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  1. Well half an hour ago he said the sacking rumours weren't true. So looks like Deano's here for the rest of the season at least.
  2. If (sorry) When we go down, I'd concentrate on trying to keep McGinn and Luiz, then plan to build long term around them. Try and get as close to £100m for Grealish and Mings, then buy quality who know the league. Seen Buendia and Benrahma mentioned, both very ambitious suggestions, but those two and Eze from QPR would be my 3 dreaming signings. I know bigger / better placed teams might be in for them, so we might need to get things done early doors or else wait until we know what crumbs are left on the table... however, the losses sustained by mid-table (and lower) PL teams due to COVID may mean less poaching from the Championship this summer, so who knows.
  3. The day they took a 22/23 team Premier league off the table is when they made it a legal disaster. They could’ve awarded Liverpool the title, cancelled relegation and decided European places and promotion from the Championship on PPG. Yes the EFL would've had to put up with a slightly less glamorous set of teams in the Championship for one season - but that would be offset by having 5 come down the next. Plus League 1 down could've ended their seasons early and saved themselves a ton of money. The PL could've called it the Super-Prem and hyped it up something rotten - they would've made a fortune!
  4. Just finished watching You on Netflix. Really enjoyed it, thought it was going to be a bit of a chicks thing, but it turned out to be quite dark and sinister - in a stylishly shot way.
  5. He was a big gamble. Very big, but that's been our strategy ever since coming up. Apart from Heaton who is the exception, name me any of the signings we made in the summer or January which haven't been a gamble in one way or another? Some maybe less so than others, but other than the goalkeeper we haven't once signed a proven PL (or other top class league) player - it's been a mixture of (1) Out of favour/reserves at PL club, (2) From a lesser standard foreign league or (3) Young with potential. I get that we had a lot of gaps to fill, but IMO if we'd have signed one proven player in each of the core positions (GK, CD, CM, CF), we'd have been be a different team this season. And considering the wealth of the owners combined with what we ended up spending, I'm disappointed we didn't manage that.
  6. Sounds like the front man in a really shit punk band
  7. Need to play Vassilev. Have to limit the time their defenders have on the ball. Need better ball retention. More of that fancy Brazilian shizzle we saw in that little spell against Leicester!! Need to be clever and draw the fouls out of their midfield players. Get a few of them on a few yellows and that will help to nullify the physical advantage they have. But most of all we need to show some bollox!! Go out there and take it to them! Play like it's the last game you've got boys!!!
  8. I forgot it was that bad a line up. No wonder we got skinned!
  9. Clive Dunn would be a better signing than Drinkwater
  10. Giroud and Nzonzi, two French internationals who know Know other and would add unquestionably quality. Please please make it happen!!!
  11. What was needed this month: 2 x strikers (one of whom needed to be a proven goalscorer) At least one winger (with pace) A tall, powerful centre mid to beef up our kitten like midfield A decent attacking left back (Targett is a sicknote and Taylor is nowhere near the standard needed) An experienced, technically good central defender (IMO so that Mings could potentially move to the LCB spot instead of Hause) An experienced GK to replace Heaton What we'll get: Slimani at a guess (jury is out on whether you think he's proven - certainly not ripped it up in this league) Samatta (unproven) Drinkwater (massive gamble and not the type we needed IMO) Reina The likes of Bowen, Nzonzi, Vida, Callejon etc are wishful thinking. Been there, got the t-shirt, they ain't happening folks. Which is a shame because some of those signings would give us a real chance of staying up.
  12. Worth it for the song potential alone. Get him in.
  13. Would love Nzonzi. Remember watching him in a dour 0-0 between Burnley and Stoke a few years back and he ran the show. But for Miram Diouf missing about 10 sitters they would have won easily on the back of his performance. I know it's a while since he last played in the PL but I think he'd still be a very capable player. His size and style of play would IMO transform us in the middle of the park.
  14. If there's any chance Mings is back then I'd seriously consider going 3-5-2. It's a formation made for our current squad. Our wingers are crap and our full backs can't defend, plus if there's one position we're strong in its centre back. Not ideal having Connor on the right of the attacking midfielders but he can do it. I'd go El Ghazi as the support man up front just for his extra pace vs someone like Jota. --------------------- Heaton ------------------- -------- Konsa -- Mings -- Hause ----- Guilbert ---------- Luiz -------- Targett ----- Hourihane ----------- Grealish ----- -------------------------- El Ghazi -------------- -------------------- Wesley ---------------------
  15. ^^^ also known as paying to have the release clause removed (fairly common practise). And so long as it's not straight away, a handy work around FFP for us.
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