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  1. Thomas has played 3 senior games. We can’t rely on him as first choice. It’s Chilwell, or take a risk on a replacement. Personally, I’d rather keep Chilwell.
  2. The only point I’m making is that people seem to assume that selling Chilwell and buying a cheaper replacement will strengthen us at LB? It rarely works like that. People need to realise that actually, selling him, whilst helping with funds to strengthen other areas, may leave us in a worse position at LB. Maguire could have been the same situation at CB, but luckily wasn’t. Don’t be so quick to assume that Chilwell is “expendable”.
  3. If Edouard signs for us, Iheanacho will want out. There’s no way he’ll want to stay, given most games we only play one up front.
  4. Based on this, after 3 games you’d have sold Vardy and replaced him with Musa! 2 goals against Barcelona! Wow! I hope Thomas does well, but to think he’ll be any more than a back up this season is ridiculous in the extreme. If Chilwell goes, we need a good quality replacement. Which probably means £25m. If that player doesn’t work out, this forum will go into meltdown, as usual.
  5. The phrase that keeps making me laugh is the “sell him for x, and get a better LB in for less”........... Wow! What an amazing idea! This should’ve been our transfer strategy for years! Can’t believe we’ve never thought of it!........ Where the plan falls flat is when we overpay for someone, who turns out to be worse than Chilwell. Be careful what you wish for people! Not every signing we make works out.
  6. Who said he gets kicked? Usually he just feels a defenders breath on him and then gets shot by the famous sniper on the roof...... The same sniper that gets Grealish every game aswell.......
  7. Zaha? Please no. Just no. I can’t be doing with seeing him on the floor 20 times a game, then whining in every interview that he’s not more protected.
  8. I think he’d be a good squad option on the right, assuming we sign someone like Sarr aswell, and use Perez as a back up to Maddison at no10. I actually thought he did fairly well at Bournemouth. He had a good first half of the season, contributed 6 goals, dropped off after Christmas (but so did Bournemouth as a whole - same as we did), and was used sparingly for the last 10 games. We also fail miserably with set pieces when Madders is out. Be nice to have someone else who can hit the target / get past the first defender.
  9. I’m not saying we’d get them all, or we could afford them all, but trying to a little bit realistic, this would be my wish list: GK Schmeichel Ward LB Chilwell Thomas CB Evans Soyuncu Ajer Benkovic RB Ricardo Justin DM Ndidi Choudhury CM Tielemans Praet LW Barnes Gray AM Maddison Perez RW Sarr H.Wilson ST Vardy Edouard “Back ups” Jakupovic? Morgan Fuchs? Albrighton Hirst? So, that’s 4 signings in Kristoffer Ajer, ismaïla Sarr, Harry Wilson & Odsonne Edouard, all of which are in the right sort of age group, with scope to improve, and could see Leicester as attractive. We should go all out (yet again) to try and offload the likes of Slimani, Silva, Ghezzal, James and Amartey, as they add nothing to the squad. Signing Edouard, would probably mean the end of Iheanacho aswell. The other one I would consider (although saying it out loud may invoke ridicule), would be a loan for Left Winger, Thomas Lemar............ In 2018 he was one of the most sought after left wingers in Europe, and moved to Atletico Madrid for around £60m. He has absolutely flopped for them, and now hardly plays. A loan may be viable (depending on loan fee & wages), Atletico want him off the books apparently, and he’d definitely have something to prove. This move would probably be at the expense of Gray. That’s my wish list.
  10. Absolutely. Anything but the most perfect first touch, and that shot gets blocked because it is a split second too late. That perfect first touch made the strike possible.
  11. The strike itself was superb, but Just take a moment to appreciate that first touch aswell. Sublime!
  12. I said exactly the same thing when his goal went in. Everybody loved that goal, apart from anyone connected to Watford, and the Chelsea boardroom!
  13. So the restart appears to be approaching, but without fans in stadiums. Has anyone come up with any ways for us LCFC Fans that would usually be there, supporting the team, to get across to the team how much we are still behind them and will still be watching on matchday? (Obviously NOT by attending stadiums and breaking social distancing) E.g. is there any preferred way to get written messages of support to the players? What about plans for photos of fans in their shirts on the morning of the game to be sent to a specific email / social media account? Are union FS doing anything? Maybe banners next to / on a landmark, or on a main route to the ground? Is there any ideas to inspire our team without actually being there? It would be great if we could come up with something that everyone could get involved in............
  14. Unfortunately, we are just too “nice” of a team in this situation. Their handball, hardly any of our players appealed for it. In the Kop, we had no clue it even hit an arm, because no-one made a fuss. Only realised watching replays when I got home. The penalty, EVERY Man City player surrounded the referee appealing. (Half of them probably didn’t even see a thing). When this happens, the official(s) at Stockley Park have to be seen to be checking it. The outcome? They get a penalty, ours doesn’t even appear to go to VAR. We need to get smarter. It may not look pleasant, but if we want stuff checking, we need to appeal stronger and surround the ref. It’s not how it should be, but it’s what we need to do.
  15. The ball was played back, but the player was returning from an offside position, and he hadn’t got back far enough when the ball was played to him. He may have been onside by the time he received it, but that’s irrelevant. The ball went backwards, but that was irrelevant aswell. He was in an offside position when the ball was played to him. Also, I know it’s a very tight call, but if the linesman had flagged for that, we’d all be praising him massively for spotting it when no-one else had, so why are people criticising VAR for spotting it?.................
  16. City1884

    Ryan bennett

    Not a Name I’d even really considered, but just the type of deal that is actually great business for us. Experienced, but not over the hill. English, so no need to adjust to living in England or the English game. Point to prove in the PL, and also point to prove to earn a permanent deal. No risk, as it starts as a loan. 6 months to assess him and what he brings. 18 months left on his contract, so wouldn’t cost the earth in the summer. We have the first option to buy in the summer. If he doesn’t play, gets seriously injured, or just doesn’t prove good enough, we walk away. There are simply no down sides to this. People need to wake up and smell the coffee! From what is available in the January window, this deal works for us.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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?.....
  21. 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! 🤞🙏
  22. 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
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