Francisco Junior's impressive pre-season form looks to have brought him into first-team contention for the coming season.
David Moyes admits that the way the Portuguese has been playing means that the 20 year-old will be in his thinking as he prepares for the coming campaign.
I think by the way he's playing at the moment, yes, he's got a good chance of being involved in my plans for next season," the boss says.
I think pre-season he's probably looked as good as anybody.
Of course it's a different ball game pre-season to the real thing so we won't be kidded, but he's not looked out of place that's for sure.
He's very good on the ball.
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294 Posted 23/07/2012 at 19:44:04
297 Posted 23/07/2012 at 19:48:22
301 Posted 23/07/2012 at 19:55:48
My question has been, can he play on the wings? If so, bloody sweet; a balanced squad (once not tempting fate Pienaar is back).
303 Posted 23/07/2012 at 19:57:41
307 Posted 23/07/2012 at 20:01:10
Here's hoping both Junior and Ross have a better season than Ross did last season. Great to have some talented lads coming through, especially at the same time - didn't do the Mancs any harm playing kids !
309 Posted 23/07/2012 at 20:07:06
Several people at Motherwell made the Ramires comparison. Bit early for that I reckon, but he clearly wants to be that type of player and looks like he has one or two of the attributes required.
319 Posted 23/07/2012 at 20:22:05
If Pienaar doesn't arrive then they may have a chance but with Osman, Cahill, Rodwell, Coleman, Fellaini and Gueye ahead of them in the pecking order, I wouldn't hold my breath. Still, anything can happen and if they are all fit can only increase the competition for places which means 100% greater intensity.
Cahill and Fellaini may just be in competition for the assistant to Jela.
325 Posted 23/07/2012 at 21:15:48
367 Posted 23/07/2012 at 22:26:28
368 Posted 23/07/2012 at 22:26:56
Assuming we still get Pienaar, we will only be 7 down; Bill will be rubbing his hands with the savings in wages alone.....
437 Posted 24/07/2012 at 00:19:56
If Rodders (Dave) improves we will have sufficient decent youngsters to lower the age of the first team squad. Coleman may fulfill his potential in the coming season but needs to improve his defensive abilities as he is not up to Hibbo's level in that area of his game.
461 Posted 24/07/2012 at 02:39:37
Naismith, Junior, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar
I like the look of that.
469 Posted 24/07/2012 at 04:00:51
However we all know that Osman will be in that 5 man starting line up somewhere! Personally I hope that Junior makes it as right side midfield player and that Osman gets a run in the "Cahill" position which I think is where he is designed to play. Naismith can then be cover for the right wing, striker and "Cahill" positions.
Personally I prefer Fellaini to play deep - but there is no doubt that we do well when he plays further forward, but I think Ossie has quicker feet and is quicker of thought further up the field. Also there is no point Jags lumping the ball in the air up to him.
And that still leaves Rodwell and Barkley to come through.
In the circumstances I am glad that Cahill is moving on as Fellaini, Osman and Barkley can all likely do a better job than him just off the striker.
That's what I love about the summer. No depressing reality to get in the way of a good dream ...but the dream did come true once for me...it was the winter of '83/84 when a bunch of mediocre demoralised youngsters suddenly got very difficult to beat and then all simultaneosly became full internationals within a few months. Its about time that lightening struck again.
478 Posted 24/07/2012 at 05:18:48
I don't expect Barkley and Junior to be starting too many games this season, but I would love to see them regularly given a good half an hour on the pitch. I think Moyes should show a touch more faith in some of our youngsters, particularly when they are clearly blessed with so much talent.
548 Posted 24/07/2012 at 10:41:10
My worry with Junior is that he did give the ball away quite a bit with simple passes and I fear that may put him in Moyes bad books.
I wouldn't normally be worried since we have a slew of players at the club who can give the ball away with ease, but it seems that there is a double-standard against certain players by Moyes(or selective blindness).
I also agree with Jamie(478), these players with talent need to be given appropriate time on the pitch with the first team. Maybe a 5 minute taster for George Green against lower league opposition in the cup's, but certainly Junior and Barkley should be given proper premier league experience....either that or shipped out to a championship side where they can get that experience a-la-ossie. His spell with Derby seemed to bring him on a lot.
563 Posted 24/07/2012 at 11:29:57
He left us open with some woeful tackling and I reckon more passes went astray than to a team mate.
I do think he looked ok against Dundee though.
I hope I am proved wrong but I think he is a squad player at best.
607 Posted 24/07/2012 at 14:23:03
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