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Post by Kick Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:28 am

Say he is put on the Market for 15-20m, would you be happy to see him join your club?
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:28 am

5m then yeah, we cant afford anything more than that Laughing
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Post by EarlyPrototype Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:29 am

Anyone over Lass.
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Post by Kick Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:30 am

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:5m then yeah, we cant afford anything more than that Laughing

Worth more than 5m as there is a slight chance he will return to pre 09 form.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:33 am

Kick wrote:
Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:5m then yeah, we cant afford anything more than that Laughing

Worth more than 5m as there is a slight chance he will return to pre 09 form.

I agree i was just talking from a realistic point of view, we would never pay that sort of money for a 30+ CM.....

But if we did i probably would yh.

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Post by Raptorgunner Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:34 am

Not sure any team would gamble buying him. he is 30 years old and only teams I can see paying big for him is PSG or Man City or that Chakmaklakwhakxabka Russian team.

Big wages and and the wrong side of 30. :coffee:
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Post by Kick Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:38 am

He is 29 guys.
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Post by EL Patron Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:39 am

Expect an Italian team to come in for him.
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Post by Kick Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:42 am

Would do wonders in Italy IMO.
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Post by The Franchise Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:45 am

I dont believe he is 29 or 30....just putting that out there.

But no, his game was built on energy and physical attiributes, which are fading fast.

Would take him instead of Keita though.
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Post by Swanhends Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:48 am

absolutely not
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:50 am

Also Essien would'nt succeed in Italy IMO he doesnt have the tactical brain that it takes to succeed there......

Muntari was a beast over here and looked utterly awful in Italy.
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Post by EL Patron Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:58 am

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:Also Essien would'nt succeed in Italy IMO he doesnt have the tactical brain that it takes to succeed there......

Muntari was a beast over here and looked utterly awful in Italy.

Just tell him him, essien sit here and protect the back four, anyone who tries to get through kick them to death Scott Parker style Smile

If an Italian team doesn't come in for him, maybe one in France will Lyon or PSG. Ancelloti is a big fan of him plus he is a sucker for old players with experience.
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Post by alexjanosik Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:36 am

The Franchise wrote:I dont believe he is 29 or 30....just putting that out there.

But no, his game was built on energy and physical attiributes, which are fading fast.

Would take him instead of Keita though.

Not for me.Never rated Essien even at his supposed peak.
Average technique,average positionally,average passer.
Nothing in his game that suits us.
Keita any day over the bodybuilder.

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Post by The Franchise Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:41 am

Dont see what Keita can do he cannot. Maybe Keita is better in the air and not injury prone.

But Essien is just as good at pressing the ball, even in his declined state and he has better quickness and more physical strength. Watching Ozil strug Keita off was very dissapointing.

I am not claiming he is the best fit for us, but I would of said the same about Keita before we got him too. I would of called Keita an average passer with average technical ability who presses too much for a holding player.

Again, I dont want him, but a straight up swap for Keita I probably would take.
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Post by Art Morte Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:46 am

Too old to be paid more than £10m for, with his form also a question mark after his injuries.

But if there was a top or above-average team that needed someone filling that central role in their midfield, Essien might be a fine addition. Like, if Tottenham didn't have Scott Parker, maybe they'd have Essien.

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Post by McLewis Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:49 am

Not needed by us.

Milan would do quite well to get him though. Would give their AMs a platform to attack upon that van Bommel can no longer provide.
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Post by Adit Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:49 am

Definitely will start over lass.

But his lack of pace will be a problem though especially when paired with Alonso.

He had great tactical awareness btw good positioning and a great tackler as well.
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Post by BAYERN_MUNICH Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:50 am

If he is on the market, im sure Bayern would give a try
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Post by Zealous Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:52 am

As a squad player? Sure why not.
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Post by S Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:52 am

Dont want him and dont need him.

Perfect for Milan's 3 DM formation.Seems like an Allegri type player anyway.Could be a good replacement for Van Bommel.
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Post by Raptorgunner Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:53 am

Essien was born Dec 1982 affraid . I think it should say 1972 but they made a mistake. :lucas:
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Post by Nishankly Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:57 am

Would require high wages for a Squad player.

Lucas wont be replaced, Spearing does a fine job imo.

So im sorry Essien.
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Post by halamadrid2 Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:59 am

most africans dont "know" their birth date, they aren't trying to cut corners or anything its just that in africa poorer people who give birth at home dont jot down the date the baby was born simply because they dont find it important.... so the people just end up "guessing" their date of birth
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Post by EL Patron Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:05 pm

Essien doing a Kanu Laughing
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