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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I just remembered I touted Cucurella a couple of months ago. Happy (and a little smug) to see us linked with him.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    This. When you consider that these left back who cost less are a) potentially more of a gamble coming from a foreign league b) will need to be replaced sooner as they are older and c) probably cost almost as much for FFP purposes because they will be on shorter contracts for the same reason... maybe paying a bit extra isn't the end of the world? I would never pay 70-80m if it was up to me and I'm sure the club won't either... but maybe, just maybe there is a deal to be struck here...
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Do you think any of the above would be comfortable playing second fiddle though? Or do you envisage Alaba being a utility man playing CB and CM enough that it doesn't matter? Genuine question.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    He is also 4 years younger than Tagliafico and Telles who both play for the league champions in pretty weak leagues - the bottom of the Liga Nos and Eredivisie are nowhere near comparable to the Premier League. He's also 3 years younger than Gosens. Personally, I would be wary of signing anyone from that Atalanta side because of Gasperini and his system. They could easily be great, the team is fantastic so they aren't bad players. However, I wonder how much of it is system and fit with what they are doing there rather than individual talent. Some coaches just make teams greater than the sum of their parts. If no CL football, Covid and a transfer request can bring the price down, I still think Chilwell is a better option than the other guys listed (although I'd still like Reguilon but he hasn't even been linked as far as I know).
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think a lot of people are overlooking playing style. That wasn't as important for keepers a few years back but I think it makes a huge difference in the modern game. Onana is used to playing with a high line in front of him and playing the sweeper keeper. He is also used to playing with his feet having come up through the Barca academy and then playing in this Ajax side. Pope is definitely my second choice as he is a great shot stopper, attainable, probably reasonably priced (comparatively) and PL proven - however, he has played behind the deepest defence going and I haven't looked at the stats but I'd be shocked if he's not attempting far more long balls to Wood and Barnes up top.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think people forget he missed a good chunk of the early season and he was probably rushed back in the hope he could settle our shaky defence. I'm interested to see what he can do with a (albeit short) preseason under his belt.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think you are completely right that spending the funds on other positions might give us a more well-rounded squad. However, I think Havertz is potentially a generational talent and if you have a chance to sign that kind of player, you do it and worry about the nitty gritty afterwards. I would say he addresses a need for us though, in that he bring goals from Midfield which is something I still think we sorely miss. I think people need to make their peace with that fact we might not be the finished article next season and that's fine IMO. I see us being much like Liverpool 2 or 3 years ago - We are going to be ridiculously fun to watch and blow a lot of teams away. However, we might still be missing one or 2 pieces before we can really win the league a year or 2 later.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Or even better, some actual interest and take the money that was on offer before. The kid looks like he's a Theo Walcott at best to me.
  9. New Kits

    I might well be interested once the squad numbers for next season are confirmed - I can see Pulisic going to 10 and Ziyech taking his 22 for example.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    I knew someone would say this. You could interpret it that way... but I'd argue that Bournemouth should in theory give away more high quality shots than us (although at times this season that's felt questionable!) and yet he still saves 10% more of them than Kepa.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I wouldn't want him but I'm not sure you can hold his stats against him as much - he's basically at the end of a shooting gallery playing behind that Bournemouth defence and is still saving more than Kepa. I wonder what Cahill's stats would have been like for Bolton before he joined us for example.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Having said that, am I the only one who has noticed this big time about Tammy since the restart? I'm not sure if I just missed it before or things were simply going better for him early in the season, but every time we go forward and he doesn't get the ball he's screaming, throwing his arms around etc. I find it very unlikeable. I wondered if he's feeling frustrated or the pressure with his goals drying up a bit and the spectre of Werner looming over him for next season...
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    We certainly were blessed. As the word blessed suggests though, players like JT don't grow on trees unfortunately. Let alone JT, Ricky and Gallas all at the same time - what a team! We did have Huth still in our squad back then though... I really believe one top-class centre back could make any one of Rudiger, Christensen or Zouma look good next to them and form a formidable defence. Which is why it's worth waiting for the right player. Adding a Soyuncu or Gabriel from Lille type signing to the mix isn't going to change anything.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I completely agree with everything you've said. However, I'm not sure City are a great example, they won the league with Zinchenko and Delph playing left back. I think left back is a bigger priority than centre back because full backs effect every phase of the game with the way the game is played now. I absolutely love Marcos and can't understand any Chelsea fan who doesn't but, we have a lot of good centre backs at the moment and getting another good one won't improve us. We should only move if a genuinely great one who can lead those good ones becomes available and those are pretty rare. All of Liverpool and Leicester's first choice full backs walk in to our team. Look at their centre backs, I'd suggest only Van Dijk is an OBVIOUS upgrade on what we have.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well that's it then guys. Despite there being numerous reports about it, even very recently, it seems very unlikely to Droy so the deal is off. I hope we kept the receipt for Werner. #WelcomeBackAlvaro If it was an obligation to buy when they took him on loan (as widely reported) then a) then have no choice but to pay it regardless of his form, covid-19 or anything else b) they wouldn't pay it until this summer when the deal became permanent so it wouldn't have been in previous years financials. Hope that helps. Any one link me to instructions on hiding certain posters replies?