We are 5 months away from the Euro, and i think this can be the place to discuss and follow those players that could bring that extra magic to our team, that X factor that could bring us to the next level. As GICA said killing our hopes
p , it´s hard to imagine many surprises, but hope dies last and Piturca seems to be open to at least a couple of new players. So here´s the rundown of what i think we need and which players could be able to bring it to the team:
What we need: We are fine, possibly a tall keeper would be a good third option to Lobont and Coman.
Players to beat: Popa, Bornescu.
-Ciprian Tatarusanu: Would only be third keeper but would be good to give him the experience for the future. He still mixes mistakes with miraculous saves.
What we need:Possibly a faster and more agile option to Goian and Tamas given that Chivu will play in midfield, and a backup for Rat.
Players to beat: The rest are pretty much even.
-Mirel Radoi, Sepsi, Sapunaru: Radoi would be a different kind of CD for some given moments, Sepsi is good cause he can cover other positions too.
What we need: Someone that can naturally organize the game, and someone who does both the defensive and the offensive part. Chivu has a little bit of both, but he is the only one in the current squad.
Players to beat: O.Petre, Codrea, Margaritescu.
Pros: Great with the ball, one of the best assisters and organizers we have
Cons: Physically weak, injury prone, not experienced internationally.
Pros:A very complete player. Technical, good passer, can score and is very good defending. NT experience and a lot of CL experience.
Cons:Out of the NT circuit for a long time, for some reason overlooked by Piturca.
Pros: Altough not a defensive midfielder, he runs and defends quite a bit, and would suit the formation specially when playing with the 3 DM formation. Good dribbler, technical able to score, strong and good with headers. He is considered by Piturca.
Cons: Injury prone and coming from a long absence. Not great at defending, Irregular in his form and little international experience.
What we need: Talent. The kind of player that can join Mutu in the creative part, hold the ball and give assists. Dica is able to do it, but he has his cons too. He hasn´t convinced Piturca that he deserves a starting spot. On the right part of the midfield, well, we need everything. Nicolita´s lack of creativity and Petre´s huge physical weakness make that our weakest spot.
Players to beat: Nicolita, Petre, Cocis.
Pros: Fantastic technique, dribble and flair. Able to assist and score a good amount too. The one closer to Piturca´s consideration.
Cons: Slow, doesn´t do the defensive part, and his problem with missed chances.
Pros: Fantastic organizer, perfect to set the tempo of our midfield. Pure creativity. Good international experience, was already called by Piturca.
Cons: His club situation brings doubts, Poli is a new chance to show his worth. It´s a mystery how he would perform at the highest level now.
- Adrian Cristea
Pros: Increasing form, great technique, creativity and shot. Can still grow. The one with the most recent callups.
Cons: Dissapears from long periods of the game, hasn´t showed his best level in Europe yet. Didn´t get many chances in his callups so far.
- Lucian Sanmartean
Pros: Fantastic technique and dribbling, is showing his level on a good league.
Cons: His long absence, injury prone, doesn´t score much. Doesn´t seem to be in Piti´s consideration.
Right midfield/ attack:
- Florin Costea
Pros: Excellent on one on one´s, fast, creative, a true winger. Can also score a good amount for his position. Can also evolve a lot.
Cons: Doesn´t get involved much in the game and in the defensive aspect. Still very irregular, inexperienced on a high level. Plays for Craiova
- Gabriel Torje
Pros: Great skill, dribbling and speed. Good shot and crosses. He has a great attitude on the field too. Huge potential.
Cons: Needs much more experience, as he hasn´t started a lot for his team. His physique is not great, altough he is strong. Doesn´t score much either.
What we need: Someone that could replace Mutu if he is absent, altough Dica or Zicu could do it. A pure goalscorer would also be important.
Players to beat: Mazilu, Bucur, S.Radu, Bratu.
Pros: Would be a great replacement for Mutu. Great dribbling, speed and ability to score. Good experience.
Cons: Awful club situation, it´s hard to imagine him getting back in form in time.
Pros: Great Strenght, shot and sense for scoring, with a good technique. NT experience.
Cons: Plays in a weak league, hasn´t been in form for a while, we´ll see about his current good moment.