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Thread: Luca Connell (D/M Barnsley b.2001)

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    Doubt it to be honest. Cost him a couple years of development at an appropriate standard more likely.

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    Another good performance in Barnsley’s win yesterday, with glowing comments linked at the bottom.

    Takes them in to the play-offs. Great to see some young midfield guile emerging for us from the top six, alongside Knight, in him and Azaz (3 assists in 70 minutes), who looks really impressive.

    https://barnsleyfc.org.uk/threads/th...season.319120/

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    More positive reviews and a MOTM performance for Luca tonight. Seems to be thriving. Good to see.

    One of the fans on the match thread at the forum MIW linked above said “he’s been our best player this season by miles”.
    Last edited by SkStu; 02/02/2023 at 12:54 AM.

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    Having a good season is Luca and fans are loving him at Barnsley.


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    Adds an assist from a set piece. Lads on fire.

    Too good for League 1?

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    Some will say he only played ten games and got his game because Bolton were a mess but he showed some quality during those games in the Championship.

    Curtis Flemming was bigging him up on OTB after Mick called him up as Bolton's best player when they played Boro. Pity he had to waste his time playing at a **** level Scotland for a couple of seasons.

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    Agree all round.

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    Its pretty impressive he's gone from the level he was playing at to standing out in League 1. It does show the natural ability he has and hopefully he'll be a championshop level player at least in the next couple years. Hopefully he's got himself a new agent at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exgrad View Post
    Its pretty impressive he's gone from the level he was playing at to standing out in League 1. It does show the natural ability he has and hopefully he'll be a championshop level player at least in the next couple years. Hopefully he's got himself a new agent at this stage.
    In the next couple of years? Barnsley are in contention for play offs so that's an outside chance of promotion. But he's still only 21 and there are very few midfielders of his type doing very well at League One level. Surely there's a good chance he moves on in summer if they don't go up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    In the next couple of years? Barnsley are in contention for play offs so that's an outside chance of promotion. But he's still only 21 and there are very few midfielders of his type doing very well at League One level. Surely there's a good chance he moves on in summer if they don't go up?
    I think he could do a job at celtic

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    I saw this article about Evan Ferguson and Andrew Moran floating around on twitter this week.

    https://trainingground.guru/articles...Zw2e1U.twitter

    To be fair, Ferguson was always likely to come good anyway, but it was interesting to read the work they have done at Brighton to get the best possible outcome for Moran.


    "Talent management was really important though - where he played, how long for, who he played with, what his strength and conditioning programme was going to be like, what psychology support he needed.

    The club put together a bespoke programme for the midfielder, overseen by Morling, which covered S&C, sport science, psychology, nutrition and coaching. Communication between the different departments was key, to ensure everyone was working towards the same goal.

    “We had multi-disciplinary meetings and information went daily and weekly across the departments, so that everyone knew what they’re doing," Morling remembered. "Then it comes to a stage where you dip him into the 23s, he has a bit of first team training, and all the while you're careful about how much game time he gets where.

    “The talent management of 18s to 23s to first team has to be fluid and you have to have people in between each, with someone on top to make sure each stage is being done in the right way for the right reasons."



    Quite a contrast to the "chuck him in the B team and then send him to Queen's Park for two years" approach used by Celtic with Connell.
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    Read that last night and enjoyed it. As Morling said it's no surprise that Brighton have had the most homegrown minutes of any team in the premier league in recent seasons.

    The part about Will Clark asking Morling to look at Moran because no on will look at him because he's tiny hits home as we had young lads playing for us that even got overlooked for district teams and Limerick fc at the time because of their size but technically they were very good. Hopefully Moran makes it because he's the type of 10 that we've been crying out for. Similar would add Vata into that because he's the one that's impressed me most from that 2005 group along with Ferizaj.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    In the next couple of years? Barnsley are in contention for play offs so that's an outside chance of promotion. But he's still only 21 and there are very few midfielders of his type doing very well at League One level. Surely there's a good chance he moves on in summer if they don't go up?
    I think Barnsley deserve a lot of credit for taking a chance with a player who had been cast into the wilderness at Celtic. Good to see that it's paying off. Always had a good feeling that Connell would come good. Would be very surprised if he didn't get full caps in due course.

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    Connell being lauded once again in the Barnsley fan forum’s MOTM poll after beating Portsmouth to go fourth. Great experience gained this season at just 21. At this rate, him and Azaz could progress to pair with Cullen in our future midfield three…

    https://barnsleyfc.org.uk/threads/ga...chimes.319992/

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    Some seriously positive comments on there alright. Hard to believe so many people were quick to shout down anyone who questioned Celtics judgement or shared what they had observed of him in The Championship and L1 player for Bolton as a 17 year old. Either way, hope he keeps progressing as he has been over the last 9 months. Great ceiling with this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkStu View Post
    Some seriously positive comments on there alright. Hard to believe so many people were quick to shout down anyone who questioned Celtics judgement or shared what they had observed of him in The Championship and L1 player for Bolton as a 17 year old. Either way, hope he keeps progressing as he has been over the last 9 months. Great ceiling with this guy.
    He should be, but won’t be, selected for the squad. He’s excelling in a League where Knight is hardly pulling up trees.

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    Apart from pace, he has the tools to be a top player. He reminds me a bit of Andy Reid. Not weight related. Andy played in a deeper midfield role for a while and was able to make space for himself to spread the ball with his left and pick out some great passes. Hopefully Luca keeps progressing. He's in the frame for a call up.

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    Great to see him going well, but I'd say he's a good bit off a senior callup all the same. Just too many others ahead of him and playing at a higher level at this point in time. Hopefully he can get himself up to the Championship before long and then he'll have a better chance to make his case for selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eirambler View Post
    Great to see him going well, but I'd say he's a good bit off a senior callup all the same. Just too many others ahead of him and playing at a higher level at this point in time. Hopefully he can get himself up to the Championship before long and then he'll have a better chance to make his case for selection.

    So who is ahead of him? Browne, Hendrick, Hourihane, McGrath, Brady? Hardly an all-star cast. Connell is making more impact in League 1 than Knight, and apart from Cullen and maybe Molumby he is a more promising prospect than the mediocrities and has-beens who have been squad regulars. He also offers something completely different, the kind of guile and creativity that we lack and that could feed Ferguson and Obafemi with the supply that might otherwise be lacking from our midfield artisans.

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    Depends where you're planning to play him, but as a 6 he'd be behind Cullen, Coventry and Hodge. Molumby can drop back there too.

    If you're looking at him as an 8 he's probably behind Knight, Molumby, Smallbone, Browne and Sykes. Most of those are established Championship players, he's down in League 1. If he can step up a division successfully he could come into contention alright. But, right now, he's a long way off.
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