Also, why Manchester United need to keep a hold of their homegrown talent, and picking England’s squad for Euro 2016.
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Liverpool need to spend big this summer to make top four
I can’t help but feel that this is a huge summer for Liverpool. Granted that’s always the case every season but this time we have a lot more teams to worry about. Leicester came out of nowhere and if they can keep their core and build on it they will be stronger. Spurs will be a huge threat if they can emulate their current season next time around. Chelsea, Manchester City and quite possible Manchester United will hit back hard next season with new top class managers and transfer budgets arguably larger than our own. West Ham are on the rise financially as well and Arsenal are always thereabouts. That’s 7 teams, not including us, that theoretically would have a good shot at a top 4 spot.
Also if Rafael Benitez can keep Newcastle up I feel he has the tactical nous to pull off a shock push for the European places next time around. Personally don’t feel Stoke or Southampton will go higher than they are right now. We really need this window to plaster over the cracks in this side. I’m not sure how many more times after this that FSG will allow us to shell out £100 million in a transfer window.
Two wingers, one CM, one LB and one GK, all better quality than what we have, seems doable. I really hope the Mario Gotze/Piotr Zielinski reports are true. Also, and this is just me dreaming, I hope Mario Gotze can convince Marco Reus to come over as they’re best mates if he does sign for us. Big fan of Ilkay Gundogan but many bigger clubs are sniffing around. Haven’t seen to much of Jonas Hector at LB but German international has to count for something eh?
I’d also like to see the reserves step up a lot more. Jordan Ibe, Sheyi Ojo, Ryan Kent, Joe Gomez and Brad Smith all have the quality to at least get a run in the cups from what I’ve seen. Lazar Markovic and Danny Ings need to step up. It’s going to be a big summer and big season for us. Even bigger if we can shock Europe and win the Europa league.
Money can’t buy you Butt
For me, it’s not particularly about us bringing through the next Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s about retaining some tradition at Manchester United at a time when most clubs are losing theirs. If we’re able to provide the backbone of the team through the academy to then add worldclass talent to it, then I think we’ll retain that last little bit of class and tradition.
I think our squad would be stronger if we had the likes of Ryan Shawcross, Danny Welbeck and Danny Drinkwater still at the club. Of course, they’re not world beaters but they’re seemingly good enough for the England squad at the moment and wouldn’t be bad squad members. Even the likes of Nicky Butt would have provided able backup to this squad. These kind of players are ones you can’t buy. Players who genuinely play for the shirt as they’re every bit the fan we are.
Happy to take the pelters now for saying I’d take all those players but I stand by it. We can’t have a squad full of world class players from around the world. It just isn’t going to happen!
Newcastle need to get rid of their deadwood
I think the only way Newcastle will survive is to sell all our best players for a profit, bring in loads of cheap foreign strikers (with potential sell on value) as that’s all we need and give Fabricio Coloccini a contract extension until retirement age. Well, apparently some people think that’s what’s needed.
Personally we need Rafael Benitez to keep us up, ship out the dead wood and wastes of squad space like Moussa Sissoko, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Daryl Janmaat (if the rumors are true about what he said) etc and ignore any suggestions from Carr and Charnley.
By the way is Henri Saivet injured? Why has he hardly played, and Seydou Doumbia, what’s the point of buying players if you’re not going to play them.
Chelsea need to keep Thibaut Courtois
If a club values a keeper for £79 million, then I think it confirms how high Chelsea rate Thibaut Courtois. Assuming that Chelsea put that money on Thibaut Courtois’ head only shows that he is one of the elite keepers in Europe right now. but people won’t see that as a compliment. Any manager that doesn’t try to keep hold on him doesn’t have Chelsea’s best interest at heart. And those comparing him to Asmir Begovic need to wake up to the reality, Stoke City (the former club of Begovic ) is having their best spell in the Premier League since they were promoted, because they got rid of Bergovic and brought better keeper to replace him.
On the other hand Thibaut Courtois left Athletico Madrid as champions of Spain and went on to win the league once again in England. The fact that there is a rumor that Real Madrid would attempt to pay that amount is even a direct confirmation who Thibaut Courtios is. Install Asmir Bergovic in his place and we are risking ourselves a prolonged period in mid table. but with Courtios we have a reliable keeper who has experience, age and talent at his disposal.
Roberto Firmino: Liverpool’s best defender
Just read this…
Roberto Firmino is the leagues best pressing forward.
He has made 54 tackles, more than any other attacking player in the league.
His pressing and tackling stats are similar to a defensive midfielders.
I’m a tad surprised by those stats if I’m honest. Even though I read somewhere before we signed him that he was the best tackling forward in Germany I didn’t think he was putting that much of a shift in for us. Add his goals and assists to the above stats and it’s easy to see that we have a very special, important player on our hands. Hopefully for years to come.
Manchester City’s homegrown quota
Yep and that young homegrown players are more likely to transfer to “big” clubs rather than continue their development at the place where they find initial success. It’s important to remember its not a minimum that we must have, rather the restriction is on the number of “non-homegrown” players. Pep Guardiola likes to use a lot of players though so we will see how we shake it up. Oh and I think Kelechi Iheanacho is only non-homegrown for the Champions League as they have different rules, by the time he is over age for the Premier League, he will have been with us for enough years to be home grown (I believe).
I actually thought Kyle Walker did okay last night. If people expect him to be brilliant defensively then they will be disappointed. He’s a good defender but not top class. His value comes going forward which he proved several times last night. If Roy Hodgson uses Eric Dier the same way Spurs do then having full backs that bring more going forward than defending isn’t a huge problem. Danny Rose wasn’t great last night but he was very good against Germany and has been solid for Spurs this season. People seem to be overlooking Aaron Cresswell and suggesting the likes of Kieran Gibbs who cant get a game at Arsenal and Leighton Baines who has been poor for a few seasons now – if you look at his general play rather than fantasy football points.
England squad for Euro 2016
The key to any tournament is rotating players when the time comes to ensure your best players are always fresh – it may be only a handful of matches but they come thick and fast and after a long season there is barely any time for recovery.
Mine would be the following 4-2-3-1 formation (players in brackets are their backups):
GK – Hart (Forster)
RB – Clyne (Walker)
CB – Cahill (Stones)
CB – Smalling (Jagielka)
LB – Rose (Gibbs)
CM – Alli (Henderson)
CM – Dier (Milner)
RW – Sterling (Walcott)
AM – Barkley (Rooney)
LW – Lallana (Oxlade Chamberlain)
ST – Vardy / Kane (not sure who I prefer – will come down to form on the day. Possibly even Sturridge if he remains fit and performs)
Not the best team ever but can definitely get out of the group stage – we’re missing that top class talent at the moment however this is more of a team which will make up for that.