Guys and gals, sometimes you have to take a step back and say, wow, haven’t we come a long way?
It feels like 4 years ago, we were sitting here complaining that Arsenal were tight because they wouldn’t spend an extra £10m on Higuain.
Now we’re sitting here getting upset we’re about to drop £60m on Lacazette!
Let’s be real here, we’ve just upgraded on last season’s attempt at signing Jaimie Vardy. Sure, Lacazette will score goals. He’s deadly in front of goal, has great link up play and he’s fast. I’m just not sure he’s going to next level us. I think he’ll be a very solid signing, but he won’t do as much for us as a player like Auba, who has just turned 28 years old and is apparently worth £63m.
I don’t really understand the argument that we don’t play to Auba’s style. We play lightning counter-attacking football when we want to, which suits his pace. We play a very intricate game, which the man from Gabon can play. Also, of massive importance in our league, is the height. Auba comes in 3 inches taller than Lacazette and that’s important if you’re moving on Olivier Giroud.
My bigger concern is the lack of creativity we’ve shown in dealing with the lack of strikers and talent in general. Henry Onyekuru coming in would be an interesting signing if we put him right back out on loan. We should be hoovering up young talent from around Europe that’s ready to go right back out to a mid-level Premier League clubs. We should be taking more chances on slightly older U23 youth that comes with a more modern premium.
Tielemans might be a bad example, but he’s been turning heads all year, he’s probably going to Monaco. So why aren’t we in there hoovering him up and shipping him out on loan at a good club, then we can bring him back when it makes sense? Kind of the way Chelsea have been operating. Modernising what project youth was… bring in £15-20m elite kids, loan them out, grow their talent, then have a production line of the best players coming into the first team squad when they’re good enough.
I mean, you’d have to have a good enough scouting network to do that. There seems to be very little creativity there. We’re right there, every year, fighting for all the obvious players. While Monaco, Sevilla, Dortmund and a host of other clubs pick up the bright young things. I mean, at a very basic level, it’s sad to see Paredes moving to Zenit from Roma.
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