Defoe, Zabaleta, who else?

Reports are treating it as a given that we will sign Defoe (34) and Zabaleta (32). Of course both players have proven quality and both still seem good for at least one season. With Defoe on an escape clause and Zabaleta on a free, we can afford, short-term, the massive wage deals required for their services. One would hope that they would be a good influence at the club and not just to be put out to pasture. I could see Zabaleta possibly being a solution to the right back crisis, and if Byram were ever to develop the quality he was supposed to have (which I doubt, sadly), Zabaleta wouldn't be to bad a player to provide. Amazingly, Defoe still has more pace and guile in him than anyone we had up front this season. So, relatively speaking this is not a bad start. We can hope, too, that at least one or two of the loaned out players gets a chance to break into the team next season. So where would you put your money if you had it to spend? And more importantly, who would you spend on?

hammer1980's picture

It looks like Defoe is near signing for Bornemouth. Although he despite being 34 years old is still a good player, we need fresh forces. His wage then is high, the same argument applies to Zabaleta. Involve money on talented young people

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Defoe wage quoted as 130k a week!

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asheshammer's picture

then yes, that's WAY too much for Defoe, and Cherries are crazy to throw that much money at him.

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hammer1980's picture

Apparently we are signing for Zabaleta for free

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asheshammer's picture

If not higher. I still remember when Wayne Bridge came to us as a supposed answer to our Left Back problem. He came on HUGE wages and was terrible. Such a gamble to sign players whose career is essentially finished.

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asheshammer's picture

but I really dont want to see Smalling in C&B next season. He has been AWFUL at times.

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andycarrollstyle's picture

Callieri and Tore have been sent back and Arbeloa will be leaving end of June

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asheshammer's picture

I know some people were hoping Calleri would come good, but he was given a fair opportunity. Tore never seemed up to it at all. Hope we do better this time around. Feghouli and Snodgrass could potentially be more settled for us next season ... who knows.

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asheshammer's picture

Will he be another Wayne Bridge? An Alvaro Arbeloa? A Lucas Neill? Or will he be the answer to our RB problem -- the man who frees up Antonio to become a marauder down the lines? He certainly adds experience. And he may develop an understanding with Lanzini (though I'm not sure the assumption that just because he's Argentinian is a good one). He adds at least some appearance of intent, toughness, and professionality to the side: all things that we need. COYI -- here's to a good season Zabaleta!

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Dicks is the man's picture

ashes, i agree. Bilic must and i mean MUST get a grip and sort out our best players in their favoured positions. antonio was a beast when he joined, smashing down the lines and getting on the end of headers. all this right back …up front mucking him around was just a waste of talent. Bilic has to buy players to fill the gaps and put antonio back where he belongs. zabaleta is old though so what happens when the inevitable injury comes along? back to byram there? or drag antonio back again? i said it before and say it again…Bilic for god's sake decide on the formation and buy players to suit it…don't go and buy a whole truck load of players coz they are available and cheap and then decide on a formation…no no no….sort it slaven. on an aside, i see silva has gone to watford….if Bilic becomes a turnip again this coming season then i think we may have missed a good manager who would most likely have been tempted to join us. but its ifs and buts. theres always pardew…..

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asheshammer's picture

one of the really frustrating things this season as opposed to the last was so many people being played out of position and so little sense of what our style of play was. Was it anything at all?

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Dicks is the man's picture

yes the style was the opposite of 'total football'….in other words 'total rubbish' pioneered by Grant and taken on by Bilic.

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Burkie 1's picture

And 1 good point ,he never gets injured

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Burkie 1

andycarrollstyle's picture

West Ham injury curse - "Challenge accepted."

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Didnt think Wayne Bridge was to bad for us and how can you stick Lucas Neill in the same category as the other 2? Neill was our best captain for years and apart from the odd game was pretty much one of most consistent performers. Never should of let him go when we did. Once he left it started going down hill

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andycarrollstyle's picture

Wayne Bridge was a massive let down! Lucash was a good captain though and one of the better signings during a dark period... Llungberg, Upson, Faubert anyone? On another note if we sign Iheanacho, I would like us to go for Walcott next... controversial but imagine him with Antonio and Lanzini and then Ayew and Iheanacho up front. That would be a pretty good attack

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Dicks is the man's picture

dont forget the legend. BOA MORTE!

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Out of all the poor players ive seen over the years at the boleyn,for me he was the most frustrating of the lot...
When he signed the club was raving about how much of a talent he was,but he was supposed to be a right back,you never saw him in that position!!You could guarantee that whenever the opposing side attacked (& scored a lot of the time!) faubert would have been wandering aimlessly on the wing somewhere!!You were lucky if he averaged 1 accurate pass in 10,even his throw-ins used to go to the other side!!!
I think you can guess i wasnt his biggest fan...

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asheshammer's picture

Yes, I have to admit that Lucas Neill had some good spells at times. He was a bit of an enforcer. But he had a nasty habit of giving away penalties -- ever since the famous penalty that gifted Italy the win in the WC quarterfinals. The thing is, we had seen plenty of Lucas Neill down under, and he was past his best by the time he went to West Ham, which is probably why I remember him as being better than what he was in C&B. But to be fair, Kevin Nolan was past his best, too, when he came to us, and he made a great difference in getting us promoted and stable in our first season back up.

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