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  1. Loved watching his finishing today in the training, always looks so sharp and in the right place. It was the first time I had seen him play live and I can't wait to watch him down at VP again. His energy and attitude is infectious
  2. With some links to Will Hughes appearing, if we are looking for another 8 or someone who could also play as a 10 then I think Denis Praet from Leicester would be a good shout. Prem experienced and better than all our current centre mid options in my opinion. Very technically sound and works very hard off the ball too. He is looking to leave Leicester due to a lack of appearances and they have just signed Soumare so he will get even less time. Leicester fans don't want him to go and think he should of played a lot more back end of last season but for some reason he kept getting overlooked. Could be a good buy at £10-15m perhaps
  3. Martinez, Heaton, Steer Cash, Guilbert, Elmo Konsa, Tuanzebe Mings, Hause Targett, Amavi Berge, Luiz Sanson, Mcginn Brandt, Olise Grealish, El Ghazi Buendia, Traore Watkins, Wesley, Nketiah Loan out the youngsters in Kesler, Ramsey, Chuck, Barry and Davis. Keep Elmo around the squad for a bit of experience and leadership. Keep Heaton as well for the same reasons as well as being a quality back up. Interplay between Grealish, Brandt and Buendia would be lovely to watch and they are all hard working players as well
  4. Not sure where we are going wrong in terms of our style of play. First half of the season we seemed to have a lot of fast intricate passing in the final 3rds with lots of one twos and overlaps, coupled with some great counter attacking and I would argue there were only 1 or two teams playing better football than us. Now the passing on the whole is really poor, we give the ball away so much, we only press in our own half (except for Watkins) and the movement in attacking areas is really disjointed. Plus our counter attack threat hasn't been there for a long time. I know we have lost Grealish and Cash recently, but the problems were there before they were injured and they have only gotten worse in my opinion
  5. I wouldn't mind going for Nketiah in the summer. Seems to be struggling for minutes at Arsenal under Arteta and will only have 12 months left on his contract this summer. Was a profilic scorer at a young level and has a high work rate so would be an able support for Watkins in my opinion. For £15m or so could be a good option for young English striker who has a high scoring record for the u21s and could turn out like the last neglected Arsenal player we bought....
  6. I think definite comparison in terms of one-footedness but I think they are both very different players. I thought when we were getting Traore that we were getting a very direct winger similar to Robben but he is almost like another wide playmaker like Grealish in that he tries through balls often and cuts in and switches the play. Anyway whatever kind of player he is I really like him!
  7. I agree he was very good at the start of the season. The only thing letting him down was sticking the ball in the net. In terms of his overall game I was really impressed with him at the start of the season, and why Traore barely played when he first joined
  8. If Dean wants to keep playing 4231 then we will definitely need to purchase an AMC in the summer which is quite exciting. A few thoughts on some options below: Top level talent: Julian Brandt - Can play through the midfield or out wide. Only 24. Wages aren't huge. Style of play I think would fit in really well as he is a good dribbler, works hard and can play through balls. Doesnt score too many though. Dele Alli - Very talented player. Good in the box. Would link up well with Jack and Ollie. Played best at Spurs as a second striker. Used to playing pressing football. However hasn't been at the races for a couple of seasons and question marks over his general attitude. Could be a good option though. Julian Draxler - PSG attacking midfielder who has good pedigree and lots of ability. On big wages but would fancy a move to the prem to get first team football Premier League ready: Ross Barkley - on loan at us currently. Lots of ability and links well with Jack. Big question marks over fitness and work ethic. A good option at the right price Jesse Lingard - did us over the other week with a very good game. Could be a good signing at the right price. Question marks over his attitude and work ethic also Eberechi Ebe - looks a very talented player and is having a good debut season in the prem. Would slot in well in the number 10 position. Palace unlikely to want to sell though unless they go down Emile Smith Rowe - one of Arsenal's brightest prospects. Unlikely to sell him to us unless maybe we get into Europe and they dont, or if say they change manager and he cant get into Arsenals team because new manager doesnt like him Young prospects: Michael Olise - very talented youngster having a good season at Reading. A lot of clubs interested in him. One we might regret missing out on like Eze. Charles de Ketalaere - talented young Belgian who can play a number of positions. Seems to suit a number 10 type, and can also play out on the left. Hard worker, tall and physical as well as great ball skills. Could be another top player to come out of Belgium Martin Odegaard - currently on loan at Arsenal. Doesnt seem to fit in at Madrid. Very talented youngster Best of the Championship: Harry Wilson - a lot of ability but a bit lightweight. Great set piece taker which we need. Nice striker of a ball from outside the box. Wouldn't cost a lot in the summer Emi Buendia - seems to play more on the right but could play a number 10 position. Great through balls and hard worker. Likely to cost a lot unless Norwich dont go up David Brooks - again more suited to the right but can play through the middle. Played well in the prem previously. Bournemouth likely to want a lot of money Todd Cantwell - seems to be more suited out wide then through the middle, but a nice ball carrier and a stylish player. Likely to cost a lot unless Norwich go up Personally my top 3 targets would be Brandt, Olise or Charles de ketalaere. Although I probably would be satisfied with Barkley if the price is right with Ramsey as his backup
  9. I would rather spend the Barkley money on Anguissa from Fulham. Looks a class box to box player that loves dribbling, tacking and has good physicality
  10. First few games for us he looked like he should be back in the England squad. Now the difference between his performances and Maddisons are huge, Maddison must be way ahead of him now, let alone Foden, Mount and Grealish. He could be turning into a bit of a Dele Alli or a Lingard (barring tonight's performance). A flashy player but high wages and something just not quite right
  11. It might have been mentioned before but the way we are playing Wesley would be more suited to come in for Barkley rather than Watkins. He seems to like dropping off to be the link man rather than getting into the box and pressing the centre backs and I think he could provide a good option to win the ball I'm the air and feed Watkins, Grealish or Traore. If that's the case then I still think we need another number 9 type striker like Watkins that has pace and is a high pressing style striker.
  12. 2-1 up last night was the big mistake tactically from Smith last night. At that point Traore and Barkley have to come off. Trez then comes on and sures things up on the right side to deal with McNeil and either Engles comes on as a third centre back to help with the aerial bombardment or Nakamba comes on to help us win the midfield back and control the game from there
  13. I would much prefer Angelino off Man City than Zinchenko
  14. Over the next window or two I would be happy with: Nakamba out - Choudhury in Lansbury out - Will Hughes in El Ghazi out - Rashica in Engles out - Victor Nelsson in Taylor out - Angelino in
  15. I think Luiz is a very classy player, and being the deepest midfielder in a possession oriented team is his best position. For us he will have good games and bad games as we arent always great as a team at keeping the ball moving in the opponents half. If Man City did buy him back who would you want and who do you think we could afford? Assuming Smith would want another tidy ball player type player a few options below as starters. If we have a great season and qualify for Europe: Kalvin Phillips- very highly rated and does seem to have lots of ability. Doubt he would come though Declan Rice - I would like this one to happen as I think he would fit in well with the team and he would want to come, but I think we would be priced out of it Tyler Adams - Leipziz young American midfielder with lots of potential. Would love him here Jorginho - very doubtful one, but he doesn't seem to be a consistent first choice at Chslsea and we could have funds available and would be an ambitious target If we finish mid table ish: Marko Grujic - out of favour at Liverpool but looks a decent player whenever i have seen him and had a good season in Germany Papy Mendy - Playing very well at Leicester at the mo, but doubtful he would keep his place when Ndidi is back fit so could be tempted Sander Berge - Sheff Utd are struggling and may go down. If so then whilst he hasn't been very impressive yet this chap was very highly rated and would have experience of the prem Ethan Ampadu - not sure if his best position is CB or in midfield but he has been touted as a great defensive midfielder and could be available if Chelsea decide to sell Mohamed Elneny - a decent player at Arsenal with prem experience. Not really good enough for them but could be a good player for us Billy Gilmour - Like Ampadu unlikely Chelsea would want to sell but could be persuaded with the guarantee of first team football, playing alongside his international teammate and if the price is right If we stay up by skin of teeth again: Nathaniel Chalobah - Terry knows him well and could be a good option John Lundstram - could be available on a free transfer and was very good last year for Sheff Utd Lewis Cook - had a lot of injuries at Bournemouth but has always looked a classy ball player Will Hughes - Another Watford player that could be available and would be a decent player Joe Allen - only 30 still with bags of experience and suits a deep midfielder position Obviously hope Luiz stays with us a long time but thought it might be interesting to consider a few options. What do you think? And anyone else you think may be a good buy? I know we have been linked with a few players from the French league recently
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