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dunlopp9987
Post #61
Friday September 29, 2017 7:52pm

Joined Mar 2013
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Tedesco clearly rates him. He's been starting the last few, and today with guys like Meyer and Bentaleb on the bench.
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cudevil
Post #62
Friday September 29, 2017 8:53pm

Joined Oct 2012
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He's been good. Had a misplay in the run up to the goal-over-committed and opened space behind him for Leverkusen to run into. Other than that, though, pretty solid.

admsghs27
Post #63
Saturday September 30, 2017 12:58am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
He looked pretty good and composed i thought. Very mature for his age he is definitely our future CM. I would rate him over Acosta right now our future looks very bright a lot of changes will be made after the 2018 WC i can see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #64
Saturday September 30, 2017 3:46am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 2,940
His play is very encouraging. Very composed on the ball and puts in a good tackle. Prob didnt have to close down on the mid who released Bailey but these are good signs for the future

Tedesco obviously has a direct idea on where he wants him to be on the field.

I dont think he'll be called up for next weeks qualifiers but November will be his chance.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #65
Monday October 2, 2017 9:46pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,144
Can you confirm that he's more of a CM/DM than a CM/AM? Or is he a well-rounded #8?

I have only seen highlights.

hamsamwich
Post #66
Tuesday October 3, 2017 12:52pm

Joined Oct 2013
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I'll confirm it @mmee. Positionally solid he takes few chances moving forward, he would rather make a decisive pass than run out of position. Same number 6/8 as Jermaine Jones but his exact opposite in regards to movement on the pitch offensively. On defense he does remind me of Jones in his ability to break up play.

kernn63
Post #67
Tuesday October 3, 2017 2:10pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 256
Agree on the moving forward part (A #8, but leaning towards the 6 side rather than the 10 side.). He had a chance at the top of the box where a teammate was clearly trying to lead him into the path of the ball so he could take a shot. Weston wanted to hang back instead....the miscommunication caused a near giveaway, but he makes a nice touch over to a teammate to save possession. He probably *should* have stepped up to take the shot, but it's not in his DNA at this point.

But he is attack-minded after he does receive the ball. Seems to be good at relieving pressure with the right ball. I was impressed with his vision to find guys over the top a couple of times (not the hopeful long-ball variety....purposeful pass on a good run).

Rey Regicide
Post #68
Tuesday October 3, 2017 2:27pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,965
I've watched 3 of his games.

I'm real excited. But he's far from finished. It's hard to put a finger on why he's starting. I don't stay that to slight him, but my guess is a confluence of eminent departure of Goretzka, wanting to extoll the academy...

From what I saw, he doesn't have transcended stuff, but that's ok. I feel he'll never be a star, but he will definitely star for us. He's a SOLID solid player. Or at least that type of player. But right now he makes a mistake about every 10-20 minutes, the greatest thing is that the manager hasn't brought that up, and only chooses to highlight the positives (and they are there, tackling, athleticism, decent to very good mobility, very calm mind, cool). But those positional mishaps are killer and they add up over time and especially against the expectations.

Put it this way, around last year, if Pulisic stopped developing he would have maintained his position and would maintain it until they buy a star player or until their youth, that 17 year old who keeps scoring 2 goals a game, replaces him.

If Mckennie maintains this level, by age 20 21 a coach is going to cite lack of progress.

Am I too debbie downer here?

kernn63
Post #69
Tuesday October 3, 2017 2:29pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 256
Nope....I think all fair Rey.

navi8132
New York
Post #70
Tuesday October 3, 2017 4:36pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,749
I am not big on McKennie at his current position. I have watched most of his minutes this season and preseason (when there were streams). He is too lackadaisical on defense. He is not very mobile and sometimes comes across as lazy. I think he would be better suited playing a more offensive minded role with less defensive responsibilities, either CAM, RM, or LM. He strikes me as a physically stronger version of Gedion Zelalem.

Rey Regicide
Post #71
Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:19pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,965
Nah, not Gedion. Gedion seemed overly self indulgent with touches and dribbling. Mckennie is pretty streamlined.

How about Freddy Guarin for Colombia? Or like a bigger version of Adams?

Rey Regicide
Post #72
Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:09pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,965
One thing that I was thinking about was Weston's number. 2, I wonder if he's a Dempsey fan seeing how he's from Texas.

Little ELM is far from Nagodoches, but not like Jersey to Florida far.

cudevil
Post #73
Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:54pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 541
Original post from navi8132

I am not big on McKennie at his current position. I have watched most of his minutes this season and preseason (when there were streams). He is too lackadaisical on defense. He is not very mobile and sometimes comes across as lazy. I think he would be better suited playing a more offensive minded role with less defensive responsibilities, either CAM, RM, or LM. He strikes me as a physically stronger version of Gedion Zelalem.


Disagree with this wholeheartedly. He covers quite a bit of ground and I really don't see where the perception of laziness comes from.

cudevil
Post #74
Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:56pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 541
Original post from Rey Regicide

I've watched 3 of his games.

I'm real excited. But he's far from finished. It's hard to put a finger on why he's starting. I don't stay that to slight him, but my guess is a confluence of eminent departure of Goretzka, wanting to extoll the academy...

From what I saw, he doesn't have transcended stuff, but that's ok. I feel he'll never be a star, but he will definitely star for us. He's a SOLID solid player. Or at least that type of player. But right now he makes a mistake about every 10-20 minutes, the greatest thing is that the manager hasn't brought that up, and only chooses to highlight the positives (and they are there, tackling, athleticism, decent to very good mobility, very calm mind, cool). But those positional mishaps are killer and they add up over time and especially against the expectations.

Put it this way, around last year, if Pulisic stopped developing he would have maintained his position and would maintain it until they buy a star player or until their youth, that 17 year old who keeps scoring 2 goals a game, replaces him.

If Mckennie maintains this level, by age 20 21 a coach is going to cite lack of progress.

Am I too debbie downer here?


I don't think enough credit is being given to the fact that he's 18, playing regular minutes in the middle of the pitch for a mid-table Bundesliga team. That just doesn't happen regularly.

And any player who is the same at 21-22 as he was at 18 would be criticized for "lack of progress". Not sure why that's being singled out as somehow unique to McKinnie.

Rey Regicide
Post #75
Tuesday October 3, 2017 8:12pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,965
Original post from cudevil

I don't think enough credit is being given to the fact that he's 18, playing regular minutes in the middle of the pitch for a mid-table Bundesliga team. That just doesn't happen regularly.

And any player who is the same at 21-22 as he was at 18 would be criticized for "lack of progress". Not sure why that's being singled out as somehow unique to McKinnie.


Because they expected those deficiencies to be hammered out. Meanwhile Alex Witzel never materialized into Pogba, but every club he was on found him useful.

I didn't phrase it properly, obviously, my english is generally terrible on these boards. But again to my example, if Pulisic didn't get better, like he's doing right now, he would still be as useful as Castro, Goetze, Kagawa etc. And the only way he would be benched is if new academy products show better than he would. They wouldn't have to be finished, polished products.

Weston is great, I hate to use the term, "for us" but that's the reality. And the other reality is that if he doesn't hammer out those flaws in his game, which are integral to his position and wehre he plays, he's goin to get benched. And I take that back, it would be earlier than 21.

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