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  1. I think his participation in both the Copa America and Olympics has really benefitted him at the start of this season. Playing in well performing sides allowed him to pick up a bit of form, confidence, and consistency he was missing much of last season. I was worried he would come back absolutely knackered after not much time off, but so far so good. We'll need to manage his minutes, but luckily we have more squad depth than previous seasons. Hoping to see much more of the player we caught glimpses of at the tail end of the 2020 season.
  2. A lot has been made of a need for a specialist DM. I still think a more progressive player to play in Front of a midfield two is more vital. Buendia can carry some of the burden, but we still seem very meek in the attacking half. Curtis Jones may fit the bill in that regard. I’d still love a player like Kamada for this type of position. We need someone reliable on set pieces with more emphasis there (not to add our Japanese speaking set piece coach ). Make it happen!
  3. I don’t see this happening. This strikes me as a case of the agent offering him to us, getting us to offer decent wages, then using that as leverage for a better deal elsewhere (Juventus, for example). Just a pawn in the game like with JWP or ESR…But if it did happen, I’d be pleased
  4. It may not be the most exciting signing ever, but you’d have to imagine there’s a reason the scouting team would be after him. Rob Mackenzie has unearthed some rather cheap gems in the past. Articles online seem to say Atalanta are interested in him as well, and they do pretty well for themselves.
  5. Hmm, probably tosh, but I wouldn’t be against selling AEG and then using part of the fee to buy Cantwell.
  6. 100% on all of this. Deano has also worked with Ollie for a fair amount of time, so I’d trust him to know how he can best use/not use him.
  7. My hope is that we see some of the form from the beginning of last season on a more consistent basis. It may take a few weeks before all the new players build better chemistry, but I believe they are all quality enough where they can make up for that. Assuming we make one or two more high level signings, then I'm optimistic that we can be battling it out between 6-8th, and perhaps be in reasonable distance to 4/5th places. Anything below 10th will be disappointing. I'd also like to see extended runs in cup competitions. With the additions we have made plus alot of the promising youth, we should be able to put out strong sides even with giving some of the first 11 rest.
  8. If we manage to find an opponent I’d guess it may be a Dutch team. Their season starts next week and seems a few don’t have friendlies this weekend. Maybe Vitesse?
  9. I didn't interpret Purslow's presser as we are done this window. He essentially said that Ings, Bailey, and Buendia all had attributes to help replace Jack's impact across the squad. The summer plan always involved improving the squad with 2/3 quality players with Jack staying. I'd guess we still have a bit more business to do.
  10. Yeah, I mentioned this earlier today. MacPhee is indeed fluent in Japanese. When he was a coach at Hearts, there was actually a Japanese player from Citeh (Ryotaro Meshino) Hearts had on loan who did not speak a lick of English. MacPhee served as his translator/minder. edit: The video above suggest he spoke minimal English . He was a crap player for us though (thanks Citeh).
  11. Our new set piece coach does speak Japanese so could be very useful. When MacPhee was at hearts, we actually had a Japanese Winger on loan for Manchester City and McPhee served as his translator.
  12. Well that was quick. Happy we managed to get another striker in...I imagine Wesley will be going out on loan or be sold.
  13. I think so as well. I’d think closer to 50m. Great young player and usually Sociedad players are very loyal to the club, so it’s tougher to convince them to leave.
  14. I think our current needs are: forward/striker, Attacking midfielder or winger, CM, Backup CB, and Backup Keeper. Not really bothered who we go with for the two backup spots but for the others where we should be investing I’d like to see: Striker: Jonathan David AM/Winger: Marcus Thuram/Darmsgaard/Mikel Oyarzabal CM:JWP The AM/Winger bracket is probably dreamland stuff, but we do have the cash so who knows. If we really want to try and make a statement, break the bank for Dani Olmo.
  15. A few have already touched on these points, but I’m at the point where I have accepted the move. From an emotional standpoint, it’s tough to lose a star player who you consider “one of us” as it makes it so much more special when they have success with the club. That said, we are being given the opportunity to really strengthen our overall team and progress if we invest in players wisely. We saw how the performances dropped when he was missing from matches over the past few seasons and if we are ever to progress, we can’t be so reliant on one player who isn’t certain to be available for the majority of the season. At the moment, a team like Citeh can afford that type of luxury. I appreciate his contributions to the club over the past few years, but I trust those behind the scenes to make the best of this situation. I’m also confident that all of the recruitment and investment we are putting into the youth side will bear fruit in the next few years. Onto the next….
  16. I've actually met Austin on a few occasions (I am a Hearts supporter and he would pop into some of the local watering holes post match on the odd occasion). Very intelligent and likeable fellow. While at Hearts he was also working the NI job with current Stoke Manager MIchael O'Neill. Hearts were pretty awful while he was there, but that was more down to the two managers (Craig Levein and Ian Cathro - who is now an assistant under Nuno). I can't say much about his set piece expertise from his time at Hearts because we were so awful and did not even have a player who could effectively hit a corner or free kick . It did seem we were often trying set piece routines that were practiced a bit on the training pitch, just did not have the players capable of executing. The set piece records at his other clubs seem to speak further to his abilities though. He is also meant to be known for his ability in terms of scouting opposition and determining the best tactics to utilize to take advantage of others teams' weakneses, etc. I'm happy to see him here, I think he'll add a wise head to what is already a good coaching staff.
  17. Feel sorry for Keinan, he’s had horrible luck with injuries. Hopefully comes back and glean get a good loan in the Winter. The only silver lining, and I feel awful saying this, is that it hopefully forces us into buying another striker. It would have been/ still will be so naive to go into the season with only Ollie, Wesley, and Keinan.
  18. Hah, you’re not wrong. All taken with a pinch of salt, but I’m generally more inclined to believe some stuff by Ornstein and Percy vs say Greg Evans, Preece, Nursey and those other clowns.
  19. Usually I’d agree but Ornstein was the main one reporting and he is generally more reliable.
  20. What makes him much different to Bailey (who according to reports is on the radar)?
  21. Allegedly Gladbach need the cash and the asking price is ~25m…well worth taking a punt at that price.
  22. Should we lose Jack, I’d like us to look at bringing in both Bailey and Marcus Thuram. That would give us good options on both wings and then shift Buendia inside. Then the priority is a dominant CM to solidify our midfield.
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