(Original post by ra-ra-ra)
You do have a very large squad but you need a LB more than anything right now though, so spending €6.5m on a guy who isn’t really needed is pretty silly.
With the squad you have now Simao will even fail to make it on the bench at times, which will be a shame, so maybe a loan somewhere would be better for him. But like I said to you with Rosa..the guys have to be given a chance with Benfica if they want to become something “big” and not keep being loaned out. It’s all good saying they’ve had a good season here and there for the smaller clubs (I know both Rosa and Simao did) but it’d be good to actually see what they’re like playing for Benfica.
You do have some great young talent but they aren’t really given a chance with the first team, but signing someone like Witsel just seems a bit odd. Surely there must be a reason behind it though, I mean..maybe Aimar is leaving? I can’t really see that happening but there must be a reason behind it, it just seems a bit odd to go and buy another midfield player(when you’ve just spent €5m on Perez), then spend €6.5m on him when he’s not needed and he seems kinda too good just to be “back up” on the bench. I was hoping that Jara would stand more of a chance at the first team, but with the signings of Perez, Cesar, Coelho, and now Witsel..where the hell does he fit in?
Ah, you lost? I've not been home for the past few days so i've kinda missed the pre-season stuff lately. How did you manage that? And that'd be a no to seeing what Simao did. Ha, i wouldn't mind him at Porto (i know they play different positions) but i'd rather Pizzi. If there is one guy who i want to do well this season then it's this guy (apart from some of the Porto boys of course) there's just something about Pizzi that i really like, so i'm hoping he does well.
Totally agree with youu... there was no need to get Witsel, and I really hope Aimar isnt leaving. I think Saviola has lost it now and if Jesus notices it, I think Jara could very easily take that place this year (he is a striker after all).
The one thing about Witsel though, is that I think he the perfect replacement for Ramires. He is pretty much a "box to box" and decent at defending so he could do the right wing really well.
But if that is the case then players like Enzo and Urreta will be cast aside.. I really like Urreta, I think he's probably the best winger we currently have, but it seems that Jesus just doesnt see it.
And again, if Witsel plays in the middle, then what about Matic (who does pretty much the same thing)? He's been very very good so far, very promising, but hopefully he stays atleast as Javi's sub.
I havent even mentioned Bruno Cesar (excellent), Nolito or Rodrigo yet >_<... and lets not forget Gaitan, Carlos Martins and Amorim either >___________<
There is no chance Nuno Coelho is gonna stay, maybe Andre Almeida will be leaving as well. But, knowing that you need to have a minimum of 8 home-grown players, I can see them (Simao included) staying the squad and then rotting on the bench.
They've made the same mistakes as last year.... last year we didnt fix our main problems (wings) and this season we are spending like idiots on the midfield, and not doing anything about the defence.
And I rreeeeeeaaallly hope Carole isnt thrown out. That dude has potential to make us forget Coentrao IMO.
If Pizzi stays at Braga, he can really become the next big thing..