Jota is an ok deal for me because it’s inexpensive and helps shift one of our unwanted squad players, although some of the other players we have been linked with are more than underwhelming eg lolley (who wasn’t deemed good enough for Huddersfield when they went up), Mceachran, Phillips - no thanks
Calm down everyone. Apart from Tom Carroll (who may or may not have been any good) the new set up delivered a pretty useful January window, so why are we worrying about what may or may not happen in the summer?
There is no reason to doubt them, or the amount of money available.
I love the way we all like to play "football manager" during the transfer window. Purslow and Smith have ready told us what they are looking for.
That means no to cahill, no to anyone overpriced (McCormack). They are looking for the next generation of footballers who will prove to be good enough. I don't expect to see Abraham or Maupay for megabucks. I expect us to be finding them before their value skyrockets. A sustainable business model.
Good point. Look how many wingers play down the wrong side now - Lolley a left footer playing down the right, Green, a right footer playing down the left. Emphasis on cutting in and shooting or playing a brisk through ball or one - two.
Although, I think this can become predictable, just as much as playing on your natural flank and crossing it back and across to the big man, it is the modern approach.
Maupay (5’7’’) and Gayle (5’9 1/2’’) suit this newer style.
Kodjia would offer a valid different option off the bench.
For those of us who have been around the block, imagine Keegan playing centre forward - would never have happened in the past. Come to that, how about a Ray Graydon leading the line?
Don't take this the wrong way but, if Tuanzebe coming back is a no-no, we'll need two centre-backs coming in.
I thought Man U were happy to send Tuanxebe out on loan to us again.
Anyway, as much as I like James Chester, he's not exactly a Dean Smith type of central defender is he, more of an old-fashioned, kick it over the stand defender.
I mean he isn't exactly blessed with pace, so tends to play deep.
As for playing out from the back, the times he's tried it he's found opposition players, or played our own into bad situations.
If we sign Mings and Hause, we'll have two who play well together in central defence,so adequate cover would be the only thing needed.
As for Cahill, its a huge no-no thanks, if only because of his age, he's got one, at the most, two seasons in his legs. Never exactly a speed merchant, he doesn't fit the style of play required by our boss for central defence.
I think this Butland link is press tittle tattle. I can't believe for one second that Steer will get kicked out - he's been excellent since returning in January and Smith kept him in despite his own signing - Kalinic - returning to fitness.
I can't see us spending on a keeper at all, certainly not at the figures mentioned for Butland. He'll end up at Manure or Spuds maybe.
Don't ever feel sorry for them , Butland is a top keeper if we could nail him he will improve us . Butland will move from Stoke to further his England prospects so why not us , I doubt Burnley will have room for another one