Weston McKennie Thread

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by NietzscheIsDead, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Forgive me this already exists and please merge it if it does. I searched and couldn’t find a Wes thread.

    Weston is now firmly entrenched as a Schalke starting midfielder entering this season as a 20-year old. His current coach David Wagner recently added him to team leadership and called him one of the key players in the bundesliga. Wagner said he was committed to Weston’s development as a 6 and an 8.

    Weston is set for a potential star turn this season. He’s a special talent.

    He also had some real moments of brilliance in the recent gold cup.

    Has another US player ever had that kind of sustained club success at 20? Even Pulisic has been a spot starter at Dortmund.

    Weston could be in for a huge year. Hopefully he stays healthy.
     
  2. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    Thanks for posting this.
     
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  3. nowherenova

    nowherenova Member+

    Jul 20, 2003
    Formerly Terminus
    But is he a 'Lion' ?
     
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  4. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just wait until a certain someone gets in here and shuts down all this Wes talk. Who cares that he’s starting for Schalke and already played UCL (and well might I add) all at 19/20. Weve got a pair of 24 year olds in the MLS that are better and now another 20 year old in first pro season that’s far far better.
     
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  5. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
  6. gogorath

    gogorath Member

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    Pulisic was a consistent starter for two years when healthy. He lost his job only really last year. He's accomplished more and has a higher potential, IMO.

    That said, that's not really a knock on Wes. I think people underestimate how much potential improvement is out there and how good he can get. He has the potential to be a truly balanced box to box -- able to play defensive stopper but also play forward and make a sweet through ball or strike on goal.

    Yes, he's got to focus more and be consistent in game, but man, while we've had some good true CM, I think Weston brings a ton of offensive upside that many of our best, like JJ, didn't have.
     
  7. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    Loved how centrally he came much of last game - showing for the backline to turn and carry or distribute. If he can get really proficient collecting, turn the ball around and crashing the box, that's a skill set that's very useful on many teams.
     
  8. ChambersWI

    ChambersWI Member

    Nov 10, 2010
    Club:
    AC Milan
    I think sometimes people forget how young Wes and Christian are and even with a couple years of first team experience they'll gave ups and downs.

    Either way biggest thing I think Wes needs to work on is discipline and having watched Schalke's first 2 games he I'd getting better with that. I expect to see a lot of growth from him
     
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  9. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    He's also getting pretty good at breaking lines with his passing. The young man can finish as well.

    Add to those attributes his physicality, aerial proficiency, and leadership and you have a really high quality prospect at his age and experience.

    He is becoming more consistent by the day.
     
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  10. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
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  11. sXeWesley

    sXeWesley Member+

    Jun 18, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Absolute beast today against Hertha.

    It is my amateur and unqualified opinion that if we gave him the #6 role instead of Bradley, Trapp, etc. That spot would be his for the next decade.

    Yes I know he’s an 8 and if Adams is ever healthy again he probably makes more sense there and that the litmus test for that spot is being immobile and occasionally hitting long diagonals, etc.

    I’m just saying...
     
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  12. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nope. He’s a little Sweetheart Tank. Ein klein Lieblingpanzer.
     
  13. SamsArmySam

    SamsArmySam Member+

    Apr 13, 2001
    Minneapolis, MN
    Awesome.

    Truly, whenever I think of how I want to say "happy birthday" to that special someone, I think, "Only an animated-skateboarding-half-pipe-with-soccer-ball video will do."

    Well played, English Bundesliga. Well played.
     

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