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Roman and improving the chances of our next Torres


This is a bit different from my regular postings, (more a brief conversation starter than in depth analysis).

There is a lot of talk here (and rightly so, this is not a criticism just an observation) about doing better with our next big name signing...or even doing away with massive money marquee striker signings. There is an understandable basis for consideration, but it is perhaps a bit misguided. Abramovich is the man behind these marquee signings, he's still the boss and we will likely make further big money marquee signings into the future (those of the likes of Shevchenko and Torres).

There are two questions that I have, who should our next Torres be and how can we best go about improving his chances of success?

When we talk about AAA strikers (marquee, World Class etc whatever you want to call them) at the moment, we generally talk about Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Mario Gomez and Robert Lewandowski. When we look at these players there are a few interesting similarities - if we exclude Neymar they're all between 24 and 27, play in one of Europe's top four leagues (but critically NOT the EPL, none of them have EPL experience), and I think it's fair to say that they would all struggle (again excluding Neymar) to be particularly effective in partnerships with Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba (though I recognise there are a diverse range of opinions on that topic and t's hard to be particularly definitive without ever seeing such a partnership develop).

Now that's not a reason not sign one of them, but it does complicate matters - not so much in the case of Demba Ba, it sounds harsh but I really don't see a great future for him here, the PSG escape route could suite all parties rather nicely.

Which brings us back to Roman's role; and the questions I think really need answering;

- Who will be our 'next Torres'?

- What kind of player do we want?

- Given the similarities between Shevchenko and Torres (they're both 183cm tall, have at least in my opinion quite similar styles [both during their Chelsea careers {unfortunately} and in their previous careers] - who is the 2013-14 season's (2003-04) Shevchenko or (2007-08) Torres - by which I mean a striker who is 180-ish cm's tall, 24-28 years old, a dashing striker? Is this the man for us?

- Given I'm also a big fan of securing the best youth talent; who do you guys like for the [(2003-04) Shevchenko or (2007-08) Torres] of the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons?

To Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Mario Gomez and Robert Lewandowski, I think you can add Marco Reus (not for sale by all accounts, but some talk that Roman is interested, Hulk (he could be vack on the agenda), Jackson Martinez (poor man's Falcao), Leandro Damiao (Spurs are desperate for him, my only issue is he good enough for us?), and Stefan Jovetic (a long term target, going great at the moment, a big target for our rivals - 183cm tall).

In my head I'm seeing a Drogba/[(2003-04) Shevchenko or (2007-08) Torres] partnership between Romelu 'The Kraken' Lukaku and ??? as the defining strike pairing for our future...(recognising that as I note below, 2 strikers probably won't be enough, but having two top strikers would at least be a start).

SAF always tries to have 4 frontline strikers for Man U, in 2012-13 they were Rooney, Chicharito, Welbeck and Berbatov…five if you count Owen, aged 26, 24, 21, 31 and 32 respectively (you could potentially add Federico Macheda, 20 and maybe Ashley Young, 26 to that list). …and he has recently offloaded Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov, but he’s also brought in Robin van Persie and has got Danny Welbeck to sign a new contract he’s currently running Rooney, Chicharito, Welbeck and van Persie aged 26, 24, 21 and 29 respectively. What’s more next year (provided they’re not sold of course) there’ll be a new generation available out of Man U’s youth teams; Joshua King, William Keane, Jesse Lingard, John Cofie and Gyliano van Velzen and on loan he’s got Ángelo Henríquez at Wigan.

and (thanks BKnightCFC)...

United have RVP, Rooney, Chicharito, Welbeck. City have Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti. Real have Benzema, Higuain, Ronaldo, Callejon, Morata. Juventus have Vucinic, Llorente, Quagliarella, Giovinco, Matri, Bendtner, Anelka. We need to have a strike-force to compete with them;


Sorry if this is hard to follow, it's a bit of a brain dump in which I'm trying to address a number of ideas I have about our future up front at once; the key questions I want people to take away and consider are...

- Who will be our 'next Torres' (next marquee striker)?

- What kind of player do we want (what are we lacking in the strikers we have at present + Lukaku)?

- Is there a player who closely resembles a younger Torres/young Shevchenko who could be signed and whoudl they be the right choice?

- After our next striker, who should we be watching next?

PS. Other lads to consider - (there are yet others but these are my preferred picks)...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Leandro Moura, Wilfred Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Moussa Konate, Dieumerci Mbokani, Lacina Traore, Michy Batshuayi, Cyriac Gohi Bi Zoro Sede, Nélson Oliveira, Paulo Dybala, Adryan, Viktor Fischer, Lazar Markovic, Carlos Fierro, Donis Avdijaj, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Patrick Weihrauch, Liam McAlinden, Kevin Friesenbichler and Iago Aspas

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