The New Jackie incoming?
The next few weeks should see several signings made which always excites, and some departures which sometimes upsets.
I hope Ange believes in the old ‘build from the back’ philosophy, it hasn’t stood the test of time for nothing, and at least he has shown some movement on that front.
One ‘never really given the chance’ right back in Ralston signed for a further year, one promising RB/CB in O’Connor to be accessed in person starting on Thursday, and now we have the very interesting news an approximate 7 million bid has been made for another right back.
It’s interesting for a few different reasons,,
*It’s a lot of money for us to spend before we have any idea of our European status
*At 24 he’s in or around his prime, no project at all
*His stats show he’s very attacking which shows how we intend to play.
*We can’t have real quality on only one side or that would be easy to close down, we need a quality left back also to use the attacking fullback system
*It’s not the cheap lazy local option, and with Hickey probably available it shows real intent to look above him.
*The gulf in quality between first and second choice right back will probably be huge if we sign him.
A seven mill fullback straight off the bat kick-starting the Age of Ange would be one hell of a statement indeed, a real flexing of the muscle act. It would be reassuring to many of the support we are intent to spend heavily on important positions, probably one of the promises made to the new boss.
As mentioned, this also tells me a higher class of left back than Greg Taylor will be first choice, though the new signing Shaw may be given a chance to show his credentials before we look elsewhere. At 21 he has the world at his feet and should have the engine to get up and down the left.
Of course the area the attacking full back vacates needs protecting in their absence, and with them present if double teamed, so what is ahead of our two fullbacks is very important. James on the right can put in a shift, but he’s not getting any younger at 30 now,plus there seems to be desire to blood young Dembele.
Based on this we could go with the more attacking new RB/ Dembele duo against lesser domestic opposition, bringing in James for the harder games?
While on the left Ange will more than likely become the latest to become seduced by Mikey Johnson’s silky silks and at least give him a chance out on the left. That’s probably the last thing our new left back needs, an injury prone, slightly built pure attacker in front of him, but theres no clear other option out on the left. Shved could get a look in but I doubt it. This area could do with a strong fresh recruit, for any manager worth their salt would focus their attacks to come down our weaker left flank. Not sealing the left would leave a strong right hand flank mostly a waste of time.
These are the intricacies Ange will have been wrestling with since he first accepted the position. Strong wings push the play towards the middle which will totally suits us having the combative Turnbull and Soro inside, and attacking fullbacks help stop the opposition’s fullbacks from bombing too far forward and getting caught out of position.
We all love an attacking right back, and with money tight it should be quality over quantity all the way.
Valentin Rosier looks like both. That bodes well.