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  1. Italy-Spain on now. Italy have front 3 of Zaniolo-Moise Kean-Chiesa. That wouldn't look out of place for the full NT! Also got likes of Barella and Tonali in midfield who've been linked to big moves. Spain got lots of La Liga experience as ever in their team, Oryazabal for Real Sociedad is a superb player in La Liga who'll be playing at an elite club very soon imo. Ceballos at Real Madrid scored a good goal aswell. Pablo Fornals only on the bench for this. Yeah with England it will finally be good to see a potentially very creative midfield. Phil Foden, James Maddison, Mason Mount and Harvey Barnes all in the squad so intrigued to how it's set up. Shame Grealish is a year too old for this.
  2. They do have some decent players, Robertson more than played his part in the CL win, Ryan Fraser is pretty good in premier league and McTominay was probably Man. United's best player in the run in. As ever mentality massively holds Scotland back. They wallow in near misses and heartbreak.
  3. Ha this one made me smile. I was going to mention him last week and was wondering if our Scottish scout would get there first... I first saw him play for Scotland in the under 20 toulon tournament two years ago, they actually beat Brazil 1-0 (Oli Burke also played). He was easily their best player in the tournament and has stepped up with ease for Kilmarnock. Also looked decent against Hazard in the week. I'd love someone like Kieran Tierney but seems he's Celtic daft and in any case would cost 20m + so Taylor would be a McGinn type bargain and could be just as good in a year or two.
  4. Swansea is only prem team that was seriously linked but he's been playing in Italy last 4 years. Ultimately we're going to need to sign some 28-30 year old international players to balance out the squad at some stage given we have few existing ones in the squad so there's plenty of them in the Copa America.
  5. Moreira played in the cup a few days later at Yeovil (and wasn't great) so guess SB just decided throwing him straight into league action wouldn't have been the brightest idea. I certainly have no idea what his thinking was regarding CB issue. He obviously didn't rate Elphick which was fair enough based on his showings but to still loan him out when the deals for the French guy and McKenna fell through was bizarre.
  6. Their away form was shocking after xmas....won grand total of two league away games from January 1st 2019, one at Cardiff which they were losing 1-0 with five minutes left and then scored a goal two yards offside and also 1-2 at Fulham. League away results in 2019: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea Man. City 6-0 Chelsea Fulham 1-2 Chelsea Everton 2-0 Chelsea Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea Man. United 1-1 Chelsea Leicester 0-0 Chelsea Just 5 goals in 9 league games, Arsenal actually won more aways than they did. Finishing 3rd was good finish but it was weird end to the season. Spurs concentrating on CL so their league form declined, Arsenal were in 3rd start of April and completely bottled it at home to Palace and Brighton aswell as their poor away form and Man. United of course couldn't even beat Huddersfield or Cardiff in the run in. Six points from those two and think they'd have finished 3rd which shows how tight it all was. Chelsea only actually ended with one league win in their last five games. First thing Lampard will do to get Chelsea fans back onside is move Kante back to DM and sell Jorginho to Juventus.
  7. He's a good player for Preston. Certainly good standard box to box top half championship player although don't think he'd be effective in premier league. I remember that mass midfield injury run we had in the early months of Houllier in 2010, guys like Bannan and Johnny Hogg were suddenly getting premier league starts for 3-4 weeks. Johnson was about 19/20 at the time but don't remember him featuring.
  8. Stan didn't have pace to play box to box midfield role he seemingly played for Celtic (let's remember though SPL is just about championship standard) but I agree after the crowd stopped giving him stick for not being the new Merson, he adapted his guy nicely and became a very intelligent DM alongside Barry. Just needed a bit more mobility in there against the better teams, a midfield trio of Barry, Petrov and Milner would've been incredible to us, pretty much ticks all the boxes. Shame Milner was only switched centrally after Barry left. Another what might have been.
  9. Did he ever had any good form in prem? Went to SHA and was back up to Dann/Roger Johnson. Played well for them in the championship. Went to Hull and seemed to play o.k but they got relegated with him and Dawson at the back in 14/15 and he's remained in the championship ever since. Pretty sure we signed him largely on his championship form for WBA as they went down in 05/06, can't remember if he was in their team at that point. You compare him to Cahill being a regular in the top 4 with Chelsea last 7 seasons and what a bomb MON dropped in that area.
  10. Martinez looked really good for Colombia, without checking their squad don't know if he plays in europe yet. Totally destroyed Argie RB Savaria who's just signed for Porto in the second half. Plenty of good players in this tournament who are playing for smaller clubs in europe who we could pick up to improve us, Roberto Rosales good RB who's played for Malaga and Espanyol in Spain and would be available for 3-4m and Tomas Rincon the DM who's been at Hamburg, Genoa, Juventus and played well for Torino last season. Both 30-31 so probably don't fit the age range we're after. Not sure how often Santiago Arias has played for Atletico Madrid but he's another full back who might be a loan option.
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    Don't they start europa league qualifiers in July? Think they'll have a good run in that competition with the technical quality in their squad high so that will probably shave a few points off their prem tally. Nuno also prefers working with a small squad and really dosen't rotate much at all (think they started same 11 in their first 7-8 games last season).
  12. Bournemouth certainly want him, was talk of them giving Begovic back to Stoke if he lowers his wages (flopped badly at Bournemouth). I'd say Begovic impressed me more when he played for Stoke compared to Butland but his career never recovered from that year on the bench at Chelsea.
  13. The "word" around twitter is Kalinic hasn't settled since moving so seems he wants to move back abroad. One of Nyland/him will certainly leave. We certainly can't be having four international standard keepers in the squad (if Steer plays for Scotland in near future).
  14. Disagree, Heaton is a very solid keeper and actually good at organising. Look at Burnley's defensive run with Hart in goal up to xmas last year and then when Heaton came in. Overnight they went from conceding 3 or 4 to being very hard to score against, that's not fluke, just more confidence in him from their backline. He's firmly back as Burnley number one so don't see him leaving, Nick Pope could be worth a look but didn't he sign a new deal very recently? Pickford had generally world cup hangover season but did calm down at the end. Everton played Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man. United in run in and didn't concede a goal in any of those games. Just not convinced by Butland compared to many options, probably clouding my judgement SHA will get some cash aswell to help with their shoestring budget.
  15. He's only really had two seasons as a premier league regular (missed most of 16/17 through injury). So not that more experience at top level than Etheridge. Age for a keeper isn't really a problem compared to outfield ones. I just think for probably 10m more is he really that much better? I've mentioned before in some games his kicking is Guzan level. For last 18 months in the premier league Stoke were a total mess at the back. Of course it wasn't all his fault but Stoke had some experienced players at the back (martins Indi, Zouma, Eric Pieters, Shawcross) so you'd have thought Butland would've been able to organise that to keep shape a bit better. Not convinced really. Like a few links so far we can do better or at least find better value.
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