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View alexdyoung87's Profile alexdyoung87 Flag Yorkshire 15 Dec 20 5.56am Send a Private Message to alexdyoung87 Add alexdyoung87 as a friend

I think we need to keep all expectations low and should anticipate no movement during this window.

At time of writing, our squad is pretty much in full health, we have made a strong start to the season overall (except losing to Burnley and Newcastle which still angers me!) and there donít appear to be any major weaknesses in the squad that are in desperate need of strengthening.

Rumours however have re-emerged if a move for Christian Kouame, a player whom Parish confirmed earlier this year we had a £10 million bid agreed for. Likewise, a last minute reported £25 million bid for Ismaila Sarr before the summer window closed suggested the type of player we are still after as well as there being money in the kitty.

A transfer window is always an exciting time however this year, Iím going to have to reign it in slightly I feel.

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 15 Dec 20 7.12am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

We should be looking at players whose contracts are expiring in the summer and are therefore likely to be sold now before being given away for nothing.

I have no idea who comes into this category but if there is a cheap young McArthur replacement we should be looking at him.

Conversely we should be spying on the Brentford recruitment team to see who they are looking at and snatch him up from under their noses

 

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View the.universal's Profile the.universal 15 Dec 20 7.53am Send a Private Message to the.universal Add the.universal as a friend

Tons of players out of contract at the end of the season, so the key thing for me is tying down those players we want to keep and finding replacements for those we are going to let go.

For that reason I expect one or two Ferguson-type incomings of young players that are somewhat unheralded, before the summer clear out.

 


Vive le Roy!

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View eagleman13's Profile eagleman13 Flag On The Road To Hell & Alicante 15 Dec 20 8.13am Send a Private Message to eagleman13 Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add eagleman13 as a friend

Whilst i agree with the above sentiments, the employment criteria will change. UK players are unaffected, but, EU & non-EU players are. It will be like going back to pre Bosman. All this it would seem is dependant on how the 'Brexit' talks pan out.

 


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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 15 Dec 20 8.26am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by eagleman13

Whilst i agree with the above sentiments, the employment criteria will change. UK players are unaffected, but, EU & non-EU players are. It will be like going back to pre Bosman. All this it would seem is dependant on how the 'Brexit' talks pan out.

I believe the rules have been set out but I am not sure of the details so apologies. The market we should be looking at is the South American one, perhaps we are, who knows

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 15 Dec 20 8.38am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by the.universal

I expect one or two Ferguson-type incomings of young players carrying long term injuries

EFA

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 15 Dec 20 8.39am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Spiderman

I believe the rules have been set out but I am not sure of the details so apologies. The market we should be looking at is the South American one, perhaps we are, who knows

The new rules

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Hopefully this will mean more opportunities for homegrown players. As for EU players they will now be on a par with the rest of the world, no favours.

 


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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag People's Republic of Gozo 15 Dec 20 8.56am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

Townsend seems to have fallen out of favour and with his contract up next summer maybe we could possibly see him leave to WBA or somewhere and a replacement come in. I imagine Meyer will be keen to leave if he can too and that could free up space for a long-term replacement for McArthur. I wonder if Batshuayi might also ask to return to Chelsea if we don't start playing him as he'll want to be playing ahead of the Euros.

I feel like maybe we might see more movement out than in.

 

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View mattteo's Profile mattteo Flag 15 Dec 20 5.59pm Send a Private Message to mattteo Add mattteo as a friend

Where do you think someone can get in?

Squad has:

Guaita (Butland)

Clyne (Ward) Tomkins (Dann) Cahill (Sakho) PVA (Mitchell)

Kouyate (McCarthy) Milivojevic (Riedewald)

Ayew (Townsend) Zaha (McArthur) Eze (Schlupp)

Batshuayi (Benteke)

With Nathan Ferguson, Kelly, Meyer and Wickham very much down the pecking order.

Club already pays those salaries too. Unless Townsend leaves in the winter (unlikely) I don't really see somebody coming in.

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 15 Dec 20 7.25pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by mattteo

Where do you think someone can get in?

Club already pays those salaries too. Unless Townsend leaves in the winter (unlikely) I don't really see somebody coming in.

PVA's contract is up in the summer so if he doesn't intend to sign a new contract it would be better to replace him in January whilst we can still get a fee for him

 

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View Painter's Profile Painter Flag Croydon 15 Dec 20 7.50pm Send a Private Message to Painter Add Painter as a friend

Originally posted by mattteo

Where do you think someone can get in?

Squad has:

Guaita (Butland)

Clyne (Ward) Tomkins (Dann) Cahill (Sakho) PVA (Mitchell)

Kouyate (McCarthy) Milivojevic (Riedewald)

Ayew (Townsend) Zaha (McArthur) Eze (Schlupp)

Batshuayi (Benteke)

With Nathan Ferguson, Kelly, Meyer and Wickham very much down the pecking order.

Club already pays those salaries too. Unless Townsend leaves in the winter (unlikely) I don't really see somebody coming in.

I think your spot on, the only possible buys would be youngsters like Banks last January for developement purposes.
You missed Kouyate from your squad?

Edited by Painter (15 Dec 2020 7.51pm)

 

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View samprior's Profile samprior Flag Hamburg 15 Dec 20 10.17pm Send a Private Message to samprior Add samprior as a friend

We like a bargain so I can see us going for Lundstrum, Osayi-samuel and Gray all of whom seem to be running down their contracts. All of which I'd be happy with. As I think they'd be eventual replacements for Townsend (contract expiring), McCarthy/ MacArthur who one of which could be leaving/ aren't getting any younger.

I'd also like to see us invest in a youthful CB prospect as Sakho will be gone end of season, and the rest although solid are old and quite injury prone.

 

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