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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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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.


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?


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.


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.



07 Feb 2019 14:07:39
I would like to see MP play the same team on Saturday that started against Liverpool. The only players i would consider bringing in are Zaba, Nasri and Arnie, and they don't make it IMO. What does everyone else think?
Fredricks did great vs Mane and deserves to keep his place unless MP doesn't want to risk playing him too much too soon after a long lay-off.
Nasri is a doubt, so bench is best. But unless Snodds has an issue from Liverpool he keeps his spot.
Chica for me was great vs Liverpool, and he deserves to keep his place. Sends a message to Arnie as well that he is not the be all and end all of our squad. Drop Carroll and bring Arnie onto the bench.
Pray Cresswell is fit. LOL
A betting man would back Batshuayi to grab a goal if he starts, it's the West Ham curse.
We have 13 days rest after Palace, and MANU may be back in and around the squad! Along with Balbuena.




04 Feb 2019 12:40:19
Not sure what to expect tonight, Liverpool on their day can be devastating. If our players play with the attitude they did at Wimbledon they will get embarrassed. However, even if our players do play with fire and energy, if Masuaku plays LB we could be doomed. If Cress is not fit i would rather we play Zaba there and Fredricks at RB.

One KEY thing IMO is that MP does not play 2 in centre midfield. We learnt at the start of the season that we do not have a 2 man partnership with enough legs yet (a stage 2 transition for MP i am sure) and Rice was exposed against Liverpool and we were weak there against the other teams in the first 4 games. I think we have won just ONE game this season starting with a 2 man CM and that was in the run of wins against lesser opposition.
Play Rice and Noble, and then Snodgrass or Obiang (as Nasri is injured) with a licence to get forward but with the main focus on supporting in CM. Up front i would leave out Carroll and go with whoever has shown the right attitude in training from the rest.


1.) 04 Feb 2019 17:41:33
Nick, we would be lucky to keep it to 0-3, as long as we show some fight and passion that’s all that’s asked, Liverpool are very special at the moment, frightening up front against those like us that are going through a bad patch ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

2.) 04 Feb 2019 19:53:11
Yet it starts 0:0.

I wonder how long I can maintain any sense of optimism.

3.) 05 Feb 2019 07:43:57
Apologies for my doubts and well done WH, more than happy to eat humble pie, bloody unlucky to not take all 3 points, that would have been an upset. COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

4.) 05 Feb 2019 13:35:38




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09 May 2019 09:29:08
Not holding my hopes for Maxi Gomez, but would love it to happen.
MP made good signings last year. Ok, Sanchez, Wilshere, and Perez have all not been great (injuries for the most part) but they were all in-expensive backups at the end of the day. He hasn't had an attempt at buying us a decent striker yet, and I trust him and Husillos to get someone better than what we have for next season. Same goes for a high energy Centre midfielder.




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09 May 2019 09:20:03
He plays left back for us though Chelms, first thing he needs to do is be able to defend properly, especially given the amount of goals we conceded this season.
He has been good the last few weeks granted, but can he do this consistently over a season?




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30 Apr 2019 13:26:35
Thanks Ed
There is no doubt we need another CM, and of the ones I have read our interest in, Ceballos would be far and away my top pick. Young, hungry and the type of player we need to play alongside Dec. I like Nobes and Snods in the middle, but they cannot be fit every game and we need an upgrade and younger legs. Obiang i suspect will go back to mainland Europe, and MP will assess Cullen and Fernandes in summer.
Iv slated Masuaku on here in the past, and i have to say he has been very good in the last 3 games. Will be interesting to see what MP does with him. We need consistent players.
Ben Johnson looks more like a 2021 challenger at RB, Fredircks and Zaba will do fine next year for me.
Striker, I have no Idea what could happen here given our budget and the limited level of interest in the players we have there currently. Gomez would be great, but 40m is a huge part of our budget and we won't get much for the strikers we have! In MP we trust!
Ed, are any teams interested in Zapata and/ or Belotti?


{Ed002's Note - Roma see Andrea Belotti as their preferred Edin Dzeko replacement, but that has to be ratified by their new coack and Director of Football. Duvan Zapata - the player was not keen on a move to West Ham in January and the €50M asking price has already scared of Newcastle and Inter Milan - WHU could return but I doubt he would be first choice, certainly at the asking price.}



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04 Apr 2019 12:40:25
great feedback Ed002, thanks!




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13 Mar 2019 13:18:26
We have apparently agreed £35m with the team in China, so I agree that £45m will not come from anywhere. But i can see us accepting £30m plus for him, which will not be out of reach for a number of clubs.





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16 May 2019 13:02:45
Agree Whorya, I also asked if anyone knew if he was more of a pain than Arnie. Any examples in his past Eds?

Given our budget Markro, i'd be happy with just those two. BUT (assuming Rice will be with us next season), if Dec has a good season and we do not get EUROPA next year then surely he goes next summer. I would rather we try and stretch ourselves this summer as we have good assets on long contracts in Diop and Rice, which would minimise long term risk. I'm not talking £100m-£150m net spend, but £60m net spend should get us what we need to push closer to the likes of Man Utd.
Whatever the case (30m or 60m), i am optimistic MP will get more out of the squad next season.


{Ed001's Note - he did have a few issues as a youngster but he seems to have grown out of them. Even when on the sidelines with Newcastle he was not as difficult to deal with as he had been in the past, though he did force his way out on loan, it was to get gametime, rather than to be a pain.}



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16 May 2019 12:39:41
When did we get £150m and Champions league football?
Did i miss something? LOL
Good players, i would be happy to get just one of them!




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15 May 2019 13:49:41
Agree we do not want ANOTHER player with a volatile temperament like Arnie, so i too question whether we want Mitrovic a little. I would CERTAINLY say do not have both. Does anyone know, is Mitrovic more of a pain than Arnie?
If we do not want Mitrovic because of his temperament though, then surely we have to apply the same logic to Arnie, and say enough is enough so move on.
A good squad is made up of players you can rely on to perform consistently all season, and Arnie has proved at every club he has played for that he cannot be reliable over the duration of a season. For me, he is too inconsistent to be a top class no.1 striker (despite on his day being very good), but is paid the salary of one that is at that level. This causes problems, so ideally i would side with moving him on.
It looks like we are going to invest in a key striker, which surely puts Arnie into 2nd place, or at LEAST in a battle for starts. Unless he changes, i see no other outcome other than more issues next season. Do we want this?




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13 May 2019 13:59:48
Arnie would be my choice to come out of that team, for Gomez. He does not do enough for me. Looking at the top teams these days, the work rate from their CFs is incredible to win the ball back, and for me (while Arnie is great on the ball) he does FAR too little when we are without it. Also, he makes the occasional great run, granted, but is static far too often when we have the ball.
Not watched Maripan so i can't have an opinion on whether he would put the General or Diop out of a starting eleven that has 2 CBs. He would certainly provide good competition for the place though, or a great option to play 3 at the back if we needed.
Ceballos for me is a replacement for Noble in the LONG TERM, but not while Nobes is playing like this. His influence as a captain is unrivalled IMO, up there with Kompany. What Ceballos does is provide a GENUINE option to Nobes (at last) in the short term, and flexibility in the midfield for different matches when we need a different balance. Maybe MP plays Ceballos, Nobes and Rice, pushing Lanzini/ Wilshere out wider or onto the bench for some games. Would be a very good signing.
Does anyone have any stats for WHU with and without Nobes this season?




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09 May 2019 09:37:29
Great game last night, felt bad for Ajax as they edged it over the two legs for me, and should have scored another last night. But if you don't take your chances you can get punished.

Could it be the first EVER season where WHU have outplayed BOTH champions league finalists in the run in to the final? LOL.