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Thursday, 05 May 2016 12:34

You Can’t Win Anything with Kids

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You Can’t Win Anything with Kids
by thekokopop
Famous words uttered by famous bellend Alan Hansen were echoed in chats before the start of season 8 in the Xbox Premiership. Defending Champions AC Milan had been forced to sell players to pay a large wage bill, but manager and Xbox’s most successful manager Bushlurker was undeterred ; “I’ll win the league with a team of bums, who’s gonna challenge me? Koko has only got a team of kids, you can’t win anything with kids.” Fast forward to just before season 9 kicks off and we’re here to do a profile on the new Champions – Koko’s Kids!

Of course it’s true that any squad needs a spine of experienced pros that can be counted on when the going gets tough. Club Vice Captain Koscielny was often observed advising his young defenders mid-game, Glen Whelan is an old-pro well versed in the dark arts of the Makalele role so was the man to teach Coquelin a dirty trick or two. But the 11 players profiled were the heart and soul of a magnificent season and deserve the plaudits coming their way.

Aaron Ramsey
Goals : 7
MOTM : 2
Captain fantastic Ramsey was signed in a deal that saw cash and club favourite McCarthy leave just before the beginning of the season. Fans soon saw why Koko had done what seemed like a deal in the favour of his old club Norwich, the Welsh Jesus brought a level of control to the young PSG midfield.
The young Midfielder seems to make every other player around him play above their level, his fighting spirit inspiring confidence. Chipping in with 7 goals from the middle of the pitch his largest contribution was in his telepathic understanding with Shane Long, assist after assist helping the Irish man to his best ever goal-scoring season in PEN.
Still just 25 and happy plying his trade in the French capital Ramsey will be looking to kick on and captain his team to even more glory this coming season.
Adrien Rabiot
Goals : 1
Born and raised just a few miles from the Parc Adrien Rabiot is PSG through and through. Another that was brought in at the beginning of the season he nearly immediately took a place in the first 11, ousting a club favourite Abou Diaby.
Tall and powerful, with an impressive range of passing he’s formed a partnership with Coquelin that is just as strong Offensively as in defence. At 20 years of age sky is the limit for the young Parisian.
Francis Coquelin
Goals : 2
MOTM : 1
The young Frenchman that arrived after a botched Deadline Day transfer has nailed down the DM spot at PSG. The ex-Arsenal man jumped at the chance to return to his home country and happy to be joined by quite a few of his ex-teammates from North London.
A converted AM, Coquelin possesses a high technical level for a DM and has improved his defensive game drastically in the last 24 months. A screen in front of the back four he’s been known this season to wander forward and try his luck from distance.
Nabil Fekir
Goals : 6
MOTM : 1
Brought into the squad at the mid-point of the season to bolster the French side’s attack Fekir is the signing that many say tilted the title in the favour of PSG. Gifted with amazing ball control and vision his goals and assists were the difference in the late push for the title. Two goals in the match against River Plate were the turning point for PSG, with Spragga’s team favourites to win the title before the game.
At 22 years of age this is Fekir’s second spell playing under Koko, having previously been a part of his D1 title winning San Lorenzo team. With Ramsey and Fekir pulling the strings in attack PSG will always be confident in creating lots of opportunities to score.
Joel Campbell
Goals : 7
MOTM : 2
Aother mid-season signing who was brought in to help share the goal-scoring burden with Long. The young Costa Rican had been looking for a club to settle down after being bandied about like an unwanted step-son and in PSG he’s found it. Quick and direct with an eye for goal his hard-working attitude is appreciated by the home support.
Alex Sandro
Young Brazilian Alex Sandro joined for his second stint under manager Koko and immediately nailed down the left side of defence. Quick and capable on the ball, strong in the tackle and in general defensively he’s justified his price tag which saw cash and young French LB Mendy leave the club.
Hector Bellerin
One of the most sought after young defenders in world football, PSG manager Koko sold his early season star player Cheryshev to break the bank in bringing Hector to Paris. The young Spaniard settled immediately and has increased dramatically in his first season. Bellerin is said to be over the moon at his new club, and has warned suitors that he never sees himself leaving beautiful Paris.
Alphonse Areola
Clean Sheets : 3
Another local boy that has been at the club from a young age Areola has begun to develop into one of the best young keepers in PEN. A beast in between the posts standing at 191cm he’s been named the Octopus of the Xbox Leagues, big things are to be expected from the young French GK.
Chancel Mbemba
Eyebrows were raised when Vermaelen was allowed to leave in a deal for young Congolese International Mbemba. At 21 he’s already played at the highest level in European Club Football, and in his debut season in PEN he showed that he has what it takes to be among the very best. Blessed with natural speed and athleticism he is learning from the legend Lolo Koscielny.
Hervin Ongenda
Goals : 3
MOTM : 1
The final local boy in the squad, yet to make his real breakthrough but had some interesting moments that will be remembered by PSG fans. Wil next season be his year?
Koko’s next challenge is probably his most difficult. The pressure is on this coming season more than ever, can they emulate another great team and dominate the division for the foreseeable future? I wouldn’t bet against it.
And to finish off a quick clip of some of the young player’s favourite goals throughout season 8 friendlies.

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