Attacking Midfielder or Defensive Midfielder?

davidmichael

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We can easily bring both in as it’s virtually guaranteed Pogba is off and we’ll most likely see Pereira, Rojo and Sanchez if we can so they’ll be funds there to bring in both.

If we get in £100 million plus for Pogba that’s effectively the Sancho deal and Grealish is meant to have a release clause of £45 million if Villa go down so if we could also bring in a quality defensive midfielder too and end up with a net spend of around £70-£80 million with sales and we can surely manage three incomings in a window.
 

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If we sign Sancho or another Rw that can be a good 10 can serve as a backup Bruno and we can just sign a DM and have Matic challenge him in his first season before moving on.

It’s not the end of the world if James or Greenwood get some RW starts, especially if we buy a proper 9 or keep Ighalo and he’s not a flash in the pan (since Greenwood needs playing time somewhere).

But if we sign say Adama Traore to play RW I’d rather we sign a creative mid centrally and pray Fred-Mctominay can start 90 times combined with Matic or that central mid and Bruno in a 433 in easier games. We can’t have no creative central player again as Ole doesn’t have us playing the 442 pressing system Leipzig do and it looked like we might try this past summer.

Also now looks like a short season may be on the horizon. Less depth needed or more if they shove games tighter and tell teams to just play youth and deal with it.
 

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Bruno, Mata, Lingard and Pereira = 1? Interesting maths.

EDIT: not to mention Sanchez who is still on the books and young Angel Gomes.
Yes but 4 are not good enough and need moving on. Gomes hasnt shown much at the top end either, but has had limited chances and has time on his side.
 

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I think either could transform us, Bruno can adapt to play at 10 or 8 with no problem I imagine. Although if I had to choose I'd bring in a CDM and leave Bruno as the 10.
 

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A midfield of say, new DM (say Partey), Fred and Bruno would be a top midfield. Of course, keeping Pogba if he gives a shit would make it on paper probably the most formidable in Europe. Sancho is the most essential signing we can make. It transforms us to a new level.
 

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Zakaria and Grealish would be enough for this summer. We can possibly wait to get Sancho the following summer.
 

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We definitely need a CDM. We have seen what Matic did coming back into the side on form to free up Fred. Matic and McTominay should be backup to the new guy and Fred.

Depending on who we sign on as a right winger, we might not need an attacking midfielder now that we have Bruno. If we get Sancho he can easily play behind the striker or at the least have more of a playmaking role if Bruno gets injured.

Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, Sancho, Bruno, James, Gomes, Chong. Enough? Maybe we could do with someone like Grealish provided we get rid of Pereira, Lingard and Mata.
 

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Yes but 4 are not good enough and need moving on. Gomes hasnt shown much at the top end either, but has had limited chances and has time on his side.
But it's not the same as having just 1. Because you ain't gonna move 4 CAMs in one window, you're just not gonna find suitable takers for all of them. Which means they'll be in our squad taking up space.
 

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But it's not the same as having just 1. Because you ain't gonna move 4 CAMs in one window, you're just not gonna find suitable takers for all of them. Which means they'll be in our squad taking up space.
True we could bring 2 mids in and let 2 leave, then even if we don't sign another one next season and promote we could let the other 2 go. I would try and shift Sanchez and periera first
 

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Yeah this all depends on Pogba.

He stays we just need a DCM. He is off, we need both.
If Pogba stays we will probably play this midfield

....Bruno.....

Pogba...Fred

So we'd need more of an AM as back up for Bruno instead of Lingard or Pereira
 

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A DLP seems like the missing piece.
 

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A DLP seems like the missing piece.
When the season started we played

...Lingard...

Pogba...Mctominay

Lingard was the AM, Mctominay was the ball winner and Pogba was the DLP.

I have a strong feeling that when everyone is fit we would play

....Bruno...

Pogba....Fred

With Bruno replacing Lingard as the AM, Fred replacing Mctominay as the ball winner and Pogba as the DLP
 

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A midfield of say, new DM (say Partey), Fred and Bruno would be a top midfield. Of course, keeping Pogba if he gives a shit would make it on paper probably the most formidable in Europe. Sancho is the most essential signing we can make. It transforms us to a new level.
Yeah I would be happy with just Sancho and Ighalo on a permanent deal in this window.
 

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When the season started we played

...Lingard...

Pogba...Mctominay

Lingard was the AM, Mctominay was the ball winner and Pogba was the DLP.

I have a strong feeling that when everyone is fit we would play

....Bruno...

Pogba....Fred

With Bruno replacing Lingard as the AM, Fred replacing Mctominay as the ball winner and Pogba as the DLP
The problem I see with that is Pogba has never really played as a DLP for us. He's always looking to get forward and just doesn't seem naturally suited to that role. I'm not saying that Pogba, Fred, and Bruno midfield wouldn't work, just saying a DLP is the kind of midfielder we are missing in the squad.
 

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If Pogba stays we will probably play this midfield

....Bruno.....

Pogba...Fred

So we'd need more of an AM as back up for Bruno instead of Lingard or Pereira
I agree, but if Bruno is out I would push Pogba to the 10 and play Fred and McT behind him. This is why I wanted a young DCM replacement for Matic.

Not saying I am right but that was my reasoning.
 

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I agree, but if Bruno is out I would push Pogba to the 10 and play Fred and McT behind him. This is why I wanted a young DCM replacement for Matic.

Not saying I am right but that was my reasoning.
That is another solid option..anything really to keep Lingard and Pereira far away from the pitch :lol:
 

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If Pogba leaves, it's definitely AM. We're already obviously shit when Bruno can't play. A team needs creativity far more than whatever McTominay can't be taught to do as a massive DM who makes his best passes from that area of the pitch anyways.

Much rather see Matic, Fred and McTominay as a 6 than more Pereira, Lingard or 2020 Mata who might be even a step slower. If we sign a RW who can backup Bruno it can changes since James and Greenwood should be better next year at RW than this one and they were promising if not ready to do well there.
 

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If Pogba leaves, it's definitely AM. We're already obviously shit when Bruno can't play. A team needs creativity far more than whatever McTominay can't be taught to do as a massive DM who makes his best passes from that area of the pitch anyways.

Much rather see Matic, Fred and McTominay as a 6 than more Pereira, Lingard or 2020 Mata who might be even a step slower. If we sign a RW who can backup Bruno it can changes since James and Greenwood should be better next year at RW than this one and they were promising if not ready to do well there.
Yeah expect us to go all in for Grealish & Sancho if Pogba leaves,however I think there is a growing feeling he could stay.