Pablo Zabaleta: two-year contract signed

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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Patito on Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:11 pm

Ozza wrote:
fair point bud, maybe it just feels like it because the last two and likely the next 2 / 3 will be well into their 30's and on big contracts, it does worry me though if I'm being honest



We look like we need a bit of experience out there at the minute! To be honest, we've been so poor defensively down that right hand side that I just want someone to come in there who knows how to position themselves defensively, and work as part of a back four. Zabaleta knows that position inside out.

The thing is, we were saying the same about Arbeloa. I don't know why he's not played though.

To summarise - Zabaleta knows that position inside out, I'm not too bothered about having a right back who can fly forward like Cafu for now, we just need one who can defend!
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:14 pm

Zabaleta is much much better player than Arbeloa and two years younger

Arbeloa hardly featured for Real last year, whereas Zabaleta has started 26 games this season and been captain on occasion
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Patito on Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:23 pm

Here's hoping then :thup:
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Jumby on Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:27 pm

the pink palermo wrote:At the last world cup Zabaleta made more High Intensity runs than any other player, and covered more distance while at full throttle than any other player .

The epitome of the modern full back .

The issue of course is that was 2 years ago , and how much does he have left in the tank ?

Undoubtedly an upgrade on what we currently have , but hardly one for the future .


By the time we get him that will have been three years ago pal, three years is a long time in football, especially when your game is largely about running and you're the wrong side of 30.

I'll reserve judgement but this signing doesn't fill me with confidence, if it happens, and you just know those total tw*ts that run the club will make this out to be a big signing when it's just a stop gap for a problem position on a free, the cheap option, always f**king cheap.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Vienna on Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:32 pm

He played midfield against us and went down way to easy for the penalty he won.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby thejackhammer on Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:22 pm

Vienna wrote:He played midfield against us and went down way to easy for the penalty he won.


Also got up to tell the referee it wasn't a penalty.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby LeonRivers on Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:06 pm

hadleighhammer wrote:Old and past it it. Surely we learnt from Arbeloa? But he is free so our owners think it must be a good deal.

Ask any Man Utd fan if Ibrahimovic was past it.

Just to recap:
Terry Dixon was **** - never sign youngsters
Alvaro Arbeloa was **** - never sign old players

Just those in the middle left then. But what about Yaniv Katan?

All players are ****. We might as well give up.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby carnage on Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:47 pm

Another signing that sums our owners up. Over 30, legs have gone, free.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Jumby on Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:27 pm

Leon, Ibra is an exception to the rule, you know that, we all do, how many 35 year old strikers are doing it at the top level?

Zabaleta might be ok, but what you have to remember is he's not being asked to play every game there, he'd need to for us, and with players not as good technically or as intelligent (in football terms).
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:10 pm

carnage wrote:Another signing that sums our owners up. Over 30, legs have gone, free.


Carroll
Kouyate
Ayew
Fonte
Snodgrass
Lanzini
Payet
Valencia
Sakho
Antonio
Cresswell
Obiang
Ogbonna

With the exception of Arbeloa, what other over 30 year.olds have we signed on a free recently?

There is enough stuff to dislike the owners without making things up
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Colours never run on Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:33 am

Exactly that, Crouchend.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Yea Why Not on Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:09 am

Carnage, you just got merked

Same goes for the people who keep posting 'The owners are no doubt going to cash in on Lanzini'. Never have they willingly wanted to cash in on any of our decent players to our knowledge and there's absolutely no evidence to suggest that they'll be looking to any time soon. But **** it, it's cool to have a dig at them so let's make stuff up
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Colours never run on Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:50 am

Yea Why Not wrote:Same goes for the people who keep posting 'The owners are no doubt going to cash in on Lanzini'. Never have they willingly wanted to cash in on any of our decent players to our knowledge and there's absolutely no evidence to suggest that they'll be looking to any time soon. But **** it, it's cool to have a dig at them so let's make stuff up





Again, exactly how I see it. When the Board do wrong, by all means dig them out as have I regarding the shambolic move, but not for the sake of it taking pot shots which hold little water at all. We're better than that.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby carnage on Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:57 am

We have a problem position in defence, some will say we have 5. This is the worst the worst West Ham defence in 30 odd years by the way, which is saying something. And our owners answer is a 32 year old free transfer. That sums up where we are with them at the moment.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby swerley on Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:23 am

Crouchend_Hammer wrote:Arbeloa hardly featured for Real last year, whereas Zabaleta has started 26 games this season and been captain on occasion


He has hardly featured for us this year. I seem to have forgotten why.
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Ludeksgloves on Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:01 am

Is this actually true or is it just a load of made up b*llocks?
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Ted Fenton on Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:05 am

carnage wrote:our owners answer is a 32 year old free transfer. That sums up where we are with them at the moment.

Do you know for certain that our inept manager isn't behind this move?
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby carnage on Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:14 am

I highly doubt it.

It's their new policy of buying British based players. So far it's delivered one 29 year old , a 33 year old and possibly a 32 year old. They originally said British based were less of a risk but the real reason came out this week, the exchange rate. :asleep:
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby carnage on Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:18 am

Ted Fenton wrote:Do you know for certain that our inept manager isn't behind this move?


"Alright Slav, Summer is approaching, you have a new budget, you said right back is a major concern, who do you want?"

"I'll have that 32 year old free transfer from City please."
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Re: Pablo Zabaleta

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:19 am

carnage wrote:We have a problem position in defence, some will say we have 5. This is the worst the worst West Ham defence in 30 odd years by the way, which is saying something. And our owners answer is a 32 year old free transfer. That sums up where we are with them at the moment.


Our defence is poor due to the way we play and lack of any kind of defensive midfield. The players are all perfectly decent individually. Just need someone to coach them into a unit

Given the summer transfer window does not open for three months and the only players we can therefore approach are those out of contract at thr end of the season, it is a bit of an assumption to say Zabaleta will be our only answer
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