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29 Dec 2019 23:44:41
I'm glad we didn't sign Haaland, l think for a kid playing in a weak Austrian League the prices quoted plus that Leech of an agent reported fees were way too much of a gamble. Reading ED002's update, think we stick with what we have until the summer, maybe they are having a last look at Ole before either saying good bye or backing him.

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30 Dec 2019 09:14:18
I am glad that we haven't thrown money this time just for the sake of it. Its best that due diligence is done before investing in a player. We do need a striker but one that is experienced and would provide something different to what we already have, someone like a Cavani or Lewandowski.

But let's stop calling Austrian league a weak league just because we didn't sign a player. Norwegian league isn't any better and we have a manager from that league.

30 Dec 2019 10:46:16
I said weeks ago that I didn't think Haaland was the right profile of striker we needed.

I feel we need a striker who plays well with his back to goal, someone who can create space and opportunities for his teammates. Haaland is a very good prospect, but hasn't as yet shown the ability to be a target man type striker.

I also feel we would be better off signing a striker between the ages of 26-30 ideally. We have Martial (24), Rashford (22) and Greenwood (18). All young players, for a more balanced squad we could do with a more experienced striking option. Someone at their peak would be ideal.

Finally, if we are to sign a player in January then it would be ideal if we signed someone with EPL experience. We have seen many times players often take a while to adapt to the pace of our league. Especially when moving mid-season. They don't have time to find a place to live, get used to to area, train with their new teammates without pressure. Summer signings at least have a pre-season to acclimatise to their new team and get a chance to find a place to live and get settled before they are expected to perform on the pitch.
Rarely do you see a player with no EPL experience join a club in January and they hit the ground running and lift the teams performances.

30 Dec 2019 12:04:09
Shappy, I feel that if Martial shows maturity with his attitude and work rate, we may not need a striker.
We must also consider that Greenwood almost scores every time when he is on the pitch.
So we have 2 players with huge potential at the perfect age.

Instead we can focus on the RW. Rashford has 16 goals this season from left side of attack. If a new signing on the right side contributes more or less the same, we will be in a great position.
Dan James can provide cover on both the wings.

A top class no 10 to compliment the attacking trio will help this team masively.

30 Dec 2019 12:12:30
shappy cavani's contract expires in the summer, but i think i saw he is on the verge of going athletico Madrid.

i agree we need a striker, we don't really need an experienced striker just someone who fits the system and can score.

30 Dec 2019 13:14:43
Martial. is injury prone aswell. We lack strength in depth and a plan B.

30 Dec 2019 13:25:46
As we saw when martial was injured we moved rashford forward and struggled. Since martial came back and rashford moved left he's been banging them in. We need depth and a plan b.

30 Dec 2019 13:46:42
Bring in Giroud. excellent for the way we play and will be immense against the sides who sit deep.

30 Dec 2019 15:29:25
Ryan, keep banging the drum mate although I’m not sure anyone is listening.

30 Dec 2019 15:57:06
I'd rather have Andy Cole at his current age than giroud.

30 Dec 2019 16:35:25
giroud is underrated. as a plan B he wouldn't be such a bad shout.

30 Dec 2019 19:48:11
Shame is he being used as Chelsea’s plan C/ D. Giroud will move to start games - which hopefully more won’t be to Old Trafford.

30 Dec 2019 23:20:40
Is he more or less underrated that Mr Carrick 🤣.

31 Dec 2019 00:16:15
might as well bring crouch out of retirement.

31 Dec 2019 10:02:23
How about dzeko?

Knows the league already
33 yo so probably couldn't play twice a week so ideal for rotation and as a sub for a couple of years.?



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