I know, but his weakness is the fact that he isn't a smart enough player to realize he isnt on form and should keep it simple instead of trying backheels and rainbow flicks any other play.He is still lacking sharpness after his injury. I wouldnt read anything into that cameo, his last competitive apperance before the World Cup was in September.
We don't know how much he would be demanding, but to say no without even discussing a contract is just nonsense.And how much do you think Depay would demand. Would you give him a 150k a week contract? He's so good Barca don't even want him. So why should we be in for him? Have the horror shows of Elanga, McTominay, Fred and co not been enough for you? We should have quality backups for rotation not some average players that wouldn't even make it into the bottom team of the EPL
We dont need depth we need someone worthy of being a striker at a top club. A 6 month loan would be fine but it would obviously be better to secure our actual targets now rather than another stop gap.Why are people so resistant to him? We need squad depth in the CF and RW positions. I'd be delighted we can get him on a 6 month loan.
Are there any good examples of players who went back to their former club and became a hit? I suppose the Italian league has a lot of players moving around.So far the returnees are Pogba, which failed, and Ronaldo, which failed. I am pretty sure third time will not be a charm.
Zlatan probably is some sort of success for Milan. His role in the squad and he did decent in his 1st season back.Are there any good examples of players who went back to their former club and became a hit? I suppose the Italian league has a lot of players moving around.
Yeah IF Napoli had not progressed in the Champions League then would have had a slim chance of signing himI'm not quite sure what peoples expectations are here...we are mid season so our options are limited. We have one certified ST and he's slightly above average and a huge injury risk. How can we legitimately compete for top 4 (which is very important for any summer recruitment) with such a thin position?
We need a stop gap player...we aren't going to get anyone exciting in January, but we can get someone helpful. Depay seem to exactly fit that mold IMHO. The only slightly more exciting option that seems realistic is Oshimen, and I still think thats probably not going to happen. I'd love Mbappe or even Felix...but those deals dont happen in January. Would people prefer we just go forward with Martial?
Again, it's a cross section between opportunity, need, and ability. We have the need and ability (in terms of funds)...but we can't just make teams transfer exactly what we need and can afford. Depay is a good option given the circumstances, and I'm shocked so many would pass if it meant an even lesser player or just Martial for the rest of the season...
I would only say no if we could get a CF on a loan who offers a different dimensionLarge proportion of the caf football experts in this thread saying no, which means if he does sign he will be brilliant! See Casemiro and Martinez for just very recent examples of this.
i have another theory ....Our fan opinion of Depay overtime:
2015 Jun: Golden boy, he's going to win the Ballon d'Or soon.
2016 Jun: He's Obertan in disguise, get rid ASAP
2017 Jan: Great deal by the club. Glad we got rid of him. We're getting effing Sanchez next year yo.
2018-2021: Oh crap, looks like a decent player. We made a mistake. Shouldn't have let Gaal catch him by the bladder!
2021 Jun: Signed for Barca! We're a useless bunch when it comes to developing players. Golden boy, he's going to win the Ballon d'Or soon.
2022 Jun: He's Obertan in disguise, Barca need to get rid ASAP. Do not want him back.
2022 Nov: Great deal by the club. Glad we're getting him. We're also getting effing Osimhen next year yo.