So, 15 games in, not quite the half-way point, and we sit 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points behind Liverpool. We have a lengthy injury list and some players are also starting to look tired... so, as a belated Christmas present, what or who should be on Santa Moshiri's Christmas list?
Against Man Utd, I think it showed that squad depth is an issue; we just don't have class to replace class. Tom Davies replacing Allan is like swapping your Ferrari for a Ford Focus (nowt wrong with a Focus but there is with headless Tom). In my opinion, we seem more settled in defence, so I think we need to concentrate on other areas.
The lack of defensive midfield cover is apparent; I would like to see Gbamin back and see what he's got.
The main area for me that needs some additions is upfront, although Iwobi is playing better (he still shits out of any physical battle, even when he's favourite to win it) without Rodriguez or Richarlison, we struggle to make chances and big Dom is looking more isolated as each game goes on.
So please, Santa Moshiri, can I please have a Wilfred Saha and a decent striker as my belated Christmas gift?
Where do you think we need additions and who would you like to see brought in?
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1 Posted 27/12/2020 at 22:04:13
2 Posted 27/12/2020 at 22:26:59
3 Posted 27/12/2020 at 22:47:51
4 Posted 27/12/2020 at 22:52:44
I guess we will have to settle for Isco if anybody because I believe the cupboard is bare except for outgoings maybe funding a loan or something.
5 Posted 27/12/2020 at 23:41:10
I believe Isco is on his way to Juventus. Not to worry, we still have Bernard...
6 Posted 29/12/2020 at 08:27:51
He could be a player that makes a difference between a top 4 finish and a top 6. Hes getting older but he is a beast of an athlete. He has four or five years left in him at the top so that tempers how much we should pay, theres no resale . If Brands can do a player swap deal plus cash it would be a master stroke. Otherwise, I dont think we will be overpaying for him and we will be looking at exciting, younger, alternatives.
7 Posted 29/12/2020 at 08:39:47
8 Posted 29/12/2020 at 08:52:35
We could have afforded him in the summer, I believe, but now his value would have sky-rocketed because of his goals and performances. Minimum 50 million. Assuming that Moise Kean continues to storm the French league, can we expect something in that range of money if we sell him to PSG? What do Blues think of swapping out 21 year old Kean for 28 year old Zaha? I would be worried about having a lot of key players in the 28+ category: James, Allan, Siggy, Doucoure (turns 28 next week), Coleman, but then I get that it is good to have a mix of age profiles. So, if that piece of business were to happen in summer, I would be happy, also given that hopefully, we will be in Europe and hence need a big enough squad.
Oh, and to the original poster, I think that was an unnecessary dig at Tom Davies - especially if you go by his performance in the last 2 games. Let us be a bit patient, eh? and see if he turns out to be a Ferrari himself?
9 Posted 29/12/2020 at 09:43:52
Buying him now would use up the money (fee and wages) we need to strengthen quite a few positions.
It'd also be a bit like the purchase of Sigurdsson. Buying the 28yr old talisman of a small Prem club at top dollar when none of the really big clubs are interested. Like Sigurdsson, Zaha also failed at a big club earlier in his career. I know it's a bit different but none of us would take Sigurdsson again if we could go back in time.
Plenty of better value, younger alternatives to Zaha out there and available (albeit more in summer than Jan). We should shop in that market.
10 Posted 29/12/2020 at 10:05:21
11 Posted 29/12/2020 at 10:11:25
12 Posted 29/12/2020 at 10:28:15
McNeill is another player I like but hes slower than Ismail, less direct and plays in Richarlisons position. I believe our right side is still weak despite Iwobi improving ever so slightly.
13 Posted 29/12/2020 at 11:12:39
14 Posted 29/12/2020 at 11:29:28
15 Posted 29/12/2020 at 14:11:15
16 Posted 29/12/2020 at 15:24:53
17 Posted 29/12/2020 at 15:37:14
18 Posted 29/12/2020 at 16:02:43
19 Posted 29/12/2020 at 16:07:04
But as a free agent Costa is likely the only kind of signing we would make, because as Brian points out, Carlo says we won't be buying anybody in January.
20 Posted 29/12/2020 at 16:14:38
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