Well HELLO new signing.
Martinelli takes the prize of being the summers FIRST new body.
Gabriel has made rapid progress during his short time at Ituano. Since making his debut in November 2017 aged just 16 years and nine months, the young forward scored 10 goals from his 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club.
The 18-year-old’s development was also recently acknowledged by the Brazilian national team, with a call-up to the full squad for a training camp in May ahead of the Copa America.
Gabriel was voted as the 2019 Best Newcomer and also a member of the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista – the football league for the state of Sao Paulo.
The 18-year-old looks a super exciting prospect. He’s fast, he has skilful zest expected of Brazilians and he is on record as saying he is going to be as good as CR7. Or something like that.
This is a great signing. It says we’re serious about bringing in elite youth and it’s a statement to the market that we’re interested in spending good money to make smart bets. It also says that we’re promising a path to the first team.
I very much doubt he’ll be anywhere near the first team this season, but we’ll see, crazier things have happened and he’s very highly rated. We’ve got to hope he’s more Gabriel Jesus than Wellington Silva, and we’ve also got to keep ’em crossed that he likes England!
WHERE ARE THE OLDER BOYS?!?!?!?!?!
We’re still pissing around with Palace and Wilfried Zaha. They are DISGUSTED we’ve bid so low. I know Arsenal fans are also angry about the derisory opening offer. I’m not. It doesn’t matter how good you think he is, he’s been a flop at a major club, his numbers are bland and it’s hard to justify on any level that he’s an £80m player.
£40m plus a player like Jenks/Chambers feels about right to me, so we’ll see where that goes. Palace are stomping their feet, but ultimately, there’s no one else bidding for him and it’s never smart to keep a player that wants to leave… especially a BIG player at a small club.
Also, negotiation normally starts with a derisory bid unless you’re United and the only figure you know is £60m.
Napoli is apparently moving in on Tierney. Again, I’d love to cry about this, but I am British, I know the rules, I was offered a job in Marseille once. Better money, better lifestyle, elite women… I said no, because I couldn’t be arsed to learn the language. I’m naturally ignorant and above that sort of carry-on. Have my doubts Tierney is going to want to go to an inferior league and suffer the indignity of learning something new when he could be taking things to the next level with Ozil on Fortnite.
I might be totally wrong, but I’d wager we’ll land both of them at some point.
More worrying is how few people are bidding for our deadwood. Probs doesn’t help that I’m calling them that. Maybe I should call them the Golden Boys?
As I’ve been saying all summer… if Emery told the Golden Boys they were shite last season and indicated he wanted them gone, they’ll come back salty and it’ll be very disruptive for a manager on the back foot already.
Raul needs to start playing that contacts game. Where’s Harry Redknapp when you need him? Last day of the transfer window is going to be fun.
Finally, the Saliba deal is STILL bumbling along… according to a whole bunch of French journos who appear to have no clue what’s really going on.
We’re also apparently interested in Brahimi on a free transfer… I won’t pass comment, I’d sign your mum up if I had a pen, beggars CANNOT be choosers this close to the Boreham Wood game.
Right, see you in the