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This is part of the problem and why we won't go anywhere. No chance of getting top four without Auba is the same outlook that will see us keep Xhaka in our starting line up and rely on people who self destruct at any moment.
United- playing Greenwood, Martial, Rashford with Ighalo in January. Sold Lukaku. Their 20+ goal striker. Secured top 4
Chelsea - Giroud, Abraham (unproven at Premiership level), Pulisic (injured most of the season), sold Hazard, the best player in the league at the time. They had 1 player that scored over 10 goals this season. Abraham on 15.
Its not about having a world class goal scorer. It's about having a team that can score goals and create chances from multiple areas.
I'd rather build a team where we have a front 3 who can score 15 goals each and provide assists than have a 22 goal season striker playing on the left requiring a formation imbalance and a cf who can barely score 10 goals himself.
Why are we so scared to sell players? Auba is going to decline ffs. He has statistically already shown a decline. Sell him, bring a creative wide forward who can score goals for 30 million. Ffs its doable.
Sell Lacazette and bring in a forward who can create and score and feed of crosses from Tierney, Saka and Pepe.
Sell the plodders in midfield and buy goal scorers who are dynamic.
Sick of keeping players who keep moving us down the table.
I get your point but it doesn't work like that.
Hazard was sold for 100m+, completely understandable that Chelsea took the money.
Lukaku was also sold for big money, again, completely understandable as he wasn't even a world class striker. Missed so many sitters and his movement was horrendous at United.
Aubameyang wouldn't go for big money, he's 31 years old and into the last year of his deal. We're during Covid 19 times, any team abroad will pay a maximum of 30-40M for Auba. That isn't enough and its just a pointless sale to bring in someone who isn't nearly as good.
Auba has two years left maybe more scoring at this level. I don't care what anyone says you keep him at all costs and build around him. I was happy to sell Alexis as he was replaceable for £60M. But Auba is a different kettle of fish.
Also on your Xhaka point if we make the correct signings Xhaka doesn't start next season. He rotates with Ceballos.