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3 years with a further option for 1 seems like an ideal length considering his age as well
3 year deal? That's an oddity these days. Reckon we've got extension options.
We'll get a good half season out of him and then the knackers yard will get their glue.
Win win all round
After ages we'll have a proper midfield, with everyone playing in their best positions and on paper looks like the best in England
We're gonna win the league lads
No I think we're still a quality player away from doing that. Unless Martial, Mkhitaryan or Rashford have a super season.
Think he'll be vital for us this season. On the older side sure, but the contract length is exactly what we'd expect for that age (3 plus possibly 1 more) of him performing at the top. Price wise relatively normal all things considered in today's market. But him as a player is exactly what we needed and what Mourinho wants. He's someone comfortable on the ball, but also a tank defensively. He's not just a destroyer type but can actually pick out a pass and won't give it away stupidly or just be a liability on the ball. And gives us yet more height and physicality. Looking forward to seeing him with Herrera and Pogba in a midfield 3! Pogba especially should have a beastly season after these signings.
He needs to get to train as soon as possible
Starting to feel like a Mourinho side now. We are going to be very tough to beat, hopefully he will take the shackles off the front 3 now.
As others have said, we need to get him up to speed fitness wise. The man has had no pre season and we are in a super cup final in a week. I hope he's looked after himself this summer. We need him to hit the ground running.
I reckon he will get a half on Wednesday, some minutes in the SC final and then some minutes against WHU before making his first start.
Our wide options still lack goals. Add in a 15/20 goal winger and we can talk.
Lindelof Smalling Bailly
Valencia Herrera Matic Pogba Perisic
Valencia Bailly Jones Shaw
Mkhitaryan Lukaku Perisic
Both solid teams, Matic will for sure be a starter and I think in the 433 will be better than he was in a 2 man midfield as he can do less legwork.
Pogba freed up by Matic will also be a beautiful sight.
Cmon Woody lets get Perisic
Can I have some of what you're drinking pls?
He'll do the job he'll be asked for pretty fine I'm sure about that. Will prove to be a key signing for our midfield.
Glad we signed him instead of Dier if both are similar fees. Hopefully a new start for him sees him return to his best.
Muppet juice mixed with optimism
You should try some
Reckon Martial and Mkhi definately will step it up a notch this season, imagine if we had banged in all the chances Zlatan missed, we'd be in the title mix easily. With Lukaku on the books and Pogba playing a bit foward, we have a decent chance
Looking forward to seeing him against Sampdoria. I hope he plays as the sole holding midfielder behind Herrera and Pogba, rather than alongside Herrera.
Reckon Pogba is going to score 10+ goals easily. If we can get Martial and Mkhi to fire on all cylinders, we might have a title winning team on our hands
Why, was he injured?
Is probably our best/most balanced team when everyone is fit.
I think we need Lukaku to score 20-25 league goals
Martial and Mkhi to score combined 25 league goals
We will probably concede few goals so we might not need so many.
Probably well short of match fitness as he did not have a preseason with Chelsea and been training alone.
Well, if everyone is fit. Luke Shaw?
And not a single English player is in there, it speaks volumes about the state of English football.
With that being said, for 35 million, Matic is a decent signing as he will provide further balance to the squad.
Now there's optimism and there blind faith
But you're right of course.
That can be Martial and Mkhitaryan in all comps. Our attack is a lot of young potential so you dont want to spend a ton and risk missing out on that when we could have Rashford and Martial both develop into players who are worth over 50m. Hell, Martial in his first season alone showed he can score between 15-20 as a winger. Just needs hos confidence back.
I'm sure Mourinho would have loved Kane and Dier as much as Lukaku and Matic, but the English lads would have cost a shed load more.
Good team but no width.
Darmian probably is number 1 pick at the moment, due to his defensive nature and Luke Shaw not being fully trusted.
Yep, thats why it's imperative we sign a true winger.
Impossible to have balance with Darmian at left back. We need a proper winger too as an option. That team is really good but has 0 width.
Played shit, 3/10, not fit for us, can't even do it against shit teams etc. etc.
There's no denying that but that wasn't my point. I simply wanted to mention the issue of the English national team simply being rather average relative to the financial possibilites of the clubs in the PL.
Those are the English players the top teams used regularly last season:
Gary Cahill - 41 appearances
Raheem Sterling - 47 appearances
John Stones - 40 appearances
Theo Walcott - 29 appearances
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain - 27 appearances
Kieran Gibbs - 18 appearances
Rob Holding - 17 appearances
Danny Welbeck - 10 apperances - I'm listing him because, if it wasn't for injury reasons, he probably would've played more often.
James Milner - 38 apperances
Adam Lallana - 29 apperances
Jordan Henderson - 27 apperances
Daniel Sturridge - 11 apperances - see Welbeck
Marcus Rashford - 30 apperances
Michael Carrick - 30 apperances
Chris Smalling - 29 apperances
Jesse Lingard - 28 apperances
Phil Jones - 25 apperances
Wayne Rooney - 25 appearances
Luke Shaw - 17 apperances
Dele Alli - 50 apperances
Eric Dier - 48 apperances
Kyle Walker - 39 apperances
Harry Kane - 38 appearances
Harry Winks - 33 apperances
Kieran Trippier - 22 apperances
Danny Rose - 21 apperances
We were actually doing quite well relatively speaking. Nonetheless, the amount of players used, but particularly the quality of players is poor for a country with the financial abilities of England.
He's been superb. Just so comfortable.
Wow he looked so classy. He reads the game so well. I still can't believe Chelsea sold him. I have a feeling this will be the steal of the transfer. The guy is vastly underrated.
Does what is asked from him and does it well.
He was a world class CDM in his first season under Jose. If he gets back to that level we have a gem on our hands.
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