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  1. 3 hours ago, Arriba Los Zorros said:

    Why not? Serious question, fair enough if it was the Champions league but you're doing us down there

     

    We are the 4th favourites and behind Spurs and Arsenal who we know we can beat and AC Milan are a big name but again far from unbeatable.

     

    https://www.oddschecker.com/football/europa-league/winner

     

     

    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.

     

  2. 6 hours ago, Foxhateram said:

    Don't understand your dismissiveness of the Europa League? I think we have every chance of winning it. Why are you so sure we won't? What is your reasoning? 

     

    I think we've got enough depth in the squad to cope with injuries. Despite our current injury list, we still have quality back up that has more than stepped up. After the international break we'll have Ricky P back as well Catagne. Those two together will make a huge difference to the way we play, it'll give us positive attacking options in both wing back positions. 

     

    I'm really optimistic, think this is the best squad we've ever had and have the potential to have a great season. Especially with other 'big teams' fumbling. 

     

    I've gone for 5th, I don't think we'll quite make top 4. But I think we'll do well in EL.

     

    I think we'll play youth in the cups which will mean we will exit early. 

     

     


    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 years, let alone a European one...........

     

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  3. 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 the league, and Last 32 / Last 16 in the Europa League.

     

    For the record, for me that would actually be a fantastic season, but going on what others think, people are looking at that as a failure?.....

     

    It’s great that we’ve come so far as a club that we have built higher expectations, but people need to remember just who we actually are, and what we are up against.

  4. 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 straight to him, he just doesn’t get there.

    Most Premier League defenders will gobble up anything before he even touches it

    Playing balls in behind will be a complete waste of time, he won’t keep up with play if we break quickly, he won’t pressure defenders into losing the ball, and he won’t track back.

     

    Bringing him on for iheanacho, and Choudhury for Mendy cost us the game last night. We may not have won it, but we wouldn’t have lost it.

     

     

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  5. The worrying thing is the fact he isn’t in the squad at all, especially considering there is a long gap between matches after today.

     

    He’s just signed a new contract, but let’s hope he hasn’t insisted on a release clause in that contract.

     

    If he has only signed on the condition that, for example, an £80m bid from a Champions League club will be accepted, we could have no control over this whatsoever........

  6. Really hard for me to be excited by this signing.

     

    It’s great that we have another CB, as we desperately needed one, but this is such a high risk, albeit high reward, signing.

     

    At his age, and with that price tag, people will expect this guy to become a £60m+ player in the future.

     

    Opinions will be formed after about 5 games, as they always seem to be, but if he isn’t seen as a world beater in the making, his signing will be massively questioned straight away.

     

    I hope he does turn out to be a wonderful signing, but i do fear that he will be hung, drawn and quartered even quicker than usual, should he make a slow start.

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  7. The lack of a position is a huge issue for Amartey, and anyone potentially looking at signing him.

     

    He actually joined us being recognised as a DM, he’s played for us (sparingly) as a makeshift RB, now people see his position as a CB??

     

    Add to this his time out through injury, and nobody actually knows what his best position is, because no-one has got to see it for the past few years.....

  8. The more I think about this transfer, the more I feel it won’t work out well.

     

    If Evans and Soyuncu stay fit, he’ll get rotated in for games, which won’t necessarily give him a solid run of games to aid his settling in / development.

     

    If one of the main 2 do get injured, he’ll have to play most of the games, possibly 2/3 a week, which is good for him, but he will be under pressure to hit the ground running, which for a 19 year old centre back, against some of the best strikers in the world, won’t come easy.

     

    Thinking about it, how many centre backs are there that even play regular games in the premier league, that are 22 or younger?.......

     

    If this was a “signing for the future” that we could loan out to gain first team experience, then fair enough, but that isn’t the case for us at £30M+.........

     

    We need someone who can slot in pretty seamlessly this season as third choice (which I know will be very hard to find), and I honestly don’t think a 19 year old’s chances of doing that are even remotely realistic.

     

    If we do eventually sign him, I personally think it is destined to end badly.

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  9. I really have nothing against the guy, but his injury record is awful, we’ve never really found any proper place for him in the team, and not trying to be harsh, but we’ve progressed as a team while there’s no way he can’t have regressed with all of his time on the sidelines.

     

    If anyone is willing to offer us £5m for him, we should take it.

     

    Could anyone honestly say we would miss him if he wasn’t here?

  10. https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/desporto/1585672/sampdoria-perto-de-anunciar-trio-de-reforcos-adrien-silva-incluido
     

     

    Sounds to be pretty much done. Still no news on if there is any fee involved, or any wage contribution from us though.........

     

     

    A new adventure for Adrien Silva  After playing in the Premier League and Ligue 1, the Portuguese international seems to be on his way to ... Serie A. Sampdoria is closing the hiring of a true luxury trio and Adrien's name is included, according to  Sky Italia this Wednesday.

    In addition to the Portuguese midfielder, who is out of the pack for Leicester, Keita Balde (AS Monaco) and Antonio Marin (Dinamo Zagreb) should also be announced as reinforcements from Sampdoria in the coming days.  

     

    It should be noted that the Portuguese international still has another year of contract with Leicester.

  11. Really think the price is going too high on this one.

     

    There are other options out there, and as others have said, we only really need a third choice CB with some potential to improve should cags be sold for a ridiculous price in the future.

     

    If we are a bit more financially restricted now, £20-25m for any player, in any position, should probably be the maximum we look to spend.

     

    Also, the pressure on this kid (and he is still a kid at 19), would be immense as a £30m+ signing in the premier league.

     

     

  12. 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 Championship club for a season.


     

    Overall, nothing we don’t already know.

    We need Ricardo, Madders and Evans back, along with a new LB, CB and RW.......

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  13. My concern is that he seems to be ridiculously one footed?...

     

    Nearly every touch he takes seems to be with his left.

     

    Admitted that’s only based on YouTube videos, so it’s a limited assessment. However it does seem that if you just show him onto his right foot all the time, you’ve basically nullified him?............


    If that’s the case, surely it won’t take long for prem defenders to figure out how to deal with him?

  14. Personally think we should look elsewhere.
     

    I’m not doubting he’d be a good rotation option with all the games we’ll have this season, but he’s 28 in a couple of months, so even just a 3 year contract takes him to pretty much 31, which is an age where there would be little to no resale value.

     

    At £28m, which is the region that the fee will get to by the time it’s accepted, plus add-ons aswell, that’s a lot of money for us, for a centre back, that we’ll get no money back from.


    I’m not against him as a player, and would support him in the side, but financially, there must be better deals to be had.

     

     

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  15. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.jeunesfooteux.com/Stade-Rennais-Mercato-porte-encore-ouverte-a-Rennes-pour-Slimani_a42377.amp.html

     


    Translation:

     

    This summer, Stade Rennais spent 27 million euros to strengthen its attacking sector by recruiting Martin Terrier (Olympique Lyonnais) and Serhou Guirassy (Amiens SC).  And yet the arrival of another offensive element cannot be ruled out, especially in the event of the departure of M'Baye Niang.  A player who could be Islam Slimani, even if Rennes coach Julien Stéphan has denied any offer from Stade Rennais for the Algerian striker from Leicester on loan to AS Monaco last season.

     

    "An offer of 6M € from Rennes for Slimani? You have information that I do not have. I did not know that an offer had been made, in any case it was not said to the club. The priority today  hui is to strengthen our central axis, since we lost at the end of last season Jeremy Morel and Joris Gnagnon. We have so far compensated for only one of these two departures. After that, we are still listening  , in observation of the opportunities that there may be in different sectors and in particular in the offensive field "declared Julien Stéphan to Téléfoot.

     

    Aged 32, Islam Slimani has experience that could be a plus at Stade Rennais, especially in the Champions League.  However, two problems mean that there is little chance that a deal can take place.  First of all, no striker will land in Rennes without the departure of M'Baye Niang.  Then the salary of more than 4.5M € per season of Islam Slimani could clearly block possible negotiations.  Suffice to say that Slimani is currently very far from the SRFC.


     

     

    Linked to Leicester in the past, and 10 goals in 26 appearances for Niang last season, Let’s do a swap for Slimani!! 😉...............

     

     

  16. 1 minute ago, Bluearmyfox28 said:

    I put my comment as a joke, maybe you need to loosen up a bit lad. Personally I am fed up of reading through threads where there isn’t a single link just someone’s opinion. That’s what this thread is for. Enjoy your weekend & have a pint will ya.

    Yet another sarcastic response..........

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  17. 10 minutes ago, Muzzy_Larsson said:

    This may be wrong but my own opinion would be that Vardy should be used more sparingly to prolong him for an extra season or two. If that were to be the case then I think Edouard would be better playing say 10-15 league games, all the cup games and European games than going to a side where he'd be battling relegation, I don't think the latter would be the right move for him. Maybe the plan is to play 3-5-2 next season and that's a big part of the interest, who knows.

    I agree with parts of this, although it may be the case that Edouard gets more of the “bottom half” league and cup games, and Vardy saved for the top 6 / European games. Vardy is 100% the man against the big teams, and it would give Edouard more time to settle, and more chances to score and build his confidence in “lesser” games. 
    I still think 2 up top will be used very sparingly.

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