Potential RB Options

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I think we're prepared to play the long game with AWB, and see how Laird develops his came over the coming year or so. It's also the right call in my opinion, we have more pressing areas to focus our recruitment in the summer.

To be honest, those calling for AWB to be replaced, are the names being touted really any better? I remember Aarons being torn to shreds by Rashford last season, and he doesn't exactly have TAA like output going forward to justify his defensive frailty.

We play with our wingers high and wide, is there any full back in world football other than AWB you would rather be consistently in those 2v1 positions?
 

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I find Lamptey a very overrated player, a RW playing at RB and I expect his hype to die down in a year or two's time.

He gets too forward all the time on instinct, he wont have that defensive balance that Ole clearly looks from his fullbacks - he spends most of his time making super fast runs in to the opposite corner flag and with his very average defensive abilities, it will leave our defenders like Bailly and Maguire very open down the right hand side. Personally if we had signed him instead of Wan Bissaka I dont think we would be high as up as we are on the league as we would be less balanced defensively than people seem to think with our 'weak' player.

Trippier is much more balanced and experienced, reliable whilst being able to attack and defend to a premier league standard.

I completely agree. I don't see what all the hype of Lamptey is. If there is a player I'd like us to sign from Brighton it isn't Lamptey, it's Sully March. Or maybe I just really like saying Sully March... :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Papers saying Bayern or Utd would have to pay £30-£35mil for Max Aarons this summer. Seems more expensive then i would think the player would cost. Not really seen him play this season, must have potential for clubs like Utd and Bayern to be interested.
 

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Papers saying Bayern or Utd would have to pay £30-£35mil for Max Aarons this summer. Seems more expensive then i would think the player would cost. Not really seen him play this season, must have potential for clubs like Utd and Bayern to be interested.
Aaron's isn't coming here for certain if that's the case. We have glaring weaknesses elsewhere and 35 million is a good percentage of any summer budget that's allocated. If competition is needed there's always Dalot to return on loan.
 

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Trippier has a year left on his deal by the summer. Milenković at Fiorentina, who is primarily a CB but can also play RB, is in the same boat - contract expiring next summer. Either option should be available at a reasonable price.

Perhaps Milenković would make more sense as he helps with the CB need as well but Trippier would offer a genuine attacking alternative to AWB.

Maybe both if the price is right. Allow the majority of the transfer budget to focus on a RW and a CDM (the type of which would depend on what happens with Pogba).
 

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Trippier has a year left on his deal by the summer. Milenković at Fiorentina, who is primarily a CB but can also play RB, is in the same boat - contract expiring next summer. Either option should be available at a reasonable price.

Perhaps Milenković would make more sense as he helps with the CB need as well but Trippier would offer a genuine attacking alternative to AWB.

Maybe both if the price is right. Allow the majority of the transfer budget to focus on a RW and a CDM (the type of which would depend on what happens with Pogba).
I'd personally go for both if it was true and then look to add in a left footed CB in the following transfer window.

Leaves us with a new CB, a attacking experienced alternative to Wan Bissaka like Telles on the left and a left footed CB when we feel we have move on Tuenzebe or Bailly/Lindelof.
 

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I'd personally go for both if it was true and then look to add in a left footed CB in the following transfer window.

Leaves us with a new CB, a attacking experienced alternative to Wan Bissaka like Telles on the left and a left footed CB when we feel we have move on Tuenzebe or Bailly/Lindelof.
AWB Milenković Maguire Shaw
Trippier Lindelof Bailly Telles

with Tuanzebe as the versatile back up seems a good balance with depth.

I’ll admit I have very little idea what Milenković is like as a player beyond our supposed interest in him and a few YouTube clips. Is he the pacy partner Maguire seems to need?

Kounde seems like the dream option but his price would limit our ability to improve the team elsewhere.
 

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Personally id rather the budget was blown on a top CB partner for Maguire than any other position. Would happily have Trippier on the cheap.
 

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So we have
AWB
Dalot on loan
Laird on loan
and Williams who can play there as well

we dont need another RB
So who would be your back up next season to give AWB a rest / a different threat down the right-hand side in appropriate games?
 

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I think Trippier would have been a fantastic January signing at a reasonable price.

Would have provided a genuine outlet for our anaemic right hand side and allowed us to play an effective diamond system in certain matches.
I completely agree. Some may say it wouldn't have been a good signing because of his suspension but I say it WOULD have been a good signing BECAUSE of his suspension. Assuming he was available, the suspension would probably make his price drop a bit considering he would be out for 10 games. But that still leaves plenty of games left and I'd rather have him for some games this year rather than none. If we go after him in the summer then it will make absolutely no sense to me as to why we didn't in January...
 

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So we have
AWB
Dalot on loan
Laird on loan
and Williams who can play there as well

we dont need another RB
AWB is still learning his position. None of the players we already have will offer him anything to help him improve. AWB is our long term solution. I'd like to see a veteran RB come in to push him a little and also help teach him. This is why I think a 30 year old Trippier would be perfect...
 

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AWB is still learning his position. None of the players we already have will offer him anything to help him improve. AWB is our long term solution. I'd like to see a veteran RB come in to push him a little and also help teach him. This is why I think a 30 year old Trippier would be perfect...
I agree, a veteran RB like Trippier would be good for short term. Lets us see how Williams, Dalot, Laird develop.
 

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Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
So who would be your back up next season to give AWB a rest / a different threat down the right-hand side in appropriate games?
Id see how laird and dalot do this season and then next season Id keep one of the three as back up and loan the others out (or perhaps sell dalot if a good offer comes in?)
But id wait to see how laird does - hes got the potential to be the best of the lot - next season he might be ready to be in the squad or he might need a year in the championship (or even abroad like dalot)
we still have a good chunk of the season left so lets see if williams plays, how laird develops and lets not forget that at 21 Dalot has managed to play n 17 games for a title chasing Milan side this season (having started in half the league games since new year)
 

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I agree, a veteran RB like Trippier would be good for short term. Lets us see how Williams, Dalot, Laird develop.
It was idiotic of Dalot to get loaned to Milan. Should have found a mid table club in Serie A / La Liga and got some valuable experience.

I think he has some attributes which can be developed into a top quality right back but has too many missing pieces at this time.
 
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Brandon Williams should develop as RB because he is right footed, he doesn’t have any future as left back!