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Who’ll take him though happy? He’s on colossal wages, has lost more than a yard of pace (and everyone knows it) and even worse, we can’t let him go unless we buy an out and out striker in Jan because we’ve no one else. He’s here til June whether we like it or not.
I can’t see it happy, especially not in Ten Hag’s system that requires him to run and sacrifice himself for the team. He’s had team’s built around him for the last 10-15 years, deservedly so but I don’t think he’s good enough, or mobile enough to do it. Maybe in a team that will let him hang around the box and get on the end of crosses etc but we’re not built like that and it doesn’t suit him.
Go back and look at him in the last few mins of the Leicester game. We broke on the counter from our own box and he got the ball in the final third. We had a three on two with Ronaldo in the centre and two players either side of him, he went alone and bollixed it. Worse, the Leiecester defenders had no fear of him, they just closed him down and shut down the attack because he was too selfish to pass. Two years ago, those guys would’ve shat themselves even with both of them up against him but not this time. When, as a forward, your opposition no longer fear you, you need to start asking questions about whether you should still be doing what you’re doing.
ROnaldo is done, there’s even a clamour from the Portuguese national team’s fans to drop him. We’re not the only ones who’ve realised that he’s a busted flush at this point.
A draw I think, Haaland is fit so I think they’ll definitely score
Haaland won’t get a hattrick, he’ll score but just the one I’d say. Can’t see us winning either though to be honest, a draw is our best hope.
It’s great to see that ETH isn’t buying into the ‘have to play the big names’ narrative that successive managers from Moyes up to now have been slave to. It’s not going to benefit England, with Shaw not playing and Chilwell being second fiddle to Cucurella at Chelsea, England are going to have an issue at left back too. There’s an abundance of riches on the right but the left of defence is weak based on form and game time.
Just read the context of the interview there, at no point does Southgate TELL ten Hag to play Maguire. He says a confident Maguire who’s playing regularly is key to England’s success, which is probably true. At no point does he actually say directly to ten Hag, ‘you need to start playing Maguire.’
Maguire has lost or drawn every one of the last 10 games he’s played…..
Am I the only one who thinks it’s not unrealistic for Barca to sell De Jong to us and then use the money to buy Bellingham?
You’d get good money for Fred, maybe not as much as we paid for him but he’s a full Brazil international, in the starting XI for them. Regardless of how he’s done for us, he’s generally held in high regard internationally so we’ll get decent money for him.
Agreed, should get good money for Lindelof, he’s not terrible just not great in the PL. He’s captain of the Swedish team too which will benefit him in looking for a new club.
Not quite a disaster in my opinion, but close enough. Good distribution, good shot stopper but again weak on the cross. Another overrated player who’s considered so good because he’s English. There’s definitely better ‘keepers out there. Vandevoort from Genk I think it is, but he’s agreed to go to RBL in 2024, we might be able to buy him out of his contract. We could do worse than try to get Bazunu from Southampton as well. Big strong ‘keeper, good in the air and good distribution and shot stopping. Possibly better all round keeper than Pickford.
Pep won’t go to manage Spain, it’s not hands on enough for him, he’s a football addict, he lives and breathes it. I don’t think he could be involved in a job that doesn’t let him manage and train players on a day to day basis. Where would he go though?
If he were to go, I’d love to see him in Italy, at Milan or Napoli. Someone with really good recruitment, who could get him the players he wants but without spending a fortune.
Klopp is a draw and they’re not unwilling to spend money, they’ll come good again, VVD and Matip still have a few years to get the defence in order. I don’t think they’re finished but they’ll find it hard to win another league especially with Haaland.
If Pep leaves City it will be interesting to see how things will go there. They’ve set up completely to suit his philosophy, if someone else comes in they’ll have to readjust. They’re better equipped than we’ve been for a change of manager but Pep is one in a million, like Fergie, even Klopp isn’t on his level.
I don’t think they let him get away, they probably went on about clear path to the first team etc. Dortmund said, you’ll be in the first team, playing CL football. It’s a no brainer for a young ambitious footballer.
Still think we should be looking at Nathan Collins of Wolves, looked very good for Ireland again the other night despite Ireland losing. Still young, but very good with the ball at his feet, strong in the air, quick as well. Don’t think Wolves will sell him in Jan but maybe next summer. Plus, anyone who’s taken a lump out of Jack Grealish is okay in my book.
I mean he can point to DDG’s mistakes, especially against Brentford but he’s also forgetting the amount of times that DDG saved his and/or Lindelof’s ass. He’s been poor, he can’t deny it. It doesn’t make him a bad player and I still contend he’s not a bad player by any means, he’s just not a Man Utd under ETH player.
If ever there was a reason to strip him of the captaincy, that’s it.