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navi8132
Post #1
Wednesday July 4, 2012 10:49pm

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How much playing time do you guys predict he might get in first half of season? I really hopes he develops his "team oriented" skills and general awareness to sync better with the team's run of play. He could be a beast; I am loving his potential.

mbernstein07
Post #2
Wednesday July 4, 2012 11:03pm

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I would think Gyau would make several bench appearances, more than he did last year, and hopefully play well in some opportunities as a sub.

Footyskillz
Arlington, VA
Post #3
Wednesday July 4, 2012 11:55pm

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Yes, he should get some looks. Especially against sides such as Furth, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Freiburg. He certainly needs to prove himself still and it depends on how the season goes, but I think we will see him at some point. Earlier the better.
USMNT, Porto, and Bundesliga fanatic - T: @gouldinho_j
usry723
Augusta, GA
Post #4
Thursday July 5, 2012 4:23am

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So ready for Joe to break out. He's exactly what the National Team needs right now. I hope he gets his chances this year.
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krelmatrix
Munich
Post #5
Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:59am

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Original post from navi8132

How much playing time do you guys predict he might get in first half of season? I really hopes he develops his "team oriented" skills and general awareness to sync better with the team's run of play. He could be a beast; I am loving his potential.


I suspect he will start out slow in terms of playing time, but will gradually develop into a late impact sub and occasional spot starter for injured teammates as the season wears on. People will get frustrated that he won't be playing that much, but he is still raw and needs to be brought along slowly to really refine his potential at a top level. But that will happen.

I got to see Gyau play with Hoffe's U23 team on a couple of occasions last season, and also caught a few of Hoffenheim's first team games as well. IMO, he's in the ideal situation - for long-term development. The times I saw the first team, they had a really quick, fluid attack that relied more on movement and players getting into the right positions than on any kind of direct power game or strong center forward. This suits his game perfectly.

Bear06
Post #6
Tuesday July 31, 2012 4:16am

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There is rumors that Ryan Babel might be leaving, if its true and Hoffenheim does sell Babel it increases Gyau's chances in getting more PT.

krelmatrix
Munich
Post #7
Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:33pm

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Original post from Bear06

There is rumors that Ryan Babel might be leaving, if its true and Hoffenheim does sell Babel it increases Gyau's chances in getting more PT.


Indirectly, yes. Based on the Hoffenheim games (first & second team) I saw last season, Babel was usually employed more as a left winger or forward (with the first team) while Gyau was typically right wing or forward (with the U23s). Positionally, he wouldn't slot in exactly in place of Babel, however with the general fluidity of the pieces in their attack, Babel's departure would ultimately lead to him seeing the field more - assuming they don't get a replacement.

Footyskillz
Arlington, VA
Post #8
Tuesday August 7, 2012 9:50pm

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matrix, what do you do in Germany? You seem to see a ton of games and I must say I'm very jealous.
USMNT, Porto, and Bundesliga fanatic - T: @gouldinho_j
navi8132
Post #9
Wednesday August 8, 2012 1:38am

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I thought Gyau predominantly played left wing ?

krelmatrix
Munich
Post #10
Wednesday August 8, 2012 12:05pm

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navi - When I've personally seen him play, he was either on the right wing (USA U23 scrimmage) or up top (Hoffe U23). In general, Hoffenheim II was most often putting him on the right wing, a little bit less often up top, and very occasionally on the left wing. If he ends up being proficient on both wings and can spot at forward, that would be a huge asset.

Footyskillz - I went to grad school in Germany and stayed afterwards to work. Luckily I ended up (for the time being) in a rather football-crazy area of the country where there's more than ample opportunities to attend games. I also occasionally write about the sport in my spare time.

Footyskillz
Arlington, VA
Post #11
Wednesday August 8, 2012 12:50pm

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Cool. So Hoffenheim just signed Joselu from RM, probably a direct replacement for Babel (if he goes). But Gyau not out of picture yet.
USMNT, Porto, and Bundesliga fanatic - T: @gouldinho_j
navi8132
Post #12
Saturday August 18, 2012 5:24pm

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Hoffenheim had a unbelievably embarrassing game today vs. low division team, 0-4. Gyau (I dont think is injured..) wasn't in lineup or bench. I think this gives a good chance for coach to want to change things in a big way for the season opener. Gives Gyau good shot for maybe a half?

In Aston Villa the fullbacks were poor, also gives Lichaj a shot of starting next game. I do really want Lichaj to get a lot of minutes prior to next WCQs, or else Klinsmann will have another nonsense excuse not to call him up and put Castillo higher on the pecking order.

navi8132
Post #13
Saturday August 25, 2012 4:07pm

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If Gyau doesn't make the bench next game, I'd rather see him get loaned to 2nd division german team. There is never a purpose for a player to rot, even when they're that young. They all need to play (at the highest level they can get PT).

navi8132
Post #14
Tuesday August 28, 2012 2:29pm

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YES- talk of possible St. Pauli loan. My above prayer has been answered. (3 day delay for prayer return?? take that scientologists)

Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #15
Tuesday August 28, 2012 4:40pm

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St. Pauli is a great club. Great fan support. Hope that goes through.
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