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01 Sep 2017 09:25:38
First time poster troops so be gentle.

Seen a lot of people complaining that the transfer window was a failure however this is now the strongest squad we've had since the magic days of O'Neill.

Gordon, De Vries

Lustig, Ralston, Gamboa

Jozo, Erik, Boyata, Ajer

KT, Miller

Brown, Ntcham, Armstrong, Rogic, McGregor, Biton

Roberts, Sinclair, Hayes, Forrest

Dembele, Griff, Edouard

That's some serious strength in depth which I feel that we've lacked in years gone by.

We're never going to be able to compete with the likes of PSG and Bayern so to chase big name players for silly money is a waste of time and finances.

Buzzing for the season ahead, HH🍀.

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01 Sep 2017 09:52:08
That's far too sensible that post. 👍.

01 Sep 2017 09:59:07
Fair point - and there's also Henderson and Eboue to add in. I agree that the squad is as strong as it has been for a long long time. I felt that if we kept our main players - especially Armstrong and Dembele, and brought back Roberts, I would be more than happy. That's happened (although I wish Armstrong had signed a longer deal and PR was permanent) and we have added quality and potential, so it's great.
With injuries though, I am worried about the centre half position with Europe coming up and hope Sviachenko is fit soon! (Ed - any idea when he should be fit again? )

{Ed007's Note - Sviatchenko is estimated at around 3/4 weeks away from fitness.}

01 Sep 2017 10:10:27
Good post Paddy but you better watch sensible posts get pounced on by the fantasists on here. You're right the strength and depth is the best it's been in years, I wouldn't have much of a complaint with any of those players in the starting XI each week. We haven't lost a big player for a while now and that's down to the board quite rightly putting EPL price tags to our players. I've said before we could spend 30 million but that's not going to make a lot of difference when trying to compete with sides that spend that on a squad player.

01 Sep 2017 10:11:35
Just need to add a quality keeper and centre half and that's some squad .

01 Sep 2017 10:25:29
Well said Paddy.

01 Sep 2017 10:52:16
Nice one paddy.

01 Sep 2017 12:33:13
Spot on paddy, keep the sensible posts up and you will be a welcome addition.

01 Sep 2017 13:09:39
Quite right Stevie. Even if we had a bottomless pit of money, who would/ could we buy that would nullify Neymar and Mbappe together? I quite liked the sound of Benkovic, but even spending an absolute fortune on a centre half would still make keeping them out a tall order to say the least! And money doesn't guarantee quality - I was having a drink watching sky sports last night and thought someone has sneaked in and spiked it when I saw Arsenal turned down £20M for Chambers. Insane. So I'm please that we are going for young guys with something to prove rather players who have already shown themselves to be inadequate or are past it (like we used to! )
Thanks Ed for answering about Sviachenko - I think if he can reproduce his form of a 12-18 months ago, we are fine.
We kept our main players which is brilliant. Fingers crossed, we can get Roberts on a permanent deal and Armstrong tied to a longer contract at a later stage.
I also think the arsenal fan saying that their defence is MUCH better than ours is being a bit presumptuous - Tierney and Simunovic would walk into their team, IMO.

01 Sep 2017 17:43:50
Came on expecting a bit of criticism re the CB position. unjustified in the main imo. BUT found all these sensible posts. Agree with the posts above. are we stronger now than before the window. most definitely!

Also big thanks to Ed.
Best to all and HH🍀🍀.

{Ed007's Note - You're welcome mate.}

02 Aug 2017 21:55:51
Sensible? Ajax got to Europa final last year. If we had decent defenders we could do better in Europe.



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