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01 Aug 2022 08:06:28
Morning Ed002,

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

Rumours seem to be gathering on social media that United interested in Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz (as FDJ alternative? In addition to? ) one “ITK” even saying United will be in contact with him again this week!

Any truth to these rumours please, or just scurrilous click bait?

Thanks for any updates you can provide.


{Ed002's Note - Fabian Ruiz (CM/DM/AM) was seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but he is not their first choice. There have been discussions with his agent involving Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bayern Munich - although the player is not particularly keen on a move to England or Germany, but may have few other options. Napoli have also met and spoken with Barcelona who see him as a possible replacement for Pjanic but they have to integrate their youngsters so they can be discounted. His agent thinks that PSG and Manchester United could also look to him, although again both have preferred options. Do not lose sight of Inter. Won't sign a new contract.}

1.) 01 Aug 2022 08:44:16
Wow thanks for such a quick and detailed response Ed002! Very much appreciated!



26 Jul 2022 18:01:56
Rumours gathering on Twitter that we’ve agreed a deal with Ajax for Anthony (60-80m initial fee plus add-ons)

Guessing this could mean that Sancho Woukd play on the left - wonder where that leaves Rashford and Elanga….


1.) 26 Jul 2022 18:32:32
Across 60 games I imagine there will be plenty of games for all 5-6 of em….

2.) 26 Jul 2022 19:08:56
Elanga will probably play the role he should have last year but for Rashford’s form and Greenwood.

It’s up to Rashford now to get himself back in the fold for a starting position, whether that is left, right or through the middle. Based of preseason, Martial and Sancho are ahead of him for 2 of the 3 places but as spenno says, plenty of games this season to deliver and have plenty of game time.

3.) 26 Jul 2022 19:39:40
You need 3 or 4 good options for the wide forward areas to keep everyone on there toes if they don't perform someone else will plus as someone said many games and injuries will happen so need the strength in depth.

4.) 27 Jul 2022 07:45:49
Not a chance. Not for sale apparently.



26 Jul 2022 17:08:40
Hi Ed002,

Thanks as always helping us be privy to intimate transfer news: can only guess how you get to know everything you do! Guessing a Gentleman Adventurer always has his contacts…

Thus, and sorry to ask as can guess the answer, is there any chance that Man United might try to sign Declan Rice this Summer if FDJ doesn’t happen?

Or his he just not got sake, too expensive or simply woukdnt be interested in United this year?

Was just thinking that reported De Jong money (£75m? ) plus sales might be enough to tempt West Hsm? (Apologies for my ignorance on how transfers really work/ cost)

Thanks for any info as always.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t think he is for sale.}

1.) 26 Jul 2022 17:29:14
Another player who doesn't want to come to United.

2.) 26 Jul 2022 17:59:43
Thanks for swift reply Ed002!

3.) 26 Jul 2022 18:36:41
Do we really need another overpriced English player. We already have Maguire.

{Ed014's Note - to be fair one is class the others an ass!

4.) 26 Jul 2022 20:34:07
Rice would be a great signing. He would complete the midfield.

5.) 27 Jul 2022 01:04:38
Rice is a wonderful player, his clubs captain who has got better each year, I do t understand why anyone would knock him at all.

6.) 27 Jul 2022 08:52:27
Rice is a great player who'd improve the starting 11 of most if not all teams in the EPL.

That said I don't see United chasing after his signature with EtH as manager. He isn't the highly technical type midfielder that EtH builds his side around.

Also when asked why he has focused more on players from outside the EPL this summer in terms of signings, EtH said that EPL player, particularly British players come with a high price that he/ the club didn't feel was worth it. Or words to that effect.

I can't imagine he'd sanction a 100m+ deal for a player who doesn't perfectly fit his criteria.

Maybe what he wants from a midfielder might change between now and next summer after he has had a year to learn and adapt to the EPL. But I wouldn't count on it.

7.) 27 Jul 2022 12:05:33
Rice to Chelsea, Bellingham to City or Liverpool. Two outstanding midfielders who will never wear the United shirt IMO. Unless Chelsea seriously implode I just can't see how Rice wouldn't end up there - stays in London, Top 4 club, playing with his best mate Mount, earning £250k+ a week.

And his feet won't become webbed when moving to Its Grim Up North.

The rest of us have to put up with it. Rice won't.



10 Jul 2022 17:43:38
Hi Ed002, if you’re in the UK, hope you’re enjoying the sun!

If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind gifting us with ETH/ United’s alternative MF targets if De Jong collapses please? I know you've mentioned the main target was SMS until ETH persuaded them towards FDJ - and Rice seems unobtainable for now? - but might there be any other targets such as Neves or Tielemans? Maybe a wild card or two?!

Thanks as always for any info you are generous enough to provide.


{Ed002's Note - It would be as I have previously explained save for the likes of Mattias Svanberg, Amadou Haidara, Enzo Fernandez and Franck Kessié (amnd others) who can be discounted. SMS may be available to MU still; Se Jong I have explained about; Neves perhaps; Laimer I very much doubt.}

1.) 10 Jul 2022 20:45:21
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply Ed002 - apologies for any repetition with previous answers.

{Ed002's Note - Noproblem.}

2.) 10 Jul 2022 21:49:28
Ed - thanks as always, this list doesn’t look all that promising.
So it’s FDJ, SMS, or Neves?

3.) 11 Jul 2022 00:38:27
Eds said neves and fdj play different positions i believe fdj and sms would be pogba replacements and neves and laimer matic replacements.



07 Jul 2022 12:35:55
Hi Ed002,

Sorry to bother you but social media suggesting Chelsea now very keen on De Jong.

Any truth to these rumours please?

Thanks as always for any response.


{Ed002's Note - Frenkie de Jong (CM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell although if a significant offer (perhaps €90M) were made, their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. There is a chance that a deal involving Lewandowski and cash could see something happen. During discussions between Barcelona and Chelsea, options for a number of players were discussed but Chelsea do not again want protracted negotiations which led nowhere over another player last summer - they may make a take it or leave it offer including a player or perhaps two. Manchester City may provide another solution using Laporte or Silva as part of the deal - and don't be surprised if PSG switch their attention to him but have preferred targets. Manchester United did switch their attention to de Jong but have failed to make an acceptable offer to Barcelona - and it would be a hard sell for MU without Champions League, although no doubt having a coach he knows well will help. Manchester United are still talking to Barcelona about the player but at some point will revert to other ideas. And he could yet stay where he is.}

1.) 07 Jul 2022 12:53:27
Thanks for the swift reply Ed002 - always good to know what’s really going on.

2.) 07 Jul 2022 16:26:58
I think the fact he's owed £17m by Barcelona may have a bearing on his transfer. he wants it before he leaves.

3.) 07 Jul 2022 19:04:41
I think its just another click bait. Chelsea is linked to ~15 players since the takeover.

And just to mention the few, Sterling, Raphinha and De Ligt, which are all above 50mil.

4.) 07 Jul 2022 20:48:45
Guy asked you about Chelsea interest in De Jong and you copy your comment from long time ago that includes City, Bayern, Man Utd and Chelsea. Things change over time probably. Why don't you just answer his question about Chelsea?

{Ed002's Note - It is not the same.}

5.) 07 Jul 2022 21:04:45
Thanks Ed002 for all that you do and share. Has there been any indication where FDJ would like to go if he decides to leave Barca?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

6.) 07 Jul 2022 23:15:41
Tha k you ED2 for thw I sight, its much appreciated on this forum.




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03 Aug 2022 08:56:06
Ornstein today confirming serious Chelsea interest in FDJ.

Chelsea also have players Barcelona interested in to sweeten negotiations.

So, if FDJ forced out, might come down to FDJ having to make a choice between United and Chelsea…

Manchester and Europa vs London and Champions League….

Personally I hope United now focus on Fabian Ruiz (similar player to FDJ but better defensive stats) and Sangare (DM) and get two midfielders in for the price of FDJ.

Sesko looking promising and Benni McCarthy looks like a really promising coach.

And hope Ronaldo leaves (part of deal for Ruiz?! )


1.) 03 Aug 2022 09:35:03
I know they're flush but . Koulibaly, Sterling, probably Cucurella, maybe Fofana, and they haven't even replaced Lukaku yet (in fact are entertaining the idea of letting Werner go on loan) . are they really going to go for another massive outlay?

2.) 03 Aug 2022 10:03:39
Chelsea will spend. They have the funds and bosses who want to make a statement and really challenge for titles. They have seen Arsenal and Spurs spend and know that there are realistically three teams who will be fighting for that all important champions league place. Shame our club hierarchy aren't as focused.

3.) 03 Aug 2022 10:05:17
If they offer Azpi and Alonso in part exchange (combined 40m? ) then be 40m extra for FDJ (though surely be some FFP restriction on wages at least? )

4.) 03 Aug 2022 10:08:32
I thought Chelsea might not do aswell this upcoming season, but they seem to be signing good players. They certainly need a forward.

5.) 03 Aug 2022 10:25:51
azpilicueta and alonso would probably be closer to £4m than £40m.

Ten Hag and the club are going to look extremely foolish if FDJ ends up at Chelsea after chasing him for 3 months and maintaining the line that no other central midfielder in world football comes as close to FDJ in suiting ETH's system.

Starting another season with MCFRED as the midfield pivot is criminal IMO.

Here's hoping that eriksen can work his way into a deeper role and Bruno starts playing like an adult footballer again.

6.) 03 Aug 2022 10:28:51
The club are going to look like incompetent idiots if they fail to sign De Jong after all these months. I hate to imagine the kind of response we’ll see if he moves to Chelsea though.

7.) 03 Aug 2022 10:49:45
Would be a blessing if he signs for them soon, he doesn’t want to come to us and we need to move on, chasing him until deadline day and not signing anyone else would be a disaster. Let’s hope if he’s going there and genuinely doesn’t want to come they snap him up quickly and it doesn’t drag.

No panic here, leave that to twitter.

8.) 03 Aug 2022 11:17:47
Just to cheer up the doom mongers, I actually think we’ve done extremely well so far in the window three excellent signings from what I’ve seen! Granted I’d of wanted more but pleased so far .

9.) 03 Aug 2022 11:31:05
I mean, the fact that we would have to wait for another club to come in for him so we can move on is pathetic. Should have moved on a month ago.

Amateur hour.

10.) 03 Aug 2022 11:34:41
Me too Chris.
There will be others just don't know who yet.

11.) 03 Aug 2022 11:43:42
Agree GDS, gives time to get others in.

Potential alternatives touted as FDJ replacements:

Fabian Ruiz (my personal favourite - DM/ CM like FDJ, creative passer and can run midfield)

Ruben Neves: won’t fit ETH pressing style as concerns over his athleticism

SMS: again, doesn’t suit ETH blue print . Also more of a CM

Rice: wouldn’t mind getting him and coaching him to ETH way of thinking

Tielemans: not keen, seems to have a bit of an attitude and think he’s more of a CM

Sangare: betree as destructive foil to more creative partner

Renato Sanchez: too injury prone

Konrad Laimer: more destroyer than creator

Koopmeiners: progressive passer but still emerging

Preference Woukd be Fabian Ruiz and Konrad Laimer. But both will never happen.

As GDS said, just get it sorted asap.

12.) 03 Aug 2022 12:13:12
Op- personal choice would be forget FDJ. Not a fan of Neves, sanchez injury prone but would like to see Laimer in a utd shirt: we have a history of tough tackiling ball winning mids, robson, keane etc. Always liked SMS andrumoured to be around 50m? change out of the fdj money allegedly to maybe get dest or rb in? wouldn't be against depay on a free and would be very happy with the window.
Telles out on loan is a goer and shifting bailly, tuanzebe and awb would be beneficial as minutes on the pitch would be minimal for these guys, add jones to that.
Priority today mr Ten Hag if you're reading- fine cr7 2 weeks wages and get rid . Let him buy out his deal and go - we save the wages, but more importantly get rid of the soap opera a year earlier. Also dean henderson hasn't done himself any favours and his situation should be monitored. These guys are supposedly pro athletes who should have a bit more to their behaviour.

13.) 03 Aug 2022 12:26:03
If FDJ moves to Chelsea and we are looking at alternatives, what about Jourginho?

14.) 03 Aug 2022 12:46:08
Not that we know exactly what's happening with de Jong but United appear to be doing exactly what the manager wants by holding out for the player. If he doesn't come, or joins another team, so be it. There's no point in rushing into purchasing another inferior player just for the sake of making the fan's feel happy during the transfer window, because those fans will be the first to turn on the club when the transfer doesn't work out. Rather than regard the saga as a failure I think it's a highly positive statement of intent. The club is backing EtH to the maximum extent of the now reduced budget.

15.) 03 Aug 2022 13:11:33
Shawthing, I see where you coming from its just that fdj according to a variety of statements doesn't want to come to us. We have tried but he is although a top talent in his position, not the only piece of the jigsaw that may fit: just an expensive one.

It could be countered that by pulling away from the deal also shows a positive statement of intent that we will not be treat like crap and messed with false hopes by Barcelona or any other club. We have always paid over the top for players and that is why we fail to shift them when required.

Also, one for the eds to clarify possibly, but Barcelona have issues with fdj for as long as we have had interest and haven't burst their size5's to resolve. this is more pressing as if they don't shift personnel they can't or will struggle to register lewandowski, kessie etc etc.

16.) 03 Aug 2022 13:42:26
The means justify the end. If the manager has his heart set on De Jong, then let's see how it plays out. If he's happy to get through a couple of opening games without midfield reinforcements then that's him rolling the dice.

Two ways to look at it. We look like fools chasing a player that for intents and purposes doesn't want to come. Or we're composed, know who we want and won't be forced into the market buying players that we don't 100% want.

I'm sure we'll sign someone before the window closes.

17.) 03 Aug 2022 14:41:52
Mumbles either way the folk with all the double standards will throw their toys from the pram.
There is no pressing most united fans right now that's for sure.
The fans either dislike the players, the linked players, the manager, the owners, the coaches, the stadium, or the training facilities.
So there is no keeping most happy.
Some just want a sugar daddy to come in and change everything overnight.
Nonsense sentimental and emotional talk.
We have a challenge facing us and its a huge challenge. We can only face it 1 step at a time and that's what we will do.
Fans are Amatures but think they know it all when in reality they know sweet fanny Adams.

18.) 03 Aug 2022 14:52:02
Spot on ken.

19.) 03 Aug 2022 15:22:14
Ken, you are a massive hypocrite. You spent years crying about Ole, even though the club appointed him and he had more management experience than you. And here you are criticising other fans for behaving like you did.

20.) 03 Aug 2022 15:35:09
Until FDJ either signs a new deal with Barcelona, a deal with United or moves to another club the press will have to continue to speculate and keep the story going. Too many people invested in this story now for them not to have to add twists and turns to keep people going until it comes to its conclusion.

Do your best to ignore it all, 99% of it is made up rubbish, of the current 168 players we have been linked with this window only three have signed. Which makes the other 165 probably bollocks to make you click the link or buy the paper.

21.) 03 Aug 2022 16:41:12
Just to add to the doom, Chelsea in for Sesko.

(Think our back up is the tall fella who plays for a German club)

How much money are they going to spend?!

More gazumping in this window than an 80s estate agents!

22.) 03 Aug 2022 16:53:14
Whether it’s Fdj or someone else the reality is that we seriously need strengthening in that area, we can’t be doing with another season of mctominay and Fred can we? That spells calamity. I agree that we shouldn’t just sign anyone if the Fdj deal goes south but surely there should be backups in place if that happens, with some groundwork already done. Fred I think can improve under ETH to what level I’m not sure, as for mctominay I just don’t think he can cut it at this level.

23.) 03 Aug 2022 16:55:25
Ken, just because we're calling the way the club is run and the quality of the squad and facilities, it doesn't mean we're "amateurs". Non of us have thrown our toys out of the pram. Are you satisfied with the squad, facilities and the way the club is run? If you are, then that's fine, but to most of the fans, it's not good enough.
We've been without a title for 9 years without a trophy for nearly 5 years. No one gives us the right to win anything and everything, but we need to see a clear plan. The plan has started with the excellent appointment of ETH. We've bought decent players. But ETH needs to be backed. The club need to sort the Ronaldo issue, the investment into the facilities, the transfers, the players contracts. And if the current owners can't do this, then we will continue protesting until the club has owners who can.
We all want the same for our club, and we know its going to take a bit of time for ETH to impose his methods, but he's going to need help from the club, the coaches, the players and from us, the fans.
I'm not holding out much hope for a top 4 finish, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be losing my voice during every match as I'll be supporting our team 100%.

24.) 03 Aug 2022 22:14:28
Bang on AAA. As United supporters who actually go to Old Trafford we only want the best for the football club.

We want the club to act in a professional and efficient manner when dealing with transfers. We want contracts and wages to be administered in a controlled manner for once.

We want the stadium to move with the times and reflect the fan base. We want the training facilities to be the best training facilities in the world.

We want the infrastructure in and around the ground to give the best supporter experience.

We want all of this because we love the club and want it to be on a par with its world standing……. at the very pinnacle of world football.



10 Jul 2022 14:00:57
Regardless of any transfers, perhaps the most productive move this Summer to kick start the rebuild is to move on Ronaldo.

1. No plater is bigger than the club, no matter how many Instagram followers he has. He’s starting to over shadow everything good, all positive preseason training reports etc

2. Apparently, platers last year were intimidated by him and felt the need to pass to him all the time, so it became a one man team. Look at decline in Bruno…

3. He doesn’t fit a modern hard-pressing multi-positional philosophy that ETH wants to create.

4. Wages are astronomical

5. Better to look forward, not back.

Probably more reasons too. Yes, he’s a legend but his time has now gone.

If he goes I think there will be a big collective sigh of relief from many people at the club and hopefully be the end of the Woodward sign for brand rather than potential era.


1.) 10 Jul 2022 14:26:51
We could do with a few platers to help rebuild O. T.

2.) 10 Jul 2022 14:50:01
Think Shaw would be chuffed to have a few more platters at the club.

3.) 10 Jul 2022 15:04:35
Agreed, yet all could become overruled by the complete lack of options at no.9 we have.

Martial should never play for us again and certainly won’t run in the way ETH wants and Rashford is a left winger, nothing else.

I’d only be happy letting Ronaldo leave IF an out and out centre forward was signed first, and another were soon to follow.

4.) 10 Jul 2022 15:10:43
Partridge had a big plater.

5.) 10 Jul 2022 15:50:45
Lol! Damn autocorrect (and my eyesight)

Here’s hoping the platers don’t get eaten alive by Liverpool on Tuesday!

6.) 10 Jul 2022 16:04:20
If Ronaldo leaves… Martial will be our top scorer next season.

7.) 10 Jul 2022 17:56:13
With 7 goals….

8.) 10 Jul 2022 18:10:00
To the point above. He’s our only recognised striker. So unless we have a replacement, why be happy if goes?

No exactly nailing the transfers in are we either so adding a striker to that list seems ambitious.

9.) 10 Jul 2022 18:22:36
Interesting points from the OP. Can’t really argue. No surprise that Bruno’s levels dropped considerably when Cristiano arrived. Maybe there was no intentional pressure from Cristiano himself, but it goes without saying that Bruno will have heaped pressure on himself to live up to his countryman’s high standards. Expect Bruno to be at it again if CR7 leaves.

10.) 10 Jul 2022 18:28:19
7 years of lazy nonsense from Martial. play Charlie McNeil there if the Glaziers are embarrassing enough to let Ronaldo leave without replacing him.

11.) 10 Jul 2022 20:10:57
If Ronaldo leaves I expect there to be a striker signed. However, there is no chance that the new striker will be on Ronaldo's level.

Yet that doesn't mean that the team will necessarily be worse off. We might bring someone in who suits how EtH wants to play, which may benefit the team overall.

12.) 10 Jul 2022 20:57:23
Martial and Garner are like signings. Think after Eriksen and a back up keeper we’re done. Amazing transfer window. Strengthened the defence, midfield and attack without breaking the bank.

13.) 10 Jul 2022 22:05:41
Danny, please ???

This club, is so amateur like it's unbelievable.

14.) 10 Jul 2022 22:54:08
Agree with the original post, we're better off without him. But I think everyone's ignoring the big giant elephant in the room (no not Maguire) . will a top CL team even come in for him? I'm not so sure.

15.) 10 Jul 2022 23:57:00
Danny. Nailed it ??.

16.) 11 Jul 2022 03:35:57
I’ve been saying this for a while…. we are SKINT! Don’t expect a glut of 40 million pound signings. I tend to agree with Danny.



07 Jun 2022 10:36:13
Hi Ed001,

Sorry to be such an alphabet pedant, but was wondering why, in the drop down menu for clubs, is “Everton” before the “European Rumours”?

Apologies for being such an anorak!


{Ed033's Note - the drop down menus aren't in alphabetical order.



18 May 2022 15:37:20
Rumours today that Kalvin Phillips on shortlist of midfield targets for Man City…. Bet Leeds supporters woukd love that big poke in the eye for United!

Who would be left for Defensive Midfield if he’s taken off the list?

Kamara? (Athletico) Rice? (too expensive this year) Ed says Sangare off elsewhere

Palhinha? Laimer?

Anyone know of any other CDMs that we might be looking at?


1.) 18 May 2022 16:35:02
Depending on where you read and how much you believe (or want to believe) Neves, Kante, N'dini, Zaharia have all been mentioned at one point or another. Personally would love Tchouameni at the club but think (and this is not easy to say) he's probably destined for bigger things.

2.) 18 May 2022 18:14:55
That will be a matter for the manager and club to decide.

3.) 19 May 2022 00:03:24
I'm not sure what all the fuss is about Philips. Average player who will be found out in big matches. We have plenty of these. And he's a Leeds fan, so City are welcome to him.

4.) 19 May 2022 09:26:06
Good point Ken, we have no idea what is actually happening behind the scenes. I should have asked for posters’ opinions and circulating rumours about DM targets, not actual facts.

5.) 19 May 2022 16:45:03
From what I can gather through rumours it looks like Phillips and possibly Palhinha seem like the most likely.



18 May 2022 09:42:20
Just been reading up on Jurrien Timber - and looks like he could be the answer to several of our problem positions:

Centre back

Right back


Defensive Midfield.

It is this last position that I think he has the potential to excel in: great positional awareness, clean tackler, technically skilled and quick at recovery…

No wonder ETH wants him as a first signing.


1.) 18 May 2022 11:26:19
I'd be wary of him playing at centre back early on based on his size and potential to deal with the physicality and speed in the Premier League, however, he certainly looks to be an excellent prospect.

His ability to play a couple of position is also something our squad actually needs.

2.) 18 May 2022 11:28:10
I have to admire you Wallace. You have been reading up on him and you think he has a chance of excelling in a position he doesn't play in a weaker league. You have drawn this conclusion without seeing him play in that position also.
If eth does want him the club need to approach ajax not the player. (See rumours page) he could be a good signing but I guess he will play his best position which is cb.

3.) 18 May 2022 11:53:46
Completely agree Ken, playing in the premiership is a whole new ball game.
The Dutch league is absolutely pants.

4.) 18 May 2022 12:20:50
ruud gullit thinks he won't cut it at CB in premiership - not yet anyway. Some Ajax fans think he goes walkabout too, often caught upfield instead of tracking back quick enough. just what I've read.

5.) 18 May 2022 12:23:00
Wallace, whilst I don't think Timber will play anywhere other than as CB should we buy him I do think your comment has merit but more in how EtH appears to play his CB's. High line up the pitch so comfortable on the ball and in the area that a HM would be playing. Able to cover across for the FB as they push forward.
Roles seem to cover multiple areas within EtH's structure.

6.) 18 May 2022 13:53:55
Timber plays well alongside Martinez who is the one who can read a game, Timber isn't ready to strike out and be the man at a big club with responsibility for calling the rubbishs whixh is whatvwe need because neither Maguire or Varane are that. Throwing Timber into our backline in uts current state is a disaster waiting to happen.

Watch Ajax the last two years, Timber is an athlete yes, but his partner is the one who knows what's happening on the pitch.

7.) 18 May 2022 14:07:39
Reasoned response Brad thanks, makes sense what you’re saying.

8.) 18 May 2022 15:25:43
Timber might be a signing for the future. Whose to day he isn't signed and loaned back to Ajax? .

What is certain is that the club needs a top CB who not only has a commanding presence, but can read the game and will equally be suited to playing under EtH and in the EPL.

9.) 18 May 2022 15:26:43
There must be a reason why clubs like Bayern are after Timber.
We ideally need 2 CB's though and move on Bailly, Jones, Maguire.

10.) 18 May 2022 17:18:31

Maguire will stay. I'll be shocked if he is sold. As poor as he has been, the club would take a huge loss on him if he were to be sold. I don't think the clubs ego could actually handle that.

However, I can't see many teams actually wanting to sign Maguire either.

11.) 18 May 2022 18:18:19
Wallace, having watched a fair amount of Ajax over the past 5 months I wouldn't say Timber has great positional awareness, in fact I'd say that his reading of the game is the biggest area he needs to improve.

You've noticed his good recovery pace, bit ask yourself if he had great positional awareness then why is he scrambling back to get into position?

He's a a very talented young lad, but he is still quite raw. I wonder if in the EPL he might be best suited to playing on the right of a back three. Or maybe as an inverted right back.

Personally I think he could do with another year in Amsterdam.

12.) 18 May 2022 19:19:42
Hmmm. Poor positional awareness but with the pace to get back and attempt to untangle his mess. we've got one of those at rightback already thanks.

13.) 18 May 2022 19:59:15
Poor timber, not even our player yet or at all and the you tubers have already condemned him to the rubbish skip
All the best ETH, there’s a lot of people who can do your job much much better apparently….

14.) 18 May 2022 21:37:36
Personally I think de ligt should be pursued but I believe he's about yo sign a new contract with Juventus.
Failing that, Botman looks solid and has the experience in a better league.

15.) 18 May 2022 22:35:42
Is this guy not sounding like a AWB?
Good at tackles and positionally bad
Similar height maybe, but he's just better at dribbling.

16.) 18 May 2022 22:49:32
Rohan according to who? Eth knows best don't mind the couch experts on here.

17.) 19 May 2022 16:53:37
I don't think anyone is writing the kid off.

Truth is he's a very talented kid with the ability to get to the very top. The reality is that he is still only 20 years old and has a lot to learn and master yet.

If he signs he will be a player with great potential, but it would be unfair to expect him to come straight in and immediately be world class. He will make mistakes, there are still weaknesses to his game and he will need to adapt to the EPL (which is tougher and less forgiving than the Eredivisie) .

It's not about panning the kid, but about tempering expectations and being fair with where seems to be in his development right now.




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07 Aug 2022 12:15:36
Seem to remember him being a prima dona at West Ham and Hammers fans hated him.




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05 Aug 2022 14:29:15
Think he’s staying Roon…

Just hope he doesn’t blunt new pressing/ playing style.

Guess it’s moments like these where all the new experienced coaches (ETZh, MVG, SMc, ER, Benni, Fletch lol) will eat their keep.




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05 Aug 2022 13:11:00
Getting bit panicky here too as we desperately need a striker…

RUMOURS suggest that Joel Glazer is blocking Ronaldos exit (obvious commercial value, most important thing to JG allegedly) which then has a knock on on effect for any incoming striker targets who won’t want to play second fiddle to CR (ie Sesko) plus paying his huge wages impacting on finances for another striker.

Ideally, CR woukd have left, freeing up his wages to sign another striker and allowing incoming to be enticed by being main forward Manchester United not run on sensible footballing decisions nowadays.

Maybe there’s a decent striker out there who’s cheap and doesn’t mind being back up….

Ighalo anyone?!


{Ed014's Note - has it got to the palpable stage yet? The panic that is!



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04 Aug 2022 07:24:28
Thanks Cheshire, really interesting read.




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01 Aug 2022 08:44:16
Wow thanks for such a quick and detailed response Ed002! Very much appreciated!





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04 Aug 2022 16:49:09
I’m here all week.




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04 Aug 2022 16:27:00
Heard Ronaldo did a cheeky tackle on Martial’s hamstring during training.

Shaw sprinted over when medic shouted out injury to ETH.




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03 Aug 2022 16:41:12
Just to add to the doom, Chelsea in for Sesko.

(Think our back up is the tall fella who plays for a German club)

How much money are they going to spend?!

More gazumping in this window than an 80s estate agents!




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03 Aug 2022 11:43:42
Agree GDS, gives time to get others in.

Potential alternatives touted as FDJ replacements:

Fabian Ruiz (my personal favourite - DM/ CM like FDJ, creative passer and can run midfield)

Ruben Neves: won’t fit ETH pressing style as concerns over his athleticism

SMS: again, doesn’t suit ETH blue print . Also more of a CM

Rice: wouldn’t mind getting him and coaching him to ETH way of thinking

Tielemans: not keen, seems to have a bit of an attitude and think he’s more of a CM

Sangare: betree as destructive foil to more creative partner

Renato Sanchez: too injury prone

Konrad Laimer: more destroyer than creator

Koopmeiners: progressive passer but still emerging

Preference Woukd be Fabian Ruiz and Konrad Laimer. But both will never happen.

As GDS said, just get it sorted asap.




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03 Aug 2022 10:05:17
If they offer Azpi and Alonso in part exchange (combined 40m? ) then be 40m extra for FDJ (though surely be some FFP restriction on wages at least? )