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Mavropanos and Medley
Gunnersingh1 (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 11:13
I honestly think if we put both of them in the side they'd improve our defence.

People are going to say they're too young, well I'd rather see them make mistake than the clowns currently in our defence!

I doubt Emery would play either of them in a important game as he's as pragmatic as Mourinho.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
djarse (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 14:37
Mavropanos looked good at the end of last season but has had a mysteriously long period out this season with a groin strain - which appears to have lasted 3 months + so far. That's why he's not been tried yet this season. WE have been unlucky in that sense - Koscielny out till now with a major injury; Holding improves and suffers a long-term injury; Mavrapanos not available throughout this period either......

Not seen enough of Medley to be sure how good he is.....

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
Ares (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 19:38
Instead of playing Jenkinson at Left Back (when he does remember him)

U E could at least try him at RCB where it doesn't matter if he's not great with the ball + he actually has played there before and done well.

when he did play Jenkinson LB in the Europa we did not let a goal in.

If Xhaka can get a game at CB I don't see why Jenko can't get in on some of that action.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
31 December, 2018 19:40
Forgot he existed, no idea why emery refuses to play him, as bad as he maybe, Lichsteiner has made some shocking decisions /cleareances

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
MattySadler (IP Logged)
01 January, 2019 11:15
For all we know Mavropanos could have played a bit already this season. He finished last season well but has been out injured ever since. It will be interesting to see what happens when he is back.

With regards to Medley it is tough. I've seen him for our U18s and U23s. Physically he is a monster (6' 5) and he's very good on the ball (has played youth football on the wing), but he has also been prone to a defensive error. It is a shame we didn't see more of him in the Europa League.

It must speak volumes about the quality of our defensive youth players though. I mean, Emery had Iwobi and Maitland-Niles started against Liverpool, he didn't hesitate to put Smith-Rowe in before he got injured, Nketiah has been involved, as has 17 year old Saka recently, yet there's been no sign of any younger defensive players. We only saw Medley after a big injury crisis. This was the same under Wenger as well. It doesn't seem like the quality is there.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
Kalela (IP Logged)
01 January, 2019 13:49
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MattySadler
With regards to Medley it is tough. I've seen him for our U18s and U23s. Physically he is a monster (6' 5) and he's very good on the ball (has played youth football on the wing), but he has also been prone to a defensive error. It is a shame we didn't see more of him in the Europa League.

Saw that too and even mentioned here one or two times. Good size, good pace and strength but very error prone. He is not a natural defender. I was way more impressed by the youngster Daniel Ballard who I think should be the one given a chance. He is much smaller than Medley but he has a good reading of the games and tackles really well.



Dream acquisitions:

CB: Issa Diop
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
DM: Franck Kessie/Yves Bissouma/Ndidi
Wing/Attack: Anton Rebic/Pepe

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
tigerline (IP Logged)
01 January, 2019 13:51
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MattySadler
For all we know Mavropanos could have played a bit already this season. He finished last season well but has been out injured ever since. It will be interesting to see what happens when he is back.
With regards to Medley it is tough. I've seen him for our U18s and U23s. Physically he is a monster (6' 5) and he's very good on the ball (has played youth football on the wing), but he has also been prone to a defensive error. It is a shame we didn't see more of him in the Europa League.

It must speak volumes about the quality of our defensive youth players though. I mean, Emery had Iwobi and Maitland-Niles started against Liverpool, he didn't hesitate to put Smith-Rowe in before he got injured, Nketiah has been involved, as has 17 year old Saka recently, yet there's been no sign of any younger defensive players. We only saw Medley after a big injury crisis. This was the same under Wenger as well. It doesn't seem like the quality is there.

Again, I have real doubts about Bould and the negative contributions that he makes at the club. Does he do ANYTHING to identify and develop defensive improvement and prowess?

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
MattySadler (IP Logged)
01 January, 2019 15:44
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Kalela
Saw that too and even mentioned here one or two times. Good size, good pace and strength but very error prone. He is not a natural defender. I was way more impressed by the youngster Daniel Ballard who I think should be the one given a chance. He is much smaller than Medley but he has a good reading of the games and tackles really well.

Yeah Ballard has done well this season.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
MattySadler (IP Logged)
01 January, 2019 17:21
Medley, Willock, Nketiah and Saka have all trained with the first time quite a bit recently and have been in-and-around the matchday squad, so should see them in the FA Cup all being well.

Mavropanos and Smith-Rowe were in light training.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
djarse (IP Logged)
03 January, 2019 14:23
According to Emery today, Mavropanos has just started training again today - 5 months out - some groin injury !

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
MattySadler (IP Logged)
03 January, 2019 16:32
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djarse
According to Emery today, Mavropanos has just started training again today - 5 months out - some groin injury !

Saw him score a banger on the club's Instagram account.

 
Re: Mavropanos and Medley
MattySadler (IP Logged)
11 January, 2019 11:14
Good news Mavropanos is set to play for our U23s against Man City on Monday.


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