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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.


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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03 Jan 2020 16:17:57
Just my thoughts on Moyes's appointment.
Firstly, I was always an MP supporter until the last say 4-5 games when it was finally categorically clear that he had no plan B and had lost the players somewhat, and he had to go. I also think any anger directed at the board is very sad. They have invested, they have taken a back seat, come off social media, and they appointed a world class manager who played attacking football. Everything the fans asked.
I don't think it is a failure, embarrassing or a lack of ambition for us to go back to Moyes. He only had a 6 month contract originally, and we had (what appeared to be at the time) a better option when he came to the end of his contract. I do not think our board insulted/ embarrassed Moyes by going with MP. The fact he has come back to us shows that it was handled amicably when he was not given the job full time. I think this is CREDIT to both the board AND to Moyes for not burning this bridge.
Given the REALISTIC options we had available to us, I think Moyes could be the right choice. I always said Kovac, but he has no prem experience, and therefore represented a big risk in our current league position. Benitez was a no go due to cost, and on paper he represents a similar proposition MP did when we got him, and Howe was never leaving Bmth. Any other manager we'd actually want is either looking for a top 6 club, or has zero/ little PL experience. Board has taken the safer option between an unproven progressive manager and a proven PL manager whom they rated well previously and have worked with before.
Moyes is perceived as a rather defensive manager, but i always wonder what these managers COULD do with more attacking players at their disposal. You can only play with what you have, and he has a much better side this time around. Credit to MP and the board for signings like Haller, Anderson, Fornals, Diop, Balbuena, Fab, Yarmo and Fredricks, we have a better squad now and many pundits say this all the time. Moyes should have a good base to improve upon.
We HAVE to remember that Moyes was hand-picked by the greatest EVER manager to take over Man Utd when he retired. There is obviously some ability there. My question mark is his transfers/ recruitment. Hugill was a bad mark, but as he only had a short contract we have to understand he was not being backed by the board (rightly) after they had already spent in the summer. I am eager to see what he does now he has 18 months and backing from the board.
Were I Moyes, i'd look to get Cullen back ASAP (he is a runner and Moyes loves commitment), and maybe sign a CM and ST on loan with an option depending on Jan budget available. Diangana would be a big plus also, but he may just be better off developing while fighting for a promotion this year than fighting relegation.


1.) 04 Jan 2020 13:42:56
Great Post Nick well thought out and very poditive.

2.) 05 Jan 2020 16:26:34
Very well considered post, Nick.

We have to get behind Moyse. He did a highly effective job at Everton with limited resources. As you say, it will be interesting to see what he can do with our squad which contains a good amount of flair now. Add to that further healthy investment in the summer with players he can choose with a decent transfer budget and who knows.

I know he has said it wasn’t down to him, but what a flying start. More of that please.

3.) 08 Jan 2020 23:18:17
We have to get better players than CULLEN if we are to get to the next level, players like him SNODGRASS are average footballers that cannot change a game with anything they are capable of and this is what's wrong with us RANDOLPH OK nothing more players like GEDSON are the standard we should be recruiting if possible it should have been wrapped up by now there's another thing we do wrong watch how quick Chelsea wrap up the deal if the player shows an interest. COYI.



05 Dec 2019 14:16:22
Lets be fair, Wolves are a TOUGH team to beat at Molineux, so losing there is no disgrace. I also did not think we were outclassed, and had Snods scored his glaring opportunity it could have been different.
That said, this would have paved over the issue we have, as we again posed very little threat without Antonio. None of the front men seem to know what the other is doing, there is no method to our attack.
MP did not change his tactics yet again, and we failed get players around Haller, AGAIN. He left Antonio out (rightly) as he is just back from injury, BUT surely we then need to at least try an alternate method of attack, as the last 10 games have proven Haller does not work best in this approach. We should have matched Wolves's 3 at the back IMO
The saddest thing for me was that away to Wolves was the perfect opportunity to try something new, as we do not expect to win there, and fans could at least say he tried. At a home game (or against a London rival or lower team) expectations are high, so the stakes are higher. Wolves presented a free roll of the dice for MP and he did not take it.


1.) 06 Dec 2019 00:30:57
Agreed. The sad thing is Arsenal are now on a 9 game streak without a win - I’m sure we will oblige as we keep doing.



19 Oct 2019 13:25:25
Writing this at half time, which i NEVER normally do.
Iv not been this frustrated in a WHU team going forward for a long time. Every time we have been in a decent position we have given the ball back to Everton so easily. Anderson has been COMPLETELY useless. I like that Fornals has got his start, but he just does'nt look like a winger to me. Based on this half, and that Anderson has not scored in SOOOOO long, MP will be forced to start Yarmo RW, Wilshere CAM and Lanzini LW at this rate. I would even say throw Holland in at LW and drop Anderson, he needs some pressure on him now to perform, he needs to be shown that his place in the team is not a given.
I hope the second half is different.


1.) 19 Oct 2019 13:50:46
I'm sorry but NOBLE is shockingly pedestrian at best.

2.) 19 Oct 2019 14:26:57
Terrible day and the last few performances have all been abject with no urgency and tempo. We are going backwards.

3.) 19 Oct 2019 14:28:41
No passion no press no ski waht was the pass completion ration I'd be surprised if it was 50% Roberto was probably west hams best player today

The midfield went missing all game even Declan had a poor game.

4.) 19 Oct 2019 14:50:05
I would actually play Masuaku as left wing
at least he crosses wat does Anderson do
at the moment.

5.) 19 Oct 2019 15:01:55
Arp totally agree I've been saying that for a while wheneve he gets closed down he loses the ball if Cresswe still not fit play Johnson at left back behind Arthur.



03 Oct 2019 11:19:03
Let's all make no mistake before the weekend, Crystal Palace should not be an easy game.
Calendar year form in the Premier League (last 25 games) puts them fourth in the league with 41 points, behind Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal!
Granted, only 4 points separates Palace in 4th down to Wet Ham (37) in 9th, with Man U (40), Chelsea (40), Leicester (38) and Spurs (37) in between us. However this will by no means be an easy game, as Palace have gone under the radar massively.
What is great, is that so much anticipation is on Spurs and how they are supposedly top 4, when since January they have won the same amount of points as us in the league!


1.) 03 Oct 2019 15:34:15
I think it could be a really exciting, attacking game. As long as we score more than they do, I’ll be happy. 👍.

2.) 03 Oct 2019 18:16:06
Kiss of death - Lawrenson has just predicted that we’ll win 2:0.

3.) 06 Oct 2019 00:56:37
IMO there are no easy games in the premier league but can somebody tell me why we raise our game against the bigger teams and think we just gave to turn up and everything will be rosey, complete lack of professionalism and that's down to MP to start with and secondly the players I understand that in most sports it works out like that like every country try their very best to beat England but it shouldn't happen complacency not for me anyway. COYI.



27 Aug 2019 12:38:51
What would people like to see MP do with his team selection tonight?

I'd like to see Lanzini rested, he has looked SO good so far so we need him for the weekend 100%, and others need game time. I'd play JW in his more natural position in the 10. Fornals and Yarmolenko in the other attacking roles all interchanging.
CM of Sanchez (if fit enough for 90 mins) alongside Snodgrass/ Noble
Defense of Johnson, Balbuena, Ogbonna and Cresswell.
Up Front I would like to see Haller in the first half in hope he can get us off to a good start, then Ajeti can be introduced.
Antonio and Holland are the other subs i would look to use depending on how the game goes. BENCH: GK, Rice, Zaba, Antonio, Ajeti, Holland, Anderson.





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16 Jan 2020 09:06:17
David De Gea was also too small when he came to the PL, time will tell for Nathan, but he certainly has ability, and is getting valuable time at Wimbledon (a struggling club will give him plenty of action in the penalty area to prove himself and improve) . It may be another loan next season, but let's see how he develops.
We have Randy back now as backup for Fab. Good call IMO, just need to move Roberto out now.
Ed's (or anyone else), what do the Wimbledon fans think of Nathan this season?




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14 Jan 2020 17:15:21
Well said COYI64
Were I not a WHU fan and in Fernandes's position I would choose Tottenham. They are in Europe, and no threat of relegation. Yes he may get more game time with us, but he is still very young and will develop a lot as a rotation player in JM's team. Plus they offered a HUGE buyout amount, which he will benefit him as well no doubt. No blame on the board here IMO.
I have said who my preferred options are, but its Jan, we are in a relegation fight (which means any spend is a HUGE financial risk) and we have limited funds. We need to be realistic as fans. I'd take Joe Allen at the right price TBH, at least he has PL experience which is important in our situation.
Sander Berge would be great, but again, he is in Europe and WHU are in a relegation battle. He may get a better (less risky) offer in summer by staying where he is.




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10 Jan 2020 13:33:39
TBH Chelms I would not be too negative about an older CM player coming, but only if TWO conditions are met.
1. They are not overly expensive leaving us considerably less money to spend on a younger long-term asset. At the end of the day if they make the difference or make the risk of relegation smaller then long term it pays for itself.
2. They WILL actually make a difference.
At the moment, with just Nobes and Rice we have NO backup, and an injury to either would be catastrophic. Joe Allen for 18 months would not be terrible, neither would Fellaini, BUT ONLY AT THE RIGHT KNOCK DOWN PRICE. No more Sanchez types!
This is not my preference though, I would still prefer a Gedson Fernandez or Sander Berge, as i think they are good enough to get us to mid table, AND they represent players that are likely to go UP in value.




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06 Jan 2020 12:54:42
Good points Markro, given Moyes's 3 at the back vs Gils we can assume he will adopt this in some/ most PL games as well. I agree with the full back assessment 100%, but i think this is not the time to fix it. I'd like to see Johnson play some more before the end of the season, and Fredricks' injury may now pave the way for his development. Zaba also looks better as a wing back now than as a Full back, as his lack of pace can be slightly covered by the third CB.

For me, its CM for immediate focus. Snodds does not look comfortable there, and Sanchez is also not up to it, leaving us just Nobes and Rice. Get a solid partner for Rice and imagine the freedom we could give the attacking players. We should go all out to loan Gedson Fernandez with an option, and then also replace Sanchez (with e. g. Sander Berge or Abdoulaye Toure) . We would need to free up a non-UK place in the squad to get Fernandez though, which is why Randolph is coming in. Just fixing CM blows the budget i reckon, and leaves nothing for a striker. My ideal realistic Jan based on players we are linked with.

In: Gedson Fernandez (loan with option), Sander Berge £15-£20m, Randolph £3m.
Out/ terminate (or just don't register in squad) : Roberto, Sanchez
The fact Randoph is close to coming tells me neither Diangana or Cullen are coming back to us in Jan. Up front we will have to make do with Haller, Ajeti, Antonio and Yarmo (for me Yarmo may do better up top with less defensive work to do) . Supported by Anderson, Lanzin, Fornals and Snodds. We should be ok IMO.




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04 Jan 2020 10:34:17
If we can get an option to buy on this kid, or get him on a permanent deal, it would be a HUGE coup. Perfect partner to play alongside Rice in CM. TAKE mercer's point, but he's a CM so goals are not his contribution. Think Kouyate but far better on the ball, or a slightly larger Kante. High energy, strong in the challenge, pace, and good on the ball as well. Not sure his vision or passing is as good as Noble, but he's only 20! Not sure how true the rumours are, or how much chance we have of getting him, but I know he is highly thought of by Man Utd fans, they have even made "welcome to Utd" videos on YouTube lol.





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17 Jan 2020 09:48:03
I agree Chelms. People are entitled to their opinions, and to make their voices heard, however, I am one who has a different opinion based on different logic. I also completely disagree with their timing. We are in a bad league position ATM with TOUGH games coming up, now is not the time to be stirring up unrest and negativity. Emotions and atmospheres are contagious, and all it will do is spread to the players on the pitch, and so the spiral begins until we get Burnley 2.0. Poor old Moyes had it last time, and now some fans want to start it again, give him a chance! (i know the protests are not about him, but it impacts his job massively) . Imagine what we could do with a positive mind set.
Ironically, these fans ultimately want the board to get better players, meanwhile the unrest they eventually fire up only makes us LESS attractive to these players. The only thing (in today's game) that would be capable of making them happy is a Billionaire owner, who ironically would subsequently rip the sole out of our club even further, and they would then complain about that also. Long-term maybe they can never be pleased.
I was devastated to leave Upton Park, but its like driving/ owning a sentimental 1959 Mini, its not suitable for modern ELITE football and we needed an upgrade. Yes, look what Spurs got, but they HAVE money and that all started when they sold Bale. GET OVER the stadium move, GET OVER the 10 promises, and GET BEHIND the team. We have a board that are trying, and investing responsibly/ sustainably (they are not billionaires), they make mistakes (as do we all) . Their promises for after the stadium move were maybe based on the financial gain it could deliver, but since then TV money has dwarfed this gain, making gate receipts less important in terms of competitive edge vs other clubs.




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14 Jan 2020 17:22:09
I am a huge fan of Butland, I thought he should be England No.1 ahead of Pickford.
Problem is his price, which is too high for a No2 GK, given we have Fab as No.1 when fit, and the bulk of our money needs to go on 1st team players in CM. Also, He would not want a move that sees him back in the PL as a No2, as Fab's injury is not known to be a long term thing. If he goes anywhere it is to be the No1 GK.




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12 Jan 2020 08:02:00
I agree with Mercerl.




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12 Jan 2020 07:58:22
I'm FOR using VAR, but not the way it is at the moment. Money is huge in the game these days and poor/ missed decisions by Refs shouldn't be the force that sends a club into financial meltdown if they got relegated. Equally, if Liverpool won the league last year by a point, then their 1 metre offside goal against us could have been the difference, that wouldn't be right IMO.
1. OFFSIDES need changing. Needs to be quick, obvious and none of this 1mm bulrubbish. We want the obvious ones given/ cancelled correctly. Haller goal was called by the lino not VAR, and he was ARGUABLY right as part of his body was off. But had he not called it VAR would have been able to rule it out quickly. I don't like the RULE here personally, I think it should be based on feet not if any goalscoring part of a player is offside.
2. HANDBALLS need changing. Currently if you are a defender you can use your hand accidentally but and attacker (Rice) cannot. Different rule for different players is NOT consistent and fair sport. Again, VAR was brought in to stop big errors, like the Hernandez handball for us not so long ago, or a defender who is clearly using his arms deliberately to make himself bigger to block a shot/ cross. The interpretation needs consistency on all incedents.
Biggest worry is that these rules for VAR were made by supposedly the best minds in the sport! Clowns.




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03 Jan 2020 09:50:49
No chance we are getting £30m for Antonio. He is max £20m and that is a push IMO, realistically we would get £15m for him. Love the guy, he is a grafter and a great personality, but 1) he is 30 in March so no sell on value 2) his end product/ final ball is still inconsistent/ poor 3) he keeps getting 1-3 month injuries. No team would invest big cash as a result
I think Moyes will keep him 100%, I just hope he is continued up front as he is our only striker who really runs the channels and can get in behind with his pace.
For me, a front three of Haller, Antonio and Anderson/ Lanzini would be frightening for any defence.