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Author Topic: Steven N'Zonzi  (Read 14454 times)

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December 04, 2017, 02:02:20 AM
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Just what we need another midfielder!

It's not a priority, but he's a real quality player. if he was available for a good price it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity just because we've already got a few sub-standard players in the same position.


December 04, 2017, 02:30:51 AM
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What type of midfielder is he? Would it allow us to ship out pointless players like McCarthy and Besic?

Defensive midfielder. Great in the air, he's 6ft 5. Good control, and usually gets around 90% pass accuracy per season. He's not as mobile as the likes of Besic or Macarthy, bit as you said, they're pointless otherwise.

December 04, 2017, 02:11:00 PM
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Wakey, wakey lads... dreams over. Arsenal are after him.

Hate to say it, but he'd be perfect for them.


December 05, 2017, 08:12:14 PM
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Steven Nzonzi has been left out of the Sevilla squad ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match and has travelled to London to discuss a transfer. #Arsenal and #Everton interested (L'Equipe)

December 20, 2017, 07:05:39 PM
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Panicked a bit and thought the N'Zogbia thread had been brought back to life then.

We are lacking width like....

December 28, 2017, 10:22:23 PM
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Few more links with N'Zonzi today. Can't help but think our midfield would be frightening with him in there.


December 29, 2017, 06:05:21 PM
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I know a lot of people don't like them but Spurs has to be the sustainable blueprint for how we want to break into the top 6.

We're never going to be able to outspend the rich clubs, so we have to find another way and aside from Leicester's freak season, Spurs have provided the only obvious alternative way to do it.

Yes Kane is a big part of that but even with him, there was nothing in his early career to suggest he was going to become the monster he's become so it's hard not to conclude that the manager is a massive part of his development.

In the main they have invested in talent in the 20-24 bracket, got a very good manager to work with them and improve them and grown the side into greater than the sum of their parts through good scouting, good recruitment and brilliant coaching.

Nzonzi is a good player but he's unlikely to improve at 29 and it's probable that he will decline a bit, and then 2/3 seasons later you probably have to replace him.

RBLeipzig are another team who do what Spurs have done. Identify the best young talents before they become big, and get them before they become 50m players.

Surely that has to be the way for us.

At the moment we're playing at the moment we're regularly playing 4/5 teenagers in probably one of the more physical leagues in the world. Our recruitment strategy has mainly been based on necessity. I think the influx of cash to the youth teams has show what our blueprint is going to be, we're obviously thinking long term, but the short term is important too.

Until we can become a more attractive proposition to highly rated 23/24 year olds, we have to aim a bit lower, either in terms of shelf life, or players who might not be completely ready to be starting week in week out. Spurs are really in a good position now, but they have always been able to attract a higher calibre of player, it's not just recently. Their recent purple patch can largely be attributed to an academy players and one who's now outscoring Messi. Let's not downplay how much Kane is contributing to their performances. The way their wage structure is could certainly spell for disaster too.

December 29, 2017, 06:56:00 PM
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A sustainable model is great but if there are clear deficiencies in the team (as determined by the management anyway) that can be immediately addressed by signing the right player then that should be done, even if they're older than you'd like. It could be for example that such a player could fill the gaps needed to allow some of our younger players to flourish in certain areas of their game.

Perfect example in Barry and Distin. Passed their prime but class is usually something that never goes away.

It's not like we're not signing younger players. Keane, Pickford, Klaassen, Tosun. Some of them have just been shit lol. In hindsight I'd prefer a 32 year old Barry than a 24 year old Klaassen

December 30, 2017, 12:16:26 AM
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He’s not going to replace Schneiderlein, he’s a box-to-box player (as Sam said in his presser). He’ll play instead of Davies and he’ll be a massive upgrade.

When he played at Goodison, he sat back and dictated the play, spreading left or right, and winning pretty much everything in the air. Deffo not going to be box to box.

January 06, 2018, 04:47:43 AM
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have Milan started their fire sale yet, Bonaventura would be preferable to N'Zonzie

Plus losing my mind Javier Pastore too

A fit Pastore would be amazing. PSG stockpiling players at its finest there.