March 3, 2020 at 10:36 am #1831697
That said, we’ve kept the most clean sheets in all competitions across Europe’s top 5 leagues this season apart from PSG.
Shit like that makes me think we won’t be signing any defenders in the summer.March 3, 2020 at 10:48 am #1831705
I think if Bailly could be kept fit he’s definitely a better option that Lindelof, however he’s a bit like Smalling in that he can be an immense, immaculate defender and then at a key time in a key match he’ll get himself sent off and we’re left high and dry, Rojo is kind of the same in that regard. We need someone with their passion but with less TNT. Vidic was that kind of player, yes he got sent off a few times but you didn’t half expect it to happen every game which you do with Smalling and Bailly. It’s kind of an oxymoron but we need a disciplined fire in our next CB purchase.March 3, 2020 at 11:19 am #1831715
There’s high hopes for Tuanzebe. Bailly’s chance has gone i think, been out for a year and comes back and plays well for a couple of games. He’s not proved anything, can he stay fit for more than 10 games? Can he be consistent in his performances? Can he stop doing stupid shit? He’s another Phil Jones i think, good defender on his day but career ruined by injuries and lack of consistency.March 3, 2020 at 12:03 pm #1831729
@roygbiv-Yes but Ole and lindeoaf can communicate not only in English.
@Happy-VVD IS a 75M player if not more. Maguire is 30M player at most,there are younger bettert CB´s out there and you would get two proper CB´s for the fee of Maguire. Question: Would you prefere Maguire before VVD?
I dont and i would be gobsmacked if anybody except you would say yes.
I think Bailly is a better partner to Maguire than Lindeloaf but i am not sure Maguire is our best CB anyway.
Another note,hope reports are true that we are after Tomas Partey.
If we can get him we will be in the top 3 in PL,he is a proper number 6.
As always,it is just my opinions.March 3, 2020 at 12:05 pm #1831731
We probably won’t buy a CB, especially if Jones and Rojo are still hanging around like a bad smell just taking the money. Bailly is the conundrum, he has the raw materials to do the job we need, but both his injury record and his rash tackling mean you can’t rely on him to do it consistently. As for Tuanzebe, he’s turning into yet another sicknote who will never stay fit.
Honestly, despite all his faults I’d still rather have Smalling than any of them, at least he can head the ball, unlike that useless Swedish shithouse!!March 3, 2020 at 12:11 pm #1831733
Zico – I don’t think there are any better centre backs in the league at the moment apart from VVD and maybe Laporte. Maguire is 3rd I’d say.
£80m was a lot of money but we always pay over the odds because of who we are. Now we need a top CB to play next to him. Despite their clean sheets record, it doesn’t look like lindelof is that guy. And no one else is reliable enough. If we bought koulibaly then we’d have a top partnership for about 3 years maybe.
But I’m pretty sure they’ve targeted the goals threat as being our main problem and in the summer we’ll probably end up with Sancho and a striker.March 3, 2020 at 12:13 pm #1831734
@dogging – That’s one of Ole’s biggest faults mate, it takes an absolute age for the penny to drop as to how shit some of these guys are. Lingard and Pereira being prime examples.March 3, 2020 at 12:31 pm #1831744
@killy – Teden Mengi is getting rave reviews this season and captains the U18 team, but he’s a bit too young yet. He might get some minutes next season if he continues to look good.March 3, 2020 at 1:33 pm #1831771
Yes we over paid for Maguire but I think he was the best defender available and Ole’s number one target. Hopefully Bailly and Tuanzebe can stay fit for the rest if the season. If we sell Jones, Rojo and Smalling then maybe there will be space for one CB to come in but as most of us agree a CM (and an AM if/when Pogba is sold), RW and CF should all be higher prioritiesMarch 3, 2020 at 5:58 pm #1831874
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@happyhurling – can you send me a link to this about us being 2nd best clean sheet record in top 5 leagues? Not that I’m doubting your integrity but more because I remember that, at the beginning of the season, we couldn’t keep a clean sheet to save our lives so wondering how we suddenly jumped to 2nd best in Europe?!March 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm #1831881
Sympathy – Yeah, I know what you mean! They flashed it up on Sky Sports, don’t have a link to it. It’s in all comps apparently.
Hang on – quick google shows us this;
Only Paris Saint-Germain kept more clean sheets this season – 22 in 41 matches. In fact, Liverpool are on the same number with United but Jurgen Klopp’s men have played one game more. United are currently on a three-match run without conceding in the Premier League – Wolves (D, 0-0), Chelsea (W, 2-0), Watford (W, 3-0).March 3, 2020 at 6:31 pm #1831882
City have struggled with conceding goals all season with Kompany gone and Laporte injured. There was also a period I remember when Liverpool couldn’t keep a clean sheet, there were question marks around VVD and everything as they kept winning 3-1 or whatever.
We’ve had a couple of different stints where we’ve kept a few clean sheets in a row and then conceded and then went on another run I think.March 3, 2020 at 8:28 pm #1831923
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Thanks for the info happyhurling – must be when I took Wan Bissaka out of my Fantasy Football then!
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