Big money signings.

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    captkirk
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    After last season’s two horse race, teams like Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea have tried to bolster their team to try to bridge the gap. Additions were Pepe, Ndombele, Pulisic and it was expected that at least one of these signings would hit the ground running but they have had an underwhelming start.

    Manchester United spent a tidy sum on Fred but they are very low in the table even after the Brazilian got enough time to get acclimatised to the PL.

    This would suggest that it isn’t enough to spend money to progress and with City’s players such as Silva, Fernandinho and Aguero getting to the twilight of their career it is quite possible that Liverpool with the majority of the players not yet hitting their prime, is in an advantageous position to lay hands on silverware in the next few seasons?

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    Razor
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    Chelsea are by far the closest to dominating the league in the longer term. The players they have coming through are incredible. City are no slouches in this regard either. Their academy has some of the most impressive youngsters around even if the don’t get a chance. Take my word for it, they already have the replacements lined up. Arsenal have their next generation coming through now as well so if they address the issues in their squad, they could be challenging too. There’s no telling how we would respond to Klopp’s departure, especially if we give the job to someone out of sentimentality. We’re the ones who’ll need a major rebuilding in the next few years especially since our youngsters barely get any exposure to higher level football. No one can take anything for granted, we most of all.

    Yes a big signings doesn’t always come off but they’re more likely to when they’re made with certain considerations. Their quality, style of play, where and how they’d fit in, how to utilise their strengths in your preferred system and how to improve the flaws in their game, tactical awareness, personality, adaptability etc.

    Ndombele can’t be blamed because the entire Spurs team bar Son and Lucas have been shit this year. Pulisic was a benchwarmer at Dortmund and was probably signed for marketing purposes. Pepe probably can’t handle the physicality of the PL yet as most foreigners do. Fred was unsettled by a manager who was causing all sorts of drama off the field who was then replaced by another “tactical genius”.

    Our own big signings in recent years have been excellent other than Keita so that says enough about that.

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    pinezes69
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    Pulisic has been on the bench and he will probably stay there…

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    captkirk
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    Razor : I wasn’t pointing the finger at the players as they are not responsible for the price tag slapped on them. However signing a player for 50m+ is only a start as the hard work starts when he needs to be integrated in the team, care must be taken for his psychological well being and so on. You elaborated on this and I agree 100% with what you wrote.

    Will be interesting to see how Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s youngsters develop, however I’m optimistic for the future, even if taking anything for granted would be unwise seeing the way the PL has been fragmented between the top two and the rest in a very short period.

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    Razor
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    I’m hoping the youngsters and reserves can put together some decent cup runs. I want to see Elliot in particular get some game time at a higher level. The likes of Brewster, Jones, Hoever, Larouci, Van Den Berg and Lewis really need to step up and I think this new coach was brought in to get these guys over the line. Who knows, if our youngsters are good enough in the cups we could very well compete on all fronts with 2 teams available to us. That may just be a pipe dream though. I was really disappointed with how Woodburn’s progression turned out. Personally feel he didn’t get the top level opportunity he should have when he was riding on a high and the loan moves didn’t suit him. Ibe just looked like he stopped pushing for it. Really want to see this next batch come through.

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