The thing is, it starts to get complicated with squad places. You probably carry 4 CB into a normal season. We need to go in with at least 5 but likely 6 next season. And if we take the same approach in midfield, and 3 goalkeepers (given Kelleher now needs a place due to age)
then it all starts to add up. This is our squad from last season.
8 home-grown, 16/17 who are not
We need to add to this
Ibrahima Konaté (free space)
Virgil van Dijk (replace Gini)
Ben Davies (replace Hardy)
We have Marko Grujić coming back from injury who needs to be sold
or a squad place. You would imagine if we were to move on any of Adrian, Matip, Shaq, Taki, Origi - we get a like-for-like replacement. If we move on Ox or Phillips we need a homegrown player to replace them.
But this all makes manoeuvring in the market complicated as the
The reason the whole Trent debate starts off flawed for me is the beginning premise being they are all the same thing. They aren't really.
First all, roles are far more important than positions in football. What Roberto Carlos did for Brazil isn't the same as what Konchesky did
Which is why Hodgson sees no value in the former, tells him he isn't a left back, then sells him. Yet the latter, he brings with him to Liverpool as his only signing from his previous club.
But the more important thing is this:
How many teams' key player is a full back? It is incredibly rare. Trent is a transformative player. His talent is such that Klopp built his entire system around him (and Robbo) with them taking on the role of primary progressers
Pep sycophants in the media are weird are nauseating, man.
To read them you would think footy was shit before he rocked up with his ideas and now literally every coach in the world is in a desperate rush to play Pep-ball.
Then try to act as arbiters oh who is and is not
allowed to be criticised and for what. We see the same bollocks with fucking everything these days with the media who have decided to be gatekeepers on who is and is not criticised.
Pep is allowed to be criticised. City can and were winning domestic titles without him. Bayern
too. That will NEVER be a problem for a club that dominates the spending in their domestic league. Sure, they are winning with a little more pizzaz and consistency now... they are also spending a fucktonne more money.
City want to carry that dominance into Europe. He has utterly
keep playing guys who are needing a rest because either they eventually just breakdown and then you are without them when you need them most (for example, is Maguire one of those he mentions?) or it takes that 5-10% off the top of their game that sets apart good and great players
We all praise guys for being brave playing through injuries but ultimately it is just rolling the dice each time. Will this be the 'one more game' you get out of them before they are out for months? Yes? What about the next one? The one after that? Just let them rest and recover
Lots of reasons. Firstly, we are generally a small team. I am guessing maybe the smallest in the EPL given that Man City have bigger full backs in Mendy and Walker. So, our full backs are going to need to do more than most at defensive set pieces in their zones. Not to mention
on attacking set-pieces. We need some height from somewhere. You have seen this season who much less of a threat we look once we lost Virg. Gomez never really looked a threat on set pieces. Looking at this, I am not sure Konate is either. Just 18 shots in 3 season and rarely gets
anything on target. But that is definitely something you can help him with on coaching. If nothing else though, he is a big unit that the opponents need to worry about - even as a decoy he is taking the attention of one of the opponents best defenders.
I read a lot of daft shit about Trent on here. Most of it is just entirely subjective nonsense about him not being better than a certain player because he isn't a good defender. It's a vague, nebulous statement which means it can't really be measured thus it is only
possible to counter it with the opposite opinion. Then you just have two intrenched people shouting their opinions at each other and it goes nowhere. A waste of time.
But sometimes I wake up to find someone in my mentions saying something so daft that you just have to push back
Today is such a day with me being told Trent lacks the basics of defending.
He was an ever-present in a side that conceded just 22 goals in a season despite not knowing the basics of defending. A side that also conceded the fewest goals last season.
In practice, when Fabinho isn't in there they don't really have anybody that has zone dominance in protecting the space in front of the defence. And they don't really have anybody that offers penetration other than Jones as
This explains perhaps the links with Bissouma for the former and Aouar for the latter. The problem remains though that aside from Fabinho, Gini and Jones - we have a lot of midfielders who are often unavailable. The best in that sense
is leaving. Thiago is still a question mark - his record pre-Liverpool is a worry but I am willing to write off the injury this season as I am pretty sure Richarlison's tackle puts anybody out for months. It was fucking horrific. Other than that, the only other time he was out
Sometimes I think people weren't paying attention during or after - and learned absolutely fucking nothing at all - from the whole weapons of mass destruction in Iraq thing.
So here is how this works.
The starting point is 'what do we want'.
Then 'how could we justify it'
Then 'fabricate intel that suggests this'
Then 'get media and politicians to talk about this'
Then 'Wow, that intel was wrong? That's weird because EVERYONE was talking about it.'
Outcome - get what you want with absolutely no repercussions whatsoever for the atrocities you have committed to get there.
Billionaire owned and controlled media quickly move on to whatever distraction story they can find.
"Football need to control owners who want to make money out of clubs. City owners wanted to improve the team."
FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger
So there you have it. We are trying to 'control' the wrong ones here. City are good for football in the
eyes of UEFA and FIFA.
All that matters when it comes to an owner is how much money they will put into the club for transfers. If they are committing genocide, human rights atrocities, executing people for being gay, killing thousands of slaves - that has nothing to do with
with BLM, instigators blend in from groups with opposing ideals and start the shit then walk away. Sometimes the police will infiltrate groups and start shit themselves as a means of justifying their response to it.
And the media will always focus on that trouble because that
is perfect for their 24 hour news that is designed to turn everything into a 9/11 event to keep you on their channel. They ain't doing that sitting down and calmly debating the merits of a protest. No, they want that shit to be as visceral as possible as it is good for their
Only AWB has a perfect snapshot of what is behind McTominay when the pass is played. And us, the viewer. Players unconsciously pass this information with the ball. By not passing in front of Scott, is AWB telling him someone is
moving to shut down that space and ambush him? That he isn't safe to turn into that space?
Making this comparison with Busquets and AWB is unfair of course. It's just a poor pass from a player who struggles to have any impact in the buildup for United for these very reasons.