The Coquelin Case by JA
Hello guys, hope you’re having a good day.
Now I’ve been reading a lot of comments from some people saying we should buy a “world class DM” like Nemanja Matic and use Coquelin as backup. Now that might be a good notion but then is Coquelin going to want to stick his butt on the bench? I’ll have you remember that he considered leaving permanently prior to his Freiburg loan move, and his reason? He wasn’t given enough opportunity the previous season. Now he’s 23, playing great, why relegate him to the bench?
He’s gone out on loan a couple of times and his experience there is beginning to pay visible dividends. Why then buy someone to bench him?
You might suggest we buy backup to him and I’m not against that, but then again, even if we didn’t, we’ve seen games where Arteta shines, we’ve seen Flamini shine too, why not lose one, (Flamini for me), and keep Arteta to play when Coquelin needs a rest and even mentor him and make him better. It’s a win-win situation, your backup need not be world-class, but he needs to know how to do the job, and the fact is Arteta can do a job. It’s just that he’s getting on in age and just can’t play every weekend.
Fact is, let’s give Coquelin time to play to the end of this season, then we can maybe sign a backup to him. If Arteta still has the legs, we can depend on him for a few games here and there, just like Rosicky.
So for me my preferences for DM next season,
just enough for a full season.
Have a great day!