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  1. Disgusting really. I hope he's regularly asked why he condones Qatar's humanitarian crimes and has to squirm in his seat.
  2. I think Foden is probably technically more gifted than Jack, but I very much doubt he'd have had the talismanic X-factor that Jack had here for his last few seasons. Foden is much better at the same age, but that doesn't always translate to being able to be the star player and carry a team on your back as you age. Foden may end up in a Messi situation where he's undoubtedly a star and one of the best players in the world, but he's always had top echelon coaching and absolute megastar teams around him built to his strengths. Jack has shown he can do it when all the pressure is squarely on him.
  3. Seems like a nice enough bloke and I feel for him a bit, but I get a shiver down my spine thinking of us playing under him. Absolutely awful football. Even when we lose under Smith, we're playing positive football. Under Bruce it felt like he'd be happy to sub off a striker for a defender to doggedly defend a 0-1 deficit.
  4. Pretty simple solution as I see it. If you're in an offside position as a forward pass is made by a teammate, you have to get back in an onside position behind a defender prior to getting involved in the play in any way whatsoever, and getting involved in the play can be as simple as moving in the direction of the ball, zero tolerance.
  5. Agree with this. A simple test for whether the player has "played the ball" or not should be, if it rolled from there to a keeper inside the box, would he be allowed to pick it up? In all 3 cases we're discussing here, absolutely yes, so how can a player be considered to have deliberately played the ball?
  6. Yep, I absolutely hate that they aren't calling that. It's the same as the one against us where Mings got tackled after intercepting. The attacker is moving into an attacking position and is offside as the ball is played. He's interfering with the play at that point, because the defender wouldn't have behaved in the way he did if the attacker wasn't there. Ridiculous, garbage decision. The defender sticking a leg out is meaningless because it's already offside before that happens.
  7. You have to be pretty good as an all round striker if you're not really a scorer and as impressive as some of Davis's work is, he doesn't score enough at this stage in his career.
  8. His shooting accuracy is incredible really. Just places the ball in the corner effortlessly. He'll get a lot out of working with Watkins and Ings as well. Such an exciting talent.
  9. Agree, I think he's our best established player signing in memory really. Maybe Carew was the last comparable one? Ings is a brilliant player and we're already seeing how good he is. "Top 6" teams should be kicking themselves.
  10. Ings has played 6 games for not only a new side for him, but a side that's completely restructured it's attack, and has 2 goals and 2 assists. The cohesion with his teammates will build and he'll score more frequently. It's way to early to be worried at all.
  11. The PL needs good teams but they really only need to be competitive in Europe, they don't need to sweep all before them. Ultimately the strength of the Spanish clubs was based on them overextending themselves financially anyway. The real strength of the Premier League lies in the fact that there's a big game against a big club every 2nd week. That's why it's the biggest league in the world.
  12. The best thing for me is that we've been able to play some quality football and pick up some decent results without 2 of our 3 big signings really having a lot of gametime at all. Doing well in a league as tough as the PL is all about having a squad, and we've shown that we have plenty of players who can come in and do a job. We have players who can come off the bench and change games. It's a nice position to be in, and we're certainly a decent chance for a European place if we can avoid a big lull.
  13. While I agree, I don't necessarily think that the clubs who could afford to spend what Martinez will command (both in transfer fee and wages) particularly need a goalkeeper. A lot of those goalkeepers appear set long term. It was a bit bizarre to hear him linked to Atletico a few months back given they have Jan Oblak, arguably the greatest keeper in the world at the moment, who is younger than Emi. It's not like City buying our best player to be their 6th top quality attacking midfielder. Teams don't need 2 top quality goalkeepers.
  14. Running up the score can't be disrespectful when goal difference can be so important. You absolutely shouldn't be celebrating hard once you're a few goals up but it's not disrespectful to try and score a lot.
  15. Yep, this is how I would start us with everyone available. Ramsey hasn't done anything wrong and he's probably the first replacement if any of Buendia/McGinn/Ings/Watkins are out. Dougie being a bit withdrawn allows him to help the defence get in position as the wingbacks go forward. Bailey's speed will make him deadly on crossfield diagonal passes like Ings' beauty to put him in for his goal, and the threat of that should open up defences for Buendia and McGinn to get into. I love this team at the moment. I had my doubts with the 3-5-2 but the performances have been undeniable.
  16. For me it's a red but i'd have accepted a yellow because it was on the halfway line, but for it to not even be a foul is just blatant, undeniable cheating. A handful of players from a couple of teams in the league get away with that.
  17. Yep, this is it for me. Hause headed it into a position where De Gea couldn't save it. De Gea had a clear opportunity to dive at it and was not impeded by Watkins in his dive. What part of it are they arguing that Watkins was interfering with?
  18. Great post. I'm still sad he doesn't play for us because he was my favourite player for years, but at this stage I don't think i'd reverse the sale if given the option. We just seem so much more balanced and exciting as a team and we've still barely seen Bailey or Buendia. He can come back and play for us again once his City contract is up, provided he's prepared to play as a wing back
  19. His pressing is still first rate and it's a huge part of why we're getting on top through the middle of the ground. The goals will come. It's a new system.
  20. We're the best team in the league to watch and we're getting results as well. Couldn't be happier with Smith at the moment. The players are so confident! Wait until we get Bailey back and fit and we get a bit more cohesion over time!
  21. Imagine if someone told us a year ago that we'd be starting a midfield 3 of McGinn, Luiz and Ramsey and they'd be the best midfield we'd had in a decade, bossing Manchester United at their place. Huge credit to all the midfielders and coaches. The effort, bravery and cohesion has been a sight to behold.
  22. Almost a different player this year, so much more confident on the ball and we're really starting to see that passing shine through. Imagine thinking this time last season that we'd be playing a midfield 3 of him, McGinn and Ramsey and it'd be the best performing midfield we've had in a decade.
  23. Because of the way he looks and moves you consider him an effort player, but he's been surprising me all season with his vision and the accuracy and weight of his passing. He's taken an enormous step up this season. Our midfield is the best it's looked in a decade.
  24. I love each and every one of you. What a brilliant, brave performance and after nothing went our way for 80 minutes, the football gods finally smiled down on us. We're such a great team to watch now. We drive forward and take the game on. Threats all over the pitch even with Bailey out. So, so proud of them!
  25. You **** beauty!!!! As soon as slabhead went off we were going to be so much more dangerous. Yes Hause!!!!
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