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  1. We already did it this season with Azpi on the right and even Rüdiger on the left to a lesser extent.
  2. If we get a good wingback, I absolutely don't see the need to get another defender. We'd have Rüdiger, Silva, Christensen, Azpi, Zouma and James. The 4 I mentioned first have all proven that they are good enough to be starters, Zouma is a good backup and James a lot of potential in this role. @dkw I think James is going to be a utility player for us who can perform to a high level as a RWB, RCB, CM or RB should we switch formations again. In a 3-4-3 the RCB pushes up a lot, so we would see quite a bit of his attacking prowess. He could be a weapon delivering crosses from deep. Add Hakimi's dribbling, directness and goal threat, and we would have a lot more potency in attack than we currently do.
  3. The inside forward position in a 3-4-3 is different to being a winger in a 4-3-3. He played it under TT a couple times. He started there in the CL final. The squad depth would be impressive as well. We'd have Christensen, Azpi, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Pulisic, Werner and maybe even Ziyech, CHO, Giroud on the bench/in the stands.
  4. He is with Chelsea training there every day. TT will know him in and out. If we keep him, it should be because we see something in him, not because Bayern keep being interested. What I find interesting is that both Lamps and TT started out playing him a lot (he played a lot in Lamps' first season right after he came back from his big injury) and then gradually started turning to other players more and more, although to my eyes CHO's performances didn't drastically drop. What I read into this is that he is immensely talented (hence them wanting to play him to get the best out of him), but has some flaws that coaches don't seem to like. Maybe he isn't the best trainer, maybe they aren't happy with his attitude or maybe it's his work against the ball they are not happy with (TT alluded to that after taking him off in the game where he brought him on at half time). I'd like to see him go on loan to get some regular game time, but if Bayern are willing to pay a hefty fee, we should think about selling.
  5. He didn't though. From what I understand the club had the (one-sided) option to extend the contract for a year. No decision or input needed from the big striker himself. I guess the thinking on the club's part is that like this we might get a small transfer fee out of him, and should we not manage to sell him, we have a decent back up striker, who is a valuable part of the dressing room as well.
  6. For me it would be trying to be more productive. His finishing can be a bit dodgy at times, and while his pass in the CL final was great he could provide the final pass more often.
  7. I was one of the people who after last season thought that he wouldn't be more than a squad player for us in the long run, but boy was I wrong. He was absolutely massive for us this season, and if he continues to improve at the rate he is doing at the moment then sky is the limit for him. On top of being a brilliant footballer he has a top attitude and has turned into a leader in this team. Future captain indeed 🙌
  8. I hate Spurs the most, but how can a team that can't win a title if Levy's life depended on it be the biggest rival to the reigning European Champions 🤣
  9. Disagree. If you link up well with your teammates you are more likely to assist them or get assisted by them. Anyways you described Lukaku as a pure goalscorer. 11 Assists suggest he is more than that. He really seems to have evolved in this departement similar to Kane. Some of his assists were really good. I'm still not sure we should go for him. Not sure he presses as well and works as much as TT would like. Haaland would fit that bill better on top of being younger and more promising but unfortunately Dortmund won't sell him this season.
  10. Lukaku has got 11 assists this season in Serie A. He's quiet capable of linking up the play.
  11. Decent option, but at the quoted price of 50 million I'd stay away. Also I'd like CHO to be given a go at RWB again. I feel like he could be a recent more attacking alternative to James. Curious as to why TT stopped using him there alltogether as I feel he did quite well most of the time he played there.
  12. Never knew that being in your 20's is the wrong side of 30 for a footballer 😂. But I get what you mean. His age doesn't worry me though because we have enough young players with potential, so I wouldn't mind a bona fide world class striker in his prime. Also he doesn't rely on pace and strikers of his type often enjoy good longevity (eg Lewa, Benz). His injuries are a cause for concern though, especially with the money he would cost. Still, I would probably pay around 100 million euros to get get him.
  13. He has added another dimension to his game this season with all the assists on top of his goals. If he wants to move, he will have options though. He's unlikely to go to one of the biggest rivals of his beloved boyhood club.
  14. We were 5 points off 4th placed Liverpool, but there were Tottenham and Everton ahead of us as well, 4 and 3 points respectively with Tottenham having one and Everton having two games in hand. So a pretty bad position to be in. Barely anybody believed in CL football at that point. Not saying we are going to achieve it now, but the position we're in at the moment is considerably better. Edit: West Ham were 3 points ahead of us as well.
  15. He definetely is quick, but I don't think he's as quick as everybody's making him out to be. But yes you're right, in this situation he never got the ball out from under his feet, which due to his below average technique happens to him quite a lot, so maybe this stops him from showing his pace more often.
  16. He must hate playing against West Brom...
  17. Absolute horror show in that first half.
  18. I've been thinking for a while now that for a player whose biggest assest is his pace, he's not all that quick. I mean he should be able to look better in a race against an ancient Ivanovic. I remember him being a weak link in that regard even 5 years ago, when still playing for us.
  19. I worry that we will struggle to penetrate West broms deep lying defense with this personnel. Would have preferred CHO over James and Kai/Tammy/Giroud over Werner for this kind of game. But what do I know... let's hope for a comprehensive win!
  20. Surely Lewandowski and Benzema belong on that list. Arguably Lukaku is up there too at the moment.
  21. We paid big money for Drogba (well at the time it was) and Diego Costa wasn't exactly cheap either. Not buying potentially world class players, just because other, completely different signings in the past didn't work out, and because you are afraid of being laughed at, is stupid. Of course there is the risk he could flop. Just as there is with any player in any position. They are all just human beings and whether they are able to perform, comes down to a lot of different variables. But believing in a "striker curse" is superstitious nonsense.
  22. There were rumblings that Jorginho was injured, so I'm guessing the second line up is the real one
  23. Ok that new line up makes way more sense haha. Now which one's the real one?
  24. Things aren't looking too rosy for CHO those last few weeks. I would have preferred him over Pulisic as wingback. Also a shame about Gilmour.
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