(Original post by aa22)
Yeh, definitely surprised there hasn't been a big transfer yet. Still time though... Mourinho has ominously said there will be a new midfielder, hopefully it ain't Witsel! And yeh, changing captains is quite drastic.. lets see what happens. The olympic football has probably slowed down a lot of the market.
Carlos Martins has been excellent. So pleased he is back to a high level.. loans to Spain have definitely helped a lot of our players. Here's hoping Nelson Oliveira and Roderick can come back with a bang next year as well. I was kinda disappointed to see Nelson go, but I have to admit that this year he has to be playing regularly, and Deportivo is an amazing opportunity.
In terms of Porto. Jackson scares me... I can see him becoming an absolute monster...
Pretty sure Pizzi is on loan. No idea where the 15m has come from... maybe its his release clause?
Don't know much about Antunes, but if he is any decent, Benfica should have gone for him... we still don't have a leftback and it is getting ridiculous now. I can't believe we're wasting Melgarejo there as well... he is so good attacking-wise, we could have easily spent the Salvio money on a proper leftback and then moved Melga up to take the winger spot that Salvio will now take. Salvio was awesome for us, but he was uneccessary at this point :/
I know, still a while for a lot to happen and I’m expecting a couple of our guys to leave within the last week of the transfer window. I still don’t think Witsel will be leaving just yet though, I think he has still got one more season in him at Benfica. It doesn’t bother me Hulk is no longer our captain, just making Lucho captain over him made me think that Hulk is definitely leaving. If anything I prefer seeing Lucho as our captain, just because it’s Luchooooooo!
I really like your away kit, much nicer than our disgusting purple one. Maybe the purple kit will grow on me the further into the season we go, but I really want the Benfica away kit. It’s a shame it’s got the eagle on it otherwise I’d be tempted to buy it. And whilst on talk of your eagle, I actually met Vitoria whilst I was in Portugal. You know you have a rubbish first name when you share it with the bloody Benfica eagle!
If Nelson was to stay I don’t think he’d get many chances again so at least him going elsewhere will hopefully give him a few more starts or more than 20 minutes every so often. For the sake of needing a future Portuguese striker I hope it helps him. I’ll be interested to see how Andre Santos will do for Deportivo too.
Jackson isn’t the type of player we normally buy, in terms of age and expense. Hopefully though he’ll prove to be worth the €8m or whatever it was.
Antunes was alright, I mean when at Pacos the first time it got him a move to Roma, but nothing happened from it as he didn’t play. But yeah, I was surprised with the Salvio signing, you don’t need him. I know he did do a good job the first time round at Benfica but where the hell will he fit in the squad now? The LB problem just seems like it’ll continue to be a problem again this season as nothing seems to be getting done about it.