Would be a bit off an odd move to build a huge, beautiful stadium and not couple it with 1 or 2 statement signings.
Seems a bit two steps forward, one step back - which is admittedly quite a familiar feeling.
Can't deny that there are startling similarities between this Toby fiasco and the 'things have changed' narrative this summer, and the Walker to City deal last summer.
Hope it's different but clear parallels already appearing.
Would be surprised if it turns out to be a Toby/Martial swap or a new contract - under the impression that, generally, cryptics tend to be about targets who are either new or not yet in the mainstream media, hence the point of a cryptic.
Assuming this is in reference to De ligt? In which case yeah for sure, but also think the CB situation is slightly different this window. We already have 2 highly competent, experienced replacements in Jan and Sanchez, as well as Dier and Foyth so a development prospect, especially one with the...
Best Dembele replacement in World football.
Have been saying for ages that if we want to be considered a big club, if we lose a top player like Moussa we have to replace him with a player like this rather than a development player.
Can guarantee that a City/United would just go out and replace Dembele with Milinkovic-Savic - a straight, CL quality player who'll improve the side.
Unfortunately that's not really our style, but I'd say this summer could be a good time to change that ever so slightly if we want to progress.