Thespus (yes with a capital t),
1) But still quite similar and the most recent is really the best judge (unless the player was injured etc...) as we won't be buying 21 year old Benzema. It sill looks to me a little too marginal to make a major impact
2) Costa's managed it twice in a row though and that's more than Benzema and I'd rather a player that's last two seasons were great than one where you have to go back 6 years.
3) I disagree, we need to finish above Chelsea and I'm not convinced Benzema would make it happen. Had he played instead of Giroud last season, I think we'd probably still have finished 3rd.
4) 35+ Goals and assists or the 20 league goals (your choice)? Okay go for it - EDIT: Do you want to add an appearance quota to the bet? Not fair if he gets a big injury.
Your arbitrary line of "marginal" seems odd. Benzema has scored more 33% more league and CL goals in the past two seasons and over 100% more assists. Manchester City have a better striker than Costa, but they didn't win the league. The year RvP won PFA player of the year we managed a lower point total than each of the last two seasons where Giroud has scored 16 and 14 goals. It's about fielding the best squad you can, and Benzema improves the 2nd/3rd weakest spot in our first XI.
£5 on either/both; charity of winner's choice. 40 apps in all comps minimum for the 35 and 32 apps minimum for the 20 league goals?
Müller is not a striker.MAnchester United still need one striker .. Mulelr ????
Sure. I'm just going from what I read in the matchday thread.Norwich lost at home due to huge refereeing screw ups. Not sure you can read too much into that, especially on the first day of the season when you're bound to see odd things here and there.
Bournemouth bought Ligue 1 as well