Definitely. Can’t see him playing much this season. A good 8 months training with the team though and maybe a few minutes off the bench will hopefully mean he’s ready to play more of a part next season.
I still think we’ll go big on a striker in the Summer.
Feel glad that Douglas Luiz didn’t try any of this sort of stuff when we rejected the deadline day move for him. I’m sure he would have liked that move but he just got one with things with a smile on his face. Still seems happy. He probably will make an upwards move one day but hopefully with a lot more class than Caicedo.
I’d be so happy with this signing. Not because he looks good in his videos, or even because of his age (which is a bonus), but because it shows we’re actually doing some serious scouting and we’re being well run behind the scenes. I’ve long criticised our transfer policy and the way we seem to randomly adjust it dependent on the manager. This, along with the Duran signing, shows we’re looking more to the future and trying to put together a more balanced squad. Expansive, quality additions like Guendouzi, mixed in with some prodigious young talent for a more reasonable transfer fee. The upside long term could be huge.
This just feels like the type of signing Man City or Brighton would make. Of course, it could all be guff and made up nonsense but I really hope it’s true.