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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:10 pm

Nah I think the only player besides Luis we have to be worried about this window is probably Agger. The rest are safe. We might have to fight off teams in the summer for Sturridge or Cou but this winter we're good besides the two I mentioned.

But in reality I'm very confident that no one will be leaving.

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Post by Helmer Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:44 pm

No Jorginho pls, isnt he italian and havent we said in summer window that he still has to prove something hmm
Salah, i m not sure either he will be an instant hit like Studge OR we will have to wait to see for what we paid those 12m.
If the rumours are true, other clubs are interested in him, i would hate if we overpay for him

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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:46 pm

Well Heil we were strongly interested in Jorginho in the summer and now 6 months later Jorginho has proved himself as one of the best CM's in Serie A. I'd personally take him but I don't think we're actually in for him.
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Post by BeautifulGame Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:02 pm

I dont like the idea of signing players from Seria A for big money.Just dont think its worth the risk Almost every signing from Seria A to PL has been a flop in recent memory
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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:04 pm

BeautifulGame wrote:I dont like the idea of signing players from Seria A for big money.Just dont think its worth the risk  Almost every signing from Seria A to PL has been a flop in recent memory


Coutinho?
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Post by BeautifulGame Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:03 pm

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BeautifulGame wrote:I dont like the idea of signing players from Seria A for big money.Just dont think its worth the risk  Almost every signing from Seria A to PL has been a flop in recent memory


Coutinho?

He was not a success in Seria A and was a big money signing.If anything he struggled badly in Seria A and co-incidentantly lot more successful in La liga .But the likes of Veron Aquilani Crespo Balotelli Lamelathe list just goes on imo.Too much of a risk.
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Post by BeautifulGame Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:08 pm

There was an excellent post in spurs forum about the failure players from Seria A to PL when they were about to sign Lamela.

With all the buzz about Lamela, it has got me thinking. Serie A has fallen way behind the Premiership, La Liga and the Bundesliga. My concern is, is a player who looks like a star in that league actually all that good? We are spending a huge amount of money on him.

When I was a kid, there were some outstanding Italian sides. IIRC there were six Champions League finals in a row in the 90s that featured an Italian side. And Serie A was a great place to look to import hugely talented footballers to the Premier League. Think Zola, Bergkamp, Vialli, Di Canio, Henry, Desailly, Carbone. But now? It's awful. I can't remember the last time a player came over from Serie A and took the league by storm like these guys did. Not only that, but Serie A clubs are badly struggling in Europe. Since Mourinho's Inter managed to defend their way to winning the thing in 2010, Italy haven't had a single Champions League semi-finalist, and they haven't had more than one club in the quarter-finals since 2007.

I have watched over the last decade or so as clubs continue to spend phenomenal amounts of money on importing players from Serie A to the Premier League, only to see a player who looked like a world beater in Italy badly struggle with the pace and physicality of our game. The first major Serie A flop signing I can remember in the Premier League (not counting Ramon Vega, Nicola Berti or Paolo Tramezzani) was Juan Sebastian Veron. £28m was the British transfer record at the time and he was a mega superstar coming to the Premier League. We had big name players in the Premier League, but up until his transfer most of the big money international signings seemed to be going to either Italy or Spain, so it was exciting to see one now coming to England. For Lazio, he'd been the driving force in helping them to win Serie A. His silky skills and passing ability were supposed to be the missing piece of the puzzle for Man Utd to win the Champions League again. But he couldn't hack it in England. He was so vastly inferior to Scholes, who's place in the team he'd taken, that United not only didn't win the Champions League but they also finished outside the top 2 for the first time in over a decade.

Was he a one off? Hell no. Let's start with his old mate from Argentina. Somebody he played with at Parma and Lazio. When Claudio Ranieri signed Veron for Chelsea, he reunited him with Hernan Crespo, one of Serie A's most potent goalscorers of the last decade. It couldn't go wrong. Except that Crespo also couldn't cope with the English game, the odd wonder goal aside. After he was sent back to Serie A on loan, twice, I remember reading that he'd cost Chelsea over £1m per game from his transfer fee and wages. And Chelsea didn't have to wait long to surpass even this. AC Milan are one of Italy's biggest and most traditional clubs and Chelsea signed their second top goalscorer of all time, aged just 29. Andriy Shevchenko was a mega superstar. He was a a Ballon D'Or winner. £30m was a British transfer record once again. And once again, the player found that the Premier League is a very different place to Serie A. 9 goals in 48 games in the Premiership was a shocking return for a player of his reputation, especially given the fact that he was on £120k per week which was practically unheard of at the time.

You might think that these high profile flops were just down to unrealistic expectations, or the players feeling the pressure of their price tags. But there are plenty of other Serie A flops from the last decade. Let's look at Liverpool recently. Fabio Borini was a promising young player from Roma who had just broken into the Italian national side when he joined Liverpool, his impact was minimal last season. Then you have Alberto Aquilani, who is doing well again in Serie A now that he's returned, but funnily enough couldn't produce anything like this kind of form in England. And then there was Christian Poulsen who looked good at Juventus before costing Roy Hodgson his job. Remember Savio who joined West Ham? Or Rolando Bianchi who joined City? They must have cost almost £20m between them because in Italy they looked good. And you have Gaston Ramirez, who has had flashes of brilliance for Southampton but has remained largely inconsistent.

The only two players I can think of coming from Serie A who have really excelled in England recently are Philippe Coutinho and Matija Nastasic. Both look to be extremely talented players. But, both are young players who have also had spells in other countries. Coutinho got to play in Spain and Brazil, both faster paced games based more on attacking football than Italy. The biggest impact from a player who made their name in Italy in recent times is probably from Mario Balotelli, and he made most of his impact off the field. The best goalscoring season he had in the Premiership saw him score 13 goals. After moving back to Serie A, he scored 12 goals in his first 13 games. Now Balotelli isn't alone in going back to Italy and taking the country by storm. Just take a look at some of his team mates. Kevin Prince Boateng, Robinho, Sulley Muntari...at best you could say these guys were inconsistent in England. But, big name players in Italy. And would you look at that? Carlos Tevez has just scored on his debut for Juventus. No doubt he'll be one of, if not the, best player in Serie A this season.

Perhaps it's just that the styles of play in the two leagues are so different. Perhaps it's not the same in other places. It isn't. Gaizka Mendieta's transfer to Lazio was a very long time ago, now the high profile flops are those COMING from Italy to Spain. Take Kaka for example. Remember him? I can hardly remember a match he's played in for Real Madrid. This is a guy who cost a world record transfer fee and was rated as the best footballer on the planet when he was at Milan. How about Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Arguably the best forward of the last decade in Serie A. Nobody doubts he's a phenomenal player, but he never produced his best form at Barcelona and he was chopped after only one season despite them spending a ridiculous sum of money on him AND giving away Eto'o, one of the greatest strikers of his generation, in exchange for him. Barca also recently signed Alexis Sanchez for big money, he's been very underwhelming so far. And of course, you get the same thing going the other way. Diego Milito was ok at Zaragoza but he was one of Inter's best players over the last decade. And Miroslav Klose averaged one goal in four games in the Bundesliga for Bayern over the four years he was there. That's ok, he was in the twilight of his career. Now he's 35, playing for Lazio, and has spent the last two seasons averaging a goal every other game. How can that work? A player at a worse club relative to the rest of the league, in an older body, scoring twice as frequently.

The fact is, Serie A has badly regressed. It's always been played at a slower pace to the Premiership. The difference is that, whereas Serie A once had the edge on this league in terms of the technique and finesse of their players, we now have players like Dimitar Berbatov and Hatem Ben Arfa playing even for mid-table clubs in the Premiership, let alone your Van Persies, Hazards, Matas, Agueros and Silvas. Their game is slow, non-physical, negative and boring. So unless your "tekkers" is absolutely exceptional, you will struggle when trying to play the way we do things over here.

It will be interesting to see how the careers of not only Lamela, but also Edison Cavani, Stevan Jovetic and Pablo Osvaldo develop over the next couple of years now that they've left Italy. They might do extremely well and cement their names as world class players. But I'd be surprised if all of them do. And not just because of Osvaldo's bad attitude. I wonder if anyone can give any real insight (not "if he's good enough for AVB and Baldini then he's good enough for me") as to why they think that Lamela is worth this investment, given the bad recent history of players from Serie A, and the fact that he will be moving to a new country with enormous expectations given the size of the transfer fee and the fact that he will be replacing one of the best players we have ever had at the club. Watching the youtube highlights of him today, the way he runs with the ball at pace using predominantly his left-foot does remind me of Bale, perhaps he's the most like for like player out there. But, given the history of importing players from Serie A, is this kind of investment a good idea?
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Post by Arquitecto Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:51 pm

The above quote is one of the worst posts I have witnessed within the last fortnight, despite its attempt at objectivity. It is baffling how some without a view of another league can induct conclusions so ignorantly.
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:28 pm

There's some truth to that post. You can literally count on your fingers the number of players who have come to PL from Italy and flourished. Especially Italians.. there's only Zola and Balotelli to an extent. The ones that have, have also had a good record outside of Italy. Rest of them have not lived up to their expectations. No doubt that they are generally excellent players when they function in a team, it's just that the pace of the PL is superior as compared to Serie A and it's a fact, it's not some bullshit opinion or something. That's why I was really skeptical when we signed Borini and I'm not been proven wrong so far.


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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 pm

BeautifulGame wrote:
McAgger wrote:
BeautifulGame wrote:I dont like the idea of signing players from Seria A for big money.Just dont think its worth the risk  Almost every signing from Seria A to PL has been a flop in recent memory


Coutinho?

He was not a success in Seria A and was a big money signing.If anything he struggled badly in Seria A and co-incidentantly lot more successful in La liga .But the likes of Veron Aquilani Crespo Balotelli Lamelathe list just goes on imo.Too much of a risk.

Your point isn't that though.

Your point is that almost every signing players from Serie A struggles in PL? Coutinho is not struggling in PL. HE's been a revelation.
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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 pm

ExtremistEnigma wrote:There's some truth to that post. You can literally count on your fingers the number of players who have come to PL and flourished. Especially Italians.. there's only Zola and Balotelli to an extent. Rest of them have not lived up to their expectations. No doubt that they are generally excellent players when they function as a team, it's just that the pace of the PL is superior as compared to Serie A and it's a fact, it's not some bullshit opinion or something. That's why I was really skeptical when we signed Borini and I'm not been proven wrong so far.

Again Coutinho ffs
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:33 pm

That was a quick reply lol. I edited my post.

Coutinho was regarded in the same breath as Neymar during his teenage years and hardly had any gametime at Inter. Basically, most of his footballing education took place at Brazil.

Who else?
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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:41 pm

ExtremistEnigma wrote:That was a quick reply lol. I edited my post.

Coutinho was regarded in the same breath as Neymar during his teenage years and hardly had any gametime at Inter. Basically, most of his footballing education took place at Brazil.

Who else?


I'm not going argue where players got their footballing education from ffs.

The only thing that I'm willing to argue is that it's a myth that all players that come from Serie A turn out shit.

Henry for example is arguably the greatest PL player of all time and he was signed from Serie A.
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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:42 pm

Also Bergkamp, Zola

more recently Giaccherini, Balo, and Coutinho
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Post by Arquitecto Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:45 pm

I wouldn't even bother reasoning with that quote given it's a prime testament to the ignorant Premiership viewers who know little to nothing outside their league, unless it involves the British stratosphere.

I remember visiting the Spurs forum during Milan-Spurs as dross posts like those we're rather common.

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Post by Helmer Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:46 pm

Probably we should sign the players who are flops/shite in SERIE A, I remember both Henry, Bergkamp were having bad seasons before they moved to PL hmm

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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:58 pm

McAgger wrote:I'm not going argue where players got their footballing education from ffs.
Why not? Because it indeed does matter.

Bergkamp was a technically gifted player who graduated from the Ajax youth academy. He was used as the main striker at Inter at times lol. For most of these guys, Italy was like a failed experiment where they couldn't succeed because of not getting properly used. Henry and Bergkamp, both spent most of their careers plying their trade at their home countries before moving to Italy.

Giaccherini srsly? Laughing What has he done so far?
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Post by McAgger Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:03 pm

He's been a success story for Sunderland. As success a story as you could possibly get in a team like Sunderland.

But like I said, I know where that debate about footballing education would lead. My main point is that the idea of Serie A players turn shite in PL is a myth and not all players will fail just because they are from Serie A.
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Post by Helmer Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:16 pm

well I am watching Borini right now, my satisfaction that is at least he starting few games for them

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Post by Art Morte Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:31 pm

I thought BeautifulGame's post - the long quote - did make a fair enough point. There have been enough big money flops coming from Serie A to the Premier League to at least consider the possibility of something else than just a coincidence.

Obviously there are some good ones, too, like Coutinho.
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Post by RedOranje Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:35 pm

If Chelsea decide they need a CM they'll throw big money around on a player like Matic or Gundogan, they won't bother trying to fight with us given our history. Also, the easiest way to make that a non-factor is to get back into the CL for next season... then the attraction of moving to Chelsea largely wanes.

But no, I don't expect Chelsea to pursue Henderson or Allen. They'll use van Ginkel when he returns from injury and Ramires and go after some huge priced name if they need to sign someone.
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:04 pm

I'm so pissed off with the transfer rumours. We've been buying nothing but lightweight sissies. Need some technically versatile midfielders ffs.

Salah for 13m or Nainggolan for 15m? What would you guys prefer? I know what I would.

I don't really know why people are crying for a winger when we don't even use/need a proper winger in the team. And we even ain't lacking any goals upfront with SAS firing in all cylinders. It's the midfield where we are getting outplayed in.
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:19 pm

iftikhar wrote:
ExtremistEnigma wrote:I don't think is the time for us to buy players for squad depth. I honestly don't think Salah will be a first teamer. There's certain areas which need improvement and for the money we are spending on Salah, we can certainly find better players for those positions.

He (Salah) would be a starter given the state of our current squad. He isn't great but he is better than Raheem (few times I have seen him). Also, neither Coutinho nor Sturridge were finished article when we signed them (and they did walked into the starting XI). I'm not too keen on Salah but he is worth the risk. Besides, what better player can you get for 10-12 million!!!
Sturridge and Coutinho walked into the team because they had Borini, Downing, Suso and Sterling as their competition lol. Sterling is not even a starter, he's just getting games because Studge is out injured. Salah, at best, will fight off with Coutinho for the third attacking spot. There's no way Coutinho will play #10 because the midfield two behind him is not physically competent enough. It works against smaller sides but against top sides we'll get ripped.
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Post by Art Morte Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:42 pm

ExtremistEnigma wrote:I'm so pissed off with the transfer rumours. We've been buying nothing but lightweight sissies. Need some technically versatile midfielders ffs.

Salah for 13m or Nainggolan for 15m? What would you guys prefer? I know what I would.

I don't really know why people are crying for a winger when we don't even use/need a proper winger in the team. And we even ain't lacking any goals upfront with SAS firing in all cylinders. It's the midfield where we are getting outplayed in.

I suppose you won't like the piece of news, then, that Nainggolan has just moved to Roma for €3m (plus €6m in the summer if they buy the other half of his rights, too) eco smile

I'm one of those who think we'd need a left-winger. Assaidi was supposed to be one, Rodgers never fancied him, now we've got Moses and it's not been working out. A left-winger would complete our attacking options.
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Post by ExtremistEnigma Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:49 pm

Yeah I know he moved to Roma.. also posted regarding that in general section. He went to Roma for 3m loan and they can pay 6m in summer additionally for 50% of his rights. So I believe he'd have gone for around 15m in a single deal for full ownership.
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Post by Art Morte Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:59 pm

Oh, right, okay, I didn't notice it was only a loan now. €3m for a half-a-season loan is a lot, btw, especially since I though Roma are OK in midfield.
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