

    Ole doesn't seem to rate Martial and Lingard so no wonder he's desperate for wingers.
  28. May 14, 2019 at 22:46

    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    Not really, a player like Lingard most likely would have the same output or worse because he wouldn't be surrounded by good players. In general people really shouldn't try to play with stats like that because it's not surprising for french players to score more or the same amount of goals.

    And I don't know if he could make it.
  29. May 14, 2019 at 22:50

    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    This years Malcom? Who was that years Dembele?

    Seriously though how does he compare to those two?
  30. May 14, 2019 at 22:55

    Enigma_87 You know who

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    That's a stretch. Depay is nothing special, especially when we turned him into an athlete more than a footballer.

    The penalties does boost Pepe stats a lot. 12/11 isn't something special for the French league from open play.

    Didn't Khazri put similar numbers this years and he is pretty average, considering his time at Sunderland?
  31. May 14, 2019 at 23:03

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    More Malcolm than Dembele for sure.

    Not sold on him at all.
  32. May 14, 2019 at 23:09

    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    No Khazri has 13 goals including 6 set pieces, a more appropriate comparison would Terrier who has 9 goals for Lyon, he is probably slightly better than Lingard and plays for a better team than Lille. What Pépé is doing this season is exceptional and you could ask yourself if it's actually repeatable.
  33. May 14, 2019 at 23:09

    bucky Full Member

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    They've come second in the league and just recently put 5 past PSG. They've also got the best record defensively in the league so far. Not really the signs of a bad team.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    Without Pépé they are at best midtable, in fact without Pépé they would be in Ligue 2 this season.
  35. May 14, 2019 at 23:22

    Adnan Full Member

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    All Duncan Castles has reported is that according to Lille, a United executive contacted them regarding a potential price. Seems like we've just made a enquiry if Duncan Castles is correct.

    Lille are asking for €80m according to Castles.
  36. May 14, 2019 at 23:23

    bucky Full Member

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    One player doesn't make them a team that finishes second. They've arguably had the second best GK in the league, Fonte has done well for them, so has Thiago Mendes. Bamba has been decent for them, too. Not saying they are going to repeat it, but it's a bizarre statement that without Pepe they would be in Ligue 2.
  37. May 14, 2019 at 23:24

    bond19821982 Full Member

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    80m :lol:
  38. May 14, 2019 at 23:24

    Timo.utd New Member

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    This guy is a very realistic option scored 20 goals so far, apparently he's on his way to bayern but nothing official yet
  39. May 14, 2019 at 23:26

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    Best defensive team in the league and they'd be in league 2 without him? I think you're doing a great disservice to his team mates.
  40. May 14, 2019 at 23:27

    Adnan Full Member

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    Agreed..