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21 Oct 2018 20:41:34
Striker is the main priority. People say Icardi doesn't fit our style. Goal scorers suit any style, he's a leader also. I'd be willing to sell both of Morata and Batshuayi. Kane would be my dream striker but will never happen.

Right wing is simple - PLAY HUDSON-ODOI! What worse can we do? Willian offers nothing! Dembele hasn't fitted to Barcelona's style of play but I think he could do wonders here running in behind like Sarri likes. I wonder if they're still interested in Willian he's just no good.

Midfield is fine if we can secure Kovacic permanently I love watching him and Hazard together. Loftus-Cheek should leave if he's not getting enough game time and his injuries are a massive worry. Bring Mount back next year. Fàbregas, Drinkwater, Baka and Van Ginkel to leave.

I'd like us to buy a marquee CB. Christensen thinks he's better than what he is, not strong enough for this league IMO. Luiz and Cahill past it, Zouma poor on the ball. Rudiger is class I like Ampadu also. How good is De Ligt of Ajax? He's the future Fernando Hierro he is.

Full backs are a major worry. Alonso despite his clutch goals just gets so exposed against the top sides. Mata breezed past him yesterday and he's slow now. I'd like to see Emerson given more time but if not I do like the Lyon LB Ferland Mendy. RB is obvious, Reece James is Azpi's understudy next year sell Zappa. Azpi has been underwhelming so far but I'm sure he'll come back if not I hope we put faith in James.

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21 Oct 2018 21:19:03
I think Azpi isn't doing that bad as everyone makes out, of course he doesn't score goals as Alonso but he actually defends well.

22 Oct 2018 00:07:49
Mourinho's teams will always sit back, defend and exploit the weakness of teams that play possession football. I feel Man United did precisely the same thing- sit back, defend, exploit and try to counter attack. They sure pointed some lapses in our team which most knew was present before now. Like:
* Jorginho is excellent in distribution and passing but not so good at combating or protecting the back four, so one would expect some defensive mistakes from him sitting in front of the defense (N. Kante should be a better defensive midfielder sitting in front of the back four) ;
* Azpi and M. Alonso aren't obviously that great at playing fullback so your see quick wingers running behind them (the second Man United goal exposed both of them) . Alonso obviously good at helping the attack but I feel Azpi isn't as good as he was at right full back.
* We have a major issue at centre forward position.

22 Oct 2018 07:08:04
It's a common knowledge that any change of coach and style will sure come with casualties on the players. Some will peak, some will remain the same while the others regress. Some will surely take more time to come along.
At the moment, the obvious positions are the striker and the RW. These two already set off the alarm. We could have taken the game out of Man U's reach with more clinical forwards.
Another issue bothering me is Kante's role in the team. I don't know how best to use him but I feel he's under utilised. He's not as effective as he was and that makes a case of a round peg in square hole. Maybe he grows his game so quickly to the demands of his new role.
For the striker, Kane will be a hard one but IMO not impossible. Just that the fee might be deafening. Your other guess maybe as good as mine but surely we need striker than Morata.

22 Oct 2018 13:43:53
Will people actually watch what happens in matches? Azpi is nowhere near the player he was - tackles are missed and passes go astray at regular intervals. I hate to say it, based on past performances, but he is no longer the standard required at CFC.

{Ed001's Note - he just looks like he is struggling with his positional sense after playing right-side of a central 3 to me. Unlike many modern day full backs, who have all the positional sense of a squashed rabbit, he doesn't have blistering pace to make up for being out of position. If he sorts out that, he will be a lot better. Though I do agree his touch and passing is looking out of sorts, but that may come back as the season goes on. It might just be a confidence thing because he knows he is struggling positionally.}

23 Oct 2018 09:49:50
Fair point Ed001 - thanks for the input and I would hope to see Azpi back to his best.

{Ed001's Note - for a long while he was the best full-back in the Prem, get him back to his best and you will be in good shape to challenge for the Premier League.}

23 Oct 2018 14:27:03
Ed001 I would even say that he was one of the best all round defenders in the league for our title winning seaso.

{Ed001's Note - can't really argue with that. You have been very lucky to have him.}



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