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About maynefox

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    All things football, International Relations and History, Western/Russian foreign relations, traveller, learning Spanish.

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  1. maynefox

    Riyad finally gone

    How much is the fee. £60m reported?? I hope not. Should have sold him in January and got more.
  2. maynefox

    Mahrez replacements

    I don't trust the current wingers who will be here first game of the season; so we better get in someone good!
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    Mahrez to Man City shock

    I do think more of the hate should be targeted towards his agent. Wasn't he the agent who orchestrated the Tevez and Mascherano deals for West Ham? Of course Mahrez is the one who goes on strike. But I think he's easily pliable and mislead by his agent. I just want him gone now.
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    James Maddison

    A few fans, myself included at times, have questioned the future identify of our club. With this signing I think it's a fantastic step for a future identity of youth. I am not a fan of Gray or Chilwell, but obviously I want them to prove me wrong and succeed. I like how we are invested in youth. We have a blend of experienced players too but the emphasis on youth is exciting. Maguire (relatively youthful for a CB), Chilwell, Diabete, Gray, Maddison, Iheanacho, Ndidi, Thomas, Choudhury, Barnes, Amartey, even Pereira is 24. Exciting times, I just hope Puel is the right man to cultivate the youth.
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    James Maddison

    Sky Sports saying he will join us. With a medical later today.
  6. maynefox

    Has Anyone Booked a Holiday Yet?

    Thanks for the link!
  7. maynefox

    Andros Townsend

    I know we keep being linked with Dross. But if we did replace Mahrez for him, then good Lord!
  8. maynefox

    Has Anyone Booked a Holiday Yet?

    This may be a long-shot, but I am going to go camping with my girlfriend for a few days next month.We are planning to go around the Swanage/Jurassic Coast area. I have been here before (about 7 years ago). I'ts a nice part of England. I love the geology and rock formations along the coast. Does anyone have recommendations for campsites, or any other sites to see in this area, or nice villages with pubs? Thanks.
  9. maynefox

    Football Kits: 2018-19

    I think Watford's new home shirt is ****ing disgusting
  10. maynefox

    James Maddison

    so? That was down to us/Puel throwing away the Europa League spot to Burnley.
  11. maynefox

    President Trump & the USA

    I think your post is pretty much spot on. Who knows Trump or Kim are doing. What I would say is that a large part of Trump's ego is factor for all of this. He wants to win and boast about a Noble Piece Prize. He wants to up-show Obama and past administrations. I feel it is his vanity that is driving this and that quite possibly he doesn't have a plan. As people have pointed out the last 60/70 years of U.S. policy towards to North Korean hasn't exactly worked. Perhaps there is a clear strategy behind this? The aim is to de-nuclearise the peninsular. My concern is that Trump is now ingratiating a dictator who still has the nukes. Kim has been legitimised. My only issue is with the right wing-media (Russia Today Fox News). For years they slagged off Obama and his administration. Calling them cowards and traitors for talking to Iran. Now Trump, who is dealing with a nut-job is this great peace-making politician. Bizarre. My prediction is that this time next year, "normal" relations will have been restored.
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    James Maddison

    All this hype of Everton is so laughable by the media . They've fallen down the pecking order below us.
  13. I think the FA should nearly all their games around the corners of the country. The atmosphere at the KP, though may not be better than what Elland Road produced, would hands down be better than the docile Wembely. I think if the FA do this, plus Southgate improves a young England team who appear to work together and are media-friendly, I could be drawn back to watching England more.
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    Mahrez to Man City shock

    £75m is fair. I just want him out quickly so we can, hopefully, buy some decent players with the money we have. Fantastic step for Mahrez and he fully deserves it. I resented him for going on strike, but I am happy for him and I hope he takes his chance at Man City!
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    Mahrez to Man City shock

    I am sorry! Thank you for pointing that out to me aha! Considering you said he would have played second fiddle to Ndidi and Drinkwater that didn't happen. He is not a Puel signing, for sure. But through that turgid home performances in the latter half of the season why he picked James over Iborra (and Silva) was madness! What I am pointing to is that you say James, King, Mendy, and Choudhury could fill the squad role that Iborra does. But how many times did we use those players last season? A lot. It's all very well spending money on first team players but when they don't perform or are injured, we look to the bench and see Championship players and expect them to make an impact. If we are to compete further up this division we do need to sign squad players who are better than the ones we have now on the bench. And yes, that does perhaps paying a bit over the odds for them. The big teams do this (and can with the money), but we should be doing this, albeit proportionately on the smaller scale. To say the only money one should spend on is for the starting 11 is neglecting the rest of the squad. If we want to compete in Europe, then what? What if we made Europe this year? We would have ended up seeing King and James in the centre of midfield more often. That just won't do if we are to compete for a Europa League position.