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James Collins

Postby PES Stats Database » 2008 Dec 09, 22:16

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INFO:
James Collins and Richard Dunne have been something of a surprise package this year and have been the backbone upon which another succesful season has been built for the Villains under Martin O'Neill. Considering that James Collins has never really been recognized as an outstanding performer and Richard Dunne, for all his heroics, has certainly seen his high profile blunders bring him his fair few critics, it didn't look like a partnership that would blossom too quickly, let alone hold the best defensive record in the league for the best part of a season. Moving from a bottom half of the table club, to one that is challenging for the Champions League is quite a step up, but he has made a good start to his Villa career and it seems he has been given a fresh start and a new lease of life. Now, let's look (briefly) at the key areas in his game that have made him such a respected Premier League defender.

Defence:
Collins has improved greatly over the season as his partnership with Richard Dunne has blossomed at the back for Villa. As neither have great pace, it was vital that he improved his positioning from his time at West Ham. Considering his poor form at the Hammers the season before, it'd be unfair for him to sit alongside the likes Gary Cahill and Martin Škrtel for example, who have proven their ability over a longer period of time, however he has shown that he is more than capable. There are however still momentary lapses but luckily, another area which has seen vast improvement is his response.

Response:
I initially overrated the stat however I believe it was an easy mistake to make as his transformation has been quite impressive. He has, over the course of the year, become a far more reliable player as his anticipation and reaction to loose balls has come on in such a way. It is definitly the area which I see he has made the most improvement. He is showing an intelligence that has been lacking in the past and he's reaped the benefits.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Overall, he is an extremely strong player who is dominant in the air and works extremely hard for the cause. Technically he is surprisingly good, he has decent distribution and is composed on the ball.

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Re: James COLLINS

Postby pjwhufc » 2008 Dec 13, 11:28

his heading should go up in my opinion, he's been solid recently

he has been taking more fk's rcently too so i think fka should be in low 70's and maybe sp up a couple of points too
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby CDDRodrigo » 2008 Dec 20, 00:17

The Short Pass Speed is not colored ^^
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby pjwhufc » 2008 Dec 20, 16:58

Heading: 87
Jumping: 79
Shot Power: 81
Free Kick Accuracy: 71
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2008 Dec 20, 17:37

naaaaaaaaaaaah, his heading is good but not on the rating of 87, more along the lines of 84-85
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby pjwhufc » 2008 Dec 20, 18:29

Paddy wrote:naaaaaaaaaaaah, his heading is good but not on the rating of 87, more along the lines of 84-85


ok then how about
heading:85
jumping:80 ?
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2008 Dec 20, 18:48

header would be okay at 84 while i think jumps fine as it is
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Vandeach » 2008 Dec 20, 18:50

Actually I'd go for Header:86 and Jump: 80 he really does dominate in the air and gets some good sitance on his headers.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2008 Dec 20, 18:52

yeah he's good at heading but he doesn't get much leap off the ground.

he shouldn't be on par with Rio Ferdinand at heading ability
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Vandeach » 2008 Dec 20, 18:54

Its debatble imo because whilst Ferdinand scores iwth his head quite frequently Collins is great at defensive headers and gets alot of distance and power in them and I don't agree with you about saying he doesn't get much leap off the ground, he has a very good jump.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2008 Dec 20, 19:01

from watching him in the past and watching him now I don't think he should be higher than Stephen Warnock, remember he's 6'2 aswell
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby pjwhufc » 2008 Dec 20, 19:27

i'd still say heading 85 which is in between your values

and i do think jumping should be above 78 and 80 seems fair to me, he wouldnt be able to get the header if other people are jumping higher than him
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Vandeach » 2008 Dec 20, 19:29

Paddy wrote:from watching him in the past and watching him now I don't think he should be higher than Stephen Warnock, remember he's 6'2 aswell


Good point but wouldn't you say thats more a case of Warnock being underrated? Collins has a quite a good leap imo.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby GavidTreveguet » 2009 Apr 05, 23:48

Would you say he was better at heading than Shawcross?
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2009 Apr 06, 00:07

No.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby GavidTreveguet » 2009 Apr 06, 00:15

Shawcross should be about an 86 in my opinion. I'll suggest it in the other thread. As for Collins, i'd agree on an 85 increase.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Vandeach » 2009 Jun 01, 15:00

Slight update, you wouldn't believe the amount of cosmetic changes West Ham needed doing.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby Paddy » 2009 Sep 01, 15:53

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Gone to Villa
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby chanman » 2009 Oct 08, 13:33

Are these stats accurate, he seems to playing very well with Dunne at the moment, I suppose we could wait a little before we make any suggestions.
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Re: James COLLINS

Postby BigStu » 2009 Oct 17, 15:16

been watching him a lot this season, and from what i saw DEF, RES and MENT are all too low

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