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Everton want decision over Todibo

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Everton are supposedly pressing Barcelona for an answer over their bid for defender Jean-Claire Todibo amid reports the Spanish club are waiting on interest from other clubs.

The Blues are said to be keen on signing the 20-year-old who is currently on loan with Schalke 04 in Germany, and have offered £20m to sign him this summer but they face competition.

Barça are said by MailSport to be holding out to see if either Juventus or Inter Milan follow up on their initial inquiries as there could be potential swap deals to be made with either of the Italian clubs.

Marcel Brands is looking at talented young central defensive options to strengthen Everton's defence for the long term and was thought to be close to signing Gabriel, 23, from Lille prior to the coronavirus shutdown but is now reportedly fending off interest from Napoli.

The Mail's report contends that Brands wants clarity from Barcelona "in the next few days".

Original Source: MailSport  

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Si Pulford
1 Posted 24/05/2020 at 18:02:22
Don't get this. Everton don't hold the aces here. They can't apply pressure to Barca. The window isn't open so Barca can hold out to see if anyone else bites (and it sounds like there are a few interested parties). Us threatening to walk away only damages us.

I'd file this under ‘Nothing new to report... let's re-hash an old story with a bit of a twist, might get some clicks.'

Philip Bunting
2 Posted 24/05/2020 at 19:56:01
Si... by all accounts, Barca were in a financial mess even before Covid-19 added to the issue. All players bar 6 or so from what I read are on the market, 5 to 6 directors quit and seems to be a bit of a power struggle going on there.

I would say EFC making a £20M offer in these financial times makes us able to push their hand with a "Take it or leave it" offer. So I would say we should be aggressive and force their hand. Walk away if not accepted, that's what we should be doing – not paying over the odds but striking when the iron's hot, so to speak.

Brian Wilkinson
3 Posted 24/05/2020 at 21:19:39
I agree with you, Phil: take it or leave it. They are desperate to offload players and need the money; none of this buy-back clause either.

For once, Everton are holding all the aces in hard cash. About time we got tough, rather than waiting months on end; we are trying to sort out rebuilding the squad.

As we are on the subject, Barca are looking to offload Dembélé for a much reduced fee of around £37 Million, could be worth putting a bid in there as well.

John Keating
4 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:25:10

I think we would be better spending a lot less on Edsonne Edouard at Celtic.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:36:44
I have a feeling we may not have made any such offer. £20M+ in this market for a raw young defender who's not had a huge amount of first-team would probably be extremely attractive to Barcelona.

Could be they are using this story to flush out interest. Or more likely that the whole thing is made up.

He's a very interesting young player but he's not left-footed and needs developing. Gabriel would be a better fit currently.

I doubt we will be spending much money before the future is a little clearer.

Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:31:26
I would have been interested to see Todibo again today after he played poorly last week against Dortmund -- but he didn't even make the bench in their loss to Augsburg.
Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:45:17
All-in-all, and the certainty is the uncertainty, in the evolving order of the world, I sense that EFC may at long last be getting a better business sense.

But as long as all TWrs are well and safe, transfers whilst important are not the top of the agenda, as it seems the UK and its politics and the management at government level of Covid-19, will be the main issues.

All to their own views and respected, but double standards and further confusion for the UK will persist as the UK PM has created a clear code of double standards for self-isolation during this pandemic.

All stay safe and well and have a good Bank Holiday.

Brian Wilkinson
8 Posted 25/05/2020 at 00:56:43
John @4, I agree, but cannot see Celtic letting him go.
Jim Jennings
9 Posted 25/05/2020 at 04:45:11
Mike Gaynes @ 6,

He didn't make the bench yesterday because he injured his ankle last week.

Eric Myles
10 Posted 25/05/2020 at 07:58:30
Does this guy play in the same position as Kenny? Both defenders on loan at Schalke, if they were to lose one, they'd surely want to make the other one permanent?

As Si #1 said, no window, no pressure, and it would be up to the player anyway. Who's going to pressure him? Everton, Juventus or Inter!!

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 25/05/2020 at 09:00:11
Eric - Todibo is a tall, elegant centre half. So not the same position as Kenny. I think Todibo is priced out of a permanent move to Schalke. With Kenny, not sure what the price would be. Upwards of £8M? Along with the price, the other issue is that the Schalke boss could get the boot soon. Their post Covid-19 form is awful. In which case a new manager may have his own plans for the right-back slot.

I understand the transfer window opens June 10th, a week or so after many contracts expire on 1st June. We'll start to get more of a sense of what the market looks like in a few weeks therefore. But (despite uncertainty) agents and clubs will be lining up deals now – or at least testing what initial stance buyers and sellers have.

John Keating
12 Posted 25/05/2020 at 09:12:13
Brian, I think Scottish clubs will be in a far more difficult position than English with this pandemic. Celtic do have a good record of getting players on the cheap and selling them on at profit.

With the TVs money being much less up there and no 60,000 crowds coming in every other week, I think Celtic may be more receptive to sell. Plus, I think the player himself may see the Premier League as a much bigger step up.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 25/05/2020 at 12:33:13
Sounds like they are auctioning the lad by leaking these rumours. Trying to get other enquires, this may suit Barca and the lad himself who may fancy other options. More competitive will further drive his wage demands.

We seem to have a relationship of sorts with Barca and we maybe content to allow them to use us as their Premier League advertising board. I think, for our teams needs and balance, that the Gabriel deal is the one we will be more interested in.

Carl Manning
14 Posted 25/05/2020 at 15:33:37
Wouldn't want to pay £20M for any centre-back that hasn't played in England when it will be our most important piece of business this year. Especially a young one.

We are crying out for leaders. We need a centre-back who will come in and be dominant. Captain material from Day 1.

Jay Harris
15 Posted 25/05/2020 at 16:15:52

After watching him against Dortmund, I certainly wouldn't call him 'elegant'.

To me, he looks like a poor version of Mason Holgate and, based on his performance against Dortmund, he looks incapable of making it in the Premier League.

Now he may just have had an off-game but he did not look like a player we need to shore up the back line.

Robert Tressell
16 Posted 25/05/2020 at 17:09:51
Thats interesting, Jay. He's certainly billed as an elegant, Varane type player and what is avaliable to see suggests that. But that's the huge difference between clips and real games.

I expect he's not doing himself justice in a messy Schalke side to be fair. But for all their faults Holgate, Mina and Keane are decent centre-back options so whoever comes in needs to be of real quality to get a first 11 place.

Todibo probably isn't ready but seems to have the potential to be very good. Gabriel Maghaeles might be ready now. And I can see why many think the best option would be to get Zouma if he's available. I still think midfield and right-wing is the real problem though.

Kevin Prytherch
17 Posted 25/05/2020 at 18:54:48
I can almost imagine the conversations at Barcelona...

“There's a young player available for a few million, he might never be a regular though. What do you think?”

“Might as well sign him, if he doesn't work out then Brands will give us £20 million for him.”

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 25/05/2020 at 20:18:11
Jim #9, thanks for that update.

Robert #16, he's definitely tall and elegant -- none of Mina's awkwardness -- but in his entire career he's only played 1,600 top-level minutes. Only one full game for Schalke. That's a pathetically small sample to pay £22 million for.

Meanwhile, the Mail reports we have already secured Gabriel for £25m, which makes no sense if we're still in for Todibo.

Ian Bennett
19 Posted 25/05/2020 at 20:57:46
I just don't get it.

❌ not physically strong enough for the Premier League
❌ not left-sided
❌ inferior to Holgate and Mina

To me, he would be a 3rd or 4th choice centre-back, when we are desperate for a left pegger.

Sam Hoare
20 Posted 25/05/2020 at 21:32:29
Ian, he's not left-sided but the other two points are debatable. Or at least are not set in stone.

By all accounts, he had one of his worst games for Schiller against Dortmund so best not to judge him just on that.

He's still very young and has the raw talents to prove a top-class centre-back though I tend to think we should get someone who's further on in their development.

As with a lot of transfers, the price and timing will be crucial. I think £20M+ for him now is probably not great business. Whereas if we'd secured him for £17M before Covid-19 had hit, I'd have said it's decent value for a very highly rated young centre-back.

Carl Manning
21 Posted 25/05/2020 at 21:53:02
We don't need highly rated or ones for the future. If we don't build a team good enough to compete now, we could even fall behind Newcastle with their wealth that will make Man City look poor.

We need a dominant, aggressive leader to play alongside Mason Holgate. Age right now is not important.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 25/05/2020 at 23:19:32
Ian, I couldn't care less whether he's a "left pegger" or not -- doesn't make a damn bit of difference if the quality is there.

Carl, who do you have in mind and how much are you willing to spend for a captain-type? I think Mina is plenty aggressive, but he's no captain.

Robert Tressell
23 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:02:35
A left-footer provides balance and at the very least you need someone comfortable playing left side. But:

- Vidic & Ferdinand

- Carvalho & Terry

- Baresi & Costacurta

- Ramos & Varane

- Puyol & Pique

All seems to suggest two right footers should be able to manage. Off the top of my head, only Montero & Ferrara (of the great 1990s Juve side) had left-foot + right-foot combo. There are probably others but, as Mike says, not essential.

Our problem is that none of Mina, Keane or Holgate look especially comfortable on the left. Holgate is the best footballer of the three so could probably manage with coaching and practice. Signing Gabriel Maghaeles would spare him the need to adapt.

Tony Everan
24 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:20:08
If there’s a chance we can get Zouma I think we should sign him. Over the last few seasons I thought our defence looked far stronger, balanced, resilient and stable during the period with Zouma in there. It wasn’t perfect, but Silva’s confusing zonal instructions initially didn’t help.

His spell in central defence for us improved Keane, and assisted Gana in his midfield role too. Both players’ game benefited from having Zouma in the team and they reciprocated that.

Zouma is proven and rock solid. I think his presence in defence inspires confidence in the whole back line. He enjoyed his spell with us , fans appreciated him , and he looked like he had found ,at last ,his football home . He wanted to stay. Chelsea’s transfer ban scuppered it.

Having a central defence which is very young will come with errors and risks that will cost many points. A bit of maturity and experience in there is important.

Getting Zouma in could be far and away the safest bet to ensure a stronger defensive unit.

Sam Hoare
25 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:32:56
Tony, I'd take Zouma in a heartbeat. Not the most glamourous option perhaps but he fit the profile in that he is very strong, great in the air and very fast. Would be a good partner for a more ball playing centre-back like Holgate.

The trouble is that I think Lampard rates him quite highly so i'm not sure Chelsea will see him. And if they do it won't be cheap. Was really bad luck that Chelsea had their transfer ban last Summer as otherwise I think they would have bought another centre-back and let Zouma stay with us.

Steve Shave
26 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:38:27
My preference would be Gabriel as he has IMO the potential to be very special indeed, he has all the attributes to thrive in the Premier League. If he is too pricey or wants to go elsewhere then yes I would take Zouma in a heartbeat, he was fabulous for us #freezouma.
Steve Shave
27 Posted 26/05/2020 at 08:39:12
I don't want us to go for another raw player like Todibo, that is not what we need.
Ray Roche
28 Posted 26/05/2020 at 09:16:32
Is there any concrete evidence that we have made a move for Todibo? Or is this discussion purely speculation? As Mike says, we have already secured Gabriel, so is the Todibo story just paper filler? Seems a lot of money for someone relatively inexperienced.
Ray Roche
29 Posted 26/05/2020 at 09:37:05
The Gabriel story is in the Mail Online so it must be true.
Mark Murphy
30 Posted 26/05/2020 at 10:20:23
Ray are you sure? I just searched and can’t find anything recent about us signing Gabriel??
Steve Shave
31 Posted 26/05/2020 at 11:01:19
It's all speculation isn't it! I take it with all with a pinch of salt but enjoy weighing up the possibilities.
Carl Manning
32 Posted 26/05/2020 at 11:25:02
Mike I think there's a huge shortage of top class centre-backs at the moment world-wide. You only have to look at how magnificently Chris Smalling has done in Italy to see that they too have a shortage of quality in the position in their league! Most of us would have been horrified if we'd have signed him, yet 12 months on in Italy, his stock has never been higher and he's a cert for Série A team of the year by all accounts.

If the Thiago Silva rumour has any legs to it, on a short-term deal, I'd take him. Pure leader! Sticks his head in, and dishes out a rollicking when needed. Forget his age, the guy is still better than what we have and would organize.

Ray Roche
33 Posted 26/05/2020 at 12:42:32
Mark @30

I saw it on the “Everton Newsnow” webpage quoting the Mail Online.

Ray Roche
34 Posted 26/05/2020 at 12:44:44
Sorry Mark, it was the BBC Gossip page on BBC Sport.
Sam Hoare
35 Posted 26/05/2020 at 13:45:01
Carl @32, people said similar things about Ashley Williams when he joined!

Obviously Silva is a different calibre of player but leadership only works I think when coupled with the ability to improve or at least match the team. Perhaps he'd be an interesting option for a year or two whilst Holgate improves but he's not the biggest, strongest or fastest (anymore) of centre-backs so I'd question how well suited he'd be to the Premier League.

I think Gabriel looks a great shout. I'd be happy with Zouma. Salisu looks an absolute bargain. Kumbulla looks very good. Ndicka is a solid left-footed centre-back and either Diallo or Kimpbembe from PSG are decent too. Pau Torres may be worth a look too, bit slow maybe.

Robert Tressell
36 Posted 26/05/2020 at 14:47:04
Tony, interesting comment about the roles played by Gueye and Zouma. When we had them, we looked like a good team. Significantly, we also had a high scoring and effective Sigurdsson.

I have gone on about our need to find another circa 20 goals from somewhere. And I wonder therefore whether I have too quickly written off Sigurdsson. In the right position, with a Gueye style player to provide the pace he lacks, he might be the answer.

I'm not sure Gbamin is the same energetic hunter / presser that Gueye was – so perhaps Sangare (who Sam likes) or Santamaria (who we've also been linked with) would get us back on track. It means playing 4-2-3-1 but it takes the pressure off getting another expensive signing to score goals. Zouma or Maghaeles but probably not Todibo then gives us the solid base we need.

Bill Gall
37 Posted 26/05/2020 at 15:07:42
Most premier league teams are going with speed on the attacking side and to combat that in a central position in defense you will need a defender with positional sense and speed and experience. The other lot over the park showed that by signing a defender that we should have got when he was at Celtic.

Tobido may have a promising future but he lacks experience at a higher level, and we need a top class dominant defender now. There are so many articles of the names of players we are going to sign that as has been said, it is just taken with a pinch of salt.

I will only believe who we are going to sign after he has had his medical and signed a contract, apart from that, just wonder why some of these journalists get paid for the trash they write.

Jay Harris
38 Posted 26/05/2020 at 15:47:32
As a few posters have already said, a top-class midfield player would make a huge difference to the team and also help take the weight off the forwards and defenders.

There can be no doubt that we have lacked goals from central midfield since Fellaini and (dare I say it) Barkley went and lacked physical presence since Gueye was let go.

Gomes. Davies and Delph are not the solution to our problems. They all lose possession in dangerous areas and none of them contribute goals. Tom has the potential but is too inconsistent. The other two are slow and lack goalscoring ability. The jury is still out on Gbamin but missing a whole season with that sort of injury will take some time to recover.

Personally I could live with our centre-backs as long as we bring in some heavyweights in midfield.

Carl Manning
39 Posted 26/05/2020 at 20:04:59
Sam, I believe Thiago Silva walks into our team as first-choice centre-back were he ever to join us! Whenever I see him play, he still has “it”. He's still first choice at PSG and it's his decision to move on.

I would mainly be keen on somebody of that profile coming as a winner and leader, I know it would only be viable for 2 years max, and we would hopefully not need him as a first-team regular for the second season.

I take your point with Ashley Williams but Silva has a medal haul and the captaincy of Brazil under his belt to get some gravitas immediately with the squad.

Sam Hoare
40 Posted 27/05/2020 at 09:20:31
Carl, yes some PSG fans actually think this has been Silva's best season! I still have doubts about whether he is suited to the Premier League but his pedigree is top notch.

If it makes sense financially then it could be interesting but I'm wary of aged stop-gaps. Samuel Eto'o springs to mind as another recent example. If possible, I'd prefer a younger player who can form a defensive foundation with Mina or Holgate for years to come but it all depends on the players and funds available, I guess.

Richard Duff
41 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:08:18
I watched Tadibo against Dortmund. He was quick and silky but over eager to impress with tricks and flicks (something most talented teenagers do, just like early Stones) he's going to be really good somewhere but for us it's too risky. We need it now. Need midfield sorted and a leader at the back. I'd go back for Lascelles.
Ray Said
42 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:30:12
I think getting the right combination is the most important-the sum of whole being greater than the parts type of thing -so a big strong tackler/header needs a fast sharp coverer with him. I think Mina has more to show us and hope he will become first choice but I don't think he has the dominant attitude to go with his size so if he is playing then I want a Zouma type with him to attack the ball and let Mina cover.
I love Holgates attitude, nasty streak and passing ability but he is not the biggest but could easily become our DMF-he looked the part when played there.
I don't rate Keane at all and would sell him in a minute as he is too slow for me.
I also think we need to let Gibson have a chance to show what he can do.
I think Edouard at Celtic or Lascelles at Newcastle would improve us and could play as a combo or fit in with with those CBs we have on the books.
Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 27/05/2020 at 21:35:27
I still can't believe all the dreamy conversation about the "fabulous" Zouma. That's a word nobody here ever used when he played for us. Geez, the longer he's gone, the better he gets.

Yeah, the guy did a pretty good job, but we actually had a marginally better defensive record in games he didn't start (8 games, 6 GA) than games he did (30 starts, 40 GA). And it's not like Chelsea has been defensively dazzling this season -- they're the second worst in the top half of the table. I've seen three goal-producing blunders from Zouma, and I don't watch them all that often.

Come on, Sam, Steve, Tony, admit it. If he'd never played for us, nobody here would even be bringing him up.

Robert Tressell
44 Posted 27/05/2020 at 23:03:08
Only Craig Revell Horwood uses the word fabulous - and not about centre halves
Darren Hind
45 Posted 27/05/2020 at 23:12:15
I'd like to see Brands change the profile of the type of players he signs too and by that, I mean I'd like to see him sign a couple of good ones for a change.

Fortunes spent on transfers working for a club who will pay whatever wage he agrees and he still hasnt signed a top player. Why on earth would anybody give more money to a guy who spends 110m on Mina, Gomes, Kean and Iwobi ?

We are eternal mugs for these highly paid foreign imposters. The gravy train which just keeps on rolling.

Terry White
46 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:11:04
Darren's back (#45) and his usual cheery self!!!
Jay Harris
47 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:14:22
Richard he wasn't very quick when Dortmund scored their first goal. He looked like a poor imitation of Michael Keane, lost in no mans land.

Personally I can live with the CBs we have plus Gbamin and Lewis and spend all available funds on a goalscoring MF player and a top class defensive mid.

No more nearly made its or over the hill or kids with potential lets just have some star quality.

Terry White
48 Posted 28/05/2020 at 04:22:09
Who is Lewis (Jay, #47)?
Jay Harris
49 Posted 28/05/2020 at 04:28:43
Lewis Gibson, Terry.
Steve Shave
50 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:32:36
I disagree, Mike.

Many Everton fans were purring over Zouma's performances that season, especially in the last ten or so games. More than anything, he seemed to fit well with us and clearly enjoyed his time here. He displayed pace and power and started to make Keane look like a proper centre-back.

It's all about opinions, Mike, and mine is that he would slot straight in and improve us.

Sam Hoare
51 Posted 28/05/2020 at 07:50:22
Mike, I was a fan of Zouma's before he came. His stats in that relegated Stoke team were pretty encouraging. He just fits the profile of what we need. He wins a lot of his defensive duels and is pretty rapid both in top speed and acceleration which gives us the recovery speed we currently lack.

His positioning is not great and he's not a leader which is why he needs the right partner and system probably. At Chelsea, he made a few high profile mistakes and was then in and out of the team but, towards the end, he got a run with them and began to look very solid.

He's certainly not perfect but I think he's pretty solid and is a known quantity who brings in some of the qualities we need in the centre-back mix. I'd be confident that Ancelloti could use him well but I don't see it happening as I think Lampard was beginning to rate him more highly.

Darren Hind
52 Posted 28/05/2020 at 08:23:29
Thats an impressive list of good "Brand signings" you have countered my argument with Terry @46 - Not.

This is a thread discussion about possible signings and it's the ideal place to raise the point that: If we continue to employ people who are simply not good enough, to sign players who in turn are not good enough, we, as a football team, will never be good enough.

Half a billion squandered pounds would suggest that we have been guilty of this, a glance at our squad would support that belief. A look at our league position would simply confirm it.

The players I mention will be given more time. Brands himself will be given more time. It's what we do. We persist with the not-good-enough long after it has become blindingly obvious to all... Then we call them "deadwood". Then we pay someone who's not good enough, a fortune to come in and try to get rid of them all and start the process again.

Even in these dark difficult times, there are many reasons to be cheerful. Watching your club repeat the same mistake season after season isn't one of them.

Sam Hoare
53 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:52:35

"We persist with the not-good-enough long after it has become blindingly obvious to all..."

Trouble is, it's not often obvious to all. And that persistence has benefited players that both you and I like.

Many on here decreed that Calvert-Lewin was not up to the job when he wasn't scoring much. But persistent opportunities have enabled him to show qualities that we both believed he always had.

I personally believe we will see a lot better from the likes of Iwobi, Mina and Kean. Some knowledgeable folk on here (like Steve Ferns) believe Gomes to be our best footballer (I don't rate him myself).

Our league position clearly indicates as you say that recruitment has not been an unfettered success but there could be many reasons for that: bad management, bad luck, a team with too much change and instability. I personally believe the Koeman & Walsh era left us with an unbelievably poorly balanced squad.

I like Brands so maybe that blinds me somewhat. He definitely did not have a great summer last year. But I can see the logic behind his transfer strategy and every signing, even if some have adapted poorly so far. I think most of his signings (bar Iwobi and maybe Mina) will be worth the same or more than we bought them for, or would be if it weren't for Covid-19.

It's a longer-term project for him and obviously, if we are still mid-table in 3 or 4 years time, then he will have failed... but I'm hopeful he will have a better window this summer (though lord knows what the market will be like) and that Ancelloti will start getting the best out of players like Kean, Iwobi and Mina next season.

Darren Hind
54 Posted 29/05/2020 at 10:37:29
I know it is not obvious to all Sam.

You freely admit you like Brands and may be blinded somewhat. You are not alone. I wonder what the reaction would be if a fella from Kirkby or Birkenhead had spent all that money on average players?

We don't have to look far to see what reaction a guy coming through the ranks would have gotten if they had performed like Kean or Iwobi. We have so many examples.

The criticism of Holgate and Calvert-Lewin was born out of total ignorance. It was as clear as the nose on your face that these two could play. They had all the attributes, Good assured first touch, confidence to take the ball in tight situations, pace, ability to pass. They were both prodigious workers too.

Holgate had been very impressive, but was hammered after one poor game. Calvert-Lewin was hammered by people because he was not scoring as a striker should, even though he was never used as an out-and-out striker.

The players Brands has brought in show none of these traits. Just as it was obvious Calvert-Lewin and Holgate had what it took, it's obvious that Iwobi and Kean don't. Even if Ancelotti does get the best out of them, they still won't be good enough to take this club forward. They simply don't have the tools.

Ancelotti knows a good player when he sees one. Let's hope he becomes more influential on the recruitment front. The thought of relying on Brands to identify the players we need fills me with dread.

3-4 years Sam? Too many Evertonians are getting old giving foreign imposters that sort of time.

Sam Hoare
55 Posted 29/05/2020 at 22:54:58
Darren, it certainly makes no difference to me where Brands is from. I couldn't speak for others.

Football is usually a subjective spectacle (unless we are talking about Schneiderlin) and I genuinely see abilities in Iwobi and Kean that suggest to me there could be better to come if they are given time; though Iwobi does not fit easily into a 4-4-2 and is best as a No 10.

Like you say, Ancellotti knows a good player so it will be interesting to see who he plays this season and who he feels most needs replacing.

No doubt he will have opinions but I'm afraid Brands will be very heavily involved on that front as his job dictates. It will be a strange transfer window.

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