INDEPENDIENTE: REALITY AND EXPECTATIONS


GOALKEEPER

Wolves’ Josè Sà just reached the 88, he is in a very good team and he can continue to progress. His backup should be for another season at least Mads Christensen, starter for Lillestrom and still available for youth tournaments.

CENTRE-BACK

The starters will be Mattia Caldara, who is playing with a good continuity for Venezia, and Anel Ahmedhodzic, linked with some good team around Europe, in particular Milan and Atalanta, and who can have a good review soon. The only backup with a good rating is Chris Mepham, who is doing well for Bournemouth. Ortega and Vitao need a little miracle to jump into first team but they will be for sure in our youth selection. Mamadou Fall did a a very good season at Los Angeles in MLS, but, even if Andrè Amaro is growing well in Guimaraes, our hopes for the future are for 3 potential talents: Rav Van den Berg, Sepp’s little brother, the Swiss international Bryan Okoh (who suffered a big injury recently) and Isaak Toure, now at Le Havre but on the radar of OM and OL in Ligue1.

RIGHT-BACK

Russian champion Vyacheslav Karavaev doesn’t have rivals in the team at the moment, with Javi Manquillo ready to go if a backup for the position arrives. For the youth cup, the only one available is Wesley “Gasolina”, who is playing a little bit advanced for Sion in reality.

LEFT-BACK

A lot of players for the position: Nicola Murru kept his 86 so he will be in the starting XI, but Sergio Gomez is near to stole his role, outstanding start of season for him in Anderlecht. Big concurrence also for the youth team: Lucas Piton from Corinthians, Jonathan Gomez who has been bought from Real Sociedad, Ryan Giles who made a good half season for Cardiff and Julian Aude.

CENTRAL-MIDFIELD

Lots of players for the future but some problems at the moment. The only one who will play in his role will be Exequiel Palacios. At his side, Manuel Lanzini will be adapted as playmaker, but i love when he plays advanced behind the forwards. Let’s see if anything happens. Anyway, we are waiting for the reviews of Turnbull and Aebischer, a little low rated at the moment in my opinion. Cajuste and Sosa are playing in Denmark and in the States, so i’m not expecting so much from them in a short time. On the contrary, high hopes for Lucas GournaDouath and Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, the first linked with European top teams maybe also in January, and the second who is fighting for a place in Hertha’s midfileld. New arrival Dion Lopy (doing well with Reims) and Ranocchia (on loan from Juventus to Vicenza) must be observed, while Calvin Twigt and Cisse Sandra are very young and inexperienced to have a real evaluation.

ADVANCED-MIDFIELD

Waiting for Lanzini, his place is taken by Luciano Neves, solid Sao Paulo player but not a champion imho. Reynoso could be a potential starter, we hope his troubles with justice doesn’t affect with his career. Gabriel Pirani, Santos player recently observed by Real Madrid, and Belgian Anderlecht talent Anouar Ait-el-Hadj should be the future, with Jeppe Kjaer and Felix Nmecha looking for some opportunity in first team irl.

WINGERS

Ryan Fraser did very well last season and he will be confirmed, as well as Ruben Vargas on the other side. Helder Costa will be the first alternative, waiting for Amuzu’s improvements and Luiz Henrique move to Europe.

CENTRAL FORWARD

Odsonne Edouard was expected for a review but even if that doesn’t happen, he will be our top player in season 17. Ricardo Pepi finally arrived in Europe, maybe not in a big team, but we think he can play regularly. His old team-mate Jesus Ferreira will probably take his place in Dallas and we look to his growth. Maxi Romero suffered a hard-injury and he’s struggling to come back in PSV XI. Nabian is very rated from youth scout, let’s see what happens.

TO DO LIST

We absolutely need a central midfielder, we are ready to swap our young players but depending on the quality of proposal. Ideally a 23-24 years old rated at least 86-87.

Second trouble, the central back. Ahmedhodzic should grow, but with SM reviews we never know… If there will be an oportunity for a potential starter, we will be ready to seize it.

Third point, the right back backup. Manquillo is leaving and Wesley is not so good, so a youth should be bought. We followed Boavista’s Nathan but we opted for Gasolina, not sure to have done a bargain.

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