L'Equipe claim that the Blues have agreed a deal in principle in place for the 23-year-old and they and the Daily Star say the two clubs have come to terms over a £13m transfer.
The Echo, however, say that their information is that the reports are "wide of the mark."
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1 Posted 05/07/2018 at 06:31:35
Also wouldn't believe any 'wide of the mark' comments by the Echo, let's just wait and see if there is any actual mileage in this one.
2 Posted 05/07/2018 at 07:44:25
"He is a young CB from the lauded Paradou Academy in Algeria.
Primarily left-footed, he is still decently ambidextrous
He has incredible ball control, passing range, vision, and technique on the ball (also posses a wicked shot and great jumping/heading threat). This comfort on the ball is the main reason that Marcelo Bielsa pestered his management in Lille to sign him, because he is excellent ball playing defender.
As mentioned above, his skillset has lent to him being able to very comfortably fit into left back or even as a defensive midfielder, since he can playmake, spread the ball, recycle possession, and probably has a better first touch than most midfielders. In games vs good attacking sides, he can be played there as an added line of defense, but won't damage possession or attacking lay that much.
Decently fast, and thus is sometimes played as a leftback. Good shot, OK crosses, but his technique can really shine here (how many defenders can casually do this?) (https://.twitter.com/Nabil_djellit/status/962809420060286977)
That being said, his weaknesses are very annoying to me (as a Algerian who has seen Algeria suffer due to a trash defense). Firstly, he is prone to loosing focus in matches, such as taking a risky pass, doing too much on his own, doing something complicated that looks great when is pulled off, but when its not he just gave the ball away in a hugely costly position. Good news is its its probably easily coached out of him, and he typically only does that when he gets frustrated/the team is doing poorly. Second for such a big man, he has absolutely no clue how to use his size imo. Again, I think a good defensive coach/mentor can easily teach him (especial int he Prem where it is physical) but I cant tell you its really frustrating to see him lose a shoulder to shoulder on a guy half his size because he went in too soft, and then immediately after earn a yellow due to coming in way too hard. I believe that some people in /r/AlgerianFootball think his tackling is also weak, but I would say it mostly stems from sometimes not being able to properly challenge a ball due to not knowing how to properly use his size. His sliding tackling is nonetheless fantastic, but his standing tackle suffers from this. Stuff that can be coached with a decent coach/a few session hitting the gym (I think he needs to bulk up a little to play CB in the prem).
Personally, I think you have a fantastic young player on your hands who has a chance to be among the very best CB's eventually. Anytime I watch him, I think of a left footed Pique, who is a little faster/better first touch and so can play FB or CDM, but suffers from not yet being that solid presence at the back yet, which is kind of a defender's main job. I don't think Pique is the best 1v1 defender either, but in a possession based system he is a perfect fit as his skillset enables him to shine and stand out as WC (even though he doesn't have the best tackling), and I think becoming that sort of defender is the path that Bensebaini will take."
In short - the Algerian John Stones, perhaps?
3 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:42:04
He gets a "Yes" from me based on this report.
4 Posted 05/07/2018 at 10:17:42
5 Posted 05/07/2018 at 10:24:43
Sadly, I can't see any credence to this rumour. He's too small. Silva uses 6'-5” and 6'-4” centre-halves. I posted the heights of every centre-half he's every used and I think there was only 2 under 6'2” and he didn't sign them.
Liverpool's defence was transformed when they signed Van Dyk. Sure, it's because he is an amazing defender. But one of the main reasons Klopp wanted him was that as well as being superb in almost every aspect of defending, is that he's a giant. When you press hard the opposition lift it over your pressing players and so you need tall players to head it away. Silva obviously subscribes to this theory as he only ever signs giants.
Everton have a team of midgets. Only 6'-3” Keane is over 6'-1”. It's not tall enough. Silva will be looking for someone very tall.
6 Posted 05/07/2018 at 10:34:22
Perhaps this guy is seen as a cheaper Tierney alternative?
7 Posted 05/07/2018 at 10:48:13
He seems to have potential and could develop in the Club. I think that we have too many old pros, who just want to get by. This type of player is the future.
8 Posted 05/07/2018 at 11:02:06
9 Posted 05/07/2018 at 11:51:46
10 Posted 05/07/2018 at 12:04:56
They have a lot to shift out first and then I think they will need another worthy striker, midfielder and left-sided defender. Silva will likely have better contacts with Portuguese and/or South American players and so that's where he will probably search first if not already.
11 Posted 05/07/2018 at 12:36:42
Rant over – I'm just getting very frustrated at the utter rubbish that is all over the internet at the moment... to be fair, the answer is simply to stop looking at it... but I just can't help myself.
12 Posted 05/07/2018 at 13:36:43
13 Posted 05/07/2018 at 16:17:38
Sounds more like an Algerian Keane.
In all honesty, I have no idea who he is or even if he will be our player so I'm happy to wait and see.
14 Posted 05/07/2018 at 16:30:24
There will be plenty more dubious speculation over the next few weeks... take it with a pinch of salt; most of it will be recyclable rubbish.
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