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Vinod   

Not very comfortable that we are scouting Barca bench for first team contenders

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I still think Mourinho has himself to blame to the current situation.

Looking at how Mata is performing for Man utd just now as I predicted just show us how wrong the decision was by Jose.

Main issue is we do not rotate enough to keep players fresh.

There have been time we were 2-3 up and still no substitution.

Who could say we didn't miss shurrle directness or Kevin's creativitiy now? Would you not prefer to have lukaku on bench now rather than remy and falcao? We didn't even have buy back cost or option for lukaku or kevin which I think it is a silly decision.

I understand we have to consider financial gain but in my view it is also important that we have enough depth to fight for all competitions in a season.

Bizarre opinion, and very self-serving. Funny how that thing you predicted as 'come true' based on the limited (questionable) evidence offered. I seem to recall us finishing well above Mata in the last two seasons. And then the, often typical here, complete lack of acknowledgement about whether or not individual players wanted to be here. It's not as if any of Schurrle, Be Bruyne, Lukaku or Mata were sold without replacement, so it's weird to think that there isn't acceptance at the club that some degree of depth is important.

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The Barca bench is going to have some better options than the first elevens of most clubs, in fairness.

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jones   

The Pedro signing is ideal in many ways, seeing it as he perfectly fits a hole in the squad: a first team player ready to start matches, and will probably even improve our first XI. He will offer goals to a side with too few goal scorers, and he will provide real competition to Willian and Oscar. No, Cuadrado does not do that. Putting quality players in a healthy, competitive environment will help them improve. Big difference.

In terms of making the transition, I think few players could be better suited than him. He already knows a few players in the squad well (Azpi, Cesc), he is experienced enough to be confident, and at the same time should be hungry for more. He is used to not being the star player - Messi has always been there. Unlike players like KDB, Salah, Schurrle ad Cuadrado, this guy is used to being part of a team, one of Europe's finest, that has been set up to play with high intensity and pressure. These are massive points for me.

Pedro will be ready to start, and will improve us immediately.

At 22mp this is a steal.

The only thing that's iffy is: why so late?

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Zoowraa   

I still think Mourinho has himself to blame to the current situation.

Looking at how Mata is performing for Man utd just now as I predicted just show us how wrong the decision was by Jose.

Main issue is we do not rotate enough to keep players fresh.

There have been time we were 2-3 up and still no substitution.

Who could say we didn't miss shurrle directness or Kevin's creativitiy now? Would you not prefer to have lukaku on bench now rather than remy and falcao? We didn't even have buy back cost or option for lukaku or kevin which I think it is a silly decision.

I understand we have to consider financial gain but in my view it is also important that we have enough depth to fight for all competitions in a season.

Erm....how is he performing ?? Two league games and they have had an own goal and a deflected strike. He made a very good pass to set up the goal against villa, but in those two games I watched, he was stuck out wide and kept creeping central to get involved .

He has played decent at best. Not sure what your post refers to with regard his form.

He was a cracking player for us, impossible for anyone not to like Juan Mata. As we currently stand, I think you will be hard pressed to find anyone that don't think £37 million has proven to be a cracking piece of business...........for us.

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I still think Mourinho has himself to blame to the current situation.

Looking at how Mata is performing for Man utd just now as I predicted just show us how wrong the decision was by Jose.

Main issue is we do not rotate enough to keep players fresh.

There have been time we were 2-3 up and still no substitution.

Who could say we didn't miss shurrle directness or Kevin's creativitiy now? Would you not prefer to have lukaku on bench now rather than remy and falcao? We didn't even have buy back cost or option for lukaku or kevin which I think it is a silly decision.

I understand we have to consider financial gain but in my view it is also important that we have enough depth to fight for all competitions in a season.

To be fair, we got absolutely crazy money for most of the players you mentioned.

But yes, we don't rotate enough. But that's not the problem, but merely a symptom of not having the right players in the squad. The team picks itself most weekends, which is never a good situation to have. Ideally there'd be competition, but we just have a specialist for everything (and some useless subs).

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haifarul   

Quite a few people have said this about Oscar, me included, since we signed him which is getting on for 3/4 years now.

I find it really surprising we have not given him a run of games in this role over this period of time. I love watching Luka Modric play and whilst he may not quite match his performances in this role, I have always thought he could do a very similar job for us playing deeper.

I can't think of one game he has started for us in this role. There have been the odd passages of play when he has played this type of role and to my eyes, it suits him much more than the number 10 role. Especially if it is in a 3 man midfield.

I find it really perplexing.

Other members and fans have been wishing to see Oscar in that position for at least a year,yet Jose is not willing to budge.In a 3 men midfield he would be a lot better suited,same as Ramires imo.Maybe since Jose sold Mata after making clear that Oscar is his choice in that position is trying to prove he is right man for it.

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GURJ SS   

I think the reason we don't play 4:3:3; is because Fabregas doesn't have the legs for it. He would run out of steam around the hour mark, plus he isn't quick enough to recover when being countered.

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I've still not seen Mata play at United anything like he did for us in his first two seasons. Nothing like it. Not as much creativity, not as many goals, not as much influence. Now he's out on the wing, which we all know isn't his best position. And we've thrived without him to be far - two trophies, including the league, last season. I love Mata, as a player, and a bloke - legend with us, winning three trophies including the CL. But I've not yet seen him at United as he was with us, and he's not made United better than us.

In relation to Oscar, I often thought he could play a deeper, more creative role. I think he can play number 10 as well though - if he plays well consistently (which he's not done over a full season - yet), then he is a top class player, and I'm still hoping this season we will see that.

Pedro adds quality width, pace, creativity, good winning mentality. He'll help our attacking play and our passing football. Very useful signing. Most reports are saying Jose phoned him personally and Fabregas also phoned him to convince him to come, whilst negotiations were happening quietly, behind the scenes. If that is true, Jose's personal touch will yet again persuaded a player to come, which proves if nothing else he really wanted him. No evidence other than the fact it's pretty much every newspaper (which means it's possible). If it is true, it's a good sign. But it's not that important - the important thing is we got him, did the deal and sealed the deal quickly and effectively.

That 3-0 defeat might well have woken up the lion. Chelsea have pretty much signed two players in a week since then. I suspect there is at least one, maybe even another, to come yet.

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