08 Jan 2017 14:55:58
So now media saying our value on MD is 30m. I think he will be a superstar one day but if that kind of money gets offered, and BR has full control, then 30m plus whatever else we are going to have to spend would allow us to transform the the team into something really special.
08 Jan 2017 15:34:59
Would be massively dissappinted to see MD sold at the moment even though £30m is a lot of cash in anybody's language that could indeed be reinvested in the team. Still don't see the rush though as his value will only increase if he's as good as we think he is. As I've said before finding raw talent and giving it a stage at the highest level accepting we're a window to EPL has got to be our business model but we need to get the balance right in terms of getting the best out of them for a few seasons beforehand. For me timing needs to be based on making sure we keep the best of the best to qualify for CL or it's both false economy and demoralising for the fans. 🍀
08 Jan 2017 17:30:38
though we made 30 m off champs league, so we have 30 m to spend already
08 Jan 2017 18:32:16
We didn't make £30mil, maybe close too!
And if we do get £20/ 30mil for Dembele? That's not how it works and won't work lol
It's not all spends, only a fraction.
08 Jan 2017 18:50:34
The money might be tempting, but qualification for CL is priority for next season again, and that would be much more realistic with MD on our book than reinvesting his sale on new players that might not settle in as well as moussa has.
I hope we keep him until he at least earns his first cap (which can't be too far away) . Ideal time to sell would be after World Cup imo, where his stock will be at its highest. will we be able to resist until then?
08 Jan 2017 20:22:01
Dembele might be the difference between qualifying again, and getting another 30m of champions league money. Look at it like that. We have the power over the fee any club wants to pay
08 Jan 2017 20:27:48
We should also try for a higher sell on percentage if/ when he gets sold say 20/ 25% cos he will get an even bigger move later no doubt
08 Jan 2017 21:40:53
Devil's advocate but worth remembering that it was Griffiths that got us to the UCL group stages, not Dembele. Yes he had his (very important) penalty against Astana but LG scored against LRI, Astana home and away, and a double against HBS.
08 Jan 2017 22:54:04
Agree griffiths was the man who got us there, and is probably still the best finisher in Scotland. I just think over the last few months, especially in the bigger games, Dembele has stepped up and it's clear Rodgers sees him as the main forward.
For what it's worth, I think Griff is suited to most games we play and is very unfortunate to find MD in the form he was/ is when Leigh got injured
09 Jan 2017 12:56:47
We are a much better team with both Dembele and Griffiths available - as opposed to recent seasons where Ciftci, Scepovic and Stokes were possible options?
The whole point of appointing BR was to lift the club to where it should have been since 2012 if managed properly and decisions were in tandem with our huge advantage and regain our CL status and improve quality.
Obviously huge offers will be very tempting, but the manager must be given every chance to finish what he started and keep players that seem very happy to be here.