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As the resident American, I can't quite comment amongst you Ballon d'Or finalists, aside from my few forays as a right midfielder with only a right leg, sort of like Stewart Downing in another universe, I'd just say that having two lefties at CB is fantastic, and I don't think Sakho has joined under the expectations he's going to just kick Agger, to the curb. He's just 23, and the fee paid suggests he's a big, long term investment, who can give Agger a blow w/t any drop off, and also plays left back from his time at PSG.
We don't have any natural competition for Agger, and though he's vice C, and a virtual lock on the team sheet, he's often prone to mentally switching off, and some silly errors, so one day BR could just pull a Skrtel on him as well, without much worry. He's also much bigger and stronger, he and Skrtel / Toure would forge a pretty scary tandem when paired.
I thought this was pretty interesting and worth a post. I don't believe it accounts for sales and net spend, but then again, I don't particularly care because we did a lot of spending early before sales, and we did a lot of spending at the end without any big sales. That just opens the door for naysayers, but if you do want to account for it, just think of what we did recoup in money to spend in January, which will be accumulated by god knows how much in wages saved. Way too early to think January, but we could have another 30M to spend. Interesting to see how 1 buy puts Arsenal at the top. I like what Southampton did a lot, and Swansea too, despite their poor start, though coming soon! IMO, Spurs, City and Arsenal have the most to prove here
The Premier League summer spending table
1) Tottenham – £107m
2) Manchester City – £102m
3) Chelsea – £66m
4) Liverpool – £49m
5) Arsenal – £44m
6) Southampton – £34m
7) Cardiff – £34m
8) Manchester United – £30m
9) Norwich – £26m
10) Everton – £26m
11) Sunderland – £23m
12) Swansea City – £21m
13) West Ham – £20m
14) Crystal Palace – £17m
15) Aston Villa – £17m
16) West Brom – £13m
17) Hull City – £13m
18) Fulham – £12m
19) Stoke City – £6m
20) Newcastle United – £2m
“Ozil is unique,” said Mourinho. “There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.
“Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.
Much love funny little smarting glory supporters!
The other thing with Agger is, while he played a lot last season, throughout his time with us he's had injury issues, so not having some natural cover and some real competition would be criminal.
But for me we now have a real mix across the back line, and some real strength in depth. We have strength and athleticism, as well as cultured players so selection is not just about whoever played best last or is working hardest in training, but we now have the luxury to select horses for courses.
Actually Jason, I do think you have to account for the net spend some how, as the fact is the amount raised from selling is a gauge on the quality that left a club, versus the spend, being the quality that came into the club. But to put it another way, City who have a huge gross and net spend this summer obviously brought in a lot of quality (or potential quality if they all settle) while Spurs on the other hand while the brought in a lot, and actually still had a healthy net spend, it will be the question of the season whether they brought in more or less quality than they lost by selling Bale who was rated the best player in the prem last term.
One other spanner (wrench for the American) in the works, is how to factor in the loan deals which don't figure in the numbers here. We did not bring in the quality attacking player we wanted by spending 20M+, but instead secured the loan of Moses. I think in fact while everyone is talking up the great job Wenger did on the last day (I'm still not sure as he got a very, very good player who plays in an area where he already has very good players, rather than where they imo needed help), the best business may have been done by Everton. They lost a key player, but got more than market value for him, and secured a more than adequate replacement, plus got a top striker on loan.
But end of the day transfers are investments in the club, and all have risks, so we don't know if what was paid was value for a while. For example a lot is being said about the money Spurs spend, and I grant the talent brought in needs to settle before you can judge them, but despite their good start, I'm not sure all the talk of how great Soldado is warranted when the club has yet to score from open play. Time of course will tell, but I just think the strong correlation between net spending and league finishing position will continue, but a focus on gross spending while great at generating headlines, won't necessarily be that predictive.
Fab I get that you are very excited about your new acquisition, but do you really think spending so much on one player who plays where you already have strength, was the best way to spend your entire transfer budget? Now of course he's going to make your starting 11 better, but I'm just not sure making the strongest part of your squad, your creative midfield, even stronger is the best thing to improve your squad, and as its squads not individual players who win things, does this one player really improve your chances overall?
"Lay awake and dream" Sounds like a contradiction there FAB. I see you don't dispute the forth place comment, so I guess it's true, but if we do dream, I can asure you it's of WINNING not 4th.
thank you for the answer, but I am sure yahoo has problem on my line up, i have 3 5 2 form, 1 def spot has no player, I tried to add the player into the empty spot, and i chose one of the defender and added, however, the pink notice pop up. And I don't have a "save" button.
Plus, we suppose have 4 bench players, but I only have 3........
It's difficult to understand what's gone wrong without seeing it, but I suspect there has been some kind of software issue with certain platforms. There is probably little use complaining here, as I doubt the tech staff ever look in. Try the help page, they may actually be able to help you. Good luck.
Need your advise...
I do have Navas, Coutinho, Cazorla, Michu and Oscar for 5 midfielder.
Wtih Mesut Ozil will be the starting 11 for Arsenal, I am thinking to take Ozil and dropping either Navas, Michu or Oscar..?
What do you guys think?