Rate our current Transfer window

Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by VanGaalEra, Aug 5, 2019.


Rate our summer transfer window. Marks out of 10

  1. 0 - when does it start?

    8 vote(s)
  2. 1

    3 vote(s)
  3. 2

    23 vote(s)
  4. 3

    45 vote(s)
  5. 4

    40 vote(s)
  6. 5

    52 vote(s)
  7. 6

    37 vote(s)
  8. 7

    15 vote(s)
  9. 8

    3 vote(s)
  10. 9

    1 vote(s)
  11. 10 - OMG! OMG! OMG!

    4 vote(s)
  1. Aug 12, 2019

    Reddy Rederson New Member

    May 11, 2018
    Unicorn Country.
    Gave it a 5 as I think we bought well, I just dont think we bought enough. Needed a mid if nothing else.
  2. Aug 12, 2019

    ivaldo Mediocre Horse Whisperer, s'up wid chew?

    Nov 15, 2012
    How did it go so wrong so quick for you?
  3. Aug 14, 2019

    beingshe7don Full Member

    Mar 25, 2016
    If we take into consideration Jan & the Summer transfer window, I think we did good, NOT great but we did the bare minimum by getting Maguire and Wan Bassaka in and obviously Dan James was a bonus although he was not required. We also did well by the sale of Lukaku and Fellaini. However, we did lose Herrera on a free as well. Now, we still have players like Sanchez, Matic, Fred, Darmian, Young, Mata, Jones, Smalling, Rojo & Bailly who need to be sold and they are still here. We have a lot of deadwood in the team which could weigh us down as the season proceeds and fatigue sets in, suspensions and injuries. Also, with Fellaini, Herrera, and Lukaku out, we haven't got any replacements in, which may or may not be a crucial factor in determining our season. We started the season beating a depleted Chelsea 4-0 in which we played fairly poorly for the first 20 min and Chelsea had the upper hand for the first 60 min of the game. All we had going for us in that game was we were at home and backed by the fans, we had great stamina and energy and we were more importantly clinical in front of goal. So I wouldn't get too carried away. Wolves will be a real crunch tie for us as they would like to bounce back from a boring 0-0 draw at Leicester.
  4. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:32

    SCJY New Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    The fact we got rid of Mark Henry makes it an automatic 10 in my book.
  5. Aug 15, 2019 at 12:15

    kthanksbye Full Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    United Arab Emirates
    Average, nothing more than that.
    We bought 3 players from clubs that are smaller than us in stature, paid the asking price on all 3 occasions, and the players most likely more than doubled their salaries. None of those signings are a masterstroke, and it took us the entire window to do this.
    Good thing is that at least we targeted the right players.
    We've also failed to replace Lukaku and Herrera, and haven't been able to get rid of some of the deadwood yet.
  6. Aug 15, 2019 at 12:33

    Bestietom Full Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    It will be harder to get rid of the deadwood than to bring players in. But knowing that we were short in midfield, ( Herrera and Fellaini gone) and then selling Lukaku without replacing any of them, makes us weaker this year. If we get any injuries to our top players we are in trouble.
  7. Aug 15, 2019 at 12:37

    ExecutionerWasp001 New Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    I feel we've been shafted again by Ed & the Glazers. They recouped half the Summer outlay by selling Lukaku. They would have known the Lukaku transfer was going to get through & should have had a replacement lined up so we could act as soon as he'd signed his contract at Inter. They've instead decided to pocket the cash.
  8. Aug 16, 2019 at 14:51

    Tahith Chong on the Bong New Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    The net result of the window is that we have a limted front 3 or 4 players that need to double the numbers of goals scored this season each for us to at least stay in and around 5th. To do better one of them needs to step up and get near 30 goals. Been a long time since we had a 30 goal season from a striker. Had a good start so no reason not too, if they dont then we could be in big trouble.
  9. Aug 17, 2019 at 20:33

    Ballist1x New Member

    May 13, 2019
    Wow I hear Inter Milan are now interested in Alexis Sanchez and might offer cash for him!

    If we can clear him out even for a low ish price and that allows us to bring in a midfielder in January then I say do it!
  10. Aug 21, 2019 at 03:47

    Sean_RedDevil Twitter bot

    Sep 12, 2004
    Since July in NYC :) Before in Manchester+Hamburg
    My first post on the Cafe after 4 months therefore first of all i wanna laugh and cry about my transfer wish list in April (It was in a now closed thread) :lol::(

    Therefore a 2 for our transfer window.
  11. Aug 21, 2019 at 04:19

    NoPace Full Member

    Jan 20, 2014
    Yeah, it was inexcusable not to come out of the summer with at least one of the #10 or RW positions filled, then at least you could hope that someone in the squad emerges to be the other first XI midfielder. Instead we have 9 first choice players (Martial, Rashford, Pogba, McTominay, Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, De Gea) and then 2 spots where it's tough to see anyone having a strong season, really, and at gunpoint the fact that I'd back a 17 year old first among them says it all.

    I think if we'd pressed really hard for Ziyech and made him feel wanted we could have gotten him for a decent fee. Short of that, there were other possible solutions like topping PSG's salary offer for Sarabia (maybe risky on a 5 year deal at 27 though and also he probably would have just picked PSG), Ceballos or Perisic on loan.

    Or of course we could be a well run club and have had a deal lined up for someone like Brandt or Aouar or short of that some balls and scouting and have found a good, productive midfielder ready to step up a level for 20-30M like Leicester did with Maddison. I know we signed James but he obviously was one for the future and can only be asked to provide legs and width, not the 8-10 goals and assists we need as a minimum from a guy starting 30 times in the Prem in an attacking position.

    If Ole doesn't think Mata is a clear starter ahead of Lingard as a 10 against a side we know is going to play in a low block and on the counter in Wolves, then he should have been allowed to leave and his wages would have covered the wages of a new player or loanee.
  12. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:01

    Pavl3n Full Member

    Jun 12, 2015
    I rated it 7.
    Might be a bit overrated, but I'm happy with the direction the team is going. It's not about splashing the cash, but it's about bringing in the right players.
    This transfer window feels a bit as if we have a DoF in charge, who has planned the signings. A specific profile that rather fits the club than the manager. The club would rather sign the right player, instead of a stop gap player who we would most certainly overpay for and overpay his wages too. Such players were Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, Blind, Valdes, Buttner, Schweinschteiger.
    Disappointed, not to have replaced Herrera, but so happy we got rid of Fellaini and Lukaku. The fact we haven't replaced Herrera is that burning issue. Eriksen is a great player, but 2/3 season down the line and we'll be calling for his head and I bet we would have given him big wages, just because Sanchez is still in the squad. I'd be happier if we bring in next winter or summer someone like AWB or Maguire. Someone that you know would be here for at least the next 5 years and would fit in seamlessly and will improve the team right away. Just as we feel Sancho would.
    I am looking forward to the remaining weeks of transfer window to trim down the squad even more. I think Rojo would definitely leave. Would be happy if we get rid of Sanchez, even if it means we'll be really thin up front. And hopefully Darmian leaves too. Then next summer, we could see one of Smalling, Jones and Bailly leave too and bring LB that not only will replace Young, but would be upgrade on Shaw too.
  13. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:43

    Fosu-Mens Full Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Muppet station for next season.

    AWB: Positively surprised by him. Able to defend on his own against fast and technical players. If he can fix his passing and offensive part to make it not be an issue, then we have a really good player on our hands. Could also see him playing as a central defender in a three backline or potentially as a defensive midfielder if needed.

    Maguire: Better than what we currently have, but that is not saying much. Would rather have seen the money being spent on central midfielders. His lack of mobility combined with little protection from the midfielders might cause serious issues this season.

    Daniel James: Low cost, low-risk transfer. Got pace and effort, but lacks the technical ability to perform at this level when there is no or little space for him to run in. Could have got Pellegrini from Roma for around the same price and he would have started every game for us.

    The biggest issue before the summer and the most crucial area in the team to have good players in was not addressed at all. If we had gotten one decent midfielder that was able to pass and help to play out of defense, we would have been a much better team compared to the improvements that acquiring AWB or Maguire made.