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Author Topic: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread  (Read 506293 times)

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7470 on: September 20, 2020, 03:43:51 PM »
I think the priority now has to be a central midfielder.  We'll be starting with Hourihane, who despite his improvment after lockdown isn't really good enough to start every week, and after that we're into the likes of Nakamba and Lansbury, neither of whom are nearly good enough.

Hourihane's still a decent squad player. I agree he shouldn't be starting 25 games a season but thought he showed last year he can make an impact in a short spell of games e.g. backend of the season where he did the job required.

I would imagine we'll alternate betweeen Jack playing out wide and inside in a central 3 depending on the opposition e.g. he'll start out wide v the top 6.

So we have really first choice trio of him-McGinn-Luiz and then Hourihane, Nakamba and young Ramsey as back up options. Think we can survive without a new CM until January unless Luiz has totally forgotten how to play the holding midfield role in 5 weeks. He was outstanding in that area for the last 10 games.

Would say another CB is a more pressing need given Engels seems to be in exile again. 3 CBs isn't enough as Mings could get another hamstring injury and we're still pretty average at defending crosses and set pieces. Odd we haven't really been linked to anyone in that area so could well be a last minute deadline day move if someone decent becomes available.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7471 on: September 20, 2020, 03:44:02 PM »
I think the priority now has to be a central midfielder.  We'll be starting with Hourihane, who despite his improvment after lockdown isn't really good enough to start every week, and after that we're into the likes of Nakamba and Lansbury, neither of whom are nearly good enough.

Wonder if PSG would like to sell us Idrissa Gueye? I can but dream :-) The way they keep changing the squad hes sure to be out of favour soon

Ah, if we're dreaming, I'd take Kante from Chelsea - they surely need to recoup some cash somewhere along the line and I've seen him linked with a move away a couple of times.

Kante with McGinn and Luiz ahead of him, Jack plus Traore or Rashica wide, either Watkins or Eduoard in the middle. Shakespeare must know him well, c'mon Craig - get it sorted.

* Yes, I do realise there is no chance of this happening before it's pointed out but it's nice to imagine!

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7472 on: September 20, 2020, 03:46:13 PM »
Milivojevic would be a good pick up imo. Was on the bench for Palace yesterday so not sure whether he's carrying an injury or out of favour but he's a proven premier league DM who I imagine they'd sell for 15m.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7473 on: September 20, 2020, 03:48:52 PM »
Tell you who I did like though, and didn't expect to - Harry Winks. Came across as a nice, down-to-earth kid in the bits about him playing his way up through the ranks at the club, getting an international cap and taking part in the community scheme at the care home. Shouldn't be anywhere near the England squad mind, but that's not his fault.
Funny, I was thinking this morning that Winks would be a good addition alongside Luiz. He's also a mate of our Jack as well, I think.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7474 on: September 20, 2020, 03:49:15 PM »
Milivojevic would be a good pick up imo. Was on the bench for Palace yesterday so not sure whether he's carrying an injury or out of favour but he's a proven premier league DM who I imagine they'd sell for 15m.

Slightly more realistic than my pick! Yeah, he'd be a good signing.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7475 on: September 20, 2020, 04:00:51 PM »
Without checking, is Mili not well into his 30s?

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7476 on: September 20, 2020, 04:00:56 PM »
Seems to be a nice lad judging by his work with the old folks on the All or Nothing documentary. I can't see Mourinho letting him go though.

I'm talking about Winks btw!

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7477 on: September 20, 2020, 04:22:45 PM »
Without checking, is Mili not well into his 30s?

29 years young. Unless we think anyone over 25 now is the new Satan. Or Drinkwater.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7478 on: September 20, 2020, 04:57:41 PM »
Fine by me. He's worked hard under a disciplined boss like Woy.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7479 on: September 20, 2020, 05:55:24 PM »
Loftus-Cheek not in the squad today ....
... just saying

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7480 on: September 20, 2020, 06:59:05 PM »
Milivojevic would be a good pick up imo. Was on the bench for Palace yesterday so not sure whether he's carrying an injury or out of favour but he's a proven premier league DM who I imagine they'd sell for 15m.

Agreed. If we could get him for anywhere near that figure it would be rude not to.   Him or Capoue could come straight in and hit the ground running. Both strong, physical presences in the centre of the park with a bit of a nasty streak.  We need that. Both would be fine until the scouting system finds younger and better.
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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7481 on: September 20, 2020, 07:03:12 PM »
Wouldn't be a bad idea to add a bit of experience and leadership to the middle of the park. We were lacking that at times last season, like Arsenal away.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7482 on: September 20, 2020, 07:07:48 PM »
No problems with Hourihane as a squad player. 

Barring injury, If he features in less games than he did last year it will mean we have improved.

If Angela features for any length of time it'll mean we have problems.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7483 on: September 20, 2020, 07:33:16 PM »
Loftus-Cheek not in the squad today ....
... just saying
I'm sure he's on a ridiculous wage - approx 150,000 a week....


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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #7484 on: September 20, 2020, 07:54:26 PM »
Milivojevic would be a good pick up imo. Was on the bench for Palace yesterday so not sure whether he's carrying an injury or out of favour but he's a proven premier league DM who I imagine they'd sell for 15m.

Agreed. If we could get him for anywhere near that figure it would be rude not to.   Him or Capoue could come straight in and hit the ground running. Both strong, physical presences in the centre of the park with a bit of a nasty streak.  We need that. Both would be fine until the scouting system finds younger and better.

Quality player but he is Palace captain isn't he? My bet was he was carrying an injury to not be starting.

 


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