Yeboah wrote:Stability wil be overrated if we get dicked by 4 or so.
Funny how it would be a gamble not to play him but wouldn't be to play someone who's never played at that level before.....or indeed 2 of them.
I don't think loaning him is an option, given he'd only have 1 year left on his contract After this season.
It might be that Bielsa has tied his own situation to Whites , in which case......all bets would be off
The main gamble the club is taking here is to stick with Bielsa and his methods. It feels a pretty safe bet to me but if course there's the possibility we fail to gain a foothold and don't create enough chances to miss while being done on the counter 3 or 4 times every game.
The only certain thing with Bielsa is is his way or nothing, he'd refuse to play Messi is he didn't hit his weight or running targets.
Are there better defenders than White and Cooper? Definitely, lots of them.
Are there any defenders outside of the club other than White who would split straight in, know what's expected of them, meet the targets and not need 2 months to learn everyone's runs, positioning, when to mark and when to leave the man... Etc?
Only Pontus and Halme. One who's attitude we didn't like the other hasn't fully established himself at Barnsley.
Bottom line: I firmly believe the ability to name the same starting XI as against Charlton is our best chance of a good start to the season. I also firmly believe a strong start with the momentum from last season is our best chance of a successful season (ie not being in a relegation battle). We cannot do that without signing White. I'd go to £25m and maybe include another £5m of add-ons (in the squad for the Euro's, we stay up, a percentage of profits from his next transfer). And maybe even a relegation buy back clause. I don't think this represents a great deal but as above there's a premium for knowing in advance he's a good fit with the squad.
Agree on loaning him, he would have to sign a new deal with Brighton first, which it seems he's not keen to do.
I think it's unlikely Bielsa would walk if we failed to sign White but I do think it's important we're seen to have tried our best. If I assume for a moment that the future of both is intrinsically linked then I'd pay £40m for White. For the same reason I'm less bothered than others about having spent £15m on Costa (in that case I kind of assume we could have got him for £10m on the last day of the window with the uplift in part being due to needing him early in preseason to work with him).