I would like to comment on how well Manny played yesterday. His set pieces and corners were mainly excellent and his passing at times sublime. He controlled the game.
I think we should sign him, Valencia have their own issues and if we can get him in the £8-10 miliion bracket, he would be a terrific addition to the squad. A fully fit Manny with a run of games, I feel will be one of the best midfielders in the Prem!!!!
Gary Tudor, Posted 12/05/2008 at 13:21:24
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1 Posted 12/05/2008 at 15:49:05
2 Posted 12/05/2008 at 15:46:55
3 Posted 12/05/2008 at 15:45:46
All in all he was excellent though. His passing, set pieces and quality on the ball was there for everyone to see. He was our main creative force in the game. He also worked hard and tracked the lively N?zogbia well.
Manny is potentially a class player and even at his current level at full fitness is a lot better than we?ve got centrally. We won?t attract any better in my opinion.
4 Posted 12/05/2008 at 15:59:27
Arteta, Pienaar, Osman, Cahill, Fernandes. Beautiful.
5 Posted 12/05/2008 at 15:59:49
I guess he must have left the club now now and is on his way back to Valencia, well after his hols of ccourse!
6 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:07:50
Imagine him with a moyes pre-season behind him & a few tune up friendlies. I stand by what i said when came 1st time around. SIGN HIM
He genuinly could be the one of the top midfielder’s we are all after, and the one to take the deep lying midfield role. I hope he’s still here next season
7 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:00:13
I agree although it was difficult for him being switched from mid out to the wings where he is less effective and yet he still produced a MOM performance for me.
His touch on the ball especially free kicks and shots were overall a class above what we’ve had before.
I think he’s a "must sign" player preferrably with the funds that were "earmarked" for him last August leaving next seasons kitty bolstered by the 6 million from Faddy and the Sky bonus money intact.
More on that later I’m sure.
8 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:27:58
9 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:28:08
I think he is looking to get him on loan for another 6 months and sign him next January.
I was one of those that thought he has lost it but the last two games , he has shown that class again.
10 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:22:50
If we should sign him, I hope Arteta does not take it too hard when the decision comes down who takes the free kicks. We were a legitimate threat for every dead ball situation yesterday.
11 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:34:09
This would be ideal. He definitely has potential, but through a further loan deal we would be lessening the risk, in case he doesn’t develop how we envision, and freeing up funds for other additions this summer.
It sounds quite unlikely. I just have a feeling.
12 Posted 12/05/2008 at 16:39:04
the only thing having him on loan for another 6 to 12 months will do is alert other teams to his ability.
If we were on the brink of signing him last August("Fernandes will be signing in the morning" -BK) and we have had the chance to look at him again since he has been fit (not before)and in training.
So if we dont know he’s good enough by now we never will.
13 Posted 12/05/2008 at 17:16:47
I feel if we don?t sign him or somebody of a equal standard then we will be taking a step-backwards.
We must get the cashbook out this year because as we ?ve just seen Villa were hot on our tails and they will improve thier squad this summer.
14 Posted 12/05/2008 at 17:34:30
15 Posted 12/05/2008 at 18:22:50
And can I echo your sentiments.
Great site Michael,Lyndon and all the lads(and Girls) in fact the best Blues site on the web by miles.
Thanks to you all and to all the Blue posters who make it so great even though we may disagree with a few.
Its all about opinions.
16 Posted 12/05/2008 at 18:24:22
Fernandes is also the missing link that makes us play the ball on the ground. He picks it up off the defence, he looks for the quality and decisive through ball to the forwards, he’s an expert dead-ball player and he adds a bit of height to the midfield. All this, and he has been played out of position on the wing, play him in the middle and he will get even better.
Next years team:
Neville Yobo Lescott Baines
Arteta Osman Fernandes Cahill Pienaar
17 Posted 12/05/2008 at 20:10:07
18 Posted 12/05/2008 at 20:19:13
19 Posted 12/05/2008 at 20:44:26
It was Moyes saying that he had a ’few ideas’ regarding Fernandes. This suggests to me something less conventional than a straight forward transfer.
I guess we’ll soon find out.
20 Posted 12/05/2008 at 20:52:44
I would love to see him play in Osman’s preferred position just of the front 1 or 2, IMO that’s were he does his best work in final 3rd great vision, can thread a defence splitting pass and he’s not afraid to shoot. I think with that dominant Centre Mid that posses strength & presence we crave, we ’d have a fantastic looking midfield that would kick us on to that next level.... That’s nothing against Osman by the way, he had a very good game yesterday and has had a good season overall and would still play apart in the squad, I just believe we need better than him if were to progress week in week out.
21 Posted 12/05/2008 at 21:24:24
22 Posted 12/05/2008 at 21:47:34
23 Posted 12/05/2008 at 21:53:27
24 Posted 12/05/2008 at 22:32:55
25 Posted 12/05/2008 at 22:50:28
26 Posted 12/05/2008 at 23:26:20
I think he has in mind say £6 million down and the rest over so many games but as its EFC we never know.
Dave Ellis as far as I?m aware Valencia bought the other 50% out at the time and therefore own him 100%.
I believe it cost them about 18 million euros so I guess we might get him for 10 million pounds.
I couldn't see them taking much less although as I said some may be on the never never.
IMO he?s worth whatever we need to pay.
27 Posted 12/05/2008 at 23:45:45
Make a good start in Europe and its going to be a long hard season again - we hope. A fully fit and committed Fernando will be a big asset. And I suspect this is how DM’s mind is working now.
28 Posted 13/05/2008 at 00:29:50
29 Posted 13/05/2008 at 00:33:11
I think, if he wants to stay, its a no-brainer (or whatever it is Americans say) - he MUST be signed. (Please).
30 Posted 13/05/2008 at 00:58:29
The best pass for me was the one where he put Victor through who eventually crossed to Yak. No one expected it and it put Capaca completely off balance. A left footed through ball it was.
To be honest though as a team we played excellent. Pienaar, Fernandes, Carsley and Osman all showed for there defenders and passed and moved. I was really impressed. Players like Pienaar and Fernandes are excellent footballers and over the past two games (Arsenal and Newcastle) have shown that if we play football to feet they’ll revel.
People have had a go at Pienaar lately because of his size and I think it was completely unfair as it was to dismiss Fernandes straight away after a few bad games. Both are very good footballers in my opinion.
31 Posted 13/05/2008 at 03:00:43
32 Posted 13/05/2008 at 04:15:26
33 Posted 13/05/2008 at 10:42:34
They will offer more money to valencia and better wages (as usual).
34 Posted 13/05/2008 at 12:50:41
35 Posted 13/05/2008 at 17:27:37
Dave Flinton - I can’t argue with your logic, we’ve seen it so many times before. Hopefully the continued stagnation of the barcodes will put him off.
36 Posted 14/05/2008 at 02:19:47
I’ve always been an admirer of Fernandes as he is a different class to the players we already have, including Arteta. If we procrastinate on this one and lose out, I’ll be really pissed off.