Emile Smith-Rowe: Our new Robbie Pires, Hleb or our own AFC KDB?

Needless to sat that ESR’s trajectory in the last 18 months has been fast and ascending. Not only has he managed to establish himself as a regular starter at AFC, he has also impressed his coaches at England Under-21 and his bright start of the season has seen him get his very first call-up to the senior England national team…

Quick recap: ESR is a 21 yo attacking midfielder, an AFC academy graduate who also had short but useful loan spells at Leipzig and Huddersfield town. He has represented England at youth level and has won the 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup with Brewster, Foden, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi and Sancho amongst others. This season he has registered 5 goals and 2 assists including 4 goals and 2 assists in the EPL. He operates as an attacking left midfielder from the left side…

Hence drawing comparisons with Pires and Hleb but also with KDB who started as a wide attacking midfielder in Germany…

So ESR works hard, had a decent eye for a pass and a goal. He is not necessarily fast but he is not slow either. He is not a winger crazy about dribbling and crossing from the touchline and he is not a fake 9 either or a 10 in the mould of Ozil. He is also not an 8.

So according to you, is ESR more like Robbie Pires, Hleb or K. De Bruyne? Our nemesis R. Ferdinand says that he is a blend of Pires and Hleb and for once, he may not be totally off the mark


18 Responses to Emile Smith-Rowe: Our new Robbie Pires, Hleb or our own AFC KDB?

  1. RC78 says:

    Second 😛

  2. LBG says:

    Hleb isn’t worthy of being discussed in the same sentence as Pires ( or de Bruyne, for that matter!!)
    Emile floats at pace, over the ground with the ball under control like Merson, but he is a one off totally. Hopefully he will continue to develop, with the late arrival in the box to score goals like Ramsey, and then still further to challenge the great Robert as a trophy winning legend.

  3. LBG says:

    Rio Ferdinand has always been an overrated idiot!😠

  4. fred1266 says:

  5. Pete the Thirst says:

    He needs another acronym. I would go with:



  6. RC78 says:

    PTT 🙂

  7. RC78 says:

    Balogun scores with U-21…Well well well…:-)

  8. fred1266 says:

    Balogun score at every level right now expect senior trams, he running riot in premier league 2

  9. RC78 says:

    I think he s gonna kick Nketiah out of AFC…or Laca…

  10. LB says:

    He has certainly shut the die hard Ozil fans up, I’ll say no more.
    Great player love watching him.

  11. RockyLives says:

    Great question RC

    Every player is, of course, unique but if we’re looking for similarities in the style of play then Bobby Pires is fairly close.

    Elsewhere in the current EPL I think ESR is somewhere between a De Bruyne and a Grealish.

  12. RC78 says:

    Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany and Qatar qualified for the World Cup already…

    We already have 3 former WC winners with Brazil, France and Germany. I think that England will follow suit very shortly. Italy may have to go through the play-offs and Argentina should go through but it seems that Uruguay may struggle more.

    These 10 teams should be present in the WC, which includes all WC winners (excepted Uruguay) as well as Belgium

    Argentina / Belgium / Brazil / England / France / Germany / Italy / Spain
    + Denmark, Qatar

    We are missing 22 teams…

    France most likely line-up:
    Lloris – Kounde, Varane, L.Hernandez – Pavard, Kante, Pogba, T. Hernandez – Griezmann – Mbappe, Benzema

    England most likely line-up:
    Pickford – Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw – Rice, Philipps – Sterling, Mount, Rashford (or Foden, Grealish) – Kane

    Can’t wait already…

  13. fred1266 says:

    Switzerland giving Italy a real fight for first place

    Ever since euro finals after pickford save jorginho has been woeful at penalties

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