The Early Sub Predicts: How will Danilo, Bacca and Chicharito Fare Next Season?

In a summer transfer window full of blockbuster deals. These are just three of some of the most recent deals to have just taken place, and some that could very much affect their clubs positively or negatively. Over in England, plenty of deals have taken place, but two of the most recent deals were signings made by Manchester City and West Ham. How will these signings affect each club going into their respective seasons? While over in France, Marseille had just snapped up a veteran striker from Serie A. Could this deal potentially propel Marseille back to the top of France? The Early Sub predicts the effect that these signings will make for their club and in their respective leagues.

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Danilo from Real Madrid to Manchester City

In a deal worth 25.5 million pounds, Danilo is only the 5th most expensive deal for Manchester City this summer. He’s also the cheapest fullback that manager Pep Guardiola has purchased this window, and the one who he’s talked up the most. He announced that he expects to use him in both fullback positions and at holding midfield. It should be interesting to see how Pep uses the Brazilian, as Danilo’s style of play fits Man City. Pep’s tiki taka style with emphasis on possession and circulating the ball is what Danilo is all about. He preferred to play short passes with his teammates at Real Madrid, as opposed to long switches of play or long balls up the field. He’d rather look for a more creative and short entrance into the box on attacks then crosses. That’s checking all the boxes for what Pep wants in a fullback on his squad. That all sounds pretty nice and good for Danilo who’s searching for some minutes after playing 2nd fiddle to Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid. But somebody is bound to be unhappy at Manchester City unless Guardiola can figure out how to play 3 fullbacks on the field at once. The Spanish manager has already broken the world record fee for a defender twice this summer by buying Kyle Walker from Spurs and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco. Mendy on the left and Walker on the right seems to be the outlook for City this upcoming season, so where would Danilo fit in? Although Mendy/Walker seems to be the partnership out on the fullback positions, the numbers actually show that maybe Danilo should be fit into that partnership somewhere. With a 7.30 average rating, Danilo falls just a tick short of Benjamin Mendy’s 7.31 average rating from last year. And with a 7.18 rating, Danilo actually tops Kyle Walker’s numbers. The only letdown for the Brazilian was that his numbers sure look decent, but this is due in part to his limited minutes on the field. Both Mendy and Walker played a significantly more important part in their club’s successes last season, while Danilo was mainly left in the background at Madrid. Holding midfield would be a difficult one for Danilo to learn as well with Gundogan, Fernandinho, Douglas Luiz, and Yaya Toure all fighting for minutes at the holding midfield spot. Danilo may just be walking into the same situation at a different club, and I think the only hope he has of not making this Real Madrid part 2 is if he beats Kyle Walker to the Right Back spot. Although I believe that Danilo has the ability to outplay Kyle Walker at Right Back, it may take some time for Danilo to convince Guardiola to give up on the English defender that he just spent over 43 million pounds for. I don’t think there’s much hope for the Brazilian out on the left with Mendy occupying that part of the field, and with Guardiola looking to sign Ryan Bertrand from Southampton to be his backup. Right Back is the only path for him, but like I said, he has the ability to outplay Walker out on the right, and Walker only came with that price tag for two reasons. He’s an Englishman, and they bought him from a rival. Both factors knock the fee up a few more million. Danilo came as a cheaper option because he was unused and unwanted in Spain’s capital and needed an out. He chose a more difficult road with City having signed two fullbacks but he believes he can make an impact, and I do as well, just not right away. Prediction: Occupies the bench at the beginning of the season, but becomes the starting RB by the end of the season.


Carlos Bacca from AC Milan to Olympique Marseille

A player that has received the axe as a result of the recent revolution at Milan. Carlos Bacca was brought to the San Siro from Sevilla two summers ago to lead the first attempt at a revolution in Milan, but that one failed miserably and Juventus kept winning. Bacca on the other hand has brought back a decent return for Milan, scoring 31 goals in 70 league games. The 18 that he scored in his debut season in Serie A was the 2nd highest of his career, but the 13 that he scored was the lowest since moving to Sevilla from Club Brugges in 2013. Bacca may quickly be on the decline as Milan have a new vision set for their club in 2017/2018 and the Colombian isn’t in the plans. He could be of some use to Marseille in Ligue 1, who could be in need of a striker after Bafetimbi Gomis left the club after his loan ended from Swansea. There isn’t too much to Bacca’s game as he prefers to be a dangerous presence in the box, but lacks the passing ability to brilliantly play off his teammates. Instead he gets in position, about 10 yards for the goal, looking for a nicely placed cross to put away. He could also make clever runs into the box that could open him up for goal, with a nicely tucked ball placed at his feet. The part of Bacca’s game that’s quite impressive, and allows for his style to be implemented is his finishing. The Colombian may not possess the pace, or the passing ability to become the flashy, highlight reel making striker that we crave in today’s world, but he doesn’t need to be. With brilliant creators like Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin flanking him on the wings, all that’ll be asked of him is to be in position and to finish often. However, There is an obstacle standing in the Colombian’s way that could be keeping him from sailing off into the French sunset. Marseille also splashed earlier in the transfer window by purchasing the services of Monaco’s backup striker Valere Germain. Germain played decent football when called upon for the Principality last season, en route to Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season. And there is little doubt that Germain enjoyed himself to becoming a French champion last season, but he moved to Marseille in search of starting time as he desires to step out of the shadow of Falcao and Mbappe. Even with Mbappe’s inevitable transfer away from Monaco, Falcao will still be in the way, and block Germain from receiving 1st team time as the top striker. And with his departure from Monaco to Marseille, he leaves the competition of one Colombian, to another. Germain will be in direct competition with Falcao’s compatriot, Carlos Bacca for the lone striker position as Marseille prefers to run a 4-3-3. Germain could fare much better against Carlos Bacca then Falcao with Germain’s 15 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions for Monaco. The numbers favor Germain from last season then Bacca as Germain’s average rating tops Bacca’s 6.81 to 6.63. Bacca’s decline is coming hard and fast and it’s only a matter of time before he’s ejected out of Europe all together before his eventual move back to South America or to China. Bacca will have to play second fiddle this season in France. Prediction: Bacca will be the starting striker at the beginning of the season before a poor run of form leads Manager Rudi Garcia to make Valere Germain starter.


Javier Hernandez from Leverkusen to West Ham

Here’s an eyebrow raising move from the likes of the Premier League. The Hammers plucked out the Mexican from Bayer Leverkusen of the Bundesliga to bring the 29 year old Striker back to England. “Chicharito” last appeared for Manchester United in August of 2015 after playing 4 seasons at Old Trafford. In 2014/2015 he served a year long loan spell at Real Madrid, which included him netting the game winning goal in the Champions League Quarterfinals, against Atletico Madrid in April. He’s since spent the last two seasons at Bayer Leverkusen where he’s scored 34 goals in 68 games in all competitions for the German club. If Chicharito can keep his form of 10/15 goals a season, the Little Pea can take a lot of the goal scoring stress off of Andy Carroll while being a dangerous striker himself. Chicharito proved over the past two seasons that with starting XI minutes, he could be a 15 goal scorer. He netted 17 goals in the Bundesliga in his debut season, and still managed to score 11 goals in less minutes after coming down with injury last season. Having a less then glorified exit from Manchester United after being used as a sub by David Moyes in 2013/14 and forcefully ejected by Louis Van Gaal to Germany after a season. He makes his return with reckoning in East London at the Olympic Stadium. He never wanted to leave United or England and he’s gotten his wish returning to the Premier League. United fans have been calling for the Little Pea’s return to Old Trafford ever since the goals began to dry up under Louis Van Gaal. He has some pace on him and possesses decent dribbling ability but what Chicharito brings to the table is simple and crucial. And that’s goals. The charismatic Mexican talisman can score goals, and always seems to be in dangerous positions with the ball at his feet. He’s a player that defenses too often fall asleep on, and that’s when he hurts you. In 3 seasons under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson, he scored 13, 10, and 10 goals in 15, 18, and 9 starts. 10 GOALS IN 9 STARTS. Of course that was in 2013 when he was 25 but he’s still 29 and has shown the ability to still score plenty of goals for any club in any league. West Ham signed the prolific Mexican for 15 million pounds which is modest in this transfer market. West Ham will be asking for 15 goals from Chicharito with regular minutes alongside Andy Carroll, as West Ham look to make it back in the top half of the table after finishing 11th last season. Chicharito has been one of four signings that West Ham have made as they’re raising eyebrows in London as they’re prepared to field a Carroll/Chicharito strike partnership. With the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke, the big Austrian will flank the duo on the left with Michail Antonio flanking the right. Lanzini will be joining in the attack as well as the chief creator in the attack and West Ham just like that, have a pretty deadly attack on their hands. Predicition: Chicharito could be in for a nice year with this lineup, and I think he could break his career high in Premier League goals with 15 goals this upcoming season. A decent return to England if you ask me.



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