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  1. I imagine Conte would prefer someone like Verratti instead of both of them !
  2. The 25 players we had for 2016/17: GK (3) Courtois, Begovic, Eduardo DEF/WB (9) Moses, Azpiliceuta, Aina, Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Zouma, Ake, Alonso MID (5) Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek ATTACKING MID (5) Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Kenedy, Musonda FWD (3) Costa, Batshuayi, Solanke Players in RED are leaving (either left already, or in JT's case, two days to go !), so that is three replacements, looking like Caballero, Christensen and Lukaku. If media are to be believed, then Costa and Matic will follow them out the door, so I'll put them in ORANGE for now. Bakayoko seems odds on the replacement for Matic. So that would leave us like this (new signings in GREEN, loan returnee in LIGHT BLUE): GK (3) Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo DEF/WB (9) Moses, Azpiliceuta, Aina, Christensen, Cahill, Luiz, Zouma, Ake, Alonso MID (5) Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek ATTACKING MID (5) Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Kenedy, Musonda FWD (3) Batshuayi, Lukaku Alot of talk that Sandro is coming, so presumablly that would be at the expense of Ake or Aina. Similarly if another experienced centre back is coming in (Bonucci, Van Dijk, Manolas etc etc) then that for me is the upgrade on Zouma. Lofus-Cheek would be the vulnerable player if we sign another midfielder. or if Baker comes back. For wingers, it wouldn't surprise me if we make one significant signing here (don't know who), in place of Kenedy (sold) and Musonda (PL loan). It would also seem clear that if Costa is offloaded, there would be room for one more attacker. Pretty please that United haven't tied up the Morata deal as he would be great for us. So with any luck, we end up something like this: GK (3) Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo DEF/WB (9) Moses, Azpiliceuta, Christensen, Cahill, Luiz, Van Dijk, Ake, Alonso, Sandro MID (5) Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Chalobah, Baker ATTACKING MID (4) Willian, Hazard, Pedro, ANOTHER FWD (3) Lukaku, Batshuayi, Morata So 7 new signings, and 2 players promoted to first team squad after a successful loan. Keep Chalobah and Ake in the squad. Sold: Begovic, Matic, Costa, Solanke, Kenedy EoC: Terry Loan: Aina, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Musonda Multiple formations possible but why mess with the successful 3-4-3 ? I do think 3-5-2 might be the plan however, especially if Lukaku and another name striker come in.
  3. I think there will only be room for one young centre back in the squad, and that is shaping up to be Andreas Christensen. A shame for Ake, as personally I think he is a good player, butI don't see him getting much game time ahead of Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, New CB (Bonucci, van Dijk etc), and Christensen, so probably best for all concerned if he is sold on. Hopefully we will have a buyback clause in there. I think Zouma is even further down the pecking order than Ake LOL
  4. Fingers crossed he will end up at Anfield for £45M next season ... the last cog in the sh*tS dream front five ... Solanke Henderson Ings Traore Salah :-)
  5. Sounds to me like the perfect opportunity for a swap deal for Griezmann ... player + cash anyway :-)
  6. Morata scored 20 goals last season at a rate of one every 83 minutes he was on the pitch ... not what I'd call deficient in the goal scoring department ! I'm sure Conte would be happy with either of them to be honest, but you can see a few reasons why we might have a preference for Lukaku. I just hope Bats gets a chance. I think he might turn out to be pretty good with a bit of faith ... I like his attitude and body language. He has that bit of swagger I think all great strikers have.
  7. Pretty good goal from Bats against the Czechs ! Nice assist from Lukaku as well. Would love to see them get a chance as a front pair for us ... we haven't had a truly decent strike duo since JFH and Eidur :-)
  8. If someone had told me at the beginning of last season, that we would win the league AND get a £100M war chest from the sales of Costa and Oscar, well, I think I would have bitten your arm off for that outcome ... :) Batshuayi with a goal and half per 90 minutes of PL action, has showed what is possible for a forward in our team, surrounded by the players we have to carve out opportunities to score. I will go out on a limb and say that our main striker, assuming he plays every game, will get 30+ next season, because he will get in the box more, will show up for the whole season, and won't be as limited a footballer as Costa.
  9. Not to worry ... Antonio will wave his magic Italian wand and turn Matic into a goal-scoring playmaker :) Eden didn't feature at all in 4 games last season, and we won all of them.
  10. Loving the idea of a Man United midfield pivot of Fellaini and Matic, in games where Herrera is suspended, and Pogba is injured or styling his hair ... :)
  11. Going to be very hard to get any real "value" in the transfer market with so many clubs now having large financial windfalls ... it's a sellers market and the selling clubs, players and agents must be rubbing their hands in glee. Transfer fees are all about double what they ought to be, triple in some cases (Lukaku and Virgil Van Dijk spring readily to mind). But gems are still out there, and I just hope our scouting department is up to the task of finding them. Above all, I trust Conte to know what he wants, improve the squad, and manage it superbly to keep us in the hunt for trophies.
  12. I don't see anything in Matic's game that Nathaniel Chalobah couldn't do better. I think he makes the team to give us some physical presence ... we are quite a small team these days (Dave, Moses, Kante, Hazard, Pedro).
  13. Arsenal are a much better team than we give them credit for ...
  14. The bias in the BBC reporting is getting rather embarrassing for them ... The referee was presented with two big FA Cup final decisions - and he was certainly not found to be lacking in conviction. He overruled his linesman for Sanchez's opening goal after the offside flag had been raised, although Chelsea were left nursing a serious sense of injustice as they believed the Chilean had handled. There was no question he got his second decision right, giving a second yellow card to Moses as he clearly dived in a desperate attempt to win a penalty as Chelsea chased an equaliser. Clearly this journalist does not have his own pair of eyes, or any balls come to that ... and his sunglasses most definitely have a red tint ...
  15. Maybe Moses thought we needed a wake up call ? We did draw 1-1 with 10-men after all .. lost 1-0 11 v 11 :-) #clutchingatstraws