Gedion Zelalem at Arsenal FC

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  1. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Are you saying you see a limp?
     
  2. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    1. he wouldnt take up an intl slot.
    2. he played 21 appearances for rangers when they won the title....so its not like he has ZERO pedigree.....perry kitchen played for a worse team in the same league (and got benched) and got 600k from MLS.....
    3. marc pelosi got scooped up sj. lletget, brooks lennon etc failed to make EPL teams and got into MLS...hell jay simpson got signed by philly...from what the 3rd div of england.....was josh gatt's pedigree really better than zelalem's is now when colorado/minnesota signed him?

    i could totally see an mls team being interested in zelelam...but the money might be an issue, imo. i couldnt see an mls team signing him as a DP...but if he was willing to play for lower $$$ i see no reason why not.
     
  3. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    No.
     
  4. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    La Quinta

    Kitchen played in the top division of Scotland and had already demonstrated an ability to play in MLS.
     
  5. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    your point?
     
  6. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
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    United States
    u23's all season it looks like
     
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  7. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Zelalem played for Rangers when they won the Scottish second division title. Kitchen played for and captained Hearts in the first division, after having demonstrated that he was at least a competent MLS player before going abroad.

    Pelosi came on a full transfer and was a recent successful youth international, Lennon was a returning academy player and recent successful youth international, Simpson was a lolphilly signing. Lletget was odd. Gatt had won three Norwegian league titles and had two USMNT caps before he came to MLS, so, yeah, his pedigree was a whole ********in lot better than Zelalem's.

    Zelalem's most recent playing accolades are being a bench player on a second-division Dutch team and being a rotation player on second-division Scottish team. Nothing in that resume says that an MLS team is going to invest time, money, and energy in allowing a perpetually injured player to rehab. It's not a charity.
     
  8. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    #2883 adam tash, Jul 25, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2018
    aight well...time will tell.

    personally i think MLS has (even somewhat recently) signed plenty of players with worse/equal pedigrees (and histories of injury to boot) than zelalem...you seem to disagree.

    I can see why you are skeptical of gedion...sure, things are not looking great at the moment... but I still have hope for him as a player....and if I was an MLS team with the chance to get him....(for not a lot of $) I would jump on it.

    bottomline, he is only 21 and counts as a domestic player.....how many college players would you sign before you signed him? MLS signs a bunch of college players every season with worse track records than he has....he also has u-usmnt experience where he has shown well....to me it's a no-brainer that if he doesnt find a place in EU...he will get an MLS chance...and that has nothing to do with charity.

    PS Gatt and pelosi were coming off huge injuries where they hadnt prvoen tehy had recovered but still got MLS deals....so their pedigrees shouldnt have meant much, imo....especially if you are going to hold zelalem's ijury history against him.
     
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  9. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    La Quinta
    No point. Just some info.
     
  10. EricSunRa

    EricSunRa Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    Los Angeles
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  11. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    Didn't travel with the U23's yesterday on the trip to Bayern.

    "Gedion Zelalem remained in England as he continues to work his way back to full fitness."
     
  12. madvillain

    madvillain Member+

    Aug 28, 2011
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    This thread makes me depressed. Depressed at how much 2nd division Scottish football I watched a few years ago, and depressed about Gedion's outlook post ACL. Darn.
     
  13. Ger90

    Ger90 Member+

    May 13, 2016
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    that's actually good news, a nowhere near full team Bayern II trashed Arsenal U23 4-1.:p
     
  14. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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  15. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    Such great news! Cmon GZ...we need you now more than ever. I am fascinated to see how the next year or 2 play out for him.
     
  16. olephill2

    olephill2 Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Oregon
    Club:
    Watford FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd love for Gedion to get a loan out to a mid-table Eredivisie club, Belgian club, or a Norwegian or Swedish top division club or a German BL2 club to see if he can get some first-team playing time this year in a league that's not in England or Scotland.
     
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  17. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    For now his focus must be on not getting broken again. Even if he's a U-23 reserve player, that's still a lot better than rehab.
     
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  18. DisgustinJustin

    Sep 26, 2013
    I would say his focus should be on not worrying about getting broken again. He can’t play in fear.
     
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  19. Ger90

    Ger90 Member+

    May 13, 2016
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Don't think anyone wants a player who hasn't played a competitive game since Spring 2017. Missed all of last season in rehab. Not far from a year and a half being out injured.

    Guys who are in his spot usually are stuck in their current clubs and usually in the reserve team trying to get back into it again. Maybe if he impresses he can get a loan in Winter.
     
  20. WheezingUSASupport

    Dortmund
    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    At this point I’d be happy if he played with the U23’s and then got a move to a Championship or MLS side.

    We all had high hopes for this kid and there’s still potential he could live up to some of his hype, but it would be nice just to at least see him play on TV somewhere accessible.
     
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  21. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    Yeah, beyond our silly hopes and dreams there's a talented footballer who has worked for years now hoping his knee recovers enough that he gets another reasonable shot at his dream.

    I hope he gets some good, healthy, productive minutes in the short term. What his "new" top is, I'll leave to the soccer gods.
     
  22. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    welp..

     
  23. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    Just good to see him close enough to fitness to be mentioned at this point.

    Fingers crossed.
     
  24. handballer

    handballer Member

    Pittsburgh Riverhounds, SF City
    United States
    Mar 21, 2017
    I'll break out the champagne.
     
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