The Lieblingspanzer that Could: Weston McKennie at FC Schalke 04

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  1. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Member+

    Jul 24, 2013
    NYC
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    Liverpool FC
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    United States
    More freedom can be a tactic. And I agree.

    Also, I think he was a CB for a bit. But I wasn’t ever really sure during the period. Or it could have been both.

    We should just nickname Wes “Mikey”. He eats whatever shit sandwich coach serves up.
     
  2. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Yeah, right CB, my bad. General point remains the same.
     
  3. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Member+

    Jul 24, 2013
    NYC
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    Liverpool FC
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    United States
    Seriously, I think he played both. And both 6/8 in addition to center forward.
     
  4. mace

    mace Member

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Jun 5, 2004
    USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wes had a solid game today. I loved those two forward long balls he put up the toght wong in the forst 15 minutes. Great passes with a perfect touch.
     
  5. nobody

    nobody Member+

    Jun 20, 2000
    I'm glad he gets so many minutes, but I do wish he would solidify himself in a position or a part of the field. I know there is real value in flexibility, but general utility players never really rise to the top, they can end up filling in all over the field without ever making anyplace their own.
     
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  6. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    any way to see this in an alltouch video or to see a chart with his passes? sorry for the ignorance.
     
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  7. an1310

    an1310 Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't think that's necessarily him -- rather Tedesco's positional Yahtzee. It's a testament to McKennie's footballing ability that he looks credible in these unfamiliar roles.
     
  8. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    McKennie starts today for Schalke against Bayern. I don't see Wright in the 18.
     
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  9. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
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    FC Bayern München
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  10. WheezingUSASupport

    Dortmund
    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    I don’t mind McKennie playing up top sometimes but against Bayern at Bayern means he’ll probably see very little of the ball today.

    Hope I’m wrong though and Bayern coughs up another loss.
     
  11. TheHoustonHoyaFan

    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    FC Schalke 04
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looks like we are starting off with Weston and Rudy in a 4-2-3-1 double pivot with Bentaleb at CAM. I assume the central trio will rotate and Weston will spend more time up front.
     
  12. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
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    FC Bayern München
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    United States
    #4612 Dr.Phil, Feb 9, 2019
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  13. eliwood

    eliwood Member

    Jul 25, 2016
    Wow, that is fantastic by Bentaleb drawing all that attention and then releasing McKennie on the attack.
     
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  14. mace

    mace Member

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    Jun 5, 2004
    USA
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    Chicago Fire
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    United States
    OMG. He just ran through the entire BM team from his own half and laid off a great ball in the box. Came to naught, though. McKennie is an exciting player, wow. At least someone is getting some minutes today, and good minutes they are.
     
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  15. frankburgers

    frankburgers Member

    May 31, 2016
    Schalke again were crap. Weston was their best player.


    Tedesco has to go
     
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  16. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    That mazing run leaving four players in his dust deserves a gif.

    Highlight of the weekend for me.
     
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  17. lmorin

    lmorin Member+

    Mar 29, 2000
    New Hampshire
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    Go where? It would have been nice if he had't lost a third of his field players last summer.
     
  18. PalmettoSpur

    PalmettoSpur Member

    Oct 21, 2015
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    I agree. I'm not sure what Tedesco can really do with his current crop of players. It looks to me like he's desperately tinkering in an effort to find an XI that will produce the best possible result. The talent just isn't there. Oczikpa is, at best, a backup. Sane's had a rough year. No Meyer, no Goretzka, no Kehrer. Naldo (3rd place for German Footballer of the Year last year) is gone. Stambouli and Schopf are injured. He's not in an enviable situation.

    I'm not saying he's doing a great job, but he's scrambling to put together a CL/Europa-level side with the few warm bodies still limping around.
     
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  19. WheezingUSASupport

    Dortmund
    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    McKennie’s performance helped make up a bit for the game time Pulisic and Adams didn’t get (2 minutes barely counts).
     
  20. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    Bad take. Its the lack of quality in the squad not the manager.
     
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  21. dd601

    dd601 Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    keep him in the middle. play the ball on the ground, in the middle through him...good things happen
     
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  22. PalmettoSpur

    PalmettoSpur Member

    Oct 21, 2015
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    I think that’s good advice, but it’s also nice that he can elevate and win headers. I haven’t seen any official stats, but he probably won ~12 headers today.
     
  23. dd601

    dd601 Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    he wins the headers, schalke loses the second ball
     
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  24. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ok I went to the McKennie watching party in Dallas and his mom was there. Got a free Schalke scarf and one of those thin backpacks. His mom was super nice and I got to talk to her a bit. Afterwards I thought of you all and this thread and realized I hadn’t asked her the most important question. I then found her again and asked if she’d settle an internet controversy. How tall is your son. She said 6-1. I repeated it back to her and she said yes 6-1 why are they saying he’s shorter? That’s all I need. Question answered.
     
  25. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    My mom would also say i'm taller than what I am. That's what good moms do :p
     

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