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- Jan 20, 2014
He's too old, he's already 21.
He will be 35 in 14 years.
wouldn't mind him though
He will be 35 in 14 years.
wouldn't mind him though
I think both players are more than that personally, think they both have lots of stengths ability wise both defensively and offensively. Bellingham reminds me a bit of a young Pogba, ghe strength, power and technique....Im not sure who Fernandez reminds me off but I think he is developing into a real old fashioned box to box all round midfielder, thats what I love about him most. I hate all the modern talk of specific roles for central midfielders from there numbers or anchor men etc etc....when the majoirty of the best midielfers in our game have been all round box to box players.One thing is clear for me, and that is that Enzo Fernandez is the correct profile of player we should look to sign due to him being strong at operating in the defensive and middle thirds of the pitch as a conduit/conductor to knit it all together in a deep roaming midfielder type of role.
Jude Bellingham isn't that player.
Among the big clubs we have the biggest need for a playmaker. Ideally we would naturally be willing to blow others out of the park. IF we want to or have the awareness of the right talent.FFS knew we should had signed him last summer, along with Julian Alvarez they showed class since they were in River Plate. Hopefully we are in the run for him, lets try to secure him in the january window, he's so good his value will only go up.
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We are. The club has been interested in Enzo for a while now — and tried to sign him from River Plate itself. But he penned a new contract in the summer (that lasts till 2027), so Benfica will naturally demand a king's ransom...Why aren't we interested?
A Bola, Jornal de Notícias and Record all come up with a list of clubs who want Fernandez, and all of those lists include Manchester United. The midfielder is protected by a €120m release clause, and the first two outlets make it clear that Benfica will not let him leave for less than that. Record also point out that the Eagles currently prioritize their ‘sporting project’, so this clause is what stops him from leaving the club in January.
If he has genuine playmaking quality I would not mind us paying that. We have lacked that in midfield for absolute ages.
Yeah, I don't think he's too fussed about getting pressed from what I've seen, as he feels he can run away from someone closing at him fast or play a 1-2.I like how he seems to have a lot of time on the ball.
There was barely any pressure on him that whole video - it seems like Poland were content to sit deep and left him to his own devices around the halfway line. I honestly don't see anything that McTominay wouldn't have done there. Basic CM play.
Not even a new contract per se, he just moved to Benfica this June. They must be licking their lips at the impending windfall, if anyone dares.
Its all about the knowledge of positioning and off the ball movement. Knowing where to be to support the defence in the build up and spraying the balls where their supposed to go. Being rightly positioned to encircle Polish players trying to come through the middle.There was barely any pressure on him that whole video - it seems like Poland were content to sit deep and left him to his own devices around the halfway line. I honestly don't see anything that McTominay wouldn't have done there. Basic CM play.
Good game, but I honestly dont see any pass or performance in that video that Fred or even McTominay would not be capable of. No pressure on him at all. I’ll reserve full judging of Enzo until he faces a side of high quality.
Enzo had 2 key passes and an assist btwGood game, but I honestly dont see any pass or performance in that video that Fred or even McTominay would not be capable of. No pressure on him at all. I’ll reserve full judging of Enzo until he faces a side of high quality.
reminded me of a De Rossi from Roma. Always dropped deep like this and passed it safely sideways.
Yep fair enough. I think you're overstating his impact in the game but I accept the general point there.Its all about the knowledge of positioning and off the ball movement. Knowing where to be to support the defence in the build up and spraying the balls where their supposed to go. Being rightly positioned to encircle Polish players trying to come through the middle.
Mctominay cannot do this.
As a result of his play, Argentina had a willing midfielder able to stay central and be constantly available for passes, both from the defence and from higher up the pitch. The defence had a player positionally smart enough to drop deeper when one of them pushed up ( high degree of awareness and good positioning) and also knew how and when to support the build up. His passing wasn't short and helped quickly stretch play and tire Poland out. These passes were done without needing many touches and the passes had more length, therefor stretching Poland. Due to how little time he needed to take these touches, possession could move far more quickly from side to side, giving Poland less time to organize or rest. It gives attackers more one on one opportunities, sometimes able to get the ball quick enough for an early cross.
It seems simple, but having the concentration, anticipation, passing ability, positioning, composure, off the ball movement and first touch is required. It's also not as visible, but the difference in how quickly the ball moves from side to side and the ease of the build up out of the back are telltale signs. This being so hard to read is why people have felt players like Cleverley or Garner could play the role. I do feel highlight videos for midfielders don't always show this. It's even harder to spot for players like Pedri where the function is to keep possession.
I dont disagree. All Im saying is just that the opponents are not great and the sample size extremely small to measure a player fully. Validation is needed, as you could probably do the same experiment with Fred or McTominay when they catch the eye and have a streak of 3-4 good games.Enzo had 2 key passes and an assist btw
Yes a lot of the passing is just expanding play simply, but Mac Allister had 3 key passes and Messi 5. Nobody else had more than Enzo in joint 3rd and obviously the tight ball into Alvarez for his goal was one of the keys to that happening. So while yes plenty of the passes are fairly simple but with some quality curling and expanding play in this match he clearly had some cutting edge too. And in the previous match he had a step over and stuck the ball in the top corner. So even in just 1 start and 2 sub appearances at the World Cup you can see that he has a bit more than just safe passes.
FdJ would be great under EtH, i have no doubt, but his lack of desire to leave Barca and the stupid wages he is on....yeah, i'd also steer clear now!Been waiting for a proper midfield playmaker for absolute ages. Hopefully ETH picks the right man. I've not been impressed with FDJ when I have watched him. Looks a lot sloppier than expected.
To be fair he has been dominating in portugal and if you do look at it data-wise as you say, the stats show he is bossing it in the top 95th percentile+ in europe for progressive passes, shot creation and every important midfield metric. In another league to Fred & Mctominay albeit Fred has a different role nowadays.I dont disagree. All Im saying is just that the opponents are not great and the sample size extremely small to measure a player fully. Validation is needed, as you could probably do the same experiment with Fred or McTominay when they catch the eye and have a streak of 3-4 good games.
we wouldnt be talking about Enzo Fernandes had he not had this small streak of games, so validation is really important, as we could just be looking at a Fred or McTominay again (data-wise.)
Nice stats, they do look decent and back up his performances. At age 21 he seems a real talent.To be fair he has been dominating in portugal and if you do look at it data-wise as you say, the stats show he is bossing it in the top 95th percentile+ in europe for progressive passes, shot creation and every important midfield metric. In another league to Fred & Mctominay albeit Fred has a different role nowadays.
I cant post images yet with my noob account but look here he is fantastic in all areas and the eye test confirms too - https://fbref.com/en/players/5ff4ab71/Enzo-Fernandez
Fernandez would be perfect replacement to fill Eriksen's current role in the team as the metronome dictating next to Casemiro and driving forward when needed. He is much more complete and defensively sound whereas we've seen Eriksen has shown he is a liability in defence and transition tracking back. Signing him would free up Eriksen to push up more and rotate with Bruno more but i'm afraid we might of missed the boat getting him on the cheap like City did with Alvarez.
We do have Hannibal, Mainoo and Iqbal to a lesser extent coming through and the urgency for a world class £70M+ CM has dropped after filling out our midfield with quality Casemiro & Eriksen who will be good for a few years yet. Feel like our budget is going on Gakpo, Frimpong and then whoever needs replacing when their contract goes. Fred and Martial both are up soon not sure who else apart from rashy who is certain to be renewed.
He would be the one true Fernandez in the squadI love the fact he is called Enzo after Enzo Francescoli, would love to get our kit with Enzo on the back. Surely we wouldn't put Fernández on it?
I mean look at 5:27 here, he gives the exact pass as the ball comes for Julian to have a nice chance. Go ask Mctominay or Fred to do that. That’s accelerating when you need to.Even if he keeps it simple at times, he does it really well. At times it just looks simple because he does it so well.
He moves it from side to side really quick and precise when he wants to. He seems to have a good understanding of when he should slow the game down and when he can accelerate and push forward. Keeps him self in good areas so he is available for a pass and also can defend when needed. Seems like a clever, very allround cm/dm.