Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by FootyGirl88, Oct 7, 2018.
Don't worry mate, even the best make mistakes.
Fair point, given the way they fold in the CL I sometimes don't class them that highly.
I think a club like Rennes has more leeway than a club like us in this regard, where there's no pressure outside of not being relegated, but still, to put a 16 year old in the first team, especially in that role is impressive, I mean if you look through history if a 16 or 17 year old has gortten into the first team at that age they are usually a forward, for a 16 year old to play holding midfield at senior level, a position that usually requires experience, is fairly unique.
Matic is obviously the weakest link now that RB & CB positions have been sorted out.
It reminded me of Van Gaal giving a 16 year old Clarence Seedorf his debut at 16 for Ajax. That 16 year old won a Champions league with 3 different clubs and a host of other titles before he hung up his boots.
Man, if the kid goes on to have half the career Seedorf had it'll be a great one.
Can't sign u18 players from the EU once we leave
Can't see him still being available in 2 years
So not an option
I really hope not
Can't sign u18 players from the EU once we leave the EU
Hopefully we get a replacement in Jan
Be hard to get a replacement in Jan, especially someone of high quality.
Replacing him should be high on the priority list, though, along with a right winger and number 10, if we continue to play with a 4231.
Question is, who's out there? Maybe we can purchase an astute signing like we did with James.
Right now based on what I’ve seen in pre season through to the weekend I’d say we could put a traffic cone in place of Matic and the difference would be minimal.
In reality we either need to try Fred in that role as McTominay is best as a box to box or we need to integrate Garner into the role which will be similar to when Carrick played that role therefore a deep lying playmaker who sits in front of the back four and dictates from there.
If not Fred or Garner then it has to be someone brought in as Matic is such a huge and clear weak spot in the team when he plays, if Fred can play that role then him between McTominay up and down the pitch from the right with Pogba doing his own thing from the left of a 3 is the best possible selection until January at the earliest.
Marc Roca perhaps? 40m euros release clause. Bayern were heavily linked with him in the Summer but went with the cheaper Cuisance instead, probably to save money for the Coutinho loan fee.
I just had a shit, I am going to keep it and try to sell it to Woody in January, by then it should be really ripe and at least the opposition will have to around it and not just straight past it.
Roca, Berge, Sangare and that sort of player would be available if we came knocking in Jan (IMO). Being in the Europa, in that regard, may be a benefit that allows us to see some astute signings from unexpected places.
What about Zubeldia? Only obstacle is his long contract which would warrant a considerable fee (can't find the data about his release clause).
Think the plan is to give it to Garner . He is too young now but will make the step up in next couple of years.
An older signing would make more sense
We'd still need an extra DM cause Garner would be the only specialist DM
And it's almost impossible he's thrown into the deep end so quickly anyway when he can barely be in the first team we've not even done that to Greenwood who's our most talented youngster
That's not how top clubs operate, which probably means it's exactly what we are trying to do. If Garner is good enough he'll take the spot when he's ready, we shouldn't be buying old stop-gaps to hold the spot open for him.
If it is the plan we must play him now already, at least once every several games. Garner doesn't grow as a footballer from sitting on the bench (actually, he almost never makes the bench even).
While I agree 100%, its us. So wouldn't be surprised
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