Apparently we’ve been linked to 69 midfielders in this window, but here are the ones that have been most reliably linked, so which do you want?
I’ve opened it up to multiple choice as I think it can be argued the plan is for a younger player and a more experienced one to be brought in, or we could be after a single big-money player. I’ve put a star (*) next to the ones that would seem to cost the most, so if you vote for one of those then just one choice please… if you vote for one of the others feel free to add a second non-starred option.
Discussion welcomed, let’s talk about the runners and riders for this now key position for us to fill this summer.
Anyway, I went for Sangare and Lavia, think the former is ready to deliver for us now and looks like the sort of player that would work well for us, at a reportedly reasonable fee. While Lavia looks to have a very high ceiling and could become a really good player for us.
With both Hendo and Fab going I’d want two in to replace them, and it be those two.
Lavia for me. I think he will be as good as Caicedo soon, but at the moment will cost half as much. His is fast and can tackle, which is important with the space he will cover. He is press resistant, and also looks to pass quickly, and get the attack going. He also tries more difficult passes, off both the left and right. I think there’s a lot of ability here that is starting to emerge.
Age and inexperience is obviously a factor, but I’m not as bothered about that as some. We have other options in the squad, even if all the veteran midfielders leave, to rotate a bit and help bring him through.
I’m not altogether sure if we are looking at one midfielder or two. And I’m also not sure on the budget e.g. did we already have the money for Lavia, only now it has 52M from the Saudis added? At that point we might be able to get Tchouameni, if there was any inclination to leave.
But all things considered, Lavia is the one I want.
Looking at that group I’m torn about sticking an old timer in there. If we retain one of the veterans it makes sense, but sod it, as the great Hansen once declared, “You can’t win anything with kids.”
Without knowing to much about most of those players …
I chose Gravenberch , because when most of us were lead to believe that Bellingham is not like all those others etc and seemed a down to earth grounded bloke etc etc …£110+ million for a 19 year old was probably about £100 million to much imo…
Anyways I trust our scouting and they identified Gravenberch as a “similar” player so I presume that was/is still the case …discount version of Bellingham ( for a way better price)…also chose Lavia as I’m putting trust in our more knowledgeable members …I mean we’ve had Sean Dundee and voronin etc …can’t be making those kind of transfers anymore can we ?