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@ Loki, I can't reply to you because of this dogsh.it new board, so I'm responding to myself after reading yours..
As for Benteke, I've been hearing stateside that Chelsea are super interested, as are Spuds and perhaps Arsenal. He seems to fit the Chelsea profile, but keep in mind he's only 21, and has 18 goals in all comp in England.. I'd be stunned if he didn't continue to grow.. just look at his fellow Belgian and younger 19 y/o Lukaku on loan at West Brom.. on his day he can be unplayable too, and not only are they big, they're so technically gifted and quite fast for that size. If Villa go down, they won't have many chips to play, so 10-12 could be feasible, and to be honest, I would have no problem with him going ahead of Sturridge.. I like Danny but only OK, he's not my favorite and seems a home run, or a bust when he plays, and he's a bit selfish like Suarez, only not as good, and his come off as bad mistakes where Suarez come off as missed magic. Figure the amount of space Benteke could create for Suarez, and actually keep up his pace of play with his own speed.
I know ideally he'll want to be a striker so it's not a match made in heaven, but who knows.. Thing with Sow is, we ignored his pleas 2 years ago, and his scoring record is good, but he's not a player with great fluidity or pace, so unless he's happey to be a sub player (seems unlikely) I think we should and will look elsewhere. To be honest, it takes a particular player to accept that role, and I think we could ok with an experienced, non big name player who can score and fill that role happily when called on.. a Grant Holt, or Ricky Lambert come to mind.. Lambert on 15 goals, leading Englishman in the lead, and Holt always good for a goal when needed.
End of the day, we're in for Ashley Williams, probably another.. Skrtel's agent said no move or deal as of now, but will review at the end of the year, so if he's fit and not selected of Carra, especially vs Benteke, then he's all but gone along with Coates. So 2 CBs, for the price of 1.. Then I think we should look at Wanyama from Celtic or Nemanja Matic of Benfica for big, young, physical and gifted midfielders who are young enough to develop greatly and accept a rotational role. I think we'll be chips in for Eriksen, and I'm willing to be as bold as to say we're 100% after him, and 51% likely to make it happen (I'll say more this summer), and then Ince for depth/competition for Downing, who is absolutely not going..
From there, maybe 1 more wide player/rotational player, and we'll have Allen back, Borini at least a chance to fight in pre-season, Yesil returning from a knee injury, Adorjan about ready to burst into the first team with Suso, Sterling, Jonjo, Coady all having developed even more.. So aside from Left Back, I'm not even sure how much more we need to add, rather than cultivate, develop and create stronger mentality / cohesion and fighting spirit. Afterall, as it stands, we're on 5 wins in 6, with West Ham at home and Reading away.. I hate looking ahead, but those are another 6 points we should take, making 7 wins in 8..
We look to be a rising player peaking at the right time and ending the season with all the momentum in the world for next season where I think more than top 4 is a target..