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They’ve been trying since the new manager came in, but it hasn’t clicked yet. Which is probably as close as you get to our situation at the moment as you can get.
I hope so; Mejbri should go a long way to affecting that with his ability.

Get the feeling he's in for a very tasty time in the Championship as his temperament is surely something that precedes him and will be tested routinely.
 

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I hope so; Mejbri should go a long way to affecting that with his ability.

Get the feeling he's in for a very tasty time in the Championship as his temperament is surely something that precedes him and will be tested routinely.
Agreed, and it’s probably what he needs most at this stage too so I’m quite happy about it (I also know a few Birmingham fans so will no doubt ask about him regularly)
 

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Agreed, and it’s probably what he needs most at this stage too so I’m quite happy about it (I also know a few Birmingham fans so will no doubt ask about him regularly)
I'll be tuning in for his games as I believe he's a very good player who has the talent to make it here. But he definitely needs that trial by fire of his temperament before he's even worth considering.

Seems to be more preoccupied with getting into it with the opposition than he is in influencing the game for his own team, so needs that tuning out of him otherwise he's a liability irrespective of what he can contribute - no good if you're not on the pitch or head's so far gone you can't focus!
 

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I think it's because of John Eustace the manager of Birmingham that he's gone there. Eustace is a young up and coming manager with very forward thinking ideas when it comes to strategy and tactics. He was previously at Kidderminster and successfully implemented a possession play-style at the club and Kidderminster were hence known as Barcelona of the national league due to their style of play.

At Birmingham the start hasn't been good and they've lost their last 3 games. He's trying to get them to play out from the back and there seems to be teething problems.
Just out of interest mate....do you follow the non professional /semi pro leagues?
 

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Looking forward to tracking his career. I think he has lots of potential.
 
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I think it's because of John Eustace the manager of Birmingham that he's gone there. Eustace is a young up and coming manager with very forward thinking ideas when it comes to strategy and tactics. He was previously at Kidderminster and successfully implemented a possession play-style at the club and Kidderminster were hence known as Barcelona of the national league due to their style of play.

At Birmingham the start hasn't been good and they've lost their last 3 games. He's trying to get them to play out from the back and there seems to be teething problems.
Both the shirt number (if it's a true indication of a deep position) and Eustace's preferred playing style are good early indications of this being a good fit for a loan move.
 

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I personally would find it a weird to see a number #6 not involved in the deeper build up phase. It's a role he was being developed in at Monaco before we bought him and started utilising him as a #10.

I'm hoping he's utilised as a deeper lying playmaker who is given the freedom to roam next to a positionally disciplined midfielder, who would provide a defensive structure in the event of a counter.
Yeah, really hope this is the case.
 

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Yeah, really hope this is the case.
Hannibal in his interview with Birmingham City said he prefers playing in the #8 or #10 position. I think the #8 role is probably where I think his skillset/influence will be best utilised. In that role he will still be involved in the deeper build up phase. And it's why I always refer to that role as the '#6 and #8 role' .
 

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Just out of interest mate....do you follow the non professional /semi pro leagues?
I don't follow the non pro leagues, but when Hannibal was rumoured to be joining Birmingham City, I did a bit of research on their current manager Eustace, to learn more about his methods of play.
 

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Haha got to love that video...I hope Birmingham use him almost like a first team signing, but that would also be down to Hannibal.

Interesting loan. I just hope if he does well the midfield is less cluttered on his return.
 

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I can't recall a youth product ever being this overrated. He's a younger Donny/nothing player.
 

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I think it's because of John Eustace the manager of Birmingham that he's gone there. Eustace is a young up and coming manager with very forward thinking ideas when it comes to strategy and tactics. He was previously at Kidderminster and successfully implemented a possession play-style at the club and Kidderminster were hence known as Barcelona of the national league due to their style of play.

At Birmingham the start hasn't been good and they've lost their last 3 games. He's trying to get them to play out from the back and there seems to be teething problems.
:lol:
Kiddy weren't known as the Barcelona of the national League!
It was one manager who said they were like the non league Barcelona with the way they played against his team.

Eustace won't last the season at Birmingham, if I was a gambler I would put money on that.

The new prospective owners I don't think have fully backed Eustace to remain, so I would imagine if results stay the same and the new owners buy the bigger stake, he'll be gone before too long.
 

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Lovely edit :)
Have you seen a lot of him then?
Thanks.

Yes, I regularly watch the reserves, which Mejbri fans always seem to doubt when I say I don't rate him.

I think his movement and passes are just pleasant on the eyes to a lot of people. If you look closer at his gait and awareness (head movement), you'll find he's a slow thinker and not very athletic.

Coincidentally, he's been crap every time he's put on a United shirt.
 

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He's been shit whenever he did wear a United shirt.
Above is you on Garner.

Coincidentally, he's been crap every time he's put on a United shirt.
Above is you on Mejbri.


Not to rehash the discussion we had about this in the Garner thread but its so incredibly harsh to bring up a performance rating based on so little football. Especially for a young player. No idea what you expect from them at the very beginning.
 

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Kiddy weren't known as the Barcelona of the national League!
It was one manager who said they were like the non league Barcelona with the way they played against his team.

Eustace won't last the season at Birmingham, if I was a gambler I would put money on that.

The new prospective owners I don't think have fully backed Eustace to remain, so I would imagine if results stay the same and the new owners buy the bigger stake, he'll be gone before too long.
Whether 'Kiddy' were known as the Barcelona of the national league isn't the point. Eustace implements positional play which is the point.

And whether Eustace remains in his role for the remainder of the season is also irrelevant to how Hannibal does. But Birmingham did win their last game against Preston.

One of the new owners is former Argentina International Maxi Lopez, and if Eustace sacked, I can see Maxi Lopez bringing in a coach from the continent that would potentially suit Hannibal Mejbri even more.
 

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Whether 'Kiddy' were known as the Barcelona of the national league isn't the point. Eustace implements positional play which is the point.

And whether Eustace remains in his role for the remainder of the season is also irrelevant to how Hannibal does. But Birmingham did win their last game against Preston.

One of the new owners is former Argentina International Maxi Lopez, and if Eustace sacked, I can see Maxi Lopez bringing in a coach from the continent that would potentially suit Hannibal Mejbri even more.
I'd say as little managerial upheaval as possible would be better for Hannibal during his loan deal surely?!

You were trying to make out that Eustace was some magician getting Kiddy to play like Barca, he didn't.
He done well with them, but to claim some of what you did is slightly hyperbolic.

Hannibal needs this loan to go well, it could make it break him as a United player. I fear that Birmingham at this time have to many off field issues to contend with to be the right place to go.
 

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I'd say as little managerial upheaval as possible would be better for Hannibal during his loan deal surely?!

You were trying to make out that Eustace was some magician getting Kiddy to play like Barca, he didn't.
He done well with them, but to claim some of what you did is slightly hyperbolic.

Hannibal needs this loan to go well, it could make it break him as a United player. I fear that Birmingham at this time have to many off field issues to contend with to be the right place to go.
Of course stability is always important and having Eustace still in charge would be great.

I never said Eustace was some magician but rather highlighted his ideas on how he sets out to implement a way of playing the game which was described by one individual in the national league as being like watching Barcelona. And that idea is attempting to exert zonal and positional control in both the offensive and defensive transitions which isn't just unique to Barcelona but is very common in the game at all levels. It's what I would call the basics of positional play.

Hannibal needs to have the attitude and application which is what he should focus on imo. The rest of the stuff is out of his control.
 

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It could go horribly wrong but I think he’ll do okay there and will come back and make it here.

I know he has a long way to go, and this is just an old romantic saying this, but I think he looks bloody brilliant.
 
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