Chelsea signed Chilwell and are/were trying to sign Rice. Also you wouldn't be buying to sell you'd be buying to win.I don't think that's stats bear it out. But fwiw, I agree Maddison can be a brilliant signing for us. And there is/should be a premium attached because his form has been against the exact opposition we are recruiting him to play against.
The argument is at what value he becomes too expensive. Certainly shouldn't be paying an "English player" premium.
Is there any other clubs than the two Manchester clubs that do that regularly. The worst thing about that premium is it doesn't exist outside the PL. So you'd have to sell to a big 6 club to realise it with sales.
And if you get Aouar/Brandt, you will get commercial opportunities that comes with the French/German brand.Chelsea signed Chilwell and are/were trying to sign Rice. Also you wouldn't be buying to sell you'd be buying to win.
I'm not saying sign any old English players. IMO Maddison is one of their best. With that you get all the commercial opportunities that comes with the English brand. Would Grealish be as regarded now if he still played for Ireland? No. Now that's not a primary concern its a by product but its soemthjing to consider.
He has far from average. And made mistakes after what was a horrific situation in Greece. Since they he has been solid for United. Last comment is look at the improvement defensively since he signed. And on that I'm not derailing this thread any longer.Maguire’s average, he’s decent positionally and tells colleagues where to be but Utd have to protect their defence with two dms usually. He also made a number of appalling errors last season that would leave AM in utter disbelief.
That’s the dream but we tried that already with Francis Jeffers/Richard Wright/Matthew Upson/Jermaine Pennant and then again later with Carl Jenkinsen/Jack Wilshere/Theo Walcott/Kieran Gibbs/Oxlade-Chamberlain - it’s never worked out for us since the Graham era.Agreed, Bellingham would be a dream signing, hopefully we are in a position to be able to get him in the next few years. Having a strong core of English/British players would only help us in that sense.