Franck Kessie, anyone?

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Going of what I see on the pitch the guy doesnt play 8. And even the resident sporting fan said he wasnt really an 8 before we signed him
The resident sporting fan means as much as one of us telling Sporting fans Pogba is a 6. He’s own Sporting manager said he’s a 8 and when I watched him that’s where he played.
 

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The resident sporting fan means as much as one of us telling Sporting fans Pogba is a 6. He’s own Sporting manager said he’s a 8 and when I watched him that’s where he played.
When I watched him he pretty much had a free role like he does with us
 

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Any regular AC Milan viewers on here ? What's he been like over the season ? I was really impressed with him when he played against us, he had our players bouncing off him, was very aggressive and had tidy feet also, only 24 with 1 year left on his contract,

We could do a lot worse than sign Franck Kessie.
 

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Any regular AC Milan viewers on here ? What's he been like over the season ? I was really impressed with him when he played against us, he had our players bouncing off him, was very aggressive and had tidy feet also, only 24 with 1 year left on his contract,

We could do a lot worse than sign Franck Kessie.
A lad I work with is a massive Milan fan and he absolutely worships Kessie. He's been raving about him all season and told me he'd be the player to watch before our tie ever happened.

Doesn't seem like his performance against us was much out of the ordinary.
 

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Looked like your average busy, psysical midfielder with basic quality on the ball.

Despite outrunning Fred or McTominay in our games, I didn't see anywhere near enough to convince me that Kessie would be an upgrade on either when everybody has fresh legs.
 
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Almost every team in the PL (including United) have at least one midfielder that's at least as good as Kessie. He really doesn't strike me as anybody worth chasing.
 
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Think we'd be having similar complaints that we have with Fred and McTominay, mainly he's not a true DM that can sit by himself and he's limited on the ball. 1 goal from open play this season is less than McTominay as well so don't see the upside, although he did look very good against us, I think we should be targeting a higher calibre of player and one that can play as the sole DM.
 

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To me he is similar to Fred but physically on steroid. He has the same incredible aggression, work rate, & stamina as Fred. His level of technique is also equal to Fred imo so not very technical player but physically he’s quicker, stronger and much better in holding and shielding the ball, meaning he’s an upgrade. In my opinion he’s Ole’s type of midfielder criteria as he’s in the category of great work rate, aggressive, mobile and discipline. One year left in his contract and I’ll take him as position for position replacement if Pogba leaves and get creative wingers to replace his creativity.
 

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To be honest I never watched him in a full match, including against us. But his nickname given by Milan's supporter is "The President", does it means he is a good commander of the midfield?
 

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To me he is similar to Fred but physically on steroid. He has the same incredible aggression, work rate, & stamina as Fred. His level of technique is also equal to Fred imo so not very technical player but physically he’s quicker, stronger and much better in holding and shielding the ball, meaning he’s an upgrade. In my opinion he’s Ole’s type of midfielder criteria as he’s in the category of great work rate, aggressive, mobile and discipline. One year left in his contract and I’ll take him as position for position replacement if Pogba leaves and get creative wingers to replace his creativity.
Donny will be given a chance next season. Then Garner probably a year after that. So I don't think Ole will be after this bloke.
 

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Donny will be given a chance next season. Then Garner probably a year after that. So I don't think Ole will be after this bloke.
I would like to believe we invested 35m for Pogba's midfield position replacement but so far we haven't seen that.

First of all, Matic is not good enough and he must not even be considered as rotation player. We lost 9x this season and 6 of them were coming from when Matic was starting for us. If the idea is to get rid Matic and promote Garner to rotate with Fred & McT then I'm not trying to argue with that. However, if Pogba is leaving that leaves us only McT, Fred and Garner in double pivot options, I don't think that's enough.
 

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I would like to believe we invested 35m for Pogba's midfield position replacement but so far we haven't seen that.

First of all, Matic is not good enough and he must not even be considered as rotation player. We lost 9x this season and 6 of them were coming from when Matic was starting for us. If the idea is to get rid Matic and promote Garner to rotate with Fred & McT then I'm not trying to argue with that. However, if Pogba is leaving that leaves us only McT, Fred and Garner in double pivot options, I don't think that's enough.
Hannibel Mejbri also expected to break through as a central midfielder. Will be interesting to see if Ole puts full faith in youth coming through, or if he'll try to invest in central midfield. Declan Rice will be too expensive, but wouldn't be surprised to see the club make a cheeky bid.
 

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Looked like your average busy, psysical midfielder with basic quality on the ball.

Despite outrunning Fred or McTominay in our games, I didn't see anywhere near enough to convince me that Kessie would be an upgrade on either when everybody has fresh legs.
Disagree. Now i dont watch Serie A much, but if his matches against us is normal for him, then hes much better than your run of the mill physical midfielder.

Having a CM thats both a great ball winner and great at ball retention is such an asset because it means winning the "midfield battle" is much more likely. For example, if we had someone behind Bruno that could draw players towards them then it would give Bruno much more room to operate in
 

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Think this is the typical "he had a good game against us so he must be world class" logic

Lots of players raise they're game against us which causes this kind of hype.

Nothing too this for me.

Heard people say he;s better on the ball than Fred and drives forward more - Fred used to do that for shakhtar. Thats why we signed him, but either he hasn;t got the confidence to do it now or he;s being told not too by the coaches.

We do need better quality around the midfield for sure. McTom and Fred are decent at best and Pogba is leaving sooner rather than later and Matic has no legs. Donny hasnt been given a fair chance as yet either. Garner/Mjebri are a couple of seasons off making any impact, if any.

Similar to our CB issue - we have a lot of numbers but not enough quality

Kessie would only work for me if Fred and/or McTom left, Pogba left and Matic retired or something. If 3 leave, we'd need to sign two players. Kessie could replace Fred/McTom and then we'd need more of a deep playmaker to finally get rid of Pogba.

All the Kessie talk just reminds me of the Zakaria and Soumare talk last season
 

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Hannibel Mejbri also expected to break through as a central midfielder. Will be interesting to see if Ole puts full faith in youth coming through, or if he'll try to invest in central midfield. Declan Rice will be too expensive, but wouldn't be surprised to see the club make a cheeky bid.
Can't put full faith on too many teenagers in midfield if we want to challenge the league. 2 teenagers in 4 option of the midfield 2 is too much, we also need balance.