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  1. Re: Manchester United youngsters

    A few very good prospects coming through the Manchester United academy who obviously wont be on the database for a while but look very good prospects

    Matty James

    A very strong and powerfully built centre defender or centre midfielder who turned 17 in June has looked very impressive for the under 18s and reserves. A very good passer who has added goals to his game year and is an authorative figure who really drives the team forward. He has recently stepped up to the united reserves and impressed being bigger and stronger than many of the senior players he heas faced

    Ryan Tunnicliffe

    Another central midfielder who can also play in defence Tunnicliffe does not turn 16 until December 30th but plays for the England under 17s and has really excelled this season scoring 3 goals in the last 2 England games he has been Englands best player despite being surrounded by the likes of Bostock and Baxter. He is reminiscent of a young Steve Gerrard

    Ravel Morrison

    Morrison Is a central or wide midfielder who is a very impressive dribbler and excellent finisher. He was second top scorer in the under 15 Nike premier cup during the summer with 5 goals despite playing in midfield. He has continued his progress this season scoring for England under 16s against Northern Ireland and making his debut for the Manchester United under 18s against Celtic in a friendly

    Morrison is very highly rated, but has a terrible attitude.

    The others to really watch are:

    Paul Pogba - The 16yo we pinched from France. Looks great, like Vieria with more passing ability.

    Josh King - Lightening fast Noggie who made a 10 minute cameo in the CC this season. Had his progress delayed by injury. Already on the DB.

    William Keane - Top scorer in the reserves. Everyone who watches him ends up saying he is the next Teddy Sheringham. Great ability on the ball, great visionand like Teddy does not have too much pace.

    Davide Petrucci - Italian youth international, likened to Totti, mainly because he came from Roma. A real no.10.

    The funny thing is that for the first time in absolutely years we are producing forwards rather than defenders. There are NO defenders coming through the ranks.

  2. New Argentine season started 10 days ago. Here are a few of the potential risers I have identified so far.

    VITTOR, Sergio CM 19 74 £361k - Independiante

    PILLUD, Iván RB 22 75 £517k - Newells Old Boys

    CHAVEZ, Cristian AM/LM 21 73 £192k - San Lorenzo

    MONZON, Gastón Gk 21 73 £192k - Huracan

    IBERBIA, Raul LB/LM 20 75 £547k - Estudiantes

    NIETO, Federico Luciano Fwd 18 75 £578k - Huracan

    All of these players have started both their clubs games, or at least one of the two.

  3. Re: Ritchie De Laet, Man Utd New Signing

    This is taken from the redcafe.net website forum.

    Being from Antwerp, I can clarify this a little.

    Ritchie was held in very high regard at Royal Antwerp FC. When he came into the first team, he did a good job and his talent was obvious, but because Antwerp was failing yet another time to promote from the second division (= championship), they quickly realised they wouldn't be able to hold onto him for much longer. Also because Ritchie had a bad relationship with the general manager at Antwerp. Not that that means much, the GM isn't exactly a popular figure at the club.

    Since RAFC have quite some debts, they were prepared to sell him and when Stoke offered 300,000 euros for him, it was an easy decision. It may not sound much, but you have to understand that clubs in Belgium's second division work with budgets of around 1 to 2 million euros, so roughly a fifth of your entire budget is quite a lot of money. Even though he only played about ten games for the club, the fans were sad to see him go and gave him a big applause at his send-off:

    Why exactly Stoke wanted him? He was supposed to be Carl Hoefkens' (long term) replacement at right back when he went to WBA. But as some of you pointed out, Pulis seems to favour a specific type of player, and De Laet simply isn't a huge black guy.

    What can I tell you about him as a player? He's originally a central defender, but can play at right back without any problems and can hold his own at left back, although he's better as a defensive midfielder than at left back.

    In Belgium he's still considered a good prospect. When Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit) had to pull out of the Olympics because of injury and it looked like Hamburg wouldn't release Kompany, De Laet was a serious candidate to go to the Olympics, but since Kompany did go in the end, Ritchie didn't make the squad.

    Honestly, I can't see him making the first team, but then again, when O'Shea was at Antwerp, nobody thought he would make the United first team (or even a Premier League first team) and he's made over 300 appearances so far, while Chadwick looked to be a real player at Antwerp ...

    When Ritchie was still at Antwerp, he was a back-up for Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson first and when they went to Sunderland in the winter, Ryan Shawcross and David Gray replaced them. By the end of the season, he had cemented his place in the first eleven and played 5 of the 6 games in the play-offs in central defence with Shawcross, with De Laet looking the better player of the two and Gray not getting a game anymore. Why he hasn't made the step up like Ryan did is obviously in part due to injuries and the fact he has had limited opportunities. If there are other reasons, I don't know.

  4. Re: Seriously. Who's the best left-back at the moment?

    Evra might be the best LB playing in England Spain and Italy' date=' but the best LB has to go to Lahm because he is such a great defender and has great technical ability moving up as well. Evra is a typical premier league top defender, strong and with great pace. But I don't see him being technically gifted, unlike Lahm. Lahm should be a 94 really and I see him being a 95/96 player in the future.[/quote']

    Lahm is great going forward, but not great defensively. His defending was terrible at Euro 2008.

  5. Re: Ronaldo going to lose his 98 rating soon?

    Why do we have this same argument the whole time.

    Right, here is my opinion. Based upon this season alone, Messi is playing better than Ronaldo. IMO, this is mainly due to the injury Ronaldo is recovering from plus the furore over his Madrid move.

    However, Ronaldo has/will be rightfully been crowned the best player in the world, and over the past two season I believe he has been the best.

    Look at the stats. Ronaldo has won two league titles, a CL, world club cup. What has Messi won?. Ronaldo has outscored Messi.

    Whilst I think that Messi is the best dribbler I have seen, and generally has a better attitude, Ronaldo has inspired his club to winning things whilst Messi has not.

    As for Ronaldo's 98 rating, they cannot take it away. 8 goals in 13 games from midfield is excellent. If they take his rating down, then they will have to take all the top players down.

    IMO, he should go to 99 to represent his status as the official best player in the world. If he does not get it, there is no point in having a 99 rating in SM.

  6. Re: Is Ronaldo over rated??

    I'm not saying he's not world class' date=' in fact I specifically said that he is world class by the common definition. I don't think ukfootballfan101 said he wasn't world class either- he just questioned it.

    As for Gerrard, he has had many a world-class game when it matters and scored when it matters but when has Ronaldo EVER matched his level of ability in the big games? He probably scored a few against a Championship side in the cup once! What a legend! I'm joking but you understand my point surely.

    As for the person who had a go at [b']ukfootballfan101[/b], he's started a great debate! Knows nothing about football? His opinions may not be the same as yours and although I'd have to say I consider Ronaldo world class, I completely understand his point. Also, he seems to know a fair bit as all of his points have evidence to support them.

    I've heard people argue that you can't be 'world-class' unless you have proven yourself at every level and especially at the World Cup. It isn't something I'd necessarily agree with but you understand the pint as it is the pinnacle of football. All the unquestionable greats of recent years have done that- like Zidane and Ronaldo and further back Cruijff, Maradona and Pelé. Some people were gearing up for Ronaldinho to have one in 2006 and it didn't happen- and see how some people (not everyone) question his legacy. It's like Henry. He deserved the Ballon D'or several times over the way he played for Arsenal but never won it. Most people cited he was maladroit in the big games (again debatable).

    Maybe had Ronaldo took the CL Final by the scruff of it's neck (which despite what anyone says- he DIDN'T) we wouldn't be having this argument; but he didn't. Maybe had he would have performed as we know he can against Arsenal we wouldn't be having this argument. Maybe the same goes for the Manchester Derby. I have a fantasy football team on the Premier League site and I was so convinced he would under-perform I removed him as captain (captain gets you double points). I know it isn't the best source but if you look at the points when he played a better team he got (3 points against Everton, 0 points vs Chelsea, 0 points vs City, 2 points vs Arsenal, 3 points vs Villa) it is much, much lower than when he played lesser teams in the bottom half (he got an average of 10 points- more than 3 times his highest against one of what I consider the better teams). Just an example. You can accuse others of being biased but the Premier League? No.

    Ronaldo DOES NOT perform in the big games but if someone asked me to select a player to have for a full season, he would be my choice. Someone brought up that he gets marked by two people in big games and as such can't fully express himself. Yes, that makes space for others and I'm not doubting his contribution in big games, just his quality. Cristiano is far less feared than Zidane or Ronaldo a couple of years ago, and on the wing he generally has more space to operate than they did but he offers far less magic when a team needs it. Zidane and Ronaldo (in their prime) always turned up for the big games (except to the WC '98 final but you can't really have a go at Ronaldo for that) but surely they were marked? Yes, but they had the quality to overcome. In my opinion, the best player for Man U during the CL run was Scholes, but then again I've always liked him.

    I certainly think Ronaldo CAN play brilliantly at the right times and I also think sooner or later he WILL and shut people like me wrong and I eagerly await the day. But until then, there will always be question marks over him as a 'World-Class' player in the way we know Messi and Kaká are. The man before summed it up brilliantly- 'it's all bout how you define world clas'. Right. I define him as being world class and more deserving than any other player of the accolades he's likely to be given. But I don't think he is the best footballer in the world and so don't a lot of other people.

    Good analysis.

    I agree Ronaldo never took the game by the scruff of the neck, but he was one of the better players on the field. Certainly far better than Rooney who did have a shocker.

    Its all up to personal opinion. For me Ronaldo is the best in the world because he delivers the end product. Compare him to Kaka and Messi, who score fewer than Ronaldo. Both score less, but do look great players.

    Out of curiousity, which games has Kaka and Messi excelled in. Kaka was great against a weakened United team a few years ago, but had a poor world cup. Messi has also not won much with Barca.

  7. Re: Is Ronaldo over rated??

    There is no doubt he is a world-class player' date=' but in a big game I'd choose Gerrard or Ballack (for example) over him any day.[/quote']

    Could you tell me the last time Gerrard had a great game against Man Utd. It was a long, long, long time ago.....

    How anybody can say he is not world class is beyond me.

  8. Re: Is Ronaldo over rated??

    Please' date=' that doesn't mean anything, those awards are a popularity contest. Van Der Sar was the offical MOTM. If Terry hadn't slipped and missed the penalty (resulting in a Chelsea victory) Ronaldo would have been ripped apart by the press for his substandard performance.

    Apart from the goal, which wasn't even a great goal from his perspective, what did he do in the game?[/quote']

    Well according to the Mirror it was a virtuoso display (and they are known United haters):


    It was not a classic display from Ronaldo, but he had a good game. Apart from the goal I remember one classic breakaway and great cross which Tevez headed straight at Cech.

  9. Re: Is Ronaldo over rated??

    For god sake, talk about trying to pick holes.

    The guy is awesome. Every player has flaws. Henry never showed up when the going got tough, apparently Messi is not so great for Argentina at the moment, etc, etc.

    He scored 42 goals for the wing last season. Top scorer in the PL, top scorer in the CL.

    How anyone can doubt his talents is beyond me.

    I agree his attitude is not great, but then you look at the amount of fouls he receives.

  10. Re: Bestpay's Uruguayan ratings (16 players)

    Full stats for URRETAVIZCAYA' date=' Jonathan, are 1039 minutes from 1170 (13 games). He's started 12 matches and been subbed 3 times.

    He's scored 8 goals and all that for current league leaders, Liverpool De Montevideo.

    So what about his rating?

    > It's his breakthrough season so SM will keep the rating down. (as per Pato, Bojan) A Lot of SM's rating is based on performances over a 2-year period.

    > Liverpool are 1st in Uruguay, so this will increase his rating

    > He's played 90% of minutes and scored 8 goals (joint 4th top scorer)

    > Liverpool players go up to a maximum of 84, with most of the regulars on about 81-82

    [u']Given all of the above i'd be predicting a rating upgrade to 79.[/u]

    I haven't been able to find any rumours of an imminent transfer to Europe although it's early days yet in his career.

    He plays for River Plate in Uruguay.

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