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02 Feb 2019 19:09:24
I keep seeing people want koulibaly as our next central defender but I have watched him several times recently and I just do not understand what they see in him. Yes he is big fast and strong but he does not dominate like he should and his anticipation and positional sense is very poor at times. To me he is better version of Phil Jones but no where near as good as Vidic or Rio. Milans latest attacker Piazek made mincemeat of him this past week. He is not the first to do so.

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02 Feb 2019 19:53:44
I’ve been thinking along the same lines. Not seen him often but when I have he has been average.

02 Feb 2019 19:56:05
Are there any defenders as good as rio ferdinand at his best in world football? There was a genuine period between 2007-2009 when he was the best defender in the world.

If we are going to judge signings on that basis we are going to struggle to sign anybody.

I would personally like us to sign toby alderweireld in the summer. Deal seems easy enough to conclude so we can get him in early on in the summer and he has good premier league experience. Plus with the way spurs full backs bomb on he has to do a lot of 1 vs 1 defending in wide areas which all of our current centre backs struggle with.

02 Feb 2019 20:34:19
That’s not a bad shout DSG. He knows the EPL, and the price is ok, hopefully he could slot right in. I’m not sure who is right or left footed but we need a solid partner for Lindelof who seems to be growing into his role.

02 Feb 2019 21:34:22
Harry Maguire anyone?

02 Feb 2019 22:58:09
Toby is my first choice. I'm not sold on koulibaly either. And I'm always wary of the roger mills effect.

02 Feb 2019 23:14:39
I like Toby A. But would prefer someone younger who can be around for 4 or 5 years. The modern game is played at such speed and I do fear that within a year or so he won't quite be good enough. Plus he has had a few injuries and we all know that physically our league is the most demanding in the world. Ideally I would like Varane. The truth is that there are not many world class's players available in this position but if we want to be the best again then we need to have the best players we can. Also we all know how important it is for the best teams to have a solid defence. It is the foundation of any title winning team. Even Klopp belatedly realised this and signed VVD.

03 Feb 2019 01:07:38
We need a strong left CB. They don't have to be left footed, but need to be top quality in that position.

Lindelof, Bailly, Smalling and even Jones all play their best at right CB. (some may say smalling and Jones play their best football warming the bench)

Rojo is our only natural left CB. He has looked good there in spells, but we can't ignore his injury record and that he also has spells of awful form.

Of that group Jones is probably the best pick. But his injury record is just abysmal.

Tuanzebe is an exciting young player. But not sure he is a natural LCB?

Alderwereld would be an excellent older head to bring in and play LCB. He can lead the back line and a young prospect can be brought into the team over time. We need a LCB first choice right now to fill the gap and stop the bleeding.

03 Feb 2019 05:32:02
It does make you think when you could get Toby A and Milan Skriniar for the money quoted for Koulibaly. Or even less money to get Toby A and a Nikola Milenkovic.

03 Feb 2019 08:31:06
It is worth £25 million just to weaken one of our rivals. Everybody knows Tottenham can't afford to spend big to replace him.

03 Feb 2019 09:28:33
£25m for Alderweireld is the biggest no brainer of the century. Leader at the back, Premier League ready and proven and a class act in defence, and a great partner for Lindelof.

03 Feb 2019 09:57:38
Exactly Eric. We need an experienced head in there.

03 Feb 2019 10:39:44
De Ligt and Toby for me.

And move on Jones, Rojo and Bailly (unless he comes good) .

That would give us Lindelof, Toby, De Ligt, Smalling and Axel in the new season.

Wouldn't be many with better than that.

03 Feb 2019 11:53:56
Maguire for me.

03 Feb 2019 12:23:27
If Koulibaly is average then how is our defenders they must feel like sunday league players.

03 Feb 2019 13:47:25
Macguire's not looked as good this season when I've seen him. Be good to take a closer look at him today. I would like to see some british players in the first team, but I have high hopes for Tuanzebe.

{Ed004's Note - Maguire is massively overrated by the english media. Theres no way he is good enough for a top side. The only british players I would even consider are Wan Bissaka and Sancho}

03 Feb 2019 16:10:31
Delano, I don’t get the Maguire hype. He likes a dribble and he’s not bad at set pieces but I’m not sure he’s a great defender, right now' we need a proper quality CB who knows how to position and defend.

03 Feb 2019 10:58:17
Alderweireld is clearly a great player and one I wouldn't be upset if we signed. However, I do have two small issues with signing him.
Firstly, he is exclusively a RCB. This would mean one of our current CB's would still have to play on their weaker side if we signed him. Secondly, his recent injuries are a concern moving forward.

04 Feb 2019 18:10:57
De Ligt does look good. Two footed, can play on either side RCB or LCB and has very good speed. Big and strong too. Would likely be very complimentary to Lindelof.

{Ed002's Note - Won’t be moving to MU.}



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