With Newcastle Utd one of many clubs on the long list of rumoured suitors for Lucas Digne, the link of a Newcastle player moving in the other direction is always a tempting connection to make.
Sky Sports claimed on Wednesday night that Newcastle have made an offer of £22.5M for Lucas Digne that includes Longstaff. But a number of reports are claiming that Digne is unlikely to join Eddie Howe's faltering attempts to revive the Geordies' fortunes.
At 24, Longstaff is at a crucial point in his career, with new manager Eddie Howe challenging him to step up and show what he can do. Howe is reported to have said:
"Sean is a very good player and he will have an opportunity to showcase his talent. He can show to me and the club he has a long-term future here. It's in his hands as well — not just our hands."
The Shields Gazette reports that Everton put in an offer for the midfielder last week but it was rejected by Newcastle Utd.
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1 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:09:59
Up the offer to £30M and keep Longstaff.
2 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:10:06
3 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:15:51
Looks like the Barcodes may have started the bidding war. Over to you, Chelsea and Villa.
Oh, and West Ham - c'mon Davey, you know it makes sense – straight swap for Rice.
4 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:17:31
5 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:20:06
6 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:38:42
Id rather sell him to Chelsea than West Ham or Newcastle but not sure theyll pay over £20M for a player wholl possibly be a back-up come next season. How about £20M now and then Broja or Gilmour or Levi Colwell at the end of the season?!
7 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:39:08
I'd be happy with £22.5M + Barkley, one of the few who wants him back.
8 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:43:16
For anybody who doesnt know, hes no better than Delph or Davies.
9 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:44:58
We could use him right now in our depleted midfield. He's better than Delph or Davies. Is he a major contributor for the future? Doubtful.
10 Posted 05/01/2022 at 22:48:26
I would rather we take a bigger fee and look elsewhere for midfield.
11 Posted 05/01/2022 at 23:06:32
Digne is a French international with 43 caps who is only 28 years old. Why on earth would we only accept £20 million for him?
Instead of buying expensive and selling cheap, perhaps we should switch it around…
12 Posted 05/01/2022 at 23:28:22
What's that worth? More than £20M. Double it.
13 Posted 06/01/2022 at 07:09:59
14 Posted 06/01/2022 at 07:45:33
I wasnt suggesting we accept £20M for him. I suggested we take £20M plus a player worth between £10-15M.
If you think we should get more than that then we disagree.
No way we get much more than £30M for Digne for two main reasons: Firstly its been made very clear that he wants to leave and that Benitez is happy for that to happen; secondly, because he turns 29 this summer and has been out of form for a year.
15 Posted 06/01/2022 at 07:53:11
16 Posted 06/01/2022 at 08:23:55
Maybe we should ask for £20M plus the blueprint for their youth academy?
17 Posted 06/01/2022 at 08:29:22
Rafa got more out of him than anyone else. Fans will probably moan, but that's not new. In reality, he could be another Demarai Grey type buy.
18 Posted 06/01/2022 at 08:31:54
19 Posted 06/01/2022 at 08:49:23
And the last thing we need is another mediocre midfield player - we have loads of them.
Would rather just get a few million extra in the fee from Newcastle. Different if the buyers end up being Chelsea or Inter, since they have youth / reserves of tremendous quality and potential who are really worth having.
Benitez will be able to judge having worked with him previously though.
20 Posted 06/01/2022 at 08:52:09
You can not help but be somewhat sceptical of a 24-year-old who cannot get a regular place in a poor team. But in Rafa the board trust. Very few others share that trust and therein lies the current dilemma.
He will probably be a decent player for next season in the Championship but only if the next manager fancies him!!
Oh me of such little faith!!
21 Posted 06/01/2022 at 09:12:31
Only way this would be acceptable to me would be if Davies or Gbamin were shifted and he's brought in as back-up to the back-ups, but I would still prefer we bought competition for the stalwarts instead.
I'd rather have the greedy bastard back than a fella who can't nail a place in one of the shittest teams in the league.
22 Posted 06/01/2022 at 09:24:35
23 Posted 06/01/2022 at 09:57:12
24 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:07:39
25 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:13:27
Thank goodness, I'd rather keep waiting for Riquelme to rock up or maybe see if Castillo still has his boots.
26 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:17:33
If the deal was £20-25 million plus a talented young player, then Gilmour or Gallagher would be exciting options. Far more than Sean Langstaff.
27 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:20:17
I hope Everton look for a tougher, faster player with more skill than Longstaff; it's vital position and Longstaff is not up to it.
28 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:41:17
29 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:47:48
It's the cynic in me, and it's probably bung...err bang out of order. But I wonder.
30 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:50:14
I'd still much prefer our two new signings to Trippier though, as hopefully we will get a good few more years out of them compared to Trippier.
31 Posted 06/01/2022 at 10:52:26
32 Posted 06/01/2022 at 11:24:49
A mediocre player recovering from a serious knee injury signed on a big bucks long-term contract. What could possibly go wrong?
33 Posted 06/01/2022 at 11:51:02
34 Posted 06/01/2022 at 11:51:55
Along with Thierry Small (we have just bought a left back) getting fed up with lack of opportunity it does not show the Everton Youth system in any sort of positivity.
Someone should be brought to book over these departures, I know Brands has gone but was it ALL him. Lookman is now scoring some crucial goals and like Moise Kean always had a face like a smacked ar5e at Everton.
35 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:03:13
36 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:24:47
Our only holding midfielder is Gbamin and he's finished. Our only creative player is Gomes and he doesn't score / assist (in fact he's more graceful than creative). Sigurdsson is finished here even if he comes through the allegations because his contract expires in summer.
To improve our midfield we need a disciplined sitting defensive holding player (like Rodri or Jorginho or Fernandinho or Matic) and a player who contributes goals and assists (like DeBruyne, Fernandes and Odegaard).
Longstaff is none of these things. Even if he's a bit better than Davies it won't really improve the team, surely.
Whilst we can't just go out and get ready made players, players of the right type and profile are out there - they just need a bit of patience and development.
37 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:34:52
38 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:36:32
He's in his prime year's and should be playing for us or sold for £35M plus.
If Rafa has anything about him he'll stay clear of average midfielders unless a short team loan deal to cover for injuries etc.
Maximin or Almiron are their 2 best players and would be worth a punt.
39 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:37:39
Then come the summer when there is a bit more to spend they can look at somebody more as a first choicer. Hopefully somebody a bit more attack minded than what we have now.
40 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:40:16
Newcastle would be a strange one for Digne at this point of his career, unless it's for the last big money move.
Longstaff works hard. That's all I can say about him from the little I've seen of him.
41 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:48:57
If anything, that role is important to help carry and cover for others, a player you can trust to play consistently well.
We need that midfield general. Doucoure not good enough, Allan 4 years past his best. Delph is past it and as untrusted as Gbamin, Gomes a fake and Davies has never kicked on to be anything other than backup.
42 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:50:06
43 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:54:52
44 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:56:59
He's out of contract at the end of the season and switched agents to Pini Zahavi. Presumably he'd then be looking at a tidy signing-on fee as a free agent.
Hopefully this is just paper talk as he tries to get a better contract at Newcastle. He gets a pay rise, Newcastle keep him, everyone is happy.
45 Posted 06/01/2022 at 12:59:03
Newcastle seem interested in Holgate so why not.
46 Posted 06/01/2022 at 13:08:16
Under Benitez, he was terrific, but then he got "Bruce'd" and hasn't been the same since. Great engine, great at arriving in the box, but passing can let him down.
Honest opinion from someone who's watched him week in week out.
Am I thinking or hearing James McCarthy??
47 Posted 06/01/2022 at 13:44:12
48 Posted 06/01/2022 at 14:05:54
But Rafa brought Rondon who he had previously worked with and I'm still waiting for him to look fit and better than Simms.
This is a major blip on Rafa's opinion on former players but Townsend brings quality and desire so it's a 50/50 for me.
If he can stay fit, has pace, stamina, is hard working and can tackle then he improves the first team. So as a cheap, short term solution it's a yes.
But.. why have we not got better recruitment options or a decent youth player to offer a chance too.
Lastly, why dont we offer experienced Premier league winner Delph in exchange?
49 Posted 06/01/2022 at 14:14:16
50 Posted 06/01/2022 at 14:35:48
After getting our fingers burned with Delph, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Gbamin, Gomes, James etc maybe Longstaff is the type of player we need. Less glamour and more graft. Not to mention a much smaller drain on the wage budget.
51 Posted 06/01/2022 at 14:36:51
52 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:03:18
If Digne wants to get to the Gulf then he'll need to be playing. A move to the Toon would surely make him the first choice there, and give him a chance to play his way into the French squad.
The wages will be top tier, and if they do end up going down then he will presumably have a relegation release clause written in there as well.
Digne already knows the league and might not fancy too moving too far. He may not want to make the readjustment to a new league either, as time to make the French squad is starting to run down.
53 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:07:10
54 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:42:37
55 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:53:20
I keep seeing him linked with AC Milan amongst others. The fee won't be huge. Maybe about £20m. Someone will buy him soon. He'd slot right in for us.
56 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:54:25
57 Posted 06/01/2022 at 15:55:26
Same site this morning saying no bid as been made.
58 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:14:05
59 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:27:47
60 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:36:09
Are you really Longstaff's dad, agent, Eddie Howe… or is it actually you, Sean, posing as Andrew?
61 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:36:28
“That is the style I want to install here. Bringing in these two young players with energy, they can go forward and attack, is key for the future of the club.
“I hope they can give us fresh legs and faces to improve the competition [in the squad]. And thinking about the future. I like to see Everton growing and improving – and improving the winning mentality.
“Not just being in a comfortable position where people are more relaxed.”
He clearly doesn't like the attitude he currently sees in the squad - and haven't many here said the same thing?
62 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:39:55
63 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:48:53
64 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:50:26
Kenny (61) - None of the above (obviously). But I stand by my assessment of Sean Longstaff. I know the done thing on ToffeeWeb is to slag off unfashionable players that we've all seen play, but then coo and purr about players we've only ever seen YouTube highlights of, but I like to buck that trend - when appropriate. It's why I said that Gray and Townsend were decent signings - they made sense as acquisitions considering who we had in the squad and what we lacked. I think Longstaff would be an astute signing on the same basis.
65 Posted 06/01/2022 at 16:52:27
Sorry, mate, I haven't seen him play but I like the idea, we could definitely do with that type of player.
66 Posted 06/01/2022 at 17:16:35
Also, since he is only 24, if it doesnt work out after a couple of years we could sell him and probably get most of our money back, or even make a profit.
67 Posted 06/01/2022 at 17:30:29
68 Posted 06/01/2022 at 17:34:41
69 Posted 06/01/2022 at 17:36:32
70 Posted 06/01/2022 at 17:46:35
When he has gone forward his play has been nowhere near the standard of his first season. His crossing has been weak and he has scored only one goal in two years, that at QPR in the League Cup. His direct free kicks have been dreadful; his first half effort fifteen yards over the bar at Brentford was pathetic. Given his lack of quality going forward and his inability to apply himself defensively it is little wonder the manager identified him as a weak link.
71 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:02:18
As for Lookman, let's not forget that he also failed at his next two stops after Everton. Looks like the penny has finally dropped for him at Leicester, and the goal against the RS was fabulous, but it's hard to blame our club for giving up on him and his sourpuss attitude in 2019. And I was a huge supporter of his.
72 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:10:31
73 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:10:51
I like that because Everton are saying thats the value we are putting on the part exchange, so raise your bid and come back with a better money and player offer.
74 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:12:23
Digne has to be more than 30m.
75 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:19:08
76 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:25:14
Andrew #64, I do see Longstaff as better than several of our current midfielders, and a potentially valuable shore-up. However, Benitez' priority right now appears to be signing talented young players who might help us challenge for Europe in the future, and I don't think Longstaff is that. He's been benched at Newcastle since October, and it's not injury-related. So obviously they're not seeing much Carrick in him.
77 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:27:51
Len, Small has yet to play for Southampton. I read that he had a slight injury but hes yet to figure. Hell have to wait there to get a chance just like he would have had to wait here and the competition will be just as stiff there. But when your family are also your agent….
78 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:32:23
As for the creativity/goal threat issue, Id be happy with a central midfielder who can release other players and provide a reliable screen for the back four, and I think Longstaff can do that for us, without putting much of a dent in our bank balance - and right now thats the sort of business we should be trying to do.
79 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:43:38
80 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:45:43
To me they and Godfrey and Branthwaite are broad-shouldered, fast, aggressive defenders who, as and when they gel together, should allow us to defend a long way from the smell of Pickford's aftershave.
81 Posted 06/01/2022 at 18:52:57
Personally I dont know why Longstaff wouldnt sit it out to the end of the season and get a fat free agent fee. Maybe well still pay that right now on top of a small transfer fee?
82 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:15:09
There's only one midfielder in the Premier League that has been dribbled past more times per game this season...that's Allan. Sounds like an ideal defensive midfield partnership to take us forward.
83 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:27:50
“If you analyse my teams, they are aggressive, they go on the front foot and press, and try to regain the ball high up the pitch, create chances and score goals,” Benitez told evertontv.
This guy should have his own show on the Comedy Channel.
84 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:35:02
85 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:35:42
Longstaff sounds like another of the same, which we don't need.
86 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:36:00
87 Posted 06/01/2022 at 19:44:27
88 Posted 06/01/2022 at 20:22:46
89 Posted 06/01/2022 at 20:54:46
Most Newcastle responses Ive seen tend to be somewhere between gratitude and incredulity that we might pay money for him. Not a great sign though the Leverkusen fans were happy for Gray to leave too.
Im sure hell be fine and certainly hell put a shift but Im not sure another grafting central midfielder with little pace or goal threat is what we need. Though if it gets Benitez actually playing 3 in the middle then it may work out better for us.
90 Posted 06/01/2022 at 20:56:07
On Longstaff - not sure, not seen enough of him tbh.
Our midfield is desperately short. We need to be able to play a 3, but with Allan and Doucoure (both of whom lack positional discipline - nor is that their requirement), we are far too open to do so and thus constantly lose the midfield battle.
Gomes is too slow, and a liability when tackling. Davies is just too ineffectual, too weak, too slow. Delph also too slow/finished. Gbamin a lost cause. Of these only Gomes comes close to what we need cause he can pass - but his liabilities are too great for him to function regularly.
Can Longstaff fill that void? I doubt it - I mean he's failing to get into an awful Newcastle side. But maybe he could be one of those lost his way type signings who thrived under Moyes (Carsley - Arteta - Pienaar).
Currently we need someone - anyone - to play as that third midfielder (in an alternate universe somewhere Declan Rice would have come through our academy). And we don't have much money. So maybe not a bad stopgap?
Barkley? No chance - not disciplined, can't tackle, no work rate - not at all the midfielder we need to play with Allan and Doucoure.
Gilmour - not seen enough to suggest he'd improve our midfield - could he play that role now? As a starter?
Apparently Wijnaldum is wanting out of PSG - he'd be the perfect one on loan.
91 Posted 06/01/2022 at 20:59:54
92 Posted 06/01/2022 at 21:35:53
Why not go the whole hog and sign Brett Angell, Alex Nyarko and Per Koldrup again to take us onto the next level.
Sean Longstaff??!? Stay well away
93 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:18:36
Fool me (us) one time, shame on you.
94 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:22:11
@ Tony 84 & Danny 87,
I completely agree. The problem is, Keane has always been seen as that player, no matter who has been manager. When you look at his key attributes, he could be that player, problem is, his concentration and decision completely let him down.
If you look at how we play when we're in possession, it is actually quite surprising how much comes through Keane and how many attacks start from him switching the play. Also when we build from the back, the onus does be on Keane to break the initial press and drive forward. Mina also does it in patches, just a shame he spends so much time injured.
We did have that type of player in a raw John Stones, when that style of play from the back was frowned upon, but I do live in the hope that Branthwaite can provide the answer.
95 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:42:39
Maybe there's a topic in here of which was the worst player you've seen play. Of those 3 above the only one I got to see live was Brett Angell and wow, he made Rondon look lively!
96 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:48:40
If you think Bracewell was only average when he came to Everton and was effective in what he did, you didn't know the player. Howard bought him for £425k in 1984, he could see the class he was buying.
As Robert said earlier, Gilmour for Digne would give us a young midfielder who can tackle and a great engine, something we totally lack. I'd also prefer to get rid of Delph, and let Gbamin go out on loan as Benitez won't give him a chance. To bring him back for his first game against Wolves in a two-man midfield, hung him out to dry.
97 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:54:52
That's not to say centre-back wasn't (and still isn't) important. The chemistry at centre-back is generally wrong.
But where would we be now without Gray and Townsend even if we'd managed to buy an upgrade on Keane.
Gradually bits of the first XI are being fixed. It's a toss-up for me whether centre-back is next (or whether we put some faith and patience in Branthwaite and Godfrey).
Personally I'd sooner we fixed the midfield with a quality holding midfielder (like Sangare or Weigl) and / or someone with lots of goal contributions (like Faivre or Til).
If we did that, it would take a lot of the strain off the defence in any case.
98 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:55:12
It's why he only ever lasts 18-24 months in every club since (except the Toon who were fucked anyway).
All the signings, all the “run them out of towns” in the world won't stop this divisive dinosaur ripping what's left of our club apart.
The only signing I want is this man out.
99 Posted 06/01/2022 at 22:58:19
One good signing and one okay. Both part of the run that has us 15th out of 20 and on the worst run since 1999.
The gimp desperation that Rafa is somehow transforming the club in a positive way is strong in this one.
100 Posted 06/01/2022 at 23:05:39
In an earlier post you mentioned Broja, Gilmour and Colwill as more attractive transfer targets - and I agree with you on all three. Problem is… so do Chelsea, so bringing them into the conversation is really just wishful thinking and a sweet-tasting distraction from the severity of the sour situation we find ourselves in. Picking out attractive alternatives that are not coming to this football club (for any number of reasons) in this transfer window is a bit like the policies of Jeremy Corbyn; he knew hed never get into government so he could dream big knowing hed never have to come good on his promises. You love this transfer window stuff, so who would you put forward as your preferred option to Sean Longstaff? Your budget is £5 million, wages preferably under £50k per week…
101 Posted 06/01/2022 at 23:38:01
i) Digne will not to go to NUFC
ii) Digne is not convinced about going to Chelsea, because as soon as Chilwell is fit, he'd probably end up on the bench or worse.
Most likely, option iii) Digne to WHU, and apparently, they have been sounded out with an offer of Digne for Soucek. The only problem is, Digne is valued as £28m and Soucek is valued at £40.5m..?
Other than that, he may go to Italy, or even get his dream of a move to PSG?
As for Longstaff, I'd swerve him, for all the reasons mentioned above. He'd be no upgrade and he'd be yet another cast-off from a club...
102 Posted 06/01/2022 at 23:56:29
He has scored three goals in the Prem... gamewinner against Burnley, gamewinner against Norwich and the equalizer in the draw at OT.
He has also assisted on two... Keane's equalizer against Burnley and Richarlison's equalizer against Saints (we won both).
The question was where we would be without Gray and Townsend. The answer on Townsend alone is 16th instead of 15th and likely several crucial points closer to relegation.
Yeah, they're both part of a really bad season. And they're both reasons it's not even worse.
103 Posted 07/01/2022 at 00:13:20
According to ESPN, Moshiri wants to bring in Coutinho on loan, but Benitez doesn't want him.
And The Athletic has us in for Ronald Araujo at Barcelona, who need to sell him to finance the Torres signing. He might be gettable at a lowball price because he broke his wrist Wednesday night and is having surgery that will keep him out for a while, and they have to acquire a replacement in this window.
104 Posted 07/01/2022 at 00:29:36
Longstaffe seems to have been around for years, but is only 24. When he first started he didn't look too bad. Why he went off the boil who knows...seems a James McCarthy type to me.
Moshiri, like it or not, seems to have gone 'All In' on Benitez, but can't resist playing F.M.- let him get on with it Mosh.
Coutinho; seems to want bright lights / London...but maybe not W Ham and has Villa in his pocket as the 2nd prize
105 Posted 07/01/2022 at 00:47:45
106 Posted 07/01/2022 at 08:21:36
So personally, with our budget being so limited, I'd rather not add a further understudy to a well stocked area just now. I'd rather wait until summer when we could well have the proceeds of Mina, Kean and Richarlison sales (as well as various contracts ending) to buy genuine quality first teamers (with Allan and / or Doucoure becoming a better class of understudy).
Longstaff would probably do fine because, as you say, he works hard and sometimes that gives you what you're missing but I'd like us to set our sights a bit higher.
107 Posted 07/01/2022 at 09:05:23
The Brighton game was horrible, I was shocked at how badly Holgate started the game, but the middle man was Keane, and not once did I see him running forward to get everyone out, even though we had three central defenders, often playing against one centre-forward, and a floater, who just kept drifting into the space, and couldnt believe how much space he was actually getting.
I look at football players, everyone of them can play football to a certain degree, but the higher up the ladder you go, the things that sort out the levels are mostly speed and intensity, because even a lot of average players can look good when theyve got time?
I look at the space that teams often get against Everton, in between our defence and midfield, and it is absolutely terrifying. Why run ten yards, when you can run twenty instead? Is just me being sarcastic, even though this is a feeling that I often get when I watch Everton play this season.
Jermaine Jenus, called it so right the other day, when he said our midfielders were running one way, and our defenders were running the other way, and this to me, was the perfect example, of how our team is constantly helping to create space for their opponents. For top level competition this is truly staggering to witness at times, imo.
108 Posted 07/01/2022 at 09:42:02
Longstaff can do none of that. He's just a run-of-the-mill midfielder of which we have enough. Honestly, it's getting to the point where I couldn't care less, which I never ever thought I'd say about Everton FC.
109 Posted 07/01/2022 at 09:49:45
I'm not set against signing Longstaff. I'd say I'm on the fence. I was pro Gray and Townsend as I think you'll remember though you enjoy painting me as one who favours exotic, unkown or unrealistic players!
What I have seen of Longstaff has not impressed me terribly. He's energetic but not dynamic, looks after the ball decently but rarely penetrates, is combative but not difficultly bypassed. Pros and cons. I'm not sure I see him a Gareth Barry type influence but as I said if his arrival gets Benitez playing 3 in the middle then it could make sense for us.
Obviously there are not a lot of players available at that price who would be a sure thing. Perhaps there may be a player available for loan who could do a similar job?
Wijnandlum could be available on loan but with high wages. Boubakar Kamara is a good player out of contract this summer. I like Rongier from Marseille who would not be too expensive. Or Camara from Salzburg. I might even have plucked for Maitland-Niles on loan to play his preferred central position.
Like I said, I'm on the fence. As Robert @106 says I might be tempted to not block the pathways for younger players and give some minutes to the likes of Onyango and Warrington. Is Longstaff significantly better than Tom Davies? Maybe. He seems better defensively but I'm not sure the disparity is great enough to add a player who may prove to be more deadwood in 2 years time. But as you say, he's cheap… so it's low risk, I guess.
110 Posted 07/01/2022 at 09:59:43
This is because, if we didn't have those two players, the course of each game where they've been involved would have been different, and the results that would have been are unkown to us.
111 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:07:41
Someone mentioned Mata from Man Utd. He's the right type of player but 5 years past his best. His lack of pace, strength and general skill set isn't what's needed most.
Coutinhio to Aston Villa. No idea what shape he's in but that's a player that excites.
Hoping we bring in a loan with option to buy for a similar top class, exciting player.
112 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:32:00
113 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:46:15
He's not the sort of player that will score a lot of goals or get a lot of assists so his stats will always look light but he is somebody that will work hard in the middle and get the ball back which is something we don't have right now and can't afford a ready made world beater.
114 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:53:57
115 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:55:39
One of the issues we have at the moment is the crazy amounts we are paying non-first-teamers and the three mentioned above are probably all on greater than or around £100k a week each which is crazy and impacts our ability to fund better first XI players.
This kid will do the same job for a lot less so we can use the spare funds to go after better first-team players rather than wasting it on players that fill the bench which is currently the case. Hopefully we can get rid of some of the shite we over-pay for and get some value for money first-team replacements with the spare £s.
116 Posted 07/01/2022 at 10:57:35
117 Posted 07/01/2022 at 11:03:28
118 Posted 07/01/2022 at 11:33:32
My view seems to echo the majority on here about Longstaff. Offers little that we don't already have. Therefore avoid please.
What we haven't got, ironic given the 2017 summer, is a genuine Number 10 playmaker. What I'd give for any of the 4 (?) we signed that year in place of Gomes as our only natural for that spot.
I can't get enthused about signing more defenders when we have a really exciting looking young back 4 backed up by some experience already. I don't want another "ball winning then giving it away" midfielder as we have at least 6 on the books, or in the treatment room. And every outlet says our priority is a winger. Gordon, Townsend, Gray, Richarlison – not to mention young full-backs or wingbacks who could step forward.
No need for the club to waste money any old Carlo's Cicabal just because we can. Let those who want out go. And only spend on areas we are light on. Then let the next manager arrive with a few quid in the coffers!
119 Posted 07/01/2022 at 11:40:42
I've said it before but we should have taken a punt on Sangare for £6m. Bargain!
120 Posted 07/01/2022 at 13:14:47
This scouting report goes into his attributes in depth.
Arsenal also supposedly interested. This article says Lyon would be looking in the region of £40m. At only 24 though would be an investment. If we sell Digne for 30m and buy Guimaraes for 35m will be a very good transfer window.
Could be tough convincing him to come to us rather than Arsenal at the moment. Richarlison and Allan will have to sweet talk him.
Lingard and Longstaff are coming to he end of their contracts so maybe they can be signed cheaply or if not for free in June. They will be good to have in the squad. Replacing;
(Delph out of contract, Tosun out of contract Sigurdsson out of contract, Gomes will become even more peripheral, Gbamin needs games elsewhere , Davies needs to play will struggle to at Everton )
The squad needs refreshing and these players could provide a part of the answer, without breaking the bank.
121 Posted 07/01/2022 at 13:25:58
I hope we sign Longstaff. He is an improvement on Davies, Gomes, Delph and Gbamin. We need to improve our squad. Now. Waiting for a more desirable option in the summer (as Robert suggests) just pushes the papers around the desk - especially since our young midfielders are not (in my opinion) ready to step up quite yet. Longstaff, for a nominal fee, is a very good option. And if his arrival allows us to get Gbamin out on loan or even off the books for good then that's a very positive switch. Shame for Gbamin that his time at the club was so beset with injury and abject cameo appearances, but it might be best for everyone to draw a line under his time here and let him go and start again elsewhere.
122 Posted 07/01/2022 at 17:38:37
The financial outlay with Longstaff is relatively small and so therefore is the risk. Im not sure I see him as a ‘very good option but certainly it could prove sensible.
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127 Posted 08/01/2022 at 21:24:57
I would prefer a bid for Saint Maxima.
128 Posted 08/01/2022 at 21:38:36
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130 Posted 10/01/2022 at 13:16:09
I offered to drive Rondon up there, and he said "that's fine, as long as you take Longstaff back with you". Apparently he has been dreadful recently. How much are we offering again?
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132 Posted 10/01/2022 at 13:56:12
What seems absurd to me is that a club managing its way through FFP constraints would contemplate paying a substantial transfer fee, even one in lieu, for a player out of contract in the summer.
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141 Posted 11/01/2022 at 19:03:19
Everything from noise and electronic experimental to clever punk pop and even some Marco Valle or Morricone. I used to work at a radio station so variety is the thing. Don't mind me when I pop off, keep posting your usual stuff and I promise not to get weird about it. May give you some crap though.
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