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  1. Excellent appointment. If Deano wanted this, them it shows he's more comfortable at the helm, and making very good and clear decisions. Some might see an ex-manager as a threat, but the reality is - other than Cutler - the coaching staff are all seem to be operating at their ability limit (although they are clearly improving) so it's great to see an appointment like this. Local lad, too.
  2. I think this is why we might go for Watkins....he can fulfil all the roles up top, and we'll still bring in the main CF, with Wesley and Watkins the fall back options. It would be a plan.
  3. Another player who people are starting to write off, after 1 season - his first at the club and in the country - in the PL. And we know he has had some personal difficulties with adjusting to life here, and the language. And he's probably one whose value has increased since he arrived (£4.5m I think we paid). He has pace, and he fights - something you can't train. And he'll benefit massively front improvements in front of him. I don't see why replacing him/Elmo would be a priority over the 3 front positions, and a CM. If we can get quality in after those costs have been accounted for, then fine - but the same applies to CB and LB too; GK as well if Heaton is struggling.
  4. We need 4 players to threaten the first team - CF, Winger (or 2?), CM, and maybe a defensive position (I'm not an expert and think we're OK here, but others don't). We probably have a budget of £80m-£100m for these positions. Deano knows this guy, and he can play anywhere across the front 3. For £18m, if Deano thinks he fits the bill, he will do for me.
  5. This all sounds very promising. Our recent history is 1 good player every decade or so, plus a couple of squad players at any given point. Imagine, in a few years, having 5 or 6 home grown players in the squad - that's possibly £100m of talent which hasn't cost us anything...more if we find another Jack or Gary Cahill. I also agree with Purslow...if a player isn't in our first team squad at 22 (given we've been shite for years), then it's highly unlikely they'll develop further. We need to be getting them out on loan when they're young (i.e when they're 18 or 19) and then into the first team squad or out of the door.
  6. IF (big if) it's correct. It does seem low, but there's a lot of Championship wages in there. One other thing...FFP isn't cash based, it accountancy (accruals) based. We could afford Samatta in January by shifting Kodjia…. (sorry, this next bit is **** dull). We had written off Kodjia's incoming transfer fee when Dr Tony sold us, so selling him for £2.7m (according to TransferMarkt) was all profit. We paid £9.45m for Samatta (again according to TransferMarkt) over 4.5 years - which is depreciation of £2.1m per full season, or just over £1m for the rest of last season. So for FFP purposes, we made a £1.6m 'profit' across those 2 transactions. What we're doing with the valuation of the mob we bought in last summer, and how it will affect FFP is anyone's guess. But I suspect that during the FFP 'holiday', lots of clubs will be writing players values down.
  7. Another player some people are writing off after a single season, having moved to a new country and being in a struggling side! He won't be on anything like £55k, and as a back up DCM he will do. He is what we have to come on in the final 10 minutes and protect the back line, and we aren't going to buy a new one of these to sit on the bench. Unless someone gives us our €12m back. He's 26, and last season was only his 4th full season in a European league. He should develop, and improve.
  8. Don't know where you got that figure from - and I'm not saying your wrong, but.... https://www.spotrac.com/Premier League/payroll/ says £17m https://www.sportekz.com/football/premier-league-clubs-wage-bills/ says £24m https://www.footballfancast.com/exclude/every-premier-league-clubs-wage-bill-in-2019-2020/3 says £24m https://www.givemesport.com/1523105-ranking-every-premier-league-club-by-their-average-weekly-wage says our average weekly wage is £25k - so about £1.25m pa for each player. It probably excludes the youth teams, and staff, and Purslow, etc and maybe bonuses - but that's a big gap and leaves a lot of latitude. (And it may be bollocks).
  9. 1. 10 August 2. 9......4 new starters plus 5 fillers, including a few replacements. And a shitload of youth players. 3. £108m (with about £8m of incoming).
  10. Reminder - he's had 1 season in the Prem, in a struggling side, without a recognised goalscorer, in a midfield that got overrun too much and with a defence which was flakey - at least until after lockdown. Yes, he can go missing. And yes, he was part of the midfield which got overrun too often. But you can't write him off, especially when his stats show the impact he has made. And a big part of his job was to feed the woeful front line, and his midfield peers - Jack's better, but we want £80m for him. McGinn is better, but he runs around a lot, so I suspect that people are better disposed to him. I agree that if he is a regular starter next season, then we're either in the shit, or he has massively improved. But why would we 'get rid' when a good coach will make a very good squad player of him - after all, if we need a goal, we need someone to assist (and occasionally pop a free kick into the top corner).
  11. Not sure I'd say no to anyone who is at or around PL standard...it depends on the price, salary and their role. It also depends on the budget - like with Grealish, the club they're at puts greater value on them than we will, and we should respect that. We need to sign a few starters - CF, wingers, CM....and need more depth in a few areas, so need to be less picky, and ask 'are they better than what we've got now'? If (for example) Joe Hart will come here on a free transfer, and is happy to be back-up on a relatively low salary, then go for it - he's been kept out of sides by 2 of the best keepers in the league for the last few years. We might be able to sell Nyland for a few £m, and make Hart effectively a freebie for a season or 2, and maybe he finds form and we're away. But not Deeney. And not because he's a nose.
  12. Matteo Guendouzi, anyone? I think he's a bell-end, but clearly has ability and at 21, can improve in all aspects of the game, and his attitude. Arsenal seem desperate to sell him, but despite rumours of him being a makeweight for Partey, or Barca/PSG being linked - it's very quiet. Rumours of about £20-25m? He ticks a lot of our boxes - age, experience, price, potential, and position. But not hair. If he comes, he gets a hair cut though. That's a non-negotiable.
  13. With regards the question of his pace, and his acceleration - He seems to have a good top speed, but like a lot of tall people, he takes time to get up to speed. You see this in athletics - the short arses are usually out of the blocks quickest, but the taller people make huge gains on them after 20m or 30m. The short arses can't improve their top speed by much; but the taller ones can improve acceleration and reaction time. And it wasn't like he was going nowhere; a small improvement could be massive in the context of his career. And as he gains experience, he will become better at seeing the danger early - reducing the need for acceleration. Mick Quinn was the fattest, slowest player ever...but over a yard he was like lightening, and made a career out of knowing where the ball would land.
  14. With regards the question of his pace, and his acceleration - He seems to have a good top speed, but like a lot of tall people, he takes time to get up to speed. You see this in athletics - the short arses are usually out of the blocks quickest, but the taller people make huge gains on them after 20m or 30m. The short arses can't improve their top speed by much; but the taller ones can improve acceleration and reaction time. And it wasn't like he was going nowhere; a small improvement could be massive in the context of his career. And as he gains experience, he will become better at seeing the danger early - reducing the need for acceleration. Mick Quinn was the fattest, slowest player ever...but over a yard he was like lightening, and made a career out of knowing where the ball would land.
  15. I would imagine that a lot of people aren't fully convinced by Smith. He's done well so far, but the owners aspire to far greater achievements, and he may not be able to take us much further - but he definitely deserves that chance, and I'm sure the owners will give him that. I don't think we can hold off on the SD role for another 6 or 12 months, and I don't think we should. If we want the SD model in the club, it happens, irrespective of the manager. That's the point of it.
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