The Lieblingspanzer that Could: Weston McKennie at FC Schalke 04

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  1. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Arsenal FC
    Doing God's work.
  2. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    2 goals/5 assists in 23 matches. Only 7 were sub matches.
  3. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Not bad for a B2B CM.
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  4. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My mom would say I’m shorter. She honestly doesn’t know how tall I am even though I haven’t grown in like 20 years
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  5. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    the next Stevie G :)
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  6. justinpaul10

    justinpaul10 Member+

    Sep 2, 2013
    Of those only about 15 were in his proper position of box to box
  7. dd601

    dd601 Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    those goals and assists all came in the 15 games he played as a b2b mf
  8. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
  9. eliwood

    eliwood Member

    Jul 25, 2016
    If he does something like that against Man City, he'll put the world on notice
  10. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is one thing at which he is already 100% no joking world class. He defends corner kicks incredibly well.
  11. Smithsoccer1721

    Smithsoccer1721 Member+

    Feb 16, 2007
    Middle of the Table
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anyone spend time on the German message boards? What are Schalke fans saying?
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  12. ShaftBrewer

    ShaftBrewer Member+

    Jul 18, 2017
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  13. SCBozeman

    SCBozeman Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    St. Louis
    Can he go back in time and cover Rafa in Columbus?
  14. felloveranddidanadu

    Plymouth Argyle
    Dec 12, 2009
    San Francisco
    San Jose Frogs
    McK really seems to up his game against the best teams. Really excited for his USMNT career. Having him in some of those swampy cauldrons will be a huge benefit.
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  15. Streaky Bacon

    Streaky Bacon Member

    Apr 11, 2015
    For whatever value people place in Kicker ratings, McKennie got a 3, tied for Schalke's best with Kutucu. Hummels and Thiago also scored 3.

    Of course that score is worse than Ulreich, Alaba, Gnabry and Coman at 2.5, and James and Lewandowski with 2.

    Hard for me to take it too seriously given how well he played that they consider 8 of BM's starters to have equaled or bettered his performance.
  16. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    They did lose 3-1. Not too many guys are going to get 2s or even 2.5s on the team that loses 3-1.
  17. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    Watching the all-touch video, he had his ups and downs. Can’t say he was “putrid” or “awesome” but clearly he belongs at this elite level.

    Given a little more experience, I’m hoping the game slows down for him and then that will be something to watch.
  18. Sufjan Guzan

    Sufjan Guzan Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    My favorite thing about McKennie right now is that he's the type of player that even when he has a bad day is bringing value to the team. He's rarely going to be the reason why your team loses. If he gets better and can still keep doing that watch out (basically elevate his game while keeping his consistency).
  19. dd601

    dd601 Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    weston is good now. he can be great if he cleans up a few things. first, he needs to pay attention and focus on certain easy passes that he misses on now. he misses on 2 or 3 of those a game. he needs to make one or 2 more runs like the Bayern one. now he often checks the ball back to the center back who hoofs it up and schalke loses possession. he needs to be bolder there. on defense, as a great athlete as he is, he lacks lateral movement and is not a good 1v1 defender. not sure how to improve that. if he does, we have our own vidal
  20. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
    I’ve been trying to articulate that weakness he has moving laterally. The more I see him play the more I think he might settle a little bit further upfield positionally if he can do some playmaking.
  21. dd601

    dd601 Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    him and tyler are a good complement because he has a range of passing that tyler doesn't. and tyler has the lateral movement he does not
  22. mace

    mace Member

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Jun 5, 2004
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The 3 kicker rating seemed about right to me. I also think the game result (loss for Schalke) factors into the ratings for the players. The Kicker ratings are an enigma.
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  23. WheezingUSASupport

    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    Yup and both have incredible work rates. I think I’d give Adams the edge though given how much space he covers and slightly better speed.

    Could make sense if we had Adams as the 6, and McKennie as the 8.
  24. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Arsenal FC
    They (Alaba/Coman/James) bettered him over that Schalke right side which was McKennie's in the dub 6 they were playing. They had too much space to play in. (see heat maps). Off the ball play doesn't show up so much in ratings.
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  25. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Has Wes been given a nickname by the BL media or the fans?

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