Also, why Michael Carrick’s international career should be over and whether Liverpool can afford to miss out on the Champions League.
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England’s coaching conundrum
There is no quick fixes for this even swapping Roy for Pep wouldn’t make a lot of difference we are way behind the best teams in Europe and the World and will always struggle when we come up against them.
We have to get the grass roots right starting with our Coaching. England have circa 200 qualified Coaches Spain has over 2,000. That seems like a sensible place to start to me!
Carrick has the same weaknesses he has always had. Its a waste of time picking him for England. Put him under pressure and he disappears. Its why he has only a handful of caps. A Premier League standard midfielder, nothing more nothing less.
Champions League crucial for Liverpool
With FFP still active (thanks to 999 for highlighting this to me some time ago) it is crucial we maximise revenues, and with the TV money now of the order it is in the CL, we simply can’t overlook this elementary fact if hoping FSG will spend a bit more on players. A trophy is great for the fans, and a league cup run shouldn’t compromise top 4. The Europa League however does pose a potential problem, even with a CL place attached to it. We can’t fight on all fronts, particularly with the level of football Klopp likes to play and the squad we have.
Otherwise we just right off the season and hope Klopp doesn’t run into any barriers with FSG over more quality players like Rodgers did.
Too early to write off Wilshere
At the end of the day, its Wenger and Arsenal decision regarding Wilshere. There was a time RVP was dogged by injuries, and it was suggested many time he should have been sold. Only for United and City fans to wet themselves in a fight trying to sign him.
Ramsey was another player who many suggested needed to be sold, he ‘would never be the same again’ after his injury, yet again Wenger stood by Ramsey and Arsenal reap the rewards.
I dont understand why fans take the position of wanting to get rid of players because of injury problems. In my view, it shows you up as a naive fan who doesnt think about the future or have the capacity to realise untapped potential.
Wilshere is only 23 yet 999 and others are talking about his ‘career’ being over.
All Wilshere needs is a run of games. I have never ever seen an 18 year old look so at ease and dominate against Barcelona. It was Jack the lad who led Cesc, Nasri, and Song in the midfield battle against Xavi-Iniesta and Busquets, he won man of the match that night and rightly so. Even more recently, he has won MOTF 7 times in his last 10 or so England caps.
You have Scholes and Xavi singing Wilshere’s praises. You have Wenger who wont let him leave (the best eye for talent in British football history), and a history of performances that reveal a special player. Yet we have posters on this forum who dont rate him
Man City Jim, who to me is a the type of fan who says ‘lets bid 60m for Pogba and restrict game time for the less expensive players’ and has no patience or insight, and is a cheque book fan who gets excited about big name signings above all else. Quick, City have just been linked with Messi!! Get excited Jim!!!
The evidence stacks up in favour of Wilshere being a quality player, yet the ignorance of some fans who dont rate him (yet rate Delph), or think he ‘should be sold’ because he is ‘injury prone’ is breathtaking. Its just such a bad position to take.
Now wonder your national team is so lacking in idea’s or an identity, in particular if as its a reflection of the sentiment and mind-set of some of the posters on this forum.
Who can City afford to let go?
Amusingly, having said Nasri’s the only one I could see going, the papers today have Demichelis back to Argentina in Jan. If that happened we’d have to replace him. Do we have a recall clause for Denayer? Nasri may fancy PSG/Monaco etc… But then last night’s horrific events may deter him. Delph does a totally different job to Nasri, Jim. And England looked significantly worse when he went off last night in my humble opinion – not that they were great before.
Manchester United scouting mission
I’ve just watched the game Argentina v Brazil from a point of view of looking at some of the players UTD have been linked with.
First off was Nicholas Gaitan, a player that his agent has been trying to get UTD to sign for the past 5 transfer windows. Forget him, whilst he’s definately not UTD material, he’s not even PL material.
UTD have been linked with Biglia an Aregentinian MF with Lazio. He’s 30 whether UTD would want any more players within that age group is another matter, but today he played well and along with Mascherano held the Arg. MF together.
The third player of interest was Paulo Dybala of Juventus. The reports are that he hasn’t settled into the Juve lineup, and that the Juve manager isn’t impressed. He came on with about 15 minutes to go and made a couple of nice moves through the Brazilian defence.
UTD were linked with him about a month ago, but whether that’s true or not we’ll never know.However he showed great potential and could be an excellent player in a couple of years. He’s almost 22.
Now then, I’m thinking that UTD may want to spend money on Dybala (perhaps £30 mill.) than the suggested £130 mill. on Neymar. In other words it may be better for UTD to buy a player like Dybala and make an investment for the future rather than buy a maturer player who may have trouble settling in ie. di Maria.
Dybala could play along side Martial after Rooney has gone to Chelsea, and I’m sure they will give the speed that LvG craves.