Based purely on Ashtons comments last summer. Are we to assume that any media talk about signings are made IF they are close to being finalised?
I'd always thought no... after all clicks win prizes. But if he was requesting stories not to be let out as it hurt deals.. how are we to take them ( EADT TWTD ones etc not the random twitter account ones)
Lots of threads recently about who we think we would like as targets. But what do we all think is our limitation on the level of player we can get.
I know we got the likes of Morsy. Walton. Chaplin. But lots can be said about the links to PC and in Waltons case the GK Coach.
Do you think we are relying on the potential pull of Pert who has done the rounds in the UK and abroad? You'd imagine KMs pull would be those youngsters he once coached, so could be some potential promise there.
We've heard we didn't really have 2 lists of targets depending on league we were in. But do you see us being able to attract top half champ players... or are we looking at bottom end and unknown ( or forgotten) foreign players.
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If ever you could see the perfect comparison of what we've tried to play under KM to what prem clubs do.. Chelsea at the moment is the perfect comparison.
Defending freekicks.. highline outside the box Gks...short, players waiting just by 18 yard box 3cbs. Splits into 2 when they attack, either one of the 3 goes forward depending what side the ball is on.
For me, it helps see what sort of players KM could be after in front of the defenders and what we don't have ( of course forgetting the actual class differences of the levels)
As we've seen, this season to finish in the top 6 needed a record points total.
Have a look at the goal differences of those from 12th downwards. Kinda explains how there's been such a record breaking season with a clear difference between top and bottom half of the tables.
Hopefully the post covid season is a one off and it's a bit more neutral next season. If it is, we might not actually have to find a way to get past deep sitting sides as they'll actually have an interest in winning games.