Folarin Balogun at Arsenal

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad Academy' started by Rahbiefowlah, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member+

    Chelsea
    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would be shocked... but will keep my fingers crossed.
     
  2. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
    I have felt for a while we will get Flo Balogun.

    Look at England with Sterling, Rashford, Greenwood, Kane, Calvert-Lewin...
     
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  3. MHaifa1913

    MHaifa1913 Moderator
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    Metro
    United States
    Dec 21, 1998
    New York, NY, USA
    Club:
    Maccabi Haifa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Imagine if they all felt a need to return to their "roots" and came to Metro...
     
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  4. Orioles Magic

    Orioles Magic New Member

    Barcelona
    United States
    Nov 30, 2020
    Would love to get Balogun, just like I'd love to get Musah. And I think we have a good shot at both because we offer immediate opportunity on the NT, whereas England can only offer immediate playing time with their youth national teams.

    Musah could be the first domino in what would be an incredible series of dual national commitments - Musah, then Balogun, then Malick Sanogo. If I'm understanding correctly, Musah and Balogun are familiar with each other from Arsenal's academy, and I imagine they have played together or crossed paths with England's youth teams. And all three of Musah, Balogun, and Sanogo were born in New York.

    Would love to get all 3 of those talents to commit. Would be a drastic transformation of the USMNT's potential goal-scoring ability in just a year or two.
     
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  5. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    very interesting...the timing of this recent report is promising. If Musah and Balogun know each other...that might indicate they have both discussed joining together...
     
  6. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    With U20 WC canceled:

     
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  7. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Member+

    Jul 24, 2013
    NYC
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anyone know where all of the chatter that he’s headed to Liverpool originated?
     
  8. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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  9. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It'd be awesome if, say, LAFC offered him the moon for a 2+2 contract with a reasonable transfer release for the last 2 years.
     
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  10. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    He should be rejecting such kind of offers whether are from MLS, China, or Middle East.
     
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  11. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One year as the starter up top for LAFC wouldnt be a bad move. Jack Harrison, Almiron, etc played in MLS then jumped to the EPL just fine. a 2+2 deal would not be wise, though, imo
     
  12. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    One year loan isn't that bad, permanent move to a lower league, especially those with retirement league (even if undeserved) image would be a disaster. But still, why? To learn from Bob? Would be moving to LASG instead of Juve a good move for Wes?
     
  13. eliwood

    eliwood Member+

    Jul 25, 2016
    it took Harrison a while to find his way to the PL
     
  14. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. My thoughts were more about recruiting the dude to the USMNT than advancing his own career.
    2. Wes was already a fixture in the Schake lineup. Balogun isn't a fixture in Arsenal's lineup. In fact, he's still on the academy page!
    You're leaving out the "reasonable release clause after year 2" part. I was just spitballing, but the idea was for him to start for 2 years for LAFC, learn from a wily veteran like Vela, and then get sold to Europe for a non-prohibitive fee. If he stagnates and isn't worth that fee, he has the security of 2 more years at millions of dollars.
     
  15. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Stuttgart enters the arena:

     
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  16. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting. I was wondering if the American coach of Stuttgart might ever bring some Yanks aboard...might be another interesting connection for Balogun with the US...
     
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  17. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    Club:
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He should go to BVB and hook up with Gio.
     
  18. ielag

    ielag Member+

    Jul 20, 2010
    You've got some talent if Mislintat wants to sign you
     
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  19. sakibomb523

    sakibomb523 Member+

    Oct 13, 2009
    Orange County
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    His time at Arsenal overlaps with Folarin, no?
     
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  20. m vann

    m vann Moderator
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    Colorado Rapids, Celtic FC, & Louisville City
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I love watching Stuttgart with Matarazzo at the helm. They play an exciting brand of football and have a slew of youngsters that contribute. I believe they are sitting 7th. With a few additions here and there, they can solidify themselves as a top 7 side for years to come. Balogun is a great talent and it wouldn’t hurt but only help him going to a side like Stuttgart and a league like the Bundesliga. Having a rising American coach can’t hurt either.
     
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  21. LouisZ

    LouisZ Member+

    Oct 14, 2010
    Southern California-USA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We would start to become "The France of the Americas".
     
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  22. taylor

    taylor Member+

    Jun 9, 2000
    Fav team: FC CARL ZEISS JENA
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Alot of chatter about Balogun at the moment. I wrote about this on twitter, but I will not be surprised -AT ALL- if he signs with Dortmund.

    It's critical to the BVB goldengoose program that they signal to the player's agents: anything Mislintat touches will come at a super premium. This strategy will crowd out Mislintat's purchasing power in the Shirt-Medium term.

    The agent also represents Sancho and Arsenal are in talk about Brandt...
     
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  23. largegarlic

    largegarlic Member+

    Jul 2, 2007
    Yeah, I think it's kind of a cliche at this point that with every promising US prospect we say, "He should go to Dortmund!", but in this case, it really does seem to make sense. They'll presumably sell Haaland in the summer and need reinforcements at forward, and Balogun fits their profile of a young guy with high upside available relatively cheaply who's being slow-walked at a big club.
     
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  24. taylor

    taylor Member+

    Jun 9, 2000
    Fav team: FC CARL ZEISS JENA
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    This is all assuming, Balogun doesn't sign with Arsenal.

    The point I am trying to get across, is that if BVB come out of nowhere and sign him, that would signal competent game theory strategy from their management.

    If BVB don't sign him and he goes to Stuttgart, I suspect their egos will bring down BVB in a matter of years (e.g favre fired after 1-5 loss to Stuttgart), while VfB will quickly eclipse them.

    It's imperative, from a development point of view that Stuttgart -not- be considered an alternative for top 11 youth development.
     
  25. Winoman

    Winoman Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De!

    Jul 26, 2000
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That statement couldn't be more wrong. Stuttgart already is known for being an excellent youth development program. One only needs to see how many of their academy kids have been poached by Bayern, Red Bull, etc.

    https://www.transfermarkt.us/vfb-stuttgart/jugendarbeit/verein/79
     
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