Sleeping Dave

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    Oh yeah, almost forgot we have been linked to Wilshere. Not sure how I stand on that one - he's obviously a good player but has an air of 'promise that was never quite fulfilled' about him. Still - a squad of; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kanté, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Wilshere, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batsuayhi 17 seniors and 2 youngsters. Give us a S3 and a LWB and we're done.
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    Oxlade-Chamberlain? An absolute no-brainer imo. 23 years old. Strong, pacey albeit a tad inconsistent. He's been criminally underused at Arsenal and deserves better. Can also cover CM (probably more of a 3-5-2 midfielder) and RWB. HG. Pretty clear-cut if you ask me. Should he sign, we have a squad of; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kanté, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batsuayhi 16 senior outfielders. Would bring us one step closer and given Ox's ability to cover RWB and CM as well, we may get away with only 1-2 players more (LWB and S or CM). I wouldn't be happy with that (I think we need more - comething like 19-20 seniors) but would take 17-18 considering how many we've sold off. Edit: well, 24 in a month, but he's still young.
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    Yeah - no doubt. But that's always the danger of buying 'talent' at 'world class fees'. Pogba and Lukaku alone is almost £180m. Madness.
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    Not bad shouts.
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    I was a big, big Creapo fan. But for me he was more of a power forward with amazing movement. Morata's game is more rounded and he's better technically. I can't really remember a striker that looked like Morata so have a hard time comparing him to anyone obvious. Disastrous decision if true, but sadly wouldn't be the least bit surprising.
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    Bang on Bob. He was always my preferred option and of the available strikers he was the stand-out candidate. can't remember when we had such an intelligent and all-round good footballer as our starting striker last time.
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    1. Then it comes down to what one think is 'lots'. We have a squad of 15 outfield players of which 10 needs to start and another 6 on the bench. At this point in time, we don't even have a full starting XI and bench. 4-5 players more is 'lots' for me - especially since it'll take the total to 8-9 players in one window. 2. It's irrelevant to include the keepers. We have three for one position. It's the outfield players that is the issue for us - 15 needing 16 each game. Boga, Baker and Musonda? You only have to look at last season how we decided to usilise three premier league ready youngsters. I'm at loss how you seem to think Boga, Baker and Musonda will be any different. If anything, they'll likely see less PL minutes than Ake, RLC and Chalobah. 3. Don't think so. Doesn't mean others who have commented on the injury are wrong.
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    Bang on. Personally I don't see us ending up with more than 16-17 senior players... It is a worry because we don't have any promising youngsters left to give squad roles. Odd. Surely we need an adequate number of players to be able to field a match day squad and have some change for rainy days? The club could have won, if they'd kept the long list of extremely talented youngsters who were good enough to play PL football but have now either been released, sold or loaned out. We simply don't have any youngsters left except Musonda, Boga, Baker and Christensen. The squad of senior players stands at; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas Hazard, Willian, Pedro Morata, Bats Thats 15 players incl. Christensen with two of them missing at least until September. Clearly not sufficient for a 55-60 game season. I'm at loss to grasp how you can aim to ridicule that "we don't need lots of players". From that, we are at least another four to five senior players short.
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    Quickly? You are an amusing lad Jimmy, I'll give you that. Why would Real not sell Morata to Man U for £70m but to us for £60m? If it's true, then we should be worried. Cause it means the deal includes something/someone else down the line.
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    Not seen it mentioned previously but Van Ginkel is off to PSV on loan. I'd be very pleased with those two!
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    Cue new media speculation on why there was no extension but only a pay rise. It's slightly surprising we didn't see a new three year deal imo. Now we need to start seeing some signings announced. There are some rumours of a Danilo/Morata deal for €100m... Other news - Ike Ugbo off to Barnsley for a season in the Championship. Decent.
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    Regarding Abraham; I'm with Pete. The track record for young players here isn't great. I believe Abraham making it here when I see it. Maybe I'm being too cynical, but it's hard feeling too much enthusiasm for any youngster making it here.
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    £45m for Llorente? One year to go on a two-year contract and he'll be 33 in February. Surely not.
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    It's tempting to let him rot in the reserves but unfortunately £20m isn't something we can just give up. Add another £20m in salaries for two seasons and it would cost us £40m just to stick to principle. Add Costa mouthing off to the media at every given opportunity and I can conclude that we're better off giving him away for free than to keep him. Exactly. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we signed a striker we haven't even been linked to. I'm not disputing that what you say may be the case. I'm saying I'll wait to draw that conclusion until the players (or Conte) has confirmed that's how it is.
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    1. Not sure how you reached that conclusion. It's not enough for our manager to want a player for it to happen. There's literally tonnes of reasons why a player Conte wants doesn't end up here. 2. As I stated previously, Milan wanting Conte at some stage is hardly groundbreaking stuff. He'll be gone from here within 1-3 seasons max and then he'll likely go back to Italy. At that stage I'd imagine there's three potential clubs. 3. I wouldn't say clearly. It's all rumours for now. So far the media hasn't got a scooby of who we really are targeting for our new striker.
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    Yeah that's very, very poor. Disrespectful is only beginning to cover it. But then again that's footballers today. I hope he does get his move.
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    You sure you're not talking about Belotti? 😜 And I stick by mine. Winning games and winning titles are ultimately the same thing. The only difference is that some teams doesn't have a shot at winning titles and will have to accept to only win a few games. The ultimate goal is the same though.
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    Yeah you're wrong.
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    I've seen a few making this claim. Just out of interest (seriously), why do you feel this way? Personally I think Aubameyang would be great for us given the way we're playing. He's quick, he's technical and he's a good finisher. What else do we need? He's certainly a lot better for than Lukaku ever was and is certainly a more rounded player than Belotti.
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    Quite. I'm sorry Pete but football is about winning. If it wasn't why bother keeping score? That some clubs have a better chance of winning than others doesn't mean the game isn't about winning. there's a reason why Real is seen as the biggest club in the world. Although I'd happily have him as S3, he does make Sturridge look like a gladiator. Don't worry James, we will have fired Conte long before he has the chance to walk away from the job. Signing a long-term deal means FA. It just means it's more expensive for us to sack him.
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    Oh ffs James.
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    Oh I'd say we are. At the moment, a 343 is a non-starter as we only have one option on the bench. It may have worked for a season like we had last season, but for a proper Chelsea season three isn't enough. We need four and all four would be, when fit, involved in the MDS. The 352 is still an option as both Pedro and Hazard can easily play in the front two, not to mention Willian and Pedro at WB.
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    Meaning what exactly?
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    Yes of course. Football is about winning titles. Full stop.
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    Remy is a bit of a forgotten man. I thought he had left for good - not sure why I think that... Last season he left for Palace but came back after a few weeks after sustaining yet another injury. Apoarently he was supposed to be out for two months or so. What has he done after that? Trained with us? Anyone know? Not the worst S3 option out there but yet another foreign place in the squad though...