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  1. 4 minutes ago, Gerard said:


    He doesn't have to trust Under defensively, this is a game that will likely be played in their half. Horses for courses and this game should suit Under more than Albrighton. In fact with Maddison, Perez, Praet and Iheanacho all out then if Under doesn't start then he may as well go on his summer holidays this Friday. 

    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.

  2. The starting line up will be:

















    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.


    Castagne may come on at 60mins, depending on the state of the game.

  3. 17 hours ago, LestaLad said:


    Just to confirm, these figures are wages, not transfer fee! Lol


    Best offer from Arabia was 4.5m a year (unconfirmed whether £ or €), if GBP that’s around £85000 a week, if Euros it’s around £75000 a week.


    First offer from Milan was 2.2m a year, roughly half of that.

  4. 43 minutes ago, grth2004 said:


    ok it is the Star but according to them West Ham are bidding but he’d  rather go to Spurs or Arsenal 😂 doesn’t even mention us

    Yep, it’s reading as though he wants one of the “Traditional” big six, and also fancies living in London.


    Doesn’t sound like he wants to come here, and even if he did come, he’d be wanting release clauses to move on if someone “bigger” came in.


    This could be one we have to move on from.

  5. The one that makes sense to me, although it is very dependent on other clubs, is Batshuayi.


    Palace have just bought a new striker, and they still have Benteke until the summer aswell. If we are able to arrange a deal with Chelsea for say a 6 month loan with option to buy, (same as Palace have him) Palace may be willing to cancel their loan (saving his wages), and Chelsea get a better loan for him, where he’s getting more games, at least for a few weeks, and maybe they get him sold. Let’s face it, Palace aren’t going to take up their option to buy on him now.


    He’s not “over the hill” at 27, he has scored goals at a decent rate in the past, has a good record with Belgium, would hopefully fit in will with Tielemans, Castagne, and Praet (although he’s injured), and fits the bill of a player that Brendan could try and “resurrect”. 

    His loan wages should be covered by losing Slimani, and should he do well we could buy in the summer, if not, back to Chelsea he goes.


    This would be what I’d be aiming to work. It’s a complicated deal, and relies on his current loan being able to be cancelled, but it’s well worth a shot I believe.

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  6. 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.





    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.


  7. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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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  10. 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........

  11. 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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  12. 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.....

  13. 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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  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.



  17. 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.



    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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