Did you say, Cavani?

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So the rumour mill is going bloody crazy this morning, the exciting stuff is in the Telegraph. They’ve indicated we’re looking at Howedes, the German centre back along with Gustavo and Carvahlo. The article says Wenger will only add one more. A bit odd he’d has one more with interest across two positions.

Some of the other publications have mention all Kostas Manolas as the third choice centre back we’re looking at. He’s 23, played at the World Cup and would come in at under £3m which would make Wenger sense. To be honest, you probably want someone who would be fine fight for a place this season. I’m cool with that sort of cover. Ideally, Howedes would be my man. He’s a top, top defender who won the World Cup playing left back. That’s versatility if ever I saw it!

I like that we’re back in for Gustavo… I’d be surprised if we snared him, he plays for a mega rich club who are building for the future (Wolfsburg). So it’d be off if they let him go right now.

Giroud has been talking up the qualities of his new strike partner…

“It is always easy to play with this type of player. I think he will maybe need some more games to adapt his game to the Premier League but this is normal and he is a fantastic player.

“He has different qualities to me or Sanogo. He can bring his pace and technique into the centre of the park. Our Germans will join us. We will be stronger this year and get better and better.”

I’m looking forward to seeing how this pans out. Giroud gives us a lot when we have pace, but he’s not top quality. He could lift it this season, prove us all wrong, but ultimately, when you’re slow, you have to pull some serious magic to make a difference at the highest level.

Still, we have options. Lots of them. Our front three are mostly interchangeable. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of Sanogo and his potential, but he’s big and fast so he’ll get scraps… Joel Campbell has a lot of the raw ingredients you need with flashes of brilliance. The player I’m looking forward to seeing the most is Theo. His pace and sharp shooting will be a welcome addition.

United look good. All the noise about Diego Costa being a poor buy looks to be just that, noise. Liverpool look brutal. City don’t need to look good because they’ll come good because they have so much individual talent.

Before I leave you with something a bit weird, Kike Marin reckons we’re talking to Cavani. He was the only journo who had the Reus story when I was hinting about it and he was one of the first with Sanchez news as well.

Guy be connected… naaa what I’m saying fool?

Right, I was asked to write something for the Standard and they sent me some questions about Spurs by accident. I thought that was the twist.

Apparently not. I just wrote a load of stuff for nothing. So here it is…. for the bantz.

1) Who has been Tottenham’s best Signing (so far)?

Errr, have they signed anyone? No wait, that English kid who grew up in Portugal, or that Villarreal player? I have no idea. I think Spurs were told they weren’t allowed to sign players this year on account of how much they embarrassed their fans last year (you know, ‘we’re title contenders’ after spending £100m on dross).

2) Which player would you have liked them to have signed?

I’d have liked them to have picked up Nik Bendtner. Outside players, I was actually quite devastated they didn’t pick up Louis Van Gaal as their manager. I think he’d have been a disaster for Spurs following their last two managers. He’d have caused all sorts of friction for a club he’s ultimately bigger than. I think Pochettino is a good manager. He’ll work with what he has, nuture youth and the chances are, he’ll get far more out of his players than the last two managers have.

Then 2-3 sentences on with his overall views of how successful Tottenham’s transfer window has been.

I don’t think it’s been much of a window. Probably their biggest success has been keeping Vertonghen. Spurs strategy this summer has centred around foundation setting. They have the players, they’ve spent the money, now they need a manager who can make things work properly. I think they’re this seasons dark horses. No one is talking about Spurs and look, the dross I spoke about clearly isn’t dross. The dross last season was solely focused in the management department. The right manager could make Spurs a force for hitting that desirable Europa League spot.

3) Who will be their key player next season?

Hugo Lloris is Spurs best player by quite a margin, arguably, their only World Class player. He’ll be playing for a move to a proper club with Champions League football the season after, so he’ll be charged.

4) Who will breakthrough into the team next season?

No idea, don’t care.

5) Which player has something to prove?

Basically the raft of players they signed last season. Paulinho needs to show what he’s about, Capoue needs to prove himself like he did in France and Erik Lamela, so blessed with talent, needs to show what he’s all about.

6) Who is the weakest link?

There are so many players at Spurs who could be weak links. The weakest part about their whole set up is the mental fragility that is synonymous with the club. No manager has really managed to stop Spurs bottling it. Harry Redknapp came close, but still failed spectacularly in the end to topple Arsenal. Pochettino is a different breed of manager. Highly rated, smart, trustworthy and intelligent. He still has a major job on his hands. The likelihood is Spurs will still bottle it and this season, they could be a long way off Arsenal, because we’ve really kicked on to the next level.

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  1. qna

    From a practical point, every club has to manage its wage bill. It can always be improved. If you want to dd a high earner, you either have to increase your wage bill, which we can do with new commercials – but at the expense of transfer fee budget, and/or sell players that will make room in the wage bill. Its useful to know the wage bill when looking to see which players need to be sold. This is what I have (I know too much time on my hands):

    Mesut Özil, 25yo, £140k
    Alexis Sánchez, 25yo, £140k
    Lukas Podolski, 29yo, £107k
    Theo Walcott, 25yo, £100k
    Jack Wilshere, 22yo, £90k
    Santi Cazorla, 29yo, £90k
    Tomás Rosicky, 33yo, £85k
    Aaron Ramsey, 23yo, £80k
    Mikel Arteta, 32yo, £80k
    Per Mertesacker, 29yo, £70k
    Mathieu Debuchy, 29yo, £70k
    Wojciech Szczesny, 24yo, £65k
    Mathieu Flamini, 30yo, £65k
    Abou Diaby, 28yo, £65k
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20yo, £65k
    Laurent Koscielny, 28yo, £60k
    Kieran Gibbs, 24yo, £60k
    Olivier Giroud, 27yo, £60k
    Nacho Monreal, 28yo, £50k
    David Ospina, 25yo, £40k
    Joel Campbell, 22yo, £40k
    Francis Coquelin, 23yo, £20k
    Ryo Miyaichi, 21yo, £10k

    U/21 (not part of 25 man squad)
    Yaya Sanogo, 21yo, £20k
    Calum Chambers, 19yo, £10k
    Serge Gnabry, 19yo, £10k

    Total wage bill, £88m/y
    Other wages, £42m/y

    We have basically 100k/wk in extra salary that we have not spent with players like Bendtner, Sanga etc moving on.

    How would you guys make the upgrades to the squad we need by adding say 200k/wk in total to the wage bill. We have only 2 unrestricted slots in the squad available.

  2. Nasri's Mouth

    TYAG: Glad to see Mesut talking about how he needs to up his game this season. Out of curiosity, does that also make Mesut a cunt for saying what a few of us have said.

    I’m guessing it was a response to a question about the quality of his game and whether he could improve. Pretty much every footballer is going to say something similar unless they’re call Zlatan and they’re already perfect

    Good though that he’s mentioned specific parts of his game, (though he didn’t say ‘I must smile more so that people don’t think I’m miserable)

    Hopefully it’s not just paper talk and he’s working hard to improve his game. Anyone at his level in any game is extremely driven to succeed so I can’t imagine he’s not desperate to improve

  3. Rocky Pires

    If I was to rate the starting 11’s for all the title contenders this is what I would see ;
    Chelsea
    ____________Tbo – 9
    Azpil – 7____Cahill-7__Terry-8___Luiz-8
    ___________Cesc – 8__MAtic – 8
    HAzard – 9_____Schurler -8 ___William -7
    ________________Costa – 9

    Total =88/100

    City
    ___________HArt – 7
    Zabeleta – 8__Kompany- 10__Magala-8__Kalrov – 6
    ________Yaya -10__Fernandinho – 8
    _Nasri – 7______________________Silva- 9
    ____________Dzeko-8___Aguero -9

    Total=90/100

    Arsenal
    _____________Schz – 8
    Debuch – 7 ___Mert – 8__Kos – 8__Gibbs-7
    ______________Arteta-6
    ________Ramsey- 9___Wilshire -8
    _______________Ozil -9
    _________Sanchez-10___Giroud -7

    Total=80/100

    Utd
    _____________De Gea – 8
    ______Smalling -6__Evans- 7__Jones-7
    ______________Herrara-7__Carrick -7
    ____Mata-8_______________________Rojo-7
    ______________RVP -10___Rooney_9

    Total = 76/100

    Liverpool
    ______________Minoleget-6
    Johnson-6_____Skertel-7__Lovern-8___Moreno-7
    __________Gerrard-8__Henderson-7
    _____Couthinho_8__ Lallana_7___Sterling-8
    _____________Sturridge_8

    Total=80/100

    I do think anything can happen his season but I think it will be
    1 Chelseas/Arsenal
    2 Chelseas/Arsenal
    3 City
    4 Utd

  4. qna

    E: You are wrong about Sanchez. He is a forward even if not a conventional striker. He scored over 20 goals last season including 19 in la Liga.

    No you are wrong mate. He scored those from the wing/AM. 20 goals doesnt maker a striker, othewise Toure would be one too. I never even saw him in a false 9 position, which I am sure he did do from time to time, but he was an out and out winger last year.

  5. Nasri's Mouth

    @Wallace

    The perfect scenario is that we have every single one of our players available for every single one of our games, and that’s the target that the club should be aiming to get as close as possible to. Get closer to it, and it’s pretty unlikely we’d have been as much as 7 points behind ManC last season

  6. Wallace

    qna

    there’s an interview with a top scout on the bbc website. he thinks Sanchez will play off another striker through the middle, and also out wide. he can do both.

  7. Emiratesstroller

    Bank Z

    Posters like you keep n rabbiting on how bad Giroud is. He scored last season
    more goals than all the Chelsea STRIKERS combined. Man City managed to spread goals around team and not rely on just one player and I suspect that will be the case with Arsenal this season with Sanchez arrival and hopefully Walcott’s return.

    I have seen the results pre season of Man Utd but so what. I keep reading elsewhere that pre season is unimportant. The fact is that Man Utd finished 15
    points behind us last season. They have brought in a couple of okay but unexceptional players one of whom has now a long term injury. Van Gaal may be a
    decent manager, but he is not a miracle worker.

    Let’s wait and see how well liverpool perform this season with additional commitments in Europe and loss of Suarez.Rogers is decent manager, but not in
    my assessment exceptional. So far he has won NOTHING.

  8. qna

    Nasri/Wallace we would have been closer than 7 points if we had only got a striker in January.

    We still havent got an out and out striker. But I am sure that Sanchez in January would have done the job. Problem is that we got smashed in our points battle with the top teams, but we picked up more points against the lower teams. This year, neither City, Chelsea or United will drop anywhere near as many points against those lower teams. In hindsight, we should have won the title last year – we were just a top striker away from a double.

  9. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    Sanchez IS a forward. As I said he is not a conventional English Striker. If you don’t believe me then take a look at the Arsenal Official Website or even Transfer Markt, which is fairly accurate in information they provide. He is most definitely not a midfielder as you suggest.

  10. Gregg

    For me Sanchez is a player that’s best suited to a ‘roaming’ position. Henry wasn’t a conventional striker and Ronaldo at Man U had license to roam. This is where I see Sanchez for us. Players like this need to be involved and if they feel they’re not, then they go searching for it and demand to be involved. This is whats always annoyed me with Walcott in that he doesn’t have either the confidence or arrogance to do that, like the others I mentioned.

  11. Gregg

    qna

    Got to say I’m finding your posts pretty awesome today mate. However I disagree with the statement on the top teams not dropping as many points against lower opposition. I think this is a trend that will continue now in the premiership and it’s the beauty of our league that anybody can beat anybody on a given day. I hope I’m right on this anyway !

  12. Dark Hei

    @qna

    All I know is that we can’t bring guys like Cavani or Khedira in and pay them more than Sanchez or Ozil. They are good players but their status in the game is not higher than those 2. It will result in a lot of sensitivity.

    Personally I would bring in just William Carvalho for admittedly inflated figures. He might not be the best out there and not 100% suited for all our games. But he can play CB and DM so we are getting good value there for his wages, which will be around the 60k bracket. He will also have better opportunities to pick up game time with his versatility.

  13. Bankz

    Emiratesstroller

    Giroud is a shit striker and he may have outscored Chelsea’s strikers last season but they still managed to outscore us in the league.
    Giroud stiffens our attack because of his lack of creativity and movements.

    I’ve always posted here that in the big/important games when up against a decent team, your midfielders get marked out of goals.
    First thing when facing a City,Chelsea or United side is to nullify our goal threat from the midfield.
    When that happens, the centre forward is given the bulk of the burden to win you games/score. Something Giroud hasn’t been able to do in the last 3yrs.
    He couldn’t even score against Hull City at Wembley.
    Look At Eto’o goals last season, 90% came against the big teams.
    Look at the teams across Europe and you’d see how important a good centre forward in big games is.

    Rogers has been a manager for a couple of years . Will he win anything? I don’t know but from Swansea-Liverpool…you’d be funny to think he isn’t innovative & smart especially considering both his EPL teams in the last 3yrs have been a joy to watch.
    He has a system & he gets in players who fit into that system. I think they will be devastating this season & only the adaptation to weekdays UCL games will affect their league finish.

    As for Man United, you keep screaming the 15 point gap we opened on them last season but you keep forgetting Moyes Was an absolute clueless disaster who should never have be given that job.
    I repeat Man United is a a team I won’t want to write off finishing in the Top4.

    As it stands the only team I see us finishing above is Liverpool because of the champions league adaptation process not because they lost Suarez.

    We would only improve our chances of finishing ahead of one of City,Chelsea & United if we buy either a better centre forward or CDM.

    By the way for the 108th time …Alexis Sanchez isn’t A CENTRE FORWARD.
    He may get to lead the line as a false 9 in smaller games at the Emirates but he will ALWAYS be behind Giroud & SANOGO in the pecking order. .