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  1. I'm assuming we'll go three at the back for this one, both for extra height and to counter their two up top. Dave moves into the back three, Reece James on the right, and probably Alonso on the left if he's not tired to give us height. Only midfielders fit are Kovacic and Jorginho, and then up front depends on fitness levels.
  2. Wolves were odds on with some bookies for the win. And first game Wolves have lost at home since January to City I think
  3. I think we only get a fee if he goes to a club in the UK. Don't think we get anything cross border (and nor do we have to pay anything cross border, and we're a culprit in other cases much to the annoyance of Dutch clubs). I am curious as to the message a large contract sends to others like Mount, RLC, James, Tammy... but it is based on what he'd be getting and what we'd be losing if he went to Bayern. Assuming we'd buy a German CHO and give him deserved wages of, say, 100K based on prospects, the extra 80K is equivalent to a 20 mn transfer fee. (80K * 52 weeks * 5 years). But it's pretty bad for wage structure and messaging. I think Christian Eriksen is on 75K, and yes, he'd be worth more now, but this is pretty outsize from what we're seeing and cost of good academy prospects. As most people here seem to acknowledge though, it's partly our fault. We have to pay more since we've been so crap in the past at giving pathways for good youth. That'll take time to repair. Finally, I am very irritated by his brother as agent though and providing a pipeline into Germany. That is a toxic element that increases the bad feelings.
  4. If he’s out for a period of time we’re going to be looking back fondly on these displays.
  5. Especially agree on your holding the ball point. Someone else earlier in the thread (or maybe in another) mentioned how we look tired the last 20 minutes - it's great to see us go forward when we do have the ball as well as press with such purpose when we don't, but it's a little helter skelter at times, exhausting and I hope do a bit more game management. Not saying sit back on a one goal lead, and perhaps would have been different if we went two up at some point, but will be great to switch things up mid-game and I imagine Frank will be doing that down the line. One other minor point, I am surprised at how we'll have both full backs up the pitch at the same time. On a couple of occasions I was confused as to who the crossfield ball was going to before I realized it was Emerson to Azpi or vice versa - quite the switch from some of our past managers. I just watched on tv so hard to see who if anyone was dropping back to cover a bit, but does make me a little nervous and maybe something good to hold back on at times so we can get a clean sheet or two and restore some defensive confidence.
  6. I’d argue Drinkwater worse than Bakayoko. He’s retaining some value and you can kind of see how he might have been one to bet on. More broadly I’m probably in a minority, but I’m a little puzzled we’re letting both (and Ampadu, but he needed minutes) go on when we are a bit light at the base of midfield and vulnerable to injury. Who will play at base or in the two in League cup?
  7. Depends on the game, but trying to strip Sarri out of things, I think a lot of the side-ways passing problem last season happened when teams defended deep against us. We haven't seen much of that yet in pre-season (rare teams do that in friendlies/warm ups) and that's the sort of thing where we'd want to sacrifice some solidity/ball-retention for incisive/quick passing, which I see less of from Kovacic. There have seen some nice signs pre-season on that but let's see what happens real world. He has been impressive in playing out from the press and I'm much happier that with Kante injured we have him and not Bakayoko and Drinkwater for a pivot...
  8. I’m all for managing expectations but don’t think Kenedy wasn’t rated as high as CHO when he came to us. Most were puzzled as he was seen as a one footed pony. Even discounting an English optimism premium, I think a lot of people think CHO’s ceiling is higher. Hard to tell what that likelihood will be but wouldn’t it be nice if our academy boy comes good? It’s worth paying for some of that potential upside. By all means we can be irritated with him, but let’s not tear down our own just yet. He hasn’t acted that badly - we should have done better by him first half of last season, for starters, and there wasn’t a huge press tantrum (well, there was but I think it was more the press - and some of us supporters).
  9. I’m anxious as everyone here for this to be done as well, and the awkward scenario as someone mentioned is what happens if at end of window no new contract. Do we invest in someone with 12 months left or convince through playing time (understanding it may take a few months to get back to 100%). I’m trying not to be too hard on player and his brother since we haven’t treated youth well ourselves but it doesn’t feel good all around. One idea that I don’t think we’ve ever done but I believe is the structure for young players at Barca etc is that if a certain number of appearances isn’t met the buyout clause is reduced. I don’t know what happens in injury situations but that may be a way to rebuild trust without ironclad guarantees on playing time.
  10. Yes - if we even get a minimal loan fee for Pasalic it’ll be worth it as they are covering wages. Probably not amazing but offsetting costs. As a bet that didn’t work out (I think initial fee was three million) it was worth doing in the early days and then now it’s just covering costs. I also thought he may have had a future in the early days - he’s not a bad player, just didn’t quite kick on.
  11. Apparently some reports Torino is passing on the buy-option, would would be great news given our full back options (and just that Aina always seemed like a great option who should have been given more of a chance). It does seem like he's been more of an attacking wing back than a proper full back in a four, which sounds suspiciously like Alonso and Emerson... but let's bring him back and try to make it work It felt like he was on his way out from the interviews posted above, but he still has links to the area and academy and hopefully he'll be excited to have a real shot.
  12. Quite a rotated team though. Jovic and Rode in particular. They’ve revealed their priority.
  13. Huh, that is interesting. Do you have a link to articles or explanations on how the transfer ban will work for loans and options? From what I gather (i.e. internet chatter that may be totally wrong) if we have a loan, we hold the registration, so that's fine. If Kova's registration is back to Madrid, I can see how that would work against us. But Higuain with an option for a second year or to buy, is... okay for the option for a second year loan, but not for the purchase? If no Kovacic, I wonder if we'll be forced to move Kante back to the Jorginho backup role, as I don't see anyone else in our squad or on loan who can play that (Bakayoko in a crude way, maybe Pasalic, very optimistically, Ampadu if he's trusted, Reece James if pigs fly?)
  14. Not to debate Italy vs England too much because I agree different styles, but that’s what some people were saying when Salah went there and tore it up on loan... I do think we need more than a core who are ready made for English football.
  15. Good to see the message to Bayern too. Matt Law reporting it was in part due to the way they conducted this in public. Even come the summer I'd prefer we sell to Leipzig/someone else.

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