Manchester United fans notice a difference between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsenal readers pick out a youngster who deserves to play more, while Chelsea supporters debate Willian’s future – all in Your Says of the Day.
It’s getting to the point now where we should be adding players that we are intending to add. No point f***ing about with fee’s a few weeks before the season starts. Time to pay the extra £5m or £10m premium and get the team set up for the new season. You can’t blame other teams for holding out for top fees as we are doing the same with Pogba and Lukaku. When you are in the situation we are in and needing certain players for critical positions then you have to pay over the odds sometimes. If we were in the same position as City then we could afford to play hardball and walk away from deals but we’re not. If Woodward and the Glazers are serious about getting us back to the top then we need to start spending to get business done. As things currently stand, we have spent around £130m in the last 3 transfer windows. Not exactly massive money for a club like ours. Also, why haven’t they been shifting the deadwood quicker. Darmian, Rojo and Jones should be long gone. Regardless of how this window ends, I find how we do business to be strange to say the least
N!xer – I agree we should getting a move on. Although having said that, if we’re not going to get the signings in time for pre-season does it matter if they don’t come until the window closes?
I’d really love to know how far apart we are in valuations but we have no way of knowing.
I don’t think the club thinks it needs “certain” players. It wants a player for certain positions but seems to be still shopping around and doesn’t care if it gets player A or player B. It’s the price not the player that seems to be the objective.
And I’m not sure the club sees any great need to sign new players. The club has shown no eagerness to sell any players, be it a top player like Sanchez, Lukaku or deadwood like Darmian.They may think all it needs is for Ole to get the players playing like they did when he arrived and top 4 is in the bag, especially given Arsenal and Chelsea problems, and they have no expecations beyond that.
Not really true though is it? We’ve offered £80m for Maguire i believe after an initial offer of £70m. They want £90m! He’s simply not worth that especially when you see De Ligt signing for £61m. So what do we do? We want the player, he wants to come to us, Leicester are being ridiculous! Palace were the same with AWB – they were after £60m! You have to negotiate with these teams, even if it goes to the wire. The player has to force the move i guess. So we get AWB for £45m that’s £15m less than they wanted. With Maguire it has to be the same, the club has to meet us somewhere in the middle.
We’re doing a great job with Lukaku/Pogba situations as well. Inter tried a silly, derisory offer and we said no. Now they’re coming back with serious offers.
Despite the amount of flak he gets Ed’s actually handling the negotiations pretty well this summer i think. We need a few more through the door and then we need to cut our losses with Rojo, Darmian etc. We’ll know in a few weeks how good the window has been.
the player who should be captain should be 1. Someone who is certain of his place and a must-start in all games. 2 Is respected by all of his team 3.Inspires others by his play 4. Does not make stupid mistakes and put the team under pressure 5. Is premiership quality and 6. Can make a difference with his performances and his instructions on the pitch. We have not had one for years who could do that, perhaps since the days of Cesc and RVP. There are precious few candidates, but I would plump for Lacazette over the painfully slow Swiss sloth. If Emery picks him even to play, watch Torreira burn out again by Christmas covering for him, our defence to continue giving goals away as he fails continually to cover them and we end up sixth/ seventh in the League at best. As for Dani Alves, will we pay £200k/ week for someone who will find the Premiership too quick for him, just like Xhaka, let alone make him captain for one season given his age?
CHO has to want to stay here. If he does not want to stay, we have unfortunately to sell him. However talented he is. I start to resign to the fact that he may think his future is not with this club even though FL has talked to him and stated his importance. Let’s just wait and see.
We are some distance away from City and Liverpool. Conte brought us instant success but Pep and Klopp brought something else. It was not clear that time, we were really happy with Conte delivering a title in his 1st season. But he did not build a team. While Pep and Klopp were rebuilding their team, City and Pool respectively. Buying players who were deemed important to their tactics. With some errors of course: Claudio Bravo for example. Now we have the opportunity to rebuild with the transfer ban. We will never have a better moment to rebuild.
I think we need to reconsider this Willian thing. I don’t know what he may contribute after six and a half years at the club and still struggling to reach 50 goals in all competition. is that enough? considering that he takes a very useful space in the squad which could have gone to another more productive and younger player. whether we have a transfer ban or not will not change the equation in this Willian issue. he contributes less than he should be, and here we have a chance to sell him for a higher fee than he is worth. for example Piazon could take the right-wing role that Willian has been glued ever since he has arrived and in which he has failed to produce time and time.
The policy should be radical changes from top to bottom, which means dead wood should be replaced with fresh and younger players. let the transfer ban not cloud your judgment. do you honestly believe Willian sit on the bench and play an understudy for CHO? now way! not a chance of that happening in a million years. and his contract expires next Summer! we should grab this opportunity and sell him finally.
Personally I don’t believe we need Willian any longer even with the transfer ban. He has occasional good games and occasional moments of brilliance but would expect much more consistency from a skilled experienced player, plus he will be blocking the best of the youth when everyone is fit, probably the club or Frank see it differently. There are also other players we should let go like Drinkwater and Zappacosta to name 2. We also have to many central midfielders and those that don’t play regularly become disruptive. It’s human nature.
The club does not plan in advance for “when everyone is fit” which may not be until after Xmas nor should it if its management are competent. They plan for now and the potential what ifs. In the meantime there are 4 plus months to navigate. If Callum was fit and committed then maybe but, right now he appears to be neither. Prior to Xmas there is half a season of Premier League football (around 19 matches) and a complete Group Stage of the Champions League to navigate. If Willian was sold now and Callum unfit until Xmas what is our cover? Then anticipate an injury or two, maybe Pulisic and/or Pedro for any length of time and where are we at?