Pogba's biggest fan
- Dec 6, 2015
They've let go of their head of international scouting and various heads of regional scouting. These include the chap who was around for 24 years and vital to bringing in great gems. Then citing covid, they let go of 2 more key scouts in Brian Mcdermott, and Clarke (who I think was head of UK Scouting).Like which ones? From reports so far, most are support and admin staff. They are getting rid of Cagigao because, after their restructuring, they feel Edu will adequately cover that job. Are they right? Only time and results will tell. I agree that Luiz's days at the top are numbered and frankly he is lucky to still be starting (although he was the MOTM against City), but they have brought in two new CBs (Saliba and Mari) in addition to Holdings and Chambers. Also, in my opinion Willian and Coutinho will be very good additions to their squad, they are still more than decent players by any standards.
Then they let go of more regional scouts, hour by hour, who were employed in a consultancy basis. Whilst this is not unusual from covid, no club has made such big cuts in this department as Arsenal have. And its really no coincidence that they are using Kias relationship to bring in players, which massively limits the pool of talent they can go for. Cedric, Wilian, Luiz, Coutinho all Kia's clients.
Coutinho and Wilan are also circumstantial. They aren't part of a long term plan, quite obviously and they will add to quality but it points to a circumstantial relationship with one agent, not a well thought out plan from Edu. Not yet anyway.
My source is from an Athletic affiliated podcast which analysed this issue for what it's worth. The loss of key staff wasn't well received by the squad either apparently.
Giroud's style of play allows age to be less of a factor where as its quite notorious that wingers have a problem with age unless they adapt their game. Wilan is a good squad option but 2 years really was really a fair limit to offer the bloke!Giroud is almost 34 and easily Chelsea's best striker at the moment. Besides, Chelsea actually wanted to give Willian a new contract, albeit a 2-year one.