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  1. If we have a chance to get Diaby we will pay what it takes no problem. I doubt he's genuinely interested to come here though. PSG and Bayern will match our offer the second we bid. You never know though, might fancy the premier league.. he plays as if he's a fan of Ben Arfa These are his quotes from last month: “Paris is my training club, the club that taught me everything. I do not rule out a return. If the PSG is brought to contact me, I will think about it as for any other club. Yes inevitably the upcoming World Cup will be a factor for the transfer window. It will be a difficult choice but for the moment I am focused on the France team and I will settle down afterwards with my family and my agents. “ “It's true that in my thinking I would like to join a club that plays the Champions League and the big games. I'm going to think about it but I'm focused on the France team and we'll see later. “
  2. I think Lascelles himself might be ok to pass the armband on. It must be hard to be a captain when you're not starting for weeks.
  3. Mehhh, don't see the fuss about this guy. Especially as an option for the wide positions.. Powerful runner but his touch seems poor and his work rate and finishing hasn't been that impressive. Fully trust Howe and the gang of course..
  4. Yeah, not a big fan of Richarlison but he should slot in very well in Conte's front three. Although Sterling and Raphinha seem suited to Tuchel's system I have a strange feeling about Boehly's consortium and Chelsea. They seem happy to continue the policy of throwing big money without any consideration to squad balance and togetherness. It will be a slow process but I think standards will drop off in the next few years there - similarly to Man Utd after Ferguson.
  5. Interesting how Zirkzee develops, was always touted as a huge talent at Bayern II and looked to be breaking through around COVID but seemingly stagnated a bit until this loan spell. I'd still prefer Ekitike's versatility of the two, Zirkzee seems more like a pure poacher. Madueke and M. Edwards are very Ben Arfa-like. Edwards is very small and more of a central player iirc, not sure he's suitable for the Premier League but Madueke looks very promising.
  6. Now that we are filthy rich, would it make any difference to FFP if we simply pay off their contracts and release the surplus players?
  7. Agree. Initially I thought we needed a primarily defensive player in there but lately I've been thinking that another cultured (but still mobile, physical and capable in defence) midfielder could be very transformative to the way we retain the ball. Especially if teams begin to play deeper at SJP.. Somebody like Fabian from Napoli (but not him, he's not that good for the money they'd want imo)
  8. Could deploy an iron dome against any pigeons thinking they can just come and die on the roof. Might actually magnify the problem but when has that stopped an arms deal?
  9. https://fbref.com/tiny/j4rSQ Here's a comparison with Aguerd, Kimpembe and Badiashile - similar (top) ball playing defenders from Ligue 1 - plus Schar and Burn for the last two seasons. Of course it's not a very valid comparison with our CBs as it's a different league.. Botman seems an aggressive "fighter" CB who excels in duels - he's leading the tackling, heading and blocking stats but also has very decent passing and ball carrying stats. He's not as elegant on the eye as the other 3 players, but he seems remarkably composed with the ball at his feet for his physique.. and age - at 22 years, £30 million seems like a decent deal for a player of that calibre.
  10. Very happy that we seem to have landed our (and Maldini's) primary target. Never seen Botman play but on yt highlights he doesn't seem as one-footed as most lefties. Could he partner Burn from the right-sided position? Why the hell not, Eddie would teach him. Although I'm struggling to think of a single left-footed CB partnership in all my years of watching football..
  11. Me.. somehow I've missed the period when he was 'shit hot' and I've only took notice of him in the second part of the season and he was anonymous every time..
  12. Imo we're looking only for a backup to Wilson this window and Ekitike is our primary target for that role. His stats for the season can rival any £50 million striker.
  13. Who else would match the fee and his agent's demands? That's right, no one. If the player is not against it, we'll sign him. Same with Botman.
  14. Somehow I was never a fan of Eriksen (until the incident) and was against signing him in January. He has excellent shooting/passing technique and very good awareness and vision but I (wrongly) remembered him as a static, luxury player with low work rate and questionable motivation from his last seasons with Spurs and Inter. I was very surprised how involved and influential he was for Brentford. It would be an amazing deal if we can get his quality for free in today's absurd market.
  15. This Pino guy never passes the ball forward? from the wing wtf?
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