Sir Didier Drogba;3817646 said:You guys not fond of Daley Blind?
I am very fond of him but he can't replace Carrick. He does the defensive work superbly and allows the 2 other midfielders to go forward but he lacks the passing range that Carrick has. He is a Busquets kind of player who doesn't suit the EPL that much. He sits deep and make sure the team maintains possession. He makes mostly short passes. He can make long passes but does it infrequently. For now I'd prefer we get a better defensive midfielder and play him at left back because he is currently our best LB. Shaw will get there in a few years.
Here's some stats about Blind
Of players who played more than 15 games in 2014/15, only Coquelin and Jedinak have more interceptions per game than Daley Blind.
Daley Blind made most passes per game than any player in the league in 2015.
However, probably half of these games were as a left back.
Sir Didier Drogba;3817646 said:I really like Schneiderlin but I would be cautious about signing from Southampton and expecting those players to be as good for you as they were for them, the experiences of Liverpool and others last season make me wonder if it's as much about the ethos of Southampton as the players themselves which result in such good performances.
Agree. I love him but we should aim higher IMO. He won't offer too much more than what Blind can offer TBH. We need upgrades, not just players to provide backup.
Sir Didier Drogba;3817646 said:I am suspicious of van der Wiel because I remember some super dodgy performances in a Holland shirt.
Yeah I'd prefer someone else but TBH, who would be available? There are no worldclass RBs at the moment. I wouldn't mind him because I don't think we can get anyone much better and would be an upgrade over a winger (Valencia) or the good but always injured RB Rafael.