According to Nice-Matin, The French U21 international has apparently told reporters in France that he is in discussions with overseas clubs about a move away from Nice this summer.
The 22-year-old has 11 goals in 68 appearances in all competitions for the Riviera club over the last couple of seasons.
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1 Posted 26/05/2019 at 19:07:36
2 Posted 26/05/2019 at 19:22:19
Hed certainly light up Goodison Park with some of his ball carrying. Think of Deulofeu but with more speed. Its probably just rumours as Im not sure hes got the defensive appetite to be a Silva style pressing winger but perhaps hes young enough to be coached that way. Id be quite excited if there was any truth in this one. Love a speedster!
3 Posted 26/05/2019 at 20:42:48
4 Posted 26/05/2019 at 21:01:38
5 Posted 26/05/2019 at 22:09:23
18 players... god knows what we could get in fees, if any. Some might be out of contract but, as an estimate, say £50k pw on average — that's £900k a week about £47m a year
Very simplistic; some, like I say, will be out of contract... some are on loan and will be getting subsidised.
But no wonder Brands needs to shift the shit!!!
6 Posted 27/05/2019 at 00:21:28
7 Posted 27/05/2019 at 00:26:30
8 Posted 27/05/2019 at 01:52:16
That's 28 — more than an entire squad of players that are surplus to requirements.
I doubt if £50k pw is a realistic number, Paul, as the average is probably a fair bit less... but the total amount of money squandered on 'promising' garbage and future potential that hardly ever seems to materialise is absolutely staggering.
9 Posted 27/05/2019 at 07:48:30
By all accounts he has had an excellent loan season at West Brom, being picked by the manager regularly and from the report I've read, performing quite impressively, albeit playing at right back.
10 Posted 27/05/2019 at 07:49:41
11 Posted 27/05/2019 at 09:32:31
Baines is not a problem. To want to ruthlessly disregard someone like him shows a lack of class and good values. Why would players want to come to a club that treats its players like that? On an even more pragmatic level, having calm, focused senior pros in the background training with and helping young players (as well as providing high quality cover) is good for the squad and club as a whole. I scratch him from the list completely.
Holgate is a good ball playing defender. Hes definitely not one to get rid of without making a concerted effort to develop him. His problem is that hes somewhere in between a centre back and a full back, not quite fully suiting either. Hed be perfect for the right of a back three but I dont want us to play that formation. He needs to make a proper, ball-playing centre back of himself and hes got time.
McCarthy is also good enough. His only problem is injury. As he enters the peak of his career this may settle down. His physical attributes, when fit, are exceptional, especially for a team that wants to play a high energy pressing game. I might accept a decent bid because of the injury record but I certainly wouldnt be in a hurry to ‘offload him.
Lookman, Vlasic, Dowell and Onyekuru also have a chance. Players as young as that should be coached and improved, not discarded because theyre not already the finished article.
Thats got you down to 21, and Connolly might be worth keeping as he plays at least three positions.
12 Posted 27/05/2019 at 10:28:06
13 Posted 27/05/2019 at 11:41:36
Another good dribbler but first and foremost will he fit in as a team player.
We have had dribblers before like Delboy who disappointed or wasn't favored often enough and then there is Lookman.
They really need to offload the excesses first but these rumours will be rife throughout the coming weeks.
14 Posted 27/05/2019 at 12:05:36
But we are still just playing the waiting game, bar one or two deals, only in mid-June to July will things start moving.
The European leagues only just finished, playoffs and euro finals still to play. We are still in Season 2018-19.
Come July 17 or 18, we should have a better idea.
15 Posted 27/05/2019 at 14:03:03
Personally I think your way off; if we are to progress, we need to make these risks, and unfortunately yes, either injury or lack of application or simply not developing as expected can mean many players are bought and never to be seen.
However, we have Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the first team; if sold, he would probably get 20x or more than we paid. We have Holgate in the squad, who again if sold would get at least 10x what we paid. Also, much praise is there for Virginia, who by all accounts could be challenging Pickford in a few years, and Josh Bowler who has kicked on and looks set for a chance with the first-team squad. Add that Henry who, even should he not be able to play for us, would likely be sold at a profit, both Vlasic and Lookman too would bring in profits.
Not what I'd call a staggering waste of money on garbage.
16 Posted 27/05/2019 at 15:44:49
But you're right, it only takes one or two gems to come through — John Stones would be the prime example I mentioned on another thread — to more than justify the investment in what turns out to be mostly garbage!
17 Posted 27/05/2019 at 17:15:24
It is also a sign of the brutal nature of the game, where agents will put kids in the shop window like kattle, with little thought put into the lad's development.
For this reason I think our academy is something to be proud of. People lament the lack of first teamers we have developed, but scour the leagues and our academy has developed numerous professional footballers who are making decent careers in the game. And contrary to what Sky make us believe, the Premier Lesgue is not footbalall and end all when it comes to professional football.
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