Saracens fans have taken to Twitter to welcome Elliot Daly to Allianz Park ahead of his move in the summer. It had long been rumoured to be happening, and did not take many fans by surprise.
They were still happy to see a player of Daly’s quality team up with the Premiership champions, particularly with David Strettle reaching the end of his career.
This means that both Sarries’ pack and backline will be laden with internationals, with Owen Farrell, Liam Williams and Richard Wigglesworth already in the squad, and Alex Goode a perennial contender for England selection.
With the Lion capable of playing as a centre, fullback or on the wing, he will only make England’s most dominant team even more formidable. However, some fans have raised their concerns as to who he will replace, with many disliking the thought of him usurping Nick Tompkins at centre, who has played remarkably well for Saracens this season.
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Some rival fans have chipped in regarding the club’s salary cap, and question how they can bring in a player of Daly’s quality, but the fans were happy to point out that a number of outgoing players will free up some space in the squad to accommodate the England fullback.
Saracens are due to play Glasgow Warriors at home in the Champions Cup quarter-final in March, a game that they will enter as favourites. Alongside Exeter, they are running away at the top of the Gallagher Premiership, and look on course to add to their trophy haul at the end of the season. The addition of Daly next season would surely make them the most threatening team in Europe.
With Saracens and Exeter looking impressive, this does potentially create a greater divide between them and the rest of the clubs in England. But with All Black Malakai Fekitoa arriving at Wasps next season, their fans will hope that they will not be weakened at all.
This is what the fans had to say:
I’m shocked, what a total surprise, didn’t see this coming at all. ? Welcome Elliot
— Iron Man Jay ?????????? (@AnotherJay) February 5, 2019
Shock horror! But big welcome!!
— nicola cane (@nic_cane) February 5, 2019
Didn’t see that one coming ?? #worstkeptsecret
— Dave Varley (@RealDaveB) February 5, 2019
— NickFielden (@NickFielden) February 5, 2019
Well that's a surprise.
— robert boyle (@frankieboyledad) February 5, 2019
3 years, woah, heres to more premiership titles and European
— D4niel17 (@D4niel17_) February 5, 2019
That's fantastic! Welcome to the club.
— Andy Newman (@netdogca) February 6, 2019
Where is he going to play?? Hope this doesn’t mean Nick Tompkins is going to spend life on the bench??!!
— Kevin Ball (@kev1ball_kb) February 6, 2019
Feel sorry for Nick Tompkins another quality player who will have to be wasted in the shags!
— Darren moore (@dazzlingpat9) February 5, 2019
That salary cap must be bursting at the seams.
— Reg Reginaldson (@RegReginaldson) February 5, 2019
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