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1 hour ago, Bill said:

I think he would have liked to stay here, you never know he might come back in January.

There may be something in that. Maybe lampard has said you are under contract help us out to January and then get your move? Why didn’t we sign a full time centre back? We wanted a loan and ended up with nobody. 

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8 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

Some players just don't fit at a club, but fit perfectly at another, without it being anything to do with ability.

This for me too.  De Bruyne was awful for them too,  he was a worldie then at Wolfsburg and city.  Mina is playing wel I’d rather look for someone else to come in and be a backup or usurp keane. 

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23 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

its so strange how he went from good solid CB to being on the outs.  he wasn't good at Stoke either.  very strange.

He was good at Stoke when I saw him. Just a terrible side with a terrible manager.

Thought he played well when he came on against Liverpool. 

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12 minutes ago, duncanmckenzieismagic said:

He's not sitting on the bench if we're paying that sort of money for him. Fingers crossed it's Mina that gets the bench and rotation role, and then even less than that once Holgate is back.

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If we buy zouma then we have 2 pacey centre halves and 2 aerial specialists. Who aren't so quick.

Holgate is a defensive option to see see out games instead of Davies, so if holgate started or was on bench I would bring him into midfield to see out games.... The last 10 minutes with iwobi and Davies the other day was not good. 

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1 hour ago, Hafnia said:

If we buy zouma then we have 2 pacey centre halves and 2 aerial specialists. Who aren't so quick.

Holgate is a defensive option to see see out games instead of Davies, so if holgate started or was on bench I would bring him into midfield to see out games.... The last 10 minutes with iwobi and Davies the other day was not good. 

Exactly this. It gives us options and depth. 

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2 hours ago, Hafnia said:

If we buy zouma then we have 2 pacey centre halves and 2 aerial specialists. Who aren't so quick.

Holgate is a defensive option to see see out games instead of Davies, so if holgate started or was on bench I would bring him into midfield to see out games.... The last 10 minutes with iwobi and Davies the other day was not good. 

Holgate is also an emergency RB. Very versatile despite being so young 

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2 hours ago, Hafnia said:

If we buy zouma then we have 2 pacey centre halves and 2 aerial specialists. Who aren't so quick.

Holgate is a defensive option to see see out games instead of Davies, so if holgate started or was on bench I would bring him into midfield to see out games.... The last 10 minutes with iwobi and Davies the other day was not good. 

I like your thinking on this👍

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I do think Zouma is probably one of the most underrated defenders in the league. There is no getting away from the fact he does have a moment, normally with the ball at his feet, but he has all the physical attributes you would want in a defender and he has the intelligence to read the game as well. I think the new much more composed Keane alongside Zouma will be a great pairing. In fairness they did well together under Silva, certainly better than the other options we tried at the time.

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1 minute ago, SpartyBlue said:

We have a limited amount of financial resources. CB is far down or list of priorities. This is like saying there is a great deal on a new car and you want to get it when you already have two cars and you need the money to fix your leaky roof. 

What he said. Unless we're getting rid of a front line CB we don't need a new one, four is plenty.

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35 too much for Koulibaly, bit 20 for Zouma is a steal. I’m lost with football now haha. 
 

Possibly the best CB in the world for a bit more than a player who the top four are willing to let go to find first team football. 
 

I would rather spend 20m somewhere else and keep the CBs we have, who aren’t far from his level.

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31 minutes ago, Shukes said:

35 too much for Koulibaly, bit 20 for Zouma is a steal. I’m lost with football now haha. 
 

Possibly the best CB in the world for a bit more than a player who the top four are willing to let go to find first team football. 
 

I would rather spend 20m somewhere else and keep the CBs we have, who aren’t far from his level.

A bit of artistic license with the phrase "best CB in the world".

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