I was thinking that this could be our year if we sign a DM because last season it was the fact that the younger players weren’t good enough to cover for the first team but now we have many players that can do a good job.
So I created this thread on the forum to compare each position on the field and the depth we have in it to the 03-04 squad.
03-04: Lehmann, Taylor, Stack
08-09: Almunia, Fabianski, Mannone
Verdict: We now have better cover but we do not have a starting goalie that even compares to Lehmann.
03-04: Lauren, Halls, Touré
08-09: Sagna, Eboué, Hoyte, Touré, Djourou, Ramsey
Verdict: Current RB’s are better.
03-04: Campbell, Touré, Keown, Cygan, Senderos, Gilberto, Garry
08-09: Gallas, Touré, Senderos,Silvestre,Song, Djourou, Sagna,
Verdict: Depending on who we play and how we play our current group can be better or worse but now we have better cover.
03-04: Cole, Clichy, Garry
08-09: Clichy, Traoré, Hoyte, Gallas, Gibbs,Silvestre
Verdict: Our current LB’s are all better than their “Invincible” counterparts.
03-04: Ljungberg, Pirés, Reyes, Pennant, Parlour, Wiltord
08-09: Walcott, Rosicky, Nasri, Vela, van Persie, Fabregas, Wilshere, Eboué, Bischoff, Eduardo, Ramsey
Verdict: Better depth, more technical skill, more pace in our current squad. The only question now is who will start on the right.
CM’s: (Attack minded)
03-04: Edu, Parlour
08-09: Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Bischoff, Randall, Ramsey, Nasri
Verdict: I really don’t need to say anything here.
CM’s: (Defense minded)
03-04: Vieira, Gilberto, Edu
08-09: Diaby, Denilson, Song, Bischoff
Verdict: The current DM’s match those for skill but we need one more experianced one.
03-04: Henry, Bergkamp, Kanu, Reyes, Wiltord, Bentley, Aliadiere
08-09: Adebayor, van Persie, Bendtner, Vela, Walcott, Eduardo, Simpson, Barazite
Verdict: Of course nobody is like Henry or Bergkamp but who we have starting get us the goals. Our reserve strikers are better tha the 03-04 ones though.
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