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  1. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    On those suggestions: would definitely take Naismith, probably McGoldrick, Washington less appealing (although much better age).
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    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Eduardo last played for Legia Warsaw (admittedly in August last year). Would FFA reconsider marquee money a couple of years on?
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    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 2

    I was going to say that if we want a new Hersi or Romeo (who arguably wasn't at Hersi level either), we're probably going to have to look OS as there are no available Australians up to their standard. Then I realised we had one last year - Ikonomidis. D'oh. Good test re Victory - and I think yes, he'd probably play if they were operating a 4-3-3. EDIT: Or 3-5-2, noting the wingback role...
  4. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    So Honda to Melbourne Victory seems like it's really on. Why is this not us? There may be reasonable explanations - i.e. they have Berisha cash ready to be reinvested, they are playing ACL - but I wanted Keisuke, dammit!
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    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    Revisiting this after Victory picked up Niedermaier this week. Salihovic and Tasci are without clubs and would be great gets, others certainly worth exploring still...
  6. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    Milligan is worth shelling out for. His versatility is an enormous asset, as is his leadership. Think about what he would offer both off and on the pitch - neither Baccus comes close. Another option would be Jordan Lyden at Villa. Their financial dramas mean he might be loanable? Only other one I can think of is a Carrusca-style move for Isaias, if he's become an Australian citizen. But he's on a long-term deal with Adelaide, so pretty unlikely anyway.
  7. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    The Baumjohann following thing feels pretty noteworthy. He only follows about 70 others. Count yourselves special! This appears to be going much better than when I tweeted Oriol during negotiations last year...so glad that didn't scupper anything...
  8. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    OK - time for some new manager speculation! I've had a look at Babbel's previous teams, and some possible transfer targets. Starting from his last job, and working back. Couldn't spot anyone from Luzern (except Tomi!) who looks like a good fit. But from his Hoffenheim era: Sejad Salihovic was a regular in that team, and might be a strong option. He's a versatile 33-year-old central midfielder, who can also play DM, AM or on the right. He played ten games this Bundesliga season for Hamburg, before being released following their relegation, and has 47 caps for Bosnia (last in 2015). He's played in China before, so has shown the willingness to travel. A penalty taker and free-kick specialist, and can certainly see him slotting into a 4-4-2 and putting them on a platter for Riera. https://www.transfermarkt.com/sejad-salihovic/leistungsdaten/spieler/9354/plus/0?saison=2012 Takashi Usami was brought to Hoffenheim from Gamba Osaka by Babbel. He's Japanese winger who may make their World Cup squad. Contracted to FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga, and helped Fortuna Duesseldorf earn promotion from 2 Bundesliga on loan this year. He's only 26, so likely too much of a stretch to convince him the A-League is a better option than staying in the Bundesliga. https://www.transfermarkt.com/takashi-usami/leistungsdaten/spieler/111881/plus/0?saison=2012 Marvin Compper is Babbel's former captain at Hoffenheim. He moved from RB Leipzig to Celtic in January, but only played one cup game for the Bhoys (injuries a factor). Looks exactly like the type of defender that we need, and at the right age (32), but Celtic might be unwilling to let him go for free if they have seen things they like. https://www.transfermarkt.com/marvin-compper/leistungsdaten/spieler/9340/plus/0?saison=2012 Special mention for Roberto Firmino under Babbel at Hoffenheim. Marquee fund will stretch to $200m, right? From Hertha: If somehow we could land Adrian Ramos, that could be very exciting. The Colombian striker is 32 and on Chongqing Dardai's books, but has been on loan at Granada on either side (first in La Liga, and then La Liga 2) - played semi-regularly at Dortmund beforehand. His contract runs out next month. Only eleven goals over those two years, mind you, so might be ageing poorly... And finally from Stuttgart: A couple of centre-backs, Serdar Tasci and Georg Niedermayer, are both leaving their clubs in the European summer. Tasci (31) would be the pick - he's earned 15 caps for Germany, and has finished up with Spartak Moscow, but is therefore probably in high demand. Niedermayer (32) has been on Freiburg's books, but playing (not much) in lower leagues. No indication whether either has been snapped up next season yet. https://www.transfermarkt.com/serdar-tasci/profil/spieler/34593 https://www.transfermarkt.com/georg-niedermeier/profil/spieler/31570 Babbel paid big money to bring Zdravko Kuzmanovic to Stuttgart at the start of 09/10, and he would be a very handy pick up. He's an experienced 30-year-old Serbian midfielder (51 caps) who still has two years on his contract with Basel, but has been off on loan at Malaga for the last year (and not playing much there either). Fantastic history in Italy with Inter and Fiorentina too. Probably playing at too high a level for us to grab. https://www.transfermarkt.com/zdravko-kuzmanovi%C4%87/leistungsdaten/spieler/25441/plus/0?saison=2008 Note: Babbel doesn't have a history of bringing players with him from club to club. The only player I can spot who he took from one club to another was Victory's old friend Matthieu Delpierre (from Stuttgart to Hoffenheim). So all of this is likely rubbish - but that's what this thread's all about, right?
  9. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2017/18

    Everything's gone a bit quiet. Does anyone know where Nico is now? @spotty? And what about Carrusca? I would love to see him join, would be a fantastic Plan B option if we needed to unpick teams (or Plan A if the Roly experiment doesn't succeed).
  10. RedBlackOle

    Sydney FC: Season 2017/18

    Has this actually happened? I hope not - looks like a fantastic buy, maybe better than Cejudo.
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    Squad Development 2017/18

    Well, sounds like if the club can deliver Nico, Dario or Carrusca (or another attacking foreigner of roughly equivalent standard), we will be 95% happy with the squad. What a thought, at the end of July. Now: just need to make sure we hold on to Aspro (and other good young Aussies, just surprised there's been zero talk of him leaving). Only other wishes would be an upgrade on Jumpei or Hamill, but you can't have everything.
  12. RedBlackOle

    Squad Development 2017/18

    Thinking about the LB position - the way I see it is that we can: - upgrade on Clisby - bring someone as back up or possible competition - train someone else into the role - go without unless Clisby gets injured, then get a replacement Upgrade: Of the Aussies, obvious option here is Jason Davidson - getting Kenneth Dougall from Sparta Rotterdam or loaning Callum Elder from Leicester could also be useful. No idea where to start with internationals, frankly. Back-up: Could be someone who didn't really crack first team action last year in the A-League - I'm thinking Adam Parkhouse (Nix, ex-Manly) or Riley Woodcock. Alternatively, NPL talent (does the 'Mature Age rookie' rule still operate?). Train someone: If you don't want to waste a squad position on a back up, could properly attempt to train Hamill into this role, or maybe Baby Baccus. Would also be handy to have that utility for bench selections too. Take our chances: Acknowledge that Clisby is fine, and that we can use the squad position better in midfield - and then execute something like the 'back-up' option. My preference? I think Clisby is fine. If cheap enough and interested, get Davidson or a good foreigner - some who's an obvious upgrade on Jack. Otherwise, take our chances (while retraining Hamill or Baccus Jnr). What does the forum think though?