Dastardly Defender Shenanigans


Something that was picked up in a piece by @dancoombs was the signing of a new 5 year deal at Barcelona by Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti.  As has been widely reported, Barça have inserted a monster 500m Euro release clause that means that Joe Lewis could easily afford to swoop but he won’t because he’s a tight-fisted scrooge.


More importantly, it means that Yanited are likely to turn their attentions more fully either to long-term target Toby…or perhaps to De Ligt.  Knowing what we do about Maureen, however, I think it’s fairly obvious which way he will leap on this one.  The ‘Not So Special Any More’ One is not famed for his development of young players and his patience for their growing pains.  The idea that he would make a 19yo a primary target is fantasy.


What it does mean is that we are looking at potential no-lose situation, IF you consider that we can do without Toby and the path to one of the best defensive prospects in the world is about to be cleared for us.  Toby goes to Yanited, De Ligt comes to us.  Or Toby stays with us and Yanited…well who gives a fajita what happens with them?


I expect them to come back strongly for Toby now and for Levy to hold out to as close to £75m as possible.  He’s holding the cards on this one after all.  Whether a deal for Martial will be negotiated (not as part of a swap) remains to be seen.


Keep it locked, Oeufers.

Author: Flat Oeuf

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  • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Umtiti Umtiti Um Um Um

    • Flat Oeuf 06/06/2018 at 12:09 pm

      You ‘um it, I’ll sing it.

      Who’s going to WUM it?

    • Anonymous 06/06/2018 at 12:22 pm

      Umtiti, Umtiti, they drink it in de city.

  • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:10 pm

    One thing’s for sure. If we lose Toby we are going to need at another cool head veteran to help control the young kids maturations. Great to get the kid in but still need one more older CB who will help steady the ship.
    Also yes there is Martial up front but in the middle third we are seriously lacking creativity. I don’t think Eriksen is ready yet physically to take on the role. He has certainly looked much more confident this season and has come back for the ball and spread it around but we need someone to play full time as a CM that can take the weight and still create. This to be is more important than any forward position,as we have many players there now

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 12:15 pm

      Ron far too much joined up writing so I’ll lower the tone and say that I actually read Maturation with an additional ‘s’ and a ‘b’. I blame the hay fever.

      • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:16 pm

        Can you Claritin that for me please

      • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:19 pm

        Oh I get it you are talking about a new CB coming

        • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 12:20 pm

          Could be the climax of his career.

          • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:28 pm

            like we wouldn’t know if he is coming or going then…

            • Freund or Foe 06/06/2018 at 12:31 pm

              Would we spunk all that money?

              • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:33 pm

                No only the Spermers do that

                • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 12:56 pm

                  In essence.

  • UnkleTaff 06/06/2018 at 12:12 pm

    It is beginning to look like this will he/won’t he drama is going be a lot more drawn out than many of us wanted.

    • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 12:50 pm

      I don’t know: will it/won’t it?

  • Freund or Foe 06/06/2018 at 12:30 pm

    Nice bloggin Flatster, I don’t think we would have it all our own way with De Ligt, but agree with your sentiments.

    • Anonymous 06/06/2018 at 6:32 pm

      If we scweam and scweam will we get our own way?

  • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:37 pm

    I really cant see 75 mil for Toby.Its a lot of bread for a 29 year old.If we got 60 mil we would be doing ok but replacing him is not easy. And waiting for 2 or 3 years is not good either. We would need to find 2 CB’s I think. One would be a steady hand sub

  • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:40 pm

    Is Dembele staying or going? Can Dier or Wanyama step up to CM? I don’t think they can and Winks is not guarantee for me. We are weaker in that category than anywhere,without Dembele and he isn’t the best either.

    • Freund or Foe 06/06/2018 at 12:49 pm

      Don’t panic, Ron, I’ve no doubt this area will be addressed this summer.

      • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:58 pm

        In Pochs system it seems he is always focussed on some main things. Having players super fit and ones that can play both ways defence and attack and back seems to be his target most of the time. I think creative players less so. So far anyway

  • UnkleTaff 06/06/2018 at 12:52 pm

    De Ligt and Sanchez were the CD duo that took Ajax to a European final two years ago. If we do end up reuniting them I suspect any concerns over their inexperience will prove to be misplaced.

    Ajax (fans) must really hate us, mustn’t they?

    • Ronwol1960-61 06/06/2018 at 12:55 pm

      I think through their history they have lost players, managers etc that its part of life there. They probably take great pride in the production of players than being the best club in the world year to year per se.

  • UnkleTaff 06/06/2018 at 12:56 pm

    The Express are reporting that Chelsea are close to appointing Laurent Blanc as their new manger.

    If this is true I have to say I don’t care for it one little bit. No sirree.

  • Freund or Foe 06/06/2018 at 1:00 pm

    So Danny Rose has told his dad not to travel to the World Cup amid fears of racial abuse.

    “My dad’s really upset,” Rose told the Evening Standard. “I could hear it in his voice.

    “He said he may never get a chance again to come and watch me in a World Cup.”

    Maybe I am speaking out of turn, being an average white male, but if my son were playing for England in the World Cup, it would take the entire Russian army to stop me going to watch him.

    • Anonymous 06/06/2018 at 1:24 pm

      There must be more to the story,FoF. Surely there was another reason…maybe his father health etc something else missing etc

  • Caspurs 06/06/2018 at 4:02 pm

    I’m not sure manure were ever in the running for De Ligt, from what I’ve read it would seem our rivals for his signature are Juve and citeh. If we are interested, I’m not sure why we haven’t (?) started negotiations yet.

  • Caspurs 06/06/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Martial? Meh..

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 4:19 pm

      Marshal Meh, wasn’t he in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?

  • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 4:54 pm

    Is @dancoombs @patcoombs son? And do they live @cattacoombs?

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 5:28 pm

      Don’t know @honeycoombs.

  • Superspoz 🏆 06/06/2018 at 5:16 pm

    The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) beat Barawa 8 nil to book a place in the semi finals against Padania in the Conifa World cup. Get in.

    • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 5:23 pm

      Ruddy Nora.

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 5:30 pm

      I believe they use a green card in the tourney which allows a player who’s been sent off to be replaced by a sub. Still have yellows and reds though.

      • ronwol196061 06/06/2018 at 5:38 pm

        In my part of the globe a brit player jumps the fence at the 17th..right by the pond and scrambles to get Green Card

    • JonSpur 06/06/2018 at 11:06 pm

      Superspoz 🏆
      The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) beat Barawa 8 nil to book a place in the semi finals against Padania in the Conifa World cup. Get in.

      I don’t know why The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus don’t just march into the final of the Conifa World Cup and just take the trophy from whomever owns it.

      • Flat Oeuf 07/06/2018 at 6:12 am


  • Flat Oeuf 06/06/2018 at 8:38 pm

    Just had fish and chips on the beach with the family and the new puppy. Joys of living on the Sarf Coast.

    • Anonymous 06/06/2018 at 8:50 pm

      Flat where are you..Hove???

      • Flat Oeuf 06/06/2018 at 8:53 pm


        • Ronwol196061 06/06/2018 at 9:06 pm

          Fantastic its too civilised man..tea..cream cakes…jam…

          • Flat Oeuf 06/06/2018 at 9:16 pm

            Yes it’s all that and also a digital tech hub: Silicone Beach. The youth think its frightfully groovy.

            • Anonymous 06/06/2018 at 9:33 pm

              Who whudda taut???

              • Flat Oeuf 06/06/2018 at 10:28 pm

                Well there’s a university so I guess some professors or something

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 06/06/2018 at 8:59 pm


  • Ronwol196061 06/06/2018 at 8:52 pm


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