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KranjskaKlobasa

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Wait... he was playing tonight?
 

OldTrevil

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How this guy constantly escapes scrutiny is beyond me. Whatever he supposedly brings in build up play and 'stability' is entirely cancelled and dominated by his lack of mobility and standing off players that spreads panic throughout the defence, as the player on the ball can shoot, pass or move at will. Not to mention that his build up play involves mostly paying it safe and failing to reposition into any progressive position
 

NinjaFletch

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One of the most baffling things the club did was give a new contract after 3 good games in two years.

Even more baffling was the smooth brained goldfishes in our fan base acting like it was brilliant news.
 

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Matic gona Matic. We never should have signed him. He's generally been poor here but then he'll have a few good games and the revisonisnmn will start. Giving him a 3 year deal last season was idiotic. Squad player at best.
 

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One of the most baffling things the club did was give a new contract after 3 good games in two years.

Even more baffling was the smooth brained goldfishes in our fan base acting like it was brilliant news.
mental. We were literally dragging the last few good performances from him while he was totally fresh and we could have let him go and freed up wages for someone younger and potentially better. Totally fair. Thanks very much. 3 year deal. Typical!
 

Bobski

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He can't run, we put him alongside another midfielder who can't run, then have a captain at CB who can't run behind them. Predictably we are incredibly open through midfield.
 

Dominos

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Every time Fred/Mctominay play poorly the fans want their head on a stick and Ole drops them to bring back the experience of Matic. The issue with that is I don't think you can get very far with a midfield that can't run..
 

Adnan

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We'll revert back to playing a deep block and the likes of Matic and Maguire will become great again.
 

Borys

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Any midfield consisting of Matic needs to have runners around. Can't do it with Pogba and Bruno.

Either play Fred anongside Matic, or just use him as a sub and in minor games when opposition sits deep.

Isn't his fault, and still a very good midfielder. But at this age, he needs to be used correctly.
 

Foxbatt

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How good is Denis Zakaria? He plays as DM for Borussia Monchengladbach and seems to be good? If good he can replace Matic?
 

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How good is Denis Zakaria? He plays as DM for Borussia Monchengladbach and seems to be good? If good he can replace Matic?
Yes he can more than replace Matic and is ideal for a team that wants to apply high pressure because he can enforce and resist pressure to a high level. He's also someone that can dominate defensive zones which allows the team to flood the opponents half and create overloads.

He's been out injured for a while though after colliding with his his own goalkeeper.
 

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How good is Denis Zakaria? He plays as DM for Borussia Monchengladbach and seems to be good? If good he can replace Matic?
Him and Kalvin Phillips are the players I'm looking at.

Our tactics now under Ole or in the future with a managers like Poch or Nagelsmann or Rose is going to need a CDM that can drop in to CB to make a back 2 in to a temporary back 3 like how dier does it at spurs.

Zakaria has good passing abilities, very good tackling abilities but what impresses me the most is his ability to be quick on the dribble when he has the ball in deep areas and he makes a marauding run from defence all the way to AM positions.

Kalvin Phillips on the other hand, I see him do less running but moves the ball out much more through his passing as a CB/CDM player than runs that Zakaria makes.
 

Blood Mage

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We'll revert back to playing a deep block and the likes of Matic and Maguire will become great again.
We probably have no choice but to do so given we idiotically decided that a new, mobile DM was not necessary this summer. :houllier:
 

UNITED ACADEMY

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Him and Kalvin Phillips are the players I'm looking at.

Our tactics now under Ole or in the future with a managers like Poch or Nagelsmann or Rose is going to need a CDM that can drop in to CB to make a back 2 in to a temporary back 3 like how dier does it at spurs.

Zakaria has good passing abilities, very good tackling abilities but what impresses me the most is his ability to be quick on the dribble when he has the ball in deep areas and he makes a marauding run from defence all the way to AM positions.

Kalvin Phillips on the other hand, I see him do less running but moves the ball out much more through his passing as a CB/CDM player than runs that Zakaria makes.
That’s not how Nagelsmann plays his CDM to be honest. His midfield or CDM are more box to box with high work rate and press. Someone who likes to cover lot of ground and press. His centre back tends to moves further up, he relies lot on his centre back to build up the play from the back and push his midfield up.