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  1. From the wording, it sounds like we wouldn’t interest him either. We put a bid in which was rejected. Fiorentina put a bid in which got them into talks (so we’d assume a higher bid), but he turned them down, as he wants a “significant” step up in club. Sounds to me like we’d have to offer more than we think he’s worth, and even then sounds like he’d turn us down too. Also, from this, it sounds like he’d probably be demanding to be a starter for us, where I think it’s more likely we’d be looking to rotate him. I’d put money on this deal not happening.
  2. As has already been said, we had a very promising (not perfect) first half, using half of the 1st 11 and half reserves. Followed by a pretty abject 2nd half, using a mix of reserves / u23’s / shop window players. It’s not really surprising how the game went on the whole. Positives: Great build up play with Ricardo, Perez, Tielemans and Vardy. Perez finding the net on his first appearance. A decent performance from Leshabela, building some confidence for the lad. A clean sheet. Amartey looking tidy after injury. A high intensity first 45, which is good for fitness levels. Negatives Jakupovic made a couple of howlers with his distribution, possibly due to lack of game time / lost confidence etc Soyuncu got caught in possession, whilst out of position a few times when marauding up the pitch. If he’s going to push forward, he needs to find a safe lay off at the end of it. The players in the second half that we may be looking to either loan out or offload (Jakupovic, King, Ghezzal, Elder, Knight, Iheanacho etc) did nothing really of note to help their causes. Still early days though. Bring on the next one!
  3. Further evidence of “reliable sources” being reported in the sun............ If any of these actually happen, maybe we shouldn’t rule out selling Slimani to Real Madrid!........ I’ll wait for something more concrete before I believe Maguire is actuallly leaving.
  4. Anyone who has seen all the tripe that the sun has put out in this style this transfer window, knows to pretty much ignore it. Given time I could post 100’s of these sun “exclusives” from the past month that have just been plain bulls**t. Not just wrong, but totally fictional. I’m not saying negotiations haven’t been going on around Maguire, but until something comes from better sources, I refuse to believe that either a fee has been agreed for Maguire, or we have actually bid for Dunk.
  5. If we are genuinely going in for a Right Winger, which is now really the main area I feel needs strengthening, I’ve got a list of 4 names i’d love to see coming in. However, they’ve all been mentioned before, and I’m not really optimistic about actually getting any of them if i’m honest: Thauvin - Probably interest from bigger teams in European competition, so unlikely to come to us Ziyech - The same as above Deulofeu - Watford are an arse to deal with, he only signed last year, and they’d likely ask for a ridiculous price Knockaert - May not have any interest in coming back For me, any of those have great ability to unlock defences, are exciting to watch, and chip in with a fair number of goals too.
  6. City1884

    Tielemans

    Totally agree with this. I was firmly in the Puel Out brigade, and I still firmly believe it was the right decision to get rid, but i’m also willing to accept he did things that helped us. He cleared some of the deadwood, firmly started the transformation into this fresh new side we have now, and gave crucial game time to young players even though (arguably) they weren’t quite ready for it yet. (It clearly has benefitted them though). As stated though, we were playing absolutely turgid football, losing to teams we absolutely shouldn’t on a regular basis, we weren’t getting the best out of the talent he brought in, and our 20 goal a season striker looked isolated, lost, and therefore devoid of confidence and goals. Also, without Brendan coming in when he did, bringing renewed hope, confidence and results, I honestly think Maguire, Chilwell, Ricardo, Schmeichel, Vardy etc would all be actively looking to leave this summer, and players like Tielemans would have absolutely no interest in joining us now. Puel is due some thanks, absolutely, but we also got rid at the right time, and getting Brendan is already looking like a masterstroke.
  7. The problem in this case though, is that he would be facing the same issues as when he was last here? There is no doubt he’s progressed as a player, but he would still be behind Vardy in the pecking order, and although our style of play has changed and could suit him more, we now only play 1 striker? Why leave Hoffenheim to sit on our bench yet again?
  8. He’s misquoted a story. When BR arrived it was in the news that he would be given £200m over the course of the next 3 years (not just this summer), and that figure will most likely include signing on fees, agents fees, and wages aswell. The £200m quoted may well be fairly accurate, but what it’ll actually equate to is more like £40m each summer and £15m each winter for the next 3 years.
  9. I got in with 50. I applied on my own, not as a group, not sure if that helped.
  10. Woohoo!!!! i’m in!!! Just had the email!! Excited is not the word!!! 😊
  11. Because Strikers aren’t top of the agenda? The formation doesn’t appear to be changing, as we seem to be making it work well under Brendan Rodgers, this means only 1 striker in the starting 11. Brendan has made it abundantly clear (and rightly so given his recent form under BR) that Vardy is still a top Premier League striker, and is by far his first choice, so any other strikers will be primarily on the bench. Although Iheanacho hasn’t shown us anything during his time at our club, he is exactly the sort of striker that Brendan would go out and buy. Young, has shown potential at other clubs, but career has stalled, and Brendan will be chomping at the bit to try and prove that he can coach him, and get his career back on track and in amongst the goals. He is going nowhere in my opinion. Although we all know that Slimani wants to go, we want rid, and there is little chance of him actually playing again for us, he is still our player, on our books. So until someone actually buys him, or even takes him on loan again, he will be back in our squad, like it or not. We are not about to let £30m of investment rot in our u23’s, at worst we will want to put him back in the shop window during pre-season. So we will be looking for a 2nd / 3rd choice, back up striker, if and when Slimani leaves. Don’t expect to hear anything exciting about Strikers this window. Sorry to piss on your parade.
  12. I’ve seen him mainly on the right, where we are lacking in options. Gray, Albrighton, Barnes, all prefer the left side. Our right wingers are Ghezzal and maybe Diabate. When you say “no better than what we have”, who exactly is he no better than in that position? I’d take a young English right winger, with something to prove, over Ghezzal & Diabate any day!! if we can get him for the £4m that is being touted around, I say sign him up!
  13. I’m trying to get an idea of where the cut off may land for Members who are applying for the few Season Tickets that come available after renewals. As there are usually only around 500 new / unrenewed seats each year, the cut off is usually high. So what will be your final Home Priority point figure?...
  14. Everyone should be happy to hear this, let’s hope we can see it on the field!
  15. So nice to be able listen to a manager that can communicate clearly with us fans. Puel really was so boring, and came across as very vague due to language difficulties. I’ve just heard more in one interview about how we plan to play, and the feelings of the team etc etc than I did in the previous 50 conferences. Nothing more than I expected, but it’s so nice to want to, and be able to, listen to a coherent manager!
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