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16 Apr 2021 22:44:21
How about Ricarlison as a transfer target? Is the jury still out?

spenno

1.) 17 Apr 2021 09:08:42
A no ta from me.


2.) 17 Apr 2021 09:40:13
I thought Richarlison liked to play as a striker type and will cut in from the right in the same way that Rashford does it from the right?


3.) 17 Apr 2021 09:48:18
Richarlison is one of those players a little like Nani, clearly hugely talented, but seems to struggle to consistently play to his ability.

Just as capable of having a 5 out of 10 performance as they are a 10 out of 10 performance.

I like him, he has a really competitive attitude, but unless he can turn the talent into consistent performances then he is in no way worth the 70m+ that Everton would demand for him.


4.) 17 Apr 2021 10:15:41
He be ideal for Barcelona. Think he be a squad player at United.


5.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


6.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


7.) 17 Apr 2021 11:57:18
Clearly Everton value him, in fact want to build a team around him, after rejecting (a somewhat surprising) £100m wasn't it? Think that raised a few eyebrows, I'd have bitten their hand off.


8.) 17 Apr 2021 12:19:27
You can say that again Ken😂.


9.) 17 Apr 2021 12:52:34
Where is this ability Martial has that everyone keeps referring too lol? A completely underwhelming player in my view who is in the wrong league.


10.) 17 Apr 2021 22:04:34
Not good enough. We need a striker guaranteeing 20+ goals a season. Also has to be one who leads the line like Cavani.


 

 

28 Jul 2020 15:33:37
Hi Ed. Might Buendia be a cost-effective AM/ RW option for Utd? He's very young and I can't see Norwich being able to hang onto him. Plus I suspect he'd cost a fraction of the main target.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - To replace the purchase of Sancho? He has not been looked at whereas others have.}


1.) 28 Jul 2020 18:07:08
I don’t see the fascination with Buendia? I watched him a few times after lockdown and he didn’t work back, got a stupid red and tried to do everything himself at times?


2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:40:37
Anyone wanting wanting players like buendia clearly want to step back not step forward.


3.) 28 Jul 2020 21:12:15
Out of that Norwich team the only players I’d consider adding to the squad would be Aarons, Lewis and cantwell.


4.) 28 Jul 2020 22:10:07
Buendia is 24 in a few months he's not that young. Plus a lot of Norwich games I noticed he starts on the bench. Nowhere near good enough for us in my opinion.


5.) 29 Jul 2020 14:27:00
Buendia is criminally underrated by so many, mostly likely because he plays for Norwich.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for Key Passes, with only KdB, Maddison and Grealish above him.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for expected assists (xA), with only KdB, TAA and Mahrez ranked above him.

Ranks 4th for successful dribbles in the EPL, with only Traore, Saint-Maxmin and Zaha ahead of him.

In Europe's top five leagues only Messi has played more through balls and created more "big chances".

And ranks 3rd in the league for passes into the opposition penalty area.

Yet he isn't just about creativity, he works hard for the team and does loads of defensive work.

He averages 13.6km distance covered per game, for context the league average is 11.4km. Anything over 12.5 places you in the top 10. Buendia is second in the league.

He ranks 5th for presses per game in the EPL, and is first amongst players 23 or under.

Is 4th in the league for counterpresses.

Makes more tackles in the defensive third of the pitch than any other forward in the league.

While, he is third for Norwich for appearances this season and 7th for minutes played. So is very much a regular starter.

Emi Buendia is one of the most complete and creative forwards in the EPL this season. He is EPL proven, which is far more than most other targets for the RW and would be significantly cheaper than most. Especially when we consider that he has managed this while playing for the worst team in the league. He was responsible for 21.3% of Norwich's league goals this season.

The only thing that really let's him down is he doesn't shoot enough, yet in a United side that would potentially contain Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Bruno we don't really need a goalscorer, but a goal creator. And Buendia is one of the best in the league.

Buendia combines the work rate and defensive nous of Park Ji Sung, but with elite levels of creativity.

Sadly the team pressing hardest for his signature appears to be Leeds United and he would absolutely thrive under Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play. If Leeds sign him I can see them having a similar season to Sheffield United, maybe even going one better and getting into Europe in their first season back in the top flight.


6.) 29 Jul 2020 15:30:19
Shappy
Are Barcelona or Madrid in for him?


7.) 29 Jul 2020 15:43:39
Yes jred.


8.) 29 Jul 2020 22:15:28
Jred.

Barca just got rid of Arthur to sign an aging pjanjc. Their recruitment is a shambles in itself.


9.) 30 Jul 2020 08:20:36
Shappy
I think not, its also a really strange way to judge if we should buy a player.


10.) 30 Jul 2020 02:28:47
Stats can be deceptive at times, but that list does make a compelling case.

I haven't watched Norwich that much, so could be wrong, but he looked like he'd be comfortable at CAM as well as either wing, so maybe an alternative to Grealish rather than Sancho perhaps?


11.) 30 Jul 2020 11:58:10
Thorne, Buendía is definitely better coming off the right, but can equally play in the No.10 role. Not sure he has played much from the left. But then with Rashford, James, Martial and even Greenwood more than comfortable playing on the left I'm not sure we need any more cover for that side.


 

 

23 Dec 2017 13:54:36
Hey Ed. Is Fabinho still a midfield option? Liked the look of him last season, also a useful RB.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - when he plays in midfield it is as a DM player. Monaco will not be looking to sell in January - which is what they have told two clubs who asked.}


1.) 23 Dec 2017 15:05:28
Cheers Ed. Merry xmas!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. And you.}


2.) 23 Dec 2017 18:16:10
Any wildcard for January Ed? . Merry xmas and New years to all of the Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Can’t think of any right now.}


3.) 23 Dec 2017 19:07:39
No worries Ed. Have a great evening.


4.) 24 Dec 2017 07:42:33
2 Bad results in one week, Shocking draw against Leicester. Then Jose comes out and says childish attacking and defending. No Jose its childish management, Why take off our most dangerous winger Martial and replace him with I can't be arsed and ball greedy git Rashford. This team at the moment is starting too look so one dimensional, it pains me to say it but Jose is starting to show the same attitude he had at Chelsea just before he was handed his P45.


5.) 24 Dec 2017 09:28:21
rock it was anybody but mourinho's fault, he took martial off for a simple reason that we have a game on tuesday and we need fresh players for that one as well. It wasn't mourinho who missed 4 sitters in the game, it wasn't mourinho who give the ball away cheaply in the 91st of the game when we could have had a corner or with a good pass even a 3rd goal, it wasn't mourinho who decided to lety smalling mark their biggest player when he couldn't walk, the fault solely lies with the players.


6.) 24 Dec 2017 11:29:23
Rashford came on and got their full back sent off.


7.) 24 Dec 2017 12:28:05
gds that was the fb's own doing neither occasion did he need to foul rash but he did and got sent off, rashford had a great chance to kill the game in added time yesterday he acted greedily in the end costing the us the game, can't blame him alone but he smalling and hererra share the most blame for yesterday's result.


8.) 24 Dec 2017 19:55:26
I think we needed leadership yesterday and it was severely lacking. Who picked the captain? Who sat and took no ownership as things were starting to crumble and players were unsure of what to do?

Yes the players are responsible in many ways, but Jose had the experience and know-how to counter the pathetic Leicester threat that emerged - he just sat there and left it to our leaderless team to try and figure out for themselves - this wasn't training it was a really important match. Jose is the most to blame, and the players as always were found wanting when it mattered.

I felt sick watching it.

{Ed025's Note - you can be a bit of a moaner beast, but i agree on that mate..


9.) 27 Dec 2017 01:11:39
How can you blame Smalling? I don't rate him, but the guy was walking on one leg. Up to José to sort it out. Either go 10 v 10, or keep Mike out of trouble up front. Don't keep him in the danger area, with one leg.


10.) 27 Dec 2017 05:13:03
Nou Jones tried that he had lindelof playing as cb and wanted Herrera to play rb, Herrera acted like a tat and Smalling decided he knew better, if you can't walk you shouldn't be playing and that is a decision player himself needs to make no one else can be blamed for that.


11.) 27 Dec 2017 08:47:33
it's clear we need a number 10 lingard has done well but Miki has not lived up to expectations Mata is ok there but we need a real top quality player in that position I like The Fekir from Lyon he is the wild card who Jose will look to bring in.


12.) 28 Dec 2017 14:27:05
CSM, I think Smalling might have been overcompensating after the last time he was injured, when José wasn't exactly sympathetic to his plight. Having said that, the manager could see the pain he was in, and still just sat there. That's when a proper touchline manager earns his crust. How can you organise, cajole and inspire, when you're sitting with your hands in your pocket most of the game, snuggled up in your parka looking mean and moody. Would Herrera have been so awkward if it was José barking the instructions at him?


 

 

26 Apr 2017 22:06:09
Seriously, all these reports every season of a handful players leaving. Not just Man U but any top team. How often does this happen? 3-4 in, the same out for continuity. Rooney, Young, maybe Blind or Carrick out, and if something ridiculous is on the table, DDG out. No-one else.

spenno

1.) 29 Apr 2017 11:43:53
Jose needs to build a team that can challenge immediately but have medium-longer term crack at Champs League, i. e. winning it at least twice overly the likely 7 to 10 year period he sees himself here. I think he is 53 now and has said previously he would love to be Portugal national coach as his final managerial post. I think and hope this is Jose's last club manager role. The days of Ferguson like characters (with obvious exception of Wenger) staying 20 years anywhere are long gone.

So players wise I think we are looking to build a core of 24-27yo players ideally. Players who are fully developed, fully proven and class reinforcements who can walk into the first team.

With De Gea seemingly gone a world class keeper is a must. I think we will be knocking on Tottenham's door for Lloris or go for Jan Oblak at Athletico.

Defence wise there is only Bailly who is a shue-in first team for me with Valencia a great RB back-up (only given age) and Blind a versatile CB/ FB cover. There were reports back in Jan that a deal for Lindelof the Benfica CB was done and dusted but gone quiet there. Alderweireld is a must if rumours of a buy-out clause of £25m are true. I do think prising any players from Tottenham will be very difficult though. They are clearly the emerging team to beat and if they can keep their squad together and bulk their squad up a little they are definite contenders next year.

Midfield - a Carrick replacement a must. Pogba he will look to build a team around logically though interestingly where do folk think his best position actually is? Herrera has been immense at times and proved via Chelsea the occasionally man to man job that may be required he is absolutely perfect for. Fellaini I appreciate remains a head scratcher for all of us but he is the tall physical player Jose likes so don't see him going.

Forwards:
Mkhitaryan needs to improve for me- either sublimely class or looks to go missing a bit. The younger pacier forwards such as Rashford, Martial and Lingard will all be safe but only see Rashford as a regular first X1 tbh. Ibra and Rooney both gone already. Mata I think could still do a job for us but likely he won't get game time he wants.

I think squad wise we are looking as a minimum at:
1 x GK
2 x FB
2 x CB
1 x DM
1 x CF
1 x CF / Winger

So appreciate that's 8 players in but I see following all going out:
De Gea (sadly)
Jones (too crocked)
Smalling (too not good enough)
Young (too old)
Ibra (possibly retired now)
Rooney (retired about 3 year back lol)

Those on the possible list to go:
Darmian
Shaw
Mata


I do think this is the summer we will see the Jose revolution. He inherited a squad he's not convinced by and had a year to suss them all out. Rooney he sussed in 6 games in fairness to him. Jose knows Chelsea will go again in the market, Spurs already are contenders and City have a major re-build to. let's not underestimate the size of the task to make us into League winning and Champs League challenging regulars.

And if you don't believe that then ask yourself this question:
From our current squad, barring De Gea, who would walk into any premiership team? who would walk into any team in Europe?


 

 

 

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18 Feb 2021 11:27:24
Utd have signed about 30 senior players since the SFA era (ie ones expected to bypass youth/ reserve teams and make some kind of challenge for the first team) . I'd argue that only four have been world class: Fernandes, Cavani, Ibrahimovic . and. Pogba. So, we still have three of those.
I'd love to argue the case for Falcao, Sanchez and Schweinsteiger, all of whom I felt were great signings at the time, but were so disastrous that they are best consigned to the history books.
I don't think Pogba will leave and I hope his Utd story has some way to go yet (and improve) .
Although Ole has a chance for the FA / UEFA Cup I am not convinced he'll break his trophy duck this season. I suspect top 4 will be the only achievement sadly which is obviously not good enough but I don't think he'll lose his job. His employers seem too sucked in by the long-term plan which is admirable but needs to be backed up with stronger signings than 2/ 3 of the players United managers have been given post Fergie.

spenno

1.) 18 Feb 2021 12:10:50
spenno, you can't put Pogba in that world class bracket with the performances we have witnessed from him at United so far. And I hope that his time with us ends soon as I don't have any belief in him.

With regards to Ole you're right as the board isn't going to make a change unless we mess up big time and finish outside top 4. And even with better signings I doubt Ole has what it takes to win things.


2.) 18 Feb 2021 12:56:17
Now I'm not defending Pogba but rememeber when he was "World Class" at Juventus? he's on paper better than he was then.

Juventus

Games: 124
Starts: 108
Goals: 28
Assists: 22
Minutes per goal or assist: 198.5

Manchester United

Games: 124
Starts: 113
Goals: 28
Assists: 26
Minutes per goal or assist: 187.1.


3.) 18 Feb 2021 13:38:36
Kurtis would you like to do that again but without penalties?

He didn't take pens at Juve.


4.) 18 Feb 2021 15:10:36
Di Maria deserves a mention. And say what you want about Lukaku, but he is having quite a career, world class or not.


5.) 18 Feb 2021 19:23:42
Just checked for you Wazza, 7 Penalties for United and 1 for Juventus.


 

 

14 Feb 2021 19:31:36
Looks like Bayern have snared Upamecano. Hopefully that puts an end to three more months of misspelt speculation and we can move onto the next one!

spenno

1.) 14 Feb 2021 20:00:51
The question we shoikd all ask, is why would any up and coming player want to join Utd?

Eat woukd they gain by joining Utd other than earning more money.


2.) 14 Feb 2021 20:24:04
What would they gain? The chance to play in the most competitive league in the world, to play in European competition, for a side still regarded as one of the biggest and most supported on the planet, in a pretty decent team that isn’t quite as bad as all the doom and gloom suggests.
It isn’t all that bad, surely.


3.) 14 Feb 2021 21:44:41
it is a good job he is going to bayern then.


 

 

26 Dec 2020 22:06:27
I would say the position we need most is CB. The player I would like most in any position is Haaland but I can’t see this with Cavani now in (who looks superb) and I think City will be more likely. With James, Greenwood and presumably Diallo as the RW option, most people still cite that position as a priority. I wonder if there is an older player out there able to play on both flanks, to give competition in both areas. Anyone spring to mind?

spenno

1.) 26 Dec 2020 22:46:06
Pat Nevin.


2.) 27 Dec 2020 00:47:46
😂😂😂.


3.) 27 Dec 2020 06:29:41
Perasic.


4.) 27 Dec 2020 07:01:35
Spenno, of course we do need a pacey CB with better positioning and reading of the game but first we need better defensive coaching to start with. On numerous occasions this season our defenders have been poor and it looks like there is no communication whatsoever.

In the Leicester game we had 2 CBs in the box and as the ball was about to be played both of them went in the same direction allowing Vardy to move back and have a free shot at goal. Just don't understand why we are still playing with zonal marking as our defense is clearly not good at that. There were only 2 Leicester players inside the box at that instance and had our CBs marked them each and stayed close we probably don't concede.

RW seems to be the priority but I think it's more of a right attacking forward we are looking for rather than a pure winger as we do not have a natural striker in our ranks to take advantage of any deliveries into the box.

As far as striking options Cavani is only a short term fix and both Rashford and Martial although they have improved in terms of goals, don't really have the instincts and are prone to missing chances every now and then and it almost looks like they are too casual with their finishing at times. We do need a striker and Haaland would be perfect but looks unlikely as you say.

Our priority should be a CB and a ST and going forward we need to get in a pure DM.


 

 

27 Sep 2020 17:05:03
Ridiculous, awful, embarrassing (say Alan Shearer and Roy Hodgson) : the new handball rule is a shambles, with players encouraged to blitz the ball at any opposition player in the box at every opportunity. With every second goal in the Prem likely to be a highly dubious penalty, at least we have a decent taker. Bruno may end up our top scorer with 20+ this season.

spenno

1.) 27 Sep 2020 17:24:17
I was fuming and I don't support Spurs obvs, its getting really embarrassing to watch and making me not even want to bother watching the game anymore.


2.) 27 Sep 2020 18:13:08
Complete nonsense, ruining the game.


3.) 27 Sep 2020 18:51:00
Surely it can’t be football people coming up with these mental rules.


4.) 27 Sep 2020 19:39:48
It doesn’t help with the players screaming blue murder every time they cross the ball and it hits an arm either.


5.) 27 Sep 2020 23:01:19
It’s sucking the life out of the game. The emotions are going when there’s decisions like this. I really hope it’s changed soon.


 

 

24 Sep 2020 14:39:42
Fun time! Looking at Utd's current XI, their recent (supposed) targets, the crop of their reserve and youth teams, and one or two dream signings, how can you see the line-up in say two seasons time? Some might say these are the kind of changes they should be implementing this season, but realistically sides don't change half their team in one fell swoop. Unless they're Chelsea of course...

GK - Henderson
LB - Telles
CB - Maguire
CB - Upamecano
RB - Wan-Bissaka
MD - van De Beek
MD - Fernandes
MD - Saul
LW - Rashford
CF - Haaland
RW - Sancho

Here's a realistic line-up in my view. One big change in all three of the outfield positions with Upamecano, Saul and Haaland being for me dream targets. At the back Maguire I feel is going to be here for some time having been identified as Ole's main target and captain last season. Upamecano seems the go-to CB name these days and Telles sounds like the attack-minded fullback Luke Shaw once was at Southampton.
In midfield one major change sees Pogba ultimately leaving for Saul who for me is a dynamic Keane-esque leader the side still lacks.
Up front I think they will get their man in Sancho, if not this summer then next. More than anyone I'd love to see his current teammate Haaland as our fulcrum. Incredible player and already too big for Dortmund to hang onto. They are a selling club. Eventually.
Of course I'd love to see Greenwood in this line-up. He's not strong enough as the frontman yet, but could well be in a season or two. The club are already prioritising his position in terms of strengthening. I would love to see a winger come in who can play on either flank as Rashford is arguably the weak link in this fantasy line-up.

spenno

1.) 24 Sep 2020 15:31:27
You been playing Fifa 😷😷.


2.) 24 Sep 2020 15:47:04
Nope! That’s for children isn’t it?


3.) 24 Sep 2020 16:08:50
You don't become a top player without playing. Most the very best players were playing and starting regularly when they were 18/ 19 years old, all of them were by they time they were 21.

If Greenwood is going to make it and become the player his talent threatens that he might become then he needs to start most weeks.

We saw the class of the lad against Luton (not a great side), we had the better of the game with our second string on the pitch. Yet we struggled to put the game to bed. Greenwood comes on and some great hold up play and a clever little pass with the outside of his boot and he puts Rashford through 1 Vs 1 with the keeper for Rashford to sweep home. Then a few minutes later he gets half a glance at goal and smash, it's in the back of the net.

Greenwood needs to be playing most weeks. So I actually don't see the value in signing someone like Sancho for the prices quoted. All he will do is dramatically reduce Greenwoods game time and slow his progression.

Sancho is considered a top talent because at the age of 20 he scores 20 goal and creates 20 assists in one season.

Greenwood who is nearly three years younger managed 17 goals (most of which came in a tougher league), in his first season playing senior football in a team that has been struggling.

Greenwoods potential is every bit as high as Sancho's, possibly higher.

I also don't necessarily prescribe to the idea that Greenwood will become a central striker.

The same was said for Rashford, yet he looks far more comfortable playing with space to run into. While there are numerous examples of strikers who play in the wider roles and score bucket loads of goals. Salah, Sterling, Aubameyang, Ronaldo and Messi have all played in wide roles. Theirry Henry and RvP while eventually moved into a central role (in their mid twenties) they started out playing wide and even as a central striker would often move into the inside wide channels at the start of moves then move in field.

Rashford and Henry might well have been named in a starting 11 in different positions (Rashford LW and Henry ST), yet if you watch a lot of their goals they are very similar, starting off in the inside left channel, make a diagonal run between the full back and the centre back then finish in either corner.

I think Greenwood will play in a wider role until he is in his early to mid twenties at least, if not most of his career.

In which case Greenwood will be a RW for the next 4-5 years at least.

So any RW we sign is just going to be limiting his minutes.

Personally I'm of the opinion now that Ismaila Sarr might be a better option for us. Sancho while the better player currently, his wages, his fee and the fact he will take minutes away from Greenwood mean that he might not be the best option for us.

{Ed004's Note - Tbf if Sancho came in, on current form, I think it would be Rashford at most risk of dropping out of the side}


4.) 24 Sep 2020 16:20:20
In two seasons, I'd like to think something along the lines of:

GK - Henderson
LB - Telles
CB - Mengi
CB - Upamecano
RB - Wan-Bissaka
MD - Ndidi
MD - Fernandes
MD - Saul
LW - Rashford
CF - Martial
RW - Chiesa

I'd love to see Upamecano come in with an older experienced CB whilst we develop Mengi (who hopefully will live up to his promise), otherwise, someone in the Varane calibre in that spot. Chiesa would be a better choice in the RW spot for me. Saul replacing Pogba would be ideal and I do think we need a good DM, Ndidi looks good, and has premier league experience. I'm a big fan of Martial, so would love to still see him up top bagging in the goals.


5.) 24 Sep 2020 16:49:48
LLV good looking team but i'm curious to know why you wouldn't put greenwood in there instead of martial?


6.) 24 Sep 2020 17:08:38
I just think Martial has something special, and he developing into the player he was believed to be. Sure he can lack presence when supply is dry, but he has shown he is capable of creating a goal from nothing. I do really like Greenwood though, he could develop into a sensational player, he'd still be only 20 in two years though, whereas Martial would be at his peak.


7.) 24 Sep 2020 17:21:43
My prediction for 2 years time:

GK - DDG
RB - AWB
CB - Maguire
CB - Lindelof
LB - Shaw
MD - Matic
MD - McTominay
MD - Bruno
RW - Greenwood
LW - Rashford
CF - Martial

Subs: Henderson, Williams, TFM, Bailly, Fred, James, Mata

manchesterunitedrumoursdotcodotuk is no more after the outcry breaks the internet.


8.) 24 Sep 2020 17:22:50
For me I'd like to see two potential line ups.

433

GK: Henderson
RB: AWB
CB: Upamecano
CB: Maguire
LB: Alex Telles
CDM: Rice
CM: Bruno
CM: DvdB
RF: Greenwood
CF: Édouard
LF: Rashford

3412

GK: Henderson
RCB: Upamecano
CB: Maguire
LCB: Shaw
RWB: Williams
CM: Bruno
CM: McTominay
LWB: Alex Telles
CAM: DvdB
RF: Greenwood
LF: Rashford

I'd like to see players like Mengi, Levitt, Sarr, Mejbri, Garner and Martial in and around the first team.

With players like Mengi and Garner eventually replacing Maguire and Bruno.


9.) 24 Sep 2020 18:09:53
My God I wouldn’t want to see Declan Rice anywhere near OT. He’s Phil Jones mk. II just potentially less injury prone. Clearly a centre half being played out of position who everyone raves about because he’s English. He’s pony.


10.) 24 Sep 2020 19:17:41
Downsie, Dice is a fantastic player.
Good reading of the game, snuffs danger and great energy.
One of the best defensive midfielders in the league.


11.) 24 Sep 2020 19:48:42
I think I missed the boat with Rice. I don’t see it. But I was the same with Carrick. Certainly not players who stand out in highlights reels but certainly the types of players managers love who read the game and snuff out the danger. Makele is the benchmark.


12.) 24 Sep 2020 20:32:12
True Red Devil - sure, one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, yet can’t pass water. Fine if you want them to kick and head, but in a team who should desire to have most of the ball in each game, he’d be atrocious. His passing range is on Jones/ Smalling levels.


 

 

 

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17 Apr 2021 12:52:34
Where is this ability Martial has that everyone keeps referring too lol? A completely underwhelming player in my view who is in the wrong league.

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17 Apr 2021 11:57:18
Clearly Everton value him, in fact want to build a team around him, after rejecting (a somewhat surprising) £100m wasn't it? Think that raised a few eyebrows, I'd have bitten their hand off.

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14 Apr 2021 10:11:21
Boy did SFA get that one wrong. At the time Jones was playing as CDM for Blackburn and was seen as a future Man Utd and England captain. What went wrong?
Not the first time SFA was wrong either. Bebe, potentially the greatest player on earth. Unless you subscribe to the notion that every player is potentially the best player on earth, at some point.

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08 Apr 2021 15:35:08
Still got that sinking feeling that Giroud is a candidate in this area. A scorer of great goals, but not a great scorer of goals, and you get the feeling Tuchel will be bringing in his own CF this summer (maybe Aguerro) .

spenno

{Ed077's Note - Giroud isnt a bad player for me. He would be a decent back up option but I am starting to think we need a starting ST.

Aguero to Chelsea? Improbable IMO.}


 

 

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31 Mar 2021 10:12:28
From what I've seen Henderson hasn't put a foot wrong in his run of games. OK maybe one goal I seem to remember he could have done better on a cross he flapped at. He's taken his chance and I don't see why he should now lose his place. There's clearly no chance of both of them staying next season to fight it out. I was dubious at first that I'd prefer Henderson but having seen him play more he is now first choice. The problem is that all the top players now 'hang around' while their contracts run down. Sanchez, Pogba, Bale did/ are doing the same and whereas a deal to sell Henderson I imagine would be straightforward, de Gea will be another pain in the arse and state repeatedly that he intends to stay and fight for his place regardless of what he really wants. Predictable but it's what any of us would do in a business situation to get what we want. Or maybe I'm completely wrong and it will just be a quick and easy £30m to PSG.
I can't see Kane going whatever is offered. That chairman is ruthless. Saying that we've had our fair share of players from them over the years and they got rid of Bale. But there are certainly no bargains from Levy.

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17 Apr 2021 16:49:37
I'd like him to stay personally, but who knows exactly what is going on behind the scenes. Is he really as unhappy as everywhere makes out? When's the last time you saw an interview with a professional footballer who didn't say that they were committed to winning things but couldn't rule anything out in the future? They all have coaching for interviews, they all give exactly the same responses to everything. Apart from James Maddison who gives a full-on pundit analysis for everything.

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17 Apr 2021 11:54:13
Liverpool - VVD
City - KdB
Spurs - Kane
Chelsea - Havertz
Leicester - Ndidi.

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16 Apr 2021 12:10:01
There are two trains of thought suggesting that an upgraded CB will nullify the need to find a better CDM, and that upgrading our current CDM mid options will nullify the need to buy a better CB. I'm not sure which way I lean as I can't see both being addressed. Although we seem to have a few CB options within, there would seem to be more CB options available than CDM ie Torres/ Varane/ Milenkovic/ Kounde. Then again, Matic is no spring chicken, and Fred despite having a great engine is not a great player by any stretch of the imagination.
We have a few RW options, so personally doubt whether a top-end one like Sancho will be revisited. I do wonder if a cheaper option like Rafinha might be wise, or better still, a player who can play on either flank.
Creativity is a problem. We only really have Pogba and Fernandes who can truly pull off something completely unexpected. VDB is supposedly in this class but hasn't shown that he can step up. yet.
Up front however is still where I think the biggest impact can be made. A proven player who can grab the ugly goals consistently, makes good runs and is always in the right place at the right time. Not Martial, who ventures to the wings even when he's the target man. Watching Cavani has been enough to show the difference a player with these skills has. Kane is certainly the most appealing in this bracket but he's in his prime and will cost accordingly. Spurs have a shiny new stadium to pay for, and without CL football they may be forced to sell. Love Haaland and the energy and buzz he'd bring but I suspect it's going to become a shoot-out between who offers most as Dortmund don't need to sell, it's just whether what anyone is prepared to pay above his release clause that comes into effect next season is enough to tempt them. If the clause is £65-75m then I guess it has to be over £100m to make it worth their while to lose him a season early. Or they may well find another journeyman for a season should Haaland stay and be willing to be one of the numerous clubs happy to pay the release fee next season.
On release fees, I never really understood what happened with Suarez and Arsenal that season. Didn't they offer the required amount, but Liverpool rejected it? How was that possible?

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15 Apr 2021 10:37:35
I'm sure he'll be the next Dortmund player to dominate the transfer headlines, probably next summer though. Got the other two to deal with first.

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14 Apr 2021 11:45:02
I wouldn't have had DCL in a top 10 of potential Utd strikers. Just not even on my radar. Is it just because he's English? Not an inspiring choice for me to lead the Manchester United attack for years to come.

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