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1 Posted 24/04/2017 at 07:47:08
Carragher; "Yes, you want to win trophies, but the main thing is to play, week-in & week-out".
Oh, bore off Jamie.
2 Posted 24/04/2017 at 08:16:43
Get that elusive (since the Arteta days) creative little genius in the centre of the park, someone that can actually get their head up consistently and see a pass on. Must also be capable of scoring something near to ten goals, would be a big benefit.
3 Posted 24/04/2017 at 09:53:18
As he will be a regular starter - then we have plenty of cover.
RCB: Keane / Holgate / Jags / Pennington
LCB: Williams / Funes Mori / Galloway / Feeney
That is 5 senior CBs including Holgate... Although I think Mori might be heading out (he isn't as physical as Koeman likes his CBs to be IMO), so get in someone like Maguire or a Welsh/Koeman special.
To be honest, we have plenty of depth at RB, so if anything I think we need a short term solution while Coleman is out.
RB: Coleman / Holgate / Kenny / Connolly / Browning / Jones
So maybe Zabaleta on loan could fix the problem for now if the youngsters aren't ready... but I've been very impressed with Kenny.
We need one in at LB as we are a little short. But I have also been extremely impressed with Robinson at LB... he is very physical & strong, while also being great on the ball & very fast.
Personally I'd get in Chilwell & and Sessegnon from Fulham. Send Sessegnon back on loan.
LB: Baines / Chilwell / Robinson / Sessegnon
I'd get in Tielemans quickly as I think he is going to be the next Dele Alli.
Him & Davies will share the free CM role that Davies has been playing. That gives them plenty of games across a European season between them!
RCM: Idrissa / McCarthy / Besic
CDM: Schneiderlin / Barry / Baningime
LCM: Tielemans / Davies / Walsh
Which leaves us a little light at CDM & even possibly at one of the CM roles as I see McCarthy leaving.
So we need to get in a Walsh special there I think maybe a young Idrissa... Although I have been impressed with Baningime in the U23s!
At CAM we need some fire power I don't think Mirallas is good enough as a starter, he isn't consistent enough. So I'd replace him with Mr consistent Sigurdsson.
RAM: Barkley / Bolasie / Lookman / Dowell
LAM: Sigurdsson / Mirallas / Calvert-Lewin
If Mirallas leaves then Zaha or another Walsh special, or even Rooney.
At Striker I think Lukaku will stay, but there are plenty of options!
Iheanacho is first choice
But the likes of Perez / Batshauyi / Janssen / Dolberg
Plus the likes of Sambou coming through, I think he will be a great player.
ST: Lukaku / Iheanacho / Sambou
Or if Lukaku leaves:
ST: Perez / Iheanacho / Sambou
4 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:26:27
You go through many names and options there but, asides from the likes of Keane and Sigurdsson, there's none there that are likely to push us into a top 4 battle.
Too many untried kids and not enough seasoned experience that are at the peak of their powers. You forget that we now have more financial power than ever before, we have many young talents for three or four years down the line like Lookman etc and even Davies from me, not a regular if there's a man there at the age of 25/26 pulling the strings.
We don't need a young Idrissa, do you mean the same type of player as him? Another defensive midfielder? Gueye is 27 and so is Schneiderlin so we don't need anymore defensive ball-winners.
Calvert-Lewin from what I've seen is far too immobile to play out wide, doesn't possess pace nor skill.
We need to be looking at top strikers if Lukaku goes... Lacazette of Lyon for example. Batshauyi at Chelsea, from the career I've seen, he is too loose a cannon, a poor man's Daniel Sturridge.
5 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:44:33
Lookman not a midfielder, not yet ready, too lightweight.
Bolasie nowhere near ready until the New Year (if he comes back the same).
Dowell nowhere near the first team, at present from what I've seen the Premier League looks too heavy for him, I recall having this argument 18 months ago when every man and his dog was saying throw David Henen in the team.
And as for Barkley?
This guy has scored just four goals in 18 months, has stood still since 2013-14 and no longer gets anywhere near shooting or consistently looking like a threat in the so-called "bigger games".
Its very easy to just play Championship Manager with our squad and think with a few young kids that are five years off being ready, that we are going to start looking any better than we are now.
For me, we still haven't had a kid anywhere near worth the hype they receive since the emergence of Wayne Rooney in 2002.
We've had: Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell receive Roy Keane/Steven Gerrard comparisons over the years.
Tom Davies comes through and he will receive the same crazy "superstar" tag without having even a full season. The past shows us that seldom few youth come through and make a truly team changing impact, there's been steady Eddie's like Osman, Hilbert etc but apart from the all too brief appearance in blue of Wayne Rooney there's been no real talent that's genuinely got you that excited you thought anything was possible.
The players that have made a huge difference and become cult like we have had to buy: Lukaku etc.
6 Posted 24/04/2017 at 11:53:31
Any player who gets to play 50+ games for us has done incredibly well and I think Tom Davies and a few others have that potential. I agree they may not be the ones to shoot us into the Champions League but (although I think we should at least try for them) I don't see the like of Lacazzette coming here yet
7 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:03:50
I agree with that.
Tom Davies for me looks the most likely at the minute, looks well suited to the demands of the Premier League, and is likely to have a positive future here.
8 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:12:48
9 Posted 24/04/2017 at 12:22:39
I would be happy to keep Coleman, Baines, Holgate, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Mirallas, Lookman and Lukaku and replace just about everyone else in the squad, including Barkley. And half of the players I've named will be bench warmers and/or Europa League fill-ins.
10 Posted 24/04/2017 at 14:35:39
Keane and Sigurdsson are better than what we have. However, a James Rodriguez or Lacazette would be the marquee statement of intent, a la Robinho to Man City all those years ago.
11 Posted 24/04/2017 at 14:54:42
12 Posted 24/04/2017 at 15:18:32
Is this the same guy that was, figuratively speaking, up Lukaku's arse being turned last week?
14 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:08:50
15 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:10:13
The signings that will make a difference for me and also show real intent, are the likes of Van Dijk from Southampton, Dembele from Celtic, Sessegon from Fulham, Teilemans and Fabregas or similar. What I wish for and what I expect to see may not be the same. Something similar may happen, and there will surely be a surprise we've never heard of (Gana) or forgotten about (Ryan Gauld from Lisbon), or a genius on the slide (Rooney)...
I love what Rhino is doing with the Under-23s but next season I don't expect to see anyone other than Kenny break through but if they do, and it improves the team more so than a transfer would, then great.
16 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:24:02
Imagine the abuse:
'YOU'RE SHY & YOU KNOW YOU ARE, YOU'RE SHY & YOU KNOW YOU ARE'.
17 Posted 24/04/2017 at 17:30:41
18 Posted 24/04/2017 at 18:55:05
19 Posted 24/04/2017 at 19:17:45
With the new-found mega millions we have available to us I'd like to see us do a publicity stunt and get up the media's noses, how about a mega bid for Coutinho? Offer to triple his wages at Liverpool??
After all, Manchester City prized Red Devil fan favourite Carlos Tevez from Manchester United, did they not?.
20 Posted 25/04/2017 at 05:32:01
21 Posted 25/04/2017 at 12:34:13
22 Posted 25/04/2017 at 15:18:55
23 Posted 26/04/2017 at 20:52:13
A bit harsh on Joey Barton, that ban, don't you think? That's effectively a lifetime ban. If I was him, I'd go back to Marseille or to the MLS.
24 Posted 28/04/2017 at 14:13:58
25 Posted 28/04/2017 at 16:13:55
I like to see Galloway or Browning given a chance in pre-season. Maybe sign John Terry on a short-term one- or two-year contract.
26 Posted 12/05/2017 at 18:23:28
The next best are Schneiderlin and Davies who would be bit part players in Man Utd or Arsenal's teams, no others.
Assuming we lose the latter, that's 10 replacements needed to break the top four or an amazing collective effort from inferior players.
When you consider the investment required to take us to the next level – and don't get me wrong I fully expect the sale of Lukaku and Barkley for big money in order to finance an overhaul – I can't see us inserting the marquis signings of Lacazette etc; rather we will continue adding the young talented potential stars of the future, raising the standard gradually and creating a sustainable model on the pitch, á la Arsenal and Southampton.
More power to Mr Moshiri's elbow, I say.
27 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:23:17
28 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:25:42
29 Posted 19/05/2017 at 21:31:57
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