Keep or not: The midfielders…

Lucas Torreira, our diminutive defensive midfielder from Uruguay currently on loan in Serie A

El Neny, our tall Egyptian midfield enforcer who seems to always do well for his country and decently when we call upon him

Xhaka, our former captain and usually one of the coaches and players’ favourites but with a contrived history with mistakes, red cards and fans

Lokonga, a promising young player with a good level of intensity but also prone to being outmuscled in dangerous areas

Patino, Azeez and M’Hand, apparently the most promising young midfielder talents from our Academy

Guendouzi is already automatically purchased by Marseilles for 11 Mln EUR (10 Mln pounds).

I will talk about Nelson in the next post as he could be seen more as an attacking player and if I am not mistaken, we talked about AMN already…

Here is my take:

  • Sell: Torreira, El Neny
  • Loan: Azeez, M’Hand
  • Keep: Xhaka (but not as a starter), Lokonga, Patino

COYG!

Also: Happy Birthday to Arteta, in case he reads this blog too 😛

9 Responses to Keep or not: The midfielders…

  1. fred1266 says:

    Stop reading after I saw keep xhaka

  2. RC78 says:

    My heart says let him go but my head, purely based on the fact that Edu and Arteta and previous coaches love him, say that he will stay so why fight it…

  3. pbarany says:

    Sell: AMN, Elneny, Torreira (for a good price), Olayinka
    Loan: Patino, Salah-Eddine, Matt Smith, Cottrell, Cirjan
    Keep: Xhaka (for starter), Partey (for starter), Lokonga, Azeez
    Buy Gravenberch/Aouar/Puig

    If a CM is bought, Azeez could further go on loan, and Xhaka, Partey and the new guy should rotate the first team starting places and the bench, while Sambi and the player losing the spot should start in European and cup games.

  4. allezkev says:

    Sell Torrieira to whoever comes up with an acceptable bid and that may not be Fiorentina.

    Sell Niles if we get a half-decent bid, which given his time at Roma is looking unlikely.

    Elneny is out of contract in the summer so a new deal for him depends on the business we do in the summer, it might be prudent to keep him with a european competition pending in 22/23.

    Lokonga is young and under contract until 2026 so keeping him is obvious to me.

    Keep Xhaka, most of our funds will be going on forwards/goalscorers this summer so I’d imagine that developing Albert Lokonga and keeping Elneny could be the option for midfield unless Tomiyasu has a brother at Bologna who can play midfield.

    None of the youngsters with the possible exception of Hutchinson look likely to move into the senior squad this summer.

  5. LBG says:

    Ditto Fred.
    Buy Bissouma, Calvert- Lewin or maybe even Rashford ( about time we bought someone from Manure who isn’t a dud!)

  6. LB says:

    Can’t see how Xhaka could be an impact player and if not why keep him?
    I have a feeling that was written on purpose to rattle a few cages — it worked.

  7. LB says:

    We are very very good at turning manu players into duds.
    Does Rashford work hard enough for the Arteta vision?

  8. fred1266 says:

    LBG has u seen rashford lately very close to being a dud

  9. LBG says:

    Fred
    Do you believe you are watching the real Rashford?
    LB, would you not agree the Silvestres etc were duds before we were conned? I think Rashford is not a spent force and Mikel is just as likely to bring out the talent in him as anyone.

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