Also, Liverpool players need to step up, Mauricio Pochettino is not the man for Manchester United and Kelechi Iheanacho should be given chance at Manchester City.
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Giroud the man for Arsenal
I don’t believe Arsenal need to replace Olivier Giroud – I think he’s a pretty damn fine striker. I’m not so sure however that he can last the whole season, and I would be more inclined to look for a back-up who can step in if Giroud gets injured or needs a rest. That back-up could also come off the bench if Arsenal were struggling late on in a game and needed extra firepower up front. Obviously, Aubameyang wouldn’t fit that bill because he would want to be a starter, and I see him as being too much like Sanchez and Walcott (albeit a better finisher). Based on my assessment, I would have thought that Bony would be a good signing. Not the most exciting acquisition, but good enough to do the job.
The end of club academies?
Over the last number of years I’ve noticed that Chelsea get a lot of abuse about how they run their academy. They buy players in, send them to academy, then loan them out for match experience to other clubs in England and across the continent. Many don’t make the grade at Stamford Bridge and are sold but the same can be said of many academies across the country. I’m a Man Utd fan and apart from Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans I can’t remember the last academy prospect who consistently played in the first team. Koeman has said that Southampton’s academy is worryingly low on talent able to step up the Premier League, only Matt Targett and one other I think. Liverpool haven’t produced much, in fact not many teams are made up of a huge amount of academy talent, except perhaps Arsenal and certainly not all of those have been successful.
Therefore, should we ask the question are academies needed at all? Would Premier League clubs be better off buying first options on players in lower leagues where they will consistently get first team football and prove themselves there or keep an academy structure that doesn’t expose them to high quality competitive football? Which, by the way, is why most PL clubs send their young players out on loan, so that they can experience football against players who are older, more experienced and perhaps more physical than they are used to in reserve leagues. A reason why some reserve players sturggle to step up to senior football.
Should scouts therefore be instructed to look for players that clubs can buy into rather than train and may not make the grade? Or should clubs look to create partnerships with other clubs to foster transfer relationships?
Injury problem needs investigation
It’s not just Liverpool, but fiercely, other clubs too have suffered player injuries. Isn’t is seriously about time this was looked into either by the FA or a totally independent body?
Have for example, somebody visiting each club each month and throw themselves in an actual training session just to see what the players are having to do on a day-to-day basis.
Go as far as exploring into the Boots they wear and whether or not if certain brands/styles are detrimental.
Young, fit players from all quarters are being plagued with injuries even than before and I wonder whether this is the only league experiencing this.
Time for Liverpool to step up
By the time we play Exeter, we should have a lot of big players back and I think our quality will see us through on the day. I certainly hope so anyway. I fancy us to get something on Wednesday,and if we don’t put United to the sword at the weekend I will be extremely disappointed. I keep saying it but the players have to step up to the plate. The young lads did it on Friday, now it’s time for Benteke and co to do the same.
Man Utd need a manager with pedigree
I really don’t understand how Poch is even linked with Man Utd. It’s like Moyes. What had moyes done to get the utd job?Absolutley nothing. Had won nothing. Poch is the same. No doubt a good up and coming manager and doing a good job at Spurs but he has achieved nothing in the game as a manager yet. Poch should stay with Spurs and really try and push them on. Utd need a manager with Pedigree to get them back to the top.
Iheanacho should be given a chance
Kelechi looks the real deal. We’ve not covered ourselves in glory in recent years when it comes to giving youth a chance, but in this lad we have uncovered a real gem and he needs to be given a chance.
Newcastle fan not convinced by transfer targets
Ah great the two things we need, a French winger and an over-rated English midfielder. Swansea must be laughing all the way to the bank if this deal goes through. 2 points ahead of us and offloading a guy who hasn’t played since November save for an FA Cup game and defeat to Oxford.
And clearly Saivet will be the answer to all our problems, you know, French, midfielder, no Premier league experience, distinctly average in France to the point he played at every level then went to play for Senegal – probably have one good game every 8 or will have the seem kind of attitude as HBA. I don’t know what’s worse, play like Cabella or Thuavin, have the same kind of personality as Ben Arfa, turn up as little as Sissoko or go on strike like Cabaye.
Just to add to the irony, I’ve just read Saivet is managed by Mondial Sport Management, who also act for Yohan Cabaye, Matheiu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin, Emmanuel Riviere and Aleksandar Mitrovic. Well Mondial, you certainly do deserve a pat on the back for pulling our pants down again.
I genuinely fear for the club, more so than when we were ran on the edge of a financial cliff. As soon as I saw Lacazette had told us flat out NO to joining it just confirmed that we would be buying average players in the hope that one of them might have half a dozen good games between now and May.