Pellegrini's best signing so far

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Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by prophet:marginal » Mon May 20, 2019 8:58 pm

Perhaps as a warmup for the KUMB awards votes, who surpasses the others as the best signing we made last summer?

For me, after careful reflection, its Felipe Anderson

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Came here with barely any English and integrated without difficulty

First season success, from different league.

Great tackling numbers, for a debut season, winger/forward, of that build and height.

Genuinely skillful with both feet, strong in the running, and quickly got his head around the different refereeing (only got knocked off the ball rarely, early doors).

Scored 10 goals overall, whereby

1. The most basic was at the end of a lovely move, to assert some dominance at OT
2, The first was an audacious trick against an international keeper
3. Several others were excellent long shots, including contender for GotS (Palace at home)
4. He can score a brilliant freekick (Wimbledon away)
5. He celebrated like a true team member when Foster saved his likely 10th league goal, only to have to watch Arnautovic edge ahead of him, by snaffling the rebound.

A solid assists record that is only the start of the chances he created for others, when in his purple patch, from games 5-20 - many of which went begging. He smashed the bar, on a hattrick, with the outside of his boot.

Basically, what happened last summer was very similar to Bilic's arrival, in that we got in 3 or more complementary players who grew into the season.

He got Payet, Lanzini and Antonio.

Pellegrini got Fabianski, Balbuena, Diop and

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my vote for Pellegrini's best signing

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by e17 » Mon May 20, 2019 9:04 pm

Diop

I genuinely can’t believe we got him

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Post by arlhe » Mon May 20, 2019 9:06 pm

Fabianski. Like a lot of people, I thought he was no improvement on what we had.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by S-H » Mon May 20, 2019 9:16 pm

Balbuena, simply because of the value for money he represents, and I don't think we realised just how good or important he was to the side, until we lost him to injury, no coincidence that the performances picked up again once he was back in the team, brings the best out of Diop too.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by DasNutNock » Mon May 20, 2019 9:17 pm

The General. I can see him having an absolutely dominant season next term now he’s established himself. He makes Diop better, he makes us better.

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Post by Albie Beck » Mon May 20, 2019 9:51 pm

It's interesting that even in the handful of answers so far we have a variety of opinions, all pretty valid. It shows that the signings were most if not all of good quality.

My choice "so far" as the thread says is Anderson, although long term I have no doubt the best of last summer will be Diop. Plenty of time and scope to improve.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by Burnley Hammer » Mon May 20, 2019 9:56 pm

I'll go with Balbuena... great positioning and a calm head make all the difference, and it allows Diop to play to his strengths.

Also in terms of the price we paid, you have to say Fabianski too.

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Post by DasNutNock » Mon May 20, 2019 9:57 pm

4 top signings in a window. Bloody hell. How frequently does that happen?

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Post by claretandblue82 » Mon May 20, 2019 10:01 pm

S-H wrote:Balbuena, simply because of the value for money he represents, and I don't think we realised just how good or important he was to the side, until we lost him to injury, no coincidence that the performances picked up again once he was back in the team, brings the best out of Diop too.

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This. :thup:

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Post by e17 » Mon May 20, 2019 10:10 pm

DasNutNock wrote:4 top signings in a window. Bloody hell. How frequently does that happen?
The exciting part is Yarmo potentially looked as good as all those 4

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Post by Patito » Mon May 20, 2019 10:19 pm

I’ll go with the one who I think we miss the most when he’s not around - Balbuena

Fabianski pushes him very close.

Anderson the best in terms of quality, a superb player.

Diop could take it in a few years time.

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Post by Monkeybubbles » Mon May 20, 2019 10:34 pm

Sanchez. Just because I don't want him to feel left out.

I totally enjoy watching Anderson going on one of his thrill-gallops, but I think Diop will prove to be the best signing in time.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by Het-Field » Tue May 21, 2019 2:51 am

The thing with Anderson is that we paid top doller for a Brazilian international and got a return that we should expect. When I think we got Payet for £10 Million, it always puts Anderson in perspective. We dug deep, financially for him. We did get what we paid for, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in the slightest.

Diop was also a big price signing. As such, I think it has to be a toss up between Balbuena and Fabianski.

Funny enough, I don’t think he has made any abundantly bad signings.

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Post by Status Kev » Tue May 21, 2019 3:26 am

Last year was the best window for years and there are lots of candidates - Balbuena, Diop, Anderson but for me it's Fabianski. £7M was it? When you look what Liverpool and Chelsea spent on keepers it was a steal. Wouldn't swap him for either of them.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by dubaihammer » Tue May 21, 2019 4:33 am

I will go with Anderson. He is an amazing player and the real replacement for Payet. He was highly rated and coveted and without Pelligrini we would never have got him.

The others already mentioned have of course all been great for different reasons.

I hope that Wilshere can prove next season he is up there with these lot in terms of their success.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by westham,eggyandchips » Tue May 21, 2019 5:52 am

Fab.

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Post by S-H » Tue May 21, 2019 6:39 am

westham,eggyandchips wrote:Fab.

..ian Balbuena?

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Post by westham,eggyandchips » Tue May 21, 2019 6:45 am

S-H wrote:

..ian Balbuena?
...ianski :wink:

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by simonirons » Tue May 21, 2019 6:54 am

we got 5 quality players in last season (Incl. Yarmo) If we can get in 3/4 this summer. - The futures bright.

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Re: Pellegrini's best signing so far

Post by szola » Tue May 21, 2019 7:34 am

Best player - Anderson he is what makes us tick
Best value - Fabianski he saves more expected goals than any other keeper in the league
Best prospect signed - Diop if he continues to develop, he'll be a monster
Best new position - Rice giving a player a new position might not be a signing as per se, although Sullivan might disagree :D

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