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Priority of signings

What positions do we need to strengthen and what’s your opinion on the priority of these signings?

Here’s mine:

No 1.

Central midfielder

We simply must strengthen our midfield. Someone with quality on the ball but also works hard is a must. Bruno Fernandes seems to be the one being talked about but who knows. Not going to say I know loads about him but does seem to fit the mound. A lot has been made of Herrera’s departure but I don’t think he’ll be a big loss atall if replaced properly.

2.

Right sided attacker

We’ve neglected this position for too long. Lingard is not good enough to play week in week out while the whole team lacks balance with Mata in there. The question is who? Sancho seems out of reach. I know we’ve signed Dan James but I don’t think he is seen as the short term option and it looks like his best position may even be on the left.

3.

Right back

Hopefully we get this Wan Bissaka deal over the line. Dalot is not ready and if we have 34 year old Ashley Young as our first choice right back we may as well forget about it.

4.

Defensive midfielder

Matic is past it and too slow. His ball retention isn’t good enough either.I hope he is moved on but it looks unlikely. The problem is again there is no obvious solution to the problem. If we can’t get a top DM in I’d give Fred a run.

5.

Centre back

Most will disagree here but I don’t think CB is one of our biggest priorities. Our defenders are far from perfect but I think a huge reason for conceding so many last season was the amount of pressure our defence was put under. Unless there is a no brainer signing available at CB I feel if we improve the rest of our team and our ball retention then Lindelof, Bailly, Smalling and Tuanzebe may be ok. No way should we consider Maguire at the prices quoted.

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by Kung Fu Cantona 🙏🏼 🇵🇸 (U18082)
posted 1 hour, 12 minutes ago
comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Keano's Magic Hat (U10101)
posted 45 seconds ago
Like the look of that Pepe lad from Lille if Rom hopefully buggers off. Means we could play a pretty fluid front three.

A right back, a CM and a CB are an absolute must this window if we want any chance next season.
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Looks like Bayern or Liverpool for Pepe I’m afraid
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I've heard this stuff about Pepe to Liverpool and I don't think I buy it.

Will Pepe be happy to sit on the bench until Salah is injured or they need him for an FA Cup tie in Doncaster?

Bayern is more understandable.
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Mohamed Bouhafsi who is as reliable as they come said Liverpool are front runners but it’s not close yet.

posted 2 weeks ago

We won’t sign Pepe, Sancho will be the one next summer.

posted 2 weeks ago

All 5 would be nice possibly 2 midfielders if pogba goes but cant sse it being done in 1 window. Agree re CB as if our midfield could actually keep hold of the ball and push teams back less pressure would be on the back 4. Marquinuis from PSG if de lift goes there might be a shout

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by Ed The King Woodward (U10026)
posted 8 minutes ago
We won’t sign Pepe, Sancho will be the one next summer.
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You really do need to stop going on about wingers the same nationality as you Dazza. It's getting boring now...

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by Diafol Coch 77 (U2462)
posted 3 minutes ago
comment by Ed The King Woodward (U10026)
posted 8 minutes ago
We won’t sign Pepe, Sancho will be the one next summer.
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You really do need to stop going on about wingers the same nationality as you Dazza. It's getting boring now...
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Dazza is Mexican? Didn’t know that.

posted 2 weeks ago

comment by Clockwork Red (U4892)
posted 11 minutes ago
comment by Diafol Coch 77 (U2462)
posted 3 minutes ago
comment by Ed The King Woodward (U10026)
posted 8 minutes ago
We won’t sign Pepe, Sancho will be the one next summer.
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You really do need to stop going on about wingers the same nationality as you Dazza. It's getting boring now...
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Dazza is Mexican? Didn’t know that.
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posted 2 weeks ago

He’s the Mexican Messi.

posted 2 weeks ago

i personally think a cdm is the top priority. One of our biggest problem was that our decent but not great cbs were often exposed by the midfield. A combination of pogba being unwillingly to cover and matic being useless meant only our b2b provided a useful line of defence.herrera>mct>fred all did a job when on form but when out of form we were terribly exposed.

as per my username and despite sounding like a broken record I will say weigl will be perfect for us. He is basically a young german carrick, who is better under pressure

-------------weigl-----------
----fred/mcT----pogba(if he stays)

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

If we were to end up playing how I'd like to see us playing, I'd say:

1. B2B CM
2. RB
3. CB
4. CF
5. DM

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

While I agree with the Op, I don't think we will get them all done this summer.

CM, RB and DM are the positions I'd prioritise for now. The loss of Herrera, the decline of Matic, and the disappointment of Fred make rebuilding the CM a priority. And RB, well, even if we don't get AWB, we need someone to come in. Dalot is decent going forward but he's not ready to be first choice at a side with out goals right now. And there's nothing more to add to what has been said about Young.

I think RW will be delayed until next summer and James will be given a chance to play there. He has played RW, lw and as a forward. He may be for the future but I think we'll see a lot more from him this coming season.

CB, other than Alderweireld, most of the prices are insane. Maguire for the price quoted won't make our defence significantly stronger and as a Lukaku sort of feel to it. I'd actually advocate for Toby as a short term signing if we're definitely going to recruit a CB. It's give us something short term and we'd have some time to see if Bailey and Tuanzebe develop before splashing big cash on anyone.

We have to remember that this isn't a quick fix. It will take time to get things right, but as long as we have a plan, a style of play and have players to suit, believe and work hard for it, we will do better.

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