Mukwelle Akale at Villarreal

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  1. Giggsy1986

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    I also recently got confirmation that a two-year deal will be signed this weekend.
     
  2. TheFalseNine

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    @Giggsy1986, what are you thinking for Mukwelle for the 2018-19 season? Loan?
     
  3. Giggsy1986

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    Honestly, I don't think anywhere. Apparently, Villarreal has had a change in development philosophy and they want to debut their players at 22-23.
     
  4. TheFalseNine

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    Do you think he has a legitimate chance at the first team for next season?
     
  5. Giggsy1986

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    #1580 Giggsy1986, Apr 20, 2018
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    I would think or why would they sign him to a two-year deal? I was told he is in their plans but they just don't seem to want to rush any of these prospects.

    I mean I would hold Pedrito and Dario at the same level of Mukwelle and they didn't get a first team sniff either.
     
  6. Gorky

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    Question: Does Shaq Moore also count as a foreign player for Levante/Levante B?
     
  7. Balerion

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    I doubt it. Moore’s dad played for T&T, so Moore likely is a dual citizen. T&T is part of the Cotonou Agreement, so he’d count as domestic in Spain.
     
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  8. largegarlic

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    I'm kind of curious about the rationale for this, as it seems like the common way of thinking now is that players who have a shot at making a serious impact in a big league should be playing 1st team minutes in a good league (maybe not top 4, but good) by their late teens. Do you any insight into Villareal's thought process on going in the opposite direction? Not that I'm sure they're wrong; just interested in why they're bucking the trend.
     
  9. Sup Bro

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    But Akale’s Dad is from Cameroon right? Why doesn’t the same thing apply?
     
  10. chrome_vapors

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    I believe Moore has a T&T passport.

    Akale doesn't have a Cameroonian passport.

    I know his dad once commented on a desire for one for either he or his son a long time ago.
     
  11. Giggsy1986

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    Think of the prospects we’ve had that debuted at 19 and we’re failures by 24...... soooo many.
     
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  12. dougtee

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    still relatively optimistic about a kale, but regardless seems like the oldest story in sports- the almost made it father and the son that does. all the disappointment a part of the process of growing up as a soccer nation
     
  13. Giggsy1986

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    I think you have your outliers like Pulisic who are extremely mature for their age and they can handle the pressure, expectations, and professionalism but so many others just cannot.
     
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  14. FirstStar

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    Did he sign the contract?
     
  15. Giggsy1986

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    I have not heard anything. Fantastic video that Villarreal just put out about the club.

     
  16. soccerndo

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    Yes he did
     
  17. FirstStar

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    Great news! Thanks.
     
  18. DC_Dave

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    Came off the bench at 63 minutes to help Villarreal C win 1 - 2 on the road at
    Buñol in Spain's Tercera
     
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  19. Giggsy1986

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    Does anyone have any details about the deal?
     
  20. DC_Dave

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    Came off the bench at 69th minute as Villarreal C are held to a 1 - 1 draw at home to Paterna CF in Spain's Tercera
     
  21. Giggsy1986

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    Trained with the first team all week.....
     
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  22. TarHeels17

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  23. Eighteen Alpha

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    I hope he signed as more than the mascot.

    Seriously, I hope he has some idea of a way forward, be it through promotion, loan, or whatever.
     
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  24. Giggsy1986

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    This is an un-grounded assessment but I doubt he would sign a contract without a guaranteed shot at first-team football.
     
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  25. Gacm32

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    I agree. This is clearly both parties making a commitment that is mutually beneficial for both. He needs to get stronger, and more consistent. He has all the tools to really be special for us.
     
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