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Everything posted by GREAT_BEARD_OF_ZEUS

  1. Sorry mate I beat you to it. But you'll be comforted to know that it went down a treat with everyone.
  2. I'm guessing Shakespeare's had a few too many, because the phones rung and he's answered his pint of lager!
  3. Quality player from what I've seen watching La Liga. Sad we're not in for him.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 COVI
  6. 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 woul
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Giroud and Nzonzi, two French internationals who know Know other and would add unquestionably quality. Please please make it happen!!!
  10. 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) S
  11. 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.
  12. ^^^ 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.
  13. I see us playing in much the same way as Liverpool have under Klopp. We'll have Wesley as a focal point upfront (playing the Firmino or Origi role), with inside forwards playing off him either side. As it stands, I see us mainly using El-Ghazi and Trezeguet as our versions of Salah and Mane, with Jota being used a bit like Shaqiri i.e. someone who can come in and play a bit of a free role, offer a clever pass etc, rather than being quite as direct as the other two. Quality aside, I do question whether El-Ghazi or Trezeguet have the raw pace to play as effectively in those roles, esp
  14. I think there will be 4 more at least. 1. GK 2. DM (as well as Douglas) 3. Winger 4. FWD: Versatile one who can operate upfront and on one of the flanks
  15. LW: El-Ghazi / Sessegnon RW: Benrahma / Jota That would be absolutely unreal
  16. I just love the savvy nature of how we're going about things... Fluff up Leeds, make them think they're going to get £30m for Phillips... BANG sign Douglas. Sweet talk Stoke and get them all hot under the collar about £25m for Butland... BANG £5m offer in for Heaton. Give Bristol City a full on foot massage over '£30m rated' Adam Webster... BOSH about to sign Engels for £7m. We are the d*** teases of the transfer window!!!
  17. I don't usually get proven correct that quickly, but todays a good day
  18. I'm optimistic about this deal. He'll have to play incredibly well to get into City's team any time soon - and because it's not a loan there's no time limit on it. Chances are City won't be in a rush to bring him back in - I actually think they'll buy a marquee replacement for Fernandinho pretty soon, but Pep liking Douglas means there's more chance he'll be allowed to stay with us to develop rather than them buying him back to make a profit on him. It also means Leeds can GTF with their £30m valuation of Phillips and will have to now flog Roofe and a few others to meet FFP
  19. Well in the situation I illustrated, Benrahma would come in to play predominant at RW and we'd sign a striker like Leao who could play both LW and up top. That would give balance and options either side. But then thats just one of a thousand or more possibilities. I actually think it's a lot more likely that we'll sign Trézéguet than Benrahma... but like you say, the squad could accommodate both.
  20. I agree sadly on Leao - more hope than realistic links. I do however think we will see another marquee attacking signing. Ibrahim Sangaré is a DM for Ivory Coast Toulouse, young, tall, powerful, looks a talent. Again, pretty tenuous links. Trézéguet would be instead of Benrahma, but again he'd be the one I'd hope for in that position.
  21. Been a quiet day so I thought I would draw up a 25 man depth chart, based on the business we've done so far and my ideal future transfers (based on who we've been linked to). The depth chart covers pretty much all the possible positions we would use across numerous formations. It then shows the 3 players in order of who is most suited to that position (I'm sure that'll spark debate) - so you'll see a few players double up as cover in their non-strongest positions. Being slightly optimistic on the transfer fees, I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that we could get al
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