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  1. At this point, did anyone actually think we were still going to sign him permanently? I have nothing against the guy, but he clearly hasn’t done enough to impress Brendan enough to spend £20m+ on him.
  2. It does sound silly. Even if we wanted to, fee paying loans can’t be recalled outside of a set window. Earliest we can recall him is the summer.
  3. That decision to rest players midweek ready for this game is starting to look like a master stroke isn’t it? Mind you, at this rate we’ll only have 11 fit players to play every game until the end of the season, so I guess being out of the Europa is a blessing. Midtable finish, no Europe next season, and no silverware it is.
  4. As much as I am a Rodgers supporter, this one is on him. Said before the game that if we take these lightly we get embarrassed. He was clearly looking ahead to Arsenal, and picked the wrong team. To all those who have been saying Arsenal is the more important game, well, let’s hope we win that now, otherwise we are out of the Europa League for absolutely no reason at all.
  5. Ricardo for Amartey, Mendy for Choudhury, and Before the game I said Barnes instead of Under, but I’m now 50/50 between taking Under off or Albrighton. Albrighton provides better for Vardy, and is less selfish than Under, but Under is getting into better positions. We need to take the game to them. Amatory gives us no width, and Choudhury only plays backwards.
  6. Under is pretty much on his summer holidays at this point. He’s not getting signed, and will only be used in absolute emergencies, as a very last resort. Albrighton will start over him every single time. The general selection order for RW is Albrighton, Perez, Under in Rodgers eyes. This game is trickier than you make out, and won’t be played all in their half. This will be a tough grind, and we’ll have to work just as hard defensively as we do going forward.
  7. The starting line up will be: Schmeichel Ricardo Evans Soyuncu Thomas Ndidi Mendy Tielemans Albrighton Barnes Vardy Rodgers simply doesn’t trust Under defensively, unless Albrighton is injured, he’ll start. Choudhury has no forward thinking in his play. He’s basically a DM but not as effective as Ndidi, too undisciplined, and passes backwards. Ndidi will be the DM, Tielemans in Madders role, with Mendy playing box-to-box, supporting both depending on who is in possession.
  8. There are some very good Champions League teams that drop into the Europa League aswell remember. We won’t be 4th favourite when that happens.
  9. There are already some very tough teams in the Europa League, with a lot more European experience than us, and that’s without the teams dropping into it from the Champions League. When it gets to the deeper stages, and you’re playing teams of the likes of Atletico Madrid (Who we are guaranteed to draw...), Inter Milan, Porto, Shaktar Donetsk, Napoli, Benfica, Leverkusen etc etc, that’s where you come unstuck. Especially if covid is still around, and they could be one-legged neutral/away games. Not to mention the fact that we haven’t got to a domestic final in nearly 20 year
  10. I’m not shocked by people’s predictions, but I am kind of disappointed. I think there will be a lot of people disappointed at the end of this season, based on the sorts of expectations described above. This season is going to be a long hard slog. We’ve not had a fully fit squad since day 1, and we’ve still got to face many, many more weeks of 3 games within 8 day periods. We won’t win the Europa League, I think we all know that, but a decent run in the competition will more than likely cost us a top 6 place. I’m going for a 9th place finish in th
  11. Slimani really isn’t what we need. When he came on, we seemed more willing to cross into the box rather than play through, but as our only target, he won’t get much joy. His passing and link up play was poor, but to be fair to him, he hasn’t played with our team, and some of it can be put down to him being rusty. However, the glaring problem for me was just how immobile he is. I was watching him off the ball, and he rarely even broke into a light jog. He seems lazy and sluggish. He still has strength, but unless the ball goes pretty much str
  12. We all loved him at first due to the fact he came through the academy, and he ran around flying into tackles...... The facts are, that tenacity was all he had, and it soon became apparent that he was a walking red card. He got called out on it by managers, and other players, got a couple of reds, and therefore we reined him in, which then highlighted his lack of footballing brain, and technical ability. Without that tenacity and hard tackling, there isn’t much left in him. He just isn’t good enough for Premier League football. It’s a shame, becau
  13. Praet is very underrated, even by our own fans. Not the flashiest player around, but cool, calm, great technique, and keeps the passing and movement ticking over. Hopefully people are starting to realise what a class act the guy is!
  14. Positives: Castagne is growing into the game, and doesn’t look out of place in the side. Tielemans playing some nice passes around and looks in control in the centre. Ndidi keeping things simple, clearly not his position by any means, but coping ok today. Negatives: Still blatantly clear we need a genuine right winger, Perez cannot play there, however we all knew this. Still clear to me that we need a proper left back. Justin isn’t a prem player yet IMO, on either side, and Castagne is obviously a right sided player. Justin needs a loan at a top end Champio
  15. People seem to be forgetting that we are in the group stage, Celtic still need to qualify for the group stage........... We all know how good they are at qualifying matches........ They may not even make it!
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