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Caradoc

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20m for Ings, 20m for Origi, 10m for Lallana, 10m for kids like Ejaria/Kent. That's 60m.
If you add the customary 40m per season, we are looking at 100m min for our transfers.
To me LB and 1 attacking option would be sufficient. We can easily spend 60-80m for Dybala/Werner/Sancho, etc. And if we are looking at Griezmann we should be capable of easily spending 100m+ for him.
Just saying that we are not broke anymore to keep looking at cheap options. :)

Completely missing my point. How you could interpret my post as suggesting that we are strapped for cash is beyond me. Both Hazard and Mendy would be coming in to cover positions so why blow silly money on those players? Only Fekir would be coming in with a view to slotting straight in to first team action.

And just because we can afford the expenive option it doesn’t mean we should take it every time whether that translates into better quality or not. That’s just a ridiculous way to run a football club both on and off the field.
 


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Right now I’d be looking to sign the following:

LB - Ferland Mendy
LW - Thorgan Hazard*
CAM - Nabil Fekir

I think those 3 players would improve our squad massively without breaking the bank.


(*Felipe Anderson would be even better but would probably cost too much)

I wouldn’t mind Rabiot on a free and sensible wages either.
If we got Felipe Anderson, would you not forgo Fekir as well (in addition to Hazard)??? Anderson could cover both LW and CAM. For that matter, Mendy could probably get some games at LW too.

From a numbers perspective, when Ox returns, and with some of our youth on the cusp, I think we have too many players for too little playing time.
 

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Even though I would love us to get Fekir if we got Felipe Anderson he can cover both LW and AM. Not sure Fekir could do both and with the emergence of Shaqiri as an AM and Wilson I think we could maybe put that one to bed. I wouldn't be against bringing in Sessegnon who could cover the left side as a wing back or a winger.
 

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If there is ever a time to overspend to buy a player who could lift the squad... this January is the time to do it.

Werner, Koulibaly, Felipe Anderson, Fekir, Florian Thauvin, De Ligt... whoever is in that elite category and could help us.

IMO... now is the time to nail down that title win.
 
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If we got Felipe Anderson, would you not forgo Fekir as well (in addition to Hazard)??? Anderson could cover both LW and CAM. For that matter, Mendy could probably get some games at LW too.

From a numbers perspective, when Ox returns, and with some of our youth on the cusp, I think we have too many players for too little playing time.

Nope!
 



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If there is ever a time to overspend to buy a player who could lift the squad... this January is the time to do it.

Werner, Koulibaly, Felipe Anderson, Fekir, Florian Thauvin, De Ligt... whoever is in that elite category and could help us.

IMO... now is the time to nail down that title win.
Who is off the quality that will lift the squad off that list none of them for me. Would any of them make an instant impact doubtful. A signing at this stage of the season could have an adverse effect think of Asprilla at Newcastle changed the whole squad dynamic.
 
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For all the player by player talk, ins and outs, I still go back to squad numbers.

We have 21 outfield players, of whom it looks like two or three will leave in January - Origi, Solanke, Moreno.

You don't want to be trimming the outfield squad to 18 players, especially when tackling the PL, CL and FA Cup.

Whether or not they are any use as starters except in emergencies, they offer more than unproven kids from the bench.

Oxlade might be ahead of schedule, but won't be any use until the last few matches of the season at best.

If these players leave, we have to add to the squad. We can't go through three competitions over 5 months with 18 senior players.
 

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I’m all in for the right player with the right additude being signed in jan with the view that 2019/20 season should be in their sights.

We signed keita and Fabinho and both took months to assimilate to the club.

Sign now, for next season.

That’s not to say if we sign timo Werner ( for example) he’s banned from the match day squad......not at all.



I’m less concerned about an asprilla situation, you can’t not sign anyone just in case it doesn’t work out.

Agree with redforever here, our squad, as brilliant as it’s results are, is an injury or two away from being exposed...... can’t mess this opurtunity up.


The caveat is though; I trust Klopp, if no one comes in, then he didn’t find someone he wanted...
 

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Someone out of the blue who hasn't been linked would be exciting like when we bid for Alex Teixeira. I hope we sign someone but I would be fine if we didn't. Just hope we don't get any long term injuries to any of our front three.
 

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We have 21 outfield players, of whom it looks like two or three will leave in January - Origi, Solanke, Moreno.

You don't want to be trimming the outfield squad to 18 players, especially when tackling the PL, CL and FA Cup.

Oxlade might be ahead of schedule, but won't be any use until the last few matches of the season at best.

If these players leave, we have to add to the squad. We can't go through three competitions over 5 months with 18 senior players.
I generally agree but am fine with the current squad if just Solanke goes on lone. Still have Shaq, Sturridge and Origi as back up forwards. Keep Moreno until a ready deputy is on the team.

So keep the depth and continuity--next offseason is the time to exchange some role players and 2nd/3rd teamers, so long as no major injuries THRU january.
 



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I’m all in for the right player with the right additude being signed in jan with the view that 2019/20 season should be in their sights.

We signed keita and Fabinho and both took months to assimilate to the club.

Sign now, for next season.

That’s not to say if we sign timo Werner ( for example) he’s banned from the match day squad......not at all.

I’m less concerned about an asprilla situation, you can’t not sign anyone just in case it doesn’t work out.

Agree with redforever here, our squad, as brilliant as it’s results are, is an injury or two away from being exposed...... can’t mess this opurtunity up.

The caveat is though; I trust Klopp, if no one comes in, then he didn’t find someone he wanted...
I get the impression that our scouting set up is pretty much on point right now. It is totally 100% joined up thinking with Klopp and his needs.

We seem to be really nailing every single transfer, not just in ability but how they have fitted into the squad and all seem to have a very similar personalities. So I agree even if we did bring in a player I have no doubt they would slot straight into the ethos here.
 

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The worry for us is an injury to Van Dijk or Salah. So for me if we are to buy in January it would be a replacement/back up for either or both players as a precautionary measure or else if we want to improve the team we sign an attacking player with pace.
 



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Koulibaly can be a beast of a defender but he can also lose his head. We’ve already got a CB whose a bit like that. We don’t need to spend £100million+ for another one.
 

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Koulibaly can be a beast of a defender but he can also lose his head. We’ve already got a CB whose a bit like that. We don’t need to spend £100million+ for another one.
Koulibaly is the beast, its different class than Lovren and Gomez, Gomez is youth thats true but you must sacrifice some to get that kind of player... I think we need one more good CB like VVD good in aerial DF and streght. We have best start ever that need to stay like that or better.. YNWA!
 

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Koulibaly is the beast, its different class than Lovren and Gomez, Gomez is youth thats true but you must sacrifice some to get that kind of player... I think we need one more good CB like VVD good in aerial DF and streght. We have best start ever that need to stay like that or better.. YNWA!
No offense bud but the idea of sacrificing Gomez is ridiculous, his performances this season have been terrific and he's only 21. Koulibaly is probably a better defender, but not by much, but Gomez is orders of magnitude better on the ball than Koulibaly.

I'd have Koulibaly anyway and rotate those three, that's a sure fire way to maintain our incredibly stingy defence, but I wouldn't get rid of Gomez for any centre back in the game.
 



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Koulibaly is the beast, its different class than Lovren and Gomez, Gomez is youth thats true but you must sacrifice some to get that kind of player... I think we need one more good CB like VVD good in aerial DF and streght. We have best start ever that need to stay like that or better.. YNWA!

Yeah, you're right, let's break up the meanest defence in the history of the Premiership and get rid of trash like Gomez and Lovren. :rolleyes:
 

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Eriksen would be my no.1 priority come the summer if not now. He’s had an offer on the table from Spurs for a month now and hasn’t signed it so would only have 12 months left on his contract come the summer

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham/tottenham-growing-twitchy-as-christian-eriksen-stalls-on-latest-contract-offer-a4028416.html
Same here, been saying that for a while in this thread.

He's a brilliant player & would be a perfect fit for us, he would make our team a lot stronger, people go on about Kane & Son and rightfully so but he's the one that makes Spurs tick.

He used to mention about wanting to play in Spain although that was some time ago, if there was any chance he'd want to come here we'd surely have to go for it?
 



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Eriksen would be my no.1 priority come the summer if not now. He’s had an offer on the table from Spurs for a month now and hasn’t signed it so would only have 12 months left on his contract come the summer

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham/tottenham-growing-twitchy-as-christian-eriksen-stalls-on-latest-contract-offer-a4028416.html
He'll be 27 in the summer, which is perhaps a bit over what I think is the ideal age for any new midfield or attacking signings, with long-term squad continuity in mind. You don't want ALL your players the same age bracket or you'll be faced with a situation of having to replace them all at the same time which is obviously not optimal.

That said, he's a quality player who would certainly strengthen the squad.

I do wonder though how and where he would fit into the squad. Once Ox is back you'd think the midfield would be set, even if Lallana were to leave. Would Eriksen really want to leave Spurs to go somewhere he wouldn't be first choice?
 

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He'll be 27 in the summer, which is perhaps a bit over what I think is the ideal age for any new midfield or attacking signings, with long-term squad continuity in mind. You don't want ALL your players the same age bracket or you'll be faced with a situation of having to replace them all at the same time which is obviously not optimal.

That said, he's a quality player who would certainly strengthen the squad.

I do wonder though how and where he would fit into the squad. Once Ox is back you'd think the midfield would be set, even if Lallana were to leave. Would Eriksen really want to leave Spurs to go somewhere he wouldn't be first choice?
He’ll be in his prime, how could you think 27 is to old :shocked:

There’s definitely be a space in the team for someone of Eriksen’s ability. Yes AOC is coming back but Lallana is off in the summer as he’s no longer of any real use to the team.
 

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He’ll be in his prime, how could you think 27 is to old :shocked:

There’s definitely be a space in the team for someone of Eriksen’s ability. Yes AOC is coming back but Lallana is off in the summer as he’s no longer of any real use to the team.
So Eriksen (or any other new AM) would get the number of games Lallana played in this season. 8 games most of them from the bench (I think). Whose game time would Ox take? Shaqiris? Is Shaqiri happy with the number of games he is playing at the moment? Or does he deserve a bit more?

The success of Shaqiri as a CAM + Firmino also being used there does mean we don’t need another CAM.
 

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Eriksen is far superior to Shaqiri & anything else we have in midfield, he'd stroll into our team and improve it a lot, technically he's top draw, he's clever, creates & scores goals & many from outside the box, he's not the lazy type either.

I think City will get him if one of big 2 in Spain don't.
 

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He’ll be in his prime, how could you think 27 is to old :shocked:

There’s definitely be a space in the team for someone of Eriksen’s ability. Yes AOC is coming back but Lallana is off in the summer as he’s no longer of any real use to the team.
I never said 27 was old. I said it wasn't wise to have all your players in the same age bracket.

In 3-4 years most of our key players will be close to or entering their 30's. Ideally you plan ahead and have another group of players ready to enter their primes when the current starters are exiting theirs. Otherwise you'd have the starters AND squad option all needing replacing at the same time.

The club are clearly shrewd with squad building though now so this really isn't something to debate much. There's clear signs from the Keita and Robertson signings (not to mention Trent and Gomez's ages) that the club have longevity in mind.