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March 15, 2017, 01:06:04 AM
Reply #45


Kevin Gameiro, can't get in Atletis first 11

March 15, 2017, 01:06:30 AM
Reply #46


If there was one name to make the loss of Lukaku an easier pill to swallow...

Never going to happen though. That's the calibre of player though we'd need though to replace the goals lost.
I was joking, but that would be some statement wouldn't it !

March 15, 2017, 01:06:45 AM
Reply #47


First, let me echo the sentiment that Rom is pretty much irreplaceable, particularly the consistency of his output. Whoever we sign will almost certainly be a downgrade, especially in the short-term.

Here is how Rom profiles statistically:


Now for some strikers of interest. If you hate these radar visualizations, consider skipping this post. Apologies in advance for the extreme length. If you can't be bothered reading or looking through this, I don't blame you.

Iheanacho looks like an outstanding prospect. City would be mad to let him go but with Aguero still only 28 and Gabriel Jesus bursting onto the scene, there's the slimmest of chances. Not only does he find lots of quality chances for himself but he appears quite good at setting them up for others (2+ key passes per 90). Keep in mind that the following radar is adjusted per 90 so he gets a huge boost from appearing primarily as a sub (extrapolation + playing against tired defenses).

Belotti has been mentioned as well. He's been getting into good goalscoring positions for years and has exploded this season now that he's taking his chances. You always wonder about the true level of a player like this (will he keep taking his chances?) but he looks good on paper. Some of the prices mentioned for him seem prohibitive and he's being linked with clubs above our stature so he's probably not realistic.




Lacazette also looks good (and has for years) but I think he's another non-starter because of the clubs likely to be in for him. (Old radar template alert).


Chelsea have a few intriguing options. Batshuayi is an obvious one and he's the right combination of talented and out-of-favour for a transfer here. (I could only find the old radar template for him).


This article talks about Batshuayi in greater depth:


I'm going to throw two more young Chelsea players out there. The first is Bertrand Traore, currently on loan at Ajax. I'm not sure if he's a pure striker as he's played a wider role for Ajax but he profiles quite nicely and Chelsea don't really seem to have plans for him. (Old radar alert, again).


The second is Tammy Abraham who's been smashing it on loan for a poor Bristol City side. He's a bit young and unproven at this level but he already looks like quite the penalty box predator and he has plenty of room to improve.

An excerpt from the article containing those Abraham radars:

This is extremely unusual for a young forward, and looking backward one of the most similar profiles I can find at this age is another Chelsea loanee: Romelu Lukaku. Yes, Lukakuís season came against Premier League competition and TamTamís is in the Championship, but Lukaku certainly looked a bit more physically mature when he did it while Tammy still has some teenager left on those lanky bones.


Iheanacho would be my top choice if he was available (and he really shouldn't be available; he's too good to give up). After that... I'm not so sure. I really like the sound of Abraham but he has little experience at this level (only 2 appearances for Chelsea, both sub appearances) and doesn't turn 20 until October. Whatever we do, we'll probably need two forwards to compensate for Rom leaving.
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March 15, 2017, 01:07:01 AM
Reply #48


Lad at Hull has scored a few lately


March 15, 2017, 01:07:20 AM
Reply #49


Kevin Gameiro, can't get in Atletis first 11


Could be a good buy WITH a main striker.

If Rom goes we need at least 2 stellar names in.

March 15, 2017, 01:07:39 AM
Reply #50

Cereal Killer

Walsh has already sorted this.... Jose Baxter  :thumbsup:

March 15, 2017, 01:07:57 AM
Reply #51


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We wont be signing Deeny.

It really is a head scratcher thinking who will replace him.

But at the same time it is exciting too.

Sadly, nothing exciting to me about losing the best forward we've had at the club in years, and bringing in a player who in all likelihood be worse. Lukaku's stats are those of a CL level player and we don't have CL football to attract another player of that level.

March 15, 2017, 01:08:00 AM
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March 15, 2017, 01:09:53 AM
Reply #53

Audrey Horne

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Dembele from Celtic?
I have to return some videotapes.

March 15, 2017, 01:11:04 AM
Reply #54


I don't really want to contemplate it as I'd rather delude myself we can go on an amazing end of season run and get CL football.

That said, it won't be a popular shout but someone like Giroud if Wenger leaves might be a decent addition...not a replacement as we'd need a couple of forwards for that in all likelihood but he'd be solid-ish while we transitioned.

Chelsea might offer us Batshuayi. He looked decent in the Euros, clearly he's getting no game time there though.

What a monumental challenge Walsh has on his hands here though to replace him.

I thought of Giroud too but I've just Wiki'd him and he's knocking on 31

I'd rather Rooney.

But neither address the long term problem.

Do people think that having Rooney at the club will make us more attractive to strikers (play with and learn from) or less attractive (won't get a game coz the 'big name' will have to play)?

I'm only here for the cladding/Bramley Moore Dock updates

March 15, 2017, 01:11:17 AM
Reply #55


Thanks @kramer0 I always feel much more at ease when you post.

I am now convinced we are going to be ok.

March 15, 2017, 01:12:22 AM
Reply #56


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gabbiadi.....oh wait
Lucas Per....oh hang on

Of fuck it, probably Sturridge.
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March 15, 2017, 01:15:15 AM
Reply #57

Simon Paul

Dembele from Celtic?

could have had him in the summer but turned our noses up

add a zero to his fee now

March 15, 2017, 01:16:37 AM
Reply #58


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Apologies in advance for the extreme length

Show off.
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March 15, 2017, 01:18:22 AM
Reply #59

Audrey Horne

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could have had him in the summer but turned our noses up

add a zero to his fee now

really? didnt know we were in for him
I have to return some videotapes.