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  1. Surely if Boris and his cronies were really serious about cutting the infection rate then they would do something with the schools rather than the hospitality industry which has been up and running for months. It is so utterly blatant that it is the return of children to the classroom that is responsible for the spike in infection. These new measures will have a really minimal effect in comparison.
  2. I'd generally agree with that except we're talking about a centre back here where positioning and experience are more important than pace and raw attributes. This guy is 19 which makes him more than a bit raw and regardless of how high his ceiling is hel make mistakes a plenty for the next couple of years. We may well end up making a decent profit off him if we sign him but if that's the case we prob wont get close to seeing him in his prime. This move looks more like a gamble to make money than it does to improve the team in the short to medium term.
  3. Ivanovic was a great player in his day but that day ended 6 years ago. He went from one of the top defenders in the league to an absolute donkey in the space of one summer. I remember being genuinely shocked at how bad he became. I doubt there have been many more rapid and compete declines in football let alone pl history. I dont see this working out at all for west brom
  4. Is this definitely accurate? Could have sworn James only had one more year left in our treatment room. He really won the lottery when we extended his contract.
  5. I think it was Southampton at home and it was one of the most inept individual performances I can remember from a Leicester player. Junior Lewis on a bad day level of awful. Hardly surprising he got stick.
  6. I do think think it's a slightly better deal for us than Chelsea as 50m+ is a lot to spend on a player who whilst fairly decent is a lot more Wayne Bridge than he is Ashley Cole. Dont buy that Lampard will massively improve him either, dont see any evidence of that happening at all from Lampards extremely brief managerial career so far. If we get a decent replacement in I dont think this will set us back much hes def replaceable. Demonstrated by the fact that his most memorable game for me was the Southampton home game last year as it was genuinely one of the worst personal performances I've ever witnessed!
  7. Watford were far from the worst side in the division. A top manager would have kept them up even with the seven point deficit. Especially one who makes players better than they are. If his side in 12/13 did over achieve in making the playoffs it was due to the fact he had managed them so miserably for half the season! His time at Derby and Leuven and their improvements after his sacking seem to show that he doesn't get the very best out of his players and their struggles under him suggest they lacked fight as well, much like Watford getting stuffed by a crap West Ham in his final do or die game there. Pearson is decent when hes got everything set up exactly as he likes, plays the same 11 and has Walsh to scout the right players for him. Hes not had that since he left and its shown.
  8. I can do this little context all opinion thing as well A big reason for Pearsons success here was the owners. They spent millions on almost any staff or players he wanted and should have won the (always poor) Championship title in 12/13 with the squad he had. Was there for him to win if he hadnt bottled it subsequently scraping into the playoffs and eventually crashing out in the worst possible way. Not a great achievement in that season. Poor. Nothing to write home about. Not many 'Top Coaches' have near relegations at Watford and a Belgian second tier team (prevented by the sack). And this level of ability is partly what prevents him from getting even close to 'Top Jobs'. Pearson did a great job for us but this constant attemp by some people to paint Ranieri as some sort of lucky, successful version of Peter Taylor whilst also painting Pearson as the reincarnation of Alex Ferguson with only his sons misbehaviour preventing his destiny of winning the ultimate prize is utter BS.
  9. Terrible signing in the end but a question I'm intrigued by is if he really was as bad a player as some of you are describing how the hell did he captain Reading to finish 3rd (I think) the season before?? He must have had some level of ability or was that just a one off season?
  10. Leaving aside the fact that this story has less truth than your average Trump press conference, I'm amazed how many people are ok with the idea. Prior to Kasper our last actual keeper of any quality was Tim Flowers and that was over 20 years ago now. Given the fact we 'Need' new wide forwards, experience in midfield, a new centre back and prob a new left back as well, spending 30m+ on a new goalkeeper when we already have a very good one is low down on the list of priorities. And who is there anyway who we could realistically upgrade? The vast majority of prem keepers are comparable in quality to Kasper after that you're looking at your Allison's and Oblaks. Crap source and a crap idea
  11. This is only applicable to the last 4 games though one of which we won and another of which we would have won if the manager and players had performed to a level of mediocre or above. Having Ricardo out for the whole restart was unfortunate but it's not the reason we couldn't hold a lead for 5 minutes at Watford, played for a 0 0 at home to Brighton or rolled over in the 1st half at Everton.
  12. The Firminho type striker is def the way to go as wel prob never see a striker as good as vardy for sheer goal scoring again. But equally we need to complement that type of striker with some widemen who will get goals. Unfortunately this means not just getting someone to take Vardys place, but in all likelihood both wide positions as well. After 18 months of mostly dreadful finishing with very little improvement I dont see it being Barnes who is sadly the best of the bad bunch we currently have. It's not gonna be cheap.
  13. Yep utter insanity. Can make a good arguement that hes been our best player this season. Absolutely no way do we replace him with anyone close to as good without spending mega bucks and even then you're prob still getting someone inferior. As well as this we need as much experience in the team, particularly defence, as possible. No doubt though people who want him replaced would be crying out for someone younger possibly for that mythological 'long term partnership at the back' nonsense that never ever comes to fruition.
  14. You can talk about the bigger picture but unfortunately around the edges of that picture are a no longer quite as inept Man Utd and a Chelsea who are splashing the cash like crazy. My perspective is that we will not be in a position again where we only need mid table form for half a season to finish 3rd. Perspective or not it's a historic bottle job.
  15. Regarding the mentality we have got to get more experience into the squad. I know plenty on foxestalk seem to consider any signing over the age of 23 as sacrilege but we have to get more players in the 26-30 range in and around the team. Over reliance on youth much like spurs in the title season is at least part of the reason we bottled it as hard as we did. Also some wide forwards who dont waste 90% of their clear cut chances and a willingness to change the style of play when it's not working (or the opposite in the bloody Bournemouth game) from Rodgers is a must.
  16. I dont like his charisma free media persona true enough but I certainly dont hate him and have all the respect in the world for him getting us into the prem and what he set up prior to the title win. I do though find the extreme cultish devotion and belief that he was and still is near flawless as a manager by some posters on here as strangely bizarre. Saying that he benefitted (like most managers do) from a new manager bounce at Watford, has largely struggled at Prem level or that he probably would have gotten rid of Simpson if he had stayed are hardly controversial opinions are they?
  17. If indeed Watford have had top half table form since Pearson took over, a huge part of that would have been your standard new manager bounce. Once those 5/6 games were over they weren't much kop at all and whether Pearson had been sacked or not would go into the final game highly likely to go down. Hes quite obviously struggled in both his Prem stints. Simpson certainly was scouted by Pearsons team... the season before! and after a dozen or so games was dumped back out of the side. Definitely not a Pearson favourite so quite likely hed loyally stick with one of his old faves de laet for a lot longer than Ranieri did.
  18. Nope. I'd love to see them struggling in division 2 for the rest of their miserable existence. Aside from all the other reasons already given our record against them is generally pretty appalling as well. Our away record is close to Highbury/Emirates levels of bad, even most of our draws come about through undeserved last minute equalisers for them. **** them!
  19. Im not sure you're really grasping the idea of chaos/butterfly theory. The perfect storm wasnt already there as Ranieri is an integral part of it. Without him all sorts of things would have happened differently. Do we win the league with Ritchie de laet at right back?By starting the season playing 3 at the back? Does whoever Pearson signs instead of inler stop Kante and Drinkwater becoming a partnership? Just cos the ingredients for winning the title were there does not mean theyl be put together correctly. You change anything remotely significant about that season and the title win doesn't happen. Even if you subscribe to the ludicrous theory that Ranieri did next to nothing and was just wheeled out to say funny stuff to the press every week then that was exactly the right thing to do and having a different manager do something else completely changes the course of the season.
  20. Extreme sentimentality for Pearson here. Winning the league is an extremely difficult thing to do and it's not a coincidence that the one time we did we had a manager for the first time who had experience of being involved in top level title chases. Not a chance in hell would we still have won it with Pearson. The league title win was the ultimate perfect storm. You remove one of the biggest components of it, the manager no less, and absolutely everything changes. It's like chaos theory that Jeff Goldblum bangs on about in Jurassic Park!. He signs different players, uses different subs and formations at different times... Given the Kante factor and the state of most of the big sides that year we'd probably have finished in a European place of some description which would still have been amazing but that's the limit of it. Winning the league that year wasnt pre ordained regardless of who was in charge or how we played.
  21. It goes further back than Shakespeare imo, all the way back to the Watford Playoff season. Great first half of that season then God awful most of the second. Stormed it the next season followed by endless defeats back in the prem and then the great escape and title and then the sad collapse the season after leading to Shakespeare. Its been damn near schizophrenic for almost a decade! If the wins this season were sprinkled throughout rather than mostly lumped in the first half theres no way wed feel as bad and wed prob fancy our chances a bit more on Sunday.
  22. The rise in expectation is the big thing with the title win being mainly responsible. However another thing that has raised expectations is the extreme streaks the team has gone through result wise. The MON teams only rarely got more than back to back wins or losses and would largely bumble along in mid table. Whilst now for most of the last decade we've gone through prolonged periods of incredible form where we could genuinely claim to be the best team in the league only to then hit periods of prolonged poor form and look like genuine relegation fodder. It's really weird and frustrating. I think if we were inconsistent like in the 90s rather than this boom or bust thing we keep going through we would in a way be happier.
  23. That's not exactly true is it. He came on against Arsenal, created nothing and displayed the touch of Epstein. And in the Bournemouth game we created plenty of chances first half but couldn't put them away, a situation Barnes is unlikely to improve given his pretty woeful finishing over the last year and a half.
  24. Just for something no one else has mentioned yet I'm gonna go for a game we didn't even win! The 3 3 Arsenal game from 97. We were second best to arsenal throughout the game but those last 10 mins were utterly insane and I was still buzzing like crazy when I got home. I'll also stick the 2 1 home win over Chelsea in the title win. Not one many would pick but I didn't sleep all night afterwards. Dominating and beating a team I'd despised since the Erland Johnsen dive nearly 20 years previous, getting one over bellends like Terry, Costa and Mourinho and of course going top of the bloody league!!! Loved it
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