A claim by AS Argentina has it that the Blues will submit an offer for less than his €25m release clause this week.
Barrios was a regular for Colombia along with Yerry Mina at the World Cup and was infamous among England fans for a headbutt on Jordan Henderson during the two nations' Round of 16 clash in Russia.
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1 Posted 07/01/2019 at 00:20:04
2 Posted 07/01/2019 at 03:00:38
3 Posted 07/01/2019 at 03:04:07
We need a leader, a provider and a striker. Hopefully all in the same player, but I guess that's hoping for too much.
I would not say no to Fellaini in a loan deal, though.
4 Posted 07/01/2019 at 05:29:51
Like Neil and Gaute have mentioned, another midfielder would not seem to be a priority in this window.
5 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:05:01
6 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:22:18
Barrios is one of the best players in Argentina and covers a lot of ground, winning balls all over the park whilst being a pretty decent passer.
If he can be that all round central midfielder that wins us the crucial battles in the middle then hell be a great signing.
Brands knows all about our need for a striker, but consistent young goalscorers are VERY hard to find.
7 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:26:44
8 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:38:34
Anyone who can defend good is welcome at Goodison.
I agree a class striker is also a necessity right now but what's the point if there is a lack of creativity ?
Being creative is not keeping possession whilst passing the ball sideways and backwards then giving it up tamely.
9 Posted 07/01/2019 at 08:21:45
10 Posted 07/01/2019 at 09:09:49
I thought that Brands was brought in to earmark players to improve the squad. Moshri, Silva and Brands need to sit down together and discuss, what is needed, and who they can let go.
11 Posted 07/01/2019 at 09:32:42
Standard disclaimer regarding highlights videos, blah blah
12 Posted 07/01/2019 at 09:36:06
just as much as a striker. Can he speak English for the shouting.
13 Posted 07/01/2019 at 09:43:10
I like the way you describe a very important position, that we have nobody good enough to play just yet, and this makes me think that this rumour could have legs?
14 Posted 07/01/2019 at 09:44:20
15 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:25:32
16 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:27:52
17 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:54:05
18 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:40:35
Of course we need a striker, but we also need a combative centre mid, who can add a bit of steel, protect the back four and perhaps turn the narrow defeats & draws into wins.
People keep talking about getting rid of Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Davies out on loan, etc. No point doing that unless we bring someone in who is better.
19 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:51:43
You know at half-time, when the forkers come on and replace the divots... well, Anichebe can do it whilst he's on his hands and knees punching the ground after losing yet another ball.
Although, thinking about it... he's a useless forker.
20 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:56:47
If, and only if, Marcel Brands has plans of shipping a couple out, hopefully Schneiderlin being one, but there has been rumour of interest from PSG in Gana too, this would make good sense.
While I would not particularly want to see Gana go, he has proved when injured, how much he is missed.
Having said that, he does have that trait in his game misplacing passes too regularly, but at least he wins the ball back again in most cases.
If we could land Barrios who is more tenacious by all accounts, it could benefit the team as a whole.
21 Posted 07/01/2019 at 13:22:12
22 Posted 07/01/2019 at 13:54:38
23 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:06:21
24 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:22:53
25 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:59:24
We could get Barios for approx €20M.
26 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:02:00
Slightly strange we aren't in for Abraham. Surely we could get him over Wolves? Better than Calvert-Lewin, Tosun and Niasse and lots of potential.
27 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:07:06
I think most fans know which players need moving on. Its like finding the elusive striker. Easier said than done.
28 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:23:57
I agree with everyone regarding needing a striker but don't know of any who fit the way we play who are currently available or would actually come to us. There seems to be a lot of names being thrown about but we don't want to end up with another dud and more wasted money. We're not going to finish top six this season I think we'll have more luck in the summer.
29 Posted 07/01/2019 at 16:02:54
When you can't get a goal, at least get a point.
30 Posted 07/01/2019 at 16:55:56
31 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:07:04
32 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:08:45
Our central defenders get caught out by a simple ball over the top because they are pushing up to release the ball into the midfield rather than having a central midfielder able to drop back, get the ball and link with Gana and Gomes to initiate attacks. Gomes has to drop deeper because of the absence of the 'pivot' role and loses much of his effectiveness.
I don't know if this lad is the answer – and a player like Wanyama may be a better option as he is adjusted to the pace of the Premier League – but I think the role is important to fill.
33 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:00:23
Nonetheless, I vote no. He should have been sent off in the World Cup, and he was sent off in extra time of the Copa Libertadores final last month and probably cost Boca the Cup. The guy he'd been marking scored the game-winner.
We need aggression in the side, but we need aggressors who can keep their heads under pressure. This guy blew his cool in the two biggest occasions of his life.
34 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:11:21
Did you know that only once in his entire career has the man scored more than three goals in a league season?
Love ya, Vic. Try rugby.
35 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:17:32
36 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:31:48
I agree with Phil Head who is 100% correct. We need someone who can HOLD his position and protect the back for. Gueye is a Hunter, not a Holder. Hes also 29. Cash in, buy someone of the Barrios profile, if not Barrios. If we sold Gueye to PSG wed pocket a few quid to use to buy Gomes or a striker. So it makes sense from different angles.
We need to get a midfielder of the profile Phil Head describes and Ive gone on at length about this. I havent seen enough of Barrios to know if he can pass well enough, but if he can, its a no brainer and can transform the whole dynamic of the side.
The first thing Silva on being appointed did was talk about this type of player. Granted he was talking about schneiderlin, but you need to underline the qualities silva thought Schniederlin had. This is essential to how silva wants to play and we quite simply do not have this type of player.
37 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:35:09
You are right, Gueye is a (Norman) Hunter
38 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:04:29
A younger version in Barrios is a smart bit of business, added to this we could make a profit on the two deals also.
39 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:10:27
I didn't see how well he could move the ball around. Age is an up-side, and he should settle with Mina about and other Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the squad.
We definitely need the upgrade.
40 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:10:25
But I doubt he's any kind of contributor in attack – according to Transfermarkt, in 150 Primera league games in Argentina, he has one goal and two assists.
41 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:12:54
42 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:21:52
43 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:55:39
He's got a good 3 or 4 years in him yet and his body is able to cope with the all-action style unlike the rest of the midfielders.
I've seen him on the receiving end of some very poor tackles too but manages to shake them off and carry on. He may not be the best but he's reliable in both his role in the team, fitness and is a near ever present in terms of availability. I'd want serious money and a proven replacement in before even considering letting him go.
Barrios would have a lot to prove to me. I simply don't know enough about him. Can he settle and cope with the Premier league in a freezing cold Jan/Feb period?
Wanyama a good shout but the difference is he misses large chunks of the season through injury and has done for years. It may not be his fault but, if you can't rely on someone always being available, then what's the point of bringing him in as a replacement for such a pivotal role.
Why not just get Kante if he's not wanted by Chelsea?
44 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:59:10
45 Posted 07/01/2019 at 21:20:34
Gueye will never, ever be able to sit in and hold position. That's not his game. Making him do so takes away the best part of his game. If you want the best out of Gueye, sit him deep with a supreme passer like Xabi Alonso and he'd look a world beater. We can't sign a world class player like that. It also does not fit the players we have.
Instead we need one player who can sit behind two, who then go box to box. Gomes is certainly one. The other could be Sigurdsson, but I have doubts. Davies, if he finds some form and some improvement to his top line, could be an option. McCarthy as well. But really we need to sign another box-to-box midfielder in the summer, preferably with some pace.
I don't think Gueye, for all his strengths, gives us good enough balance. And whilst he is a supremely fit 29-year-old, there's always a bad injury around the corner, and they suddenly come from nowhere at 29. Just ask Coleman, who looks like he will never recover his best.
46 Posted 08/01/2019 at 02:46:33
47 Posted 08/01/2019 at 03:29:36
I love Gana. Always have. I've waxed lyrical about him, contested his worth with posters, and it's not worth regurgitating.
I have a hard time letting go of players I like. I'd be an awful GM as my team would be comprised of a bunch of 33 year olds I thought were mint.
I'll be very, very sad to see Gueye go, if he does. But if Barrios is his replacement and we cash in on Gana, then I hope he comes here, is a ball-winning destroyer in the middle, and keeps his head firmly screwed on.
DM is by far my favorite position. If this kid tackles cleanly, is hard as nails, and plays a tough game, I'm sure I'll like him.
Time will tell.
The one wonderful, calming effect on all this for me, is Marcel Brands. I trust him implicitly.
48 Posted 08/01/2019 at 03:44:38
The thing that concerns me in that highlight reel, is how many times he leaves his feet to make a tackle. That scares me a bit.
Leaving your feet is getting to be a big, big no-no in the Premier League. He might be carded a lot by really shitty English refs who don't know a good tackle when they see one, especially if the player leaves his feet.
49 Posted 08/01/2019 at 04:23:10
50 Posted 08/01/2019 at 05:56:41
51 Posted 08/01/2019 at 17:59:33
52 Posted 09/01/2019 at 05:13:03
53 Posted 09/01/2019 at 13:30:00
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