Timmy & Landon: vs Manchester United, 2/20 - 7.45am EST

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad Gameday' started by Arteta's Girl, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leeds United FC
    Pienaar from what I've seen gives a different kind of defense than Landon does, but he still expends a ton of energy with high pressure on the ball in ways that Landon doesn't. Landon at times looks a little lackadaisical pressuring the ball - although he saves his energy for other parts of his game - like tracking back on defense.
  2. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    They're different players. There's something very odd about Pienaar's game that I can't quite put my finger on. Landon is a very straight forward player. World Class in space, excellent passing, can run at people, good dribbling ability, can finish well.

    Pienaar? I've been watching him for awhile and I still can't figure out what he's good at. All I know is that he's highly effective. Even if I do think he's always falling over himself.
  3. Arteta's Girl

    Arteta's Girl Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    Everton FC
    I meant similar in terms of quality, not similar players but yeh!

    Pienaar, he is very skilful, he is good at commiting defenders and either skipping away from them or winning a free kick. He is at his best in a passing team using little triangles. He's a bit of a tough nut for his size too. If you watch South Africa much this summer, he is their key player, pretty much everything they do goes through him. He gets a lot of assists (he got 5 in one game a few years ago!) and scores some vital goals too. And he has good celebrations, haha:


  4. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Member+

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    I'm sold on Stephen Pienaar - great player. After watching so many Everton games because of Landon, I now know why he is so highly rated.

    That said, they are pretty different players. I'd compare Pienaar maybe more to Adu, or more accurately what Adu can hopefully become.
  5. sMiLeYz

    sMiLeYz Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've watched enough Everton for Timmy Howard mostly, to me Donovan is more talented and more threatening with or without the ball than Pienaar. The Gap is not very significant. Pienaar is way more consistent and more proven in EPL than Donovan, but if you gave Donovan a couple of years in the EPL... you could probably call it a wash.

    We have these discussions about world class and what not, but what sets apart Donovan apart from really most players is his speed of thought matches his speed of play. Both supremely talented players to be sure.
  6. kokoplus10

    kokoplus10 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Donovan vs. Pienaar:

    Hard to say based on such a small sample size. If Donovan is playing for Everton this time next year I think it's fair to have this argument. I've been impressed at how fast he has adjusted to Everton and the EPL. It takes most players quite a bit of time to do that. By this time next year he could be playing even better...
  7. thejuggernaut

    thejuggernaut Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know who wins this, but I know their both better then Gary Neville!:)
  8. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    beat Neville like an old mule.
  9. tomwilhelm

    tomwilhelm Member+

    Dec 14, 2005
    Boston, MA, USA
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In Neville's defense...

    He is an old mule.


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