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Franck Kessié

arunspurs

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I am quite surprised by the negativity & misinformation here on Kessie.

Kessie is not injury prone and in fact one of the most fit & available player in top5 league in last 5 years. He has missed just 7 games in his entire club career. He had a 5 week muscle injury last season which coincided with WC break but otherwise he rarely misses games. Always the last one to walk of the pitch .

Kessie 1v1 defending is very good, good no 8 or 6, very good penalty taker (we need a reliable taker after Kane) and goal threat from midfield. And he isn’t a slow either .

His technical play isn’t greatest but isn’t the worst either- good enough for Barca to sign him.

Also , he is leadership material. Had he signed a new deal , Milan wanted him to be club captain.

In my eyes, Kessie for Hojbjerg is a upgrade. Sure we can do better than Kessie. But I am not going to be negative if we do sign him.
 

Ron Burgundy

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I am quite surprised by the negativity & misinformation here on Kessie.

Kessie is not injury prone and in fact one of the most fit & available player in top5 league in last 5 years. He has missed just 7 games in his entire club career. He had a 5 week muscle injury last season which coincided with WC break but otherwise he rarely misses games. Always the last one to walk of the pitch .

Kessie 1v1 defending is very good, good no 8 or 6, very good penalty taker (we need a reliable taker after Kane) and goal threat from midfield. And he isn’t a slow either .

His technical play isn’t greatest but isn’t the worst either- good enough for Barca to sign him.

Also , he is leadership material. Had he signed a new deal , Milan wanted him to be club captain.

In my eyes, Kessie for Hojbjerg is an upgrade. Sure we can do better than Kessie. But I am not going to be negative if we do sign him.
Sounds fair, well written

For me, I guess I see it that:
- midfield is a comparative area of strength
- replacing PEH is somewhat optional, but if we do, it should be cost effective, because…
- it’s CB that we should be throwing the kitchen sink at

But your (measured) response is likely accurate
 

G Ron

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I am quite surprised by the negativity & misinformation here on Kessie.

Kessie is not injury prone and in fact one of the most fit & available player in top5 league in last 5 years. He has missed just 7 games in his entire club career. He had a 5 week muscle injury last season which coincided with WC break but otherwise he rarely misses games. Always the last one to walk of the pitch .

Kessie 1v1 defending is very good, good no 8 or 6, very good penalty taker (we need a reliable taker after Kane) and goal threat from midfield. And he isn’t a slow either .

His technical play isn’t greatest but isn’t the worst either- good enough for Barca to sign him.

Also , he is leadership material. Had he signed a new deal , Milan wanted him to be club captain.

In my eyes, Kessie for Hojbjerg is an upgrade. Sure we can do better than Kessie. But I am not going to be negative if we do sign him.
I respect your measured post but Barcelona wouldn’t have had any interest had he not been available on a free at a time they were skint. I always felt they signed him with a view to making a profit on a future sale and 12 months later here we are.

I have no idea about his injury record but as I posted way back when we were first linked, I’ve watched him a few times and he’s never impressed me at all and he’s even less suited to us now Ange is in charge as he’s not a dynamic midfielder, he’s slow, laboured and cumbersome.

He’s a bang average footballer for me and we have enough of those already.
 

arunspurs

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I respect your measured post but Barcelona wouldn’t have had any interest had he not been available on a free at a time they were skint. I always felt they signed him with a view to making a profit on a future sale and 12 months later here we are.

I have no idea about his injury record but as I posted way back when we were first linked, I’ve watched him a few times and he’s never impressed me at all and he’s even less suited to us now Ange is in charge as he’s not a dynamic midfielder, he’s slow, laboured and cumbersome.

He’s a bang average footballer for me and we have enough of those already.
I couldn’t disagree more on this assessment.
 

kremlyn

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If he's being bought as the 6 then I'm ok with that. His only real weakness is mobility but he makes up for it with brains.

My only worry would be his wage demands.
 

danny32

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No more signings like this please, failed at Barcelona. We will be trying to unsuccessfully offload in 2 years time lumbered with mega wages.
Bring in the potential like Scott.
 

arunspurs

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No more signings like this please, failed at Barcelona. We will be trying to unsuccessfully offload in 2 years time lumbered with mega wages.
Bring in the potential like Scott.
How can he fail at Barca when he hasn’t even played 1000min.
He is let go because Barca are getting better player - doesn’t mean Kessie flopped
 

carpediem991

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we need to offload Non HG players and solve the issues at the back and at front before considering him.
 

JUSTINSIGNAL

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I think this is just a case of his agent linking us to him to put his name out there. With the amount of midfielders we have I can't see us signing anyone else in that position, even if Holjberg leaves.
 

rabbikeane

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Haven't performed for 2 years, since he decided he was too good for Milan.
I'm also very concerned to add him to Sarr and Bissouma, who all will miss one month of the season due to AFCON.
Son will be away at the same time as well, for Asian Cup.
 

InOffMeLeftShin

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It’s a no for me. If he’s going to come in as the number 6 I don’t think he is mobile enough to cover the spaces or technically gifted enough to receive under pressure and play out. Think there are better players available if we need to replace Hojbjerg but I’m also comfortable with Sarr stepping up and playing more.

It looks a bit like one of those links being drummed up by Barca press or by the agent because we’ve been linked in the past.
 

Jiminio

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Barcelona’s Franck Kessié is set to decide whether he wants to join Tottenham Hotspuror Juventus. The Italian club have agreed an initial loan deal for the midfielder, but with an option for the transfer to become permanent if undisclosed conditions are met. However, Tottenham hope that the 26-year-old wants to move to the Premier League as he played in Italy for seven years for AC Milan, Cesena and Atalanta from 2015 to 2022. He has been part of Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the United States, but only started seven of his 28 La Liga matches last season.

Gary Jacob
 
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