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Everything posted by paulw66

  1. In response to the bolded bits 1. It is one, not two defenders 2. re Lukaku - well it is down to the alternatives. There aren't many strikers available,which drives the price up 3. Current economic climate is irrelevant. The current football economic climate is booming and prices are soaring 4. Every circumstance different but none of those listed inherited a squad that finished 10th 5. Plus not being in Europe
  2. Well if Liverpool hadn't have had standing in the first place, we wouldn't be having this discussion Makes sense that everyone else can go back to it
  3. Arguably the best in the world in his position. But yes, an extortionate amount for someone who will have no resale value.
  4. There is often smoke without fire. It's called agents.
  5. If we spend 30m on Dembele and loan out Abraham to Swansea, I will lose my sh*t.
  6. Would agree with that. The other players we are linked with cost a lot and are marginal upgrades at best. A back 3 of Luiz, Bonucci, Azpilicueta (in that order) would be phenomenal.
  7. Is he much better than Zouma?
  8. I doubt Conte has any issues about Kante's ability to play CL football.
  9. I am not sure who dioff is but there you go. Hector was never signed with the intention of being a first team player, so not sure why that's an issue. Rahman, well I am not sure there is much evidence either way apart from the fact he struggled. Had he turned up trees, I doubt anyone would suggest he was a club signing. Either way, there have been plenty of "club" signings that have been fantastic.
  10. So, nothing then.
  11. where would you see Barkley playing in our formation? I don't see a natural fit.
  12. Can you explain then why Pedro played there a few times this season then?
  13. To whom?
  14. Barkley to me is a big time Charlie. Not sure where he would fit in our system either. As pointed out, similar to RLC in that respect. Wouldn't have the tactical nous to play in the 2, and not good enough in the final 3rd to play in the inside forward roles. Based on?
  15. Play nicely. :-)
  16. We are after Oxlade Chamberlain according to Sky
  17. If we are looking to upgrade on Alonso, where are we not looking to upgrade?
  18. Both players would cost a fortune.
  19. It is what Economists call "Opportunity Cost" If we spend GBP 50m on a LWB and the Opportunity Cost of that is not buying a CM or CF then we are bloody mad.
  20. do we really need to spend that sort of money on a LWB? Seems a lot to spend in what isn't a problem area. Would be quite happy to stick with Alonso and use one of Baba, Kenedy or Ake as back up.
  21. Is it April 1st? What role would Shane Long have in our squad? Why not just keep Traore or Abraham, the second of whom has just scored more Championship goals in one season for an awful side than Long has in his career (turns 31 in January) Some sanity from Jimmy P. Long has 41 career PL goals and is 30. Giroud, turning 31 in September, struggled to get in to a side that just finished 5th. West Ham would be a good fit. Have some people forgotten we have just won the league and are looking to move forward, not backwards?
  22. Whilst you make points that are difficult to argue against for each player individually as to why they might go, I think you are ignoring one thing, and that is that three scenarios outlined above are not mutually exclusive. Example, if Real lay £100m on the table today and Hazard says I want to go, and it happens; I think that will change the chances of Costs and Fabregas going. Perhaps Conte would think, "I am losing Hazard, perhaps I need to make up with Costa" or "I definitely need Fabregas' creativity".... I agree that for any of the three, they might move on, but I don't believe for a second we would allow all 3 to go in one window.
  23. do you actually think it is possible we will lose all 3 in one go, in your opinion?
  24. Or equally, Alli has been linked with Real Madrid, Kane has consistently been linked with Man Utd and Ericsson has recently been linked with Barca. I don't suppose Spurs will sell all 3.