bubbles1966 wrote:Serious question - what's the difference between this bunch of Carlos Kickaballs and the bunch of Carlos Kickaballs we brought in last summer?
This time last year (and in the summer) these threads were full of people saying how fabulous Zaza, Tore, Feghouli, Calleri etc were. It was the same when Zola was here and we were told Kovac, Ilunga, Diamanti, Jimenez were all fabuolus players.
Honestly - absolutely nothing. But they're three players I can see us going in for.
We've been linked with Ghezzal for two windows and allegedly bid for him last summer. 15/16 he had 10 goals and 9 assists from the wings, this season he's got 2 and 5. He's got Champions League experience with Lyon. In short, he's exactly a match for the sort of player the board love to sign - CL experience, comes from a 'big' team in their league (Lyon), and free.
Pozuelo is from Genk in Belgium although he's Spanish. 15/16 he got 4 goals and 9 assists from CM/AM, this season he's got 5 and 15. He's got Europe League experience with Genk this season - so again, European experience and free. Not so much a big team, but he's got good stats in his league. One thing that is in his favour is that he has a season in the PL with Swansea to his name, including Europa football - 2 goals and 6 assists.
Maxime Lopez is a bit of a outside thought, for me, but he's only 19 and comes from Marseille. I can see the board absolutely loving playing billy big balls about stealing a 'young European prospect' from Marseille on a free given the whole Payet affair. Another CM/AM, he's got 1 goal and 6 assists this season for Marseille, and started every game for the last three months. He's 'the new Nasri' and has been scouted by Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United etc. If we could get him we a) get to look like we've bent Marseille over in a bit of revenge, and b) can lord it about securing a hot prospect under the nose of all these big teams.