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Marin ordinarily plays wide left or behind the striker(s), He may convert to a CM, he does have many of the same attributes as Luka, who when we signed him preferred the same positions as Marin.
Hence the reason I always felt Luka's goal/assist record was acceptable, as he was dictating the play rather than making the final pass or scoring the goals. IMO he is the most significant departure and learning to play without someone of his calibre will take time.
The biggest issue with trying to sign anyone from the chavs is that they will almost certainly try there best to pry Bale/Walker/Ade from us!
I'd rather we target Ibrahim Affaley of Schalke, formerly of Barca, he is a superb player and would IMO fill a luka shaped hole! Alternatively Moutinho would also work, but may ring Levy pockets dry in the process! Dig Deep Daniel!
So who's on your January shopping list?