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Hits and misses – Pelle’s signings rated

There has been much discussion about the manager’s various signings – there have been 14 of them since he arrived in a blaze of glory!

As is always the case there are hits and misses and with things pretty quiet out there ahead of the Sheffield United game we have taken this opportunity to run the rule of them.

Lukasz Fabianski: Undoubtedly the star signing – Hammer of the Year last season and top man 9

Roberto: Mixed bag so far but being fair one of two top saves last weekend apart from the rather sad goal 6

Martin: No chance to show himself yet No rating

Balbuena: Bizarre situation; fallen from favour in a big way after a decent first season but clearly has ability 6

Cardoso: Performing well in Under 23s No rating

Diop: Not entirely sure this was a Pelle deal but let’s be generous on that front. By and large he’s outstanding 8

Fredericks Ditto above in terms of the deal. Now settling in well to the right sided role 6

Anderson: Obviously hugely gifted but often frail and often too easily knocked off ball – now becoming heavily marked however 7

Sanchez: Prefer not to go there if you don’t mind 3

Fornals: Very disappointing – plenty of excuses being made but surely we need to sign the finished articles at this level 2

Wilshere: The Pelle hype over his game changing abilities is beginning to wear thin 4

Ajeti: See Fornals No rating

Yarmolenko: Outstanding at times this season and surely can only get better 7

Haller: Everything you want in a striker but not seeing him at his best for want of a partner 8.5


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7 comments on “Hits and misses – Pelle’s signings rated

  1. Think you have given Anderson to high of a mark being “hugely gifted ” doesn’t warrant a 7 …Work rate,tracking back,tackling, not turning back on the ball when somebody crosses or shoots at goal would make him a 7 ish his no more tgen a 4 .
    Fredericks should rise to 7.5 to 8 more or less agree with rest. …


    • Thanks for this article. Whenever sites like this do ratings, I always ask …. (1) What is the criteria used? (2) If 5 is average, why are you generous with ratings when most of these signings are clearly showing average and below performances. Best to be real without carrying any personal sentiment/favour. My humble opinion, only 1 or 2 signings are true Premier standard. The rest was a total waste of money. And lastly those who wanna up their game are totally dependent on Pelligrini’s team selection … ?

  2. If we are rating the signings as a way of assessing Pelle then I think that we would have to add Lucas Perez – 3 (or something low like that) so yes your title for the thread is good – hits and misses

  3. Fabianski star msn says it all- if your keeper is the best player then you have problems.
    Like the Alamo at times – poor fellah needs more protection.
    Totally overworked.

  4. Anderson is clearly the best player here and I scratch my head when I see a comment criticising his work rate, especially thinking of Yarmolenko who has around 15 minutes in the tank… The only other top players in the team are Fabianski and Rice, the jury is still out on Haller but he is promising. It’s subjective, of course, but I don’t get the 8 for Diop. He is having a terrible season and his passing skills are bad. Overalk, we don’t have any decent defender apart from Creswell, which is our main problem.

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