I think if they both start a match in their favoured positions (No.9 for Jesus and No.10 for ESR), I don’t have an issue with them being moved around during a match into a different position, i.e. Jesus moves to RW when Nketiah comes on as a sub.
BUT, I think in terms of starting options we are light on RW. ATM we would be absolutely screwed if Saka was injured for any length of time aka Jesus this season. So I think we need to bring a new top quality player into that position. With PL, CL, and the two cups, there will be plenty of games, and the players need to learn to be rotated over the season. We were obviously looking to address this position in the summer as we made a bid for Raphinha. Shame we couldn’t have got him, as I think he would have been a perfect option for us.
Nelson has to be compared to holding in that sense - 2 league appearances, 2 goals yet was never going to be given a continued run.
Trossard or ESR could fill in for saka if needed. They’re both two footed and wouldn’t be a steep drop off in quality. And then there’s marquinos to come back to provide even more competition, albeit he’s a work in progress.
Absolutely agree with a new midfielder though. Surprised elneny got an extension - not sure if he’s more valued than lokonga
Chelsea would take a bath on the fee and they’d have to convince him that he’s better off taking a paycut to go elsewhere.
I think one of the reasons Boehly floated the idea of bringing trades to the PL was because it takes power away from the labor class and gives it to management.
If Sterling was a baseball player he could be traded (assuming he didn’t have a “no trade clause” which do exist and can also be earned by players who spend a certain amount of time in the league) to any other team. There wouldn’t be a conversation about whether he’d have to take a pay cut but Chelsea Baseball Club could just ship him out.
With some speculation circulating… Adding Ait-Nouri to the wishlist. Wolves do have 3 players at LB, albeit I think one of them will go in summer anyway (Jonny), meaning they would then be reluctant to sell Rayan cheap’. Or is he just like tavares anyway? rico Henry as a more orthodox backup.
I’m struggling to think of anyone who could play like zinchenko does now though…Nacho impressed against Liverpool this week…not likely to leave Real though
Unlike Mr Nostalgia, I still think we need some serious depth of quality after seen our performances over the two legs tonight. We need to build up a squad for the CL and even the PL and other cups.
WE could do with another centre back. It’s not must like others I’m mentioning.
A proper back up and long term replacement for Partey.
A quality striker to challenge Jesus for number 1 spot, give Eddie one more season to see what he can do in Cup competitions and send Balogun out for one more loan to a PL side and see how he handles it. Then let Arteta decide who he keeps.
A player to step in for Xhaka to eventually be his replacement.
Send Viera out on loan, and bring in a strong back up for Odegaard. With Smith Rowe challenging too.
Jesus has the ability to play wide, I’ll go along with the idea that Maddison can play as an 8 or 10 and Bremer can more than push Saliba. Toney helps us in the Premier League, Osimhen helps us in the Champions League. Osimhen is unrealistic though.
As a back up team is crazy. This kind of depth will cost 180-200m but who cares? Get Holding, Trustee, AMN, Pepe, Nelson and one of Nketiah or Balogun (reluctantly on either) gone and we can afford it. Outlay of 120-135m