Gini has played 42 games so far this season(3 as sub) and scored 2 goals and no assists whilst Thiago has played 23 games(4 as sub)and has scored no goals and no assists.Gini deserves a new improved contract,if FSG replace Gini then that is at least 30m plus as well as big wages.Thiago has really been disappointing this season and for me doesn't deserve to start when Hendo and Fab are back in the midfield,could anyone tell me what Thiago brings to the team?he loses nearly every header,doesn't track players/back,can't tackle,can't score(has had 14 shots with 3 on target) and has no assists.I believe Jürgen will put Gini before Thiago on the teamsheet.
Thing is with every signing we make as a club it tends to be made on stats
It may well be, and I’d imagine it is that Gini doesn’t perhaps deserve a new contract stats wise, it may be felt that we’ve pretty much burnt him out
I say that with what is wanted by both sides
Gini, this is his last contract and he will probably want a 4-5 year deal on more money, we may be willing to offer him more on a 2 year deal
Gini may think that he needs that longer deal as he may be even further off stats wise 2 years down the line
What people need to understand is that it’s his job and that he will be looking long term
To be honest he’s been a great servant but actually it may well be pert of the natural refreshing of the team we need
I’ve read people say why is he captain at times?
Well he was picked to be 3rd choice behind Hendo and Virg by the players so if he’s picked and those don’t play then even with the contract situation then he has to be captain
It’s a squad harmony issue, it would cause more issues if he’s stripped of it, the players think of it and contracts far differently than we do
Of course Jürgen in a perfect world would want him to stay but if you asked him honestly on a 5 year deal? I’m not sure
As for Thiago. He’s quality, I think with a firing team he would look a completely different player, pre Everton away when Richardson did him he was starting to settle, and show his quality, Chelsea away and the derby he looked amazing
Personally I’d show patience with him