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August 15, 2017, 01:37:26 PM
Reply #45


We're not far away. If you changed the tense from 'Have assembled' to 'Are assembling' I'd say we're heading in the right direction.

August 15, 2017, 01:52:52 PM
Reply #46


Still think we're short of both quality and numbers.

Lennon, Niasse, Barry, Joel will all be off before deadline.

Funes Mori out for the season and Coleman and Bolasie out until Xmas.

Squad looks a bit thin, again.

August 15, 2017, 02:01:26 PM
Reply #47


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I think if we added :

Two strikers with guaranteed 30-35 goals between them if either had to play up top all year (martial and lukaku / morata and bats / aguero and jesus / giroud and lacca / sturridge and firmino)

Two wide men capable of 7-10 each (hazard and willian / Salah and Mane / rashford and mikhi / Walcott and santi (although injured) )

A partner worthy of Michael Keane that we can rely on for 30+ games (Rudiger / Jones / Stones / not Liverpool lol /)

A world class ten with pace, vision, skill and goals (coutinho / hazard / alexis / silva / pogba (sorta) / KdB /)

We could put in a genuine challenge.

If we then filled those worrying squad depth areas (full back especially) then we could win the league.

Thinking about this last night and who I think could kick us on.

1. Giroud and Dembele

2. Keita and Berardi

3. Difficult... any ideas here?

4. Vietto or Lanzini

so that's about £200m plus the fact Keita and Giroud have turned us down and I can't even think of a CB partner for Keane.
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August 15, 2017, 04:03:16 PM
Reply #48

Dr. Sponge

I think people are getting carried away with the amount of signings we need.

Leicester won the league with a small squad, Spurs have mounted a title challenge the last two seasons without great strength in depth. Liverpool (spit) nearly won the league with the same XI every week.

The manager is paid a small fortune to create a team ethos like this. With a couple more signings before the window shuts (striker, Sigurdson and a RB), we would have a nice balance.

You also can't judge a team with a lot of new players, based on one game against a team set out to stop you playing.

I think, if we perform to our potential, we could oust Liverpool and Arsenal. Optimistic today

August 15, 2017, 06:05:42 PM
Reply #49

The Blue 3/4 of Liverpool

Even if we dont "oust" anyone, but we get closer to the top 6 and have a more serious cup run, and actually get into Europa a bit deeper then I'd be happy.

Sigurdsson for 40 million (plus bollox addons) being reported as almost a done deal now - that will be a great addition to our squad, as we do lack a bit of invention. Coleman and Bolasie back in a few months will be a HUGE boost to our width/pace and team spirit. I think even if we just add a good, experienced (preferrably big) target man and a backup versatile centre half, then we are really on the up. Its moments like right now, that investors need to decide on putting their money where their mouth is or not, to seriously "invest" in the club, with intent and ambition, as even standing still, effectively moves you backwards in todays game.

All this talk about the shite about to nick Sigurdsson and their laughter about none of our players getting into their team (like Keane and Pickford couldnt have helped their woeful defending at the weekend, ungracefully highlighted by that clown Carragher). So, wouldnt it be nice, very nice, if we flashed the fingers to them and the rest of the Prem, and flashed some of our so called cash, and got Sigurdsson in NOW, not in a week or on deadline day, then added VVD from under THEIR noses and also brought in a top striker, like a Das Boot, Djeko or even a Wellbeck, and then got rid of 3 or 4+ more fringe players and seriously went balls out in these up and coming tough games in the next month, to show that we mean business!
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August 15, 2017, 07:14:41 PM
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August 15, 2017, 07:16:51 PM
Reply #51


I really want to with the UEFA cup.

Proper European cup action would make SUCH A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE to our recruitment at the end of this season. With the base that we create this year....

It could speed up our plans to be genuine top 4 contenders by about 5 years

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August 15, 2017, 07:42:53 PM
Reply #52


If we sign Sigurdsson, Demarai Gray, Keiran Tierney, Mauricio Lemos and Olivier Giroud..... then yes! We are truly on the way back!!
Sadly it's a no. We've just stood still by the looks of it.
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August 16, 2017, 04:20:27 PM
Reply #53


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I can't answer the OP, as I don't know until we see what they're capable of as a team. One thing I would find interesting is; are the new players coming in, and the older players leaving changing the age demographic of the squad. One for the statisticians on here maybe? :)
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August 16, 2017, 04:49:24 PM
Reply #54


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Barry leaving certainly does. Jags and Williams the oldest now? Baines and Rooney the only other 30+ year olds?
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August 16, 2017, 04:49:53 PM
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"If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles." – Wayne Dyer

August 16, 2017, 05:01:42 PM
Reply #56

The Blue 3/4 of Liverpool

Great signing, but I wont get excited until we sign a proper out and out striker. Until then, hoping to break into the top 6 a little bit doeesn't really cut it. We are on the brink of having a very good squad, to not finish it off now with 1 or 2 other great signing would be a real, real shame.

Don't want to be needy, but Djeko or Das Bost, and go snatch VVD :D and have a fire sale of 5 or 6 of our fringe/dead wood players.

Then I would start getting a bit damp.
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August 16, 2017, 11:39:10 PM
Reply #57


Signing Sigurdsson is a big step to getting into the top 4 imo.
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August 17, 2017, 12:25:58 AM
Reply #58


Barry leaving certainly does. Jags and Williams the oldest now? Baines and Rooney the only other 30+ year olds?
Lennon is 30. Kev is next, turns 30 in October.

August 22, 2017, 03:57:09 AM
Reply #59


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I think we can forget that. If we can't hold a lead against 10 men, I'd say top 4 is well beyond what we're capable of
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