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  1. Happy with this. If you asked me for realistic striker targets at the start of the window then Afobe would have been one of them. Seems to suit this level and if we can get him back to his Wolves promotion form of a few seasons ago then we have a player on our hands. Well done Mr Ashton.
  2. “We didn’t want to block the pathway”
  3. Which comments are we expecting this evening? I’ll start us off with ”we felt there wasn’t value for money” ”not for the want of trying” “We felt we had enough in that position”
  4. This would be the best possible scenario from this window surely? For a while now the discussion on here has been ‘find a replacement for Reid’. Now we may be able to re-sign the man himself. Suits our system perfectly, and would be coming into a team with more attacking talent than we had in his final season with us. Which you would hope would give him plenty of goal scoring opportunities. I miss us pressing from the front. Making defenders uncomfortable and forcing a pass. Bobby does that role perfectly. He would also fill the homegrown criteria required for each match day. The impact he could have on Semenyo would be a huge boost as well. Teaching him the role of pressing defenders and positioning in the box. I can only think of positives from this potential move. What would some fans have against this signing? The fact that he did the head tap when signing for Cardiff. Move on and accept that having Bobby back is the best player we could get for the role. I’m sure those few unhappy fans would have no problem cheering his name when he’s consistently putting the ball in the back of the net for us.
  5. I just mentioned this on the Jack Marriott topic I created. Bringing in Nketiah would be great business for this season. However as you mentioned we need to think about where that leaves us next season. If we don’t get promoted then we are back to where we are now (as you correctly mentioned). Jack Marriott seems to be a back up choice at Derby. We have money to spend and in a market where prices are consistently growing each year, I would look to secure Marriott this window. That is as well as Nketiah. We need serious competition up front to be considered promotion candidates. Nketiah looks to be a fantastic young talent. However, we need to remember that the lad is only 20 years old. It’s a big ask to pin our play off hopes on a lad that young. I’m sure he would be a huge success but we also need another option. I wish we weren’t in this situation this late in the window, but I still think we need 2 additions up top.
  6. The thing that stuck out from LJ’s press interview after the game today was the comment “2 won’t be enough”. Now to me that indicates that we have 2 deals ready to announce. One being Massengo, and after seeing the links from reliable posters on here I would assume this would be the second. He seems to have been our first choice all summer. I may be grasping at straws. Alan Nixon’s tweet this morning mentioned we were the front runners and the final decision lies with the manager. Also mentioned that 23 teams had asked to take him on loan. Would be some coup for us to secure the signing. @Kid in the Riot is probably the most reliable source on the forum. So i’m quite excited by the possibility we could finally have our striker (albeit we will have to go through this again in 12 months time when we need a replacement)
  7. This is how to reinvest the money from the Webster sale. What could prove to be an incredible piece of business by Mark Ashton. £8m for a player who has lots of time to develop (could be worth a fortune in the future) and has already played in the champions league. Take a bow. I would be incredibly excited to watch this lad, could take us to the next level and certainly fills a position I feel could do with being upgraded. meanwhile in the English market, £8m would get you a bang average journeyman who has never found their feet in the prem. The report said that the player has asked for this move as well which is interesting.
  8. Hadn’t ever heard of him before seeing the link of twitter. He looks a huge talent (can only go off that single YouTube video). I would be extremely excited about this, £8m may seem a lot but this kid could be worth triple that off the back of his first season. If he was to add some muscle mass he could become an incredible DM with his ability on the ball. This could be one to really excite the fans.
  9. They are usually the ones that have substance. And have worked well for us in the past. I love a rumour that comes directly from abroad, would be very strange for them to link us to players without there being any truth. is it bad that I watched the video and am already thinking about how much we could demand for him in the future? The kid could be one of the most exciting players we have had play at Ashton Gate if he develops well. Looks very confident with the ball.
  10. Imagine the scenes, half time tomorrow, Dwight Gayle announced. The fans sing his name for the entire second half. City put on a blistering performance to earn the 3 points. OTIB erupts with positive comments. (we can only dream) In all seriousness Gayle seems to be on wages that most teams in this league would baulk at. And I am struggling to think of many prem players that would be exciting that are curently not in their teams plans. Vydra - knows the league, I feel would be interested in coming to us, but again large wages. Wickham - not excited by that prospect in the slightest. Austin - would love us to get him if it was a loan, wages are astronomical. Wells - could suit the system and is a player who works hard for the team. But does not guarantee a good goal return. Niasee - no thank you and again I imagine wages are high. Hogan - not consistent Kodjia - would take him back, only worry would be his lack of game time since leaving us. Think he has had to settle for being an impact sub at times. Gray - this would be my choice every time. But wages are likely to be just out of reach, think he is in and out of the team there and not sure he would want to drop down a division. If anyone has anymore suggestions? Nobody knows the names we have been talking to which makes the whole situation slightly more nerve wracking as there has been nothing reported in the press. Most of our deals this summer have been reported before happening. You would think if we were close to signing a proven striker it would be leaked somewhere by an agent trying to drum up interest in their client. The reality will be that this goes all the way to deadline day. Looking at the team sheets in the division today, most of those key strikers are playing or in the squad for their teams. Maupay and Benrahma were not in the Brentford squad but both are way out of our current reach and are being linked to the likes of Brighton and Villa for 20m each. The fact most leading strikers in the division played then nothing would be close with anyone. Unless we manage to attract a Prem talent. If I was to guess, I would expect a centre back to arrive on Monday or early next week. I feel we may be waiting until Thursday’s deadline to bring in a striker and possibly one other.
  11. You’re right there will always be a sell on %, I just hope we have included a high %. Which I imagine isn’t easy with the fee already being paid. If we had a 10% that would be the norm for most transfer deals, If we manage to get 20% then we could be looking at around an extra 8m+ or so in the future. Likely that those finer details (sell on % and add on installments) were the hold up since Tuesday when the bid was first announced.
  12. The fee is incredible as it is. However, I also hope we have managed to slip a 20% sell on clause in as well. If he replicates what he has done for us, I can see him moving again in 12 months time for a huge fee to a top 6 team. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham (older Centre backs), Chelsea all could be looking. could bring the overall deal to be worth over 30m. Incredible business.
  13. What will be key is the method of how that money is spent. If you look at the previous transfers when Liverpool sold Suarez and Tottenham sold Bale, both clubs went out and bought 7/8 players to try and fill the void. It didn’t work as the players signed were either at a similar level or worse than others members of their squads at the time. For us, we simply need to try and attract players for 2/3 positions that are a significant upgrade on what we currently have. That is the challenge. However, with the business we have currently done, it’s clear we only have a maximum of 3 positions that we can significantly upgrade in. A quality Striker A ball winning midfielder A Centre Back replacement for Webster (A right back to challenge Hunt would be an extra bonus) spend wisely and we would have the look of a very strong team in this division.
  14. A fantastic player who has been a joy to watch. However, to get 25m for a centre back in the championship with no prem experience and a slightly worrying injury record is incredible business by Mark Ashton. I will certainly miss Webby but what incredible negotiations Mr Ashton has carried out this summer (incoming and outgoing). Twice breaking the record for the highest transfer fee we have received. It’s difficult to face the reality sometimes, but at times we will need to sacrifice individuals who can generate high profit in order to build a stronger team. If we need to sell Webster in order to fund 2/3 other positions then that’s what must be done. It’s all part of our progression and credit to the model that we have, this is the strongest position going into a season that I can remember in recent years. It’s incredible to see the fee’s received for two defenders, who historically have always transferred for fee’s lower than that of attacking players. You really wonder what amount Ashton would be able to generate for players such as Eliasson or Semenyo on the back of good seasons! It’s going to be an exciting end to the window. Just hope we get the right players in to give us the best chance of promotion.
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