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Hope he is good.
I hope that it doesn't affect his game.
and I would be sad to see him go. His game has been affected by his hatred of William Gallas, no doubt. I also think he has been shown a great deal of disrespect by Arsenal as a club, as he is one of the few 'cut them they bleed Arsenal' types. When he is on top of his game (and has a good working relationship with his centre back partner), Toure is a very accomplished centre back.
£17M? I'd love him at arsenal.
I reckon Clichy could go to Madrid now as well.
We need to keep hold of our experienced players, I'd be gutted if either Clichy or Toure left. Neither of them had a great season and Toure's not been the same since Campbell left. Gallas had a good season once he lost the captaincy but I'd rather see him leave because of his age and difficult personality.
quite happy with that, as long as it's the start and not the zenith of our summer spending.
set pieces are going to be fun for you guys next year.
Peter Crouch proves that. It's all about reading the game/positioning.
although I don't trust it.
Where did you get that 5'9 from?
peru's strike partnership in '98 world cup. what were they called again?
"they all look the same tho"
doesn't prove that you can be good in the air whilst being short.
Anyway, I think it's a bit of a gamble, he's not the most well-built defender but he'll probably make up for that in speed etc.
a few times
In depth analysis please.
it was just an opinion from the games that i saw, it was hardly a damning indictment of the guy. i even said he was probably pacey enough to make up for any lack of height/build. stop being so fucking touchy.
so I was aksing what he was like. Looks like I'm not being the touchy one.
i thought you were being sarcastic.
anyway, he's nice and quick, good positioning and seems to be reasonably intelligent (for a defender).
as i said, the physical aspect may be an issue, but that's to see.
I haven't seen much of Ajax/Belgium. I can't say I follow the dutch league. If he has played against us for Ajax, then I certainly don't remember.
Sounds encouraging, apart from the physical side. But then again we are used to that now. Thankyou.
both 5'9", both aerially dominant and two of the best centre backs in the last 10yrs.
If clubs are signing players now, then what the hell is up with the window supposedly opening on the 1st July?
Young and quick, but he has been a bit injury-prone in the past.
we could probably do with him, provide a bit of competition for Nige
Yaya Toure for the rest of the window I'll be happy.
and our defence is tighter than a nun's snatch,l but i reckon we might need someone else as well. However, it would be a step towards Hughes' masterplan of playing five defensive midfielders at once
It was in a couple of rags that he want to be Man Utd's highest paid player. Ha! 5 premiership goals last season is not good enough
I have to say I've found the cult surrounding Tevez baffling. Offers little besides his work rate. Maybe now we can concentrate on looking for someone with a bit of pace capable of leading the line.
I think it's the move that makes most sense for everyone involved really; Liverpool couldn't accomodate him into their system and he wants a starting place, Man City already have Bellamy (a very similar role in the side) and no European football anywhere, Tevez doesn't want the Man Utd fans to hate him (not that they love Chelsea obvs, but there's less parochial hatred between the clubs and more sports-based rivalry) and Chelsea only have laxadasical strikers. Even if he did only score 7 or 8 a season, I think Chelsea lack someone with his sort of workrate up front and we'd have a better side for him. Sign him up, Roman.
(He'll go to Man City, innit)
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no pace, no creativity, abysmal first touch and underwhelming goalscoring record. He's a grafter but he has to be to make up for his weaknesses in other areas. I've been saying this for ages so it isn't sour grapes. I'd have been gutted if we'd spunked another £25m on him in addition to the £10m or so that funded his last two years.
Hopefully those twats who sang for Tevez over Ferguson's end-of-season speech after the trophy presentation are feeling suitably ashamed. I was fuming about that.
You stuck Tevez on when things weren't looking great and the whole team picked up on the strength of his attitude. In my opinion, at least.
But yeah - your fans giving your manager shit for not signing a player after he'd just won them a 3rd consecutive title is a little bit atrocious.
I think all things considered, it's the move that makes most sense. I think he'd be a regular starter fo'sho.
I think all the 'only one way you can go when you leave Man Utd' stuff I've heard from some people (and apparently echoed by people at the club) is bullshit too. He's won the title and the Champions League with Utd already. He's young byt football careers are short. Why shouldn't he try and achieve new things? The most bizarre thing about the situation for me is that he wants to stay in England, but there's no accounting for taste...
but he'd only be competing with Drogba and Anelka, fewer (in numbers and probably in quality if I'm 100% honest) than at Utd. Would he be a first name on the sheet player? Nah. But I still think he'd play considerably more games at Chelsea than at Utd. Probably not as many as he would at City.
I think he'll go to City and I think it will be a shame really. Given the players City have and their style of play, I can't see that either Tevez or City would get the best out of each other. We'll know soon enough.
Didn't realise he'd got that many games for Utd.
Well, even if it doesn't make as much sense as I'd originally thought, I'd still like to see him at Chelsea. There'll probably only be about 40 games for him to start at City next season anyway!
It seems strange when you put it like that. Unless he goes home after each match and calculates exactly what percentage of the season he's played. And if he does... well, quite frankly I'm scared.
the more I quite like the idea of footballers compiling their own statistics on themselves
him from KFC Germinal Beerschot
One of Tevez' agent people was just on TalkSport and despite trying to be pretty vague, he might as well have confirmed it.
Santa Cruz, Robinho and Tevez will be immense. I can't wait to see how they do. I mean, they've got to overtake Everton and Arsenal yet, but given their signings it looks like it could be a lot easier than it sounds. I'm glad too; watching them against United this season in one of the last games was really frustrating, admittedly because we needed a City have hopes of getting the league. But they definitely had some zeal missing and these signings will hopefully replace that. I'd love to see them outclass United this time round.
I wish I could fastforward summer.
and gave the impression he probably wouldn't go, which I hope is true.
Barcelona's midfield is probably the best in the world right now. He'd be a back-up for someone, wouldn't he? Whereas at Anfield he's a star and we need to keep hold of him. I really hope he stays.
players get such a hard on for Barca, if they want him he'll go.
If he tells Rafa he wants to leave, he'll respect that, but at the same time he'll expect a huge sum for him because he's so vital to us.
Rumour has it that his bird is urging him to leave cos she doesn't like the country. Bitch.
is that, apart from Ruud, we haven't been linked with many players yet. Ususally by this point we've tried to sign Zidane, Pele, Ronaldo, Kaka, Casillas, Van Persie and every one else who's ever played in the champions league for a combined fee of £50007 million, and we just end up with Darren Bent or Gareth Bale. Very refreshing.
and the rumoured interest in Ashley Young though?
Torres turned down moves to Chelsea (and Newcastle... teehee) about 3 years ago, and as far as I'm aware has always maintained he's only ever interested in playing for Atletico, Liverpool and (I think) AC Milan, the teams he loved as a boy. Similarly, David Villa has never made any secret of his unwillingness to leave Spain. Aguero looks to have priced himself out of a move anywhere really, which is a shame, would have liked first dibs on his sprog.
Furthermore, Liverpool's financial situation COULD be much improved by the end of the summer as Gillet has just negotiated the sale of his 80% share in the Montreal Canadiens which means $$$$. How much of that he could spend on Liverpool and their parent company I don't know, but it's bound to help their cause. Which is a shame...
there was a column in the Chronicle a few weeks back bemoaning our poor transfer choices like giving up on Torres to buy Luque and not chasing Ronaldo, the other 'next big thing' do that end of the continent at the time.
it was pretty desperate stuff ... "oh why didn't we sign Darren Fletcher at 16 like we wanted to *sob*"
shame Dean Windass isn't there any more, that would've been some partnership