Top 6 squad players

by   |   25/05/2019  10 Comments  [Jump to last]

Okay... I'm having some withdrawal symptoms from the season ending. It's hard to let go, especially as we were in the best run of form that I can remember for the last couple of years.

Looking at the teams above us, are there any players from those with more to offer, that find it hard to nail down a place and that would consider coming over to our 'project'?

Shaqiri... who would have him? Is Sane out of our league? How about Mahrez? Don't these players want to play more often? Let's face it, wages don't seem to be a problem. Of course, the lack of European football is.

Man Utd have a few such as Lingard that might be persuaded. Or do we always have to look abroad for the bargains?

Are we still at the level of Welbeck and hoping he stays fit? We won't get Aubameyang or Lacazette, I guess we have to find our own. I just think there are good players out there we should or could coax that are yet to hit their peak.

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Bill Watson
1 Posted 27/05/2019 at 01:19:53
Shaqiri is exactly the sort of player we don't need!
Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 27/05/2019 at 04:14:14
Why not, after all we've been taking Man Utd's non-1st team players for years while others take our best.
Si Smith
3 Posted 27/05/2019 at 19:58:00
This is what we pay scouts for!

Hate to say it, look at the red shite, they have continually got their recruitment spot on for years (apart from the blip after the sale of Suarez).

We need our scouts to find our version of Torres, Suarez, Salah, Mane or Firmino!

David Pearl
4 Posted 28/05/2019 at 13:07:21
I'd like us to sign a midfield player that can score for a change. Whoever we play only have to stop a couple of players to stop us.

We are linked with players unproven in the Premier League, I'd just like to see some real intent this window.

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 28/05/2019 at 17:07:03
David & Si, I'm not disagreeing with you but I was just working out those we've sold as I intimated in my #2 albeit they weren't all around at the same time but they would make the basis of a fair team:

Rooney, Rodwell, Lescott, Arteta, Fellaini, Stones, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Barkley.

Fran Mitchell
6 Posted 28/05/2019 at 17:30:57
Sane!?!?!? Hahahahahaah. Love the optimism, but he'll have his pick of top European clubs should Man City sanction a move.

Going for 'squad' players of the top 6 isn't what we need because the ones we can get are 'reserve' 'back up', ie, not good enough, and the ones we want are 'squad/rotation' players and they would never come.

We need young, hungry players who can take us to the next level. And maybe an elder statesman type to bring that nous and experience to the squad, like Gareth Barry did some years back.

David Pearl
7 Posted 28/05/2019 at 17:35:17
Alan, you are right, when we've had a core set of players they get broken up. Such as Deulofeu, Barkley, Stones, Lukaku. That's why it's important we keep our best and hopefully Gomes and Zouma too.

If we don't, we still have a good improving squad. The likes of Richarlison and Digne, Gana, Keane etc are coveted. I just hope we show the ambition required to keep improving now. Welbeck might be more of a step to the side... but, if we get him, I will give him a chance.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 28/05/2019 at 18:21:25
I understand your sentiment but most of those are now confined to history.

Of the currently relative players Stones seems unable to get in City's first choice team, Fellaini couldn't get a game at Man Utd, and it seems Lukaku has gone the same way, Deulofeu blows hot and cold and only lasts around 60 minutes, and Barkley will never be a regular in a top-six team.

We need a team for the future based on quick, skillful motivated players who can score goals or, in the case of defenders, who can help keep clean sheets.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 29/05/2019 at 05:37:45
History or not, Jay, the only continuity is that Everton sold them all... and when you read the title of the piece, ask yourself what Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Barca and Chelsea have to do with the players I mentioned.
Alex Gray
10 Posted 08/06/2019 at 06:58:37
There's an irony here, comparing the comments on this post vs the one saying Kurt Zouma is a must sign.

The top 6 have bigger squads and there are various reasons why players don't fit but can still come good elsewhere. Let's also have a quick reality check, we are a long way off competing with the top 6, they have elite, world class players and their fringe players are still an upgrade on some of our starting 11.

We have done quite well with some of our signings from ‘bigger' clubs who were looking to offload, some work out, some don't... that's also true for our signings from ‘smaller' clubs where they were reluctant to sell to us.

We signed Lukaku and Barry in the same window, both were cracking players. If we could repeat that with equivalent players this window I'd bite your hand off!

Looking abroad, we have done well with the Barca signings, albeit appreciate that's slightly off topic even if it is continuing the spirit of players who have failed to make the grade.

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