With club captain Phil Jagielka turning 35 this year, Mason Holgate still maturing and Ramiro Funes Mori still not fully convincing the manager that he is a long-term option, Koeman is expected to delve into the market in the close season for at least another centre half.
Burnley's Michael Keane is believed to be high on his list while the Liverpool Echo claim that Maguire's recent performances, including two very good displays against the Blues in the last three-and-a-half months, have vaulted him into the Dutchman's thinking.
Original Source: Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:07:41
2 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:28:44
I don't see Jags staying for much longer tbh. And Funes Mori is sadly too inconsistent so I would get rid as well.
Williams would be useful to keep around for his experience, to mentor the youngsters.
3 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:43:18
I mentioned him 3 or 4 months ago, some negative feedback though. Posts that he had the turning circle of the Royal Iris.
He's not Ratcliffe but he's not slow.
4 Posted 30/03/2017 at 10:14:06
Of course, the dream has to be Van Dijk... but that's probably all it is a dream.
5 Posted 30/03/2017 at 11:29:43
6 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:21:16
7 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:21:43
Well, personally I don't see any gap in performance between him, Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. It's a fact that Hull's defence has conceded exactly 2 goals per game this season though (58 in total, second worst record in the Premier League), so the responsibility has to be shared between all three, Maguire included.
8 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:51:46
Aston Villa were absolute rubbish last season. Their midfield was overrun every week. Gueye was part of that midfield, and it hasn't stopped him from shining with better players next to him.
9 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:27:53
10 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:37:22
11 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:41:10
12 Posted 30/03/2017 at 14:55:32
13 Posted 30/03/2017 at 14:57:09
We are desperate for a big centre half who is good in the air. Maybe not my first choice but he would be an improvement on the current centre backs.
14 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:20:50
15 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:34:59
16 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:33:19
17 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:28:43
18 Posted 30/03/2017 at 23:07:38
19 Posted 31/03/2017 at 01:05:49
Personally, I would sign them both, I have no issues with players not wanted by Man Utd.
20 Posted 31/03/2017 at 11:39:35
21 Posted 31/03/2017 at 11:41:49
22 Posted 31/03/2017 at 20:05:37
In general, Maguire as done well and this season as been a break out one for him, and he'll be an even better player in the years to come for this seasons experience! Michael Keane is exactly the same, he's another that as come of age this season with Burnley and proved himself to be a very able centre-back in the premier league and done well for England also.
I think we all need to get real about Van Dijk now. Great player and we would all love him at us but unless we qualify for the Champions League then we've no chance of signing him! Too many of the top clubs want him now.
So one of or both Maguire or/and Keane would be good signings for us, imo. But of late we've been linked to de Vrij of Lazio and he is class! And Koeman brought him through at Feyenoord so knows him very well and I'd love us to be all over that. He would be a quality signing!
23 Posted 01/04/2017 at 02:13:54
24 Posted 01/04/2017 at 08:40:36
25 Posted 01/04/2017 at 16:38:39
Purely for defense he's much superior to Maguire, who marks well but tackles poorly and fouls around the edge of the box too often for me.
Don't get me wrong, I love Maguire's speed and swashbuckling attacking style, but first consideration for a CB is quality of defending, not attacking.
26 Posted 01/04/2017 at 21:28:56
27 Posted 02/04/2017 at 09:21:54
28 Posted 02/04/2017 at 09:43:20
Throw in two top quality, creative, attacking players in place of Mirallas, who should be sold and Barkley, likewise. All we'd need then is a striker (two if Lukaku leaves) and a GK and we'd be sorted.
29 Posted 02/04/2017 at 22:19:45
Rom did himself no favours yesterday. I'm happy if he stays. Ross had a bad day, I'm prepared to overlook that, Mirallas should have started.
7th is not guaranteed, West Brom on a run could upset the apple cart! Hopefully not. But 7th is all we can hope for.
30 Posted 03/04/2017 at 03:19:20
31 Posted 03/04/2017 at 18:47:32
32 Posted 03/04/2017 at 19:38:57
33 Posted 03/04/2017 at 19:46:33
34 Posted 05/04/2017 at 21:24:20
35 Posted 05/04/2017 at 22:08:24
36 Posted 05/04/2017 at 23:46:47
37 Posted 07/04/2017 at 22:05:18
As a life-long blue Mick showed 100% commitment every time he played through 13 seasons. He was totally fearless and, way more than competent, led by example at the heart of an ever-changing team under four managers.
Just why the Mk 2 Dave Watson was so regularly selected for England at centre-back during Mick's career was a mystery to me. Shades of Mullery/Kendall perhaps.
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