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12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

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1.) 12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.


2.) 12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.


3.) 13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.


4.) 13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.


5.) 13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.


6.) 13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.


 

 

 

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13 Mar 2019 13:19:11
Can anyone confirm this Gomez rumour that he is available for £22m in his release clause if Vigo get relegated?

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1.) 13 Mar 2019 17:09:52
If true, there may be a queue!


 

 

10 Mar 2019 10:24:39
Refereeing in PL was terrible this weekend, decisions that could have impacts on the run in at top and bottom of table. These were all CLEAR mistakes and nothing was made of it on MOTD about the possible impact of these poor decisions on the end of season finishing positions, if ever a reason for VAR.
1. Sissoko of Spurs got away with a yellow when arguably VAR shows he could have had 2 red cards. first for raking down the back of Redmonds achillies and second for an obvious headbutt attempt. Walker-Peiters should have also seen red as he was last man. These red cards could have impacted the battle for 4th a huge amount with both player missing a lot of games in the run in.
2.Vertongen high foot was a pen for Saints. Fortunately Saints won but this could easily have been the difference in their relegation battle were it not for a great free kick.
3.Sterlngs first goal was clear offside. Big if here, but IF it wasnt given the game could have been 0-0 giving Liverpool a chance to go top on Sunday. Watford collapsed after this decision.
4.Brighton got a huge win in their relegation battle via a goal from Knockart, who should have been off after 30 seconds. This is a HUGE gain for Brighton as not only would they have not got 3 points on the teams around them but they would miss a key player for 3 games (a third) of thier run in.

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1.) 12 Mar 2019 03:12:26
Be careful what you wish for, VAR has beeen in Australia for two seasons and it makes mistakes sometimes worse than the error on the pitch. One match a team was awarded a free-kick just outside the area when a player clearly dived. The VAR looked at it and instead of reversing it they instead looked at where it happened and after the delay the ref gave a penalty for what was an obvious dive. Last years final was marred by non decision on the goal that won the title. It has gotten as much wrong as it has fixed. Search a-league VAR controversies or similar and watch some videos.


 

 

07 Feb 2019 14:07:39
I would like to see MP play the same team on Saturday that started against Liverpool. The only players i would consider bringing in are Zaba, Nasri and Arnie, and they don't make it IMO. What does everyone else think?
Fredricks did great vs Mane and deserves to keep his place unless MP doesn't want to risk playing him too much too soon after a long lay-off.
Nasri is a doubt, so bench is best. But unless Snodds has an issue from Liverpool he keeps his spot.
Chica for me was great vs Liverpool, and he deserves to keep his place. Sends a message to Arnie as well that he is not the be all and end all of our squad. Drop Carroll and bring Arnie onto the bench.
Pray Cresswell is fit. LOL
A betting man would back Batshuayi to grab a goal if he starts, it's the West Ham curse.
We have 13 days rest after Palace, and MANU may be back in and around the squad! Along with Balbuena.

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04 Feb 2019 12:40:19
Not sure what to expect tonight, Liverpool on their day can be devastating. If our players play with the attitude they did at Wimbledon they will get embarrassed. However, even if our players do play with fire and energy, if Masuaku plays LB we could be doomed. If Cress is not fit i would rather we play Zaba there and Fredricks at RB.

One KEY thing IMO is that MP does not play 2 in centre midfield. We learnt at the start of the season that we do not have a 2 man partnership with enough legs yet (a stage 2 transition for MP i am sure) and Rice was exposed against Liverpool and we were weak there against the other teams in the first 4 games. I think we have won just ONE game this season starting with a 2 man CM and that was in the run of wins against lesser opposition.
Play Rice and Noble, and then Snodgrass or Obiang (as Nasri is injured) with a licence to get forward but with the main focus on supporting in CM. Up front i would leave out Carroll and go with whoever has shown the right attitude in training from the rest.

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1.) 04 Feb 2019 17:41:33
Nick, we would be lucky to keep it to 0-3, as long as we show some fight and passion that’s all that’s asked, Liverpool are very special at the moment, frightening up front against those like us that are going through a bad patch ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


2.) 04 Feb 2019 19:53:11
Yet it starts 0:0.

I wonder how long I can maintain any sense of optimism.


3.) 05 Feb 2019 07:43:57
Apologies for my doubts and well done WH, more than happy to eat humble pie, bloody unlucky to not take all 3 points, that would have been an upset. COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


4.) 05 Feb 2019 13:35:38
Ditto.


 

 

23 Jan 2019 14:53:37
These are my thoughts on our strikers:
Chica: At 140k our highest paid player. Currently no.2 to Arnie when they are all fully fit. IMO he would score as many goals as Arnie would over a season, he has just not had a proper chance with us. Joined to be our no.1 striker and that simply has not happened so I understand his desire to leave. Verdict - SELL as he breaks our wage structure, does not want to be no.2 striker, he's 30, and if Arnie was sold we would spend big on a new no.1 anyway keeping him no.2
Arnie: At 100k he is our best all round striker. I am convinced the China stuff is just to get a pay rise as he THINKS he should be the highest paid player and Chica is earning more as no.2 striker. Verdict: Call his bluff IF WE GET THE RIGHT OFFER (£40m) as he is 30 and we can get someone who is less of a nuisance, younger and over the course of a full season just as good. If not then keep him and see where he stands when Chica goes and we can say he is the top earner, reducing his leverage on salary. We may even get someone (Gomez) in summer who relegates him into no.2 role giving him even smaller leverage on salary. if he unhappy then SELL in summer.
Perez: For 4m he was not expensive as a backup, but in the end he clearly wasn't happy being backup and simply has not performed, and while on 85k he eats a fair chunk of our salary budget: Verdict: SELL, even accept £1 if it means he goes on a permanent basis with no wage contribution.
Carroll: Big salary at 90k, too many injuries. But more worryingly he doesn't suit MP game and the modern game players just go down now when they challenge him in the air. His best attribute is now not allowed in the game. Verdict: SELL now or let him leave in summer.

Overall I think strikers and CM are the next big focus areas for MP in his squad transformation. I would only keep Arnie if he will stay happy long term, if not I would like to see them all gone as they are all 30+, get a tenacious CM, keep Edmilson Fernandes and get two good strikers.

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1.) 23 Jan 2019 16:12:56
Phew that was a lot of typing and thinking Nick😂😂 your last paragraph said it all in one! Personally I agree with most you said except Hernandez, another pampered overpaid player, sell whoever we need to, Arnie although trouble is the only one worth keeping if he gets his head sorted, was intimated on here he has debt problems with bad investments, if that’s the case without being harsh, so do a lot of other people earning half and less that he earns in a week!


2.) 23 Jan 2019 17:49:06
Of our four forwards (now that Arnie has made it clear he wants to move on) I wouldn’t keep any of them.

Get Gomez in soonest and support with Xande and Antonio in the short term. Then rethink in the summer.


3.) 23 Jan 2019 19:56:14
Spot on marko.


4.) 24 Jan 2019 13:17:19
Id take that Marko.


5.) 24 Jan 2019 20:11:21
It’s Markro, lads!


 

 

 

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13 Mar 2019 13:18:26
We have apparently agreed £35m with the team in China, so I agree that £45m will not come from anywhere. But i can see us accepting £30m plus for him, which will not be out of reach for a number of clubs.

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12 Mar 2019 13:48:20
Masu has tweeted about his position not being LB in the past. He will be gone in summer 100%
85m is a realistic budget for this summer considering what is available and who we COULD sell. And that is 98% reliant on Arnie being sold, and realistically all the funds we get for him would go on replacing him, so does not effect budget for other positions we need.
What is exciting is the potential wages we could free up! Whatever happens i expect a relatively busy summer.

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25 Feb 2019 13:09:45
Europa League is only negative for clubs who cannot assemble a decent LARGE squad, and with no disrespect to Burnley, they couldn't do this. Their league success that got them there was based upon a team with little rotation and injury and a GREAT first half to the season. Their decline started in February 2018, NOT once the Europa league games started in Late July. In summer they did not have funds, or the attraction, for better players to build a capable squad, and they suffered injuries in goal. In short, their poor from in the first half of this season mirrored their form in the second half of last season, it had nothing to do with Europa at all.
WHU are different, we have a bigger wage budget that COULD assemble a squad, providing the wage structure is managed well. And i believe we have a manager who will only show ambition to win things. He talks about a big club mentality, well that means winning whatever you can. If we get some luck, our INJURIES will not be half as bad next season and we will have a squad again.
With CL an option now via Europa i think it is attractive, it does help attract players, and we have a good crop in the U23s that could be given more opportunity.

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08 Feb 2019 09:23:48
I don't see Rice going to Spurs, IF he goes one day he will go to a bigger club than them.
Agree that Maddison would have been a great buy! But we could not get him because of our limited remaining budget after spending more on Anderson (who is better) leaving less funds to stretch over the multiple other positions we required (Balbuena, Diop, Fanianski and Yarmolenko etc) . We had £20m left to spend on this position and no more, and Leicester were willing to cough up more money for a player unproven at the top level, so a week or so later we got Yarmolenko. Would have loved Maddison but it was not possible, we got the better player in Anderson at the end of the day.

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06 Feb 2019 08:21:50
I for one appreciate both your posts.
Ironmike i am sure says what he hears and I am fine with that, it does not have to be considered misleading, I always take every rumour with a pinch of salt, wherever it comes from. There is every chance this (like a lot of paper rumours) came from a comment that may have actually referred to something from last year, and was not recent. However it may not have been passed to Mike with these specific and how i'm interprets what he hears is his own.
However, I especially appreciate Ed002's comments afterwards that add more context to things, and really value this. The whole point of a rumours board is that people can comment if they know something different about a situation.
No need for all the back and forth guys, us readers just appreciate the info you both provide.

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10 Mar 2019 10:04:12
i think the "big team" mentality is still developing, problem is, the players havnt quite got to what that really means yet. The mentality is developing, we can see that against some teams we play and the way we play, however, a true big team (a winning team) does not go to games away from home to relegation teams expecting to win. This mentality needs to get through to us fans as well, i only saw comments on websites from fans saying we were going to and should win, i am also guilty of expecting us to score a win easily. In truth, Cardiff are a very hard team to beat at home, and they defended well. tactically, MP should have got us to be more direct when arnie came on. Cardiff organised themselves well and forced us to play sideways all the time, so our approach needed to test them in different ways.
On Chicas dive, well its a yellow and i want it out of the game. However, i see no difference in what he did and what Townsend did to get their pen this weekend. they BOTH went down before contact, expecting the contact to come, which by definition is a dive. The difference is the defender, Chica did not get the contact and subsequently did not appeal for a pen, but nor did he argue the yellow as he knows its a dive. Players do this all the time, it only becomes talking point when the defender manages to avoid contact last split second.

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06 Mar 2019 13:57:27
Like the player, but not sure I agree with you that we could out bid Leicester or Dortmund.
It's been reported that Leicester are giving Brendan Rodgers a £200m kitty in summer. Now this is likely to be inflated, but with the sale of Marhez last summer etc they will have a much bigger budget than us.
Dortmund are the same, they MADE £150m on transfers in 17/ 18 and are set to make money again with the sale of Pulisic for £65m this summer along with Champions league money. Got to respect Dortmund's performances given they have sold Aubameyang, Dembele, Pulisic, Gundogan, Hummels and Mikitaryan in the past 3 years!

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27 Feb 2019 13:06:47
Maybe he could surgically remove Arnie's ego as well?

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25 Feb 2019 13:17:37
Not sure we missed a trick, we KNEW he was a good player but we had SO many attacking players injured we could not fit another one in permanently until we knew the long term condition of the ones we have.
Newcastle were in a different position and acted.
For me he would be behind fully fit Anderson/ Lanzini/ Yarmolenko/ Nasri so until one is confirmed crocked its better we invest the money where we need it e. g. ST and CM.

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13 Feb 2019 12:56:59
Palace had the chances to beat us 3-1 easily, and should have. First half was an entertaining and even match, but the second half they seemed possessed and deserved three points on the chances they created! MOTD did not do it justice putting it last, it was entertaining!
HOWEVER, a second yellow for their captain should have been given, and on THIS basis (that is was not given) i think it was a fair result.

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