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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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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.




25 Jul 2019 10:06:41
Interesting time for us now, as I am unsure if we will be making another signing, and if we do I have no clue where/ who this may be. One way to narrow it down is to look at the current options for the 25 man squad, and the number of HG players within it.
Based on the CURRENT squad, and picking those who (if at the club) are 100% included, I come to 23 players (6 home grown, as Snodgrass does not qualify) . This leaves two spots left, and both have to be home grown as we have met our max overseas players. Possible assumptions in my sqwuad are:
All three keepers are included. Our U21 keeper (Trott) is out on loan, so we have to register all 3 to be safe. David Martin is also HG.
Rice, Diangana, Oxford, Johnson and Nathan Holland are left out as they are U21 and do not need to be registered.
Xande Silva is included as he is not U21 and we need strikers
Hugill is left out
Marcus Browne and Josh Cullen are left out as they are not certs, but they are HG. If they don't make the squad they will be moved on.
Either we are buying home grown, or we are selling or loaning out more players with the intention of registering one of the U21 players I mention above.
What do people think MP has planned?


1.) 25 Jul 2019 11:25:23
Nickinho, did you sit up all night looking at stats before writing all that🤣😂Well done you for the patience👍👍 You could go on Mastermind as WH stats your chosen subject! I’ll take your word on all that and prefer just to wait and see who we sign, if anybody? COYI ⚒⚒⚒.

2.) 25 Jul 2019 14:06:42
With Obiang now gone and doubts about the future of Hugill, Oxford, Cullen, Browne, Chicharito and, I’m sure, several others - I can certainly see one or two more coming to the club.

Loans with a view to buy wouldn’t surprise me at all.

The club has gone on a real and successful drive to reduce the wage bill and this frees things up substantially. If the reports about Haller’s £70k wage are true, it shows that bringing talent in from foreign, far less well funded leagues, can help to keep some form of control over wages and puts Chicharito’s reported £140k wage in a completely different light. However, as Nick has pointed out, we need to fulfil the requirements of the Home Grown rules.

There will be more ins and outs.

3.) 25 Jul 2019 14:44:36
Its a tough one, because IMO we are still unbalanced at CM, but to be fair i have not watched enough of Fornals to make a solid opinion. We also need a backup target man to Haller, and better backup for Rice than Sanchez.
Still, I would rather we keep what we have, and use players like Antonio as a ST and Snodgrass (with his work rate) as a CM than spend the money for the sake of spending it. Understand why we got Sanchez and Perez last season as backups, but we don't need those types of signings any more, and they can be hard to get rid of a season later. We need signings for the future, not one season cover.



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.




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14 Nov 2019 14:01:27
Completely agree DIE_4
If we were able to get a midfielder like that then ew can give more freedon for whoever plays in the 10 role to get up and support Haller as a second striker.




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11 Nov 2019 12:53:10
I think the key area we need to strengthen is obvious, its energy and athleticism in the middle of the park. The most successful teams at the moment have this in abundance (Liverpool, Leicester, Man City), and it is easily our biggest weakness.
Iv said previously, no matter how much I like Nobes, he cannot play a 2 man midfield, and neither can Wilshere, especially when next to Declan (who is also not the quickest) . We strengthened some good areas in summer, but we never addressed the glaring issue that (when playing MP's style) teams easily get behind Nobes when he heads higher up the pitch and they get a free run at our defence every time we lose the ball. I do not think our defence is the problem, its how easily exposed they are when playing the style of football MP wants.
Short term i think MP needs to adjust tactically, and maybe play Declan AND Sanchezas together as two deeper players (which may also afford our attackers some extra freedom), or tell Nobes/ Snodgrass to stay deeper. Cullen could even be the short term fix this year.
Tactically, MP is NOT being flexible enough to account for our weaknesses, he is sticking to his "ideal" style but he doesn't yet have the players capable of playing it with balance from Defence to Attack, and this is simply leaving us open.
I was shocked at Roberto's performance on Sat, he was easily solely at fault for ALL THREE goals. Fabianski was not papering over our weakness, he simply wasn't one!




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02 Sep 2019 12:01:26
100%, great performance.
Balance in CM is key for us, and Noble is the guy who enables us to achieve this when he's alongside Rice. Nobes is great on the ball and transitions the ball into the creative players so well. He also has the defensive mentality and physical commitment needed to help Rice protect the back four. Our biggest weakness may be that we have no cover for Nobes (our closest is Snodgrass and he is a winger by trade), while Nobes also has his shortfalls with his lack of pace. If he had Kante's legs he would be a superstar!
Ovations like the one he received on Saturday should be encouraged. He is a club legend, and we should want to show the current crop (Rice/ Lanzini/ Haller/ Fornals/ Diop) how we treat our legends, and make them want to do the same.
Have to put a word out for Masuaku, who once again proved he is improving at LB. Still has a mistake in him (especially against a big team who will attack us more) but he is improving, and we love a player who gets his head down and works on their game! Long may it continue.




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02 Sep 2019 11:48:22
100% Great performance.




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01 Aug 2019 13:39:34
I agree DIE 4, I love the technical play those 4 can do when we have the ball, but when they lose it Rice is our only shield, and can get overrun. I like JW a lot, but I still don't think he is a deep lying playmaker, or a traditional CM. Like Fornals, he plays best in the transition area behind the opposition midfield line and behind a striker, occasionally coming BACK to collect the ball, rather than starting off deep.
Of the players in our squad, i'd play Snodgrass alongside Dec, or Noble. Snods is far more aggressive in the centre than Jack, and will be better at supporting Dec in breaking up opposition attacks. I know it's not Snods' natural position, but he has all the attributes to play there, and we have plenty of wingers with pace where he usually plays. Nobes is also good, but just lacks the legs for me, and Dec also isn't the quickest.
I have to put in a word for Sanchez, as I have previously said that he was not good enough or risky backup at DM. But yesterday I thought he looked very capable in the DM role. I just hope he can stay fit this season.





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14 Nov 2019 14:25:11
A lack of a plan B is worrying indeed. I understand the need to keep trying to perfect his Plan A (albeit to the frustration of fans when we have hindsight after games), but there comes a time when MP should realise that he has not got (or is not playing) the right players that will balance his tactics effectively. For me, that was after the Everton game, and against Newcastle and Burnley we should have made alterations to cover weaknesses.
He needs to realise he cannot yet play his "pure" football, and until he can he must balance our CM so that it can protect our defence effectively. The knock-on effect could be that our creative players have more confidence to get up and support Haller, killing two birds with one stone effectively.




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14 Nov 2019 14:12:10
Im with Whorya, midfield needs attention fast. I don't think our defence is as bad as some make out, just gets exposed too easily by a slow midfield that has relied on Declan too much to cover them on his own. And Dec's only weakness is . . PACE
Against Burnley, Roberto had no excuse for punching into his own net, he has no excuse for punching before the corner that got Burnley their first, and he has no excuse to throw the ball to Balbuena when he was not at all in a position to receive the ball (Balbuena for the record could have done better also, but even he was SHOCKED that the ball was being thrown to him)




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11 Nov 2019 13:11:02
Tough times for MP at the moment, but I still think it is too early to make a change now. Hindsight may prove me wrong in 3 to 9 months time, but that is irrelevant as we do not have it NOW. The last 5 games have highlighted there is a consistent issue, and as a club the owners need to highlight the issue, say it needs to be fixed, and allow the manager time to fix it.
MP does not have the players to play his style, and we have a clear weakness that other teams are exposing. This has been made worse by our backup keeper making THREE unforgivable errors on the weekend.
We all love MP's attacking ethos, but its useless if it leaves us totally exposed all the time. MP needs to adapt his tactics slightly using the players he has available in order to give us a balance. I hate to say it but a Noble injury may be the catalyst that forces his hand to change the makeup of our midfield.




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28 Oct 2019 10:44:10
Completely agree.
Haller had a poor game vs Sheff, and was not in the right position on a few occasions. I reserve judgement on him for now however, as he is settling into the hardest league in the world, playing the toughest striker role, and doing it with a new team.
I disagreed with all the subs on Saturday. Anderson was again responsible for wasting some of our best chances (should have squared to Haller), which is why he may have been tugged off. However, this week he improved from the Everton game, and was still our best player on the pitch, and the most likely player to make an impact (despite the wasted chances) . Should have left him on because a goal is what he needs to boost confidence, and he may have got it on Sat. Snodds was also on a mission, and should not have come off unless he was knackered. Noble should have been the one sacrificed for Lanzini, and should have sat Snodds alongside Dec as his work rate is first class. If Snodss got tired then MP still had Fornals in reserve.




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28 Oct 2019 10:28:41
Very interesting point, but personally I do not think we consider this unless we have a TERRIBLE season, which is very unlikely. Bottom line remains that we have been knocked out of a cup early (but the players that day were the problem, not the manager) and we have faded in the league (so far) . However, we are not likely to flirt with relegation, we play good football now, and the team is also still improving and transitioning. I'd say that we are still making progress, albeit slowly.
I do not think we can compare MP to Moyes or Bilic. I loved Bilic, but the move to the London stadium and all the negativity around the club that came with it killed the momentum from the unforgettable final Upton Park season (not to mention Payet) . IMO we could have had Klopp or Pep in charge that season and they would not have done much better. He is proving he is a good manager now at West Brom. Moyes never really had a chance to build a team, he performed a rescue mission, not a building operation. Although signing Hugill did not help him.
MP is not perfect (I too question some of his subs), but we should not be questioning his position at the club right now. The players up front need to gel, and most importantly they need to be more clinical. If they HAD done this, then we would have beaten Palace and Sheff Utd, and would be sitting clear in 5th, just 2 points off 4th. It is a very fine line in the PL, and we are not far off where we want to be. 10 games in and I think we have only been the worse team TWICE (Man City and Everton) Had we taken our chances we would all be happy with our start.