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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #570 on: March 01, 2021, 06:15:11 PM »
Levi Garcia turns 18 today, and is now eligible to begin his professional career with AZ Alkmaar.



Who is next?!

Seems like yesterday he was playing for Shiva

No, it wasn't yesterday. LOL.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #571 on: March 01, 2021, 06:35:37 PM »
Based on the date, he celebrated his 20th birthday last November. Primetime could be 2026, based on when many players merge mastery of their craft ... with the demands of the profession.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #572 on: March 01, 2021, 06:40:03 PM »
Based on the date, he celebrated his 20th birthday last November. Primetime could be 2026, based on when many players merge mastery of their craft with the demands of the profession.

Like you tripping or wha? De man is 23.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #573 on: March 01, 2021, 06:47:59 PM »
Based on the date, he celebrated his 20th birthday last November. Primetime could be 2026, based on when many players merge mastery of their craft with the demands of the profession.

Like you tripping or wha? De man is 23.

Completely. :) I was adding 5 to the 15 from 2015. Time to eat.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #574 on: March 01, 2021, 06:55:55 PM »
Levi Garcia turns 18 today, and is now eligible to begin his professional career with AZ Alkmaar.



Who is next?!

Seems like yesterday he was playing for Shiva

No, it wasn't yesterday. LOL.

Now I am absolutely certain that was 5 years ago.    ;D

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #575 on: March 02, 2021, 09:08:54 PM »
Levi Garcia's fantastic free kick against Aris Thessaloniki has been voted Super League Greece's best goal of Matchday 8. This is Levi's second such honor for the season.



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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #576 on: March 08, 2021, 08:03:49 PM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia puts two defenders to sit down on his way to his sixth assist of the season, on AEK Athen's first goal in their 2-0 win over Apollon Smyrnis

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #577 on: March 10, 2021, 08:59:17 AM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia puts two defenders to sit down on his way to his sixth assist of the season, on AEK Athen's first goal in their 2-0 win over Apollon Smyrnis

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About the only good news in T&T football I see recently.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #578 on: March 10, 2021, 09:56:19 AM »
He looks like he's definitely in form!

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #579 on: March 10, 2021, 10:15:56 AM »
He looks like he's definitely in form!
In addition, looks like his teamates are able to give the ball in space, support, get numbers in attack and finish as well. He don't have to go it alone and try to do it all. It helps when your teammates in form too. Such is club football, and consistent Intl football teams.

add: Oh, and defend, doh the highlights rarely show success of this.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #580 on: March 10, 2021, 10:26:12 AM »
As a player, meshing with the qualities of Karim Ansarifard (who Levi likely watched playing on TV before playing with him) must be an encouraging facet.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #581 on: March 24, 2021, 05:46:34 PM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia eyeing three points from the opening 2022 World Cup Qualifier against Guyana

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #582 on: April 06, 2021, 07:29:26 PM »
Another club player in the making?

Definitely not country. He make a man from Puerto Rico manhandle him for 90mins..... a baseball country handling a man playing in Europe top league for de entire game.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #583 on: April 06, 2021, 08:42:24 PM »
Another club player in the making?

Definitely not country. He make a man from Puerto Rico manhandle him for 90mins..... a baseball country handling a man playing in Europe top league for de entire game.

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A baseball country with more football developmental academies than us, a football country since the game was invented yet not on school geared towards producing footballers.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #584 on: April 07, 2021, 07:03:21 PM »
We boy didn't do much of note today vs Panathanaikos. He send in a couple good crosses and drew some fouls. Interestingly he played right wing then left then right again.
PAOK hit dem de killer blow deep in injury time. 2nd leg to come.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #585 on: April 08, 2021, 11:44:20 AM »
Another club player in the making?

Definitely not country. He make a man from Puerto Rico manhandle him for 90mins..... a baseball country handling a man playing in Europe top league for de entire game.

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Up to now, Fenwick and Lawrence haven’t used Levi properly yet, so I disagree strongly with you....

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #586 on: April 09, 2021, 12:48:13 AM »
Unleashing Levi, tactical hiccups and that penalty; Wired868 talks to Joevin and Bateau
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


For footballers, returning to your club after an international match window is akin to slipping back into work after taking a casual day off. You try to draw as little attention to yourself as you can, and to look as fresh and focused on your employer’s immediate concerns as possible.

In the case of Trinidad and Tobago and KV Mechelen defender Sheldon Bateau, that meant gritting your teeth and acting as though there were no lingering effects to an abductor strain suffered in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Guyana on 25 March.

Bateau scored Trinidad and Tobago’s second goal, off an inswinging Levi Garcia free kick in the 16th minute, before being replaced at halftime with his team already three goals clear.

Head coach Terry Fenwick wanted Bateau’s experience against Puerto Rico too and, three days later, he played the full 90 minutes on astroturf in a 1-1 draw at Mayaguez—despite missing a couple training sessions between the two outings.

On Saturday, Bateau was an unused substitute as Mechelen lost 2-1 away to Sint-Truiden. Mechelen are 12th in the Belgium First Division and three points shy of eighth spot and a playoff berth, while Sint-Truiden are 15th in the 18 team table. With two games left in the 2020/21 regular season, it was a disappointing result.

Bateau hopes for the chance to give Mechelen a positive end to their season but understands the risk whenever he leaves Europe to represent the twin island republic.

“You’re never sure when you go on international duty if you will keep your spot,” Bateau told Wired868, “especially guys who are going far distances from me.”

Most of Mechelen’s international players are Europeans, which means they are rarely more than four hours away from the club. Bateau and 19-year-old Burkina Faso full back Issa Kaboré, who is on loan from Manchester City, are the exceptions. But even then, Bateau’s situation is more problematic for his employers than Kaboré’s.

“There is a direct flight to Burkina Faso from Belgium, which is six to eight hours,” said Bateau. “I had a two and a half flight from Belgium to Madrid, and then an eight hour flight to the Dominican Republic. Then it was a one hour flight to Puerto Rico and a three hour bus drive to the hotel.

“And I had to repeat the same [journey] to return to Belgium…”

Trinidad and Tobago flanker Joevin Jones also had an international hangover. In his case, there was no hiding the thigh strain that forced him off the field in the second half against Puerto Rico.

Jones’ close ranged finish had put the Warriors ahead in the 55th minute; but, six minutes after his injury-enforced substitution, Puerto Rico levelled the scores.

The versatile player agreed terms with United States Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit InterMiami CF—the team is owned by former England football captain and celebrity David Beckham—in the build-up to the World Cup qualifiers. But when he met his new coach, Phil Neville, for the first time, he was injured.

“I haven’t met Beckham yet but I met Phil and the players; and it was brief,” said Jones. “[…] He said he doesn’t want me to rush back [into action] and he wants me to be fully fit.”

Neville’s support did not totally placate Jones, who is expected to resume full training on 14 April—just four days before InterMiami’s first game of the 2021 season against Beckham’s former team, Los Angeles Galaxy.

“I am a little disappointed because it is a new club [for me] and I have to come fight for my position,” said Jones, who left Seattle Sounders on a free transfer. “The other guys are already there, working hard… But hopefully I will be back soon.”

Jones has mixed feelings about Trinidad and Tobago’s start to the Qatar campaign too; but, for now, he sees a half-full glass.

The Warriors trail St Kitts and Nevis by two points with as many games remaining. Only the group winner advances to the next round, so Trinidad and Tobago’s clash with the ‘Sugar Boyz’ on 8 June should be decisive.

“Four points from six is a good start,” said Jones. “The last two games are must win; but then from the start we wanted to win all the games. So we are still in it.”

On the surface, Jones is an elite professional athlete who is being paid quite well to play the sport he loves—but that is just the top layer.

This May, Jones’ girlfriend, Tamika, has a visa appointment in Port of Spain for herself and their 18-month-old daughter, Joneeka, who hope to join him in Miami soon. The pair were denied a visa last year, which meant Jones spent much of the pandemic alone in his apartment in Seattle. It coincided with a difficult season in which he missed a combined two months of action due to injury.

“It is the poorest season I ever had in my career,” said Jones, in a previous interview.

Perhaps it was not unexpected then that he was not firing on all cylinders for Trinidad and Tobago last month. He had not played a competitive match in four months, since the close of the MLS season.

“I have been playing with injuries for a long time—playable injuries but still injuries,” said Jones. “I had a lot going on last year. This year is like a comeback year for me, to be more focused and get back [my] love for the game.”

Then came that botched penalty against Guyana, just 35 minutes into the affair on 5 March.

Jones is Trinidad and Tobago’s regular penalty taker and got his last goal from the spot in a 1-1 draw away to Martinique on 6 September. The Warriors were already two goals clear when he faced Guyana custodian Akel Clarke.

Jones’ penalty was blocked by the goalkeeper low to his right, however the rebound fell fortuitously to the former Carenage resident. Jones tried to fake Clarke and scoop the ball over him—perhaps, instinctively, to embarrass his opponent as revenge for the initial save.

But Clarke fended that away too, before blocking Jones’ third blast with an outstretched leg.

“I am not the first to miss a penalty and I won’t be the last,” said Jones. “[…] I tried to come off cheeky and it didn’t work.”

Ultimately, Jones’ missed penalty did not cost the Warriors much, as they still won the game handsomely. And he made amends with the opening goal against Puerto Rico, before bad luck struck again as he felt a jolt of pain in his thigh.

It is as though every silver lining Jones finds has a cloud.

Players can be easy targets and Jones did not hide from his error. But, as Bateau explained, they are just one part of the machinery.

“I know we have some die-hard fans and I want to say thanks to them and continue to be patient,” said Bateau. “But trust and believe that everything is not on the players. There are issues the players have to deal with on a daily basis; but we go on the field and give our best.

“Sometimes our best is not enough and we understand that. But we ask them to be patient and try to understand the game better and not just target individual players.

“There are people behind the scenes who should take some responsibility also.”

Bateau credited the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee for getting him business class tickets for his eight hour flights between Spain and the Dominican Republic. It meant less strain on his body and suggested that his health was a concern to the administrators.

“That is progress,” he said.

The March match window was the first meeting between the Fenwick-led technical staff and the senior players and Bateau believes the relationship between the two parties is a work in progress.

Trinidad and Tobago coaches—Stephen Hart and Dennis Lawrence were exceptions—often fall short when it comes to relaying scouting reports and engaging in video analysis with players, according to Bateau. This is frustrating for the foreign-based players who are accustomed to a high level of detail in their pre-match preparations.

“From players to staff, I think we can improve a lot and I am looking forward to that, because we should all have the same goal, which is to get to the World Cup,” he said. “I think holistically we need to work on more details offensively and defensively as a team—I don’t think we do enough of that. Too many times, it is just an eleven going on the field with very little instructions until the game starts, which I think is too late.

“[…] For players like myself, coming back to play for Trinidad can feel like a step down—and I say that in the most respectful and humble way. But it can be a mental battle to keep your professionalism when things are not up to standard with basic things like uniforms, or video analysis, which is normal in football today.”

Bateau gave his view on the different outcomes against Guyana and Puerto Rico last month.

“Puerto Rico were not better than Guyana, they were just better organised,” he said. “A key factor in today’s football is analysing your opponents and I feel we didn’t do enough. In the first game, we were a bit lucky because Guyana were not organised either. But it was different in Puerto Rico where we struggled to find spaces and when we found spaces we struggled to capitalise.”

Bateau suggested too that it is important for the Warriors to find ways to get the most out of Garcia, who is the country’s most—or only!—penetrative weapon at present.

“Our strength is through Levi Garcia; it is no secret,” said Bateau. “But I don’t think we do enough to give him other solutions when he has the ball and to create distractions. Like have the wingback overlapping so [an opponent] has to follow otherwise he can slip it to him; and also through the movement of the striker and opposite winger.”

Again, Fenwick has had Garcia for just two games now. It is expected that the Englishman would have better ideas about utilising the 23-year-old attacker in the June match window.

Or maybe Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis would lack Puerto Rico’s competence in denying space to the Trinidad and Tobago team.

Either way, Bateau knows that, to get to Qatar, the Warriors must improve significantly in all aspects.

For those who scoff at the ability of the current national player to play in a Fifa tournament, it is worth noting that Bateau has done so already—twice! He represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2007 Korea Republic Under-17 World Cup and the 2009 Egypt Under-20 World Cup.

Four members of the current national team played in one or both of those tournaments too: Khaleem Hyland, Aubrey David, Robert Primus and Marcus Joseph. A fifth, goalkeeper Marvin Phillip, played at the 2001 Under-17 World Cup, although Trinidad and Tobago qualified automatically as the host nation.

Bateau is 30-years-old and reckons that the 2022 campaign is the last realistic chance for him and his former national youth teammates. Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino, who missed the opening qualifiers with a hamstring strain, should return to face the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis.

Thus far, Fenwick has not appeared keen on other members of the 2009 squad, like: midfielders Leston Paul and Sean de Silva, and defenders Daneil Cyrus, Mekeil Williams and Curtis Gonzales.

“Unfortunately we didn’t [qualify for the senior World Cup] under Dennis Lawrence, so this is basically the last chance we have,” said Bateau. “This is the core of the team  now and I think more of the players from the Under-20 World Cup should be involved; but that is the call of the coach.”

Fenwick has spoken frequently about flooding his team with young talent, without actually doing so. Bateau sounded a warning about prematurely putting the experienced players out to pasture.

“After this campaign, we will need to depend on the younger generation, but the problem is they don’t have the benefit of the experience that we had at their age,” he said. “Although I played in two world youth cups, I couldn’t make the national team until I was 21 because there was so much quality ahead of me like Keyeno Thomas, Seon Power, Carlyle Mitchell, and Makan Hislop. And there were still players like Stern John, Jason Scotland and Hayden Tinto in the side.

“I got into the side after I started playing professionally in Belgium. Now it seems much easier for youths to make the team, but we can’t compare ourselves to the bigger countries.

“The experience a player has in Europe at 21 is not the same experience a 21-year-old has in Trinidad or the Caribbean.”

When Bateau and Jones fly back to the Caribbean in June—Bateau is desperate to play in Trinidad, rather than their adopted home ground in San Cristobal!—they will put everything on the line to advance from their group.

“We go out there and play for our families, ourselves, and our country,” said Jones, who insisted that the players will not be put off by issues outside their control.

He hopes the public supports their efforts. Bateau wants players, coaches and administrators to be singing from the same hymn sheet.

Both are open to new additions to the player pool, as Fenwick claimed that at least a dozen overseas-based professionals of Trinidad and Tobago parentage are interested in joining the campaign.

“New additions are always great for the team if they can add to the team’s goal,” said Jones. “It is always good to see new faces. I think Danny [Phillips] came in and did a great job.”

Whether or not there are significant changes to the roster, Jones believes T&T have the talent to top their group and praised his new midfield colleagues.

“Michel [Poon-Angeron] is young but I think he did a good job,” he said. “[And Duane] Muckette is a pure ‘baller’. He will go for the ball and bring it to you, and he is good at helping you keep possession.”

Bateau agreed that an injection of new talent could be an asset to their qualification chances. However, again, he sounded a warning.

At present, players like Hyland, Jones, Molino, Primus, David and Bateau have played together for over a decade and are able to find solutions for each other on the field, without much input from the technical staff. But a lot more tactical guidance will be required with multiple fresh faces.

“Players will be coming from different levels and with different philosophies,” said Bateau, “and it is the job of the coach to fuse that together and make sure we clearly understand his philosophy.”

There would be a challenge to the Robert Hadad-led normalisation committee too.

“As we look to give passports to foreign guys, I think we need to raise the level [of our support],” said the international defender. “For me, it is not a problem coming despite having to deal with these things because I love my country. But for them, [representing Trinidad and Tobago] is about helping their career.

“So if they come and see things like what we deal with during our preparation for the game…”

Regardless, Jones and Bateau said the Warriors will do their part.

“We need to improve collectively—the whole team,” said Jones. “We need to be more clinical in front of the goal and put away the chances. When we get our chances, we need to take them.”

Hopefully, Trinidad and Tobago’s national footballers are not the only members of the TTFA’s set-up who were engaged in self-analysis after the first match window.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #587 on: April 22, 2021, 12:26:45 PM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores a rare header in the 92nd minute to earn AEK Athens a 1-1 draw against Panathinaikos

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #588 on: June 04, 2021, 02:53:39 PM »
WATCH: One on One with AEK Athens' Levi Garcia in Nassau ahead of World Cup Qualifier vs Bahamas

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #589 on: June 07, 2021, 06:18:01 PM »
WATCH: Post-match reactions from midfielder Levi Garcia after Trinidad and Tobago's disappointing 0-0 draw against Bahamas

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #590 on: June 07, 2021, 09:32:40 PM »
To all the forum homies how yuh all doing ?  after watching  what took place on the weekend I'll be lying if I say it didn't hurt ' after a while is like I was watching the game in slow mo hoping and still believing  we will win ! But enough for my feelings for now !! I watch that interview  with Levi Garcia and lemmeh say this I could  see the pain and hurt on de youth man face !   Nah man that's painful ! It is my hope  the team  medical staff do see to it  to ensure any player affected by such disappointment be addressed ! 

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #591 on: June 16, 2021, 08:12:19 PM »

Congratulations!.. https://www.facebook.com/TeamTrinbago/photos/a.110018710344314/518901979455983/

Levi Garcia who plays for Greek club 'AEK Athens' has been named the Nivea Men’s Player of the Club by the Greek Super League

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #592 on: July 06, 2021, 04:00:41 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago's Levi Garcia happy for brother Judah’s debut goal
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


LEVI Garcia is happy for his younger brother Judah, who netted his debut international goal on Friday, as T&T trounced Montserrat 6-1 in their Concacaf Gold Cup qualifier at the DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.

Judah, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder, notched T&T’s fourth goal in the 56th minute.

Levi, a 23-year-old winger based with Greece club AEK Athens, will miss the Gold Cup qualifiers as he is recovering from a hectic 2020-21 season, with both club and country.

During an interview on Monday, Levi was asked how he felt seeing Judah score his first international goal.

“Honestly, happy for him,” Levi replied. “I know how I felt (when I scored my debut international goal) and he’ll remember this moment forever.”

Judah collected a long ball from central defender Jelani Peters and hit a left-footed shot to the right of Montserrat goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade.

The winners of Tuesday’s final Gold Cup qualifier, between T&T and French Guiana, will advance to Group A of the Gold Cup, alongside Mexico, El Salvador and Curacao.

Regarding the T&T team’s expectations at the Gold Cup, once they secure qualification, Levi said, “To go into every game wanting to win and see how far we can go.

“(The expectations) should be high I’m sure,” he added. “We need to make a name for ourselves again.”

Both Levi and Judah featured in the disastrous 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, which saw T&T failing to progress past the first round Concacaf Zone Qualifiers.

As a result, Terry Fenwick was sacked as coach, with Angus Eve as his replacement (at an interim level, until August 31).

Asked if has met Eve since he took over as T&T coach, Levi responded, “No, not yet, but hopefully soon.” Looking ahead to the 2021-22 season with AEK Athens, Levi said, “(I) just want to be healthy, stay fit and everything else would be a bonus.”

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #593 on: August 16, 2021, 05:06:36 AM »
https://www.hommedumatch.fr/articles/exclus-hdm/mercato-une-offre-de-watford-pour-levi-garcia-aek-athenes_2576316

Translation ...

AEK Athens striker Levi Garcia is interested in many clubs in Europe. If the Spanish club Levante has recently shown interest, it is Watford who is currently holding the rope.

The English have indeed submitted an offer of 5 million euros for the player of AEK Athens to release him from his contract. An offer that could convince the Greek club to sell one of its best players ...

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #594 on: August 16, 2021, 08:41:39 AM »
Interesting. Wish him all the best.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #595 on: August 16, 2021, 09:46:18 AM »
Unlikely that he'll get a work permit

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #596 on: August 16, 2021, 11:05:58 AM »
Unlikely that he'll get a work permit

Yes. It will be hard. If he has EU papers, then it might help.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #597 on: August 17, 2021, 07:09:19 AM »
With the transfer window closing at the end of August, the clock is ticking away for teams to make the final additions to their squads. According to multiple reports, the Hornets might be nearing a deal to sign a player once deemed by former Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic as “the best player in Israel.”


Hornets Reportedly Eyeing Move for Levi Garcia

According to Israeli outlet Sport 5, echoing a report from Homme Du Match, Watford have submitted a substantial offer for winger Levi Garcia, with the figure thought to be at least £4 million. Sport 5 suggests AEK Athens may be looking for twice that sum to secure the 23-year-old’s services. Beitar Jerusalem is keeping a close eye on any progress for a deal regarding Garcia as they are set to receive 40% of his sale from the Greek side. 

Garcia joined AEK Athens in the 2020 summer transfer window for a £2 million fee the year after he left Kiryat Shmona for Beitar Jerusalem in a £500,000 move. Numerous other clubs in Europe are reportedly vying for his services, including Levante.


Offers Versatility and Starting Competition if Signed

The Trinidad and Tobago international team player made his professional first-team breakthrough with AZ Alkmaar at the start of 2016. After making 44 Eredivisie appearances, notching three goals and six assists in the process, he made his move to the Israeli top-flight. With Kiryat Shmona, in all competitions, he scored three goals in 22 appearances. 

The following season, with Beitar Jerusalem, the “very fast, dynamic, excellent in one-on-ones, and an ideal player to break through defenses,” as Ivic called him, scored six goals and provided three assists in 33 appearances. With AEK Athens, the raw talent Ivic raved about continued to turn itself into goal-contribution output. In 35 appearances, Garcia scored six times and provided seven assists. 


Despite primarily lining up as an inverted right-winger last season, the left-footed attacker has played the majority of his career as a left-winger. In 93 career appearances as a left-winger, Garcia has scored 14 goals and provided an equal number of assists. As a right-winger, in 52 appearances, he tallied 11 goals and seven assists. He even has found success on multiple occasions at centre-forward, providing three assists and scoring twice in 12 matches in the position

Not Destined to Happen – Still Worth Keeping an Eye On

Whether a deal to bring Garcia to Watford is actually close to happening, even with the reports, is still hard to determine. Considering the attacking threat Watford showed in their victory against Aston Villa, and with Joshua King and Joao Pedro yet to return from injury, a move for yet another attacker does not seem the most necessary. Perhaps Garcia could be brought in and then loaned out to provide competition for out-on-loan right-winger Philip Zinckernagel for who Ismaila Sarr’s successor will be. If Garcia is to arrive in this transfer window and stay, then minutes for Ken Sema will quickly become scarce. 

Nonetheless, Garcia is an exciting player with lots of raw talent and tremendous potential. A move is likely still a long way away from being completed as things stand, though if the shocking transfer were to be made, the Hornets’ faithful would have plenty to be excited about.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #598 on: August 19, 2021, 07:37:38 AM »
Injury could hamper Garcia’s Watford, Wolfsburg move.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


T&T senior national football team and AEK Athens winger Levi Garcia is set to miss the start of his team's 2021/2022 season which kicks off on Saturday against OFI in the Greece Super League.

This after he suffered a torn meniscus which will have him sidelined for up to four weeks which now puts his possible transfer to English Premiership club, Watford FC or German Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg at risk.

The 23-year-old Garcia missed T&T's recent Concacaf Gold Cup involvement in the USA recently as he focused on recuperating from a hectic 2020/2021 which ended with his participation with the national team in the disastrous 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying campaign in early June.

And with less than a week before the new Greek season kicked off the former Holland-based player was looking forward to building on his five goals scored from 26 appearances in his debut season in the Greek Super League after joining from Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem.

Earlier this month his younger brother Judah Garcia, 20, also signed with AEK Athens on a three-year contract and will line up for the second team in the Greek Super League 2.

But within recent days it was stated that while the younger Garcia has joined the club, his older brother could be on the way out with Premier League newcomers Watford having made a £4 million bid for the older Garcia, according to Sky Sports and Homme du Match.

A versatile wide man who can also play through the middle, former AZ Alkmaar youngster Garcia who scored a brace for T&T on his senior team debut also produced seven assists for Greek outfit last season.

It is understood that the bid by Watford for Garcia once dubbed the best player in the Israeli league by his then coach Vladimir Ivic is seen as a test-the-water but is way off the figure wanted by AEK, rumoured to be closer to £11 million for the speedy attacker.

Xisco Munoz’s side might have begun the new season in fine fettle, an Ismaila Sarr-inspired Watford out-playing and out-fighting Aston Villa, 3-2 on the opening day, but no one at Vicarage Road is getting carried away just yet.

However, Sarr is said to want out of Watford amid reports of a £40 million bid from Liverpool, which may see the bid for Garcia increased, depending on the seriousness of his injury.

According to another report, injured or not, Garcia has attracted a lot of interest from many clubs but AEK will not listen to offers for less than €15M while the highest bid so far is €7M from Wolfsburg, which was rejected.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #599 on: September 20, 2021, 11:26:41 AM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia receives the first red card of his club career during a match between AEK Athens and OFI Crete FC. Was it justified?

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