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Discussion in 'Spurs Chat' started by am_yisrael_chai, Jan 13, 2013.
Hard to say without first team football under his belt until today. Only 17.
Had 11 goals in 15 games for Schalke u19 from midfield
Anyone get a chance to watch much of Kevin Volland (Striker - Hoffenheim)?
I keep hearing some decent things about him, but I never get to see much of Hoffenheim.
We've kept an eye on Sebastian Rode for a couple of years, think he could be a great Scott Parker replacement.
Just a year left on his contract, from Eintracht Frankfurt who'll struggle to hold onto him, price should be reasonable - although Bayern show interest as well. 8th best player in Bundesliga this season according to kicker.de
I've mentioned him twice in this thread. He's not a last shoulder striker, more of a get on the ball and create as well as score. Unfortunately for him this along with being left footed meant the clueless Babbel played him on the left wing for parts of the first half of the season. However to his credit he still performed well and was up near the top in the assists table.
One to watch definitely, not sure 1. He could make the difference currently and 2. Where he would fit into our side
Would love Rode big time. 8th is a bit OTT from kicker IMO but he has been very good.
Not sure if I (Or anyone else) has mentioned him yet in the thread, but I still love Jordy Clasie.
I actually thought we might add him in the January window because of his diverse skillset. Capable as both a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box type like Dembele, he'd be a great addition to the side given his experience, youth and his overall talent. He reminds me a ton of Modric - squatty frame, range of passing ability, toughness on the ball, a real heartbeat type of player.
Jordy Clasie - CM - Age 21 - Feyenoord (Eredivisie)
Good work as ever Snarf, from that video he looks pretty quick as well as great passing and can finish, looks a bit small though
I personally prefer Maher but both are class.
While I absolutely think very highly of Maher, I think they are quite different actually.
I'd consider Maher a true Attacking Midfielder and Clasie is best suited playing deep and coming forward.
Maher is an incredible talent, one that has that look of magic about him (a la VdV). Clasie is more of an engine/brain/heartbeat (whatever you fancy). He's fully capable of having play run through him and moving forward on the ball and making incisive passes or simply sitting deep and distributing across the pitch.
I think Maher would have a hard time breaking in to the squad now, but Clasie could really become our CM of the future as he is eased in behind Dembele.
I guess we have to face up to the possibility of losing Bale, if that happens and we can get 50+m I want to hope DL will consider spending up to 30m on a replacement. On that basis, and taking into account Bale's newer more roving / goal scoring role I would suggest the following candidates:
1) Marco Reus - I actually think he could be better than Bale, only moved to Dortmund last summer but I'm not sure they could turn down 30m for anyone
2) James Rodriguez - Harder because he is at Porto but would have to be on AVB's list as I think he signed him. Like Bale has drawn comparison with CR7.
3) Stevan Jovetic - closer to Bale's new central role than his old wing role, quality player who will likely leave Fiorentina next summer
4) Angel de Maria - if Bale goes to Madrid then a swap + cash move with AdM could be worth a shout. Quality player and decent goal scorer, outshone CR7 against Manure the other evening.
Would be interested in what Snarl and others have to say, especially those with a knowledge of South American football.
I mentioned on another Spurs site awhile ago that if we sold Bale, I'll be okay with it as long as we sign James Rodriguez.
Unbelievable talent, but I heard he might already be a firm 30m transfer fee which is a huge chunk of the Bale funds.
Those guys you listed are all great, but I'd say my least favorite of the group is probably De Maria.
I'm almost hoping that IF we do sell Bale it's to Bayern but they give us Shaqiri as part of the deal. With Bale/Ribery/Muller/Robben all there, he'd realistically have no shot at cracking that lineup. I'd gladly take the 21-year old Winger/Tank.
Stevan Jovetic would be a coup of a signing. Young, pure class and a really diverse skill set that would mesh wonderfully in an AVB side. I think I heard his buy-out is in the 22m range.
Shaqiri + Jovetic and what else would happen after those two would be gravy.
Hashim Mastour, remember the name.
Germany is the place to scout, the overall quality of the current batch of 16-19 year olds being "produced" is meant to be very high, displaying good physical attributes, technique, team work and maturity.
A couple of players I'd like to see us go for are Antoine Griezmann of Sociedad and Alvaro Morata from Real. Morata doesn't get much playing time in the first team (hardly surprising) so may want a move and looks to have some good qualities and strengths. Griezmann really has stepped up the last couple of seasons and looks quality playing winger or am
Of course I'd love us to sign Iker Muniain from Bilbao but I imagine if they were prepared to sell him we'd be a way down the queue
I really like Alvaro Morata as well. There were some rumors/ITK that we had a loan lined up for a Real attacking player and I thought he would make the most sense. We need to start to see how this "Partnership" with Real actually, ya know, helps us in some way apart from them just giving us money that might or might not replace our leaving stars.
Alvaro Morata would be a great start to building that partnership. He's really not going to have enough of an opportunity there with Benzema/Higuain and who ever else they add up top.
I'd like all of them but they'd probably want a CL regular team and probably command wages out of our reach and/or have more illustrious suitors, sadly
I've heard of him being referred to as the dutch Ozil. I've heard that we looked into him for January, but he has a contract through 2015. Good thing for us though, Feyenoord aren't the wealthiest club, I'm sure we could knab him for whatever we could sell Dempsey for in the summer
Most Germans that are actively involved in the German first team are not going anywhere. I don't see young German nationals from the big clubs in the Bundesliga leaving, anytime soon. You have expections, like Holtby (English father), Ozil (came from Werder Bremen, who wasn't going anywhere after 08), etc. But players already getting time at Dortmund, Munich, Leverkusen, are not leaving. You have a chance at getting players from Koln, Bochum, etc, but it is again, going to be hard to win them over the big clubs of the Bundesliga. That is a rising league, there is less talent leaving nowadays.
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