The two known targets are:
Barrios - car crash in the making
Gomes - definite talent but currently going through a mental breakdown. Not mocking him but this isn’t going to be something he gets over any time soon
Hopefully with Wanyama staying we’ll only be pursuing one of them, with the other...
Such as? Which big money signings from poor sides have flourished at bigger clubs?
Palace want ‘£70m’ for a players who’s contributed 16 goals in the last 2 seasons. Son on the other hand, a player whom like Zaha is hit and miss with his form has contributed 39 goals in the same period. Even...
If Zaha had a real hunger he wouldn’t have signed a new contract at Palace. Plus we need to be very careful as do other teams with signing what appears to be the star players in struggling teams.
Bony - flopped
Sigurdsson - flopped
Rodwell - flopped
Berahino - flopped
Benteke - flopped
Why? Gelson wasn’t available on a free at the time (circa £60-70m buyout clause) and he’s not as good as Moura. The latter has delivered on a bigger stage, Gelson has only performed in a poor Portuguese league.
Granted it was only a couple of games but against Benfica especially he didn’t look anywhere near good enough for us. He kept massively over hitting through balls ala Sissoko and outdoing himself when doing step overs... finding his feet pointing one way and the ball not where it was meant to...
I don’t think we’ve much choice other to accept the bid. With the new FFP rules coming in restricting net expenditure it’s going to reduce transfer fees, therefore this is too good an offer to turn down.
The only way this deal will look worthwhile is if we reinvest the money in a quality addition to the squad. I don’t necessarily mean Toby out another CB in, get a quality CM or an alternative to Martial.
This is the way forward and it gives us both balance and unpredictability. I know we've zero chance of getting him but the ideal anchorman as per City with Fernandinho is someone in Arturo Vidal's ilk... a player who is a tough tackler, reliable but can also keep playing ticking over. Diawara...
He’s more of a Zokora type player, he has some good attributes but he’s just doesn’t suit or tippy tappy intricate style of play.
Yes, the latter mentioned players are horrific... Janssen looks like a chainsmoker who’s never trained a day in his life, always looks knackered after 20 mins lol