Okay readers, let’s play a game. by Dan Smith
As many readers will know I spend many international breaks filling time with lists. So with Arsenal on a winter break I thought it be a good day to start our own kind of ‘Fantasy Draft’.
Essentially, we will go through each Premier League team and pick one player to sign. This, though, is Arsenal we are talking about, so let’s pretend you can’t spend more than 50 million on each player. Therefore, there is no point in selecting Aguero, Pogba, Salah, Kane, etc.
The idea of the game is to explore if there is any value out there. So, let’s use our imagination and be on our recruitment team.
Just a bit of fun, all opinions welcome, no right or wrong.
Here’s my first five ……
Aston Villa – Grealish – 40 million.
Okay, I am going to cheat here and say this would be a lot more easier if Villa get relegated. While they would still demand a huge fee, it be hard for them to stand in his way, especially with the youngster having already sacrificed two years of his career by playing in the Championship. He reminds me of Jack Wilshire in terms of his playing style. He loves the ball at his feet where he can pass and move at the last moment in tight spaces.
Bournemouth – Fraser – free
It is safe to say the Kroenke family will be interested in anyone out of contract. It’s believed we were interested in him 12 months ago so why not when we don’t have to pay a fee for him? Of course, we don’t know if Arteta rates him like Emery did, but it would be harsh to judge him too much on his form suffering this season. He’s admitted he’s been affected by the summer speculation, but we caused it, so can we then blame him for being gutted the move didn’t happen?
Brighton – Duff and Dunk – 50 million for both
Some gooners will agree should have done this deal two years ago. Just ring Brighton ask for asking price of one or both of them. Brighton wouldn’t turn down serious money nor stand in either player’s way for such a step up. They might not be the best on the ball but we need to start assessing the characters of the players we are buying. A British player who grew up understanding how big a deal it is to be representing ‘The Arsenal’. Either have the characteristics to lead us for the next 5 years.
Burnley – Tarkowski
Many will argue they prefer Mee, but I been a big fan of Tarkowski for a while. He has everything our current centre backs lack, a proper defender who again would become an instant leader.
Chelsea – Barkley or Loftus-Cheek (loan)
The point I am making is Chelsea have so many decent young midfielders that they will struggle to give others game time, and that’s before Lampard has even signed anyone. I would prefer Loftus-Cheek, but I do think once he is fit he has a future at the Bridge. Barkley on the other hand is dropping down the pecking order. Not that the Blues will be wanting to lend their players to us, so Arsenal would have to push for this to happen.
I would love to hear who you would choose from each club. Please be realistic and try to find value..