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Took me like a week to write this! Yeah, I know, Fantasy Manager you’ll say. But not really, I’ve actually watched all these players and have been positively impressed by them. Sure, the choice should be 100% sure and this would demand additional, recent information about their health state, but I’ve actually come up with some really cheap, good for a top 10 PL finish, options. Only players who have proven themselves in top 5 leagues (PL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) or have been exceptional in lower ones. For me, the best options on the market this summer would be these (cheap and players below the age of 30):

Right back: …..............................................................Centre back:
Almamy Toure (Monaco, 5M).................................Salcedo (Eintracht, 5M)
Danny da Costa (Eintracht, 5M)..............................Papadopoulous (Hamburg, 4M)
Passlack (Borussia, 1-2 M).......................................Luyindima (Standard, 3M)
Toljan (Borussia, 3-4 M, loan possible too).............Zambrano (Dynamo Kiev, 3-4M)
S. Arias (PSV, 3-4M).................................................Yanga Mbiwa (Lyon, 4M)
Janmaat (Watford, 3-4M, loan possible too).........Nkoulou (Torino, 5M)
Rafael (Lyon, 2M)....................................................Diego Reyes (Porto, free)
Tavernier (Rangers, 3M)..........................................Mbemba (Newcastle, 5M)
Johan Larsson (Brondby, free).................................Lamine Kone (Sunderland, 4M)
Lang (Basel, 2M)......................................................Balanta (Basel, 1-2M)
Linnes (Galatasaray, 2-3M)......................................Jonathan Mensah (MLS, 1M)
…........................................................................................................................................
…........................................................................................................................................
…..............................Defensive midfielder:......................Central midfielder:...................
…...................................J. Irvine (Hull, 5M)........................L.Holtby (Hamburg, 4M)
…..............................Pasalic/Baker (Chelsea, 5M)..............Joel Obi (Torino, 5M)
…..............................Sankhare (Bordeaux, 5M)..................D.Wass (Celta Vigo, 5M)
…..............................Onazi (Trabzonspor, 2-3 M)...............Jevtic (Lech Poznan, 3M)
…..............................Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce, 2-3 M).......Jojic (Koln, 2M)
…..............................Michael Ngadeu (Slavia, 2-3M).........C. Hourihane (Aston Villa, 4M)
…..............................M'Vila (Ligue 1, 3M)...........................Yotun (MLS, 3M)
…..............................Hiljemark (Genoa, 2M)......................M. Saymak (Eredivisie,free)
…..............................Geis (Schalke, 2-3M)..........................A. Maher (PSV, free)
…..............................Henriksen (Hull, 3M).........................Junuzovic (Werder,free)
…..............................A. Poli (2-3M)....................................G. Castro (Borussia, 4M)
…..............................Ruben Pardo (Sociedad, 1M)............de Guzman (Eintracht, 2M)
…..............................Rodwell (free)...................................Celso Borges (Depor, 2M)
…..............................Koziello (Koln, 3M)….........................Luca Zuffi (Basel, 2-3M)
…..............................Alex Song (free) ................................Luongo (QPR, 2-3M)
…..............................Colback (Newcastle, free).................Norwood (Fulham, 4M)
…........................................................................................Felix Kroos (Union Berlin, 2M)
…........................................................................................................................................
…........................................................................................................................................
…........................................................................................................................................
Right footed winger: ….............Second striker/ attacking mf:................ Left footed winger:
Nani (Valencia, free)..................Tello (Betis, 6M)............................Hernani (Porto, 5M)
J.Bamba (Ligue 1, free)..............Bernard (Shakhtar, 7M).................H. Wilson (Liverpool, loan, then maybe 7M)
Bittencourt (Koln, 6M)...............Musa (Leicester, 10M)..................Bongonda (Celta, 1M)
Boetius (Feyenoord, 2M)...........Bakkali (Deportivo, 1M)................S.Gumus (Galata, 5M)
Leonardo (Qatar, free)...............Podence (Sporting, ?M)................Lestienne (Malaga, free)
Grifo (M'gladbach, 5M)..............Diaby (Brugge, free).....................Cartabia (Deportivo, 3M)
Robert Mak (Zenit, 2-3M)..........Avdijaj (Schalke, 2M).....................Alessandrini (MLS, 4M)
Edin Visca (Turkey, 5M)..............Fortounis (Olympiakos, 6M).........Soudani (D. Zagreb, 2,5M)
Sonny Kittel (Ingolstadt, 2M)......Sandro Ramirez (Everton, 5).........Halilovic (Las Palmas, free)
Ibai Gomez (Alaves, 3-5M)..........Mahi (Groningen, 3M)..................Tannane (St Etienne, 3M)
Ivi (Levante, 3M).........................Naranjo (Genk, 2M)......................Gonzalo Bueno (Nacional, 1M)
Narsingh (Swansea, 2M).............Cr. Palacios (Uruguay, free ).........Ruben Rochina (Levante, 2-3M)
Moi Gomez (Huesca, 2-3M)........Kiyotake (Japan, free Jan 1st)........Salibur (Guingamp, 5M)
Machis (Granada, 2-3M)...................................................................R. Steffen (Wolfsburg, 3M)
Umar (Osmanlispor, 2M)...................................................................Kuwas (Heracles, 2-3M)
Choupo Moting (Stoke, 4M)..............................................................Jony (Malaga, 1M)
Benezet (France, 2M)........................................................................Kakuta (China, 2M)
Musona (Oostende, 4,5M)...............................................................R. Kurzawa (Poland, free)
Samperio (Las Palmas, free)..............................................................Dzsudzsak (EAU, free)
Ola John (Banfica, free)
…........................................................................................................................................
…........................................................................................................................................
…..............................................Centre forward:...............................................................
…...................................... Niasse (Everton, 8-10M)...........................................................
…...........................................Muto (Mainz, 10M).............................................................
…...........................Origi (Liverpool, loan, 7-10M next summer).......................................
…........................................Stepinski (Nantes, 2,2M).........................................................
….......................................Ninga (Montpellier, 1,8M).......................................................
…...............................Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar, free)..................................................
….............G. Carrillo (S'hampton, available on 1-year free loan, then 10M) …................
…....................................Florin Andone (Deportivo, 5M)..................................................
….......................................Nicolas Castillo (Chile, 5M)......................................................
….........................................Dmitri Poloz (Zenit, 3-4M)....................................................
….......................................Abel Hernandez (Hull, free)......................................................
…....................................... E. Boateng (Levante, 5M)..........................................................
….............................................A. Colak (Rijeka, 1M)..........................................................
…..........................................Olunga (Girona, 2,5M)............................................................
…............................................Samatta (Genk, 3M)...............................................................
…........................................Kayode (Man City, 2,7M).........................................................
…....................................Michael Santos (Malaga, 3-4M).....................................................
…...........................................Umar Sadiq (Roma, 2M).......................................................
…..........................................Araujo (Aek Athens, 7M).......................................................
…................................................Ujah (Mainz, 2,5M).........................................................
…........................................................................................................................................
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And let me just explain why. If in other areas Palace has enough players, especially up front where are only Zaha and Townsend, with Sorloth to be given a chance and a full season too after the big investment made in him. Benteke has a huge salary and his goal rate wasn’t the one expected, so I don’t think he’ll stay. Maybe he’s not the worst striker ever, but something is clearly not working, so now would be the time to cash in from China or other places where he’s wanted. Connor Wickham comes after the injury so I wouldn’t really count him as an option just yet, until he gets regular playing time and regains at least part of his form (perhaps the best option for him is to go to a lower club and play every weekend until that happens). Wickham also has a very big salary. Sako hasn’t renewed, Lee Chung Yong has left. So a team probably needs 3 strikers, 2 attacking midfielders and 3-4 wingers in a full Premier League season. If there are only Zaha, Townsend and Sorloth, who is going to fill the other 5 slots? Maybe James McArthur could be considered attacking, but he is more a central midfielder, so that still leaves me with a lot of room for players up front. Chose from the above list 1 tall centre forward, 1 smaller, faster centre forward (and they will be the strikers with Sorloth in the new season). Chose a right footed winger, a left footed winger and a number 10 attacking midfielder. That’s 5 players, together with Zaha, Townsend and Sorloth providing the team the needed starters and back-ups up front for a season. Course, any departures of Zaha and Townsend would require bringing more players in.


Palace needed a right back. Far from me to speak badly about a Palace player and I really respect Ward, he’s a hard working player. And I actually 100% want Wan Bissaka to be given more chances, so between them it would seem that the position is covered up. But I think Palace needs a bit more on the right and should not settle for a 11-14 league position (which the current cover can provide), but should want more. And for this, the same thing that was done with van Aanholt on the left needs to be done on the right.

A centre half has been sought by the club considering Delaney leaving, Dann out probably until second half of the season and Sakho’s fitness still a concern. But what about cheaper options than the multi-million players? Just as an example, Besiktas got Croatian Vida from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in the winter. They offered him a nice salary and a contract until 2022 and now, after just 6 months, Liverpool are offering for him 18 million after his exploits at the World Cup. Now that’s some business for Besiktas!! But the truth is Domagoj Vida is a really fast and hard working centre back. Maybe not worth that amount at his age, but certainly proves that you can find talent even though nobody else saw it just 6 months ago.

I've tried putting the players above in an order of cost efficiency, at least how I view it. You really can't get players from the Premier League on normal amounts of money. Maybe only some which the teams don't properly appreciate and want to be rid of. But you definitely can't buy a PL starter from another team with less than 15 million. Analysing the ones above 1 by 1:

THE RIGHT BACKS:
Almamy Toure is a very young right back from AS Monaco, but not a starter. However, each time he played, he was very good. Extremely young, has a fabulous number of assists for the short period he played. Is very fast and will develop great. Depending on Monaco's asking price, it could be a great deal. They are known to ask a lot however. But he's worth a try, he would be my first attempt. If they agreed to just 5 million, it would mean great business. If not, on to the next.

Danny da Costa is the right back from Eintracht Frankfurt. He played more like a winger in the last season in a 3-4-3 system, but he has also proven his worth as a right back in 4-4-2. He is one of the strongest players in activity and still extremely young. Eintracht will ask for money as he's a starter, but they also have Timothy Chandler who has been a starter and pretty much moved da Costa to left wingback position, so they might sell. Definitely worth 5 million, he's a beast!

Toljan was the best fullback for the German U21 team and I think he'll be their national team starter in the next years. But Dortmund want to go with some other fullback after a modest season. They're having a summer sale (!) and many good players are bargains because they've unjustly been found guilty for their 4th place finish. If not Toljan, Passlack would have been just as good and maybe even a better prospect with time. The best right back in their youth leagues the past 5 years, very strong, just 19-20 years of age. Even cheaper than Toljan, but Norwich has already gotten him on loan. Toljan has somehow been disoriented by playing left back a lot, but Passlack has been playing right back and right wing all throughout the youth German leagues. He has been spectacular! Very strong too. Similar to Wan Bissaka, but a lot more accomplished at just 20 years.

Santiago Arias is Colombia's starting right back from the World Cup. His contract with PSV Eindhoven is up next summer so they'll also be looking to cash in instead of loosing him for free. He wasn't that good the previous years, but he's had an amazing 2017-18 season, so he's on the rise, which is good for whichever team will take him.

Daryl Janmaat is not very young anymore at 28 and not cheap because he would be coming from another PL team and players from the PL are always worth more than they should be. But his advantage is that he is already settled in the PL and you know what you're buying, Janmaat is also very tall and good at defensive duties because of his height (though I can't really see height as a must for fullbacks). Watford are probably going to have Kiko Femenia as starter this season, so Janmaat is looking to leave. Feyenoord want him back, but probably only on loan, because I doubt they'll pay Watford 4-5 million for him.

Rafael from Lyon was one of the best right backs in France these last seasons, behind Sidibe and Dani Alves. Lyon was asking for at least 5 million, but his contract is up next summer, so they'll cash in for only 2 million. A real bargain, I remember him from his Premier League days and he was very determined, vet good at going forward, very fast. I suspect he could even be starter in the Brazil national team with Dani Alves retired and Fagner in his 30s. He'll fight it out with Danilo from Man City and Bruno Peres.

Tavernier is an English right back playing in Scotland for Rangers. Like the ones below him, they're at the end of the list because they haven't yet been proven in one of the Top 5 leagues. Not that young anymore at 27, but he plays in a league very similar to the English system, he is very good going forward, one of the best if not the best right back from the lower European leagues.

Johan Larsson from Brondby is also amazing as right in a lower Europan league. Playing for Brondby in Denmark, he will end his contract in this winter and could be signed as he's in his final 6 months of his contract. 28, a year older than Tavernier, has the disadvantage that he doesn't come from a Brittish system. But the Danish league is not that different. Very strong.

Same could be said for Basel's Lang. He was very good in their Swiss league and in the Champions League. National team starter after Liechsteiner's retirement. But was already taken to the Bundesliga for just 2 million this summer.

Norwegian fullback Linnes also had amazing numbers for a fullback while playing in his country's league before transferring to Galatasaray. He had a bit of an average season in Turkey. He still did play a lot of matches, but they've confused him using him on multiple positions. They could be willing to sell as they're going with Mariano and Nagatomo as starters this next season. I think he can be brought back to his previous form, even in one of the best leagues in the world.


CENTRE BACKS:
I've seen Salcedo recently at the World Cup. He was one of the fastest and most dedicated centre backs there. There was another old Mexican centre back names Salcido (not to be confused with this one). This one is very young and unmistakable with his died hair. But he has already been signed this summer by Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany for a pretty low fee, just 2 million. Perhaps a 5 million offer would change their minds about keeping him. I'd say he deserves it from what I've seen, especially at his age.

Papadopoulous went down with Hamburg. But is for me one of the great fighters in football. Never gives up. Sure, Hamburg has been weak for the last 5 years and always close to relegation. Papdopoulous actually saved them last year. He is still respected there, but they'd have to sell if someone made the an offer around 4 million.

Luyindima is a Congolese centre back who has developed nicely in Belgium, playing for Standard Liege. Tall and strong, he did very well in that league, Many good players have come from there. I talked about taking Kabasele last year at this time, when Watford wanted to be rid of him. Kabasele became a starter and is now highly valued by them. Luyindima is very similar to Kabasele, both coming from Belgium. Standard Liege doesn't charge a lot of money and they got him for just 0,5 million directly from DR Congo, so the price should be cheap(er than for others).

Zambrano is a South-American centre back who was one of the best in the Bundesliga a few years back. One of the most appreciated ones. But he took a big salary offer from Dynamo Kiev and he has been forgotten. But he's still the same player. Dynamo gave him a big salary but didn't pay much money for him (actually, I think they got him for free), so whatever you'd be giving them, they'd have a profit. They probably won't get Champions League money this year either (they're in the preliminaries) so they should sell.

Yanga Mbiwa is a French centre half with experience at the highest level, having played for both AS Roma and Olympique Lyon. Was a starter for Lyon last season, but got very few minutes the season that has just ended. They want to sell, Montpellier has already made an offer of around 3,5 million (pounds that is). Strong and fast defender, similar to Sakho.

Nkoulou has been playing for Torino on loan from Olympique Lyon and they have paid Lyon 2,5 million for him. But they will probably sell if someone offers them 5-6. A Cameroon international with a lot of matches, would have been worth a lot more had his national team qualified for the World Cup. African Cup champion 2 years ago.

Diego Reyes is free after finishing his contract with CF Porto. A Mexican centre back with a lot of experience for the national team at just 25. Tall, decent player in any team. Getting him for free should really make any club think.

Mbemba is a good, solid and fast defender, but rather small for the PL at just 1,80 in height. Newcastle are asking for a lot of money too. They have reportedly been offered by FC Porto at least 5 million, if not even 6.

Lamine Kone has went down with Sunderland again, This time in League One. But it hasn't really been his fault. He's still a decent defender. They are asking for a lot of money though for a player Everton to pay 18 million just 2 years ago, but have only gotten low offers and will have to sell for 4 million and not more because his value would just continue to drop in League One.

Balanta is a fast Colombian defender who has pretty much lost his starting position at FC Basel. I know, you'll say “how can he be good enough for the PL if he's not good enough for Basel?”. But this is the right time to get him very cheap. He's at a good age and would be a good addition to the squad, but probably not good enough to challenge Tomkins and Sakho for a PL starter position. He is pretty short, just like Mbemba, but makes up with speed.

Same for Jonathan Mensah. He'd be almost free. He's plying his trade in the MLS, but is not old. He has Ligue 1 experience and over 50 matches for the Ghana national team. He was their starting defender at the last World Cup they've been at and I remember him as being good. No, he's not the old John Mensah (though I think he did partner him in the national team a while in central defence).


DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS:

Jackson Irvine from the Championship is still young, plays in the English system, is tall and fit. Has just participated with Australia at the World Cup. Linked with several Premier League clubs, but I think a moderate bid of around 4 million should do it.

Pasalic is a Croatian still under contract with Chelsea. Young. Hasn't made their squad though and has been sent on loan to AC Milan and Spartak Moscow. His performances have been great there. Chelsea's evaluation of him I've read is 5,2 million and they are willing to sell him so that he plays every week and further develops. Lewis Baker is another central midfielder belonging to Chelsea at about the same value. He is also very young and should be given faith. He is fast, hard-working, also good with the ball. Developed very nice in the Eredivisie for Vitesse, where he was probably the best midfielder in the league. Didn't get playing time in Middlesborough, but it was just lack of faith in him, he honestly deserved more. Maybe a more central midfielder than a defensive one, but he is capable of running and defending well too cause he's just 23 years old.

Sankhare is a Senegalese defensive midfielder from Bordeaux. He has played pretty much last season and has a contract up until 2021, so a figure less than 5 million wouldn't do it and probably not even that. But it's worth a try. In the winter he was very angry that that time's Bordeaux manager was fired and said he wanted to leave the club, even missed a couple of matches. He seems to have returned to better feelings though, but, like I said, it's worth a question.

Onazi from Trabzonspor is a forgotten great defensive midfielder. He has been in Turkey the last 2 years and people have forgotten he was one of the best ones in Europe at Lazio while extremely young. He isn't old now either, just 25. Trabzonspor is a Turkish club which tried to invest a lot these past years, bringing in players like Paraguayan goalscorer Oscar Cardozo from Benfica, Jose Sosa from Milan, Hugo Rodallega, Dame N'doye or Marko Marin, but they never really got good place finishes in the Super Lig. They are kind of in a tight spot now and have to reshape the squad, sell some players with high salaries. Onazi would be cheap.

Ozan Tufan had an argument with the Fenerbahce bosses, that's the only reason why he's not playing there anymore. Palace has been linked, as have a number of clubs. Was a national team player from an early age, tall midfielder with an eye for goal, box-to-box player. There have been fitness concerns lately and Fener fans who have labelled him as fat (and in the Premier League being fast and able to move rapidly matters more than anything), but Tufan is just 23. He's at an age when muscles are still formed and he might actually shape them up in a body mass that would make him look very fit if he had regular exercise.

Michael Ngadeu from Slavia Prague is a beast. Extremely tall, he was champion of the African Nations Cup 2 years ago with Cameroon. I know him from the Romanian league, as he played here, but has been playing for the last years in the Czech Republic for Slavia Prague. High interest has been recorded every transfer window from the Premier League, with his asking price quoted between 2 and 3 million That's not a lot for a PL team. Would waltz right into any team as a starter and would be a massive aerial improvement. Can also play as centre back, but even scores a lot from headers at the opposing end. Great to have, would have him higher on my list, probably first, if he wasn't already 27-28.

M'Vila is another former great hope, this time of France. Palace have been linked with him. He has 1 more year on his contract, so a fee could be agreed with his club if they don't want to lose him for free next summer.

Hiljemark is a Swedish midfielder who was with his national team at the World Cup. If the other Swedish midfielders are old (S. Larsson, Toivonen, Durmaz) or out of reach for a club like Palace (Forsberg), Hiljemark appears to be the future for his country. Had good seasons in Italy for Palermo and Genoa.

Johannes Geis from Schalke would have been a lot higher on the list, but he's coming after a real downfall period. He was probably the best box-to-box midfielder in Germany 3 years ago when he was bought by Schalke. But he has played very little this past year, on loan at Sevilla. They had a 7 million buy option, but didn't take it. With his contract running up, a 2-3 million bid should do it because Schalke doesn't count on him at all. But remember, these teams (Sevilla and Schalke) are really powerful teams, so if they have other options in central midfield, it doesn't mean that this player is bad.

Henriksen from Hull is on my list because his contract with Hull will end next summer so he'll be a cheaper than usually option. He has just been named captain to that squad I think so he's very appreciated there. Good age, strength, accustomed to English football.

Andrea Poli is a very fast midfielder playing in the Serie A. After a few years in AC Milan he's now with Bologna. He is 28, so not very young. Not a real box-to-box, but you would get a hard working defensive midfielder. There is interest from the MLS from him.

Ruben Pardo would also be higher on the list had it not been for the recent years in which he has hardly played. He's still at a good age though and was 3-4 years ago the best young central midfielder in Spain. Has a powerful shot which has materialized in goals often. But he needs playing time to get back into playing well. Sociedad would sell him for cheap though so that makes him a viable option.

Jack Rodwell is only 27, he's a free agent. Hasn't really played extraordinary and I think got relegated with Sunderland, but he is a pretty fast midfielder and he is hard working. For a free agent, he's worth it. He's on trial with Watford.

Vincent Koziello surprised everyone when he went from Nice to FC Koln in the winter for just 2 million, though it was pretty well known that Koln will be relegated. He's a young defensive midfielder and had a great season for Nice 2 years ago. Didn't really repeat it, but at his age he would be worth an offer of 3M. Koln could make a profit and he would get first division football.

Alex Song is a free agent. He was an absolute perfect box-to-box midfielder at Arsenal, I remember every club in the world wanting to have him. Not so good at Barcelona and then went to Russia for a big salary. He's 30 so not very young, but at 0 cost he should be considered. Instead of paying a 15 million fee on a defensive midfielder, Alex Song could be a similarly good option at 0 cost. Of course, no resale value at his age, but he could still do the job for 2-3 years.

Jack Colback should also be available at 0 cost, as Newcastle are willing to let him go only if someone takes over his salary. Similar in age to Alex Song (he'll be 29 in October), he too was once a very mobile and fast box-to-box in the Premier League. Maybe he still is, someone should really take a look at the way he's training. Had a falling out with Rafa Benitez and hasn't played for Newcastle since, but we shouldn't judge a player just based on Benitez's evaluation. He was great for Sunderland a few years back, made the national team, went to Newcastle, got relegated with them, promoted with them, then stopped playing and went on loan to Notthingham Forest last year (I admit I haven't seen him there).


CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS:
Lewis Holtby would be my first choice, as I explained in the thread I made about him. He is very strong, sees the game very well, a fitting replacement for Cabaye. Hamburg is forced to sell, best players want to leave.

Joel Obi from Torino has been linked to Palace. Has had a great 17/18 season at Torino, but played more in a 4-3-3 that a 4-2-3-1. But he can play in a 2 central midfielders midfield too. Was raised at Inter. Torino seems to have gotten another 4-5 million offer for him.

Jevtic from Lech Poznan is relatively unknown player. Yes, very few players from the Polish league could come and play in the Premier League. But he is the best from that league. And relatively young at 24-25. He is very fast, a left footed central midfielder, attacking midfielder or even winger. Has had great seasons in Switzerland and Poland. Not a Swiss national team player and that's baffling for me but he's not on their immediate radar because he doesn't play in a top league or in the Swiss one. This has kept his price down.

Jovic from FC Koln is a good central or attacking midfielder. Was brought to Germany by Borussia Dortmund a few years back when he was really young but didn't find the necessary playing room in Dortmund. As Koln got relegated, they are forced to sell. I think he already got snapped up for just 2 million. In my opinion, even though the team got relegated, he was very good and I consider him already accomplished in a top 5 league.

Conor Hourihane from Aston Villa is already in the English system. He is probably the best central midfielder in the Championship. At 27 not that very young so that's the only reason why he's not higher on my list.

I've watched Yotun at the World Cup and the Peruvian dominated Denmark and had a tone of opportunities (though they unjustly lost 0-1) and played as equals with France. Their possession was amazing and the best passing midfielder was Yotun, a central midfielder/ playmaker playing in the MLS. He is at a good age. I don't think other Peruvian players are available for Palace. Some are old (like Farfan or Advincula) while players like Renato Tapia and Cueva don't really deserve the 7-8 million which Tapia's Feyenoord or Cueva's Brazilian club are asking. Carrillo is also very expensive, evaluated at 20 million by Benfica. But Yotun is available for cheap.

Mustapha Saymak is really young and has been one of the best central midfielders in the Eredivisie. Free agent this summer, should have gone for him much faster. A real option for the future.

Another player from the Eredivisie who can play as central midfielder is Adam Maher. Believed an immense hope just a few years back, Maher didn't really live up to the expectation. But he's still young and he would come free. With the right management, he could be a big gain, with a great resale value. I think Saymak is a little better than him, being younger too. But Maher is more famous, having played for the national team too.

Junuzovic is one of the best assisters and free kick takers I've seen . Every year in top 10 and even top 3 assisters in Germany while playing for Werder Bremen. Has gone back to Austria at Red Bull Salzburg pretty early at just the age of 30. Should have played at top level a lot longer. Werder let him go on a free transfer as a gesture of gratitude.

Speaking of accomplished central midfielders, one cannot forget Gonzalo Castro from Borussia Dortmund. Maybe the player most wronged by Jurgen Low. For years people have been saying he should have been in the Germany squad. Great in Leverkusen, very good at first for Borussia Dortmund. Had a tougher last season and Borussia is selling everything. Stuttgart did a great business getting him for just 4 million.

And if Junuzovic and Gonzalo Castro are not enough, another experienced central midfielder available at a rather cheap price is Jonathan de Guzman, He has played a lot in his career as a central midfielder, even though he has pretty much played all positions in midfield. He is very strong. Pretty important for Eintracht Frankfurt, but not an utmost starter. They could sell an almost 31 year-old player for as little as 2 million.

And to finish the list of accomplished central midfielder at the highest level is Celso Borges, a Brazilian-Costa-Rican playmaker with good matches in La Liga and for the national team. Deportivo went down and they would sell if given an offer, which shouldn't be that big for a 30 year old.

Luca Zuffi has also been great as a central midfielder but at a lower level, for Basel in Switzerland. However, I think he could replicate that form in the PL too, but he's not very young anymore, so he's just an option further down the list. He's a little younger than Junuzovic, Gonzalo Castro, de Guzman or Celso Borges. Luca Zuffi is 28, a good age for a central midfielder-playmaker, the brains of the team.

Massimo Luongo and Oliver Norwood are options from the Championship. The Australian is pretty good with the ball, but I am not a real fan of the way he runs, he seems rather chubby sometimes. However, he would occupy the deep lying playmaker position and most of the defending would be done by the other central midfielder, the defensive one. Norwood has promoted with Fulham after being on loan from Brighton. He was pretty important for them. They want him back, so a fee below 4 million shouldn't be enough to land him (English teams always charge a lot even if they don't use the player, as in Norwood's case).

Felix Kroos is Toni's brother who also plays as a central midfielder, but in the second German division, for Union Berlin, He take free kicks just like Toni and has a powerful shot. Has quite a few assists and goals to his name. Should be available for as little as 2 million as his contract is running up. His last name alone would mean a resale value if he gets playing time in the Premier League. It could be like a Eden Hazard-Thorgan Hazard situation, in which the brother is not as good the top footballer, but still good enough to play at high level .

RIGHT FOOTED WINGERS:
Nani would have been my first choice, for reasons which I thoroughly explained in his thread. Not that young and soon to be 31, but his actual physical age I'd say is around 25, he's really well fit. Valencia was originally asking for 5 million for him after he was on loan at the most offensive team in Europe last season (Lazio). They finally let him leave for free and he went to Sporting. Honestly, maybe 5 million was too much for a soon to be 31 year old, but to have Nani for free- that would have been the bargain of the summer. Having an offensive trio of Zaha, Nani and Townsend behind a centre forward would be awesome! Nani has been wrongly accused of being disruptive in the locker room. He is very hard working on the pitch, he probably ran the most during Euro 2016, which Portugal won. I think he is still in the top 20 best assisters of all time in the Premier League, though he has left this league for quite some time.

Jonathan Bamba is one of the best young midfielders in the world at his age. The wonderful thing about him was that he was finishing his contract with his club and was a free agent this summer. This would have made him a bargain. From what I know, Palace was interested. But I guess it was about which club offered him a higher salary. He finally chose St Etienne. Perhaps he wanted to remain in France.

Leonardo Bittencourt is a German-Brazilian young winger who played really well for FC Koln in Germany. Last year he linked up very well with Anthony Modeste and Koln had a great season, finishing in the top 7. This year he played ok, but not extraordinary (understandable for a player his age) and didn't really have much help from Koln's forwards either. The team went down and they are willing to sell even their best hope. Hoffenheim made the move fast though and got him for like 5-6 million.

Boetius is a Dutch winger who might even turn into one of the most expensive ones if given a chance to shine in a league like the Premier League. Still pretty young, he only cost Feyenoord very little money to be brought back to the Eredivisie from Basel. He is not a starter 100%, but every time he went in he scored or delivered assists. They missed on the Champions League so I wouldn't be surprised if they accepted a 2 million offer. He has a lot in common with Memphis Depay or Quincy Promes, players who are worth in excess of 25 million. His colleague from Feyenoord, Sam Larsson could also be a good option, but he'd be a little more expensive, as they paid kind of like 3 million for him and want to make a profit.

Leonardo is a Brazilian player who is a free agent after finishing his contract with a Qatarese team. I won't talk about his great performances there because that league is really amateurish, but I will talk about his performances as a winger in the Serbian league, where he was the best player. I know, not the best league in Europe, but Partizan Belgrade and Red Star have offered fine players. And Leonardo was the best player there. Not very old at 26, if you take him to the Premier League, I think he'd be very similar to Richarlison and we know almost everyone wants him. Sure, he wouldn't have the same price as the 21 year old Richalison, but there would still be a resale value for a Brazilian.

Vicenzo Grifo is a player I really liked, a self made man as I like to say. He was one of the best in the second German division, then one of the best side midfielders in the Bundesliga while playing for lowly Freiburg, getting a transfer to Borussia Moenchengladbach, at that time a regular participant in the Champions League. They had a little downfall and finished mid-table this year, so it's a good time to buy from them. He moved to Hoffenheim (also qualified to the Champions League) for a fee of just 5 million.

Robert Mak is a Slovak football player who is very underrated. Extremely well built and fast, he was great for the national team as well as in Greece for PAOK. Was bought by Zenit but wasn't really given a chance at the Russian giants. I've watched him a lot and I appreciate him. For what you buy, he's really worth the money.

Visca is a Bosnian winger who plays as starter in the Bosnian national team (which is a very good team even though they didn't qualify to this year's World Cup). They have Dzeko and Pjanic and a number of other great players. Visca has also been probably the best winger in the Turkish league (well, maybe behind Galatasaray's Garry Rodriguez, but that guy is worth 20 million). He's not very young though at 28 or he would have been higher on the list.

Sonny Kittel is a very young German player who plays in the 2. Bundesliga, For me, he is the best player there. His goals and assists to minutes played ratio is great. It's time he made the step to a top league. Mainz is interested.

Ibai Gomez had had great seasons in La Liga for both Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo Alaves. But Alaves is not such a big team and would sell for the right price. An accomplished player in a top league.

Ivi is younger than Ibai Gomez, but not that accomplished at top level. However, his potential is there and at just 24 would be a great addition. Is a starter for Levante, but they're a small club and a right offer would convince them.

Narsingh is the forgotten winger from Swansea. He was a starter for Netherlands a while back (in a time when they used to qualify for final tournaments). Really good for PSV in the Eredivisie and the Champions League, I can't understand why he hasn't played more for Swansea. They really should have used him, they would have probably avoided relegation.

Moi Gomez is another Spanish player. He was great in La Liga from an early age, but went to the second division to get more playing time. He got promoted with Huesca this year. They even got him on loan for one more year (cause he belongs to Sporting Gijon) and avoided paying money for a transfer until next summer. He wouldn't have cost that much anyway.

Darwin Machis is a Venezuelan winger who is probably the best winger in the Spanish second division at just 25 years. It's time that he made the step to a better team. It's talk that he'll end up in Udinese, as both Granada and Udinese are owned by the Pozo family.

Umar is a Nigerian winger playing in Turkey. He's still very young at 23 and will still develop. Wouldn't make a great impact immediately, but you'd be buying a player for the future. The Turkish team he played in, Osmanlispor, got relegated this season after they had a previous great season. Umar tried his best, but couldn't save them. It's a good time to buy him for a low price.

Choupo Moting is a very tall, strong, capable of playing on the wing or as centre forward. He would be a good addition, only issue I'd be having is that he's already 29. Was good in Germany, was decent for Stoke, is in NO WAY responsible for the disaster of that team. They got him for free, an offer up to 4 million should do the trick. There are other PL clubs interested.

Benezet is an obscure winger from France. He has been constantly good at a high level for a medium team, just like Palace is. He'd be very cheap for what he offers. But I think he's already 26-27.

Knowledge Musona is an African player from Belgium who has done pretty remarkable things in the Belgian league for modest Oostende and for his national team as a winger. Anderlecht moved fast and bought him for 4,5 million. He's not that young at 28 so that's why he's not higher on the list.

Jairo Samperio was very good 2 years ago in the Bundesliga, The Spanish winger was Mainz's best player. He had a falling out with the management there and they stopped using him as a starter. This further enraged him, he quit the club and went back to Spain to play for Las Palmas. He didn't do the same as in Germany, the team was relegated at the end of last season and now he's a free agent again. Will he find his form again? If I were sure, he'd have been higher in this list. But his loss of form in the past year worries me.

Ola John's lack of playing time the last year also worries me. A wonderful winger a few years ago and if I'm not mistaking he's still only 25 or 26. Benfica doesn't use him at all and he is relegated to their second team. He has a few months left of his contract so they'll give him away for free only if someone takes over his salary. He was ok on loan to Deportivo la Coruna and in the Championship for Reading in the last years, but hasn't really shone like he did in the Netherlands. There would still be time to get back into top level football, but someone needs to be patient with him.

LEFT FOOTED WINGERS:

Hernani of Porto would be my first choice. He's not getting the playing time he deserves there although he has proven himself for Olympiakos and Victoria Setubal (one of the best assisters in the Greek and Portuguese leagues in the last years). He's just 25. He is a champion with Porto, but he's not happy about his substitute situation. If you could get Porto to let him go for 5 million it would be gold. It's worth an offer.

Harry Wilson would be my first option if he hadn't extended his contract days ago with Liverpool until 2023. Was amazing for a 20 year old last season on loan in the Championship. Liverpool received offers from 13 Championship clubs for him!! The problem is that they don't want to sell, they only want a club to take him and develop him cause he might actually turn out good enough for Liverpool to use him. And I'm not a fan of taking players on loan when you have no chance to buying them (see RLC). It just makes the first 11 suffer changes year after year. Best case scenario: he doesn't play amazingly in this year, but moderately well, Liverpool don't think he's good enough for them and you can buy him for something lower than 10 million. The other 2 scenarios aren't very good: either he plays great and Liverpool won't want to sell or he doesn't fit into Palace's system ad he's not worth buying. So that's why he's not first on my list. But I think there's really no chance of going wrong with this guy, he's just that good! And if not him, then at least go for his teammate Ben Woodburn. Very similar player, also left footed, Welsh, even younger, needs playing time to develop (but Liverpool are reluctant to sell as he's announced a superstar). I think they'd rather sell Harry Wilson as he's relatively unknown.

Bongonda is a case of an unacknowledged player. He was very good playing for Celta Vigo. But he wasn't a starter cause Pione Sisto and Iago Aspas were just that good on the wings. And Celta invested a lot of money into Emre Mor from Borussia Dortmund. So Bongonda went on loan to Trabzonspor of Turkey who wanted to be a great club and challenge for the Turkish title. Things got muddled there and many good players were disregarded because Turkish owners have their own saying and it's not a very professional environment. Bongonda didn't like it and decided to change countries and go on loan for the second part of the season to Zulte Waregem in Belgium. Here he found the playing time he needed and provided many goals and assists for the minutes he played in(1 goal or assist every 100 minutes or less). They made his move permanent from Celta for just 1 million! That's an absolute bargain for a player like Bongonda!!

Sinan Gumus of Galatasaray is also a self-made man. He pushed everyone aside to get himself into the team. He just did great every time he came on!! Even though nobody had much faith in him, he showed what a good footballer he is. Benfica wanted to take him for free last summer, but he has since had another great season with Galatasaray. The player no one knew existed has became one of their best. Still not used 90 minutes, Sinan Gumus would like more playing time. And Galatasaray would just ask around 5 million for him. He's on the rise so would totally be worth the money. Still young.

Lestienne is even free of contract. He was an amazing winger a few years back for PSV Eindhoven. He even stormed the Champions League. I don't know why he chose the big money of Russia and went to rich Rubin Kazan. He should have just stayed put or gone to a bigger club. He was badly treated in Russia and Rubin had lousy seasons lately. He finally went on loan last season, but didn't help Malaga as much as he wanted to, they got relegated (to be honest, they were in that position before he got there). But at his age and coupled with the fact that he wouldn't cost a thing, he would be a great signing. Plays both on the right and on the left, he should be easily recovered and taken back to his original form.

Cartabia is a tenacious winger who did great for Sporting Braga, was a big hope at Valencia and was still good for Deportivo even though they went down (Deportivo was a good team offensively, the reason they went down was because of the defenders). He can play both on the right and on the left, has a powerful strike, is rather small in size, but can run fast and destabilize defences. I was actually in love with his playing style. He'd be cheap for his value, but you'd still need to be patient for him to grow. His resale value might be amazing, over 30-40 million.

Alessandrini and Soudani would be the first on the list if they weren't 29 and respectively 30. Amazing players who are still very cheap. Alessandrini after so many years in France at the highest level has gone to the MLS for just 2 million and he is the best assister there in the lasts 2 years. Soudani has probably been the best player in a low or middle league in Europe, playing for Dinamo Zagreb. He is valued low because Algeria hasn't managed to qualify for the World Cup, but he has scored a ton of goals and provided a tone of assists for them, being an absolute starter alongside Mahrez and Brahimi, both valued at over 30 million. Nottingham Forrest grabbed Soudani for just 2,5 million, which I think is a great price for what he offers, Nottingham have just become one of the favourites for promotion this year. Having already placed 31 year old Nani at the top of my wishlist, I placed Alessandrini and Soudani a little downwards because too many “experienced” (let's not say old) players is not what is desired.

Similar to Cartabia, a left footed young player from Spain is Halilovic. But speaking of being patient for him to grow because he might not make an immediate impact...AC Milan decided to do that and got him for free this summer. A previously big hope of Croatian football when bought by Barcelona, he is still young at 23. Was decent at Hamburg and Las Palmas, but more is expected of him.

Tannane is a winger from Saint Etienne, but who is not in their immediate plans. They have tried loaning him away and are probably willing to sell at a cheap price for what he can do. I like him, he's tall and at an young age, the fact that he wasn't in Morrocco's squad for the World Cup has kept his price low.

Gonzalo Bueno is not a player who has accomplished anything in Europe. But his numbers for Nacional Montevideo in Uruguay are very good. He is actually on loan to them and I'm not even sure they're going to buy him from the Bolivian club he belongs to. An offer of just 1 million should do the trick and he deserves European football at his age. He can play as centre forward (but isn't very tall) and as winger, has played well in both positions. There aren't many players from South America I'd dare recommend, but he is probably the best of them (though there are also some interesting 20-21 year old players in the MLS whose contracts expire in this winter, but they would have to be properly developed and raised first).

Ruben Rochina is a left footed Spanish winger who had pretty good seasons in Spain. He is mostly used to playing on the right as inverted winger. He is now back in Spain after a spell with Rubin Kazan, club which I think paid about 10 million for him. Levante got him in the summer for a maximum of 2 million (it wasn't made public). He has played but not really a lot for them. An offer of 3-4 should take him away. He has good numbers, but is not very young at 27.

Yannis Salibur is a French winger from Guingamp who was very close to a Premier League switch last year. He is fast a decent in the French league. Not that young, but not old either at 27. Guingamp is a small club, so they should sell for cheap.

Renato Steffen is also at a similar age to Salibur's, but he is shorter, came from Basel to Wolfsburg. Hasn't really settled in and cost them only 2 million, so a higher offer should have the German club willing to sell. He is nowhere near that quality, but is somewhat similar to Mohamed Salah, who also left from Basel. Same stature, same dribbling from right wing, same type of goals scored in the Champions League. Just less than Salah, perhaps could do a goal or assist every 300 minutes in the Premier League.

Bradley Kuwas is a Dutch player from Heracles. He is very similar to Andros Townsend but a lot cheaper. Check out his goals on youtube, you'll fall in love with his shots!! [Link] He did great things for a small team as Heracles. If I didn't know Dutch football had these big spaces and high goalscoring percentage, he'd be a lot higher on the list!

Jony and Kakuta are cheap left footed wingers. Jony was really neglected in Malaga, they could have gotten more points if he had played more. He had wonderful seasons at the highest level in Spain for Sporting Gijon. He moved to Deportivo Alaves this season, but only on loan, his buying clause being somewhere around 1 million. Kakuta has just signed for Rayo Vallecano, also in the top tier of Spain as of next year, for a fee of around 2 million, after a good half season in Ligue 1 and another half season in China. But he's not old at 27. The problem of these 2 players is that they're kind of linear. They are left footed and are only used to playing left wing or left midfielders. Never or almost never on the right as inverted midfielders (as opposed to all the players before them on the list). I'd imagine they could play there to if given time to settle , because Spanish football from which Jony comes from is very technical and Kakuta is also a technical player. But they don't have experience as inverted wingers as of YET.

Rafael Kurzawa I admit would be kind of a patching up, but he would be available for free, so he;s worth considering. He was the best assister in the Polish league. Somehow he is out of contract at just 25 years old. He is kind of similar to Bale, in regards to having been a left back before being moved up the pitch and providing better efficiency as a left midfielder. He was in Poland's squad for the World Cup. You can't get midfielder Zielinski or striker Milik from Napoli , you can't get Lewandowski from Bayern, Hull are asking a big price for 30 year old Grosicki and Blaszikowszky is too old. Kurzawa is the next best thing Poland has. And the guy would probably be happy with 10.000 a week.

Balazs Dzsudzsak would have been a lot higher on the list had he not already been 31. But he's a free agent so he needs to be taken into consideration. The best Hungarian player of his generation, has played the last 2 years in the EAU to make money, but he was great for PSV Eindhoven and the in the Russian league. He went past the group stage with the Hungarian national team 2 year ago at the European Championship. He played very well in that tournament against top opposition. He can still go 2 years easily and with great results at the highest level. Strong and fast, well built for English football.

SECOND STRIKERS/ ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS:

Cristian Tello- Spanish player who mostly plays as a winger, but who is very fast and I could see him being good behind the centre forward, pressing and running into spaces. He is a lot like Wilf Zaha, very fit. He was raised by Barca, got a few matches for them, then went on loan at FC Porto and Fiorentina. He played extremely well in both, but they didn't keep him, mainly because they lacked the money. He was bought by Betis Sevilla, but he doesn't get as much playing time as he'd want. Even though I really liked him every time I've seen him come on. They might just sell if an offer around 5 million comes in. He'd totally be worth it!

Bernard, as I said in the thread I created for him, has finished his contract with Shakhtar Donesk, a really good team which plays great football and has beaten Napoli and Feyenoord last Champions League season, stood firm against Man City and was equal to Rome. Bernard had a very big saying in this and in them winning the Ukrainian league so many seasons. The fact that he's available for free, only wants 7 million up front for him and his agents (which is a small price to pay for a player like him) and a 40k salary per week (Benfica's offer) should be enough to get him. Arsenal and Liverpool were interested but have backed down (Arsenal changed managers, Liverpool has gone for other players). He played mostly as a winger like Tello, but I can really see him using his speed to play behind the centre forward.

Ahmed Musa has been great at the World Cup. Perhaps the best player in the Russian league, he was brought to England by Leicester, but was hardly given playing time and especially not in the central position he likes. I don't know why they don't rate him at Leicester, but it only makes is better for other clubs who want him. He wouldn't be cheap though. Surely the news that an Arab club is willing to pay 40 million for him after his World Cup exploits is not true (Arab clubs have never paid that much), but still he'd cost probably more than 10 million, cause Leicester wants to recoup much of what they paid. A 10 million offer should still be made though, see if they let him go! He's also a fast player who would complement a centre forward. Don't go above 10 million, but at that sum he'd be worth it, considering there would be resale value too!

Bakkali is a very young Belgian player. He came onto the big stage while at PSV at just 17 or 18. He transferred to Valencia but his playing time was limited, then went on loan at Deportivo. I've seen him live and thought he was great, lots of running into spaces, recoveries, fighting for the ball, you wouldn't think he'd have this much strength at his stature! But Deportivo did get relegated, so he moved to Anderlecht for just 1 million this summer. A great player at this price, could be bought rather easily!

Similar to Bakkali and at a similar age is Podence from Sporting. Also fast and hard working, he too moved this summer because of the scandal at Sporting, with the club accused of not having ensured enough protection for the players' training. But he moved to a lesser team than Sporting, Olympiakos Piraeus!! All teams which have gotten players from Sporting have tried to settle with them because they know that a Court will probably not rule in favour of the players as Sporting had guards on duty and could not have known crazy fans were going to appear and beat up players. So every club has offered Sporting money! Else, they are taking a big risk in getting players from Sporting who may be in the wrong having terminated their contracts on their own. Usually, we're talking about really big clubs who want to take players like Gelson Martins or William Carvalho, clubs which could eventually be able to pay massive fees to Sporting if the Courts decide so (Atletico Madrid or Inter Milan). But Olympiakos? They're taking a massive gamble bringing in a big hope like Podence, who I believe had a multi-million release clause. Did they manage to come to an agreement with Sporting? Maybe Palace should have tried that too. Surely there would be no chance for Gelson Martins. But Podence would have been one for the future. If they'd be willing to part for something below 5 million it would be good business.

Diaby from Brugge is a young forward who has done great in Belgium by just 23. His contract is up now and he is free to sign for whomever he wants. I'm not fully convinced about his capacity to press and run the full 90 minutes, but at his age and at 0 cost he'd be a great signing, I'd say just as good as Iheanacho.

Donis Avdijaj is a player who has grown in the German youth championships. And he has set new records there. He has the greatest number of goals and the greatest number of assists from all players who have played in the German youth system between ages of 15 and 19. He belongs to Schalke, but they don't use him. He was sent on loan and did very well anywhere: in the 2.Bundesliga, in the Austrian first league and in the Dutch Eredivisie lately. He is now back with Schalke, but they already have their Champions League squad established and he's not in it. They want to cash in and are looking for about 2 million. This boy just needs to be given faith, it's unreal that not more high profile German clubs want him. Of course, he could go to a Mainz or Hannover, but I consider those to be low clubs for such a talent.

Fortounis from Olympiakos is a great player behind the striker. He has been constantly good, with one season 2 years ago actually bringing him very close to the best football players in Europe's top leagues. They allow him to leave for just 5-6 million for all he's done for them. Besiktas is interested, but I would like him to get a chance in a top league. I had to chose between him and Shatov from Zenit for this position on my wishlist and I settled for Fortounis. Taller and therefore easier to settle in the PL, a little more goals and assists in the last years and a lesser price than what Zenit would ask for Shatov.

Sandro Ramirez is Everton's player, though wasn't given a chance there. He was raised by Barcelona, went to Malaga where he had a wonderful 2016-17 La Liga season and was bought by Everton for just 5 million. Last year he was behind Rooney andCenk Tosun so he went on loan to Sevilla (cause they still appreciate him in Spain). He played some good matches in the league and the Champions League, both as striker and as winger, but Sevilla didn't reach its objectives, missed out on the Champions League and didn't want to invest money into buying him. Everton will probably not demand more than what they paid for a player who seems to have stagnated, but I think he'd be very good for that price and just needs to be given playing time. He's lethal from a central position. The worrying factor is that I hear he's on 100k a week in Everton so that would make his salary very big, not such a good investment.

Mimoun Mahi is a Dutch-Morroccan player, very feisty, from the Eredivisie. Normally, the Eredivisie players must be very good for me to take into consideration, as they score too many goals there, but Mimoun Mahi scores and also assists big time. Can play centre forward, second striker, winger, is tall and fast. If Jahanbaksh is top scorer of the Dutch league and therefore sought by a lot of teams, Mahi has gone relatively unnoticed , but is just as good!

Jose Naranjo is a Spanish winger-striker, still young at 23, relatively obscure. Was maybe the best winger in the Spanish second division 2 years ago, with a lot of assists. He went to Genk in Belgium (4th place there) for about 1,5 million (pretty low price). He was great there every time he came on, but the manager didn't want him, so he went on loan to Leganes of La Liga. They managed to stay up and he played for them a number of matches at the highest level, but now has gone back to Genk. They want to sell, Leganes doesn't have money, so anyone offering around 2 million should get him. He can play as centre forward (at about 1,82 cm if I remember correctly), winger or second striker, but is at an age when he can run a lot and cover a lot of ground, so I think the position behind the main striker suits him. His goals have come both from central and wing position, but more from the central area.

Cristian Palacios is a relatively unknown player from South America with amazing goals to minutes played ration. He isn't tall enough to play as centre forward in the PL, but would be great as another option behind the big centre forward (new one or Sorloth). The great thing about him is that he's finishing his contract there and he would come free!! Sure, I can't say if he could replicate his form in a tougher league such as the PL league, but he should do all right, he'd at least be a better back-up option than Frazier Campbell was.

Japanese Kiyotake is also finishing his contact this December. He was a very good player in the Bundesliga. He then moved to Sevilla at the start of last year for around 2,5 million. He ended up in home Japan to get more playing time and he does. But he's on a short contract and will be free soon. A player with experience at the highest level of a top 5 league who I can guarantee would be good in this position. If he wasn't over 30 he'd be higher on the list.


CENTRE FORWARDS

Oumar Niasse has been heavily linked in winter. Not just with Palace, but with other clubs. I think there was an agreement between clubs of around 8-9 million, but there wasn't an agreement with the player's representatives. Can you hold that against a player indefinitely? Can you vow never to return for a player who has refused you? I'd say you need to be a diplomat and understand that players have moods, some are greedy, most are mercs. He is a stranger in a strange country, of course he wants a big paycheck. But Niasse is at top of the list because he is already proven in the PL. “Proven how?” you might ask, “when he's not even a starter for Everton?”. He's proven because he has a tremendous rate of goals per minutes played. He has done well every time he went in. And I don't mean “well” as in average. His goal percentage per minutes played rivals that of strikers from top 6 teams. But of course he won't be a starter ahead of the 30 million Cenk Tosun investment. Those money need to be multiplied. Niasse will always be a substitute at Everton, no matter how much he tries to impose himself or how well he plays. To be honest, he deserved a lot more. He's strong, he's fast, he scores, what more would you want? He's in this league already, so he wouldn't have accommodation problems.

Yoshinori Muto is another centre forward at the top of my list. Accomplished in the Bundesliga, also has great goals per minutes played ratio. Would cost a lot more than 10 million if his contract with Mainz wasn't ending soon. Good age, fast, Newcastle has been heavily linked and willing to pay the price.

Divock Origi is still very young and , for me, has been great at Wolfsburg. Even though it would appear he hasn't scored that much, he was played in all positions up front: centre forward, winger, second striker. He managed quite a few assists too. It wasn't for nothing that Liverpool bought him from Belgium. He was a substitute in Liverpool last year, but got some playing time (mostly on the wing though, where he's not that good). Much more mobile than Christian Benteke, he was sent on loan to develop. Now he has returned and the bad thing would be that they will not sanction any loan or sale until after the pre-season. They want to evaluate him and see if he can remain with the squad and help the team next season. But the competition is amazing with Salah, Mane, Firmino and now Shaqiri there. He'd probably be allowed to leave on a 1-year loan and then sell next year for 7-10 million.

Stepinski and Ninga are 2 young centre forwards who are relatively obscure, but have great goals to minutes played ratios for their teams in Italy and France. At their ages, to cost so little....Stepinski has been bought for just 2,2 million and Ninga for 1,8 million. IF they are used, they score, but they just need to be given faith. Resale values could be very high.

Facundo Ferreyra was a free agent this summer after ending his contract with Ukrainean powerhouse Shakhtar. A terrific goalscorer, many clubs wanted him. Perhaps the best goalscorer in medium European leagues. The fact that he hasn't played in a top league makes me put him so low, otherwise he'd have been first. But he wasn't given a chance at Newcastle (not one single league match for them). If a player is not given a chance, then you can't judge him, He was very young too, so maybe they thought he wasn't developed enough. He is now and he would do at least ok as a centre forward in a top league. Let's see how he does for Benfica.

Guido Carrillo is a tall Argentinian centre forward with great numbers as a striker for AS Monaco in France (a lot of headers scored, which would suggest he's suited for the English league). He moved to Southampton in the winter for a massive fee of 19 million, but hasn't settled in. The entire Southampton team has had a bad season and wingers didn't really deliver either. He just played like 500 minutes in total, he needs more playing time to actually show what he can do. But they don't have the patience. They made him available on loan, even shipped him very fast to Leganes in the Spanish La Liga for a 1 season loan with an option to buy. Of course, they want to recoup a lot of the 19 million, but a team like Leganes will never pay that much. If he'll play well, they'll probably settle at around 10 million, which is still a high number, but if he's settled in and scores double digit numbers, then it would totally be worth it. One entire year is a lot without a player and after a whole year without a player on loan, teams often agree to sell for less than the buy option, which I expect will also be the case for Southampton. If he wasn't this expensive though, he'd be higher on the list. His goals for Monaco in very few minutes are testimony that he is very good. I have complete faith that he would come good in the Premier League. If Palace could have gotten him on loan instead of Leganes, it would have been a move at 0 cost, with the millions only paid if he managed to score over 10 goals in a season.

Florin Andone, Nicolas Castillo and Dmitri Poloz are very agile and fast and strong centre forwards between the ages of 25 and 27. They are similar in their style. They run a lot, press, fight a lot, go into spaces, maybe aren't very technically gifted with the ball. Reasonable goals per minutes played (Andone at top level, Castillo and Poloz for medium level in South America and Russia). All 3 available for a fee of around 5 million. Andone gotten by Brighton, Nicolas Castillo gone to Benfica, Dmitri Poloz still stuck with Zenit, but they'd accept a similar offer. You'd be getting a really hard-working player in them, one able to play second striker as well.

Abel Hernandez is the Uruguayan forward who is a free agent and, frankly, maybe the best cheap option to have. Yes, he did have a very bad injury, but has completely healed and stormed the Championship last season with great goals per matches played ratio. I knew that he was great even before that. I remember him from Italy, before arriving in the Premier League. Tall, long legs, fast, strong, a great Uruguayan hope. He was actually decent if not ok for Hull City in his time in the Premier League, but the team was poor and he couldn't save them. He'd be at least decent in the Premier League for a few more years, has experience here, you'd know what you're buying. Didn't make the Uruguayan squad for the World Cup this year, but in his defence the 4 strikers Uruguay had were 3 of the best 7 goalscorers in La Liga (Luis Suarez, Maximiliano Gomez, and Cristian Stuani) and the best goalscorer in France (Cavani).

Emmanuel Boateng is a very fast striker from Levante. I was sure he'd come true since they got him from Portugal last summer. Relatively young, he had a very good first season for a team like Levante. But the 2 goals against Barcelona in the 4-3 sole defeat of the Catalan team the entire season may have increased his price, so they probably won't sell. But a bid of 5 million could be attempted. A question mark would be his height. At just 1,76 cm, it may not be enough for the PL. Better suited as a second striker, but he has only played as centre forward in Portugal and Spain.

Antonio Colak is a Croatian centre forward and we've all seen what Croatians can do. He is the best striker playing in the Croatian league and he's playing for Rijeka on loan from a German team (Ingolstadt I think). His numbers have been great considering the minutes he played both in the German Bundesliga and the 2.Bundesliga, as well as in the Croatian league. He is mobile, can play as wing too, but he plays best as centre forward. An extremely cheap option, an unknown player, I think Ingolstadt wants just 1 million for him. He would be very good in the Premier League, trust me, he's at the right age. Croatians have good resale value too.

Michael Olunga is a tall centre forward who was on loan at Girona last season. Scored about 4 goals in 300 minutes in La Liga. Sure, definitely not enough to provide a image of his value. But he has been very good before in a lower European league, the Swedish one at a very young age. The Chinese paid a a couple of millions for him and loaned him in La Liga trying to cash in. Girona didn't pay, but he should still be available for around 2,5 million. Very young, very strong, fast too. But remember, at his age, he needs patience, he wouldn't storm the PL right away. And considering there's already Sorloth in that position, it would be difficult to go with 2 very young centre forwards.

Samatta is a very fast centre forward from Genk. Genk has a wonderful team. 2 very young Belgian players on the wings, 2 very young central midfielders, but all are worth in excess of 5 million. Not Samatta though. He could be available for just 3 million. He's a striker who doesn't score much, but works very hard and does a lot for the others (assists, movement). Not scoring much has kept his price down. He's Tanzanian and although his national team isn't very good, he has done a lot in matches against good opponents from Africa, like Ghana or Nigeria or Cameroon. And in the Belgian league too, which is at a medium level.

Kayode is a Nigerian centre forward who was very good from a young age in Austria. Manchester City bought him last summer and had him tested on loan at Girona, wanting to prepare him for top football. But Girona did not use him much (old Cristian Stuani scored match after match and they were happy with him). He left for Shakhtar Donesk on loan and has settled in pretty good there. He'd still be cheap as he was permanently bought this summer for a very small fee, just 2,7 million. Palace could have easily paid that money for a player at his age. But yes, the concern would be because of his height, as in the case of Emmanuel Boateng. He is around, 1,73 cm. I don't know if that would be enough in the PL. More like a second striker, but he's used with playing up front, centre forward, not second striker. And it's exactly the same thing for Michael Santos, an Uruguayan centre forward who was among the top scorers in the Segunda Division (Spanish second league) this season while on loan from Malaga. Malaga should have really kept him, he could have helped them stay up in La Liga. Instead, they showed no faith and sent him on loan. He has proven he is good, but at his height it would be a question if he could do it in England. Malaga paid 4 million for him, but they're now in the second league, so will have to sell or the players' values will continue to drop. A bid of 3-4 million would be enough.

Umar Sadiq is another young African player, this time tall and well built. He belongs to AS Roma, but they have no intention of keeping him in their squad. He has developed quite nicely. Gone through the Italian youth ranks and was probably best striker there (the Primavera system). Went on loan to Torino and would have played more if the manager there, Mihajlovic, didn't have an argument with the player and decided to freeze him out. In the second part of last season, Umar Sadiq was sent for playing time to the Eredivisie, to play for lowly NAC Breda. It's not easy scoring goals for a team like NAC Breda (even though it's the Eredivisie), but he has done really well for his age. Mind you, not many goals as to sky rocket his price, but enough to make the best scouters see that he would keep on doing well if given more playing time. So, for 2 million, Roma would cash in as it often does for players produced by the Academy. But Steven Gerrard, recently appointed manager at Rangers in Scotland, wants him on loan for a season before paying that money. And Romna might just agree. Yes, he needs time to develop and again, Palace has already chose and gone with Sorloth as the young centre forward, but he should still be watched for the future.

Sergio Araujo is an Argentine player who did very well for AEK Athens in Greece in their first title win in ages. Plays well as second striker, Las Palmas was sorry to have let him go on loan instead of using him themselves. He is so low on the list because of the high fee. Las Palmas is said to have already gotten at least a 7 million offer for him from the MLS. So he would be costly and not yet proven at high level.

Anthony Ujah from Mainz would be a decent signing, though not very young anymore at 28. He was a decent striker in the Bundesliga before going to China for a big salary. Wasn't that great there and came back to Mainz for just around 2 million. But he is not getting playing time, so if they get some of their money back, they would sell. But he could only be moderately good, so I would not have if I could get the others on the list. Because there would be no resale value at his age either and he wouldn't further develop. The good part is that he's an proven player in a top league and you'd know what you're buying.


Why only the above players? Because those would be players within Palace's limits. Let's see what other option might there be:

From the Premier League:
You really can't get anyone from the Top 6 unless they want to let them leave and even then they usually ask an enormous price for them. For example, Chelsea might let RLC or Barkley leave on loan, but after a year they'd ask a fee of over 30 million for them. Even Tottenham paid a lot of money for a player like N'koudou and they want to recoup that amount (that's why Burnley didn't buy him)
Outside the top 6, the other 13 clubs apart from Palace would provide the following options to attacking players, where Palace mostly needs to strengthen:
Everton: Walcott, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun (all unreachable), Lookman (12M offer rejected), Bolasie (could come on loan, but next year you'd have to pay at least 10M for a transfer), Niasse and Sandro Ramirez (yes to those 2).
Leicester: Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Demaray Gray, Madisson (unreachable), Slimani (expensive), Okazaki and Ulloa(old), Ahmed Musa (yes).
Burnley: Chris Wood, Robbie Brady (unreachable), Lennon and Ashley Barnes (too old), the others aren't really good enough offensively.
West Ham: Felipe Anderson, Yarmolenko, Arnautovic (unreachable), Antonio (good, but would take a bid of over 15 million), Chicharito (good, but expensive and with weight issues), Andy Carroll (expensive and not that good, injured too), Lanzini (injured till next summer), Hugill (don't get me started, Palace almost bought him last winter! Dodged a bullet with that kind of money for a 25 year old average player in the Championship)
Watford: Deulofeu, Richarlison, Andre Gray (unreachable), Roberto Pereyra (costs 20 million at 2, Troy Deeney (fat, slow and very expensive), Okaka Chuka (same as Deeney), Isaac Success and Oulare (they paid a lot of money for them and they're yet unproven at top level, so it wouldn't be safe to pay their fees in this moment), Ken Sema (interesting player from Sweden, fast, but I have better on my list below 24 years old).
Newcastle: Kenedy (on loan from Chelsea, will cost 20 million and is unproven long term), Jacob Murphy, Ayoze Perez, Christian Atsu (can't touch them), Matt Ritchie (costs 15 million at 29), Dwight Gayle (I doubt he wants to come back here), Joselu (meh), Mitrovic (was great at Fulham, they got promoted, they'll pay 20 million for him), Rolando Aarons (unproven).
Bournemouth: Jordon Ibe (they paid more than 15 million for him and he's starting to look good for his age), Josh King (they want at least 20 million), Callum Wilson (unsellable), Stanislas (good, but injury prone), Ryan Fraser (good, but they'd want like 10 million), Defoe (too old), Lys Mousset (not yet proven).
Brighton: Knockaert (I'd go for him even though he had a below average first year in the top division, but he's a starter and I can;t see them selling), Izquierdo, Gross (can't touch them), Murray (old and can't touch him), Locadia (recent signing for 15M), Andone (just signed this summer for 5M, would have been good), Solly March (one for the future), Hemed (too old and not very good).
Southampton: Elyounoussy (just signed for 15M), Ward Prowse, Redmond, Charlie Austin (can't touch these with little money), Shane Long (too old by now in a position that requires fresh legs), Boufal (cost them a lot, would be possible getting him on loan, but next year you'd have to pay big money), Gabbiadini (I still stand by my opinion that he's too slow for the PL, even though he did score some).
Huddersfield: Mounie, Alex Pritchard, Tom Ince (can't get those for little), Quaner and Kachunga might not be that good for the PL, Sobhi is just a promise, Depoitre is too old.
Swansea: Andre Ayew is ok (but he cost them a lot of money just in the winter, so they'll want that back), Jordan Ayew is fast, but a poor finisher as a striker (not PL material), Narsingh was hardly used (he'd be cheap), Bony is fat and can hardly move anymore, Routledge is old, Nathan Dyer is pretty old too.
Stoke: Shaqiri (gone to Liverpool), Choupo Moting (yes to him), Mame Diouf (too old by now), Crouch (definitely too old), Berahino (a tremendous downfall, maybe try to resuscitate him cause he's still young, but they want a big part of what they paid), Affellay (hasn't played in a long time and has some years), Bojan (not cut for the PL at his stature and style)
West Brom: Chadli (was injured all of last season, now many clubs want him after the WC, time to move on), Matt Phillips (would be a good option, but everyone is interested until they find out the asking price is 15M!!), Jay Rodriguez (past it after the injury, don't let 2 goals against Liverpool fool you), Rondon, Hal Robson Kanu, McClean (not good enough for the PL at their age), Burke (unproven).

In Spain:
You can't get players from Real Madrid or Barca an even if they want to sell someone not playing for them, like Ceballos or Paco Alcacer, you'd have to pay over 20 million for them.
Atletico: Koke, Griezmann, Thomas, Lemar, Angel Correa, Diego Costa, Vitolo (can't touch them), Gameiro would cost 20 million aged 31, Carrasco moved to China for a gigantic salary, Gaitan too (and his fee was only about 5 million, but the salary he's on in China would be hard to be paid by Palace; Gaitan is good but he's also 30 years old)
Valencia: Carlos Soler (wanted by Man United), Rodrigo (wanted by Real Madrid), Gonzalo Guedes (belongs to PSG, would cost around 30 million), Santi Mina (untouchable, though would have been cheap a few years back, I was sure he'd make it), Simone Zaza (not suited for English football).
Villarreal: Castillejo, Fornals are very expensive. Bacca will probably cost them a lot to buy for good from Milan, Cheryshev would have been cheap last year when I talked about him on this very site, but not anymore after the World Cup, Sansone cost them 15 million so they won't sell him for less.
Betis: Joaquin is too old, Sergio Leon, Loren Moron and Boudebouz are not for sale, Cristian Tello (yes, I have him on the list), Sanabria (broke his leg and missed a lot, he should be left to see how he comes back), Joel Campbell was injured the entire season, has gone back at Arsenal so could be an option, but I don't like his commitment.
Sevilla: Joaquin Correa, Sarabia Ben Yedder and Muriel are worth more than 30 million each as they're pretty young and good, Jesus Navas and Nolito are too old, Banega is wanted by Arsenal.
Sociedad: they mostly rely on home grown players, but have finished 12th with them. Juanmi, Januzaj, Willian Jose or Oyarzabal are not for sale. Xabi Prietto is old. Aggiretxe has been injured for 2 years.
Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas, Maxi Gomez and Pione Sisto were one of the best trios in Spain in terms of goals and assists. Emre Mor cost them a lot. Beauvue is not good enough as a centre forward, Bongonda from them would have been a great option.
Bilbao: like Sociedad, they rely on home grown players, to the extreme in their case. But have finished worse season after season cause other clubs bring foreign talent and improve their squads. Last season they finished 16th, close to relegation. Inaki Williams is worth more than 40 million. Susaeta is old, Aduriz is very old, they generally don't sell unless for massive amounts of money.
Getafe, Eibar, Girona, Espanyol, Alaves, Levante, Leganes: it's hard to find that many good players at these clubs as they're not very rich, but I could signal out Angel from Getafe (too old), Orellana and Charles from Eibar (too old), Enrich (starting centre forward, they don't want to part), Pedro Leon (too old by now and injury prone), Cristian Stuani (too old), Portu and Borja Garcia (starters for Girona), Gerard Moreno (moved from Espanyol to Villarreal), Piatti from Espanyol (too short for the PL at his height, even though great player in Spain), Leo Baptistao (Espanyol wouldn't sell, Southampton were ready to spend over 20 million for him last year), El Haddadi (was on loan at Alaves, Barca want 15 million for him), Ibai Gomez (is on my wishlist), Alfonso Pedraza (was on loan at Alaves, but now Villarreal want to use him in the next season, so he's not available unless for a big fee), Ivi and Emmanuel Boateng from Levante (are on my list), Bardhi is highly valued so they won't sell for cheap, Jose Luis Morales is too old, Szymanovski from Leganes was their best player in their promotion and last year's top flight stay, but this year he has been mostly injured and is already 29.

From the teams which got relegated from Spain, there were some good players which could be taken (all are on the list above: Andone, Cartabia, Bakkali, Samperio, Halilovic, Lestienne, Jony). Those who aren't, like Lucas Perez of Arsenal , would cost too much.

And I could go on with such a list for all offensive players from Germany and Italy and France. But I think I've made my point and the best options are pretty much above.

In regards of youth, there are many players in the MLS below the age of 21 who are finishing their contracts now in December: Jefferson Savarino, Alberth Elis, Alphonso Davies, and Latif Blessing finishing it in 2019. I don't know why the MLS managers didn't tie them up better and why such quality can be found for free at this age (the 17 year old Canadian Davies has actually been scouted and invited on trials by Manchester United and Bayern Munchen). They would be good investments, but not with immediate impact in the Premier League, they'd have to go on loan. Another good investment would be the player Despotov, a winger from CSKA Sofia, probably the best player from small European leagues at his age, best Bulgarian since Stoichkov. The Bulgarians would probably sell for 2-3 million, as they're not an expensive team like Ludogorets.

A reasonable expenditure for the players listed above would be between 0 and 45 million, if you had to chose one in each position: right back, centre half, defensive midfielder, central midfielder, right footed winger, left footed winger, attacking midfielder, centre forward and another offensive player from the ones presented as a backup, you could chose the free ones or the ones up to 5 million (10 million in rare cases).
45 million in a transfer window wouldn't be too much for a PL club and there could actually be more money made from sales. The squad for next year could look more or less:

…....................................................Guaita......................................................
…...............................................(Hennessey)....................................................
…........................................................................................................................
New right back …...............Tomkins..................Sakho.................van Aanholt
(wan Bissaka, Ward)...(new centre half)........(Dann, Jach)...........(Schlupp)
….............................................................................................................................
Townsend …................Milivojevic ….......new central midfielder ….new winger
(new winger)............ (new def mf)................(McArthur).................(new winger)
….............................................................................................................................
….................................................................Zaha..................................................
….....................................(new attacking midfielder/second striker)....................
….............................................................................................................................
…............................new centre forward...............................................................
…......................................(Sorloth)......................................................................
…..........................................................................................................................
Sure, Puncheon, Connor Wickham or Kaikai are good players. But they should at least go on loan to another club to find their feet and playing time, they are not at a right level to take the club further in the Premier League. At least not in this moment. Benteke hasn't worked out well, he is not better than the centre forwards on the list above, but he would bring in a lot more money (at least 15 million from China). So, getting 15 million and paying 5-10 for the same number of goals and more work rate and possibly more resale value would be good business in my opinion.

9 new players and 13-14 players staying. It would seem that they are too many new players, but there are a lot of holes, especially up front. Cabaye, RLC, Sako, Chungy, Delaney have already left. I expect the same for Souare (as there are already 2 left backs), Mutch, Kelly and the ones I listed above: Puncheon, Wickham, Kaikai, maybe even Benteke. That leaves at least 9 places to cover.

Edited by mattteo (19 Jul 2018 6.36pm)

 

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Is this the longest post in HOL history?

 


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chateauferret Flag 19 Jul 18 6.28pm

Originally posted by mattteo

<War and Peace/>

Have you not got work to be getting on with?

 


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please nobody press 'reply' to the OP

 

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chateauferret Flag 19 Jul 18 7.16pm

More seriously why are you posting this on here? Get a Wordpress account, monetise it, put it in blogs and post links to it in various places. Lots of people are making money blogging stuff considerably more full of s*** than this.

However many readers, there and here, are put off by big blocks of dense text (try blogging about C++ and you'll see what I mean).

 


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You need to get laid!!

 

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Originally posted by chateauferret

However many readers, there and here, are put off by big blocks of dense text

+ dense responders who reprint it all over again. 2 to date

 

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Interesting stuff. If you have given all these players a serious look it seems like a full time occupation
I doubt if Freedman's crew can match it

Couple of points
a) How do you reach valuations

b) No way are Palace buying 9 players this off season. Kelly will stay and cover centre and right back positions. Schlupp looked pretty good in limited opportunities and can play left midfield (though I'd rather he was an impact sub) with Riedwald covering the middle positions. Unless Benteke is sold - and I have seen no rumours - striker is not a need especially if either Sorloth or Wickham have a good pre-season
I definitely like the Peruvian attacking midfielders and defer to your judgement. I think the other midfielders should be on-loan from top 6 clubs with hopefully Kirby/Lokilo/KaiKai stepping up to be more full time options a year or so from now

 

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Originally posted by pssguy

Interesting stuff. If you have given all these players a serious look it seems like a full time occupation
I doubt if Freedman's crew can match it

Couple of points
a) How do you reach valuations

b) No way are Palace buying 9 players this off season. Kelly will stay and cover centre and right back positions. Schlupp looked pretty good in limited opportunities and can play left midfield (though I'd rather he was an impact sub) with Riedwald covering the middle positions. Unless Benteke is sold - and I have seen no rumours - striker is not a need especially if either Sorloth or Wickham have a good pre-season
I definitely like the Peruvian attacking midfielders and defer to your judgement. I think the other midfielders should be on-loan from top 6 clubs with hopefully Kirby/Lokilo/KaiKai stepping up to be more full time options a year or so from now

With respect to Wickham which pre-season were you thinking of?

 


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A lot of effort has been put into this which I respect but this is fantasy.

the transfer figures for each player are laughable and would be way off true values and the ones you say will come on loan how do you know that guess work

next you have no mention of wages or agent fees

final thing players need to be interested in coming to the club and i expect a lot of them would not be.

 

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That post is f*cking mental.
Hands up if anyone has read it all?

 

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chateauferret Flag 19 Jul 18 9.23pm

Originally posted by Casual

That post is f*cking mental.
Hands up if anyone has read it all?

You try reading that on a phone.

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