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  1. 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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  2. 2 minutes ago, TiffToff88 said:

    Will he be happy being behind Vardy in the pecking order for the next year or so? I feel like he'd rather go somewhere he can be the main man right away

    Controversial opinion, but I’m not so sure he will be “behind” Vardy in the pecking order this season.

     

    Yes, Vardy has just come off of a golden boot winning season, and Yes, I do think he is better than Edouard as a finisher, however........

     

    We are easily looking at 50+ games this season if we do averagely well in the cups /Europe, Vardy isn’t getting any younger, and although he is still a big threat, he’s likely to need more rest to avoid injuries, and become less likely to handle a full 90 minutes.

     

    Personally, I think both strikers would get 25+ starts each this season, and you will see lots more subs between the 2 of them at around 65 minutes. Either Vardy getting knackered after 65, or coming on for a “fresh” 30.
     

    That’s not to mention games where BR might play 2 up top, or move that way if we are chasing a game.
     

    We may not like to think it, but this year we should start to see a transition away from Vardy a bit more, which is why we need our 2nd Striker to be of very good quality.

     

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  3. 2 minutes ago, st albans fox said:

    Premier league ‘annual wage ffp’ is covered in isolation of the total contractual commitment though ...........

    Maybe so, but if what the poster is trying to say is simply that we’re saving 350k a week now, so we can spend another 350k a week on wages for new signings, while that may work ffp wise when looking at a year in isolation,  it’s still not an equality in the clubs normal financial accounting. It’s still a massively increased, guaranteed,  contractual financial outlay.

     

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  4. 11 hours ago, Bluearmyfox28 said:

    Agreed it would be around that figure, if we sell the following players who imo don’t have a future here anymore as well as players who have already left, we would have £350k a week available In wages. This is without Chilly’s wages too.
     

    With this amount of wages that should be able to finance 4/5 big players on wages of around £70/£90k a week.

     

    Slimani £80k

    Silva £80k

    King £40k

    Diabate £20k

    Ghezzal £30k

    Kapustka £20k

    James £40k

    Amartey £40k

     

    Yes it would be great to get these players off of our wage bill, but most only have a maximum of 1 year left on their contracts anyway don’t they? So that 350k a week x 52 weeks is £18.2million total value.

     

    4 new players at 70k a week, on an average of 3 year contracts, is a commitment of £43.7m of contracts........


    So that’s still the club committing to an extra £25m in wages over the next 3 years...........

     

    One doesn’t equal the other.

     

     

    Sometimes I think people don’t understand how football/business works?

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  5. Not saying the system is right by any means, but maybe now Season ticket holders will have some appreciation of what members have to go through.....

     

    Leicester Supporter all my life, but only became available to go to every game 3 years ago due to change in working hours.

    Had to endure 2 years of buying a membership, entering a ballot for every game, buying a full price ticket when selected, then hoping above hope to have enough points to be selected for a season ticket at the end of the season.

    I spent nearly £1000 each season, for 2 years to see every home game, in a seat the season ticket holders next to me got for £450.

     

    Finally got my season ticket last summer.

     

    Again, not saying the system is right at all, but members have been dealing with a system like this for a few years now. Season ticket holders need to retain a level of perspective. I certainly am!

     

     

     

     

     

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  6. Decent defender 6-7 years ago, but his career never really progressed as it should.

     

    If you’d have mentioned his name back then it could have been an exciting prospect, now it’s just not the same.

     

    Reminds me of Hull getting Ranocchia on loan. On paper should be a decent signing, in reality you’re getting a defender past his best, who struggles to get games these days.

     

    Doesn’t fit the profile of who we should be looking at, at all. Don’t even think the link has any substance. 
     

    It’s a big no from me.

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  7. I’m also thinking that the rumours of a deal being struck, actually have legs this time.

     

    It seems no coincidence to me that yesterday, it is widely reported in the press that Man Utd have entered the fray for Chilwell.

     

    Today, rumours emerge of a quick deal being pushed through by Chelsea, with a world record fee involved (for a left back).

     

    It would not at all surprise me if the Man Utd rumour was instigated to add pressure to Chelsea to meet our demands (whatever they may be).

     

    If Chilwell truly is Lampards priority target, a Man Utd rumour could have expedited the negotiations, and helped our cause.

     

    Also, the new loan it is reported that we have taken out, could well include Chilwell’s whole fee, if any instalments are involved in the deal. Future instalments Of a transfer fee (as long as they are not add-ons) are guaranteed future income, that we could then spend straight away.....

     

    I just hope the fee is actually £60m+, anything less, and it could damage the reputation we are building that we won’t be pushovers.

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  8. 1 minute ago, messerschmitt said:

    Yeah exactly, I'd be amazed if we sold Chilwell and bought anyone better. I'd sooner stick with Luke Thomas and James Justin than waste £20-£40 million on someone who would hamper Thomas's progress.

    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.

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  9. Just now, Ric Flair said:

    I would of course expect a replacement for Chilwell, im just saying that in Fuchs, Justin and now Thomas we've played who have performed there and the absence of Chilwell hasn't made much difference. We've won without him at times and then during this 6 month slump, we've been dog shit with and without him. 

     

    Like Maguire last summer, I thought we'd replace him but we went with Soyuncu and it has been absolutely fine. I believe the funds we get for Chilwell + whats left of the Maguire money is invaluable for the development of this team which has proven to be ill equipped and fragile when it needed to be. If we could afford to keep Chilwell and improve the team around him and he also improves (he has a lot of that to do) then I'd have no problem with that but that isn't the case. He seemingly wants out, he's erratic and yet his reputation ought to see us fetch a very good fee subject to his injury not hampering him in the next year. For those reasons, taddah Ben.

    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”.

     

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  10. 1 hour ago, scinnell said:

    I would take a frontline of Vardy, Edouard, Iheanacho and Perez tbf. WIth the extra games and the possibility of two up top, they will all be needed. 

    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.

     

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  11. 3 minutes ago, Ric Flair said:

    Luke Thomas already looks a star in the making, his chances created stats albeit only in 3 games are hugely impressive.

     

    This feels very much like when Maguire wanted out, Chilwell is the one asset we can likely afford to lose for big money as a) we have back up but also will look to sign a cheaper alternative and b) use the grotesque funds to improve our squad elsewhere. No brainer.

    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.

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  12. 3 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

    I'd much rather have Barnes hit 4 or 5 chances a game straight at the keeper. He doesn't strike fear into any fullback. 

     

    The reason Zaha gets kicked is because he's a threat, in many ways their only threat. He could join a team that have more threats and be more productive due to teams being unable to stick 2 people on him. Would rather have somebody in my team that needs stopping. He also has experience of being a focal point, broad shoulders, carrying the weight of expectation from teammates/fans, something we lack in many of our passive, meek, nicey nicey players. 

    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.......

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  13. 6 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

    Wilfried Zaha - Had a poor season but suffers from being Palace's focal point and often gets double marked. Wants to leave, and Palace won't get near the 50m they wanted before, we need to ask the question. Us or Spurs are probably the best he can do domestically. 

     

    Josh King - Pace, power, versatile. Won't cost the earth.

     

    Nikola Milenkovic - 6'4 powerful CB for Fiorentina, only 22. Depends on Benkovic and Bennett situation.

     

    Viktor Tsygankov - Don't know so much about him but has great numbers. Left-footed RW, just what we need.

     

    Jamal Lewis - if Chilwell leaves. Thomas has looked strong and is adequate rotation.

     

    We will sign none of these obviously, because they're what we need.

     

    We'll sign 2 CMs, a RB and a 3rd choice goalkeeper for £10m

    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.

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  14. 1 hour ago, martyn said:

    Dont think Harry Wilson is good enough personally. 

    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.

     

  15. 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.

     

     

     

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  16. 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............

  17. 3 minutes ago, Crazy Kop Corner said:

    Incredibly lucky - if it were the other way round I’d be spewing - the ball looks to be played back - how can that be offside?

    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?.................

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  18. 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.

     

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  19. 3 minutes ago, Gerard said:

     

    He was once highly rated but now considered a flop for Juventus's standard.

     

    https://www.thesportsman.com/articles/the-stalled-progress-of-juventus-defender-daniele-rugani

    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.

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