Probably untrue rumor: Zelalem to BVB.
by baloo88 (2017-01-04 22:09:42)
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Count me among those who thinks Zelalem is an overrated prospect. I watched him at the U-20 World Cup in 2015, and I came away much more impressed with the likes of Cameron Carter Vickers, Matt Miazga, Emerson Hyndman, Paul Arriola, and Rubio Rubin. Zelalem seemed weak and not particularly skilled. Even in his MOTM performance against horrible New Zealand, he made at least 95% of his touches with his right foot, and I remember only one pass where he showed excellent vision/skill. He was pretty much invisible in the knockout rounds.

He's still 19, but I don't see much in Zelalem now that makes me think he's destined to become a USMNT regular.

If Dortmund sign him, it will be on a free transfer. That seems about the right price to me. I'd be happy if he joined BVB though, given their pretty strong history of developing young players.


It's looking more likely now.
by PaulM  (2017-01-09 22:09:57)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Probably an ideal move for him. Arsenal don't look interested in playing him after all.


Well, he's going to have trouble getting on the field
by Wooderson  (2017-01-10 04:01:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

seeing as the gunners are in the hunt for multiple pieces of silverware.

And frankly we're cocking up the prem.


Hyndman to Rangers on loan (link)
by fontoknow  (2017-01-09 10:24:35)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Good move.
by baloo88  (2017-01-09 19:21:00)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I was neutral on Zelalem's move to Rangers last year. Sure, he got playing time, but the competition in the second level in Scotland was just terrible. Rangers are a decent enough club historically, and they're probably on their way back to that level shortly, but their relegation a few years back really hurt their status as a feeder to the top leagues in Europe. I think he could have gotten just as much playing time against much better competition.

Now that Rangers are back in the top flight of Scotland, at least their competition will be comparable to some of the European second divisions. That seems like a good level for Hyndman to spend a year or so. At his age, after spending five years in Fulham's system, he needs nothing more than game time against decent competition. Rangers are in no danger of relegation, so I imagine he'll get plenty of chances. He wasn't getting any time at Bournemouth, and he's probably not up to the Premier League standard. A bit more seasoning might bring him up to that level. Sitting on the bench at his age almost certainly won't.


Agree on both
by fontoknow  (2017-01-10 08:24:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Hyndman could have gone to Celtic this past summer but wanted to try and play in the EPL. Perhaps he'll get back, but he absolutely needs first team playing time to get there.

Zelalem to BVD is a good move for the reasons you note.


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