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You just asked what they had achieved, so I answered....
I can count on one hand the amount of games they played. It doenst mean they will be a success.
Kean was a bad signing as he has failed so far in England and was loaned. We may get our money back for him but there is no guarentee we will sell for profit. And as such the whole exercise will be a waste of time.
The other players have done little and have been a waste of time and money. The point I was making was that I was expecting Brands to come in and sign players like Rafinha and St Maxim. Players who cost relatively little but would go on to excel in the league and double or treble their value. Basically he do what Moyes did.
Instead we go for players like Bernard, yes he was free but his wages are ridiculous. He's small, lightweight and is easily knocked off the ball. Just not suited to English football. Brands should have done his homework and known this wasnt worth the gamble. Thats what we are paying him for surely?
I dont want him fired but there is a good case to be made we are no better now than when he started. He took over an 8th placed team and we are still an eighth placed team. At the end of his contract if we are still an eighth placed team then he will have achieved little.
...in more depth Nkounkou and Branthwaite have both played for the first team earlier than expected and given a good account of themselves and earned good reviews.
Kean was obviously not great for us, but seems to be doing well at PSG so I can't see that as being a "bad signing" as he's clearly talented but it just hasn't worked out.
The other senior players you mentioned haven't pulled up any trees (Iwobi in particular has been dismal) but I can see reasons for why each of them were bought, but again, they haven't turned out to be what we thought - without a crystal ball that's hard to foresee and all teams have those signings.
As I said, I'm far from 100% supportive of him and what he's done but he's definitely do more than enough to earn some more time for me - and continuity is very important for stability.
I was talking about Bernard, Gomes, Delph etc. And I dont think my analysis on them was harsh.
...we should make a profit.
I think that's a harsh summation of them.
Other than godfrey what have the other three achieved? Other than a loan move to PSG?
I was under the impression that he had a good network of contacts around Europe, yet most of his signings havent worked out yet.
If you think of the likes of St Maximin, Rafinha at Leeds even Sarr at Watford, all players that were bought on the cheap, woujld have improved us no end and now are worth probably three times as much.
I was hoping Brands would have unearthed these types of players. He hasnt as yet and instead overpaid on players who will have little resale value. Thats my main concern.
Bernard was worth the punt on a free transfer. Gomes was brilliant initially, would have been hard not to sign him. Delph was someone brought in to fix an issue on the cheap but didn't work out. Iwobi... I understand why he was bought but it's just not happening. If you look at the team, he's still the second most creative player in the team. That's not much but the maddening thing is he's got the ingredients but he's not using them apart from a few flashes.
Iwobi, Bernard, Gomes, Kean, Delph, were all his signings. Bad luck on Gbamin though.
Jury is still out on him for sure but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for the next few years. He does need to step up though.
...we've only really got our act together in the last year really - since getting Ancelotti in I'd say.
Of course I'm not 100% happy with what he's (apparently - none of us really know) done, but I was impressed when we got him, he seems settled and respected at the club and as you say - the chopping and changing all the time helps no-one, so...overall I'm very happy to give him more time to prove that he can REALLY push us forwards.
Still some reservations about him (mostly Iwobi) and whether the Ancelotti appointment undermines whatever strategy we had, but I wouldn't swap our owner, CEO or manager with anyone else in world football and happy to continue with a highly respected DoF who may still turn out to be one of the best appointments we make.
I'd like more Branthwaite, Godfrey, Kean, Nkounkou signings and also enough time to see that transfer strategy pay off.
And while the likes of Tosun, Besic, Walcott and Bolasie are still on our books it's hard to judge him too much. This summer surely the dead wood will be clear and we'll start seeing a Brands/Carlo SQUAD.