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We still need another RB, Dalot isn't reliable. Apparently Menuier is available on a free in the summer i would get him as a backup option.
 

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If Pogba and Ighalo stays:

1. Rw or Sancho
2. Dmf or Partey
3. Cb
4. Attacking Lb

If they both leave ST and AMF comes after Rw and Dmf.
 

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Sancho, Zakaria and Jimenez in the summer would step us in the right direction
 

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A right winger and some decent back up. Our first 11 is strong.
- De Gea / Henderson (one will leave)
- AWB (great defensively and improving going forward)
- Shaw (Williams back up)
- Lindelof & Harry (Bailly and Tuanzebe back up)
- Fred & McT (Matic back up)
- Bruno, Pogba, Rashford (Greenwood)
- Martial (Ighalo back up)

The problem we have is that in some key areas there is a lack of quality back up. Mostly going forward. I don’t think many of the starting XI need replacing but, despite his recent improvement, I could see arguments for upgrading Martial. Getting rid of Jones, Lingard and Pereira would be a useful way of freeing up some space and wages. Mata and Matic have their uses, especially if they are happy to play a bit part role.

Then there are also the youngsters coming through. Chong, Garner and Gomes still have time to prove their doubters, Hannibal is a great prospect. Greenwood is already very involved. James... not that young but a good option if he’s used as back up not as a regular.

I honestly don’t think we need a lot.
 

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What we need is always a little different to what we want.

I think what we absolutely need is obvious: a right winger. The club should be doing everything it possibly can to address this gap in the squad. Sancho, of course, is the (pipe?) dream.

If Pogba leaves, which I expect him to do, then we need a creative replacement. Grealish being my choice.

After that, we get into the territory of what we want. Still important, nonetheless. I think the squad would benefit from another left back; one who particularly excels going forward, is left footed and can whip in a dangerous cross. I look at Lucas Digne at Everton and I’d love that profile of player to battle it out with Shaw at left back. They’d be a great tactical option to play wide of Shaw when we play three at the back, too.

I’d also like another central midfielder; a defensive one who can provide cover/competition for Matic, Fred and McTominay. Having four good options to choose from, to complement Bruno and a Pogba/Grealish, would make for a great set of options. On paper, of course.

Lots of fans seem to want a striker. Personally, I’d press ahead and put my trust in Rashford, Martial and Greenwood. I wouldn’t be against the signing of Ighalo either. If we can buy a proper winger (that scores goals) and have the likes of Pogba/Grealish and Bruno scoring and assisting from midfield, the need for an expensive striker is lessened.
 

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I’d say it’s fair to assume Henderson will get another year at Sheffield United, there’s been no talk of him coming back and that sort of news would’ve filtered out by now. I don’t really see any point in signing Grealish now we have Fernandes, so long as Pogba doesn’t leave.

It’s pretty obvious that RW is the last big hole in the squad to fill, that would theoretically complete our team. Sancho’s the obvious candidate but I’m curious to know who else we could go for should we miss out on him, which is a real possibility.

If the rumours are true that we’re looking at letting a few CBs go then obviously we need to be looking at someone young and talented with the view of challenging Lindelof in a few years time. Preferably someone quick and strong in the air.

I’d say our 2nd biggest issue would be to replace Matic who’s in his 30s while we’re not desperate for a DM, we’d have a lot more bargaining power this summer than if we waited till he was completely past it. This Zakaria seems to fit all the boxes but I wouldn’t be against someone like Ndidi, although Leicester would probably price him out of a move for now.
 

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Chances are if business is done in the summer it will be minimal as clubs will have so much to do in general to get things back on course. Sancho will be the focus I feel, getting him is such a big thing to put the final piece in that front 4 IMO. I don't see us getting more than 3 in and looking at the recent links the below seems possible.

Sancho
Cavani/Igalho
Zakaria/Tonali/Van der Beek
 

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Chances are if business is done in the summer it will be minimal as clubs will have so much to do in general to get things back on course. Sancho will be the focus I feel, getting him is such a big thing to put the final piece in that front 4 IMO. I don't see us getting more than 3 in and looking at the recent links the below seems possible.

Sancho
Cavani/Igalho
Zakaria/Tonali/Van der Beek
Sancho and Ighalo is a real possibility but still not sure how badly we actually want a DM/CM.
 

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Sancho and Ighalo is a real possibility but still not sure how badly we actually want a DM/CM.
Given our only DM is going to be 32 by the time another ball is kicked and routinely hasn't got the stamina for a full season or the mobility needed against better teams, I'd say a DM is a priority after Sancho, even moreso if Pogba stays as the whole playing him deeper thing is a liability.
 

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Summer 2020
- Keep Ighalo.
- Greenwood plays more
- Sancho
- Grealish
- Bellingham
- Keep Pogba if he sacks Raiola and move him into a DM
Do you think he has the discipline to play there?

I think he has lots of abilities in the offensive side of the game, but defensive...
 

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We need Sancho, obviously.
Beyond that I’d say a left back would be great and a DLP who’s adept at keeping possession. The ideal players would be Grimaldo for LB and Marc Roca as DLP. With the exception of Sancho, these will be inexpensive.
 

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Summer 2020
- Keep Ighalo.
- Greenwood plays more
- Sancho
- Grealish
- Bellingham
- Keep Pogba if he sacks Raiola and move him into a DM
Agree with all these bar Pogba.

1) He cannot play DM at all. He's atrocious there
2) He wants to leave.
3) He's better offensively, but with Fernandes/Grealish there isn't a need for him
4) With the money he brings, we use to recruit younger/hungrier players with a better team ethic rather than his self centred media driven hype we are used too
5) He wants to leave

Pogba is a good talent, but a failed signing. Time for us all to move on
 

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Agree with all these bar Pogba.

1) He cannot play DM at all. He's atrocious there
2) He wants to leave.
3) He's better offensively, but with Fernandes/Grealish there isn't a need for him
4) With the money he brings, we use to recruit younger/hungrier players with a better team ethic rather than his self centred media driven hype we are used too
5) He wants to leave

Pogba is a good talent, but a failed signing. Time for us all to move on
While I agree with your main point, that for whatever reason Pogba just hasn't worked here like we all hoped it would, and that he doesn't dominate games like I personally hoped he would, I must make one point --

Its not an exact quote from you, more of a general point I am synthesizing, but I think saying "we have Grealish so there is no need for Pogba" would be an offense that should lead to banishment from the forum.

Grealish isn't on the same planet as Pogba.
 

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While I agree with your main point, that for whatever reason Pogba just hasn't worked here like we all hoped it would, and that he doesn't dominate games like I personally hoped he would, I must make one point --

Its not an exact quote from you, more of a general point I am synthesizing, but I think saying "we have Grealish so there is no need for Pogba" would be an offense that should lead to banishment from the forum.

Grealish isn't on the same planet as Pogba.
While i agree, Pogba is better than Grealish (and many others), you cannot escape the vital points.

Football is a team game. A clubs main goal is to have a entire squad fir for purpose. There is little place for "Individual talents" unless that player is of the ilk of a Messi or Ronaldo. Very few teams in world football set up with a "1 star player" mentality.

Even when Hazard was at Chelsea, although he was undoubtedly the biggest talent he wasn't the only bright spark in the team, similar to Griezmann at Athletico before his move to Barca.

My points with Pogba have always been regarding consistency and application. Pogba is a selfish footballer whose work rate and desire is nowhere near where it should be to warrant a starting spot at a big club, more worrying than that is because of his fame and his worldwide popularity due to social media the bulk of our fans think he is a footballer worthy of labels like "world class".

If Pogba was the quiet type, with limited social media our fans would be screaming for him to do better and demand he leaves. Simply put, he is a failed transfer. He does not apply his talents in the manner he should. With his skill set and physical attributes, he could be immense. But he isn't. Maybe the bar is set higher, but the bar is high BECAUSE he has the ability to do so much better.

You have to ask yourself - would we have a better squad without him? Well it's difficult to answer, but he's certainly more of a negative than a positive for me.

If we sold Pogba and replaced him with Grealish i do believe our squad would be better. Thats not saying Grealish is a better player, but facts are facts. Pogba has been inconsistent over 3 seasons or so and is angling for a move. Grealish covers more positions and if he applies himself and works hard we'd have a good quality squad option. Grealish could bomb and we'd be none the better of course, but thats football.

Being a good player doesn't make you a good member of a squad
 

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People need to wake up a little, we are currently 5th. The squad options are still poor. We need a much better bench, have to get rid of our first 11 is good mindset. You need a squad to win the league, we always pick up injuries and we need options.

If we are trailing in a game we can't be looking at Mata, Periera, Lingard, Jones and Chong on a bench. If we are serious of making a real challenge we need competition for places. We need 5 out and 4 quality players in. Rojo, Jones, Lingard, Periera and even Mata gone. Maybe an upgrade on Dalot. Replacement for Matic ready to come in next year. This we only need one or two is no good, it really isn't. I personally think we need a better CB to come in, don't think Lindelof has proven he's a starter with Maguire yet. Do we keep the Pogba saga going, the man is disruptive and isn't always available to be selected.
 

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While i agree, Pogba is better than Grealish (and many others), you cannot escape the vital points.

Football is a team game. A clubs main goal is to have a entire squad fir for purpose. There is little place for "Individual talents" unless that player is of the ilk of a Messi or Ronaldo. Very few teams in world football set up with a "1 star player" mentality.

Even when Hazard was at Chelsea, although he was undoubtedly the biggest talent he wasn't the only bright spark in the team, similar to Griezmann at Athletico before his move to Barca.

My points with Pogba have always been regarding consistency and application. Pogba is a selfish footballer whose work rate and desire is nowhere near where it should be to warrant a starting spot at a big club, more worrying than that is because of his fame and his worldwide popularity due to social media the bulk of our fans think he is a footballer worthy of labels like "world class".

If Pogba was the quiet type, with limited social media our fans would be screaming for him to do better and demand he leaves. Simply put, he is a failed transfer. He does not apply his talents in the manner he should. With his skill set and physical attributes, he could be immense. But he isn't. Maybe the bar is set higher, but the bar is high BECAUSE he has the ability to do so much better.

You have to ask yourself - would we have a better squad without him? Well it's difficult to answer, but he's certainly more of a negative than a positive for me.

If we sold Pogba and replaced him with Grealish i do believe our squad would be better. Thats not saying Grealish is a better player, but facts are facts. Pogba has been inconsistent over 3 seasons or so and is angling for a move. Grealish covers more positions and if he applies himself and works hard we'd have a good quality squad option. Grealish could bomb and we'd be none the better of course, but thats football.

Being a good player doesn't make you a good member of a squad
Fair enough mate.

And if Pogba isn't 100% committed to us then you are probably right.
 

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Swap Pogba for De Ligt and Ramsey , solves the Cb and box to box positions £0m spend
Sign Sancho solves Rw £100m spend
Sign Zakaria solves Dm £40m spend
Sign Ighalo solves striker depth £15m -20m

£160m outlay
4 key positions upgraded
Striker depth solved

Very ambitious, but no reason we cant take advantage of possible financial issues at other clubs such as Juventus who would probably prefer player trades to obtain Pogba rather than pay cash