- Sep 25, 2012
Agreed on looking at each player on individual merits but think you maybe being a bit harsh on Roma.We should judge each player on their own individual merits. I'm not sure there is anyone left at either Roma or Southampton worth buying, maybe Zaniolo. As well as Salah and Allisson, and Van Dijk and Mane, we also have the likes of Borini, Aquilani, Lambert, Clyne. Lallana and Lovren land somewhere in the middle.
Salzburg and Leipzig play aggressive, attacking football and often dominate games which theoretically lends itself well to transferring over here. On the flip side to that you could argue that it makes certain players look better than they are given the fact it's a lot easier to score in Germany and Austria. I've already posted a million times about Werner, so I will skip over him, but Nkunku, Schick, Forsberg and Sabitzer have impressive stats too and I don't think any of them would come close to replicating those here. Angelino, the lad who couldn't get a game at left back for City, looks like a world beater in Nagalsmann's system.
The one player I do like is Laimer. Leipzig have a lot of players who don't do much out of possession (Werner, Schick, Nkunku, Angelino, Olmo) and Laimer seems to hold it all together in that midfield whilst being able to play a bit too. I could see him slotting into the 6 or 8 in our system.
Edit: Atalanta are an example similar to Leipzig. They play some great football, incredibly attacking. They have 3 or 4 players who are scoring goals at better than 1 every 90 minutes. Are those top players? No, they're just playing in a system that allows them to score a lot. They still fail to win too many games.
Mancini seems like an interesting option if we were needing to look for a new CB (personally not sure we would need to even if Lovren left). At fullback they've actually got two players who might be able to cover both Trent and Andy being able to play both sides in Santon and Spinazzola. Diawara could be a DM option if we needed one and Kluivert is young enough to be interesting. Under could still realise the potential he seemed to have too. No stand out options maybe but that just keeps the price down, I think a few that could become real good players in the right circumstances.