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Just now, aRdja said:

This is where I’m at with Taki. Don’t really see the urgency to sell him this window. 

No point selling (anyone) while we ain't buying (anyone)... 

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5 minutes ago, aRdja said:

I’ve only seen comps of his too, but I’m not convinced. His technique is nothing special and he doesn’t seem to be a creative type. Playing him as a number 8 either side of Fabinho would be destructive to our forward play IMO.

I agree with your last sentence actually. I don't think he would be the best choice for us.

 

He is better than you think, though. We just don't really need a player of his profile as we already have Fabinho. He's shown some box to box ability, but at a big club to me he's a #6. Could be wrong, though. He can be a powerful runner.

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7 minutes ago, aRdja said:

I’ve only seen comps of his too, but I’m not convinced. His technique is nothing special and he doesn’t seem to be a creative type. Playing him as a number 8 either side of Fabinho would be destructive to our forward play IMO.

Wasn't sold on Tchouameni but I'm all in after reading this.

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Maybe - if there's any truth to it - we want to make the midfield more defensive so we can recycle possession higher up the pitch and make the opponent pay with our fullbacks and forwards. 

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Some apparently reliable Dutch footie Twitter account is claiming that we’ve made “exploratory enquiries” with PSV for their winger Cody Gakpo. 
 

He’s expected to stay until the summer then move on. City and Bayern Munich are meant to be exploratorying him too. 

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1 hour ago, Boss said:

Maybe - if there's any truth to it - we want to make the midfield more defensive so we can recycle possession higher up the pitch and make the opponent pay with our fullbacks and forwards. 

That would sort of be the opposite to what we've done the last couple of years - in getting Thiago in and then Trent roaming in field more - where we've tried to add more playmaking in midfield.

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29 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

That would sort of be the opposite to what we've done the last couple of years - in getting Thiago in and then Trent roaming in field more - where we've tried to add more playmaking in midfield.

 

Possibly it's an attempt to get back to the more workmanlike midfield that won the league. We're scoring enough goals, we're just conceding too many to compete neck and neck with City at the moment. If we tighten up the midfield it might prevent those goals that do get scored because our midfield is too open.

 

Also, if you look at Fabinho, he's actually very creative for a defensive midfielder. He's capable of playing long balls and threading through balls to our forwards if the opportunity arises. Perhaps they think Tchouameni has the ability to be more creative than he's shown so far, and they can bring that out with training. 

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3 hours ago, 3 Stacks said:

. We just don't really need a player of his profile as we already have Fabinho. He's shown some box to box ability, but at a big club to me he's a #6. Could be wrong, though. He can be a powerful runner.

 

Considering we don't have a alternative for Fabinho and he misses his fair share of games, and how often he's late back after international football he would surely be useful. Also have another defensive type would be good, he have struggle killing games without Gini about and have plenty of more attacking types with Elliot and Jones about

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On 21/01/2022 at 16:31, Scott_M said:

Apparently it’s cites a story in the Echo. Damned if I can find it, so I assume it’s bollocks. 
 

If Traore was £20m and was bought in as an upgrade to Minamino or Origi, I’d likely be Ok with it. However, it would be a signing I’d struggle to get excited about. 
 

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Is Traore an upgrade? I mean, he's a far better sprinter than Taki or Div, but I'm not sure he's a better footballer.

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21 minutes ago, Boss said:

 

Possibly it's an attempt to get back to the more workmanlike midfield that won the league. We're scoring enough goals, we're just conceding too many to compete neck and neck with City at the moment. If we tighten up the midfield it might prevent those goals that do get scored because our midfield is too open.

 

Also, if you look at Fabinho, he's actually very creative for a defensive midfielder. He's capable of playing long balls and threading through balls to our forwards if the opportunity arises. Perhaps they think Tchouameni has the ability to be more creative than he's shown so far, and they can bring that out with training. 

Yeah, could be - or a way to play two sitters plus Elliott or Jones in a more attacking role in the middle long term.  Might also be good to have an option - especially as having someone who could stand in for Fabinho rather than Hendo would be useful too.

I've never seen Tchouameni play, but I reckon a quality Fabinho/Gini hybrid type would be ideal to add to the midfield mix.

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56 minutes ago, Lee909 said:

 

Considering we don't have a alternative for Fabinho and he misses his fair share of games, and how often he's late back after international football he would surely be useful. Also have another defensive type would be good, he have struggle killing games without Gini about and have plenty of more attacking types with Elliot and Jones about

Depends if we want to spend around 50m for a Fabinho alternative. I doubt that. The more likely scenario if we sign him is if we think he could play further forward. And then I suppose he could fill in at 6 if Fabinho is injured.

 

I really would be surprised if we signed him, though. It just doesn't seem like the profile we'll look at.

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1 hour ago, Boss said:

 

Possibly it's an attempt to get back to the more workmanlike midfield that won the league. We're scoring enough goals, we're just conceding too many to compete neck and neck with City at the moment. If we tighten up the midfield it might prevent those goals that do get scored because our midfield is too open.

 

Also, if you look at Fabinho, he's actually very creative for a defensive midfielder. He's capable of playing long balls and threading through balls to our forwards if the opportunity arises. Perhaps they think Tchouameni has the ability to be more creative than he's shown so far, and they can bring that out with training. 

That's a compelling point, but I'd say we're going away from workmanlike now in midfield and it's one of the reasons we're scoring more goals. But it does seem that if we can get the balance slightly better, we'll have the best of both worlds and we are missing just a little solidity and athleticism. Whether Tchouameni could do the job in our tactics playing with Fabinho, while we keep an attacking threat in midfield, I really don't know. Fabinho and Tchouameni would be quite defensive.

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