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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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09 Jul 2019 12:48:28
A little part of me feels like our budget just shrunk with both the Arnie escapade and the Gomez cost increase. Judging by the reaction of the club, I don't think Arnie going was part of the plan, and if he was they certainly did not plan for him going at £22.5m. So something has changed, and MP's alternative plan is now in motion, starting with "WE MUST GET OUR NUMBER ONE STRIKER TARGET" Which explains the increased offer for Gomez, as it is now more important that we get a top lead striker that suits MP.
Now consider that Chica may go as well, and suddenly we need additional cover. However, given the clubs videos recently, they have given Chica a lot of media time, and IMO this suggests maybe they now want him to stay for the remainder of his contract, especially because without him we would go into a prem season with no strikers with ANY proven prem experience/ ability.
OK, so we probs got £10m extra for Arnie than we would have with Chica, but the cost of Gomez also went up by the same, so there are no gains or losses here. However, we write off Chica's value as he will go for free next season, whereas we could have got £10m for him this summer. This has to be factored somewhere.
If we believe our REPORTED net spend is around £30m (which I question, as I don't believe Husiloss would let this slip out), then we would have spent £64m on Fornals and Gomez, less £25m from Arnie and Perez. Leaves us -£10m already, and with only Obiang, Hugill, Byram and Oxford of any value to sell, who together could bring in £19m tops. Even selling Chica gets us to £19m left, which is hardly enough for a DM and a ST.


{Ed002's Note - Put thoughts about money to the side. Everything is way off reality.}

1.) 09 Jul 2019 14:15:52
I reckon Chich may stay now.

2.) 09 Jul 2019 15:48:51
Thanks Ed, appreciate your comment. Thought as much LOL
We can only try and guess using the numbers quoted in the news, but there is sooooo much non-disclosed money involved with transfers these days its impossible to work out or keep track.



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.


{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.


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.


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!




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11 Jul 2019 10:30:13
100% Markro, i hate these drawn out sagas, Anderson was bad enough last summer, at least it ended well for us.
Furthermore on Higuain, Sarri is now manager there, who loved him at Napoli so much so that he brought him to Chelsea. Unless he cannot work both him and Ronaldo into his style, and doesn't want a reliable striker he knows like Higuain as backup, I think it is VERY unlikely.

If rumours are surfacing of WHU speaking to Juve about a player, then it is more likely to be speculation around Moise Kean, who (surprise surprise) Everton are reported to have bid for. We always get linked to the same players as them. Maybe we are interested, possibly as a loan opposed to Everton's purchase, or we are just bluffing/ interfering to make it harder for Everton.
Any other Juve players we could be linked with?




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11 Jul 2019 09:17:46
I would be very surprised, however he does hold the ball up well, which suits MP style of play.
I like the Haller rumours though. I know Eds have said we have little chance, but MPH are good at what they do (e. g. none mentioned Fornals), so never say never. Gomez clearly wanted CL football, and preferably in Spain, and he got both at Valencia, not money motivated so unfortunately no chance. Haller on the other had has spoken about his desire to come to the Prem already, back in December, ironically linked with Newcastle. The key thing though, he would want to be first choice, and what top 6 prem club plays with a striker like him? He would be second choice at all the top 6, and won't fit any of their styles of play.
WHU are his best option in the prem therefore IMO, as we have a manager who builds a team around a player just like him, and MP is a manager most players would love to work with. He would be the hottest show in town at WHU, whereas at Man Utd he replaces Lukaku (if he goes) as backup to Rashford, and i don't believe Man Utd are building a style of team that plays to Haller's strengths, or if he is even their 1st choice replacement.
Money and trophies talk though, so he may be swayed to play no.2 at one of the top 6, which is (I think) why EDs say we have little chance. Would be a HUGE coup for us were it to happen.




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03 Jul 2019 15:56:22
Been trying to get into the mind of Arnie, and these strikers we are linked to are probably why he has done what he has. We were all busy worrying that a striker like Gomez would not come to us because they do not want to risk being second fiddle to Arnie. Didn't stop to remember that Arnie is an egocentric coward, and doesn't want to compete with anyone! LOL
He probably realises that he would inevitably lose the battle for a starting place to whichever better and younger striker we bring in. This would reduce his potential future salary in China, as they would pay less to a second string 32 year old, so he thought "best go now"! LOL.




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26 Jun 2019 10:00:29
I completely agree John, my fondness of Chica is that he is indeed a good player when in the right team, and I also think he is a good professional at the same time. But the first thing that matters is what is done on the pitch, and he is exactly what you say he is, a good box player.
Fact is, players like him (and Van Nistelrooy in his prime) are the super sharp edge of the sword in a team that is ALREADY attacking the majority of the time. But they are an expensive and ineffective addition if you are fighting with a wooden sword to start with!
Teams like us need players who can contribute more in the other areas of the game. With his salary where it is I would sell, if possible. But if we had to sell Arnie to get a striker like Gomez (because Arnie could raise more funds), meaning we keep Chica for his last season, then i would be fine with that. If we keep Arnie though, i feel Chica's salary is an issue and needs to go. Arnie will always strop while another striker is earning more than him and playing less. He will score 5 in 7 and then his focus is gone until he gets paid more, which is why he has never scored many in a season. It looks like MP will sell one of the two this summer though, so i am confident either way.




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25 Jun 2019 13:47:23
He will not want to go to a relegation battling team regardless. It will be a Europa cup team or better most likely, or he will go to USA/ Mexico/ China. Personally I like Chica, and i think he has always put the effort in when asked. He is a finisher that needs supplying though, and we could not do that enough where Man U and Bayer Leverkusen were able to. He was all to often just buying free-kicks on the half way line for us.
Were he on 60k instead of 140k i am sure he would be staying.
Strangely, i have always thought he would be perfect squad player for Liverpool for when Firmino is out, or if they need a goal towards the end of matches. They would certainly play to his strengths.





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09 Jul 2019 15:59:15
Imagine if it was Ballotelli, Sturridge, and Welbeck LOL
Still upgrades on Arnie and Hugill.




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09 Jul 2019 15:48:51
Thanks Ed, appreciate your comment. Thought as much LOL
We can only try and guess using the numbers quoted in the news, but there is sooooo much non-disclosed money involved with transfers these days its impossible to work out or keep track.




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08 Jul 2019 10:47:37
Bar the Left Back and Defensive Mid, MP could play a complete team of players that have come in under his stewardship.
Masuaku/ Cresswell
Quite a change in just 1 year! I'd call this progress.
One of the most promising things about our attraction right now is that (so far) we have kept hold of Diop, Anderson and Rice AS WELL AS signing Fornals. A good striker who brings these AMs into the game more and we could have a good season. I still worry that we are not combative enough in CM alongside Rice though.




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08 Jul 2019 10:33:05
Who is this Arnautovic we seem to have sold for £22.5m?
Seems good money for a player I have never heard of!




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05 Jul 2019 16:48:04
100% MikesIron and Markro
My only comment would be on Rondon, while I agree he is NOT the player that will transform us into top 6, he would be an improvement on what we have. Otherwise MP would play Chica more or do more to keep him at the club. It is also clear that Rondon is not our MAIN target, that reportedly goes to Gomez who IS seen as the player to transform our attack. But, given MP's preferred style of striker he is an improvement on what we have, AND comes with proven ability in the prem, which at £16m represents good value in today's market. It is a squad game after all, and we cannot afford 2 £30m+ players.


{Ed002's Note - WHU want two forwards - not just one.}