The Arsenal winger has been out of favour at The Emirates this season and has been the subject of reported interest from the Blues and his former club, Southampton.
Those media claims have suggested that Everton are better placed to match Walcott's £110,000-a-week wages and the Gunners' £20m asking price.
Allardyce was asked about the speculation during his press conference today and he confirmed the the club's desire to sign the 28-year-old, although he cautioned that no conclusion to the talks is imminent.
"You're all aware of our interest in Theo Walcott," the manager said. "If it's possible to get that over the line, I'll be delighted.
"Theo is not [a risk] because he's proven. He's scored over 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions, plus assists. His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. To add power in our goal scoring ability would be very important for me —- and he's only 28.
"Negotiations are happening at the moment and that can all be sorted out, which is one of the most difficult things to do today difficult, then that would be a great addition in my opinion."
Walcott scored 19 times last season but while he has yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season, he remains an attacking option for Arsene Wenger at a time when Olivier Giroud is injured and there is uncertainty over the immediate future of Alexis Sanchez who is said to be wanted by both Manchester clubs.
“I've told Theo I'd like him to stay‚" Wenger said in his own presser. "I cannot give him assurances over game time because you just cannot do it — it's not honest.
"I have a good relationship with Theo and I don't want him to be frustrated or lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup because Theo went to the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and he has not been since for different reasons, so that is a sensitive subject.”
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1 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:12:12
2 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:22:24
3 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:24:50
4 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:30:43
19 goals last season; if he comes in and gets half of that for us, then it's good business.
Kids like Lookman will have an older experienced player to learn from.
5 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:39:51
Mark – bit selective there, are you not? What about Lukaku, McCarthy, Cleverley, even Niasse???
You want to concentrate on Alcaraz to make what point exactly?
7 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:42:48
8 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:44:17
My only proviso was paying a stupid fee; but it seems £20M is about right in this climate; I think he could surprise a few people and have the doubters believing.
9 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:51:53
Walcott is a big Premier League name and has pace and scores goals. People have been crying out for both those attributes since it became apparent our summer transfer policy was actually cack. Yet still he's not good enough for us?!!
11 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:53:10
12 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:59:06
13 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:02:58
Two things to consider:
1) Neymar, Sanchez and Suarez etc wouldn't even consider signing for us so we have to take players from the bracket below or more realistically the bracket below that one – get used to it.
2) Walcott fucking walks into our team and instantly becomes one of our three or four most important players. That is where we are at.
14 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:12:11
15 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:13:21
16 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:14:36
17 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:16:19
18 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:16:27
1. "Big fish in small pond" players, who look good in relegation-threatened sides.
2. "Past their best" players, hoping we can squeeze a last couple of seasons of magic from.
3. Championship players, who we hope can step up a few levels.
4. Promising youngsters who show exceptional talent in the lower Leagues.
5. Bargain basement unproven foreign players.
6. Expensive unproven foreign players.
Walcott is none of the above, and is a step up from our usual target market. Proven Champions League level player. It's a definite Yes from me.
19 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:21:48
20 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:22:30
21 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:22:58
22 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:29:33
Walcott has a record worth looking twice, sure, but in a team outside the top six this style of player needs much more to his game.
My only crumb of hope is that despite a career which contradicts my thoughts, Allardyce might be trying to change is stingy defensive ways?
Hard to see Walcott prosper when he has to show more than speed, in a side who often finds itself defensively positioned.
Wheres the ‘effing left back?!
23 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:30:07
Sam can only bring players who are (a) available and (b) want to come and ply their trade for us.
24 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:33:43
25 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:34:46
If Walcott does offer one thing it's pace and, as Allardyce said, that's one thing we are lacking so at least he can see what we've been moaning about all season.
As Jim said, a proven Premier League player who's got a good pedigree. Every signing is a gamble. Look at the money Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea have wasted the last few years.
26 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:50:47
27 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:53:56
Getting rid of Niasse who simply isn't good enough and Lennon who is past it and replacing with Tosun and Walcott is a good window for me. We desperately need a left-back although Sam seems to want to have a look at Garbutt
We need to get rid of Lennon, Niasse, Schneiderlin and maybe a couple of others as well but I do hope Sandro, Klaassen, Lookman and Vlasic stay they will be better players next season.
28 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:03:57
29 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:18:24
Anybody we sign is a roll of the dice. Speed never goes into a slump. FFS get it done.
30 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:19:29
Understandably the Manager wants options up front (none at present) and who is to say that an injury could undo any signing we make, so it is good management.
In addition I would like to see a hard centre back (to replace our ageing and somewhat gentle existing choices) and a full back to cover for Baines.
A creative midfielder would also be welcome but we supposedly have choices here already the problem seems to be getting someone who can convert the chances.
31 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:23:26
Jack #21 "Flattering to deceive", yet still scores 19, as was pointed out by Jim #4? I think I'd take the chance on him! Even if he has that dreaded 'pace' that is so foreign to Everton these days... ;D
32 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:29:39
33 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:36:59
If so I disagree with you. A player like Walcott, whose main asset is pace, is better suited to a team who doesnt have the ball as much and wants to stretch opponents on the counter attack. Arsenal often find themselves trying to pick their way through tight spaces, which doesnt suit Walcott; were more likely to be counter attacking into space, which will.
34 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:37:15
England international with a point to prove in a world cup year. Stereotypically the 'type' of player that needs a new challenge. Big yes for me. Go and get it done Everton!
35 Posted 12/01/2018 at 19:46:45
2 pacey wingers in Walcott and Bolasie, backed up by 2 young pretenders to their respective thrones in Lookman and Vlasic. Options options options, wouldn't that be nice.
Lennon could then be allowed to leave as we'd have plenty of cover for both flanks. Frightening pace in each of the 4 players I've mentioned.
36 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:06:00
Walcott is nearing 30 and is injury prone.
What does he have when hes not speedy anymore?
37 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:08:23
To clarify without the ball Walcott will have to defend and under Allardyce to date more so than hes ever had to.
He offers very little in that respect, as Arsenal have the ball most of the time, that weakness was rarely exposed.
Were he could be useful defensively is if, and a big if Allardyce manages to get the team to press? Then that speed is an asset and the lack of physicality matters less.
Still Lookman for me though.
38 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:11:54
39 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:12:35
No offence John but the above comment just underlines how effective he could be for Everton. Pace being his main asset, you would assume he would thrive at a team that has less of the ball so he can counter attack?
Sure, football is a game of opinions but there's having an opinion and being obtuse to prove a point. Proven in what context? 11 consecutive seasons in the Champions League and over one hundred goals. I'm not sure how you don't get that to be honest?
40 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:18:35
41 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:21:22
Jamie Vardy and Arjen Robben still blisteringly quick over 30?
42 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:26:21
At 28 (so a way off 30, yet...), he offers pace and hopefully goals for 2 more years or so. And letting hungry youngsters looking on from the sidelines when he is playing, eager to learn to learn the really good tricks of the trade!
And he WILL get injured, I can't really hope for that not to happen. But he should be an inspiration for the youngsters to try to keep him out!
43 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:37:30
Sturridge? Never, ever. His goal celebrations alone should render him unfit to be in the company of grown ups.
44 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:37:33
One thing that does happen is that opponents do drop a metre or two when he is on the pitch as they don't want to get done behind.
Imagine him with Coleman and Kenny. Then imagine him down the middle with Cenk late on linking with Rooney and Sigurdsson and Theo running in behind.
This would be amazing if he stays fit and we play him the right way.
Get it Done! For me even £35 would be good value compared to the likes of Sigurdsson, Klaassen etc.
45 Posted 12/01/2018 at 20:54:50
Walcott is a big risk at £20million,given Everton's experience with injury prone players they have purchased.
46 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:06:53
47 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:32:26
Also, I'm desperate to see Lookman break into the first team as I think he has something really special about him and Walcott's presence (if fit) reduces his chances as no way Allardyce is going to shell out £20m for him then play one of our kids.
48 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:39:07
His track record for consistent playing time is nothing short of pathetic. The lad is not injury prone, he's a bloody shirker. He doesn't have the capacity to run through a knock or a slight niggle in a muscle.
Just as long as the weekly wage lands in the bank he's happy. There is not a chance of us getting 20+ games a season out of him because he doesn't want to play that many times.
If Allardyce reckons this lad is the answer, then God help us. What the fuck has this football club come to?
49 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:49:20
50 Posted 12/01/2018 at 21:56:15
51 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:08:07
52 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:11:28
It's hard to realistically imagine getting better quality in this window and presumably if he chooses us over Southampton he would be buying into a project rather than just taking the easy option.
53 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:31:19
For him this is it, it is a big chance to make a statement that he is the real deal.
We better double up on experts though when he comes in for his medical. It worries me a bit if Arsenal know more than they are saying. Theyre letting him go quite easy even with Sanchez on his way out.
54 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:32:42
Research his stats and see the number of times he has completed 90 minutes football – not the number of appearances he has made for Arsenal. The answers are there. Nothing wrong with colour of my skin buddy.
Si (#52). It would be nice if you're right mate.
55 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:47:34
56 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:47:49
This means that Allardyce is going to continue with the same defensive tactics and hope that Walcott will be able to put his attacking tactics into operation. No chance the attacking tactics don't work, no thanks to stats... and John, I know that Everton will never be a top 4 side under Allardyce's management.
57 Posted 12/01/2018 at 22:58:10
We don't score goals. We have a U-23 Team 20-year-old leading the line (manfully, to me).
Tosun in and, hopefully, this lad next. If Bolasie's leg holds up, we could now get after opponents.
Give Wayne and Sigurdsson some things to aim at.
Because we have to score goals.
I really hope we cut a deal for this player.
58 Posted 12/01/2018 at 23:08:25
So what's the problem, he scores, creates goals, seems like a sensible choice given the circumstances we find ourselves in.
59 Posted 12/01/2018 at 23:27:17
Not a terrible choice but wouldnt be mine. He has profited by playing for one of the best attacking teams in the league for the last decade but will have to do things differently for us and wont have the likes of Ozil supplying through balls.
I think hell do fine for a few years but would prefer we bought someone 24-27 whos proven but with their best years ahead of them.
60 Posted 12/01/2018 at 23:32:29
He has scored 74 and assisted 41 in 252 games (many of those as sub). Goal or assist every 1.5 games (measured by mins on pitch). This rate has been consistent up to this point. Obviously has his flaws but bloody hell he can do a job that very few others can do. I bet there are few who can match that kind of record in the premiership never mind at Everton.
By the way that compares very closely to Sanchez's rate. He obviously does not compare re overall influence but we could certainly use someone who can deliver like that. Bolasie's rate by the way is a goal or assist every 3.3-ish games whilst Lukaku's is only slightly better than Walcott's. Del boy's is one every 2 games.
Re. his injury record he has played in an average of 32 games each season (this includes the 2 seasons 2013 - 2015 when he only played 15 games). Do for me.
61 Posted 12/01/2018 at 00:04:15
I fully agree we should be building for the future but we have a manager whose future with us is minimal as a result of his 18 month contract. What future does HE want? If it's to embellish his own profile (and he's not shy in saying that his profile is very dear to him) he may well deem he's entitled to sign a "name", even if it's a name in his late 20's with a record of butterfly performances when he was younger and uninjured, and screw the hopes of any aspiring youngsters already at Finch Farm.
It's a short-term outlook but what choice has he been given? Had he been given a three-year "project" type contract he may have been more willing to take a risk by nurturing rather than gambling, but he simply doesn't have that time and that calls into the question the part Walsh is now playing in "scouting" Walcott.
After all, Walsh is here for longer than Allardyce. Is this the best WE can expect from him, a bloke who presumably got his job on the back of allegedly signing total unknowns such as Vardy, Konte and Mahrez, and inconspicuous others, now far more accomplished, such as Drinkwater and Albrighton, all of them gelling within two years to win the league?
Hiddinck at Chelsea aside, can anyone actually name a manager, and especially at a club as "legendary" as ours, achieving European qualification having been granted a mere 18 months?
Nah, didn't think so, but maybe the legendary "Fab Three" of Moshiri, Kenwright and Walsh know better.
62 Posted 12/01/2018 at 00:06:12
(c) at a sensible price
(d) who would want to come
As to his age and speed: Usain Bolt is 31, the only man who has beaten him in the last decade, Justin Gatlin, is 35. Tyson Gay is 35, Asafa Powell is 35, and Yohan Blake is 28. Fancy catching up with any of them?!
63 Posted 13/01/2018 at 00:11:32
64 Posted 13/01/2018 at 00:27:00
Only his injury proneness is keeping me from clapping my hands fervently! With luck, Walcott will be a very good signing, though!
And as I said before, we should have youngsters ready to take his place, after all they should have learned from having him there to study!
65 Posted 13/01/2018 at 04:07:34
66 Posted 13/01/2018 at 06:20:59
67 Posted 13/01/2018 at 07:16:19
Right now, after numerous long term injuries and a an increase in the speed of the game in general, fitter, younger players cancel out what was Walcott's advantage and use. Therefore relying on distribution only which was never consistent in quality.
Long term injury has finished him; an impact late sub at best. He can keep Bolasie company in the treatment room for months on end, sorry to say. Lookman will be the player that Walcott never really was. Please, EFC, look elsewhere.
68 Posted 13/01/2018 at 07:27:53
69 Posted 13/01/2018 at 07:52:13
In the Premier League which is what truly counts for our club his scoring record in the various teams that Arsenal have had averages as a goal every 4.13 games played based on the stats pasted below:
To put this into perspective this is not better than what alternatives we currently have.
Give game time to Lookman, Vlasic and Sandro in the games between now and the end of the season as they could be the future lifeblood of the team for many seasons to come.
For likely similar money to what Walcott would cost If the club are determined to bring in additional reinforcements up front then go for someone like Dembele from Celtic who at 21 would if successful be a greater long term asset.
70 Posted 13/01/2018 at 07:59:12
Interesting list... Not sure I trust their true physical prowess.
Might some be chemically aided?
71 Posted 13/01/2018 at 08:04:13
Spot on. Hiddinck walked into a dressing room far more capable than the one currently at Finch Farm.
Sam will do a great job in 18 months. Just cast you mind back to Soton and Atalanta. We have made massive progress.
More will come.
72 Posted 13/01/2018 at 08:15:31
73 Posted 13/01/2018 at 09:24:51
Historically despite the decent goal return he's struggled to score above 7 most seasons. His career average is pretty similar to that of Kevin Mirallas though slightly better (perhaps to be expected playing in a better team). Someone like Zaha has averaged over 7 for the last 3 seasons
I think he would be an okay signing who would improve us in the short term. I'd rather spend the money on a really good left back and give Sandro, Lookman or Vlasic some time to develop.
74 Posted 13/01/2018 at 09:27:31
From, "Dembele, if successful, would be a greater long term asset." Really?
In my humble opinion, we need players are proven Premier League professionals with a good record of success in whatever part of the pitch they play. And we need them NOW! Dembele might do a job for us but there again, he might not and then we'd have another, young "prospect."
There's one or two little problems to overcome though, such as, are they available? Would they come to Everton rather than a club who are way more likely to be in Europe than us?
It's all very well preferring someone "who is 24 to 27, is proven with their best years ahead of them."
Isn't it just possible that our club would dearly love to be in a position to pick and choose from these players; and have them queuing up to join "The Mighty Blues" as that plonker of an announcer we have, persists in calling us before every match?
From where we were (in my view going into the Championship, unless we were very lucky indeed) and with the collection of players we have, I think Allardyce and Lee have made a major improvement. I don't see a rapid improvement in our playing style until we can get more quality players in. I don't think it's likely that January will prove to be the best time to pick those players.
We still have a long way to go before we get anywhere near challenging the top six and January is a notorious time for clubs who need to bring players in.
I think it might just have crossed the minds of our recruitment team, that we need a left full back of proven quality. It's just a little matter of one wanting to come here... providing his club are prepared to let him go.
So, to me, it's more a case of who we can get, not who we would ideally choose from the lists of the great.
If Walcott gives us anything in the remainder of this season like the goalscoring and chance making that he did last season, then he would surely be a great asset to us and for maybe the following season or two.
I don't see this season as "Over" I see it as a time when the club uses what players it's got to ensure first of all, we don't go down. If the players continue to gel more than they did under Koeman, then we may just begin to become a recognised team, rather than a collection of players.
I think that process is well under way and it will be in the Summer that the chance to bring in better players and dispense with the players who aren't good enough, will take place.
75 Posted 13/01/2018 at 09:42:49
What I would dearly love is for the scouting team to do its job and go and find some players who perhaps the whole world haven't heard of to improve us over the short and long term. We pay better wages than all but about 15 teams in the world. It might not be easy but that's why they are paid so much. Don't tell me there aren't such players out there. I for one have been pretty underwhelmed by our transfer dealings these last 2 years.
76 Posted 13/01/2018 at 09:53:18
I'd agree with you that the players that Koeman brought in have been, in the main, underwhelming, though I was absolutely buzzing in the summer. It seems to me that there's a lot of shifting of players required before we can bring in the amount of players required to make us a good squad.
77 Posted 13/01/2018 at 10:15:04
It's not easy of course but I do believe that it is the job of the scouts to find the next Sane, Mane, Coutinho, Eriksen, Mahrez or even a Richarlison, Payet, Lanzini, or Shaqiri. Walcott is a safe option because we have seen him performing at a 7/10 level in the Premier League for years. I believe there is no threat of relegation and so we should be looking for or developing someone who can do better than that.
78 Posted 13/01/2018 at 10:49:46
I'm not so sure that the club can afford to be blase about whether we could go down or not. To me, I'd hope the club would not take the slightest chance. What do they reckon? Isn't it around 40 points that is considered to be the accepted safety level.
As for the players you've mentioned, yes but weren't most of them discovered by clubs other than Premier League clubs, then bought by Premier League clubs, once they'd proved to be of a quality that would perhaps suit that club. I'm thinking of Mahrez and Mane in particular. As for Shaqiri, weren't we after him at one time?
And as with most others, weren't they bought by Premier League clubs during the time that we had an owner who was always looking for cash down the back of the couch?
I can remember Moysie's lament about knife to a gunfight. So now, with Sam Allardyce in charge and a team backing him, well, I'll see how we get on this Summer rather than criticise him for the mistakes of the past.
I think the club have a massive task in the Summer, trying to sell players who might not want to go but are happy "fighting for their place" even if it's on the bench. As you say, we are now paying fairly high wages, and that makes me wonder who would buy some of our players, considering the wages they're on.
I'll be happy if (big if) we can get Walcott and a proven full back during this window. I don't think we have the luxury just now of developing a player who might prove to be better than Walcott. I think we need to have someone right now, capable of producing good standard football and if we can get better than Walcott, then I'm sure we would; but I think it's a matter of what's available now.
That's not disagreeing with you regarding developing players, it's just a difference of opinion regarding timing.
It'd be great if we could also get another defender but, they reckon it is a hard time to do deals in January so it might be we have to play with maybe one or two additions on top of what we've already got.
I know that there are a lot on here who don't like Allardyce and call him a Dinosaur. Well, I don't agree with that view. He is playing, in my view, a brand of football which gives us the best chance of getting at least a point, and, equally, running another match down to nearer to the safety point.
Whether Klaassen can make it in the Premier League, who knows, I hope so but I wouldn't want us to see him develop at the expense of us having a more useful player in the team. I just hope for him, and us, he can reproduce in the Premier League, what he was producing for Ajax.
I think with getting someone in of Walcott's quality is likely to give us more of a chance of seeing an immediate improvement on what we have available now.
79 Posted 13/01/2018 at 11:38:15
80 Posted 13/01/2018 at 12:05:59
81 Posted 13/01/2018 at 12:25:08
Let me help you, since his Cruciate injury in January 2014 (that kept him out for the season) which is four years ago he has been injured four times:
16/17 Calf strain Dec 23, 2016 Jan 27, 2017 35 days
16/17 Hamstring Injury Oct 25, 2016 Nov 6, 2016 12 days
15/16 Calf Injury Oct 29, 2015 Dec 1, 2015 33 days
14/15 Groin strain Nov 20, 2014 Dec 18, 2014 28 days
13/14 Cruciate Ligament Rupture Jan 6, 2014 Oct 13, 2014 280 days .
82 Posted 13/01/2018 at 13:21:54
We're not able to buy players like De Bruyne or Pogba et al so Walcott is the next level player below them, and an upgrade on our current players.
We're getting rid of Mirallas, have Lookman, Lennon & Bolasie and if you think Walcott is a lesser player to any of those, I would have to disagree with you. He's better than what we've had in recent years and would signify a step-up in player quality and 'name'.
Vlasic who? Lookman who? Walcott he's experienced and has played for a top team for 10 years. Why on earth he wouldn't be welcomed with open arms for £20m is beyond me.
83 Posted 13/01/2018 at 13:25:02
100% Correct, I don't know how all these foreign managers get jobs when just this one site is full of experts who know the answer to how to crack the top 4. There have been more than enough from the RS side who haven't won a championship since Pontious was a Pilate.
The engravers used by the FA haven't struggled much over the last 25 years except for Blackburn Rovers or Leicester City, i before e except after c must have given them a headache a couple of years ago.
84 Posted 13/01/2018 at 13:42:53
Bolasie isn't fit yet, Lookman and Vlasic, for me, are impact subs for now and belting players for the future.
We're not getting the players the bigger clubs are going for, because those clubs are, er, bigger and more attractive. We need to find players just below that level, with some scouted 'gems', then get the best out of them.
I hope we get him.
85 Posted 13/01/2018 at 13:44:49
We need a balance, which means we need some proven quality, and Walcott is that. Sure, he's not causing the excitement he did when he was 21, but if he was he'd be signing for Citteh not us. As it is, I think we'll be lucky to persuade him to come to Goodison.
Going back to the "future potential" players we've bought most of the ones who turned into something special have moved on to bigger clubs. Stones, Lukaku, Barkley, all gone. But that happens to everyone, even the Shite, even Man Utd have lost their best players to bigger clubs.
Let's be honest about where we are. Sure, we aspire to being top six, but it will take time. There'll be false starts, like with Martinez, like with Koeman, and we'll end up going back to the likes of Moyes and Allardyce to start again when that happens. But that's football. And Sam seems to have a good football brain, loads of experience, and yes I'm going to say it honesty; he might or might not like a bung, but he's honest about what he sees on the pitch and on the training ground. He's honest about what we need, and where we are.
86 Posted 13/01/2018 at 13:55:52
With Bolasie back, now playing Lennon again, and Walcott wanted to be a striker, and we've just bought Tosun, so where would we play him?
87 Posted 13/01/2018 at 14:54:11
Based upon my viewing of this game, we should be looking to sign Brererton, the young Forest forward, who I thought was brilliant, rather than Walcott, who was appalling with the ball at his feet. I know this is just one game but I am not sure he is what we need.
While I understand this will be controversial but for an extra £10M we could pick up Sturridge who I think would definitely add quality if we could just keep him fit. So for me, I think we could do better than Walcott in building for the future.
88 Posted 13/01/2018 at 15:08:08
I appreciate people think we need proven Premier League players to kick on but another school of thought and business is to buy potential and, where necessary, sell them on at a healthy profit to enable the club to be debt free and pay for hopefully a new stadium.
Granted this is not where I nor any supporter want to see our club languishing but this has been the case for a long time.
Unearthing talent for now or the future is fraught with risk but so is buying players well past their prime based on past reputations or form.
89 Posted 13/01/2018 at 15:23:02
Why weren't we in for him?
90 Posted 13/01/2018 at 22:45:40
91 Posted 14/01/2018 at 09:50:51
After yesterday the club needs a full time shrink as there's some thing basically wrong in our play and we don't have any game management plan.
Another dire season in a malaise that's perpetuating. Hand on heart I m not expecting any major improvements in what's left of this season, as Messi wouldn't shine in this team. Sad that the players are just turning up and not trying and showing that they don't care. Without Pickford it could have been 8-0. This is the pits.
92 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:08:42
Clearly he had disintegration the game being a fair contest. Even the ref was at it. Booking Haha for missing the ball!! No foul but he chose to book him. They committed many fouls but rarely were penalised.
With this in mind, I cannot castigate the players for the result. It must be so demoralizing to play against 13, two of whom can bend the rules to suit the agenda that the premier league continues to promote. Fairness does not exist in this league and must be so difficult to tolerate for the best of the rest!!
93 Posted 14/01/2018 at 12:26:47
Surely if the player isnt good enough for Arsenal he isnt good enough for what we want to become and he isnt going to turn in to that player in the final contract of his career.
Our strategy should be out pricing Chelsea and Arsenal and others for the pick of 17-23 year old players where we can compete and then get them on the pitch.
The only players we should be paying the significant fees for are international class players and my view is there should be fewer targeted and they should be in the >£50m, £150k/week category not the £20-50m <£100k/week where you are buying up players who arent good enough for someone else.
Think on Steve Walsh.
94 Posted 14/01/2018 at 18:39:38
Antonio is another transfer dud we shouldn't be looking at either. I am really unimpressed with the players we are going after. Rejects from elsewhere that have failed, and that explains the zero hunger about the place. It's like a zombie retirement home for shit footballers.
95 Posted 14/01/2018 at 20:29:06
Because Steve Walsh is DoF.
All the time he remains and BK gets involved in transfers nothing will change.
BK thinks hes clever holding transfers up for minor % add ons etc, and we wait until its too late and lose out on the last day of the window.
I have said many times on TW that Ross is a very good footballer who has been badly advised about signing a new contract. However, I am now starting to think he may have held out for his transfer because he could see what was happening behind the scenes. Perhaps he may explain one day?
96 Posted 15/01/2018 at 19:10:11
97 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:26:45
98 Posted 15/01/2018 at 22:52:38
99 Posted 16/01/2018 at 23:20:00
What a load of total bollocks! Do your homework if you are going to make pathetic claims like that.
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