Our readers discuss why Chelsea should have signed Christian Benteke, Arsenal’s next manager, and Liverpool’s impressive transfer window.
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Benteke perfect fit for Chelsea
Really think we missed a trick not going after Benteke for the £32M Palace paid instead of pandering to the whims of Everton and being held to pay in excess of 70 big ones for Lukaku. Absolute madness imo! Ok,so L’pool might have wanted to charge us more than what they charge Palace but I don’t think it would’ve been that much! I really feel Benteke when he’s on form and getting the service is a beast of a player…well from what we saw of him when he was at the Villa! Maybe it went pear-shaped for him at L’pool because they didn’t play to his strengths. Lukaku is unknown entity imo, yes he can score goals but has he got that presence like a Costa or a Benteke, I don’t think so!
Benteke would’ve come here knowing he’d have to compete with Costa to get a look-in and Costa himself would know he’d have to behave or he’ll be tossed out of the team by his ear if he oversteps the mark discipline-wise as Benteke is a more than apt replacement.On the other hand I think we’d be courting trouble going for Lukaku,just couldn’t see him playing second fiddle to Costa without rocking the boat for starters.I just don’t understand why we’d want to pay 30-odd mill more to get Lukaku,…because he’s 3 years younger?.Benteke and Lukaku are vying for the strikers role for Belgium,I was led to believe that Benteke is the one that’s in possession…what conclusions can we draw from that?
I’m just wondering who the best managers are that fans think we could realistically attract to the club. Of course, the likes of Mourinho and Guardiola are out of the question, but there are still some very interesting names out there.
I reckon the most realistic, highest ranking coach we could get is Tuchel – whether we’re a bigger pull than Dortmund for him is up for debate. Simeonewould be stretching it. It’s one thing to be at a club that has limited resources, and another for the club itself to limit the resources. How long before a character like Simeone storms off?
Sampaoli is also one to watch at Sevilla following his success with Chile. Unai Emery is now at PSG so perhaps isn’t an option anymore IMO. Marcelino at Villareal would be fantastic for the scouting and youth development aspects the club intends to focus on, and knows how to get the maximum out of his players.
Lucien Favre is one I can’t overlook, personally. He just seems like Wenger II in terms of his attacking play, but with tactical nous and more than a fleeting consideration for defence! Question marks over him following his disastrous end with Gladbach, but we’ll see how he gets on at Nice.
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen)? He reminds me of Simeone in a way. He’s more attacking and looks to win the ball higher up compared to Simeone, whose team is happy to sit back and wait for a good time to strike. BUT they both like to constrict and restrict the spaces the opposition can play and pass the ball in. To choke and kill the play from the source rather than try and defend the result of said play! Schmidt probably relies less on his defence than Simeone, and instead tries to impose himself on the opposition in their territory. His brand of football will be exhilarating and fast-paced, to say the least!
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg) will get the best out of the team, make us more efficient and even get us beating our rivals, but will we like his brand of football?
I’m sorry but there are some cracking managers out there, and yet some fans believe the world will end without Wenger. I haven’t even started thinking about quality managers in South American leagues, like Feretti, Dorival Junior, Roger Machado, Marcelo Oliveira, Dominguez, Cardoso etc.
We will be just fine without Wenger. The worst that will happen is that the Board continues to penny pinch. But at least there are managers out there that would be able to deliver more with what Wenger has had than Wenger has managed!
Liverpool’s impressive window
Let’s take a look at the business we’ve done so far with regards to players sold.
Jordan Rossiter – Rangers – £250k (compensation)
Jerome Sinclair – Watford – £4m
Joao Carlos Teixeira – Porto – £250k (compensation)
Lawrence Vigouroux – Swindon Town – undisclosed
Sergi Canos – Norwich City – £2.5m
Jordon Ibe – Bournemouth – £15m
Martin Skrtel – Fenerbahce – £5.5m
Joe Allen – Stoke City – £13m
Brad Smith – Bournemouth – £6m
Add to this the potential sale of Benteke for 27mil up front + 5mil in add ons..
That is a ridiculous amount of money for these players who are considered to be afterthoughts. With the sale of Benteke we will be in the green for this window. We have spent a significant amount and other than the one glaring area that needs to be improved we have a much better squad than last season. I’m not sure where it’s come from but all of a sudden we’re conducting shrewd business. Long may it continue.
Moreno should learn from Clyne
Clyne has been fantastic defending and a lot of fans take for granted watching him bomb forward to support the attack and put in crosses because he has rarely been caught out of position. Moreno just doesn’t give me that confidence. Sometimes I get the feeling he doesn’t want to play as a LB.
Fabregas crucial for Chelsea
i don’t know what world are you living if you believe our CM is better without Fabregas. Fabregas never tackles? well i urge you to watch his videos and make a judgement there rather than judging him on one poor season. our CM is better without that mistake prone Matic not that creative Fabregas. people here are judging by one game in which our opponents were very poor. and even that game we needed to get a penalty to open the scoring.
Time was up for Jedinak
I must admit I am surprised by the so called anger with Jedi’s departure. I can only go on the posts last year about how woeful his passing was, that he was too slow and gave away silly free kicks which resulted in goals. As much as I like Jedi and what he has done for the club I also believe his best days are behind him. Last season he was off playing with Oz and when he came back he was injured and only played due to our long injury list, I did not hear any compliments then. Dann is a good choice as we need someone on the pitch every game and Pardew has made the right choice. Good luck to Jedi he will do well for Villa he needs to play every week not sit around the Palace in the change rooms. I was more gutted when Derry and Hill left for QPR.
Newcastle: Reasons to be cheerful
Glad we got the much needed win on Wednesday!! also glad to see Rafa is not afraid to drop any player to do whats best for the team
the Janmaat stats are very interesting. i still think he may be sold before the window. Janmaat to me is another player like Sissoko, seems to have a better reputation (a so called big name) than he actually is. he has his moments when he looks amazing but on a game to game basis he is not actually that good and can be more of a liability to the team than a benefit. would much rather have have Jesus/Anita competing for that RB and even Sterrie and Mbemba possibilities
i am liking the hayden/shelvey partnership in the CM at the moment, still feel shelvey can up his game a bit more though and really show he can control games in the centre of the park
think its hard to judge the team at this early stage and with the transfer window still open its always a distraction for players and fans. i say judge end of September on how the season will go
still think we need a couple of attacking players. a winger who can take players on, skipping past a couple of players to open the game up as we are missing that at the moment (shame we cant get Knockhart as he looks the type of player to do that). Miss the odd day of watching Ben Arfa take on a whole team by himself from the half way line!
and we need another target man striker. still think Mitro will be the key to success this season
will be interesting to see if Rafa changes a winning team on Sat