That’s a very narrow and silly way of looking at things.
What we are as a club doesn’t mean we should just pass up on signing good talent. Now if you think Grealish isn’t good that’s one thing. But criticisizing the “type” of signing is very foolish. Clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern, Juventus...
Him and Bryan Cristante have the same worrying trait of having bounced around a bunch and then had one good season. I’d rather go for someone who doesn’t run the risk of having just had a purple patch.
Olivier Giroud - Arsenal to Chelsea
Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal to Manchester United
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal to Liverpool
Willy Caballero - Manchester City to Chelsea
Nemanja Matic - Chelsea to Manchester United
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Manchester United to Arsenal
That was just last year.
I said it before about Juve but Bayern is even more so.
There record transfer is what? 35 million? Do you really think they’re going to break that record and then some for an 18 year old CB? When they’ve got an aging attack and Lewandowski is trying to force a move away?
I don’t think so...
Maybe even Skipp if Bruce will use someone so young and if Bruce even ends up staying on.
Ideally I don’t want our skilled players over there, but players with some grit like Skipp or maybe even Roles could fit in.
I agree with you that a top end CM would be my #1 priority as I think it’s the one position that a big improvement could see the team really take that big next step.
That said all the rumours and ITK seem to suggest the club is looking at it differently. In all likelihood it appears most of the...
Will Hughes is a slightly different case. Firstly he operates a bit differently as he’s more of a playmaker from deep and typically a number ten type of player will be more valuable based on position (and production).
Secondly Hughes was seen as having plateaued for a couple seasons after the...
Bertrand Traore is completely different. That was a player Chelsea were looking to sell - and did. Likely there was a purchase clause in there that either wasn’t activated or Lyon swooped in with more money. Totally different situation.
As I said they won’t develop players for other teams...