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Stanislav Lobotka

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by MKSpur, 6 Aug 2018.

  1. MKSpur

    MKSpur Neil Sullivan

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    harr1984 Terry Venables

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    Im pretty sure when England played Slovakia they were talking about this guy being the main man who makes things happen? But based on nothing except a hunch I get the feeling there is nothing to this link....
     
  3. NaijaSpurs

    NaijaSpurs John Lacy

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    I think you will find that guy is Luka Modric
     
  4. Finney Is Back

    Finney Is Back Chris Armstrong

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    I knew Modric was special.... I just didn't realise he was so special that he was allowed to play for two different countries... Impressive!
     
  5. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    The things I've read about him suggest he's a harrying DM. A lightweight version of Kante
     
  6. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    Reports I see have him down as someone who moves the ball well.

    EDIT: regular comparisons to Modric, abeit less refined.
     
  7. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    https://www.footballwhispers.com/blog/slovakian-xavi-should-be-on-premier-league-radars

    ‘Slovakian Xavi’ should be on Premier League radars
    April 5th
    • by David Cartlidge

    If it wasn’t for that typical Slavic name, you would forgive someone for thinking Stanislav Lobotka had come through a Spanish youth academy. Alas, he comes from Trenčín, a Slovakian town with a population of just under 57,000.

    Despite only arriving at Celta Vigo this past summer, Lobotka has set about making himself one of the most exciting midfielders in Spain. So much so, there have even been comparisons to the admittedly incomparable Sergio Busquets.

    Scouting trips from Barcelona earlier in the season to several of Celta’s games set tongues wagging, and interest in the Slovakian has been growing rapidly ever since with Inter the latest to be linked.

    His fellow countryman Milan Skriniar, who is with the Italian club, revealed he gave Luciano Spalletti the inside track on the midfielder. He is not hopeful of Lobotka arriving anytime soon however, insisting to Slovakian media that if he will end up anywhere in the near future it will be Barcelona or Real Madrid.

    Celta were assertive in the protection of their latest asset, however. In January, they handed Lobotka a new deal until 2022, a reward for both his progression and show of loyalty to the club. It also included a significant rise in his release clause to ward off any further interest. He undoubtedly made the right decision, with Celta proving to be an excellent club for progressing as a player before potentially seeking out a bigger move. They play attractive football, offer La Liga as a platform to shine and give regular first team minutes should a player show encouraging signs.

    Who is Lobotka?
    Lobotka was identified by Celta as a standout performer at the European Under-21 Championships last summer with his native Slovakia. Despite their early exit from the tournament, Lobotka had shown enough to convince the Spanish side he would be an astute purchase. The club’s sporting director, Felipe Minambres, had been made aware of Lobotka’s talents while in Denmark with Nordsjælland.

    Celta’s record with Scandinavian-linked signings, as well as Balkan players, has become a feature over recent seasons due to the financial constraints they have had to work with as players from the are can be acquired without having to pay a premium.

    There appears to be another special case with Lobotka and even in the short amount of time he’s demonstrated his talent impressively. A brief bedding in period was required before the midfielder became a regular in the team, and he now gives off the impression of a player who has been playing in La Liga for years.

    What are his strengths?
    Lobotka’s capacity to control and understand the tempo of games has undoubtedly been a stand out feature of his time with Celta. He has that classic attribute of always having his head on the swivel, allowing him to read the game effortlessly and make careful, precise judgements. It was a key trait of Xavi’s game when at Barcelona and Lobotka also bares resemblance in how when he receives the ball he can pirouette and spin into another direction, before circulating possession.

    As we enter the final stretch of the season, Lobotka has made 1633 passes – completing 1480 of them. His pass accuracy of 90.6 per cent is the eighth-highest in Spain’s top flight and even more impressive given that he’s making on average of 62.3 passes per 90 minutes.

    While he often knits together play and keeps things simple, he is always looking to be positive with his passing with 508 of them of the forward type this season. This is in contrast with just the 240 going backwards. He’s also capable of playing it long too, and is making 4.9 of them on average per 90. His ability to stretch play, pick out diagonals and open up the field has been excellent at times in an attempt to move a Celta team that can become bogged down at times, up the field.

    It’s not just constructing play that Lobotka is adept in. Although Nemanja Radoja’s re-introduction into the team over Pablo Hernandez has created a stronger spine throughout the Celta team, Lobotka is still aware defensively. He’s contributed to that end with on average 1.6 tackles per 90, while also being aware of opponent attacking transitions and has nipped in to provide 1.1 interceptions on average.

    This versatility has made Lobotka stand out because while he is more often than not a key part of Celta’s passing structure, in which many attacks begin with him, he’s also capable of handling himself without the ball. He’s smart enough to be aware of danger and hold certain positions, while also physically able enough to actually put a foot in.

    What are his weaknesses?
    Physical aspects stand out as being problem areas. Lobotka’s neither the strongest or quickest, but often instead tries to be one step ahead of opponents with his brilliant reading of the game and general vision.

    He’s a smart, calculated midfielder that likes to read moves ahead and this can cover up those weak physical areas – if they are intact even that weak overall.

    Should Premier League clubs be interested?
    Lobotka’s intelligence in games would allow him to dictate play in any league. He’s more clever than the average midfielder and while he does lack a slight bit of his pace his sharpness would allow him to navigate out of trouble. A side having trouble when in situations that they need to regain control of games, or close out victories, would be wise to take a close look at the player.

    A new contract includes a clause of €50million but it would be surprising Celta if there wasn’t some negotiation available. Los Célticos are known to be open when dealing with clubs over transfers and a fee of around €30million to €40million would probably be enough to take Lobotka away.

    Slovakian Busquets or Xavi? There are shades of both there but Lobotka is his own man, and one with plenty of style.
     
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  8. Ade's folks are ok really

    Ade's folks are ok really Tony Parks

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    well i'm sold. When is he coming? Lol
     
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    alekaras Ruel Fox

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    If we get this guy it will be the most successful transfer window, like, everrr. Duh.

    Seriously though, this year's Son?
     
  10. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    As already noted, I hadnt even heard of this guy before a few days ago. Honestly though, what Im seeing of him - he looks the sort of player who could do really well in our side.

    Of course, thats hardly based on extensive knowledge etc, but Ive seen enough to think his signing could be a bit of an under-the-radar top buy kind of thing.
     
  11. Ade's folks are ok really

    Ade's folks are ok really Tony Parks

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    Please don't think any sarcasm was aimed directly at you for posting, Nayim. More a general "fudge it, we've not signed anyone so this glowing review will do, get him in" approach! Lol

    Not heard much about him either, but certainly sounds an interesting prospect. Anyone remember where the original rumour of interest came from?? Trustworthy? Or are we just easy fodder for anyone right now?!
     
  12. fernadez

    fernadez Øyvind Leonhardsen

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    Poch signing him to troll Danny Rose most likely.
     
  13. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    LOL I didnt take it that way at all - you just made me realise I should maybe qualify my post somewhat!

    Dont remember where it originated, but all reports suggest Napoli have been interested for a while and he has a €31m release clause.

    The way reports to us have been framed I get the feeling perhaps he is seen as a fall back option, its a fair price and should be one we can do quick if we need to.

    In his own words there has been strong interest from a premiership club:
    The 23-year-old has previously spoken of interest from Napoli and unnamed Premier League club and told Pravada, a publication in his home country: “We have been in contact with Napoli for a long time. But we do not have to go ahead, we are still negotiating.

    He added: “The club they said clearly that if they come up with an interesting offer, they have no problem to let me go. But it has to be an adequate offer, as I recently signed an extension of the contract. We have to wait for it to happen.

    “Another club from England [are interested], but I will not specify which club.”

    Could be us, could be anyone! I wouldnt be surprised if we had sized up the move so we could get it done quick if we wanted.
     
  14. P.D.

    P.D. Jonathan Woodgate

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    Sounds promising.
     
  15. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Has Poch ever signed a physically small player before? Trippier perhaps
     
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    ShipOfTheseus Goran Bunjevcevic

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    Marcus Edwards has had new contracts under his watch.
     
  17. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    Moura isnt exactly big, he happily put Winks into the team, Foyth is pretty slight and still gets games, son is hardly a beast...
     
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    ShipOfTheseus Goran Bunjevcevic

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    Son's a six-footer! And Foyth is six foot three! Our definitions of "physically small" may vary.
     
  19. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Jermaine Jenas

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    Sounds like our kind of deal, late after most have done their business, under the radar player with potential and tied up before it leaks out.
    Wonder if he's any good.
     
  20. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Christian Ziege

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    Bloody hell, really?

    I never had Son down as that at all.

    And I said Foyth was slight, so Ill argue semantics on that one in my defence :D
     
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