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To be honest with you I am more concerned with cover for the defensive midfield role then anything else right now. We seemed to have an abundance of midfielders just before the season kicked off then the Meireles jumped ship last minute and we just looked ok. When Lucas got injured I thought it was a loss but we would get over it but we really havent. Spearing is ok but he is slow, lacking in passing quality and lacks presence. Nobody else can fill the void with any conviction. If I was to make a number 1 target right now for us it would be a specialst, young holding player, I dont know who but we need one!
I know I have swayed off topic so getting back to where we started. I think we are really on a knife edge this season, we are at the point where we have a strong youthful core and are just needing a couple (Isnt it always the way?!) of 'jewel in the crown' style players to push us over the edge in games we are controlling but cant find the breakthrough. Those players that we are needing now are only looking for Champions league football so its a bit of a catch 22.
To be honest with you I think its more a creative wide player that we need, somebody versatile and unpredictable who can thread a pass and add a few goals here and there. Pace would be a lovely addition to those requirements and Hazard ticks every box but, as you say, he seems to know he can pick his club and his wage package! Chelsea have Mata, City have Silva so we kind of need somebody of that ilk. Walcott to be fair is quick and versatile and gets his fair share of assists, albeit to the leagues best finisher! I think he would be a good addition but not 'the' addition.
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Mark my words, he will NEVER be a United player..
They don't have that kind of money, they are more than blessed on the flanks with Nani, Young, Valencia, Park, Giggs and he wants regular first team football.. Every Utd supporter would say they want him, but what they need most is a central mid.
He's going to end up at Madrid, City, Pensioneers, and then outside chances for Spurs Arsinine and Lfc .. Will come down to money, playing time and Europe and in hearing him speak I can't tell which he values the most..
You've got a good point on the defensive midfield gap, even if that is a side bar for this tread. I actually think we were better placed to handle the absence of Gerrard in the first half of the season, than we have to missing Lucas in the second half. Maybe Jay can grow into that role, but right now its a big gap.
I'd also agree Walcott is not "the" player we need. However at the right price, and I'm thinking more in terms not of absolute cost, but priority of other signings we may need, I think Walcott maybe worth a punt.
I was down on Downing last week after his no show at OT, but have to admit he had a fine outing against Brighton,. He brings real pace, and the ability to whip in the ball, and if we had that same threat down the right side, I think it makes us a better side. It's not the final piece of the puzzle but could be another piece that helps build the big picture we're looking for.
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Just a thought, Hobs, Dave and co., in regards to what I also agree is a gap though side issues to the thread... My apologies if you're already familiar with, but if not, have a look into Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao..though, he's more of a "want" because of probable pricetag, rather than practical. Though, with Henry and funds available who knows..
Rafa was tracking him about 3 years ago, and he's now fully developed into a borderline star (if there is such a thing for cdm) in La Liga and bound to feature for La Furia Roja soon. He's a big, tall, athletic player who contributes offensively, especially on set pieces and box to box, if you will.
Again, I think he'd be a bit of a luxury buy .. I'm wondering if over the summer we can't have a look at taking one of his calibre/potential on loan in hopes Lucas will have fully recovered, give Jay more competition to step it up, and see if Connor Coady develops into what he seems capable of..
Much like the Pensioneers did with young Romeu from Barca, I'd keep an eye on Sergie Roberto..
I agree Hobitez
Central midfield in the modern game is more critical than ever. Dominate here and things will start to happen. We need someone who can get hold of a game and dictate it. They then bring others into the game and everything starts to look a little rosier. Lucas (despite my previous reservations about him) is a huge lost but still isn't the player I'm talking about. Almost every successful side (including us) has had this monster in central midfield. Souness, Viera, Keane etc. Not players who break up play etc. but players who basically say "everything happens through me".
Oh how we miss Alonso! Then Walcott might even start to look good.