Ole wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:15 am
Sanchez, Lukaku, Smalling, Darmian, Borthwick-Jackson, Valencia, James Wilson have all gone. Only one I was disappointed about was Herrera but whilst he gave 100%, he never really set the world alight. Same with Mata really. Obviously Jones is still here but you can't have everything.
The right players have to be available for the right price. Whether we have the cash or not, spunking £200 million on Neymar (not that he'd want to come) isn't a sound investment. We made that mistake with Di Maria.
1 When was the last time we could attract and keep a player that set the world alight?
2 When you are in the theoretical position this club is in where exactly do you think we can find the right player we won't be "spunking" daft money on?
Let me expand that a little with my own observations based on experience
I use the phrase theoretical because i am not convinced this club has any cash at all.The way the owners are acting(the sister has taken TWO loans out in the recent past) it is an implication that despite taking several kings ransoms out of this club in dividends and fees they still need to borrow.
Also the fact that the debt is still in the club as unpaid either implies it doesn't matter or they can't afford to pay it off(just a theory)
But as a recognised club that theoretically wants to get back to the top but is in continual steady decline the only players they will attract is knackered old shirtsellers like Falcao,Scweinsteiger,Zlatan etc who want a final payday
All the above moved downwards when they left
So to attract better you have to overpay for the "best available"
Then as you turn the corner you immediately have to overpay again to move up a level.
It is only when you are back at the top that you don't have to overpay.
The above is the Manchester City model and it worked/works and to a level Liverpool
We have alledgedly been in for Europe's top players this summer(and every other summer for the last 8 years) and got NO top class players other than a few who have wanted off as soon as they arrived liked Di Maria and Pogba who are both top class players with a future as Di Maria has proved
So it is a case of pay up and spunk it off or continue to slide.We all know what the obvious answer from the Glazers and Ed Woodward will be