The coach: Southgate
The goalkeeper: Pickford
A defender: Walker, Maguire/Mings, Stones, Trippier/Chilwell
A defensive midfielder: Rice,
A central midfielder: Henderson, Philipps, Mount
An attacking midfielder/winger: Foden, Sterling, Grealish, Sancho, Bellingham
A striker: Kane, Rashford
I think if we strengthened at DM, our team would look more solid so I would opt for Rice.
That said, I would not be against brining in Grealish or Foden
Reece James, Declan Rice, Nathan Mount.
Declan Rice & Kalvin Phillips.
Considering who would accept coming in right now- Ben White and remote chance for Philipps. If management is wise they should bend backwards to get White who is top class, needed and would come if approached correctly.
I absolutely disagree on White – whom I don’t see as any improvement to our current (and in foreseeable future) own defensive line-up. But Rice and Grealish would be welcome. Probably Kane too, if gives up diving and complaining at the referee all bloody time. And while I wasn’t impressed by Phillips in the 2 games I’ve seen him play, WhoScored is quite amazed by him, so he could be on the shortlist, too.
Aston Villa £25m for ESR. £75m wouldn’t buy him. Jokers!😠😠😠
In a fantasy football world probably Grealish and Kane but neither are realistic. Philip’s, Calvert Lewin and possibly Sterling might be more realistic but not sure about any of them.
Ramsey showing he still has it and he is an experienced pro now. Maybe we need a quality experienced CM to take some pressure of the emerging youngsters so if the wages are right, then maybe he could be considered.
Kevin Phillips and Grealish
Were Francis, I know Aubameyang had an iffy season but Kevin Phillip’s is 47 and retired for 8 years.
Kane,Sterling and Grealish.
But GoonerB, Kevin Phillips might still have scored more goals than Aubang this season!!😉
If confirmed, £7m for Mavrapanos is a complete and utter joke. Less and less convinced Edu knows what he is doing.
Been busy for a few days.
Good Post RC.
Fantasy land? Kane (yuck) and Foden (as back-up to ESR).
Vaguely realistic? Phillips and Mings both looked good in the Croatia game.
But I’d be happy with that Aaron Ramsey chap from Wales… just had an excellent game against Turkey.
Summer transfer stories are 99.9% bolleaux… hopefully including the one that says Real Madrid will do a swap deal where we get Odegaard and they get ESR.
Not on your nelly. ESR is going to be a better player than Ode.
Rocky, I’m pretty sure they know they will totally lose the fans if ESR is let go. If they are not aware of that then their PR awareness team is utter shite and then none of them will be fit for purpose from Kroenke all the way down to Arteta.
Hopefully Moaninho saw another controlled midfield performance with his one eye!
On another note I didn’t watch every last moment if that last game like a hawk but when I was watching I looked at Xhaka.
He played a couple of his trademark hollywood balls but other than that looked like he was hiding, neither keen to receive the ball in tighter midfield areas or trying to screen the defence.
He was strolling around like straining exercise with no intensity to his game. I dont like players that hide in games and it’s harder to pick up how poor they are in a game unless you watch their positioning and movement off the ball.
Xhaka is only really happy to receive it in deep areas facing forwards and with acres of space where he can take his time to ping a long diagonal ball. He was an utter passenger.
I must say I can’t remember him being that disinterested for us last season but again maybe I wasn’t looking at his positioning and movement enough when not directly involved in play. He looks like he would suit a Mourinho team that likes his players to sit back and not be too ambitious.
Watching the Wales game Ramsey was the complete opposite. Even when he missed a chance he never hid and was always trying to get on the ball and get into dangerous positions. He never hides and wants to be the man to make something happen. He looks like a leader, and for me was even more important than Bale.
Watch out sir, the Xhakables are coming to get you.
Ramsey- The red Welsh blood flows oxygenated almost every game. The Arsenal red blood did us proud in the big games. Thank you Aaron. The Italian blue blood needed to return to the heart to be oxygenated- but the money was a consolation.
Italy really positioning themselves as clear favourites…10 games, 10 victories, no goals conceded…what a series
Not a chance. Good looking but wont have enough fire power against biggies! IMO.