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  1. He was once one of the most highly rated young defenders in world football, but yes, his progress stalled, and he became more of a back up option for Juventus. Doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be a whole host of top clubs that wouldn’t jump at the chance to sign him. Just in England, I could imagine the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd, & Spurs considering bids at the right sort of price. His agent will have no trouble finding bigger clubs than us willing to take him, if he indeed does leave Juve. We would be a long way down the pecking order.
  2. This really should be taken with the absolute biggest punch of salt. If Rugani truly is “on the market”: 1. much bigger teams than us, from right across Europe, will be in for him. 2. There would be very little chance of him wanting to come to “little Leicester” 3. He would absolutely expect to be a guaranteed starter in our team, so would fans be happy with one of Cags or Evans being permanently dropped? Not getting regular starts for Juventus, who regularly win Serie A, and get to the latter stages of the Champions League is one thing, not being 1st choice at Leicester is totally another. This one will not happen.
  3. It won’t have removed the buy out clause, because Rodgers and his agent will be the ones that want the clause in the first place. What it will do though, as others have said, is probably put the price up, provide Rodgers a bigger wage and “signing on” bonus, reaffirm his commitment in the short term to end the speculation from distracting us this season, and provide another massive boost to the players morale, (and that of the supporters) which is already sky high! A great move for the club. It doesn’t necessarily give long term guarantees against certain specific clubs coming in for him, but it’s the best thing for all parties at the current time. Great news!
  4. So I’ll admit, I haven’t seen a lot of our u23 games, but I keep hearing George Thomas’s name come up. From what I read, he plays as either a right winger, or attacking midfielder, and it’s raised a question that maybe someone else, who has seen more of him play, can answer......... Do we think we should be looking to integrate him into the first team squad, and give him minutes at RW?? Come January, I think we could (and should) still be looking for a genuine Right Winger. Ghezzal wasn’t good enough, and although Perez has been playing there, I think he looks more of a forward, and isn’t particularly providing the partner on the wing that Pereira can dovetail effectively with. I believe Thomas is out of contract in the summer, so is now the time, before January, to give him a boost, with some 1st team squad action, and maybe some minutes on the pitch, to gauge if he could be the answer, and is deserving of a new contract? Can anyone offer balanced insight into his progress in the u23’s?.....
  5. Let’s be realistic here, the only options in the Premier League that could be considered a “step up” are: Man City - Pep is going nowhere yet, and even then, Brendan wouldn’t be on their shortlist, they would need a fan appeasing appointment after Pep. Liverpool - Klopp isn’t likely to go yet, and it’s unlikely they would re-appoint Brendan. They feel they have moved on. Spurs - Possibly one of the more likely jobs to become available, however would he be happy to work with Levy in rebuilding a squad that will need re-invigorating from upcoming big player losses?? It’s looking like a large exodus is just around the corner. I personally find it doubtful that Brendan would end up there. Arsenal - This could be an interesting one. They have money, and if they continue to loosen the purse strings a little bit, Brendan could actually do wonders there. They like young players, have a big fan base, and the project could actually interest him. Arsenal would actually be my biggest worry if they get rid of Emery. Chelsea - Obviously a massive draw for Brendan if the opportunity arose, but Lampard is starting to get them firing, and I think he’ll actually be there for quite a while now. If the job comes up, I’ll worry, but I don’t think it will. Man Utd - Put very simply, the club is toxic right now, and more likely to implode than improve. Add to that Brendans Liverpool history, it won’t ever happen. So, unless something drastically goes wrong for Lampard, I actually think Arsenal would be the best fit, but I’d put money on Brendan being with us for a little while yet! 🤞🙏
  6. I want to see Albrighton out wide, not due to wanting Perez dropped as such, but because Albrighton deserves a chance too. He never lets us down, and is just as deserving of being given a start and an opportunity. I also think people underestimate what Chilwell adds in an attacking sense compared to Fuchs. Fuchs has done really well as cover, I’m not denying that, but chilwell adds so much more going forward, if not so much defensively. As people have said, back to the 4231 / 4141 please Schmeichel Ricardo Evans Soyuncu Chilwell Ndidi Tielemans Albrighton Maddison Barnes Vardy
  7. Quick!!! Get a bid in for Deulofeu!!!! 👍
  8. The point is, yes we have clearly progressed. Has everyone else progressed to the same level? The final table will tell us that next June. Football isn’t won “on paper”. From watching our team every week, and knowing our players and the signings we’ve seen in pre-season, we know that we have progressed. We can’t be sure if everyone else has until we play them. But the question “have we progressed?”, as a team, undoubtably yes!
  9. I can’t believe some of the reactions in this thread. At the start of the window there was a thread along the lines of “Would you accept us ‘doing a tottenham’ (not signing anyone else) if it meant signing Tielemans?”, and most people said yes!! Is anything ever enough for some of you???!! Since this time last year, we have: Brought in a top midfielder, who has already proved himself to us for half a season, was our top transfer target, and most here thought he could be one of our best ever players if we, somehow, got him! Replaced Simpson, who, although a great servant to our club, we’d outgrown, and brought in a highly rated young back-up to Ricardo. Brought in, out of the blue, another clubs top scorer from last season, who has already in pre-season shown good skill on the ball, and the ability to find the net for us. Sold Maguire for £80m, who most on here were convinced a few weeks ago was the high value player we were least likely to miss, and for some were almost happy to cash in on, probably for less than the £80m we got aswell! And most of all, swapped Claude Puel for Brendan Rodgers. A manager who couldn’t get us to break down teams like Huddersfield and Fulham, for a manager who after he came in, had us earning enough points to put us in the top 6 of the form table!!! Anyone who thinks we haven’t progressed, even before we look at spending the £80m burning a hole in our (the fans) pockets, must be an Ostrich!!!
  10. I don’t disagree that may very well be true, so we should either go abroad for a CB, or run with what we have. Harsh as it sounds, defenders add less value to a team than other outfield players, which is why very few defenders are their clubs record signing. If we have managed to build the team we have by only paying a maximum of £35-£40m per player, that shouldn’t change for a new CB.
  11. There is a reason why the world record fee for a defender is £80m and yet there are numerous midfielders/strikers in the world worth way more than that. Defenders, even the best ones, should not be your club record signing. If we spunk more than the £35m-£40m we paid for Tielemans on a central defender, we’ve been had. I’ll personally be gutted if we spend more than £30m on a Maguire replacement. There is no way that we will get Ake for less than £50m, and we shouldn’t want to pay that amount. We need to look elsewhere.
  12. I’m going to support him, and hope he improves, but I do have concerns over him. For me the main problem is how he comes out of the back 4, at pace, to close down opponents when we are not in possession. This often seems to result in either giving away a foul (I can see him racking up the cards in the Premier League), or even worse, he quickly gets turned or bypassed by the opposition, so he is then out of position, running back towards his own goal, chasing an opponent down. I also think his general positioning is quite poor a lot of the time. He quite often seems to be playing “catch up”. Admitted he has only just turned 23, so he can still improve a lot, and I’m in no way writing him off after a handful of appearances. However, for me, these issues need addressing, and if he is going to be a first choice starter alongside Evans this season, they need addressing quickly. Personally I wouldn’t be against getting in an experienced Premier League CB in alongside Evans as first choice, and loaning Soyuncu out to a bottom half prem team, until we see more of how he can cope at this level. However, if he stays in our starting 11, he’ll have my support.
  13. What I’m saying though, is if that happens because we’ve tried to push for more money than we’ve told Harry is acceptable at the start, we could then be stuck with a very unhappy player.
  14. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking anything for gospel, but I am starting to get nervous and twitchy that reports are now starting to appear about wanting £90m (which is more than anything previously reported) , Harry not playing tonight because of his frame of mind, and him getting “more and more frustrated”. I really hope we don’t play ourselves into a bad position.
  15. Has no-one considered that raising the asking price is the one thing that will really piss off the player?? If we believe the “realistic” part of what has been written, at the start of the window Harry told Leicester his intentions, and the club told him he could leave if we got a bid of x amount. (Possibly £80m, but who knows for sure). From what we can see, he’s gone about things the right way, spoken to the club in private, got on with training, played in whichever team he’s selected for in pre-season, not done any interviews, not publicly put out a statement, not put in an actual transfer request. If Leicester start moving the goalposts, and reject a bid that meets what they told Harry they would accept, he’s (quite legitimately) gonna get pissed off. He may then feel it is time to put in a request, speak out to the media etc, as he may now believe the club is going back on it’s word?? I’m all for squeezing Man Utd for every penny we can, but not at the risk of Harry making moves that will jeopardise what we’ve already been offered. One word from Harry in public and Man Utd might turn around and say “right, things have changed, £60m or we totally walk away”, and then what are we left with? Less than we wanted, or a very unhappy player that has publically asked to leave?. If Man U actually offer £80m, I think for our own sake we NEED to accept it, before we lose the upper hand!
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