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I'll reply on this thread so you don't feel shit for having no replies.

 

This lad certainly knows where the goal is and he scores every sort of goal a good striker does, still very pacy and should give us a much more dangerous option up top than we did last season. Hopefully he hits the ground running. Good luck to him!

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When was the last time we paid the going rate for a 28 year old, who is unlikely to have much sell on value after his contract expires? Everything about this deal is most unlike Ashley. A sensible signing of a player already in his prime, with a decent record in the PL, and in a position that needed to be strengthened. Feels like a first. 

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3 hours ago, Dr Gloom said:

When was the last time we paid the going rate for a 28 year old, who is unlikely to have much sell on value after his contract expires? Everything about this deal is most unlike Ashley. A sensible signing of a player already in his prime, with a decent record in the PL, and in a position that needed to be strengthened. Feels like a first. 

 

I'm not writing him off but he's hit double figures in the PL once and his overall PL goal:game ratio is worse than 1 in 3. I don't think you can confidently say he's still in his prime after last season. He needs to prove that.

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7 hours ago, TheGingerQuiff said:

 

I'm not writing him off but he's hit double figures in the PL once and his overall PL goal:game ratio is worse than 1 in 3. I don't think you can confidently say he's still in his prime after last season. He needs to prove that.

I meant age: 27-30 years old is typically when a player hits his prime but before he loses his pace/sell on value. I don’t remember Ashley once paying the going rate for a player in that age bracket. Perhaps he did this time because he got Wilson relatively cheaply from a relegated side. 

It’s not like we’ve broken our transfer record for a proven 20 goals a season striker but it feels a lot more ambitious than the move for Joelinton, which was a head scratcher at the time, despite the alleged £40m outlay

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