Potential Matic Replacements

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James Garner will be as exciting as it gets this summer in midfield I’m thinking.
Feel he needs another season out on loan but at a Premier League club, bringing him back in the summer just says that Ole clearly doesn't see any issue with the midfield options outside of Pogba/Bruno and that's so sad
 

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Feel he needs another season out on loan but at a Premier League club, bringing him back in the summer just says that Ole clearly doesn't see any issue with the midfield options outside of Pogba/Bruno and that's so sad
I’m sure he sees issues with a lot of positions but we won’t have the funds to sort all our problems.
 

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Saw Casemiro streaming FIFA on twitch last night and politely asked him to join us. I believe a deal is imminent. :drool:
 

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What about Kalvin Phillips? English, can play DM and CB. Or is it not possible because he’s a Leeds player
 

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He seems to read the game decently well, got a good range of passing and doesn’t mind getting stuck in. And he does those consistently, from the little I’ve seen of him.

I guess I’m just tired of watching McFred in midfield. It should be a DM - Pogba - Fernandes.
 

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Rice. We need a Carrick like presence in our midfield and he is that guy.
 

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I always thought Rice was like an oil tanker and poor on the ball. But looking at him tonight he was been really good and very progressive in his passing.
 

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Everyone is saying this, when he literally had to drop tiers down the English game to be able to impose himself, I don't understand the logic.
Drop tiers? He went on his first loan ever to the Championship.
I'm not saying he's the answer but you post makes no sense.
 

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Drop tiers? He went on his first loan ever to the Championship.
I'm not saying he's the answer but you post makes no sense.
Garner quite clearly is 2 seasons away from even being considered as a Matic replacement. He needs to play a lot of games to build confidence, stamina and strength, and he wont do it when playing 1 in 4 four us if he was to feature for us from next season. He's still very young and not good enough to play for us any time soon. We need Matic's replacement asap.
 
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Everyone is saying this, when he literally had to drop tiers down the English game to be able to impose himself, I don't understand the logic.
It's very simple:

He moved to the championship to get used to men's football. Which he will be fine seasons end.

Right now Matic does not need replacing with a starter. If we do our business right next summer we shouldn't be going into next season with mcTominay and Fed starting together often. It would be either or.
So only an up coming youth on the brink of a first team break through would make sense as Matic's replacement in the 1st team squad. As cover for them 2.
 

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If we want a pure defensive midfielder who can release our more creative players, then I'd go for Bissouma. Actually Rice would be my first choice but we certain are not going to pay the money that West Ham will ask for him.