Nicolas Pepe- Lille

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  1. May 14, 2019 at 23:27

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

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    No, without Pépé they would be in Ligue 2. They were at 1 points of relegation last season and he was the only good thing going.
  2. May 14, 2019 at 23:29

    bucky Full Member

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    I wasn't talking about last season.
  3. May 14, 2019 at 23:35

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

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    And I was talking about both seasons which I clearly stated.
  4. May 14, 2019 at 23:38

    bucky Full Member

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    Well, it's still not true. They weren't a midtable team last season and they are't one this season. :p
  5. May 14, 2019 at 23:42

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

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    To be fair Galthier is a good coach, he can take bad players and make them defend properly, he was doing it with Saint Etienne.
  6. May 14, 2019 at 23:42

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    He's not Sancho who I still think is perfect for us, but hes still a must if we can get him. Still go for Sancho next summer to replace Martial if he doesnt ever pull it together and have Pepe, Sancho, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood as our 5 attackers that we rotate between mainly :drool:
  7. May 14, 2019 at 23:43

    bucky Full Member

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    Wasn't last season's position in the league mostly due to Bielsa failing miserably at the beginning of the campaign?
  8. May 14, 2019 at 23:50

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

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    No, they were terrible all season long, they saved themselves with a serie of 3 wins around the end of the season. They were better organized with Galtier though.
  9. May 14, 2019 at 23:51

    El-Manos Full Member

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    Castles knows nothing, no red panty time yet.
  10. May 15, 2019 at 00:50

    Fer Full Member

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    How good was Pepe last season?
  11. May 15, 2019 at 00:58

    Who's Kissing Cameras? New Member

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    YES!

    This guy looks the business. I’m excited for this one potentially.
  12. May 15, 2019 at 01:55

    shamans Hoser

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    Just want to see Scholes hit a volley.
    Dunno why people think this. He was first to break the Pogba story among many others.
  13. May 15, 2019 at 02:27

    The Nani Full Member

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    Because Mourinho was obviously his in.
  14. May 15, 2019 at 03:51

    shamans Hoser

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    Just want to see Scholes hit a volley.
    He does have connections. As with most journos he'll get stuff wrong but I consider him more reliable than someone like say Andy Mitten who is loved here.
  15. May 15, 2019 at 04:57

    redpatron New Member

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    First one to break Herrera and Fernandes, but since he’s not the hipsters choice like the Italian guys who been more wrong than right recently he gets buried for his past reputation.
  16. May 15, 2019 at 05:29

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    He was th first to report Mendy's injury, Mendy even made fun of him and others joined in. Later what Duncan said was spot on with injury and recovery time. He also said Bruno Fernandes to City is not done deal and Sporting are using the names to drum up interest. He was again spot on.

    His opinions are biased but he has got good sources.
  17. May 15, 2019 at 05:44

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    Remember Valencia prime? He got everything but technically lacking, still won us a couple of season.

    Pepe can have similar impact.

    EDIT:
    This guy is not that all bad technically, from what I've seen of him:

    - La Croqueta is his signature move,
    - He likes to hold the ball like Pogba, using his body and roll it to trick defenders. Apparently he is quicker with it.
    - He has considerable amount of pace, not acceleration though.
    - Finishing is a bit fluke this season, think he will struggle in premier league to score.
  18. May 15, 2019 at 05:50

    Kapardin Full Member

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    Nothing else matters if he struggles to score. We already have our fill of unproductive forwards at the club.
  19. May 15, 2019 at 06:00

    Raees Legal Guardian of the Football forums

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    Genuinely don’t think this guy is the answer to our wing problems. He’s decent but we need someone even more dynamic and with better decision making. He will be an improvement on what we have but not good enough to give us that massive boost in attack we need.

    He is only 23 so he can get better but for the money being touted I’d expect someone with more potential.
  20. May 15, 2019 at 06:09

    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

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    How's his,
    All round game
    Vision
    Ability in tight spaces
    Playmaking qualities
    ?

    We need more players who arent limited and from the clips I've seen this chap looks somewhat one dimensional.
  21. May 15, 2019 at 06:20

    Bestietom Full Member

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    I would love to see Pepe and Fernandes join us this summer. If we were to get Dybala with these 2 then we would see a lot of goals next season.
  22. May 15, 2019 at 10:02

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    Hmmm. Not what I wanted to hear but cheers all the same.
  23. May 15, 2019 at 10:06

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    Have a feeling he'll be as frustrating as Martial.

    Martial -Rashy - Pepe.... Doing their tricks rather than actually looking to score/assist.
  24. May 15, 2019 at 10:23

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    Yeah, but he was a shite attacking coach. Really dull stuff to watch.
  25. May 15, 2019 at 10:24

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

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    Agreed which is why I find Pépé's contribution exceptional.
  26. May 15, 2019 at 10:25

    Lash Full Member

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    Yeah, I was actually just thinking that after I posted that. This has piqued my interested a bit in Pepe now - hadn't thought of it like that.
  27. May 15, 2019 at 10:30

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

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    It could easily be an other Aubameyang who funnily enough was also doubted due to his technique. I was in the same situation where I couldn't tell how good he actually was.
  28. May 15, 2019 at 10:33

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    Not watched any live games but in the clips I’ve seen, including the one above against PSG, he gives the ball away a LOT. Doesn’t look like he has great control while running (despite doing all the tricks while standing) and seems very raw in other areas. Think this goalscoring year could be a bit of a fluke.
  29. May 15, 2019 at 12:14

    LiquidSnake New Member

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    Some thoughts about Pepe :
    - He has a top top mentality. He didn't go to a pro club academy (he went to Angers B team at 18yo), all of his ex-coaches raved about how he's professional and determined. He refused Lyon last year and clearly said he has a definitive career plan. Absolutely a great attitude.
    - He's a hard worker, Lille fans absolutely love him and don't have a single bad word to say about him.
    - Last year, he was the main catalyst to Lille staying in Ligue 1, with notably in the last string of games, 2-3 times where he scored for the 1-0 win or ran the show with 2 goals or 2 assists.
    - 20 goals scored this year, with 8 penalites but he provoked himself 5 of them. With 12 assists.
    - He improved a lot to become a nice crosser of the ball on free kick.
    - He's the most fouled player in the league "by far" (he's at 106 and the second is 94). The one who got most penalties (5). 3rd most fouled player in the final 30 meters.
    - He has a nice shield of the ball, behind the back, a lot of times Lille go through him to get themselves out of a difficult situation and they got the ball back under pressure.
    - He's always on move and trying to make himself available for his teammates or playing quick passes for 1-2 etc...

    All and all, you can clearly see I'm a fan but I definitely have a "Sadio Mané" vibe from him. Because he's not the most aestetically pleasant player on the eye and has a "weirdness" about his game, people will wait for him to be great in a bigger club to say "How come we didn't have him".
  30. May 15, 2019 at 12:20

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

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    That's a great summary and I agree with the Mané vibe. But this time I openly like the player, I hope that he is more to give, it would be nice to see him become a star player.
  31. May 15, 2019 at 12:23

    RussellWilson Full Member

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    He seems to shield the ball amazingly well, was wondering if he could be moved to CF as his finishing seems very calm too. Thoughts?

    If we bought Sancho next summer this could be the thinking.
  32. May 15, 2019 at 12:26

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

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    He was playing upfront last season and he thinks that it's one of the reason why he is now a better finisher. He is better as an inside forward.
  33. May 15, 2019 at 12:26

    Reapersoul20 Can Anderson score? No.

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    I've always wanted this player since 10 minutes ago when I watched his YouTube complation for the first time.

    Looks fast and skilful, as well as constantly looking like he is about to fall over.
  34. May 15, 2019 at 12:29

    Andersons Dietician Full Member

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    To be honest I think he would be a massive gamble, I’m just not convinced by him at all and just think he’ll be a huge let down if we sign him.
  35. May 15, 2019 at 13:37

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    If you take penalties out, Martial's goals per 90 minutes stats (0.5/90) are better than Pepe's (0.33/90) in the league this season.

    Pepe does assist a lot more than him, though.
  36. May 15, 2019 at 13:43

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    He seems to tick a lot of the boxes. Hard working, great attitude, thrives under pressure. His pace, height and physicality will make it easier for him to adapt to EPL. There is definitely a Mane vibe about him. It's a risk worth taking.
  37. May 15, 2019 at 13:45

    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    Thanks great post again.

    Can he play RW?
  38. May 15, 2019 at 13:46

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    Thanks for the detailed post.
  39. May 15, 2019 at 14:54

    LiquidSnake New Member

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    As @JPRouve said, last season Bielsa started him as a striker. He might be an absolute lunatic/weirdo but it definitely means something. It's in the last part of last season, Galtier played him as an inside forward/winger that's when he started to shine.


    Thanks guys. And yes, it's actually his position ;), he starts game from the right wing as a very modern inside forward.

    Also, he's another point I didn't bring is his durability. Many games I thought he was rather "fresh" in the last quarter of the match, and making huge differences. I think on a physical level, Ligue 1 is the best after the Premier League to give an idea...

    Some down points too :
    - He started to be a bit more selfish in this end of season I think... Not absolutely detrimental to his team, but more like someone not in form that want to have his form going.
    - Also, he had some rough matchs these past few weeks.
    - Like any modern striker, Pépé go out of his zone a lot. In the right system is a huge up, in a broken system it might be a huge down.

    Honestly he seems really clear on his career so the missing UCL football for United, is a huge letdown... At the same time I think a rebuilding United side, is a nice opening door to top flight football for him while having an established status and not that much of a pressure...
  40. May 15, 2019 at 14:58

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    Pepe, Martial, Rashford, Swansea lad and probably one of Bale (loan) or Werner or Dybala seems to be a nice attacking unit.

    Excited!