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Everything posted by abramovich

  1. Honourable mentions to Kova and Lukaku, but it was Mendy who kept us in the game. Brilliant performance from our goalkeeper.
  2. Thanks for everything and best of luck, Tammy. Hope one day he comes back a world class striker.
  3. Wasn't my choice for a new striker and I still have my doubts but he's here now so he's got my full support. Welcome back, Rom.
  4. Unless he can score goals while mowing down opponents with his batmobile, I don't think it's a good idea.
  5. With Giroud gone, Abraham being sold and Broja leaving on loan, we're left with only Lukaku as a lone centre forward. What happens when he's injured/tired/suspended? Do we go back to Werner as a CF, the role he didn't look comfortable with ordo we sign a back-up? Or do we keep going with a false nine system? Seems odd not to have a back-up for a long season ahead.
  6. I think other clubs didn't bother because they couldn't afford him. It all depends on what your priorities are. Picking PSG is the safest choice. Huge paycheck and and an easy domestic competition. The only real challenge is winning the CL, but what if they keep failing? He could have had his pick of top clubs but he chose money over ambition.
  7. On paper it seems quite simple. Sign him to 350,000 a week two-year contract and give him the rest of in a form of a massive sign-in bonus or something like that. In reality though, it's never that simple. A player of that caliber will demand stipulations and clauses that would make the whole operation cost prohibitive to pretty much every club out there, apart from maybe City and PSG, for obvious reasons. So, as tempting as it may sound, signing Messi is likely a non-starter for Chelsea.
  8. My take on the game. Until the substitutions we bossed the game and should have scored more. Ziyech seemed hungry and determined, which is a welcome change from his usual 'lazy, indifferent, couldn't be bothered" body language. Hopefully this is going to be his break out season at the club, he's looking sharp. Chalobah was pleasantly competent at the back. CHO was struggling on he right, so much time and space and yet wrong decisions almost every time. Werner was back to his usual self, did everything very well except finishing, and what's worse, when he did finish, the footballing Gods laughed at the miserable German and denied him a perfectly legit goal. Havertz, Kovacic, Rudiger, Zouma and Alonso were fairly good given the amount of training they've had so far. Kante was MOTM, the man is superhuman. I thought Mendy could have done better for the second goal, but it was from close range, so it's easier said than done. The drop off in quality after the subs was understandable. Spurs kept their first teamers, while Tuchel gave loanees and youngsters a chance to impress. Bakayoko was once again a subject of envy and a beacon of hope to all the dreamers out there that you don't have to be any good at what you do for a living to become a millionaire. Young Sarr took the hint and immediatel;y followed the lead. Those two gave their absolute best to help Spurs equalize and were well on their way to gifting Tottenham another goal scoring opportunity to finish the job but alas, the final whistle put an end to that. Well, until the next preseason then, boys, keep the dream alive.
  9. When you say Lukaku "was pivotal in their Europa League final appearance" what do you mean, exactly? In that final he scored an early penalty and then scored an own goal that ended up being a winner for Sevilla. I also have reservations about Lukaku's possible reaction to rotation. His impressive goal scoring record is mostly due to being prolific against fodder, against top sides he regularly struggles. Yet he's got a huge ego and I wonder how he'll take being left out of the first eleven when we decide to go with the false nine in certain important games. Now, he does help us massively when it comes to goal scoring, which was our biggest problem last season. As much as I dislike his limitations, Lukaku certainly is a prolific scorer and is clearly better at it than anyone in our current squad. If he can buy into Tuchel's system and score his usual seasonal amount , it's difficult to see the downside to his arrival. I just hope that he stays fit and keeps his ego in check because it looks like it's actually happening.
  10. That's a silly comparison. KDB was nowhere near the player he became at City years later when we sold him and at the time at Chelsea he had more experienced players with much bigger names ahead of him and that's why he wanted out. Lukaku was an established player when he joined United and unlike De Bruyne at CFC, he was a regular starter for MU those two seasons.
  11. If he's so great in the PL why did United sell him to Inter?
  12. I did watch Lukaku on several occasions for Inter. I wouldn't say he has improved much. From what I could tell, his usual problems were still there. The difference is, he's playing in a weaker competition now and there's much less pressure to deliver. I'm afraid if he comes back to EPL, his struggles will return with him. As any striker who relies on physicality and pace, he's going to decline rapidly once he starts slowing down, not to mention picks up an injury or two, and he is not blessed with great technique, so once his speed and athleticism have gone, his shortcomings will be even more exposed. His touch got a bit better, but it's still erratic, and so is his passing. His heading is decent but he's no Drogba, and you have to be a whole lot better to dominate the air in the EPL where you face formidable CBs on a regular basis. He can hold up the ball fairly well and you can't argue with his goalscoring record but I just feel signing him to a long tem contract as our first choce centre forward is a mistake we're destined to regret.
  13. Just because we were looking to sign Lukaku four years ago, doesn't necessarily make him our long term target. We were looking to sign Alex Sandro around the same time, I don't think we still do. Of course, should we buy Romelu now, the party line would immediately change to him being our long term target all along. But we all know, if we could land the likes of Haaland or Kane, Lukaku's name wouldn't have even come up as an alternative.
  14. Unless it's a calculated move to pressure Dortmund into being more reasonable with what they demand for Haaland in which case I'm all for that.
  15. That's why that move made sense for United at the time. I wouldn't be against signing Lukaku on a free or on loan or even for a small fee if it would mean having him as just one of the attacking options, no problem. It's signing him for an absolute fortune on a long term contract and high wages is what I have a problem with. Let's be honest here, if it happens, it only means we couldn't get better players (Kane, Haaland, Lewandowski), so he's our consolation prize. This is the kind of money you only spend on a genuine world class talent at the right age. Lukaku is not that, and never was. What we're doing right now is the very definition of being desperate and painicky.
  16. There's a world of difference between signing Cavani on a free and spending a club record fee on Lukaku.
  17. Serie A is weaker nowadays than it was ten, let alone twenty years ago.
  18. The point is, you're not signing a 100m striker to sit on the bench while we experiment with a false 9 be that Havertz or anyone else. If Lukaku comes it's a huge long term financial commitment and we're stuck witth him and his contract for years to come, with all the good and bad he brings with him and you better believe it he'll be expecting to start most games.
  19. Why sign Lukaku at all? I can understand that maybe Kane isn't doable due to the Levi factor, Lewandowski isn't available and Haaland is too expensive and may not even want to play for us to begin with. I realize we don't know what's going on behind the scenes and there are things beyond Marina's control. What I don't get is why it took so long to realize Haaland isn't happening and even less so why would we want to invest a fortune on someone like Lukaku given his age and overall ability. He is not a world class striker, never was, never will be. He got a bit better over the years but he's still a very flawed footballer made to look much better by plying his trade in a weak league suited to his particular characteristics. If we spent a 100m plus on Romelu, we're stuck with him for the foresseeable future. The idea of City buying Kane and Grealish, United adding Sancho.,, Pool already having a top attacking force and us having Lukaku as our first choice striker, well, that's just depressing.
  20. I hope he's smart enough to realize he should stay in Italy, where he looks like a world beater.
  21. It's going to be f**king Lukaku in the end, I can feel it and to add insult to injury, we'll have to massively overpay for that donkey. FFS.
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