30th July 2020 at 3:45 pm #137040
Ed, “I also think Chelsea are missing a trick here by not activating their buy-back clause after such an inconsistent season defensively.”
Completely understand where you are coming from Ed but I think Chelsea need a Koulibally type Centre Back dominant in the air but younger and a lot less expensive finding ones not so easy though.
I think Ampadu could come back to Chelsea and do a similar job as Ake and although he’s right footed he’s very comfortable with his left foot.30th July 2020 at 3:48 pm #137041threepsParticipant193 pts
In addition, obviously there is nothing physically or mentally constraining for two left footers to play together, but as lefties are in short supply pretty much every time they play on the left. That could be an issue if both have spent their entire careers as the left sided centre back.30th July 2020 at 8:10 pm #137210
I still see no reason why 2 or three Lefties could not do the same job as 2 or 3 righties who have spent all there time on the right side.
Laporte has played LCB and CB
Otemendi has played CB.RB LB
Stones CB RB LB
Garcia. RB CB
Aka. I do not know enough about his positions
However, it is not about individuals but the reasons why left footed players cannot play together…I believe that they can do the job well. In fact when you look at the City team probably more left footers than right
We could discuss the point until the cows come home, what happens on the pitch next season is what matters and City have to reduce the against column of 35 this season despite the clean sheets
I think Stones and Otemedi maybe leaving though,if not now, at Christmas1st August 2020 at 9:00 am #138495steveosnakeeyeParticipant297 pts
City now have Torres and ake? Seems like some decent early work done again by the blues of city and Chelsea ….. decent prices paid to if what I read is true1st August 2020 at 12:29 pm #138642
A story about Left and righters, ..about me..hope you find of interest. 25 yrs ago when I was playing golf on a regular basis I had a serious back injury. The Surgeon said that was the end of my sporting activities. Two years later, I discussed possibilities with my Golf Proad he said..”let us try right hand playing”. After a year i settled to playing right handed. What is of interest is the a golf course looks entirely different between the two stances. I guess in some ways this applies to footballers on how they view the pitch as well, although when I played football , many moons ago I was mostly a leftie but could use my right and played anywhere I could get a game. LB was my favourite position….what did City miss!!!!!!! I also think this is the difference say between KDB and Sterling, one is naturally two footed without thinking about it. I know Sterling scores more but he should be at least 50% more if he did not think of which foot it should be….
back to lefties , I think you have to be a gifted player, left or right to play in a comfortable way, either position but I have never prescribed to the fact that a player accepts playing there because he can..or, selected .that is not to say he is good at it, equally, it is no good a footballer complaing he is “out of position”. The way footballers are trained to day with all the coaches there should be more two footed players which should produce more gifted two footed players like KDB and others Are will have a learning curve to go through but he is a good age to digest that plus he now has considerable PL experience in his legs. I know nothing about Torres other than he is a replacement for Sane1st August 2020 at 12:34 pm #138647
As a PS. My last game was playing for the RAF Command team against N.I Police, now, I do not know if I was a defensive left winger or attacking LB but we were crushed. I had a lot of mud baths that day!!!!1st August 2020 at 1:08 pm #138671threepsParticipant193 pts
Big differences between Torres and Sane is Torres is right footed and predominantly plays right wing, both opposites of Sane. He plays a less advanced wing role it seems than what city play. Read he is not got great numbers for the final 3rd but is generally more involved in the deeper build up play. Sounds less direct than Sane.1st August 2020 at 8:45 pm #138994Surrey BlueParticipant7 pts
Must admit, first thoughts are I’m not sure what questions Torres and Ake are the answers to. It could be that City must be pretty confident that the real difference makers are on their way.2nd August 2020 at 4:35 pm #139772
Surrey blue….you are on the right tracks….Pep knows who is leaving now and at Christmas,he also knows who he wants and prepared to fill the gaps now and wait…for whoever.I do see Ake as a good buy, he is still young enough to improve and has experience, think he will be OK.I just hope he is less error prone than Stones or Otemendi, but in saying that they also have some good points but in the next City configuration will not be good enough. Cannot comment on Torres. I wish Sane had stayed, however, things move on and he had improved more at City because he did lack consistency, his only problem6th August 2020 at 9:23 am #143056442Participant71 pts
Good signing on ake. Think he’ll be used in midfield and defence. Versatile player and fits peps type. Be interesting to see if city go for another defensive player, but I reckon ake is fernandinho’s replacement.
Clubs making some interesting signings… and that’s somewhere near 400 million on defenders for city under pep. I simply say blimey.
Challenging again next season Brian?6th August 2020 at 12:12 pm #143128
I would be really dissapointed if we did not challenge 442. Peps bill for defensive players does not fit in with the system he employs, after all we keep scoreing more than anybody else, just have to cut out the silly mistakes6th August 2020 at 3:21 pm #143259
I’m pretty sure City will be much closer challengers next season, they will be smarting at how poorly they defended the title last season, they will be active in the transfer race this Summer strengthening their squad whilst Liverpool may not be and they will hope they stay free of the serious injuries that hit them hard last season.
Surprised that Garcia wants away though and is refusing to sign a new contract with just a year to run.
A reaction to Ake or something else?6th August 2020 at 8:36 pm #143473
Garcia…was the player City would have signed from another club if that was the situation. The player has the final decision though and he probably does not see himself getting an automatic spot, I doubt he will at Barcelona as well but, heyho, thats the way it goes. I was expecting big things from him this season as well. This time last year I was not thinking of him in same way so who knows what another years brings forth. He is young and will blossom into a fine Cab. just sorry not with us7th August 2020 at 2:00 pm #144177
Brian, maybe you can take the boy out of Barca but you can’t take Barca out of the boy?7th August 2020 at 9:56 pm #144498
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