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Everything posted by startedwithglenn

  1. He won't go anywhere this summer I don't think no matter what we try. He wants to go to Madrid and they will never pay £20m+ when they can have him for nothing next summer. For a fee that Madrid might pay it'd probably be worth it to keep him here for the season.
  2. I'd like JT straight in as assistant manager this summer.
  3. It's 100% the way forward and it's what the board did do and if you ask me still want to do. Courtois, de Bruyne, Lukaku, Salah all worked for that strategy. That's half a team that were originally signed for peanuts, the problem being we are trying to run the club properly with a long term strategy but are entrusting these assets to short term managers. Some haven't worked, van Ginkel, Baba and the likes. There are others who fit that strategy and could still play roles like Batshuayi, Zouma, Kenedy. So really the main problem with the board is that they are not matching their managers well with their vision for the club. For the club vision, and this sounds outrageous but it is actually true, Brendan Rogers would be a much better appointment than Simeone would for the next coach but history tells us it's only the latter would be considered of the two.
  4. Yes you're totally right on both counts, we get a loan fee and the wages are paid but for example if everybody had gotten what they wanted in the summer I think : - The board would have gladly passed on say a £3m loan fee for Abraham and had him as part of the squad - Conte didn't want Abraham in the squad and wanted to spend £20m+ on a 32 year old Llorente.
  5. A lot of City's big earners are the older members of the squad coming to the end of contracts that were signed a few years ago, the likes of Yaya, Aguero. They've shipped a lot of high wage earners off the books over the last 2-3 years too and if you look at their signings they are almost all of a young profile and so stands to reason they are not coming in at peak-level wages. Plus most of their signings under Guardiola have been GK's and defenders who command lesser wages. City will see a spike in their salary levels when the likes of de Bruyne (who I think resigned recently or is about to for £200k or thereabouts, jesus to £150k), Sterling, Sane etc are all up for renewals or when they sign a marquee attacking player(s) in their mid-to-late 20's that will demand the absolute top level salary.
  6. Good post but it's not that simple. First of all if we signed one player to £300k a week it'd result in the wage bill increasing by about £1m per week over the next 18 months because a rising tide lifts all boats. Hazard and arguably Courtois would want parity and every single squad member who are on £80k-£100k would be wanting to be topped up to £150k or so to stay in line with their ratio compared to the top earners. Secondly, the squad did need filling out and that's largely down to the manager. You're not telling me this board that according to most on here are tighter than a nun's ... wanted to sell Ake and replace him with the more expensive Rudiger. Or that they rathered send RLC, Abraham and Musonda on loan and buy replacements instead. Thirdly, Drinkwater and Barkley are HG and we needed to get some in. Both are more than capable of being good squad players. Lastly and I know people hate this but in the business world it makes sense when you're trying to work within a budget to spread the risk when buying assets and as far as the business side goes that's what players are, they are assets.
  7. Guys i'm going to state the defence for the guy even though I voiced my concerns about the signing when it happened. I voiced those concerns because I watched a good 15 or so games of Monaco last season and he never stood out to me. Now he didn't stand out as being great but neither did he stand out as out of place in a very good side. So there is a player there. Now he arrived with an injury and I can't remember if he missed all, nearly all or just a hefty chunk of pre-season but it can have an impact no matter which it is. He's young, new to the country, league, language etc etc etc. There's no denying he's been very poor but he's being managed terribly if you ask me. Conte should have started protecting him as early as 10 weeks ago by taking him out of it and giving him his minutes from the bench now and again. It's the one area where he have some options in Cesc, drinkwater, Ampadu and Luiz, hell even Azpi has done a job in midfield and done it well a few times under Mourinho. Conte has let him down big time imo.
  8. Whisper it quietly but he looked everything we didn't tonight against Burnley. Energetic, lively and likely.
  9. Well we are about on course to finish where expected, so yeah no big deal. As far as the manager goes, well I strongly suspected in the summer this would be his last season and i've known for a while I was right. So I don't really care if he goes in June or if the board get rid of him earlier if they think someone else will get more out of the players for the final stretch.
  10. 0% chance of him walking. He's basically been daring the board to sack him for weeks, he wants his payoff and i'm convinced he knows his next job already and it's either PSG or Bayern.
  11. He's either not good enough or not ready, time will tell.
  12. What are you talking about. Nobody is arguing we're signing Lewandowski here but the guy is first choice striker for one of the 3 strongest candidates to win the World Cup in a few months and the general (and correct) consensus is there isn't a better second choice striker at any top clubs in Europe. I think a lot of you are clouding your dissatisfaction with Morata being our first choice striker with having Giroud as our second option.
  13. £19m is dirt cheap. Palace are spending £10m on a guy from a Danish club and Preston are turning down £8m for a striker with 3 Championship goals this season. I mean name a better option rather than moaning.
  14. Yes, your logic seems to be there are two strikers in the squad so if one isn't on the pitch then the other should be. It's telling that the coach who sees the players every day would rather play without a recognised striker than start Batshuayi. I'd be pretty sure that if the squad remained unchanged and Morata was injured and you asked every Chelsea fan for their lineup against Barca, about 90% wouldn't include him either. He's not a good enough footballer right now. I said before the season started he needed to go on loan, he/we've just wasted another 6 months.
  15. Have you ever stopped to think why he didn't get more minutes and opportunities instead of just blindly stating that he should?
  16. We are and have usually been for the past few windows on the limit of 17 non HG players. You guys want us to sign numbers 18/19 before having players offloaded and then get bent over by other clubs because the whole world would know our only options are to sell or have one or two players sitting around doing nothing but earning wages and dropping in value for 6 months or more? I rather us being the ones bending others over like we are now with Giroud.
  17. If you looked you'd find I posted before the season started that Conte would be gone in summer 2018 at the latest and I maintain that. It was blatantly obvious as soon as he signed the improved contract on the same length.
  18. Well you'll feel even worse when I tell you it's 1 out of 7 But seriously, 4 cup games across 2 competitions, one we progressed and the other we didn't because of two very unlucky goals conceded. And 5 points out of 9 from 3 league games, two of which were away, one of them at Arsenal, is completely in the realms of normal for a team expected to finish between 2nd-4th.
  19. Only if he wants it. The Glazers and their puppet Woodward couldn't give a damn about trophies. As long as he stays in the top 4 and getting through CL group stages they will renew him non-stop and there really aren't many realistic alternatives left for Jose either, certainly none that would pay him what United are because whatever the media briefings from his camp are when he is looking for a new deal, the likes of PSG and Bayern wouldn't touch him with a 100ft pole.
  20. Only if you're stupid enough to believe everything you read and frankly anybody that is deserves to feel miserable. In the world of reality nothing out of the ordinary has happened.
  21. Some of you just seem to be in the swing of having a moan about anything. I can't see it happening but Giroud is in my opinion very likely the best non-starting striker in world football and would be an incredible signing. If Arsenal were stupid enough to even consider selling him to us then we should not even stop to consider it for fear they'd come quickly to their senses.
  22. Oh come on, they've also won every title since he left and were hardly going through a barren spell while they were in Serie A before being demoted for off-field issues either. Look here, https://www.transfermarkt.com/juventus-turin/alletransfers/verein/506 Conte was in charge for 11/12, 12/13 and 13/14. I make it roughly over 40 first team players signed and an absolute maximum of 7 a success as far as Juve are concerned. Absolutely no evidence of him being a great squad builder as far as recruitment goes. More like the opposite if anything.
  23. On what basis? Look at his transfers at Juventus and they will not provide any such basis.
  24. Funny you mention him because it struck me only the other day how this squad (take out Cahill and Fabregas) is the type of squad tailored to him and sliding doors/different time in life etc etc etc.

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