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    August 1966 - City 5 West Ham 4

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    Akhisarspor & Udinese

    Playing a Turkish and an Italian Club in full scale Friendlies, while on the pre-season training camp in Austria. Akhisarspor are Turkish Superleague (and won Turkish Cup last year - so in Europa League this season) and Udinese are Serie A (with Molla Wague in their defence !) - so a couple of good tests.
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    Domagoj Vida

    I think that's good, for a 29 year old.
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    Abdülkadir Ömür (Twitter)

    Hasn't new Assistant Manager, Jacques Bonnevay just left Trabzonspor ? If so, I guess the link may ease this move in.
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    Patrick Roberts

    City no longer after Roberts. That's what stopped the Mahrez move to Man City:- https://www.mcfcwatch.com/2018/06/19/l-eicester-city-end-patrick-roberts-pursuit-and-insist-on-cash-only-deal-for-riyad-mahrez/
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    Kramaric - Sell on bonus ?

    I wonder if Rudders negotiated a sell on bonus when we sold Kramaric to Hoffenheim ? There's talk of selling him (to Newcastle and Bayern) for 50m Euros. Any sell on clause could net a bit for us. http://www.goal.com/en/news/hoffenheim-open-to-50-million-approach-for-bayern-newcastle/tft46jyglddw1jhlc9k505sof
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    Aleksandar Dragovic

    Agree with all that. I would add Amartey as CB back up though - even if Puel (and Shakespeare) never gave him much opportunity there. Oh and Knight - he seems to have gone off the radar a bit, with the emergence of Hughes.
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    James Maddison

    George is no relation to Conor Thomas - he was born in Leicester, Conor in Cov. Maddison did play with George though - they're both the same age and went through all the Coventry Youth and U21 teams together - they even played 2 seasons together in the Cov first team. If George is not too pi**ed off with not getting a start by Puel last season, he might put a good word in for us !
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    James Maddison

    Leicestershire Live are reporting a factor that might make Maddison more likely to choose us. He is in a business venture with (ex-) fellow Cov player Conor Thomas (now at Cheltenham), to Coach kids in Coventry. I wonder whether Conor is any relation to George Thomas - they didn't mention that. Even if George is not related to Maddison's partner, there's obviously a Cov connection between them - I don't know if they played together. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/james-maddisons-new-business-could-1644073
  9. That is a fascinating post - our best team consists of a goalkeeper and a central defender who might not be with us next season ! I really hope someone in management sees it and realises that we have to keep Jakupovic and Dragovic (perhaps they have a dislike of 'vic's' !). I also hope Amartey gets a fair break next season (does anyone know what his injury was - and if he has recovered, or is likely to recover soon ?). Obviously Riyad is on his way, but I wonder if Shinji might also be going (after the World Cup) ?
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    Exactly ! I really hope our Owners read this.
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    That was my thinking when the, "helicopter has landed" post came through. The Owners could well have flown in yesterday for discussions with Rudders & Co; have made a decision to get rid, but will delay the announcement until after the Awards evening.
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    Papy Mendy - coming back ?

    As Claude seems to be a big fan, what are the chances of him coming back in the Summer ? He hasn't pulled up the daisies this season on loan at Nice.
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    Looked quality when he came on for Newcastle today. Should we sell / will he ever want to play for us again ?
  14. Schmeichel - 5 - would have been a 7, but for ...... Simpson - 6 - tried hard, but his contribution is hit and miss now (especially with those crosses !) Morgan - 7 - he IS past it, but he always puts in a shift Maguire - 8 - justified his place as an England first choice centre back - even if he does have rushes of blood to the head ! Chilwell - 5 - not only did he look out of his depth in defence (which he always does), he looked out of his depth as an attacking wing back yesterday Mahrez - 7 - CLASS, if only his work rate matched his ability, but you (WE !) can't have everything. He did at least look far more interested than Hazard ! Ndidi - 7 - everywhere in midfield and in front of the defence, but (as usual) his attacking skills are only shown when he has a hoof at goal and he does need to learn how to tackle cleanly. I'm sure Klopp will improve the former ability - though not the latter ! Iborra - 7 - like Ndidi, but at a slower pace ! Albrighton - 8 (MotM) - I would have given him a 9, if he played the whole game like he did in the second half Iheanacho - 4 - I thought he deserved a chance after his performance as a sub against West Brom. He didn't justify my (or more importantly, Puel's) faith. It confirms the view that he WAS a waste of money. Vardy - 6 - quiet for Jamie; he even pulled out a few challenges with defenders and races with Caballero. Still our only threat though. Okazaki - 6 - worked hard in trying to get the ball (but generally, unsuccessfully) and a very subdued Shinji overall. Is he properly fit ? Silva - 7 - showed a few flashes of what we saw when we bought him. Good passing and some desire to battle. If he could sustain it in a full game, he could still justify his price Diabate - 7 - he COULD be a new Mahrez (or even a better one !). He genuinely showed ability, pace, and (unlike Riyad) some passion. I doubt he can sustain it for 90 minutes though - yet ! Puel - 6 - generally good selections. He had to try Nacho - but it didn't work. I think Fuchs still offers more than Chilwell. The Subs should have been sooner - though he did make the right choices. Chelsea - 6 - very average. They were there for the taking yesterday, but we didn't try hard enough, especially in the first half.
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    Benalouane - in Tunisian squad

    It's a really ropey looking squad - hardly anyone playing at a Premier League level. Obviously an English Premier Reserve is pretty much top notch for them ! It's only a squad for World Cup warm ups, but I doubt they've got anyone better for the Tournament itself.