It seems very clear to me that Mourinho is saying that Lingard, Rashford and Lukaku (their other 3 attacking players) will miss the start the the season as they will have returned late from the WC and will still be ramping fitness back up.
Strange this is that Poch went and picked Toby for the last few games so he could prove his fitness and be selected for the WC for Belgium. You don't do that for a player who has burnt his bridges with you do you?
I don’t thInk he’s been fit since his injury in Feb/March. He’s clearly not at 100% and I fear for his season with us. If I was Poch I’d give him a 2 week holiday and then a full pre-season and let him miss the first 2 or 3 games. Luckily Son can ..... oh shit!
I see Grealish playing centrally in the middle third of the pitch and someone who transitions defence to attack without scoring or assisting as much as our AMs (Eriksen, Dele, Moura etc.). I see him competing with Sissoko, Winks, Dembele to partner Dier or Wanyama in CM.
I know ITK strongly indicates he’s off, but...
(Trippier) Alderweireld Sanchez Vertonghen (Rose)
... is the best defence in the league, and one of the best in Europe. Would love it if we can keep him.
Son is a very useful player and an integral part of our squad. Zaha would give us something different - the ability to take 2 or 3 opponents out of the game or win a penalty. TBH - I think AM is an area we’re sorted in and would rather we were looking at CM.
I know it's wishful thinking but I really cannot help wanting Bale back.
Subs from: Vorm, Davies, Aurier, Foyth, Winks, Wanyama, Dembele, Moura, Lamela, Son
I’m so glad we missed out on Barkley. We’d have spent £25M on a player who had suffered a major injury. Chelsea paid massively over the odds in January, and were rewarded with a few minutes of crap from a clearly unfit player. Meanwhile we signed Moura, who is a much better player for the money...
Are people really comparing Bale the young, still developing, LWB (famous for destroying a Brazilian RB) and Bale the right sided forward who scored 20+ goals for us and then moved to Madrid and won multiple CLs inc. scoring the winning goals in two of the finals?