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Everton quoted £35m for Batshuayi

| Wednesday, 30 January 2019 79comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are still interested in singing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea before tomorrow's transfer deadline but will need to stump up a big fee for the striker.

According to The Guardian, the Blues would have to shell out £35m to land Batshuayi with a loan deal off the table unless Kurt Zouma is the one signed in a permanent deal. Premier League rules forbid a club from loaning more than one player from a rival team.

Batshuayi has been on loan at Valencia this season but was due to be sent back to London halfway through his spell with the Liga outfit.

A loan move to Monaco looked close to completion earlier this month but it fell through leaving the Belgian in limbo unless he can secure a move elsewhere.

Everton officials are on record as saying that there would be no incoming signings this month without outgoing player sales. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye is the subject of a bid from Paris St Germain but the Blues are said to be holding out for £35m for the Senegal international.

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:44:15
Not worth £20M.
Martin Berry
2 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:47:35
Tricky one this as everyone is after a striker of quality. If he starts knocking them in, he may be seen as a bargain, and he will have some resale value at being 25.

I would say Yes.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:53:42
Buy Zouma and rent Batshuyai, the latter is a much bigger risk and may not be up for the challenge. The former would become a fixture for us in defence for the next 5 years.

Agree with Steve, not worth £20m and is a big gamble. Most recent performances are not of a £35m player and the Premier League is a tougher environment.

Valencia's La Liga stats, 2018-19:
Matches 15
Goals 1
Assists 3

Buy Zouma with the dosh so he becomes an EFC player then were free to loan Batshuyai from Chelsea and send him back free of charge if it is not going to plan.

Free to plan and make a better decision in the summer.

Paul Setter
4 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:57:02
We don't half buy some overpriced muck, modern day version of Paulo Wanchope.
Jimmy Hogan
5 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:00:35
I can't see us doing any business tomorrow. You heard it from Brands weeks ago.
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:01:41
He's not had 10 starts for a club in one season since 2015/16. No-one is going to reach their best in such a situation.

He was pretty good for Marseille before he entered that limbo and if he could find that sort of form then he'd be a very good signing. Over his whole career he has 52 goals in 7661 minutes, just over one every two matches. Handy enough.

But there are reasons why neither Dortmund nor Valencia wanted him permanently, his link play is suspicious and his appetite questionable. It's been a while since he really shone. I'd say £35m is steep. I'd take him for £15-20m. Brands will have an idea of what other strikers are out there and may be available this summer.

Michael Lynch
7 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:01:57
I don't think we should be spending that sort of money on a striker in January. It feels like a panic buy, and we have nothing to panic about. We're going to finish mid-table, we're out of the cups, we should keep our powder dry til the summer.

Brian Williams
8 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:02:28
We haven't bought him, Paul.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:02:30
I know a lot of what we read is made up space filling sensationalism, but usually there are some vestiges of a true story in there somewhere, no smoke without fire.

It was only a fortnight or so ago, saying that Batshuayi could be available for £14M, how come he is suddenly up to £35M on the vinegar stroke of the Transfer Deadline?

Jeff Armstrong
10 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:04:30
Signing this guy at that kind of money would be another massive cock up, surpassing Klaassen, Tosun, Walcott and Bolasie as overpriced average players, Siggurdson and Keane were also overpriced but at least we get a tune out them.
Anthony A Hughes
11 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:05:17
I think it's the stench of desperate clubs pushing up his price.
Darren Hind
12 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:06:23
Roman Sidey
13 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:08:56
Because it's the vinegar stroke, Derek. Chelsea don't need to sell him tomorrow, but know any club trying to buy him this late are desperate, so they crank the price.

If loaning him depends on signing Zouma, then this is no-brainer. Zouma's been our standout defender - perhaps player overall - for a large part of the season, and is probably the only reason we've gotten anything out of the congested winter fixture.

Joe O'Brien
14 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:10:07
Not saying he's worth that price... but was Solanke worth £18 mil? 'No' is the answer.

You have to pay over the odds for every player at the moment, unless you try to unearth a gem... which again is a risk.

I don't however think we should buy him... although we definitely need a striker. Richarlison definitely wants one too, going by his recent comments.

John Pierce
15 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:12:28
Gana, perhaps Bolaise and even Tosun going somewhere with this rumour surfacing.
Davie Turner
16 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:12:44
Piatek is a better player who AC Milan paid less for.
Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:16:50
This guy is capable of 20 goals a season — go get him.
Tom Dexter
18 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:17:09
I would sign Zouma in a heartbeat - our best CB in the squad currently

As for ‘the Bat’ . not sure I can take him seriously since he smashed the ball into his own face off the post when celebrating from 4 inches out (that still creases me up)... and not worth signing permenantly - loan with option to buy for £18m (if we bought Zouma) if he does not stink the place out (which he undoubtably would)

Just in case you missed it the first time round - Link

Paul Jones
19 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:18:02
I agree that Zouma represents a better buy, but he's gone on record as saying he wants to return to Chelsea. Even if they don't want him back he may feel a decent season with us would put him on a better club's radar, so I can't seem him joining us.

As for Batshuayi; anything over £20m is a waste, it's a bad time to buy anyone, our season is over and we've got question marks over Silva's future. 4 good reasons to swerve this deal!

Laurie Hartley
20 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:19:01
If we are going to spend £35M on a striker, I would expect him to have a better goal scoring record in Europe than Cenk Tosun. No goer for me.
Derek Knox
21 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:27:35
Roman @13, now that would make a lot more sense, as other posters have rightly stated Zouma has been really good for us in the main, but possibly his loan deal does not allow for this to happen at the halfway stage.

The dudes in the suits would have to sort that one out, but at least it would allow us to assess whether he could work for us, as I have said on many occasions. It's very much a case of 'horses for courses, whether he would be a success or not, at least it wouldn't be money wasted blindly.

Paul Birmingham
22 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:33:11
In my view this fella has potential and had higher potential 5 years ago, but hasn't done the business now for 4 years.

I can't see Brands nor Moshiri sanctioning £35m on this player, like many have said on this thread, go for Zouma, as he's done well for us, assuming he'd stay.

But money talks, and I still sense Gana will be gone soon.

The question is, come the summer, who will be available and who'd want to play for Everton, in context of any top genuine quality player?

Gonna be some clear out sale this summer.

John Keating
23 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:36:26
January signings are notoriously more expensive.

This sounds a bit of a panic buy. Our season is over. Might be best to spend whatever money we have on someone Brands & Silva really wants in the summer.

Silva has enough on his plate with the mob he already has.

Keep clear and reassess things in the summer.

John Pierce
24 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:38:22
John, perhaps Silva knows if he doesn’t get 7th there will be no reassessing?
Jim Bennings
25 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:39:22
£35 million for Batshuayi, get real!!

Rather take a short term loan for Charlie Austin to get us through until May.

Darren Murphy
26 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:41:53
We would be Bats if we signed him. Worth about £15 mill tops. Take the punt for that and put Richarlison on the left where he's supposed to be.
Davie Turner
27 Posted 30/01/2019 at 21:49:42
Anyone watch the young lads, how is Fraser Hornby getting on?
Peter Warren
28 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:07:37
Sign Zouma, Play Tosun, Sign Doucoure, Play Football Manager.
Steve Ferns
29 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:12:34
I saw a report on the BBC that they announced the FIFA Future Stars. This is FIFA the game rather than the organisation that licences it. Supposedly the best young players in the world right now. It's a decent list, but I was surprised to see a certain Dominic Calvert-Lewin on it.

Clearly there's some panel who come up with these things. Presumably ex pros or something. But there's our Calvert-Lewin being singled out as a future star. That'll shock 90% of those on here.

It might mean nothing, but this kid does have talent and I think he needs more playing time. Despite his terrible last two appearances. I'll make it three and include last night where I thought he should have come on and played at full speed, chasing everyone down and running after everything, yet he looked a bit too pedestrian.

I find him infuriating. He's got the world at his finger tips and he needs a kick up the arse or something. He needs to develop a nasty streak. We all have them. Just work out how to wind him up and send him on the pitch angry. I think he'll be a better player for it.

Jim Bennings
30 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:18:51

We can keep saying Calvert-Lewin needs playing time but he has started many games and offered nothing at all let’s be honest.

How much longer (he’s 22 next month) before we all just have to simply accept that like many players across the eras, Cadamarteri, Vaughan, Anichebe to name a few, he’s just a better impact as substitute.

John Keating
31 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:25:51
Personally I'd sooner play Calvert-Lewin every game the rest of the season and let's see how he gets on, what's to lose?

I'd also give Kenny more playing time as I reckon he could save us a fortune on buying a replacement for Coleman.

Andy Crooks
32 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:30:36
Jim, I am nearly with you here. His show on Saturday was abject and, frankly, puzzling.

Steve, I agree he looks to have the potential to be special. But, hey, and forgive me for this hobby horse, he is being coached by the "legend".

What is, "sore back, sent off, let his teammates down, bullying (of the disabled)" got to do with coaching Dominic? Anyone know?

Steve Ferns
33 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:31:20
I think James Vaughan would have been a superstar if he had better luck with injuries. He was terrific. So fast and so stocky. He was built like a rugby winger. Probably because he was (his dad played for Preston grasshoppers which is why a brummie came through our academy). I think we’re unfair on Vaughan as to have three operations on his knees before he was out of his teens killed his career. He lost that searing pace, he clearly lost his fearlessness and he stopped getting stuck in and he was never the same player again. He was better at 17 than he was when he came to Goodison with Sunderland. He tried his heart out that night, spurred on by the reception he got and wanting to perform at Goodison one more time, but he was too bulky, too slow, and he was never technically gifted. But looking at the stats, as I’ve always followed him, he has always scored goals.

Victor never made the most of what he had. I’ve never seen such a brute be such a wimp. He should have been knocking defenders over, yet it was him on his arse looking at the ref, most of the time.

Cadamarteri has a freak season no one saw coming and traded it off it for years. His youth coach said he was close to being released a year before he exploded on the scene.

Calvert-Lewin is as quick as Vaughan. He was a great build and the frame to properly bulk up (if he wants to), he has better technique than the three you named and he’s started scoring goals. He’s goals per minute is quite impressive this season. So Jim, I refuse to give up on him. He’s a player we can polish into a diamond. If he was a Brazilian u20 World Cup winner, we’d have paid a fortune for him and he’d have played a lot more games.

Has he ever started 5 games in a row? I don’t think he’s ever had 3 in a row up top has he? Sharpy said he’s unsure on him, but he can’t be sure until he plays five in a row and is finally given a real run in the side.

Gavin Johnson
34 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:32:16
Batshuayi is a massive upgrade on what we have. He's been shite for half a season with Valencia in La Liga. Big deal!! He scored at Chelsea when he was given a run in the side. He had a better record than 1 in 2 in Germany and has scored at every club he's been at apart from Valencia

Sell Gana. Who's had his head turned and sign him with the money.

Steve Ferns
35 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:33:34
Andy, are you sure he is being “coached” by Ferguson. I don’t think he is. All Calvert-Lewin and Lukaku before him ever talk about when they mention Duncan is tips, words of advice. The coaching is not coming from the man in charge of putting the cones out.
Bill Gienapp
36 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:38:59
God, no – £35-million? Cut that asking price in half and then we'll talk.
John Malone
37 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:40:15
If we get £30 million for 29-year-old Gueye off Psg and give Chelsea £35 million for Batshuayi a 25-year-old striker who we are desperate for and are like rocking-horse shit, I'd say that is good business.

I'd also agree with others above, if given the choice, I would sign Zouma in a heartbeat and loan Batshuayi, Zouma has proved his worth; the latter hasn't.

Geoff Lambert
38 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:40:46
Jim #31,

My thoughts exactly. Calvert-Lewin is another average academy player who, at 23, will be playing for the likes of Sunderland or MK Dons.

Give me Batshuay any day, that price is not too bad and we might get £8 or 10 million for Calvert-Lewin towards his fee.

Sam Hoare
39 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:44:22
Steve, I'm frustrated as you are with Calvert-Lewin. He seems to have all the physical attributes to build upon. But I wonder about the mental attributes. I'm not sure he's got that fire or determination that a lot of good strikers have. And his decision making is inconsistent (though probably true of most young players).

Part of me wishes he could get 6 months in the championship starting every game to see if he really does have the desire to fight.

Drew O'Neall
40 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:52:00
Tony @ 3 has it.

Buy Zouma and loan Batshuayi.

Even if we can’t loan Batshuayi, still buy Zouma. He’s our best CB.

Jason Wilkinson
41 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:58:00
I do hope that reads £35 mmmm... No thanks – we've only got a score. Because £35 million for a player who has only registered three goals in a generally poor league. Prior to his move to Spain, he wasn't pulling any trees up either. Not for me!
Anthony Murphy
42 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:59:55
John #31, I would do the same.

Let's see what they've got over a sustained period. If there are no signs that they have what's needed by the summer, then go into the transfer market. We won't get a better opportunity to assess them and it may save a few quid.

With Batshuayi, I can't say I've genuinely seen enough of him to really judge the lad but if he really is as average as many seem to think and we do pay over the odds, then what does that say about our new director of football? For me, I'm happy to judge him in an Everton shirt if he signs.

Andy Crooks
43 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:01:30
Steve, surely, surely, "the legend", is not just putting the cones out. Surely, he plans sessions with Marco in advance. Works, time after, time with Dominic, on his movement, dealing with brute centre-halves, dropping back, holding up and laying wide, stepping two steps back and moving in at corners, looking at a hundred videos of Alan Clarke stealing space and being a slightly built intimidator.

You and I and many on this site know that Dominic has it all bar, maybe, just maybe not what the extra bit is. What I can say, in my view is that Duncan fucking Ferguson should not be mentoring my cat.

Spot on re Vaughan. Fucked over by Moyes. He got five minutes, time after time to show his worth. Ran like a mad man,then did it again. Tried his heart out,got injured, then tried it again. A monumental example of a player wasted, badly coached and let down by short term, short-sighted, ineptitude.

Jay Harris
44 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:06:48
I don't think there is any doubt that buying Zouma if it was an option would be greeted with universal approval but £35M for a player who has a very dubious track record is plain stupid.

He is certainly no Lukaku and if we are to ever get back on track thats the sort of level we should be aiming at.

I totally agree with Steve that Calvert-Lewin is far less of a risk and may just develop into the striker we all want him to be but for me Batshuayi, even at £20M is a No Thanks.

Michael Lynch
45 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:13:23
Calvert-Lewin has shown absolutely no signs of being a top striker, none whatsoever. Now that doesn't mean he won't become one, but there is no evidence yet to suggest it will happen.

Sure, he has a decent physique, he's quick and he has good feet, but then so did fucking Shergar and he never even got a place on our bench.

Tom Bowers
46 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:18:58
Hard to think anything is going to happen in the next 24 hours and besides it would have already happened if the powers to be thought that Silva wasn't going to make a silk purse from everything he already has in this squad.

Unless quiet negotiations have been going on since and maybe even before January 1st. it's highly unlikely there will be any incomings.

If Batshuayi is not good enough to start for Chelski then Everton shouldn't even think about buying him now or even later.

Jim Bennings
47 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:22:51
What Calvert-Lewin is and I'll credit him for, is a fairly decent option from the bench.

He looks out of his depth when he starts games and for me he is missing too many key components to be a top player, for a centre forward aggression and tenacity is crucial and I think too many games leave him by without him getting his kit dirty.

He will pinch you maybe five or six goals a season from the bench but I don't think it will ever be anything that much better than that, perhaps that's not a bad option from the bench for a couple more seasons but if we are desperately wanting the next level, Calvert-Lewin will not be the answer as number one striker.

Kase Chow
48 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:24:34
Excellent news if it comes true

Someone who can run the channels and stretch teams

He’ll get 10-15 goals a season too plus his link up play can develop (his touch isn’t as bad as Lukaku’s)

Finally Some good news (hopefully)

Daniel Bentley
49 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:29:20
Try and buy Zouma and try for Cahill on loan until the end of the season. Don't jump in and panic buy for a striker, the season is already a write-off.
Oliver Molloy
50 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:34:54
Tom @ 47,
Lakuka couldn't get a start with Chelsea.
Steve Ferns
51 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:36:18
Jim, I think he lacks composure in the box, he always looks like he doesn't have enough time. Composure comes with being calm. Being clam is developed by being experienced. By simply playing, Calvert-Lewin should develop that composure.

He certainly had it when he scored in the U20 world cup final. He hit it at the keeper, but kept his cool and tapped home the rebound. As for scoring 5 or 6, he's scored 6 already this season. 6 goals in 921 minutes. That's 1 goal every 153 minutes, which is better than a goal every two games, and something people were lauding Batshuyai for.

I would steer clear of Batshuyai, who I think is marginally better than Calvert-Lewin and put some faith in him, and task Brands with finding a better quality striker, someone who can really become world class. Batshuyai will never be better than he is, and that is someone not good enough for the top 6, so why waste £35M and £100k a week on him? Save the cash and put it to better use.

Jay Wood

52 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:37:13
Steve @ 34.

"Has Calvert-Lewin ever started 5 games in a row? I don't think he's ever had 3 in a row up top has he?"

Ahem! I think this one was done to death and put to bed a few weeks ago when it was questioned how much game time he had last season before Tosun arrived.

Dom actually featured in 34 of the 35 games Everton played before Tosun turned up, and started the overwhelming majority of them. He also predominantly played the lead forward role in those games, so he most definitely has had many a consecutive game in his preferred role.

In that time, although not prolific, which was hardly surprising in the malfunctioning Everton of last season, he was one of the better players, putting many a senior man to shame.

I feel this season he has not taken the chances offered (selection wise) to cement the lead forward role as his own. He has had some impressive moments and scored some very good goals, but I personally think he looked more impressive last season.

That disappoints me, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet as some are.

I think Silva missed a trick by persisting with Richarlison in the #9 position for too long, when Tosun was seemingly out of favour. The manager missed an opportunity to give Calvert-Lewin a run of games that, like you, I believe he could benefit from.

But it also has to be acknowledged he was given a starting role in two consecutive games before Huddersfield last night, and he really didn't make a case for himself.

The way Tosun played at Milwall and Huddersfield now elevates him ahead of Dominic for the #9 role.

I'd also agree with you on James Vaughan. He was a helluva talent, but his bravery and the injuries he incurred did for him at an early age.

I was at Goodison for the game against Sunderland last season you referenced and he was well up for it. He gave Keane a really rugged evening. Indeed, wasn't it James that caught Keane on the foot that caused the long-term injury that Michael only recently revealed?

That game, of course, was one example when Calvert-Lewin played centre-forward, bagged a brace and hit the post to deny him a hat-trick.

Dominic was the best player on the park that night, with Tom Davies not far behind him.

Jim Bennings
53 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:49:53
A player who I really am liking the look of this season and has key components of a top striker is a Alexander Mitrovic of Fulham.

Big, strong, nasty, mean, good in the air good on the ground and more importantly scores goals.

I don’t think he will be at Fulham next season.

Steve Ferns
54 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:54:30
Ok Jay, I looked into it, once in his entire career. Just once. An 8 game spell under David Unsworth then Sam Allardyce when the team was playing anti-football and not managing a shot all game and he had few opportunities. Yet, in this 8 games spell, he scored 2 goals and registered 3 assists. The games:

Southampton 4-1 defeat away – got an assist
West Ham 4-0 win home
Huddersfield 2-0 home win – goal and assist
Liverpool 1-1 away draw – assist (he won the penalty)
Newcastle 1-0 away win
Swansea 3-1 home win – scored 1
Chelsea 0-0 home draw
West Brom 0-0 away draw – subbed at the hour
Bournemouth 2-1 away defeat – subbed after 55 minutes

8 games, 4 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats, 1.75 points per game (67 points over a season).

That's not a bad run for me. Sure, I'd like to see more goals, but we had our best spell last season when it was him leading the line.

Steve Ferns
55 Posted 30/01/2019 at 23:59:20
I think he's very average, Jim. Also bear in mind Rafa Benitez had him and really did not like him. His goal per minute ratio is one hell of a lot worse than Calvert-Lewin. He's only scored 4 more goals despite playing nearly every minute of every game.

He's just big and strong and not much else. I fail to see how he'd fit into our side with Sigurdsson, Bernard, Lookman and Richarlison. He's more of a throw back to 80s football. We need a more complete player to make the top 6.

Jay Wood

56 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:15:32
To that selection of games you picked out Steve, you can add the following plays, too.

In Unsworth's swansong game against West Ham, it was Dom who chased down Hart, pressuring him to shank the ball to Rooney who scored his wonder goal from his own half.

I also thought he played a part in either the scored or missed penalty (but eventually scored) by Rooney that night.

Away to Newcastle, he was very instrumental in the slick goal that Rooney scored to win the match for us.

By the time we played West Brom and Bournemouth over the Xmas period, he was looking really goosed, but Allardyce kept picking him.

Dominic, for me, was only second behind Pickford as our young player of the year last season. And of course, Pickford made a clean sweep of all the player awards.

Steve Ferns
57 Posted 31/01/2019 at 00:49:34
Here's an interesting one that no-one seems to be running with.

Everton have sent the same scout to each of the last five Benfica games. Clearly running the rule over someone, but no mention in the press.

We were linked to the little Serbian winger Zivkovic last year, maybe a late move for him? The striker isn't good enough, Haris Seferović.

Soren Moyer
58 Posted 31/01/2019 at 01:51:18
He Chelsea's version of our own Sandro. The striker who no-one wants!
Steve Ferns
59 Posted 31/01/2019 at 01:53:42
Apparently, the Portuguese player we are scouting is supposed to be the extremely highly rated João Félix. But as he was watched by Man Utd, Bayern, Lyon, Atletico, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, HSV Hamburg, Genoa, and Real Sociedad, and Liverpool supposedly just had a €70M bid rejected, I doubt this is one that will happen.
Fran Mitchell
60 Posted 31/01/2019 at 04:19:50
Batshuayi would be an addition to our Sigurdsson/Walcott/Bernard/Keane level players. Not bad, but not gonna take us to the top 6, and not worth the wages they demand.

We have wasted too much money already on 'PL talent' that have flopped to risk buying a striker that Chelsea won't even play, that was poor at Valencia, was poor at the World Cup when he played, and minus a 10 game spell in Germany, hasn't shown much ability for 3/4 seasons.

I'd rather take a risk on Tammy Abraham, rotate him and DCL, and hold 2 of englands best young prospects, battleing each other for the no9 shirt.

Derek Knox
61 Posted 31/01/2019 at 05:35:36
Fran @59, good shout on Tammy Abraham, I have always liked him since his Swansea days, and do agree he would be better value than Batshuayi.

Like you have stated he has been around for a while and not only are Chelsea not interested, but all of his loan spells in different countries, have not produced any revelations.

Matt Woods
62 Posted 31/01/2019 at 05:43:50
This is insanity.
He is shit. Absolute gash.
We are not going down. Just give Tosun a run with Bernard in the 10. Richie and Mola wide and the four of them interchanging. We have good players we need to slightly tweak the system and gain a bit of confidence. If we want a striker don't panic buy now. Wait till the summer. Haven't we already wasted enough money...
Dan Nulty
63 Posted 31/01/2019 at 08:25:10
35m? Id rather buy some unknown future superstar from City's academy for that than waste it on Batshuayi.
Jerome Shields
64 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:28:36
David #16 I agree, what a good player Piatek is.
Tony Waring
65 Posted 31/01/2019 at 09:39:39
We can pursue any striker you care to name but if you don't give him bullets he can't fire them off! I think if Calvert-Lewin was given decent service, we would see a lot more goals.
David Ellis
66 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:05:33
It's a no from me.

Not an improvement on what we have and would simply prevent us moving on to better things. Stick with Tosun and Calvert-Lewin for now and re-visit in the summer.

Daniel A Johnson
67 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:23:46

Dream on — he's rubbish and has failed wherever he has been.

They only want to sell because they know after a 6-month loan we will send him straight back.

John Hammond
68 Posted 31/01/2019 at 10:49:13
So who would everyone like in the Summer as our main forward?
John Raftery
69 Posted 31/01/2019 at 11:12:03
Whoever plays centre forward in our team will struggle to score goals in our current set-up. We create few chances mainly because the build-up play is so slow. Opposing defences have plenty of time to line themselves up to deal with crosses which more often than not fail to beat the first man. I see no point in buying any striker until we sort out our midfield play.
Darren Murphy
70 Posted 31/01/2019 at 12:05:52
@ John Hammond, I have a list as long as the next man, but realistically... about 3 players.
Andrew Ellams
71 Posted 31/01/2019 at 14:47:56
The thing is, if you're shopping for a striker in 2019 £35million only gets you a Batshuayi. He's 25, played in the PL, La Liga, World Cup and Champions League. If you want top class Moshiri is going to have to dig out £80million from down the back of the sofa.

We may be spending large amounts but in context we are still miles behind what the top 6 can spend.

Andy Crooks
72 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:06:33
Steve, @ 57, how the fuck do you know this kind of stuff?

Also, if I was one of your clients sitting on Death Row, I would be asking this: Gana to PSG or me hoping the drug company haven't sent the stuff?

What did you think, by the way, of Bournemouth last night? Does it not render all our views as just, well shite???

Hope to see you at the Midland in April.

Kristian Boyce
73 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:13:37
Andy @71- I believe it's a rule in Portugal that club scouts have to submit info to the clubs to say which team they are representing when they go to a game.

The club then releases a list of every scout and their club to the media. Some games have 30 odd scouts at and all appear on this list. I think we have at least one scout at a Portuguese game each week.

Steve Ferns
74 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:14:08
Andy, I have friends in Portugal. Any scouts going to games have to declare themselves. Benfica release this info and it was very noteworthy for me that the same Everton scout was there for a fifth game in a row.

Other stuff, well I know how to research. You can find anything out if you really look hard enough.

Steve Ferns
75 Posted 31/01/2019 at 20:15:35
Nottm Forest just signed Pelé on loan. I think he's a bit old, but having scored 1,000 goals in his career, I'm sure he could do a job for us.

Also, he'd help the Brazilians and communicate well with all of our Portuguese. We've missed out there.

James Stewart
76 Posted 31/01/2019 at 23:11:28
Great signing for Palace.
Steve Ferns
77 Posted 31/01/2019 at 23:13:09
So was Benteke.
Matthew Williams
78 Posted 01/02/2019 at 13:43:01
I think we dodged a real bullet there, Blues!
Stephen Chorley
79 Posted 02/02/2019 at 02:55:17
I wasn't as into Michy. I would've preferred to sign Divock Origi from the Reds (on loan, obviously). He works out, he stays; he doesn't, he goes back devalued. It was a win-win.

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