Kris , Brendan , Benk’s
The Ajer to Leicester or Palace stories have me rolling my eyes and if there is another level of poor journalism for the rags north of the border then its a race to see who gets there first these
Ignoring FFP breaches now inventing crap ( as usual ).
First of all just remember that no matter what , they have space and pages to fill , and it must be instantly grabbing and gripping , even the most mundane stuff like scout in stands.
They can never say its a slow news day folks theres nothing happening just chat among yerselves please and check tomorrow for any activity. Even on the slowest of Sundays in the off season they must have big “ news “ .
Soo,, they invent it of course. When reading anything but a sports writers opinion column you will continually notice their reported actually spoken words dont match the headline when pieced together .
The Leicester Mercury ,who reportedly have good links with their hometown club, told us back in August we answered the Foxes enquiry that the price is over 15 million.
Theres nothing official anywhere , as expected , but it would have been very hard to accept Kris being sold , and crashing out to Cluj , with Jozo injured also ,, allied with the no right back situation.
Lenny himself sanction such a move? Yeah right , its simply pie in the sky stuff.
We were in the market for one not selling a central defender.
So even if there was any serious interest in August , it was going absolutely nowhere.
Their scout in the stands at the Lazio game may well have been there to have a butchers at someone else and Calmac would more than not be most fans guess. Then again Brendan gets in that top four as he’s on target to dont count out its Odsonne.
Has the situation drastically changed since then ?
No . Jozo is just not to be relied upon at all , and must be moved on . With the three plastic pitches also his bane , its a no brainer.
That leaves us two central defenders obviously. Couple possible draftee’s floating around and a rated prospect but two only that we can and do count heavily in the here and now.
Selling one would be nuts ! The Plc may want the money but its not happening and they would make more money with him onboard long term with a defence that gets us into the top table Champions League or next level down every season.
The Leicester link is such a lazy go-to for the hacks up north now.
Brendan hasnt mentioned Kris , and wont just come out and say look I dont want him so youre lying and they know it . Although the Foxes scout was in attendance against Lazio , he is unlikely to be telling the faithful around him who exactly was he eyeballing .
The hacks cant just say a scout was in attendance though , they must pretend they found out (somehow ) or were in the know already ( its the talk in football circles ahem ) to show the reader they are professionals that have insider knowledge and sources. No matter the league ie China bids and no in on a top Epl side’s transfer activity.
Truth is they arent allowed to say we dont know who he’s watching.
Then it becomes pick a name with a bit of logic to it.
Brendan had a defender talking to Man United then ,, theres your angle and Bob’s you uncle its written as gospel .
And as I point out above , its bullshit.
We arent selling , so how stupid are the scribes to select the one area of the team we abso-bloodly-lutely are not gonna weaken. Any serious sports writer would realise that.
Going for 9 then the fabled 10 and sell one half of your starting defence with no recognised cover when you dont need the money and he’s improving plus on a long term contract and your new long term manager who is over achieving likes him?
Thats some peoples dream come true , but thats all it is , a dream.
Brendan himself and the possibility that he is targeting Kris ?
Well he sold his Captain for 80 million smackers , and has his replacement bedded in and earning rave reviews. Evans is in the tail end of his career yes , but thats another year or two yet. As a partnerships its blossomed , and will not be getting split up. Look where they are with it.
So Brendan is looking for backups only at this stage. Even our old buddy Benkovic cant get a look in and it being talked about out on loan again.
He went from first choice with us , then back up , then unhappy , look to go on loan.
Lesson there to be learned.
So lets say Brendan wants a back up,, would Kris fit the criteria ?
I dont think so . We know Brendan aint planning for the long term future of the club , he doesnt do that and wont see Leicester as the height of his ambitions.
So Kris age goes against him in that why buy a 21 year old who still has flaws at the lower end of the market rather than a 27 year old with much more under the belt ?
Doesnt make sense for a here and now man with a lot more money to spend than 15 or 20 million.
Kris himself ?
He is getting the best thing possible for his career right now , games and experience.
What he is going through is priceless for him. Lenny was gushing with praise about him recently and mentioned he is another they will attempt to give a bumper long term contract to like James Forrest even though Kris signed a new one last year.
At 21 he will know time is one his side. Everyone will be telling him that , stay and play.
He’s going nowhere and I get the feeling is loving every minute of playing for the Champions.
The fans of course are a different matter in that many a match day the phrases ‘going to ground‘ and ‘positionally unaware’ quite common on here. He isnt the paciest and doesnt score much from corners with his height but that hasnt been our forte for a long time.
His recent trend of taking the ball out from the back into the middle of the park drawing a midfielder is lovely to watch , and Lenny has came onto a trick there.
He tries that in Rome though,,,
I dont think I could say he’s very popular , although hes certainly not unliked , so the day he does actually leave it wont be to tears , but more a recognition that he came of age with us and the young man took his chance with both hands. A good solid pro will probably be the most common thought.
Could Benkovic come into play here ?
Well many if not most would make a Benkovic Ajer trade no problem at all thanks Brendan.
I really rated Benk’s , and him and big Jules could be a partnership that could make us a European force again imo if kept together. If given that choice and Kris actually wanted to make the move then that would be one fine sweetener to the deal.
However even if a trade of some type was an option his wages alone would be massive stumbling block to any permanent move, which is what we should be aiming for and Neil will not need telling that twice. Its very unlikely we could get him to sign for what we offer and even though there are creative ways to find a few extra Euro for the wage packet theres practically zero chance so no hopes getting built up here .
I feel Frazer is a bit different in that he could settle long term and emotional attachment may come into play when deciding if he could possibly be happy with the wage structure on offer.
I must point out that I am seemingly the minority here in my thoughts above.
The following site of sage’s tells us Brendan ‘ must ‘ get him because ‘ its a no brainer ‘ and Kris is “ defensively a fantastic reader of the game to make interceptions and tackles “ which goes a bit against the grain on here.
Between the sages and the hacks and myself , the truth is out there somewhere. Lets see who is right.
The above is by Mahe. Please think about submitting your own piece sometimes for all to read and dissect. The more writers the merrier as far as we are concerned.