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22 May 2019 08:58:31
Looking at the rumours so far.

Anderwierald swap for Bailly CB
De Ligt CB
Collins (young CB) develop
James in LW develop
Longstaff in CM Develop
Joao Felix AM/ RW
AWB RB
Pedro RW
Gyere CM

Wou, d people be happy with this as a first step?

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22 May 2019 09:18:42
Hi Perthredmike,
Seems a lot for a 'first step'.
As I've said before, Alderweireld is one of two CBs I think the club should sign this Summer and Bailey isn't good enough in my eyes. So your first point is what I'd take. AWB is my first choice RB for the club also so I'd take that.
James is looking like a done deal, I know nothing about him but am encouraged by what I've seen.

22 May 2019 10:07:12
Alderweirald will be a short term solution for about 2-3 years.
He will be a steal at 25m.
Wan-Bissaka is a no brainer.
Felix looks level headed and a potential superstar in a few years.
Daniel James would suit the counter attacking style.
These 4 plus a top midfielder will be a good window.

22 May 2019 11:44:33
We will also need a keeper a forward and at least 2 centre midfielders.

22 May 2019 12:06:39
It will also depend if De Gea, Lukaku, Mata, Perreira and Pogba leave.

22 May 2019 12:42:05
We're not going to sign 9 first team players but I'd take everyone from that list.

De Ligt won't be coming, I also wonder if we can get Toby and Felix without CL football, given other teams are likely to be interested.

21 May 2019 22:29:05
The transfer policy is changing but are we now looking at young players to develop and sell on for profit? or are we actually trying to build a team, time will tell. I'm still a bit wary of the owners and Woodward.

{Ed025's Note - you should be redcon..

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21 May 2019 20:30:44
Trent alexander-arnold (12) has more premier league assists this season than jesse lingard has in his whole career in the premier league (10).

If its true that the impressionable youngster (hes actually 26) is picking up bad habits from paul pogba and unable to think and act for himself like an adult, then it would probably be a good idea to pick up pogbas habit of creating chances for his teammates and assisting them.

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21 May 2019 21:37:02
Has TAA ever scored in a League Cup final or the Community Shield? Has TAA ever scored the winning goal in an FA Cup final? Thought not.

The amount of negativity in here at the moment is becomIng unbearable. Rashford, Pogba, Young, Lingard, Smalling, Jones have all been getting it this week, I am sure it will be others next week.

21 May 2019 22:10:24
Yes he has had wonderful moments that hell be remembered fondly for but that doesn't mean he can rest on his laurels and stop producing.

Hes 26 now, not a kid, there should be a step up in production surely. Tropes constantly get banded about for the likes of pogba and martial who are accused of being lazy and viruses in the dressing room. Why does lingard get treated with kid gloves.

What part of lingards game can you say has discernibly improved over the last season? he's doesn't excel at either scoring goals, assisting goals or creating chances, pretty important aspects to be an attacking player for a top team.

21 May 2019 22:24:25
AJH, it will be Garner, Greenwood and Chong by November.

22 May 2019 05:28:44
Lingard is a good squad option to have, but shouldn't be in the strongest starting 11 imo.
The problem is that he has 1 really good game followed by 5-6 below average games.

22 May 2019 09:43:43
The issue with Lingard is that he is a managers/ tacticians player and not a fans players.

By that I mean he does all the unseen and less obvious work on the pitch. He isn't the guy who scores all the goals, or throws himself about like a man possessed. He isn't even the guy who claims the "assist" if that is even a metric we should be judging a player on. After all there is a world of difference between making a 5 yard sideways pass to a player who then runs the length of the pitch beating 4 or 5 players to smash the ball in to the top corner, and the guy who threads a pass through the eye of a needle taking out 4 or 5 players and presenting a team mate with a tap in. Yet both count as an assist. Assists also don't take into account that a team has 11 players not just 2 the guy who scores and the last guy to pass to the guy who scores. The rest of the team will be making a difference to the state of play.

This brings me to Carrick, a player who was massively under rated, why? Because of the work he did off the ball and the fact he was more often than not the guy who made the pass before the assist.

Lingard is a managers/ tacticians player, that is why he was first choice for LvG, Mourinho and now Ole.

He makes the unselfish runs that draw players away to create space for his team mates. He doesn't have any obvious great talents, but he does have two key ones. Movement and work rate. He also has a knack of scoring key goals.

In many respects he is like Ji-Sung Park. On his own not a great player, yet if you put him in a team and he has the ability to make those around him look better. Just like how Sir Alex always picked Park for the big games, Lingard is the kind of player who will make a key difference against the best sides, often without touching the ball.

22 May 2019 10:37:20
What have the Romans ever done for is? I'm. amazed he keeps getting picked dor United and England, what on Earyh are these managers thinking?

22 May 2019 11:18:24
Shappy I agree fully that Lingz is a managers' player and not a fan favorite. However he is no Butt, Carrick or Park.
His best attribute is his movement off the ball and as he developed it seems to be his only above average attribute. He seems to have stagnated in his development. Surely using this season as a yard stick; we can find at least 3 or 4 players outside the top 6 in the epl who can play this role better than Lingard. I think his versatility and being used in different positions goes against him. It appears his best positions are the so called number 10 role or free role. When we look at wolves Leicester Everton.
Dare I mention even Brooks.

22 May 2019 12:09:03
Agree with mbd.
JLingz doesn't have enough attributes to be first choice of a top team.

22 May 2019 12:57:46
Apart from United and England obvs.

22 May 2019 14:59:45
AJH even Delph makes it into the England team, so by those standards :) ;)

22 May 2019 15:47:05
mbd, are you suggesting a double Premier league champion, an FA cup winner, a League cup winner and a regular in Pep's record breaking Man City side isn't a good player?

21 May 2019 18:17:54
Any of you guys do Football Index? Just signed up and thought the Sharkopod might lead me to my fortune!

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21 May 2019 18:42:49
Not yet, mate, but I know Beast is really into it.

21 May 2019 19:18:00
Beast - hit me up.

21 May 2019 19:23:12
Not yet, I like to lose money trading so been looking to get into this for a while.

Any good?

21 May 2019 19:56:04
Addictive.

21 May 2019 16:15:52
There appears if the press is to be believed a change in approach to our transfers. No longer chasing the big name players from over seas, but looking at talented young player closer to home.

I do wonder whether most fans prefer a big name player they have only ever seen play once or twice at most over a player they might see highlights or even entire games of from either inside the EPL or the Championship.

So if given the choice would you rather sign the players from group A or the players from group B.

Group A:
Meunier, Milenkovic, Rabiot, Bruno Fernandes and Douglas Costa

Or

Group B:
Wan-Bissaka, Ake, Rice, James Maddison and Daniel James.

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21 May 2019 16:21:45
If u permit at least one name cross over I'd go for B with mile over Ake. Personally don't like Costa. The local lads are proven in the EPL so why not. Ole wants 'hungry' players.

21 May 2019 17:24:59
mbd, Ake is one of those players often overlooked for big name players, or often "young, up and coming" players from another league. Milenkovic looks like a great prospect in Seire A, but that doesn't always equate when moving to the EPL. Whether it's the step up in pace, in power or sometimes the less tactical more straightforward style of the EPL I don't know.

Ake however knows the league, plays in a team that plays out from the back but lacks the quality to do it against the top teams. Put him in a top EPL side and his weaknesses will be exposed less often and his qualities put on display to their fullest. Suddenly he will look like a player who is a level above what he looks like playing in a side that cannot surround him with quality.

Just for good measure do you know who Napoli are looking at to replace Koulibaly if he leaves? Yes, Bournemouth's Nathan Ake.

21 May 2019 18:10:27
Difficult that one Shappy, for the one reason Bruno Fernandes is in pot A.

We have recently tried to sign EPL proven players: Fellaini (cough), Mata, Matic, Sanchez. We've also recruited from abroad. I think we'll continue to do the same but hopefully the days of signing blockbuster has-beens is over.

21 May 2019 18:08:46
I would go with A if Rabiot is replaced by Saul Niguez and Costa by Felix/ Sancho.

21 May 2019 19:08:55
Agree with mbd. Swap Milenkovic with Ake and that's the better suited set of players.

21 May 2019 19:10:49
Nathan Ake would be a great shout for CB. I really like the lad. Admittedly, I haven’t seen much of Dan James apart from the Swansea vs City game in the cup, but he does look good. His speed is frightening.
Pot B for me all day long for the simple fact Wan-Bissaka, Ake and James Maddison are all good young players who would improve our team. Rice looks a decent prospect but if you watch him, his first touch always looks too heavy meaning his second touch is usually a lunge to get the ball under control. Maybe I’m being harsh with that though.

21 May 2019 20:11:54
Great to see the piece I wrote yesterday which highlighted Ake's potential as an underrated player has been noticed!

21 May 2019 23:19:04
KingGiggsy, I've been a fan of Ake for quite a while. I think I even suggested him a while back. I think he could be a very good option. I like how comfortable he is on the ball as well as out wide. I like fullbacks to push on which mean your centre backs need to be comfortable moving into the wider areas to cover. Ake does that very well, his pace really helps him cover the ground in those counter attacking situations. My only slight concern is he isn't that dominant ball winner that I and many other feel we might need. Yet what we really could do with is having more players who are good on the ball and can play out from the back.

I would seriously have Ake under consideration if I was in charge.

22 May 2019 08:37:31
Hi Shappy,
Neither the media or the Eds indicating we have much interest in him so perhaps you and I will be disappointed. He and Alderweireld would be the two I went for this window, promote Tuanzebe and keep Lindelof around the 1st team. That would be the CBs sorted for the season with perhaps a youth player getting the odd look in.

22 May 2019 08:39:02
Shappy,
In response to your initial post, I would go Group B players all the way.

22 May 2019 09:50:13
KingGiggsy, I think you might be right unfortunately. Especially when the media are touting a fee of around 28-30m for Ake if Napoli come in for him.

I think ultimately it should be a mix of players both from our shores and further afield, I just feel that familiarity breeds contempt amongst fans, and creates a snobbery that has no grounds.

If teams playing as well as Liverpool and Man City can sign players such as Robertson, VvD, Stones, Walker and Mahrez from EPL sides then I don't see how we have any grounds for snobbery and thinking that a player from sides such as Leicester, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth or any other side can come from.

{Ed001's Note - Ake 28-30? He can't defend and doesn't want to be a defender. Why would anyone want him?}

22 May 2019 11:42:44
Shappy, I don't rate Ake as highly as you do. The coaches at chelsea must have seen something before letting him go on permanent considering how much they love loaning players out. I think Ed 01 did a piece on him which was spot on from my point of view. Would rather give Tuanzebe a chance over signing Ake.

22 May 2019 11:18:03
Love the challenging point here, Ed.
Any player playing at a side like Bournemouth where almost all positions on the pitch are encouraged to play fluent exciting football I imagine is in someways demoralising for a CB. However, I disagree with your point that 'he can't defend'. Bournemouth have shipped a ton of goals this season, especially away from home but this number would have been far greater if Ake hadn't have prevented what he has. Alongside an experienced CB like Alderweireld he would get even better in my eyes. Interesting debate.

{Ed001's Note - except that a large number of those goals were shipped because Ake was miles out of position. Any player that has to chase the play like he does is not a good defender. He relies on recovery pace and throwing his body in because he is not able to read the play and position himself to cut out the threat.

Added to that, he does not want to play in defence and has said himself he wants to be a midfielder and feels that is where he is best. So do you think he is going to improve his defensive issues, which are numerous, when he is focusing on the ball skills etc needed in midfield, rather than the positional sense needed at the back?}

22 May 2019 11:41:04
Ed001, I read your profile on him and feel its a pretty accurate account of him as a player.

I like you feel there is a genuine lack of top quality "defenders" around at the moment. The art of defending has been replaced in part because of the need/ want of top sides for ball playing defenders. Plus I feel that with the game being less physical now, defenders have had to change their approach. That should have been to a more technical level with greater understanding of the game. Yet sadly many people still believe that you only learn on the pitch and not enough time is spent by professional footballers studying the game, watching learning and understanding the finer points of the game.

That said the trickle down effect has led to many ball playing defenders playing for side further down the pyramid. To the point where actual top quality defenders have been replaced with strong fast physical specimens who can pass the ball out and all want to be Beckenbauer.

However, for a top side that will likely be on top for 70-85% of the games to play a defender who defends first and plays second isn't as important a skill set as a defender who can contribute to them when they have the ball.

I think the problem with defenders is that they need to be the most complete players on the pitch in modern football. They not only need to be technically gifted and comfortable with the ball at their feet, they need to be a physical freak who is tall, strong and fast, mobile with great agility while also having great understanding of the game and game reading ability.

Every modern day defender you can pick on at least one weakness within their game. The problem is manager don't have a choice of finding someone who ticks every box. They have to decide how they want their team to play, prioritise certain characteristics and then sign a player who matches them.

{Ed001's Note - the problem is that Ake is not that good on the ball. He is good running with the ball, but his range of passing and vision is not that good. He has excellent technique but he picks the wrong pass far too often for my liking, and plays the team into trouble. He is a new Phil Jones, fast and strong, looks outstanding at a lesser team, but will get shown up when he steps up, unless he makes massive improvements to his game.}

20 May 2019 13:01:07
Ed001, when Mbappe says he wants more responsibility, is this a nudge to the club in regard to the status of your favourite Brazilian? There does seem to be a lot of tension between him and the rest of the squad, I just haven't heard of any bust up between him and Mbappe.

{Ed001's Note - not really the right place to discuss it, but it is more about the captaincy.}

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20 May 2019 15:17:34
Cheers Ed, think 20 is a bit too young to be expecting the captaincy, but not many leaders in that squad.

{Ed001's Note - I am not convinced it is right for him anyway, it might just be an excuse to force a move.}

19 May 2019 07:00:58
City and Liverpool set an incredibly high standard this year with City completing the clean sweep yesterday and I struggle to see how the rest of us make up such a huge gap next year. Sadly I fully expect City and Liverpool to be slugging it out next year, but when you look across Europe you see some very worrying trends. Juve have won 8 consecutive league titles, Bayern have won 7, and PSG have won 6 in the last 7 years. We know that in Spain it will pretty much always be Barcelona or Real, and whilst we have shared the league title around a little more, in the 27 years since the EPL started, only 6 teams have won it. The challenge for the rest is to step up to the challenge and ensure we don’t end up like other major Leagues.

The better news is that dominance in England has always been cyclical and, we won the EPL 3 consecutive times twice in the last 20 years yet look at us now.

I’ve also got everything crossed that Spurs can step up and add another English winner to the ECL. Spanish clubs may have won it more times but we have more teams that have won it than any other country and if Spurs can do it that will increase the gap further. Whilst it’s not us, if Spurs become the 6th English team to win it that’s a credit to our league.

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19 May 2019 08:10:34
The difference in other leagues is the financial balance of power. The gap between the haves and the have nots is huge. What Real Madrid paid for Bale and his wages is equal to or greater than the entire yearly budget of some other La Liga clubs. Same with Dembele at Barcelona.

PSG and their 222m purchase of Neymar.

Bayern Munich have always been the top side in Germany, and it's always a case of who will challenge Bayern this year. So that isn't a new trend.

Seire A is a little different, similar to the EPL the top teams in the league often goes in cycles. However, that cycle has been disrupted over the last 10 years after the match fixing scandal and the relegation of several of Italy's top teams. Juventus have handled the situation better than the other clubs. AC Milan for example have never recovered. When you think about the team they had before that, Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Gattuso, Pirlo, Kaka, Shevchenko etc.

I have no doubt we will see them over turned at some point.

19 May 2019 08:57:32
Good point not on the finances Shappy, which leads us to FFP. Despite the current investigation in to City it does feel like the big clubs will find ways round whatever rules UEFA put in. How on Earth have PSG been able to spend the money they have with no repercussions?

{Ed002's Note - PSG have had repercussions. None of you seem to understand the issues that there have been, numerous clubs have been punished for issues, and even now clubs such as PSG and Milan are working to resolve existing issues by June 30.}

19 May 2019 11:46:48
Liverpool closed a 25 point gap this season .
But we are all doomed to mediocrity forever.

19 May 2019 14:31:50
Maybe but it has taken Liverpool 30 years and 10 changes of management plus various owners to get to where they are now. I suspect we won't have to wait that long before we are serious challenges again.

19 May 2019 15:02:10
Liverpool were impressive last year but lacked a decent GK and a commanding CB, they addressed both those positions very well. We need a little more than thay.

18 May 2019 15:52:48
Triple move for Wan-Bissaka, Van Aanholt and Zaha. Would hate to see us pay £100m for Zaha, that would be a joke. £50m player in this market max. Don't think Van Aanholt is all that special either.

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18 May 2019 16:11:54
I'm not a huge fan of van Aanholt or Zaha personally. Although Zaha is clearly talented I think he is best suited to a team that is built around him. He isn't good enough at the UCL level for a side of that quality to be built around him. Van Aanholt in my opinion isn't anywhere good enough defensively and not consistent enough offensively to be a top level full back. He is a solid EPL player for any side between 17th-8th.

I think the thought process with him would be to bring in a squad option to offer cover for Shaw with Young looking on his last legs. However, I would rather use Dalot as cover/ competition for Shaw and a new RB next season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka though is on another level, arguably the leagues best RB this season. Defiantly from a defensive perspective at least. He should be top of the wanted list.

18 May 2019 18:40:03
I actually like the idea that they are looking at having 2 players for rb and lb. With olly wanting to play high energy and width from full backs I think it will be needed.
Wan Bissaka is a no brainer and looks quality. Him and Dalot can alternate and possibly even play tandem in games. I actually don't mind van an holt as back up if we can promote from youth. I just don't want Young as any of it.
Zaha will be good somewhere. Just not with us.

18 May 2019 09:52:31
Missing out on the CL will no doubt affect the summer plans but a window of Toby, Tuanzebe back from Villa, Ndombele, Rice, Wan-Bissaka and Ziyech should be manageable? I know other clubs will be in for some of them but we're still a draw for players. I think it would be a strong window without any real WOW signings.

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18 May 2019 07:03:01
Morning all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Ed, any interest in ....................
Best,

{Ed002's Note - I AM NOT GOING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT RANDOM PLAYERS. I TELL YOU WHERE I KNOW OF INTEREST.}

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