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12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

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1.) 12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.


2.) 12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.


3.) 13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.


4.) 13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.


5.) 13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.


6.) 13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.


 

 

 

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17 Jun 2019 13:18:11
Hi Eds,
I read something during the Arnie saga in January suggesting an agreement was made that if we received a bid of £X million for him before a certain date this summer that he would be sold.
Is there any truth in this?
It would explain the short extension we offered to him, given Hernandez only has a year left on his contract making Arnie the only striker we could get money for this summer.

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{Ed002's Note - I really don't know.}


1.) 17 Jun 2019 22:03:53
It wouldn’t surprise me. The China fiasco was farcical.


 

 

05 Jun 2019 12:39:59
Just a thought on a possible squad for next season. This is my preferred "realistic" option as it requires a higher net spend than reported.

GK - Fabianski, Roberto (Free), Allen (free) (Trott on loan)
CB - Diop, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Reid
RB - Fredricks, Zabaletta (Johnson on loan)
LB - Cresswell, Masuaku
DM - Rice, Hayden (£15m), Sanchez
CM - Noble, Cabellos (Loan with £15m option), Cullen, Snodgrass
AM - Lanzini, Wilshere, Coventry (Loan? )
WG - Anderson, Yarmolenko, Fortounis (£15m), Diangana, Holland, Dju (Loan? ), Kemp (Loan? )
ST - Gomez (£40m), Mitrovic (£25m), Antonio, Xande Silva
OUT - Arnie (£20m), Chica (£8m), Fernandes (£7m), Obiang (£10m), Perez (£2m), Oxford (£3.5m)

Total sales = £50.5m, Total Purchases = £110m, Net Spend = £44.5m
Worth noting that Snodgrass (CM and WG) and Antonio (ST and WG) are used as very good utility players in this squad, I had to put them in somewhere though, and I feel Snods is better in CM due to pace, and Antonio is at ST because I like Diangana and Holland too much not to be involved on the WG. Gomez is included as I would love him to come, but unlikely, however we could also get a striker for £30m and come closer to reported £30m budget. Maripan (£10/ 15m) could be an option if Reid needs to go, but not essential as both Rice and Hayden can play CB if required, so I have left him out.
Alternative: keep Arnie and just buy Mitrovic, then buy Maripan or Cabellos outright (assuming if we buy Maripan we can still get Cabellos on loan, if not buy Cabellos as CM is higher priority)

EDs, any news on interest surrounding Ceballos? Seems there is interest in him so a loan may be out of the question.

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1.) 06 Jun 2019 08:45:24
Total spend should be £95m
By accident i added in Maripan at £15m to make the total £110m.


2.) 06 Jun 2019 15:19:21
Be careful NICK your be getting a fax from SULLY getting you on the payroll mate with your ins and outs 1 thing you've missed mate and that's the over 32 player who's washed up 2 years prior and give hI'm a years (holiday) I mean contract worth £80,000 job is yours then mate. COYI.


3.) 07 Jun 2019 09:17:57
Knowing our luck, all our attacking players will be back fit next season and then Balbuena and Diop will get injured long term. And with Winston's still as yet "unknown" fitness we will finish 9th and all be wondering "what if we had less injuries? "
The level injuries we had last season would have usually seen us scraping safety, or even going down, shows the progress MP has made.
One thing i was pleased with last year was that none of the players who got injured were ever rushed back and thrown into action simply patched up. Wilshere could have played many more games, and i'm sure he would have had he been under Wenger at Arsenal still. I believe this treatment from previous managers has contributed to his long term problems, as he is thrown back in when he has never truly fully fixed the problem at hand. let's hope he gets over them as the management seemed far more focused on getting him fixed rather than just "fit to play". Lanzini also looked like he had a very good rehab, so fingers crossed its the same for Yarmolenko and Winston. COYI.


 

 

13 May 2019 14:32:11
What do we all think the prospects are for our up and coming players this summer and into next season?
Silva, Holland, Diangana, Cullen, Browne, Dju, Coventry, Kemp, Powell, Johnson and Pask etc

I expect Haksabanovic, Samuelsen and Martinez to go. And Trott to either be on loan or U23s.
Coventry, Kemp, Powell, Johnson and Pask for me are all likely for loans or U23 action.

The ones I think will have an impact are Holland and Diangana, but I would love us to give Cullen a chance. He has already won player of the season at Brandford, and Charlton fans say he is the best they have had since Parker, which is quite a comparison. If true, he could certainly play a rotation role for us with his energy on the field, and already has a fantastic relationship with Deccers, not to mention being a WHU fan.
I would like to see Browne given a chance, looks good and scored 9 and assisted 5 from wide in an average Oxford team last year. If not, he should go on loan to a promotion pushing team in League 1 or championship.
Then there is Xande and Dju, whom MP and Husillos brought in, so you would have to think that the manager rates them both on some level. A lot of technical attacking players coming through.

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1.) 13 May 2019 16:31:49
Interesting question, especially bearing in mind that the club intends to upgrade the first team squad in the window.

MP wants a closer look at Cullen, who has really impressed on his various loans to date; the U23 management really rates Holland; Coventry has already got been on the bench; Silva has had a few minutes playing time before his injury; Johnson didn’t look out of his depth when he was thrown in as full back (on the wrong flank) v the Prem champions; Browne has had a terrific season albeit in a lesser league; Kemp, Powell, Pask and Dju are for the future and should form the core for next year’s U23s. Diangana continues to be all fluff and no substance and must surely go on loan to learn about two things:- end product and his right foot.

I would like to see Holland, Cullen, Johnson, Browne, Silva and Coventry in the match day squad at differing times next season. In that order, depending on requirements.

I think you are right about Samuelsen, Martinez and Hacksawbandage, who have no future with us.


2.) 13 May 2019 18:27:45
It will also be interesting to see what happens with Edmilson Fernandes.


 

 

13 Mar 2019 13:19:11
Can anyone confirm this Gomez rumour that he is available for £22m in his release clause if Vigo get relegated?

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1.) 13 Mar 2019 17:09:52
If true, there may be a queue!


 

 

10 Mar 2019 10:24:39
Refereeing in PL was terrible this weekend, decisions that could have impacts on the run in at top and bottom of table. These were all CLEAR mistakes and nothing was made of it on MOTD about the possible impact of these poor decisions on the end of season finishing positions, if ever a reason for VAR.
1. Sissoko of Spurs got away with a yellow when arguably VAR shows he could have had 2 red cards. first for raking down the back of Redmonds achillies and second for an obvious headbutt attempt. Walker-Peiters should have also seen red as he was last man. These red cards could have impacted the battle for 4th a huge amount with both player missing a lot of games in the run in.
2.Vertongen high foot was a pen for Saints. Fortunately Saints won but this could easily have been the difference in their relegation battle were it not for a great free kick.
3.Sterlngs first goal was clear offside. Big if here, but IF it wasnt given the game could have been 0-0 giving Liverpool a chance to go top on Sunday. Watford collapsed after this decision.
4.Brighton got a huge win in their relegation battle via a goal from Knockart, who should have been off after 30 seconds. This is a HUGE gain for Brighton as not only would they have not got 3 points on the teams around them but they would miss a key player for 3 games (a third) of thier run in.

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1.) 12 Mar 2019 03:12:26
Be careful what you wish for, VAR has beeen in Australia for two seasons and it makes mistakes sometimes worse than the error on the pitch. One match a team was awarded a free-kick just outside the area when a player clearly dived. The VAR looked at it and instead of reversing it they instead looked at where it happened and after the delay the ref gave a penalty for what was an obvious dive. Last years final was marred by non decision on the goal that won the title. It has gotten as much wrong as it has fixed. Search a-league VAR controversies or similar and watch some videos.


 

 

 

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17 Jun 2019 13:08:07
Chica also only has one year left on his contract, we are more likely to see Arnie go as we can still get money for him, unlike Chica.

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07 Jun 2019 14:13:14
Very surprised to hear that Costahammer!
Personally, I love Manu, but I think he has been inconsistent recently for a few reasons.
Firstly, once settled with a manager's style of play and with other players he is fantastic. The issue is, our managers have changed a lot in the last few years (Allardyce, Bilic, Moyes, MP) along with their styles of play and tactics, and so have the players he forms links with on the pitch. He struck up very good form when Payet was here under Bilic, then the whole squad were terrible while Dimi forced his way out. He then eventually formed a good link with Arnie as striker under Moyes, before Arnie then thought he was as good as CR7.
Secondly, bar the last season at Upton Park with Payet, we have been a low end table team. Attacking midfield players can often struggle when their teams struggle to defend as the tactics are set to correct the defence rather then attack, limiting opportunities for technical players to shine.
Third, his injury last year was terrible, and to be honest he has already exceed my expectations of what he would be like when back. Full credit to Manu, and I hope he gets back to sharpness soon. It takes a LONG time to come back from that. I expect at least half a season of regular games to build his confidence back in his knee. I have had three ACL reconstructions, and subconsciously it changes everything you do when running until you are 100% confident in it again.
Surprised if he is linked to any big teams given his injury, plus do we not have a 2 year option still? hence why we are not panicking to change his contract until fit.

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06 Jun 2019 08:56:29
Got to ask how he will partner Rice if he plays out wide or up top?
He could be his table tennis doubles partner when they are away on the pre-season training camps.

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05 Jun 2019 10:57:03
Welbeck is a lot like Antonio in my eyes, i would not go for ANY players with major injury histories this summer. We already have Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Sanchez, Wilshere and Reid all coming back from injury, and with NO guarantee that they will stay fit next season. Same as Sturridge AVOID
On Arnie, my personal opinion is that he is simply not consistent enough. Fantastic when on his game, but only on it for 10 games a season. The rest of the games he is carried and the whole team performance can suffer with no spearhead. I would rather have a player that plays 8/ 10 consistently across a season than one who is 9/ 10 for just 10 games. This said, I would love him to get his head in the WHU game and score us 20 next year! It is MP's risk to take, and job to manage.
Just a side thought, lots saying we are losing all our strikers (assuming Chica goes), but with this link to Kostas Fortounis, could it be that Antonio is thought of as a striker after a good run at the end of the season where he often switched up top later on in the games?
Fortounis from the right, Anderson from the left and then a squad of 4 ST from Arnie, Antonio, Mitrovic, Rondon, Wesley, Gomez, Xande Silva, Marega . and any other of the 1,000 strikers we are apparently watching. Maybe even if Chica goes we still only need ONE key striker signing?

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04 Jun 2019 12:43:28
Dont forget we will sign at least one CM, and still have Cullen coming through, who is WHU through and through, home grown, and is the kind of player we need as he does not get forward much. Not to mention Obiang and hopefully a fit Sanchez as backup.
I liked Fernandes, but he is a player who likes to get forward, and we already have that in Lanzini, Wilshere, and Snods. We need a player who can support Dec like Noble does, only with the legs of Snodgrass. With Cullen, and a key CM signing such as someone LIKE Gomes, then there is no place for Fernandes who was on +40k a week (far more than Cullen) . I think our centre midfield will look like this next season.
Dec and Key signing
Backed up by Sanchez (backup to Dec) and then Noble rotating with the new CM and Cullen as backup.
Lanzini, Snods and Wilshere will all play as the attacking players in a 3 man centre mid, and can also play out wider if required.

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13 Jun 2019 11:11:00
You are right Chelms, this was before he came to us. There is a recent documentary out on Youtube done by Athlete's Stance (who go "behind the scenes" of athletes), and they have one on Jack's story released just two days ago. This is where the BBC have got it, and why they have just said this now.
I believe his retirement consideration was when his son started having fits and seizures, which coincided with a recovery from a broken bone injury.
JW was a risk, and one worth taking at the cost IMO. I like him a lot, and unlike a certain bicycle kicking geordie, i do not question his commitment to getting fit. I think he has just had an ankle problem that has never been fixed properly while at former clubs (which i hope is why our medical team had him out for so long in order to fix it permanently) . He has also been very unlucky with the hairline cracks.
Under MP he could be an unbelievable asset, as i am sure MP will find the best position and balance for him in our midfield. I watched him a lot down here in Bmouth, and he transitions play as well as anyone i have seen by taking the ball on the half turn very well in midfield.

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07 Jun 2019 14:22:12
100% yes we would have
Question is, could he get back to that level?
I think we have a 2 year option still, so no major rush. If he wants a contract, i would give it to him, but i wouldn't increase his pay just yet due to the recurrence risk. i'd give him an extension, but then add pay tiers after reaching X appearances in the year. That way he gets his extension and will get to the next pay bracket he wants (where he would have been without the injury) when he is fully through the injury worry. I'd say that's fair, but football doesn't work fair LOL
I am sure the medical team are all over it, and advising the board on the risk level.

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07 Jun 2019 09:17:57
Knowing our luck, all our attacking players will be back fit next season and then Balbuena and Diop will get injured long term. And with Winston's still as yet "unknown" fitness we will finish 9th and all be wondering "what if we had less injuries? "
The level injuries we had last season would have usually seen us scraping safety, or even going down, shows the progress MP has made.
One thing i was pleased with last year was that none of the players who got injured were ever rushed back and thrown into action simply patched up. Wilshere could have played many more games, and i'm sure he would have had he been under Wenger at Arsenal still. I believe this treatment from previous managers has contributed to his long term problems, as he is thrown back in when he has never truly fully fixed the problem at hand. let's hope he gets over them as the management seemed far more focused on getting him fixed rather than just "fit to play". Lanzini also looked like he had a very good rehab, so fingers crossed its the same for Yarmolenko and Winston. COYI.

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06 Jun 2019 08:53:20
Two different players who bring different aspects to the game. Cannot compare them really. I think the only reason you may be feeling like its a big drop in target is because Gomes is the more exciting player given he is more creative. But he is not the best defensively, and that is where we need to improve massively, alongside, and as backup to Rice.

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06 Jun 2019 08:45:24
Total spend should be £95m
By accident i added in Maripan at £15m to make the total £110m.

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