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jones   
On 8/18/2017 at 11:58 PM, Juni said:

Most impressive about him is his physical game. For a slightly-built 16 year-old he's competitive, combative, and very good in the air.

Any chance he will take a "short cut" into the first team, considering he is such a talent and already featured in professional football? Or can we expect the customary two years in the academy, followed by 1-2 seasons on loan?

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On 8/20/2017 at 6:46 PM, jones said:

Any chance he will take a "short cut" into the first team, considering he is such a talent and already featured in professional football? Or can we expect the customary two years in the academy, followed by 1-2 seasons on loan?

Looks like there may well be...

Separately, is there no thread for Andreas Christensen? After all the gnashing of teeth regarding youth prospects and academy graduates since JT, I think we're sleeping on Christensen. He's made the leap, hasn't he?

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Ham   
1 minute ago, A Blue Essien said:

Looks like there may well be...

Separately, is there no thread for Andreas Christensen? After all the gnashing of teeth regarding youth prospects and academy graduates since JT, I think we're sleeping on Christensen. He's made the leap, hasn't he?

He's absolutely mint.  I've seen a couple of instances of pure class from him in his limited appearances that I've never seen from Cahill in years. Once in particular in his first game where he was chasing a ball into his own area under pressure from an attacker and managed to out-muscle him, flick the ball back over his own shoulder, turn and calmly come away with the ball. It was at the MH end.

He'll definitely make it with us. 

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paulw66   
2 hours ago, A Blue Essien said:

Looks like there may well be...

Separately, is there no thread for Andreas Christensen? After all the gnashing of teeth regarding youth prospects and academy graduates since JT, I think we're sleeping on Christensen. He's made the leap, hasn't he?

 

2 hours ago, Ham said:

He's absolutely mint.  I've seen a couple of instances of pure class from him in his limited appearances that I've never seen from Cahill in years. Once in particular in his first game where he was chasing a ball into his own area under pressure from an attacker and managed to out-muscle him, flick the ball back over his own shoulder, turn and calmly come away with the ball. It was at the MH end.

He'll definitely make it with us. 

Agreed on all counts. 

People need to be patient with the young players. I am sure if Ampadu is shipped out on loan there will be uproar, but he is 17, the same age as when Christiensen first emerged. 4 years, and a 2 year loan spell later, he is getting chances, at 21. 

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xCELERYx   
20 hours ago, Ham said:

He's absolutely mint.  I've seen a couple of instances of pure class from him in his limited appearances that I've never seen from Cahill in years. Once in particular in his first game where he was chasing a ball into his own area under pressure from an attacker and managed to out-muscle him, flick the ball back over his own shoulder, turn and calmly come away with the ball. It was at the MH end.

He'll definitely make it with us. 

He definitely has all the modern day tools to be a long term lynchpin here. At this stage it looks like Conte has him as backup to Luiz in that central CB role. Which, from what I hear is where he played when on loan in Germany. Will be interesting to see if he moves into one of the L/R CB roles at some point, although I am not thinking he will as that seems more like Rudiger's role. 

If he can get 20 odd games this season, I think that's a sign of real progress and a show he's got a real future here. 

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