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11 Oct 2017 10:27:07
Robert Stacey McLean once said "When I was in London in 2008, I spent a couple hours hanging out at a pub with a couple of blokes who were drinking away the afternoon in preparation for going to that evening's Arsenal game/ riot. Take away their Cockney accents, and these working-class guys might as well have been a couple of Bubbas gearing up for the Alabama-Auburn game. They were, in a phrase, British rednecks. And this is who soccer fans are, everywhere in the world except among the college-educated American elite. "

So to the one central attacking midfield player we are taking on the Intergalactic trip. My offering is Dele Alli who is seemingly still improving his game.

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11 Oct 2017 10:46:37
Hes a good young player is Dele Alli and will only improve so I'm with you there ed002, I'll choose him because of his current and potential abilities. Imagine him in this team we're making, he'd be a perfect fit.

11 Oct 2017 11:10:55
I'll go with Isco. Still my top CAM this season.

11 Oct 2017 12:15:46
I'm going for David Silva.

He's a wonderful player, a wizard with his left foot. I had expected him to slow down as he hit his thirties but he's been as good as ever. His technique, dribbling and vision are unsurpassed in the Prem and I struggle to think of a team he would not walk into and improve. He's also combative, despite his size, and he's not afraid to take a card for a tactical foul for the team.

To be honest, I was close to picking Alli as well but Alli's composure worried me. He loses discipline at crucial times and I don't want my team one man down if we are losing. Alli provides a different dimension to the team by adding goals from midfield, but his tendency to lose his head made me overlook him unfortunately.

As a Liverpool fan, I'd also have liked to have chosen Coutinho, but I thought Silva would have been a better fit in this team. This is not to say Coutinho is not a good player. It is just that Silva is way more consistent and in a team with plenty of shooters, I'd like a more pass-first player in Silva who can glue this team together.

Apart from these three players that I considered seriously, the others I passed by because they just were not on the same level as Silva, Alli or even Coutinho. For example, Ozil disappears in big games and usually gets exhausted after 70 minutes, Isco only provides one bit of magic amongst a plethora of missed chances and loose passes, Asensio is still young and nowhere near the level of Silva, Gotze has injury problems and has dropped a few levels from where he used to be, Muller is a fantastic player but he has really looked like a donkey this season and the last one and I don't trust him to magically pick up his form etc.

11 Oct 2017 13:08:27
Thiago Alcantara.

11 Oct 2017 13:09:56
If we were talking long-term it would have to be Marco Asensio, he is going to be a world beater. As it is only for a cup I will go for De Bruyne.

11 Oct 2017 13:15:51
Muller. Mr Reliable, Mr Versatile and an exceptionally able player. Assuming the forward 4 of an intergalatic XI would be fairly flowing, he'd be my one in the centre to make that work, fill in gaps seamlessly and provide limitless energy.

11 Oct 2017 13:40:12
I had a shortlist on this position of Alli, Asensio, Coutinho, Dybala, Isco and Silva. So tough to choose one.

Alli would be my wildcard - high potential there. Asensio, again potential, but above where Alli is in my opinion. Coutinho, I chose for CM. Dybala would've been my choice if I'd chosen differently in other areas - he's more of a second striker, and with the wingers, midfielders I've chosen I wouldn't need the extra goal threat, I'd need someone more creative and to sit in the hole. Silva is aging but is still quality and where some of these guys need to get to.

Looks like I'm going for Isco.

11 Oct 2017 13:47:09
David Silva for me too. The most consistent creative player in the premier league.

11 Oct 2017 18:42:20
David silva for me.

11 Oct 2017 20:30:28
Iniesta.

The best player in his position of his generation.

A truly wonderful footballer who could stand alongside Messi and Cruyff as one of the best players Barcelona ever had.

He would be my choice to mentor Pipco and get him to the next level. Suppose that’s Barca’s plan anyway!

11 Oct 2017 21:31:28
David Silva.

Mercurial-being of the heavens.

12 Oct 2017 10:26:56
Paulo Dybala is just another level, hardworking, brilliant technique, can spot a pass, shooting and set pieces amongst the best in the world, and he's still young. My absolute favourite player last couple seasons.

12 Oct 2017 11:29:48
Kevin De Bruyne all day long.

14 Oct 2017 14:01:30
David Silva is on the space ship as our attacking midfield player. Next up the striker - and a new post is coming.







 

 

 
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